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Crystals, wonderful things that have been used for thousands of years to increase well-being and protect us from negative energies (among other things). Do you feel drawn to them, but have no idea where to start looking for a crystal that suits you and your needs?
Read on to learn more about these 5 different types of crystals: green aventurine, amethyst, rose quartz, citrine and tiger's eye.
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Crystals are a wonderful tool for magic and self-care.
- Crystal has several uses such as meditation, healing or magic.
- Can be used to represent the attributes of deities during rituals.
- Crystals possess positive energies, enhancing your well-being.
- Crystals have been used for many thousands of years.
Crystals can help you with your everyday life, they can be used to focus on an intention or to create a more peaceful space in which to work. Crystals are also a wonderful tool for meditation and healing. They can help you to feel more connected to the universe, allowing you access to all aspects of yourself. Crystals are also often used in magical rituals, spellwork and the worship of various deities—the crystals’ attributes represent those gods or goddesses.
The use of crystals in jewelry and decorative objects dates as far back as ancient civilizations. The Egyptians, for example, used lapis lazuli and turquoise to decorate jewelry—and even buried their dead with these materials so that they could wear them into the afterlife. Crystals were also used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for decorative purposes and as talismans to protect against evil.
People have also used crystals for their supposed metaphysical properties (such as spiritual growth, healing) since ancient times. Many cultures—including Chinese, Indian and Native American ones—believed in the healing powers of these stones. People have always believed that wearing or meditating on crystals can improve their emotional well-being.
Green aventurine is thought to be an all round healer, bringing positive transformation into your life. It has grounding and calming properties that can help you feel calmer and more relaxed.
This stone can also assist when dealing with stress related conditions such as anxiety or high blood pressure by encouraging feelings of well-being
and inner harmony.
It can help you to attract good luck and prosperity into your life by stimulating the heart chakra (the centre of love, compassion and friendship). This crystal is also said to promote creativity, especially when working with new ideas or projects.
The stone is a good choice for those who are trying to achieve a goal or make positive changes in their lives. It can also help you if you need to overcome negative emotions such as jealousy, anger or resentment by making you more aware of how these feelings affect your life.
- Reduce negative thoughts, stress, depression and insomnia.
- Enhances spiritual awareness.
- Helps you connect with people.
The amethyst crystal is a versatile stone that helps in purifying the mind and clearing it of negative thoughts. It has calming and soothing properties which make it ideal for meditation as well as for sleep. Amethyst is used in crystal healing to help with insomnia, depression and stress. In meditation, amethyst enhances spiritual awareness by opening up the third eye chakra (the middle of your forehead). This brings about clarity about one's purpose on Earth, who you really are and what you want to do with your life.
Amethyst is also known as a "peace stone" because it promotes peace between people when worn or held during meditation or prayer sessions. It works like an amplifier that connects us all through love energy, so if you're feeling disconnected from others at any time then place an amethyst next to you while meditating or praying so that this loving connection can pass through everyone involved!
- Increases self-love, acceptance, compassion.
- Decreases stress and anxiety.
- Improves relationships and helps with forgiveness.
- Helps heal old traumas.
- Brings peace and harmony into your life.
Rose Quartz is known as the stone which bridges the gap between the heart and brain. It improves relationships and brings about a sense of inner peace. Rose quartz has been used as a healing stone for centuries, as it helps in self-love, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness.
It can heal both physical and emotional wounds by releasing old traumas from your body’s energy field (aura). The gentle vibration of rose quartz clears out anger, resentment and negative emotions that may be holding you back in your life, bringing peace and harmony back to your life. It also encourages love for oneself and others by promoting self-worth, appreciation for other people's differences rather than focusing on similarities between them, increasing empathy towards all living creatures including animals/plants/etc.
- Increase wealth, success and good fortune.
- Attract money and abundance.
- Brings joy into your life.
- Helps with problem solving.
The Citrine is a stone of success and good fortune. It promotes abundance, prosperity and wealth and is therefore sometimes called "The merchant stone". It is a stone to be worn when you want to attract money and abundance in all aspects of your life. The Citrine can improve mood and promote a positive outlook on life as well as helping us all look at our problems from different angles so that we may come up with solutions more quickly than before. The Citrine will help you to find the child-like joy that can easily be lost in adulthood but which we need so badly!
- Protection from dangers and negative forces.
- Reduce anxiety, stress, depression.
- Reduce feelings of anger or frustration.
- Improving self-esteem.
Tiger's Eye is a stone that has been used since ancient times to protect you from all kinds of dangers. It is said to provide protection from negative forces and helps you to gain control over your own life, especially the negative emotions that might be holding you back.
The grounding and stabilizing properties of Tiger's Eye are believed to reduce anxiety, stress and depression by bringing clarity into unclear situations. In addition, it can help reduce feelings of anger or frustration while improving self-esteem.
- Improves inner knowledge and clarity.
- Increases psychic abilities and spiritual awareness.
- Protecting you from harm and negativity.
Prehnite is a stone of attunement, and the energy it brings can be a powerful tool in helping you to understand and trust your own intuition. It encourages inner knowledge—showing the path forward to spiritual growth through attunement to divine energy. Prehnite is connected with the heart chakra, as well as being associated with the planet Neptune, which alludes to its ability to enhance psychic abilities and spiritual awareness.
Prehnite is also a stone of protection, helping you to remain safe from harm and negativity. It can be used for psychic protection and cleansing when working with the tarot or any other divinatory tools. This crystal helps anyone who needs clarity on their journey through life.
3 ways to cleanse your crystals
- You can cleanse your crystals in nature, in direct natural light or with smudging.
- By cleansing your crystals you take away negative energy and charge them
with positive energy.
- You should avoid putting your crystals near, or in, water.
- If you try smudging, you should be careful due to the smoke and the risk of fire.
It is highly recommended that you cleanse your crystals once a month by exposing them to natural light sources, such as moonlight, so that their energy will stay strong.
Crystals are believed by some to absorb and store energy, both positive and negative. Therefore, it is thought that regular cleansing and charging of crystals can help to keep them "fresh" and charged with positive energy, which can in turn help to enhance their effectiveness in meditation, healing, and magic.
Exposing crystals to natural light sources is thought to help cleanse them of any negative energies they may have absorbed and to recharge them with positive energy. Cleanse your stones by placing them outside during a full moon. Some people also like to let their crystals have some time in the sunlight and therefore leave their crystals outside for a whole night and day.
If you want to cleanse your crystals out in nature, it is best to do so where they will not be exposed to rain. As water can damage certain types of crystals over time—either by corroding them or causing cracks that weaken their structure—it's important for the well-being of your stones that you take this precaution. You can also your crystals inside, on a windowsill, where they are in direct moon- or sunlight.
If you’re looking for a more traditional way to cleanse your crystals, there is a simple process that works well. You may have heard about it before—it’s called smudging and involves burning certain herbs in order to release their smoke. The smoke is then used to cleanse everything within the room, including any negative energy that might be lingering around. Smudging is very easy to do and can be done with either dried herbs or fresh ones. It is important to be careful when using smudging to cleanse crystals, as the smoke can be irritating to the eyes and respiratory system. Make sure to use the smudge stick in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling the smoke.
These are just a few of the many crystals and minerals that are used in healing, spiritual growth, or magic spells and rituals. There are many more than this list could cover so it is up to you which one(s) resonates with you most! We hope this guide has given insight into some of their properties and uses so that if ever feeling drawn to one of these stones then go ahead and get yourself some!
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