Your Guide to the Properties & Traditional Uses of 13 Powerful Crystals
How to Choose Crystals for Healing & Magic
Before you start searching for a new crystal, it’s important to think about what purpose it will have in your life. Every crystal has a unique energy and vibration. It will work best for you if your intended purpose is aligned with its natural power. The more in sync you are with your crystal, the more effective it will be at helping you achieve your goals.
So ask yourself why you want a new crystal. Is it simply to bring you happiness and joy, or do you need strength and protection? Are you in need of a little luck and prosperity, or is peace and tranquility what you are looking for? Below are the traditional uses and healing/magical properties for 13 very popular crystals.
NOTE: You’ll find a wonderful selection of stones, points, clusters and spheres in the crystal section of our Wicca Magical Store
Amethyst is one of the most popular crystals because of its great beauty and protective powers. It encourages tranquility and calm and can help quiet the mind. This makes it a wonderful aid for meditation, restful sleep and peaceful dreams. Amethyst is used for detoxifying both the mind and body of negativity. It’s also perfect for clearing sacred spaces and will create a positive atmosphere anywhere it is placed.
The literal meaning of Amethyst is “not intoxicated” and this stone has been used for centuries to protect against drunkenness, addictions and over indulgent behaviors. This crystal’s high vibration rate helps you connect with your higher self and find a balance between healthy and unhealthy choices. Amethyst is a great choice for those who want to heal their life and work towards wholeness.
Black Tourmaline is considered something of a vacuum cleaner in the gemstone world. It cleanses and protects against negative energies and promotes positive energy. Black Tourmaline is believed to be especially effective for people struggling against negativity, anger, anxiety or psychic attacks.
This is a wonderful grounding stone, helping you stay mindful of the present moment. Black Tourmaline is also great for promoting positive thinking, creativity, happiness and building self-confidence. It is considered a physical bridge to the spiritual and can be used to balance yin-yang energies.
Citrine’s yellow and gold coloring is thought to harnesses the energy of the Sun. It converts negative energy into positive energy, giving self-confidence, creativity and happiness. Citrine allows you to easily connect with your inner light, as well as bring a sense of optimism to your endeavors.
This gemstone will brighten your mood or space simply by its presence and having one close will help you keep your environment and energy feeling sunny and bright. Instead of waiting for life to fall perfectly into place, Citrine encourages you to make the conscious decision to be happy regardless of what is going on around you.
Citrine is also known as the ‘Merchant Stone’ and is believed to bring good luck, growth and prosperity. It gives inspiration and motivation to reach for your dreams and goals.
Clear Quartz is a powerful all-purpose crystal that is associated with the crown chakra. It inspires clear thinking and amplifies energy. This crystal is often used to help clear the mind, body and spirit of clutter. It aids in healing, meditation and spiritual growth.
Also known as the Master Stone, Clear Quartz doesn’t just amplify energy … it stabilizes and stores it too! In magical work this crystal can be used to boost the power of other stones and magical tools used in rituals or spells. Clear Quartz should be one of the first crystals you look for when starting your collection!
Fluorite is believed to help dispel the negative energies in your life. It can assist you in seeing both the positive and negative aspects of your relationships.
You can use fluorite to help clear the air of psychic clutter and dispel chaotic energies. It’s also a wonderful stone for bringing more stability and balance into your life.
Garnet is a stone of strength, courage and passion. It has a long history of use and is believed to be one of the oldest known crystals used for spiritual protection. Garnet is associated with the heart and base or root chakra.
This crystal also promotes a positive mind, clarity of thought, inner strength and self confidence. It can help you see yourself and others from a new perspective. It makes a wonderful grounding stone and can assist you in balancing the flow of energy in your life.
Labradorite is a stone of possibilities. While other stones keep us anchored to the earth with their powerful grounding effects, Labradorite inspires you to reach for the stars and go after what you truly want. It encourages you to get out of your own way so you can make your dreams come true. It clears away any dark or murky energy within your mind, body and spirit so you can let your inner light shine and unleash your true potential.
Labradorite is also a stone of hidden magic. When there are darker times and it’s difficult to find the light, it reminds you that the light is always there, even if it’s hidden. Once you find it, the possibilities are endless.
Malachite is an extremely powerful metaphysical stone and has been referred to as the stone of transformation. It is used for deep energy cleaning.
This is the perfect stone to help you acknowledge, draw out, and discharge negative energy, including old emotional patterns, past traumas, and suppressed feelings.
Rainbow Moonstone is overflowing with feminine wisdom and Goddess energy. It can help us strengthen our intuition, enhance our psychic perception and see things more clearly. The Rainbow Moonstone’s calming energy encourages us to pause and not make decisions in the heat of the moment. It guides us in making better choices that will have a positive influence on our life.
This stone is often used in meditation to calm the mind and help the user rediscover their true self. Rainbow Moonstone is associated with the subconscious and assists us us in finding our inner confidence, compassion and creativity. It can help us avoid tunnel vision, so we are able to see other possibilities. We can expect flashes of inspiration to come to us when our mind is open and quiet. When we wear Rainbow Moonstone, or carry it around with us, we can expect life-changing inspirations to happen more and more often!
Rainbow Moonstone’s power truly shines at night. It is believed to promote restful sleep and may aid in lucid dreaming. Keep a stone under your pillow or by your bed to experience its benefits both day and night.
Rose Quartz is known as “The stone of unconditional love.” It opens the heart to all forms of love and acceptance, raises self-esteem and teaches one how to both give love to others and receive love to ones self.
The comforting and soothing energy of Rose Quartz can be used to balance the Heart Chakra and is often used to help heal a broken heart and aids in forgiveness.
Smoky Quartz is considered one of the more powerful metaphysical stones and is ideal for grounding, stabilizing and healing. This stone works slowly and gently, while emitting high levels of energy. Because of its darker color, Smoky Quartz is great for cleansing and removing negativity from your energy field.
It is often used to stimulate and purify the Root Chakra and can expand consciousness into the physical body. Smoky Quartz is an essential part of any crystal collection, and is a must for the medicine bag.
Sodalite is both a stone of the mind and the heart. It helps one speak openly and gain more confidence. It enhances insight, communication and creative expression while encouraging truthfulness. Sodalite also promotes companionship and can help form unity and fellowship within a group.
Sodalite is believed to have grounding properties. It can be helpful for those encountering difficulties in their life. This soothing stone calms and clears your thoughts and feelings and helps alleviate your fears and over reactive emotions. It teaches awareness and promotes rational, wise thinking while enhancing intuitive abilities. Sodalite is connected to the Throat and Third eye Chakras. It is a relaxing stone that is great for meditation, sleep and productive dreams.
Tigers Eye has the properties of both the Earth and Sun. It promotes balance and gives you the strength to get through difficult phases of life. This stone can be used to increase clarity and vision.
When you channel the energy ofTiger’s Eye, it encourages you to live boldly, fiercely and gives you a boost of courage to take risks and overcome fear.
Crystal and Gemstone Resources
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