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.
Just as we feel refreshed and ready to take on the day after our morning shower, so do our crystals feel renewed and ready to get to work after a good cleansing.
Crystals absorb both positive and negative energy from their surroundings. If you want your stones to keep functioning at their full potential, you need to cleanse (clear) them of stagnant and unwanted negative energies.
There are treasures deep within our Mother Earth, and she has been growing some of them for over a million years. We call them crystals or gemstones and they are some of the most beautiful gifts she has blessed us with.
When you begin using crystals, you quickly realize that they are Mother Earth’s ultimate multipurpose power tool. We have been using them for healing since ancient times and in many traditions they are used to boost the magic of rituals and spells. Some of us like to wear our crystals as jewelry to help us lift our spirits during the day, while others simply carry their stones around in a pocket or bag to help them stay focused on a particular goal or purpose.
The power of aroma cannot be denied, but we may not give it much thought as we rush through our busy day. We get so wrapped up in all the worries and necessities of life that we quite literally forget to stop and smell the roses. If we realized how soothing the scent of a flower, plant or tree could be, we might not walk past them in such a hurry.
Incense is a wonderful way to bring the benefits of aroma into your life. It can be burned to cleanse and purify your home or sacred space, or for ceremonies and rituals or for protection against negative energies. It is also used to create a specific atmosphere or state of mind, You can use incense as aromatherapy to help you relax and meditate or to create a pleasant and uplifting environment in your home after a stressful day.
Incense is made from a variation of herbs, plants, woods and resins. Each has it’s own distinct aromatic scent and is loved for it’s unique fragrance, spiritual and magical properties. Below is a list of 10 popular types of incense, with descriptions of their magical properties and traditional uses.
When we learn to connect with Mother Earth and show our deep respect for nature, we draw closer to the Divine and open our lives to many blessings. in the Earth Magic category of the Living Wicca Today blog, you will find a series of posts on Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. The articles contain excerpts from manuscripts that are nearly 2000 years old. These writings give us insight on how our ancestors communicated with the Divine through nature.
“Messenger of the Sun! There is no warmth without thee, no fire without thee, and no life without thee. Green leaves of the trees do worship thee and through thee the tiny wheat kernel become a river of golden grass moving with the wind. Holy messenger of the Earthly Mother, enter the holy temple within me and give me the Fire of Life!”” Teachings of the Elect Book 4
When it comes to the element of Fire, nothing outshines the Sun. While there are other forms of fire, the sun has been honored and/or worshiped in many cultures throughout history. In folklore, each year the masculine Sun, who was warm and powerful, would cover the feminine Earth who was fertile and nurturing, and life renewed itself again. This time was often referred to as the greening of the Earth.
“Thou shalt celebrate a daily feast with all the gifts of the Messenger of Earth: The golden wheat and corn, the purple grapes of autumn, the ripe fruits of the trees, the amber honey of the bees.“ Quote from Book #4 The Teachings of the Elect
The earth has always represented abundance, strength and stability. In rituals an object may be buried in the ground as an offering, or to allow its energies to disperse and be absorbed by Mother Earth. But by far, the Earth’s greatest gift to us, is the gift of good health. We plant tiny seeds in her rich soil and are rewarded with foods that nourish and heal the body.
“In the midst of the fresh air of the forest and fields, there shalt thou find the messenger of Air. Patiently she waits for thee to leave the dank and crowded holes of the city. Seek her then and draw deeply of the healing draft which she doth offer thee.”
Teachings of the Elect Book #4
This article contains excerpts from Talking to the Goddess by Kardia Zoe
Air is an element through which you receive information about the world around you. If you need help with issues related to communication, wisdom or the powers of the mind, Air is the element to focus on. But how do we incorporate the element of Air into our work with the Divine?
“…for the body is as a mountain pond that reflects the sun when it is still and clear; but when it is full of mud and stones, it reflects nothing.”
There is a spiritual aspect of water that few fully understand. In Wicca and many other nature-based beliefs, water represents emotions. This article is focused on the link between emotions and the element of water, and it explores how we can use that link to heal ourselves and our Mother Earth.
“For only with the eyes of the spirit can we see those golden threads which link us with all life everywhere.” Quote from Teachings of the Elect
Our spirit is more than just the thought-energy within us. It is actually linked to a universal network of energy. This network has been referred to by many names, including the Akashic Records, the Book of Life, the Universal Mind and the Field. It has been described as a universal filing system that has been recording every occurring thought, word and action since the beginning of time. Today, scientists might think of this record as the DNA of the universe. We can debate all day about how to describe it or what to call it, but what is most important is that we have the ability to connect to this source of Divine wisdom through the Spirit.