Hey Juicers, Im so excited to share a little bit of my knowledge of crystals with you today! I’ve been mindfully working with crystals for over 2 years now; but intuitively since I was a very young child. Growing up my mother was a very spiritual woman; but never declared herself a witch or shared and ritualistic practices with me. However; there was one specific occasion when I was around 6-7 that I remember going into an esoteric shop and seeing a huge display of crystals in the back of the store. I immediately ran to the display and next thing you know I was elbow deep in all of these beautiful stones. I knew I’d found something even better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. My mother told me I was allowed to pick one crystal to take home; and for some reason I knew it had to be a piece of hematite. Of course; I didn’t know it was called hematite at the time, I just knew it was shiny and smooth and felt good when I held it in my fist. From then on whenever I was feeling stressed or overwhelmed my mother would make sure I had my stone with me, and it truly brought me so much peace.
I didn’t think much more about crystals for a very long time after that; I did have an opal egg that I loved to gaze into as a kid, but crystals seemed to drift out of my life as I moved in with my dad and stepmom. They were both very strict catholics and had a very different approach to the spiritual world. Over time my passion for crystals has come back with a force, through exploring my own spirituality and reopening myself up to the world of Wicca.
Today, you wouldn’t catch me going anywhere without wearing a crystal on me; and usually one in my pocket. I wear a ruby ring that I’ve had for over a decade that helps me remain confident, and joyful and balances my heart. I also wear a Claddagh ring with an amethyst in it; as it was an inheritance from my mother and helps me not only with my intuition-but as a way of staying close to her energetically. I feel her in my everyday life and I know she is one of my most helpful spirit guides assisting me on my journey in this life.
Now, before we get into the breakdown of these stones; lets address the basic question:
I’m a firm believer that there are times when you choose your crystals; but there are also times wen crystals choose you! If you walk into a shop and are suddenly drawn to a particular stone-its very possible that it is exactly the stone you need in the current moment. Now sometimes, I’ve walked into a shop and the crystal I’m drawn to is WAY out of my budget! That’s okay too. I usually just take note of what type of crystal it is and thank the crystal for its energy. Then I can look for more budget friendly versions of the same type of crystal; or find another stone in the same colour family or with the same healing properties.
You also may not feel an energetic pull to any crystals; and that’s alright too! We are all uniquely our own witches and sometimes working with other tools works better for us. I would suggest if that’s the case but you still want to try one out, investing in a nice clear quartz as a starter stone is a good option. It’s a very powerful crystal and can take the place of any other stone if need be. Alternatively; you could choose to refrain from crystals altogether until you do feel the urge to work with them; the decision is entirely up to you.
It is important to note; that as mining crystals is so dangerous and labour intensive- its imperative that we as consumers make sure were sourcing our stones in an ethical way. Be sure to check the origin of the stones you buy; and only buy crystals from a source you trust.
Today I’m sharing 11 crystals I feel are a great investment for any witch; as they are very powerful and versatile. If you feel drawn to a different stone-that is totally okay and you should research and explore more about it! These suggestions are in no specific order and definitely aren’t meant to be taken as a shopping list haha they’re just the stones that I love to work with on a regular basis.
1. Clear Quartz
This crystal is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. It is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. Clear Quartz protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain. The emotional healing properties of clear quartz dispel feelings of negativity while encouraging positive feelings and thoughts, and it has major balancing benefits for the user. Clear quartz enhances awareness and improves one’s perceptions; energy levels are increased and thought processes are improved and clarified.
This is a calming stone that instils deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work. It assists judgement and insight. It clears confusion and aids in seeing the deeper picture. This fragile stone is a crystal of higher grounding and used for good luck and protection. The powerful vibration of Selenite can clear, open, and activate the Crown and Higher Chakras and can also be used to strengthen the memory. I also like to use this stone to help charge my other crystals when I feel they need a boost! I have a large flat piece of selenite that I lay my other crystals on before I go to use them and it works wonders for me. I have read that selenite doesn’t need recharging itself; but I still like to lay it out in the sun or moonlight to give it a refreshing cleanse every so often.
Is a stone that relieves stress and anxiety, boosts motivation and ambition. It also acts with a calming energy and is a very powerful crystal that strengthens memory and eliminates rage, pain and stress. If your suffering from insomnia it is said to ease an overactive mind and help you reach a deep and restful sleep. This stone works well with your crown Chakra and absorbs negative energies. It also is known to facilitate awareness and a higher spiritual consciousness.
This crystal is a very powerful stone used to increase intuition and connect you to the Devine, enhancing your psychic abilities. It also helps to cure nightmares and ease insomnia while relieving anxiety and relaxing the mind. Amethyst is perfect for use during meditation and in creative endeavours as is clears and focuses the mind, and helps activate your crown and third eye chakra. This crystal has very calming properties and alleviates sadness and grief. It also dissolves negativity and works as a shield against lower energies. Amethyst is my all time favourite stone as it was my mother’s birthstone and I still feel very connected to her whenever I work with it. In fact, I love it so much I wear her amethyst ring everyday and I feel as if she is always by my side.
5. Lapis Lazuli
Is known to encourage self-awareness and self expression and act as a protection stone to guard against psychic attacks. This stone is perfect for work with your throat Chakra. Use this stone to release stress and bring upon inner peace and self-knowledge. It inspires confidence and aids in the expression and communication of feelings and emotions.
6. Green Aventurine
This is a very great stone to use when working with your heart chakra. It has a soothing energy and is recommended when working through unresolved emotional issues. It is a stone of prosperity and balances female and male energy. Green Aventurine reinforces leadership qualities and promotes compassion and empathy. It is also a good luck stone and helps attract fortune into your life. I like to keep a piece of green Aventurine (and citrine!) in my jacket pocket when going on job interviews!
7. Rose quartz
is the crystal of universal love. Rose quartz restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. This stone also dispels negative energy and purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote romantic love, self-love, and friendship. It is calming and reassuring and promotes deep inner healing and feelings of peace. Rose quartz also opens and heals the heart chakra. Wear or carry this stone with you when you’re looking for more love in your everyday life. I like to keep this crystal near the bed and use it for my heart chakra meditations or for when my partner and I are having meaningful conversations.
Cleanses the chakras and opens the intuition. It also attracts good luck, wealth, prosperity and success. Citrine is an emotionally balancing, energising and recharging stone. It is a powerful stone that aids in joy, wonder, delight and enthusiasm. This crystal also Raises self-esteem and self-confidence, stimulating the brain and strengthening the intellect. Citrine promotes motivation, activates creativity and encourages self-expression. It also enhances concentration and revitalises the mind. Citrine helps to release negative traits, depression, fears and phobias.
9. Tigers Eye
Is said to be the confidence stone; it helps you release fear and anxiety and bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind and aids in harmony and balance. It is a protection stone and is great at clearing emotions thus contributing to a calm mind; meanwhile stimulating focused actions and helping you make decisions. If I’m ever feeling agitated or anxious I like to lay down and hold a piece of tumbled tigers eye in my hand! Its cooling to the touch and helps me move my energies away from what’s stressing me out; and transitions my energies to a clearer and more calm way of thinking.
10. Black Tourmaline
Promotes self-confidence and diminishes fear; it also attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity. This stone balances the right-left sides of the brain and helps treat paranoia, overcomes dyslexia and improves hand-eye coordination. It is a great relief from migraines and headaches and can increase durability and physical vitality. Black Tourmaline crystal is a powerful stone for protection against negative energy of all kinds including psychic protection. However, make sure you don’t wear black tourmaline while you sleep and if you do experience sleep disturbance after placing a black tourmaline by your bedside, consider moving it across the room. I like to keep my black tourmaline in a grounding altar by the entrance to my door, along with other stones that also correlate to the root chakra.
11. Smoky quartz
gently neutralises negative vibrations and is detoxifying on all levels. This stone is great for protecting against radiation and electromagnetic smog. Smoky Quartz disperses fear, lifts depression and negativity. Use this stone when working on your root chakra, as it is great for grounding and promoting security and stability. Its a wonderful crystal to use when you need help achieving emotional calmness, relieving stress or easing anxiety. Smokey Quartz strengthens the back and relieves headaches, and I like to lay down and put it on my stomach whenever I have cramps from my period or IBS!
Alright Juicers; now that you’re armed with all of this knowledge about crystals I encourage you to go out and find one that works best for you. If you don’t feel any drastic changes right away; don’t get discouraged. Simply continue working with it and have faith that the change will come in time. I will be sharing how to cleanse and recharge your crystals next week so stay tuned for that as it will also help you continue to work with your stones and have a more powerful and impactful experience with them.
Sending you so much love and well wishes always,