Since ancient times, crystals have been used for their powerful energetic healing properties. Crystals can help heal deep-seated issues, bringing forth good health and greater happiness. Each crystal has its own unique healing properties — some are best suited for abundance and prosperity, while others are better for love, relationships and harmony, or even protection and shielding.
The earth is only one part of the vast energy network that is the universe. Our planet contains its own vibrations. Stones are magical batteries that contain and concentrate the earth’s energies. Many stones are thought to be affected by (and symbolic of) the planets and luminaries of our solar system. Others have long been associated with far distant stars.
What is stone magic? How can rocks scratched out of the dirt have any effect on anything? When you think about the fact that stones originate deep within the earth’s crust and that we have a natural harmony with the earth, it begins to make sense.
Energy source 1: The Movement of Magma
Most gemstones and crystals form due to forces that have been at work for billions of years. That’s how long it takes for bubbling hot magma from the earth’s core to push its way up to the crust, forming minerals, which in turn for interlocking crystals. The finest and rarest of those crystals are then cut and polished into gemstones. Some crystals and gemstones grow inside gas bubbles after magma reaches the surface. Others form when water and other liquids evaporate. Since the magma is constantly in motion throughout the formation process, the rocks in which the minerals form are storehouses of energy. It’s basic principles of energy. Energy can be transformed into another sort of energy, but it cannot be created nor destroyed. In other words, energy has always existed in one form or another, and it can be found within these stones.
Energy source 2: Composition and Structure
Given the origins of most crystals and gemstones from deep within the earth, it’s not surprising that certain stones have the ability to make people feed grounded. But how are others able to lift spirits and deepen thinking, or even help develop a direct connection or a higher power? The answer lies in their internal vibrations. These vibrations--or oscillations--result from the back-and-forth motion of particles within the stone, which are triggered by the tremendour force and pressure involved in their formation. Crystals and gems form in different locations within the Earth, in dissimilar environments. This is why we have so many different types of them. The other driving force behind crystal energy is their unique structure. All crystals have an orderly internal arrangement of atoms. These repeated patterns occur within the basic atomic structure and reflect the pattern of faces of the crystal.
As humans, we intuitively accept that we have energy. By thinking of the human body as an electric entity, it’s easier to understand why we respond--not only emotionally but also physically-- to the electrical properties that lie in crystals and gemstones. We can use this knowledge to manipulate our internal currents to maximize energy flow.
Stones can be magical, mystical, and medicinal. They have an energy, an electricity, which is believed to be transformative and healing.
Stones are gifts from the earth that we can use to improve our lives, our relationships, and ourselves. Stone magic is built upon simple ideas and has direct results. Using a stone in magic brings its influences and energies into play. Directing those energies is the magic.
“Magic is as natural as stone, as real as our breath, as potent as the sun.”
Stone magic, the use of the energies within stones to bring change, is a perfect example of the naturalness of magic for what could be more organic than rocks?
How to work magic with your stones
As Scott Cunningham outlines there are three things that must exist for successful magic. These are:
A need that can’t be satisfied through other means. It’s an empty space in your life that must be worked on. Attracting love, guarding your home, obtaining material objects are examples of a need.
If you aren’t emotionally involved in your need, you won’t be able to raise sufficient power from any source and direct it to your need. The emotion sets the power free to bring the need into actual manifestation.
The way of magic. The techniques we use to arouse energy within ourselves or natural objects, such as stones, and send it forth toward the magical need. Knowledge includes visualization, basics of ritual, concentration, and the reality of power.
Before using them, stones should be cleansed and charged. Especially if you bought it from a shop where it has probably been touched and handled by many people, who’ve left their energetic fingerprints on it. This can be done a few ways:
- Let your stone bathe in the Full Moon’s light. Putting your stones outside in the Full Moon’s light (3 days before and after a full moon will work too) will allow your stones to absorb the powerful light and energy from the moon. Make sure to bring your stones inside in the morning. Some stones are sensitive to the harsh sun rays so make sure to do your research if you plan on leaving it out longer than just the evening. However, if the stone is not sunlight sensitive, the sun can also be a powerful energizer.
- Bury your stone in the ground. Since the stone came from the core of the earth, it only makes sense that stones can become charged and cleansed of negativity from being re-buried into the earth.
- Placing clear quartz crystals on other crystals will help them charge. Clear quartz is known to remove any blockages so energy can flow smoothly whether that be in your own body or through your stone.
- Burn sage and pass the stone through the smoke.
Once you’ve decided what purpose you’re using it for hold the stone in your dominant hand, visualizing your magical need, and pouring energy out from your body into the stone. This energy is personal power, it resides within all of us. We can move this energy from our bodies out into stones, candles, metals, and other objects to help us achieve our magical goals.
Don't forget to THANK you crystal for all the ways it’s going to help you. Thank it for the love in your heart/how grounded it has made you feel/how it has calmed your anger, etc.
Are you interested in using crystals and gemstones in your magical workings? Select crystals and gemstones for use based upon their correspondences, or attributes, and you won’t go wrong. Here are a list of some of the most popular crystals and gemstones used in magical workings and rituals, as well as ideas for how you can incorporate them into practice.
Common Crystals You Should Know About:
Clear Quartz: known as “The Master Healer” stone. A “one size fits all” type stone that can be used for anything and everything. Can heal issues at the physical, mental, emotional, or soul level. Helps us think clearly, and assists with spiritual development. Also removes blockages in your body so energy can flow smoothly. Wearing clear quartz brings clarity, and helps to manifest anything you want to bring into your life.
Amethyst: a natural stress reliever. A crystal of spiritual growth and protection that brings mental clarity, helping you become more in tune with your feelings. Amethyst repels negative energy and attracts positive energy, making them good protection stones. It’s also a good “intuitive” stone as it opens up the gateway to divine consciousness and higher intuition.
Rose Quartz: a symbolizing stone of love and harmony, that opens your heart to give and receive love. Invokes a soothing energy that fosters empathy, reconciliation, lowering heart-based stress and tension. Helpful for clearing out anger, jealousy and resentment towards others.
Rose Quartz Moondrop Necklace by Luna Lifted
Citrine: a stone of light and happiness. Wearing it brings clarity, and helps manifest more money by attracting new opportunities. It activates your imagination, bringing more creative visions to a clearer mind and positive outlook on life.
Carnelian: a highly motivating stone that will keep you inspired and confident. Carnelian is an energy booster that also increases your creativity. Carnelian is a good stone to have on your work desk. Use carnelian in rituals that involve grounding, because it is indeed associated with the element of Earth. Its healing powers are used in treatments of impotency and infertility, and in some cases it is believed to stop excessive bleeding, such as nosebleeds. On a magical level, carnelian comes in handy for magical shielding, or as a talisman against psychic attack. You can keep carnelian with your other crystals and stones to keep them safe from negative influences.
Aventurine: comes in various colors such as green, red, yellow, peach, blue, and more. Aventurine is an all-around luck stone, bringing good fortune and new opportunities. Also known to increase perception, stimulate creativity, and enhance intelligence.
Selenite: ideal for all types of energy clearing that can protect and shield your body as well as clearing energy of other crystals. It radiates light energy, promoting purity and honesty, giving the wearer an experience of liberation, free of negativity and inhibitions.
Selenite Janna Necklace by Luna Lifted
Lapis Lazuli: a stone of total awareness that connects you to a higher truth. Helps foster verbal expression, opening and balancing your throat chakra. Provides wisdom and connects you to your spiritual guardians, shielding you from negative energy. Use lapis to treat depression and lift the spirits, as it is connected to the brow chakra and disorders of the brain. For a magical boost, incorporate it into workings involving altered consciousness, trancework, meditation, and connection to the gods of your tradition.
Lapis Lazuli Janna Necklace by Luna Lifted
Hematite: a protection stone that helps stay grounded in any situation. It absorbs negative energy and very calming in times of stress or worry. Creates a feeling of balance, and centeredness. Can also help you to find your own unique talents and release self-imposed limitations. It’s also an excellent stone to carry for willpower, confidence and problem solving, as well as psychic awareness. You can also place hematite stones around your doors and windows to keep away negative influences from the outside.
Tiger’s Eye: helps re-balance the body on all levels. Encourages optimism and trust in the future. It brings brightness and light into all situations and shines insight onto problems. Can also bring good luck, abundance and prosperity. In ancient times it was a talisman against bad luck and curses. Connected to the element of fire, the tiger's eye is often used to enhance overall energy and general physical health. Use this stone in rituals related to self-confidence, courage and protection.
Turquoise: Turquoise appears in various shades of blue, and often appears speckled or banded with black or white streaks. Associated with the element of water, turquoise is often found in the art and jewelry of the Native American tribes of the Southwest. Use this stone in treatments of stomach disorders, eye ailments, and even broken bones. It also comes in useful for general chakra alignments. In magical workings, turquoise is incorporated into rituals to bring about wisdom and intuition.
Turquoise Aradia Ring by Luna Lifted
Obsidian: The glassy black stone known as obsidian is actually a volcanic byproduct. Naturally, because of its origins, it’s tied to the element of fire. Obsidian can be used to draw toxins away from the body, and is sometimes placed along the base of the feet during energy work, as a method of pulling toxins downwards. In a magical setting, use obsidian for scrying and intuition, as well as workings involving womens’ mysteries and the subconscious. In Feng Shui, obsidian is used to clear obstacles.
Snowflake Obsidian Aradia Ring by Luna Lifted
Your Questions from Instagram:
Moonstone: believed to be a stone of destiny, and is strongly connected to the moon and the Divine Feminine, making it a wonderfully helpful stone for women going through a time where they are creating life. It helps align hormone production, metabolism and reproduction.
Chrysocolla: A peaceful stone that soothes and calms during stressful times. Helps draw off negative energies, especially in times of transitions. Wonderful stone to wear on a daily basis as a support stone or to help calm your emotions.
Jasper may also be helpful during childbirth as its been known to relieve pain.
Any crystals that help open and soothe the sacral chakra: Carnelian, Tiger’s eye, Citrine, Amber, Sunstone
Technically no, they are made up of different elements. Pink Quartz develops crystals while rose quartz does not. Pink Quartz is also more expensive and cut to make gemstone beads for rings and pendants. Rose Quartz is generally more affordable and easily available to make in to different shapes.
Which crystal/stone helps for relaxation and reducing stress?
Amethyst: see above
Rose Quartz: see above
Clear Quartz: see above
Hematite: see above
Other crystals that help with stress and relaxation: Tourmaline, Citrine, Carnelian, Aventurine
Reference books on crystal healing and over all knowledge
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
Elemental Energy by Kristin Petrovich
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