• The Ultimate Guide To Crystals

    guide to crystals

    I’d originally written lots of separate posts on the crystals I had bought. But I wanted to compile them all together. I’d decided to make one big post on all the crystals I own for those starting out on buying crystals. Or would like to know more about them. I have been collecting crystals since I started my #YearOfYou and self improvement journey a couple of years ago. This is my ultimate guide to crystals for those starting out or wanting to add to their collection.

    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEALING STONES & CRYSTALS

    CRYSTALS 
    • Made up of sodium, chlorine and silicone dioxide.
    • They come in many different forms, which are;
      Crystal Clusters: Consist of many crystal points bedded into a base.
      Rough Crystal: In their natural state without being altered. They haven’t shaped and usually have very rough edges.
    STONES
    • Made from other elements and commonly the elements and materials around it.
    • Tumbled meaning they are mainly smooth and polished stones. They are small enough to fit in your hands, on parts of your body. Or carry around with you for extra protection.

    CUTS OF CRYSTALS

    ANGELS – Shaped like angels. Suitable for spiritual healing and also spiritual guidance.
    PENDULUM – Thicker at the top and pointed at the end, commonly on a chain. Used for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions and reacts to your subconscious mind.
    HEARTS – Shaped like hearts. Emit and promote loving vibes.
    CABOCHON – Shaped and polished into a rounded oval shape, Means ‘head’.
    GEOMETRIC – Shaped in either cubic, spherical or pyramid. Used mostly with grounding crystals.
    POINT – Commonly shaped with a point on the top. Used to amplify other crystals during healing.
    CLUSTER – Consists of lots of small crystal points embedded into the base.

    WHICH CRYSTALS DO I OWN?

    Clear Quartz

    Clear Quartz is an all round healer. It amplifies the energy of other crystals. A stone of clarity and power.

    Rose Quartz

    Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It is one of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, as it open the heart to all types of love – love of the self, love of family, love of friends and romantic love.  The soothing energy is emits fosters empathy, reconciliation and forgiveness of others, lowering stress and tensions of the heart. It can clear out anger, jealousy and resentment towards others, allowing the healing of heart issues caused by holding onto these negative emotions.

    Smokey Quartz

    Smoky Quartz helps to ground and connect you to the earth, allowing you to keep your feet on the ground and remain balanced. It emits a high level of energy and absorbs negative energy. It assists in removing mental and emotional blockages, relieving pain and dispersing negative energy from the body. It’s worn for emotional support and helps dissolve anger and resentment as well.

    Aura Quartz

    There are quite a few variations of Aura Quartz crystals from Titanium Quartz, Amethyst Spirit Aura, Silver Aura, Druzy Aura and Rainbow Aura. They are quite a popular crystal in the crystal universe. They bring insight, compassion and energy as well as excitement and joy to life experiences. Have enhanced healing powers, enhances physical vitality and energy. This is the biggest crystal from this haul and what drew me to buying this was the stunning pink detailing and the gold druzy sparkles. The meaning behind Druzy is the glittering effect within the crystals. 

    Chalcedony Quartz

    Chalcedony is a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood and good will. It absorbs negative energy. it brings the mind, body, emotions and spirit into harmony. Chalcedony instills feeling of benevolence and generosity. It alleviates hostility and transforms melancholy into joy. Eases self doubt, creates openness and enthusiasm. It absorbs and dissipates negative emotions, thoughts and bad dreams. It improves mineral assimilation and combats mineral build up in the veins. It’s known to lessen the effects of dementia and senility. It increases physical energy, heals the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.

    Amethyst Quartz

    I’ve picked up a very unique version of a Amethyst Quartz, I must say which is Pale Lavender. It almost looks like edible crystallised sugar if you know what I mean. It’s more yellow and transparent with a small hint of lavender in the middle. A very rough texture and uneven surface which makes this very unique. With the same properties as Amethyst, it is a natural stress reliever that encourages inner strength.

    And brings wealth and a strong business sense to its wearer. It’s the crystal of spiritual growth and protection. Know for bringing clarity to the mind and helps you become more in tune with your feelings. It helps repel negative emotions and attracts positive energy, making it a great protection stone for the home.

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    Black Tourmaline

    Black Tourmaline is great for repelling and protecting against negativity, protection. And enhances overall well being and emotional stability.

    Labradorite

    Labradorite protects you from negativity, charges you with a sense of excitement and adventure. It brings amazing changes to your life, helps you understand your destiny. Allows you to recognise within intuitive thought – correct timing for action taking. Has healing properties; helps alleviate the symptoms of colds, helps respiratory problems including bronchitis, helps healing disorders within the brain area. Stimulates mental abilities, aids your metabolism and digestion.

    It also helps relieve pain and stimulates hearing and communication skills. This crystal measures 30 x 40mm, so still quite a smallish crystal. With the main smooth face being the centre of attention, once it catches the light. It shows all of these amazing colours captures in the crystal face. The Grade AAA rating is used by crystal sellers. It is to show how authentic the crystal is, the more ‘A’s the more authentic it is.

    Blue Lace Agate

    I picked up this Blue Lace Agate from my good friend Meg at Simply Different. Blue Lace Agate is a stone of communication, helping those who have difficulty being heard by others. Or those who need confidence and articulation to share their truths. It provides clarity of thought and unwavering intent in regards to what matters most.

    Desert Rose

    I picked up a small Desert Rose crystal from my good friend Meg at Simply Different. Desert Rose is used to quiet worries and promote mental clarity. Despite its gentle appearance, this stone embodies sturdy strength and assistance in standing your ground. This stone allows one to have heart-centered thoughts and brings clarity to understanding one’s own emotional body.

    Now Desert Rose is a very unusual crystal to own but it’s gorgeous in it’s own right. Desert Rose is a flower-like sphere that has been slowly etched by the desert sand.

    Rhodochrosite

    Rhodochrosite is a gorgeous, deep raspberry-pink or rose-red crystal. It is called the Stone of the Compassionate Heart. It’s the quintessential gemstone of love and compassion. It can bring true joy to one’s life, heals old wounds and makes it possible to love oneself and others unconditionally.

    Kyanite

    I picked up a Raw Kyanite from my good friend Meg at Simply Different. Kyanite is one of the two minerals on the planet that neither accumulates nor retains negative energy. And therefore never needs cleansing which is a bonus. The high vibration and rapid transfers of energy from Kyanite create pathways where none existed before.

    Like a universal bridge, it is an extraordinary crystal of connection, opening the mind centers, enhancing telepathic and psychic abilities. Bridging gaps in all communication efforts, and providing a link for transmitting or receiving healing energy. It immediately aligns the chakras and subtle bodies, bringing tranquility and a calming effect to the whole being. It is an exceptional stone for transitioning into deep meditative states

    Zeolite

    They help absorb and remove toxins. Useful for gardening and agriculture especially when buried in the ground, helpful for bloating and addictions. Enhances healing responses, removes negative energy and brings happiness to where the negative energy was. Zeolites natural form are from volcanic rocks and ash layers which react with alkaline groundwater. Zeolites can occur with other crystals. This selection I picked up was a mixture of 5 different types. They are very small measuring between 17 – 25mm. They come in all colours, shapes and sizes.

    Angelite

    Angelite helps to promote peace and calm, angelic vibrations, dispels fear and overwhelm and promotes tranquility.

    Lepidolite

    Lepidolite helps to calm and de-stress, releases stress and anxiety and helps promote peace. This is also perfect to help you get a peaceful and restful sleep. By placing it under your pillow, by your bedside or under your bed. Also if you suffer from anxiety and overactive thinking as it helps calm and harmonize.

    Opalite 

    Opalite is a gentle, loving and calming stone. Is good for meditation and enhancing your psychic abilities. Ideal to place in your workspace as it can be used to help us achieve our goals. It also helps relieve difficult or tense situations. It helps balance emotions and creates an air of calm and peace.

    Selenite

    White Selenite works to bring light down from the higher realms. They help clarify the mind, cleansing negative energy, and help your spiritual growth. It is named after the Greek goddess of the moon. It’s ideal for all types of energy clearing. It has the ability to clear, protect and shield your energy body. As well as clearing the energy in your other crystals and home.

    It quickly unblocks any stagnant or negative energy to create a smooth flow of positive energy. Selenite crystals magnify the energy of other crystals and gemstones that is placed upon it. Making it perfect for reactivating and recharging your crystals. It has also been recently used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing including cancer treatment and tumor reduction.

    Howlite

    Is commonly white with grey veining but can come in other colours too. Don’t confuse this with marble, they do look similar. Howlite is a super calming stone and relieves all kinds of stress. It’s great for treating insomnia and restless sleep. The stone of awareness, can be used to release attachments that are linked to old emotional pain. It calms mental and emotional stress and pain. Decreases overly critical anxiety, depression, stress and selfishness whilst it can decrease rudeness, confrontations as well as increasing creativity and self expression.

    Serpentine

    Serpentine helps to bring hormones back into balance. Known to clear out and release the dense areas of the chakras so healing can occur. It helps you to take responsibility for your life. It can also be used to attract and manifest anything you want in life – abundance on all levels, prosperity, love, healing – anything you want. Serpentine can come in all sorts of colours but mainly green. Green Serpentine is known as the Infinity stone. It’s an earthing stone which aids meditation. Also it helps promote compassion and forgiveness. It has a gentle calm tender nature and is perfect for emotional healing. 

    Flourite

    Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness and development, protection, and brings peace.  It helps one meditate and learn to go past the “chatter” that our minds tend to generate when first learning to meditate. Deeper meditation past the “chatter” can give access to cosmic truth, attune to spirit guides or animal totems. This energy can be used to manifest one’s life purpose.

    Fluorite protects psychically as a psychic shield, protect from chaotic vibrations by evening them out in an orderly manner. It is used to clear energy fields and auric cleansing in particular. Fluorite is also used to remove astral attachments, which brings a reduction or elimination of negative energy. Fluorite is also said to enhance the strength of other stones.

    Chakra Crystals
    • White Howlite – Crown Chakra
    • Amethyst – Third Eye Chakra
    • Sodalite – Throat Chakra
    • Green Aventurine – Heart Chakra
    • Citrine – Solar Plexus Chakra
    • Red Jasper – Spleen Chakra
    • Hematite – Base/Root Chakra
    Cleansing Mists 

    I picked up a few cleansing mists from a shop in Oxford called Spirit Walker Crystals. I’d originally found them on eBay but they also have their own website and store. I picked up their Meditation Mist which contains Lavender which helps provide a calming scent that can be used before sleeping, meditation and to generally calm you down. Spritz this over your pillow and bed sheets to have a calming sleep. I’ve also picked up their Aura Cleansing Mist which is great for removing negative auras and vibrations. Spritz the mist and walk through it several times to remove negativity.

    Mala Beads

    I picked up two Mala Beads from The Daily Healing. My first one was the Custom Mala Beads. I picked Rose Quartz because I’ve been lacking in the love department recently.  She created them using Clear Quartz, Faceted Rose Quartz, Rhodonite and a Rainbow Moonstone charm. It has around 25 beads  and was priced at $25.00.

    The other Mala Beads that I picked were her Turquoise Mala Bracelet. I liked that it had natural brown beads on it which complemented the turquoise stones. This mala bead bracelet was made with Pyrite for empowerment, action, will power, self confidence, motivation and abundance which I need a lot of especially self confidence. Sandalwood for calm, peace and relaxation which will help with my anxiety as that makes me very restless. Gold plated accents and charm, Chalcedony charm and strung on durable silk cord and finished with a magnetic closure.


    Are you planning on collecting crystals? Has my guide to crystals helped you? Let me know in the comments below.

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