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A Beginners Guide to Crystals

Crystals amplify and raise energy vibrations, whether this is for you, your space, your home or even your pets. They can make us more aware of our own energy as well as offering a helping hand to keep us present and in the moment. Perhaps in this manic digital age where distraction is everywhere, this is why crystals are having such a moment. They help support us when we are blocked, lacking in energy, feel slowed down or need calming.

There is evidence to suggest that crystals have been used in healing for around 6,000 years, dating back to Sumerians and ancient Egyptians. Nowadays the use of crystal healing relates more to the Buddhist and Hindu understanding of our ‘chakras’ (the energy centres in our body). Regardless, all of the different practices relating to crystal healing assign different properties to different types of crystals. The effect of each crystal changes not just with its type but also its shape and how it has been activated and cleansed.

By Lily Cannon

The Most Common Crystal

Amethyst: Develops intuition and spiritual awareness. Can be used in mediation and helps with calmness and tranquility. Relieves headaches.

Carnelian: Enhances creativity and connection with past experiences. Aids digestion.

Citrine: A crystal for abundance. This stone invites success and money and raises self-esteem. Good for the heart, kidneys, liver and muscles.

Clear Quartz: A healing stone. You can program this stone to be used however you require it.

Garnet: A stone for health and creativity. Helps to prevent nightmares.

Hematite: A stone for protection and grounding. This crystal closes your aura to keep out negative energy.

Jade: This crystal is great for ambition and will keep you working toward your objective. It is also helpful for longevity.

Lapis Lazuli: A stone that aids focus, amplifies thought, helps in meditations and relieves sadness. Also good for sore throats and fever.

Malachite: Releases stored emotions and allows you to look inward. This stone is useful in assisting with and alleviating mental illness.

Moonstone: Soothes the emotions and the digestive system. Encourages peace and harmony.

Obsidian: A protection stone.

Opal: A stone of amplification that can enhance experiences and creativity. Opals will also help to balance mood swings.

Pyrite: A stone of defense and protection.

Rose Quartz: The love crystal; romantic, familial and friendship. This stone is nurturing, comforting and will help dissipate anger.

Smoky Quartz: A protection stone which stimulates survival instincts and enhances focus.

Tiger’s Eye: A stone of stability that heightens personal power and integrity.

Turquoise: A stone of healing that guards against disease and environmental pollutions

How to Choose Your Crystal

The first step when choosing your crystal is to work out what it is you want to get from them. Do you want to relieve a physical or emotional ailment? Without getting too “hippy – dippy” on you, sometimes you may feel a certain pull or connection to a certain crystal, and in this case it is the crystal that may have chosen you. A pretty fail-safe choice of crystal is quartz, so if you’re unsure this is a good option. When you’ve chosen your stone, you now need to choose which type of shape you need:

Chunk: Chunk shaped crystals usually don’t have any noticeable facets. These are good for cleansing the atmosphere.

Cut: A crystal shaped to capture more light, enhancing the crystal’s energy.

Tumbled: These crystals are smooth, round, shiny and feel comfortable to hold in your hand.

Wand: These crystals have a sharp point on one end and are used to direct energies in a specific direction.

How To Cleanse Your Crystal

Cleansing crystals after you have bought them is what makes them truly yours! There are several ways to purify crystals, the most common of which are soaking them in salty water or holding them under running water. Afterwards you can ‘activate’ your crystal by programming it with your specific needs or intentions. This can be as simple as holding it in your hand and setting an intention for yourself. To keep it with you at all times, attach it to a chain and make a necklace, carry it in your pocket or purse, or simply place it somewhere in your bedroom.

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