Crystals, Stones and Rocks

Colourful stones of various shapes and sizes are used in some spellwork. Whether you purchase them or find them yourself, be certain that their vibrations feel comfortable to you. Crystals and other stones are good conductors of magical energy in their natural state and need not be polished to be of use. Crystals are a natural earth treasure and have always commanded awe and admiration from mortal minds with just reason. Crystals are made of violent earthly convulsions and extreme physical conditions.

My large Natural Amethyst Crystal PieceMy large Natural Amethyst Crystal Piece

Crystals are the forerunner of coins and remain powerful, valuable icons and will serve an owner for the rest of their lives, or traded for mutual gain. Crystal have many values and forms being used as Jewellery or for Healing, Dowsing & Scrying, Protection, Concentration, Power Directing & more. All the uses have one thing in common in that they attempt to harness the undeniably awesome, natural power of Crystals.

All stones and Crystals are of the Element Earth and play an important part in Celtic spellwork. Many Witches and Pagans use crystals and gemstones in workings, because every stone is connected to some aspect of the human experience. Learn about the therapeutic and magical properties of different stones, as well as how they are best used in magical practice.


Common Ritual Stones
Clear quartz:
• is known as the universal healer;
• has long been prized for its ability to remove negativity;
• can protect and cleanse;
• enhances meditation;
• increases thought forms;
• increases levels of intuition and spiritual awareness;
• calms the mind and is a good crystal for dealing with feeling “out of sorts”;
• calms the heart and alleviates stress and trauma.

Jet:
*Alleviates the effects of depression;
*Reduces the effects of SAD;
*Instills stability and balances the outlook;
*Reduces mood swings;
*Dispels Saturnine gloom;
*Protects the carrier / wearer from negative influences.

Hematite:
*enhances personal magnetism, will and courage;
*believed beneficial for stress and the nerves;
*grounds, protects, balances, boosts self esteem;
*aids concentration, focus, willpower, reliability and confidence.

Agate:
*is the stone of health and good fortune;
*is treasured as a good overall healing stone;
*said to improve natural vitality and energy;
*increases self confidence and
*balances emotions and calms the mind.

Amethyst
• assist creative thinking;
• increase intuition and spiritual awareness;
• represent the energy to enhance psychic awareness;
• aid meditation;
• provide a strong protection when worn;
• potentially help in the treatment and breaking links with obsessions;
• assist concentration and all mental activity;
• be particularly helpful when studying and
• it is suggested to help combat insomnia

Sodalite:
• increases perception, understanding and intuition;
• is a good crystal for oversensitive and defensive people;
• improves courage and endurance;
• calms and clears the mind and allows new information to be received;
• brings joy and relief to a heavy heart and
• is claimed to aid the metabolism and lymphatic system.
 
CrystalsCrystalsOnce you acquire your first Crystal, you will need to clean and charge it to attune it to your personal vibrations and energies.  Regular charging will keep the energy of the Crystal focused on you for health and positive energy.  Once you charge the Crystal for your own use, it is best not to let anyone else handle it, as it will also absorb energies from other people, diluting the benefits to you.    

To clean your crystal, simply wash it in water.  If you live near a natural spring or have access to sea water, all the better.  If not near the sea, adding salt (especially sea salt) to the cleansing water will add the electrical properties contained in the salt to the cleansing process.

There are as many ways to charge a Crystal as there are people charging them, and therefore, we offer only general guidelines here.  Obviously, it is up to you to choose the way that you feel benefits you most.  Once your crystal is charged, it should be stored in a pouch of piece of soft material.  Silk is an excellent choice.   

If you want sun-type energy (light, restorative, life), place your crystal on a windowsill or outdoors for a few hours.  You can set the Crystal in a clear glass covered with clean water to amplify the energy from the sunlight, but this is optional.

For moon-type energy (mystical, magical, inward fulfillment), put your crystal outside (either in water or not)  under the light of a full moon for several hours.  For slightly different goals, set the crystal out in a waxing moon (moving toward full moon) for increase and new beginnings, and in a waning moon (after the full moon) for decrease - as in debt, illness, etc.  

Bury your crystal for a few hours for earth energies (strength, magnetism, attraction, banish negativity).  If you don't have a yard, a pot filled with soil will do.

For a power charge (strength, break stubborn energies), put your Crystal outside in a thunderstorm where it can absorb the negative ions from lightning.   

If you want a fire-type energy, especially for purification, pass your Crystal briefly through the flame of a candle.

To reap the benefits of air (communication, intellect, understanding) hold your Crystal in the smoke of burning incense.  Sage and Sandalwood are excellent general purpose choices.

To charge your Crystal to be in tune with a specific property of a magical herb, sprinkle the essential oil of the chosen herb over the Crystal.

Obviously, with a little practice, each of us will develop our own unique ways of charging our own Crystals.  This page is only meant to serve as a guideline, and if your Crystal is particularly fragile, you may not want to subject it to flame or water.  Use your good judgement and that Crystal will serve you well for a long, long time!
 
Crystals and the Zodiac
Aquarius            hematite, amethyst, amber

Pisces                amethyst, opal, bloodstone, coral, aquamarine, fire opal

Aries                 fire agate, aquamarine, bloodstone, citrine, diamond, emerald, jade

Taurus               carnelian, diamond, blue tourmaline, chrysocolla, rose quartz

Gemini               rutilated quartz, aquamarine, blue sapphire, emerald, jade, pearl

Cancer              moonstone, ruby, carnelian, opal, fire opal

Leo                   citrine, amber, garnet, jasper, carnelian, diamond

Virgo                smoky quartz, watermelon tourmaline, amethyst, moss agate, geodes

Libra                rose quartz, tourmaline, bloodstone, citrine, jade, moonstone, opal

Scorpio             turquoise, moldavite, malachite, moonstone, opal, peridot, ruby

Sagittarius        lapis, obsidian, topaz, azurite, chalcedony, smoky quartz, turquoise

Capricorn          tigereye, jade, black tourmaline, green tourmaline, garnet, smoky quartz
 

Properties of Common Crystals used by most Pagans

Amethyst - is a spiritual stone, it brings serenity in times of grief and stress, and is a good aid to meditation.  As a calming stone, if placed against the forehead it can ease headaches, and if place under the pillow can aid in restful sleep.  It can be used to strengthen commitment, and as an aid to chastity.  Amethyst stones have a violet and purple hue, and are associated with the birth signs of Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Pisces.   

Aquamarine - is a water stone, it is used for calming the nerves, strengthening the spirit, and as an aid to healing internal organs.  When used to aid communication, it helps calm and relax the overactive mind.  If used in conjunction with meditation, it inspires love, peace, serenity, and greater self-awareness.  Aquamarine stones are associated with the birth signs Virgo and Aquarius.

Bloodstone - is a healing stone, and is helpful in clearing energy.  It is used with blood related disorders and to strengthen blood circulation, as it is thought to toughen and oxygenate the bloodstream.  Women may find bloodstones helpful in the regulation of the menstrual cycle, and for painful periods.  Bloodstones are also used to stimulate physical strength, and are revitalizing and balancing.  Bloodstones are green with red flecks and are associated with the birth sign Aries.

Carnelian - is a healing stone, it vitalizes the blood and aids tissue regeneration.  It is used to aid concentration and helps to open the heart bringing joy, sociability and warmth.  It is also used as a protector from evil.  Carnelian stones are orange in colour, and are associated with the birth sign Virgo.

Celestite – is a peace stone, it reduces stress and provides a sense of relaxation, bringing with it peace of mind.  It is also used as an aid to creativity, and clarity of words and thoughts.   

Citrine – is a healing stone, believed to be of great benefit to sufferers of diabetes.  It also aids tissue re-generation and is especially efficacious to the digestive system.  Used to improve self-confidence by encouraging self-esteem, it enhances friendships and relationships in general.  Citrine stones have a pale to deep or smokey yellow colour, and are associated with the birth sign Gemini.  

Clear Quartz - as a healing stone, it is physically good for the heart and spine.  As a protective stone, it is a generator and activator of energy that repels negativity on all levels.  As such it is beneficially used to aid self-confidence, and against real or imaginary slights and injustices.  Also used to bolster courage and as an aid too peaceful sleep.  The milky or opaque quartz has a receptive feminine aspect, while the clear quartz have a stimulating male force.

Fluorite – is a healing and spiritual stone.  Associated with the strengthening of bones and teeth, it also aids knowledge, spiritual growth, and unconditional love.  Fluorite is a variable coloured stone often containing purple, white and green.

Garnet - is a peace stone.  Used to balance sexuality and soothe emotional disharmony, while encouraging love and compassion.  Its healing properties protect from infection and aids with mental fatigue.  Garnets are a deep red in colour, and are associated with the birth signs Scorpio and Capricorn.   

Jade - is a healing and protecting stone.  Red jade serves to stimulate the emotions; it aids friendships while promoting prosperity.  Green jade serves to calm and soothe.  Both have a general influence on the inner motivations and urges.  Jade is associated with the birth sign Taurus.

Lodestone - is a metallic and magnetic stone with both drawing and repelling properties.  It helps to draw out and alleviate illness and pain from the physical body, and eases emotional trauma by increasing resistance to stress and disease.  It provides protection when around people or in places that impart feelings of depression or agitation, it repels these feeling and helps you grow strong.  Black in colour, its energies are clearing and building.

Moonstone – is a spiritual stone used to draw the aid of the noon’s spirits and the favours of the noon goddess.  They are also used to aid the development of the subconscious and psychic mind.  Moonstones have a watery white, pearly sheen that is supposed to open the heart to giving and receiving love, and when exchanged between lovers, arouses passion.  Moonstones are associated with the birth sign’s of Cancer and Pisces.

Malachite - is an inspirational stone used to aid eyesight and visionary powers by raising hopes and expectations.  It helps to combat fear by understanding its source, and assists us to back free from limitations by increasing courage and determination.  It is also good for arthritis and is thought to attract prosperity.  Malachite is an opaque green striped stone, and is associated with the birth sign Sagittarius.

Peridot  - is a healing and spiritual stone used in divination.  Peridot is a semi-precious stone and known as the “stone of the seer”.  It counteracts negativity and aids the development of inner vision by attracting occult powers to the seer.  It also enhances feelings of inner joy and lightness and opens you to giving, receiving, and expressing this joy.  Used in healing, it has a beneficial affect on cleansing the liver when “charged” in water.  It accelerates personal growth, resonates well with the heart, and aids in reducing stress.  Peridot is light green in colour, and associated with the birth sign of Leo.

Rose Quartz  - is a feminine love stone.  Used to draw positive energies, it increases fertility, friendships and brings contentment to the aged.  Placed over the heart area, it filters and harmonizes energies passing through it in either direction.  It is a very comforting stone that promotes tenderness and sweet things, joyfulness and peace.  It also soothes heart pain.  Rose Quartz as its name suggests, has a pinkish rose colour.

Sodalite  - is a calming and balancing stone.  It alleviates fears and strengthens the metabolism.  It is a slightly sedative and grounding stone that lowers blood pressure and aids sleep.  It also clears and calms the mind bringing clarity, enhanced communication, and creative self-expression that widens the perspective.  Sodalite is a bright blue stone, often criss-crossed with white lines and flecks; these symbolize the spiritual light that comes with a balanced mind.


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