Crystals and stones have been used for thousands of years for magical and medicinal purposes, and a huge influx of people are finding them useful again in modern times. I am not an expert by any means but I have been using crystals in my craft for a while and wanted to share some of the things I wish I could of found in one place when I was starting out.
Cleansing & Charging Your Crystals
One of the most important steps to take when you purchase a crystal or stone is to cleanse it before using it. What do I mean by cleanse it? Crystals and stones have the tendency to absorb other energies around them, which means anyone with a strong energy whose held the crystal before you could have rubbed off on the crystal itself. It can also pick up energies in its environment and from its original mining/manufacturing. Cleanse the crystal energetically of residue by smoke cleansing (with sage/cedar/incense/etc smoke), burying it in soil/sand/salt, running it under water (be careful with this method as some stones are soluble), or use the power of moonlight. My favorite methods are smoke cleansing or moonlight, as they are quick, simple, and don’t have any effect on the physicality of the crystal itself.
Maybe you’ve heard someone say “you have to cleanse and charge your crystals”. Both cleansing and charging are important. What does it mean to charge a crystal? Charging is when you fill the crystal with natural, positive energy (you can look at it like charging a rechargeable battery). Natural energy can come from a variety of sources but usually involves moonlight, sunlight, reiki or the individual’s own personal energy. I’ve found that you can cleanse and charge crystals using the same methods in some cases. Think about what intentions you have for the crystal being recharged (orange calcite for energy, rose quartz for love, etc.). Hold this visualization for at least a few minutes while you perform your recharging method. I have another post detailing more on how to cleanse and charge crystals if you would like to read more on that.
You can go out and buy a bunch of crystals and stones and do your best to remember each and every name and its magical properties, or you can learn a few common crystals and stones and go by the color of the rest. Crystals of certain colors will carry certain properties that differentiate them from other crystals. Also, keep in mind that each chakra (energy-point) in our bodies has a color that corresponds to crystals of the same color. Here’s a general guide to crystal colors and their magical properties:
Pink: self-love, friendship, healing, romance
Red: passion, lust, strength, revenge, perseverance, ancestors
Purple: intuition, dreams, magic
Blue: communication, inspiration, water, healing
Green: money, love, earth, grounding, abundance
Orange: sexuality, fertility, emotional healing, balance
Yellow: sun, energy, opportunity, success, empowerment
Black: grounding, divination, protection
Clear: clarity, divine communication, angels, breaking barriers
If you obtain a crystal and do not know its name, you can always try going by the color to use its properties. This is a general quick resource you can use and build from there.
How to Use Crystals for Magick
Maybe you have a couple crystals and now you’re looking at them sitting in on your nightstand. Or you’re holding it in the palm of your hand thinking, “what now?” Well, if you’re holding it, congratulations! You’ve taken the first steps towards learning crystal magick.
Become Familiar with Your Crystal's Energy
The first thing you should do with crystals is hold them. Don’t expect anything to happen right away, just let the crystal’s energy do its thing. You might not feel anything at first and think I’m a little crazy, but trust me, after a few times of practicing this, you’ll start to feel the crystal’s vibrations. Depending on you and the crystal, you might feel vibrating, jolts of energy (like mini electrical shocks), radiating warmth or coolness, and/or tingling among other things. Record any physical sensations and your thoughts/emotions in your Book of Shadows or Grimoire while holding the crystal. Certain crystals will effect you differently than others. Pay attention to how each makes you feel and you will find it easier to figure out what to use in your craft for that particular spell or ritual you want to do.
Incorporate into Daily Life
Okay, now that you’ve felt up your stones, what’s next? Now you’re going to incorporate crystal magick into your daily life. How, you ask? Crystals are versatile and can be used in every room/place for various purposes. Here are a few basic crystal uses you can try:
Put a small green stone like green aventurine in your purse to draw in money
Place black tourmaline next to computers and TVs to absorb negative energy
Rose quartz and rhodonite are great in bedrooms for self-love, romantic love, and to be able to see both sides of any issues
Take a bath and place blue stones like blue calcite around the tub to relieve anxiety and soothe nerves
Amethyst beside the bed or under your pillow brings prophetic dreams
Tiger’s Eye placed in the entrance of a home protects against intruders
Moss agate in your garden encourages growth of new crops
Crystals for Divination and Ritual
If you enjoy divination (i.e. tarot, runes, pendulum, etc.), add crystals to your readings. You don’t have to hold them or do anything fancy with them, just simply have them nearby while doing a tarot reading, rune casting, etc. Some of my favorite crystals for divination include amethyst, clear quartz, obsidian, kyanite, sodalite, bloodstone, fluorite and lapis lazuli. You don't have to have many but it can be a nice addition to your work. You can also blend crystal magick with moon rituals, cleansing rituals, candle magick and much more.
Common, Affordable Crystals
Let’s be honest – crystals aren’t always cheap. Crystal magick can be expensive, if you let it. I wouldn't suggest that you go and blow a whole paycheck on crystals (even at my shop lol). You truly only need a few and many of the common, most powerful crystals are affordable. Here’s some of the common crystals and their magical properties:
Tiger’s Eye: great for grounding and protection
Amethyst: intuition, dreams
Rose Quartz: romance, self-love, friendship
Sodalite: communication, relieve anxiety
Clear Quartz: clarity, divine connection
Obsidian: grounding, protection, divination
Lapis Lazuli: intuition, ancient ancestors, past lives
Bloodstone: money, abundance, health
As your craft grows, you can also grow your collection. Don't feel bad about starting small. Also remember that if you can't afford that dreamy tower you want, you can still get a smaller gallet or even a tumble in the same stone and it will hold similar power. Especially when you are starting out with crystals, you want to get smaller stones and familiarize yourself with their vibrations. This way, you can later decide on what bigger pieces (if any) you want to obtain. There will be stones that speak more to you than others and just because your bestie's main stone is Green Aventurine, it doesn't necessarily mean it will be yours. Explore your options and find your unique stone.