Crystal Healing Basics
The first thing you need to be aware of when beginning a crystal healing practice is that each stone carries its own metaphysical properties. They are formed by the efforts of the earth and time.
Gemstones emit powerful and unique energetic vibrations that impact how you feel, sense, and interact with your environment. You should select which stones to work with based on their individual properties, as well as which ones fit with your intentions. Visual attraction alone will not always get you the results you seek.
However, if there is a particular stone you are drawn to visually, it may be a subconscious realization of an unexpressed need. Don’t ignore your instincts.
Some people are highly sensitive to gemstone vibrations, while others are not. As you raise your own vibration, you will become more in touch with, and more readily able to use, your own intuition as a guide. Try not to assume that just because you aren’t sensitive to gemstone vibrations today, you aren’t able to work with them at all. Give yourself time, and recognize that energy work is a process and indeed a skill that you develop and hone over time.
Now you’re ready to set your intention
As I mentioned, the most important concept behind choosing your stones is your intention, your purpose. You must honestly ask yourself what it is you seek from this work. Here are some of the most common intentions that often lead people to work with crystals and gemstones:
Intention set, now arm yourself with these tools
If you are brand new to crystal work, I suggest these three gemstones to begin:
- A piece of quartz or selenite – these stones carry high and pure vibrations and can uplift, absorb, and clear you of negative energies that may be blocking or holding you back. Tibetan or clear quartz are great types of quartz for beginners.
- Obsidian, hematite, or black tourmaline – powerful grounding/protection stones. It is important to remain grounded in magical work or to get grounded if you are someone prone to living in your higher chakras. These stones are great for grounding you by activating your Root Chakra.
- Blue kyanite – the powerful healing and chakra alignment stone. It’s ideal for beginners because it attunes all chakras, opening them and bringing a healing vibration. This is also a stone that never needs to programmed or cleared! Black kyanite is useful too because anything it touches is instantly cleared and deprogrammed of previous use or intention.
I also created this Super-Charged Starter Kit for those of you starting your collection.
Just when you think you’ve learned it all, you find that there is so much more to know about gemstones and crystal healing. That’s what keeps me excited about gemstones and minerals even after more than 3 decades of connection with them and many years of training in gemology, metaphysics, and crystal healing.
Read on to learn some interesting facts and information about crystals you may already own; then, experiment with this new wisdom and see if it deepens your connection to the gems in your collection, or if you are missing some of these crystals in your collection visit SageGoddess.com to acquire new treasures.
Here are some fun crystal facts you may not know:
Every crystal has a unique mineral structure that aligns with sacred geometry.
This affects how that crystal works with your specific energy. It’s true! Gemstones contain hexagonal, tetragonal, isometric, trigonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, triclinic, or amorphous inner structures which align with the Platonic Solids, the basic building blocks of life. These structures are echoed throughout nature – even within your body! – and affect the way the crystal works on metaphysical levels. For example, hexagonal stones such as quartz and amethyst tend to be the most powerful crystal healers, while isometric or cubic minerals like pyrite are good conductors of energy.
Quartz crystals can be programmed to work with you on a specific intention.
This makes them more powerful and effective energetic allies for crystal healing. Quartz is a crystal that can ‘act as if’ it’s another mineral, taking on the properties of other minerals in metaphysical work. Quartz develops a relationship with its owner and creates a stronger energetic connection with you as the years go by. You can also meditate and program your quartz to magnify energies for health, happiness, prosperity, or whatever you seek.
You program quartz by holding it in meditation and imagining the feeling or intention you wish to expand; then visualize the feeling or intention growing inside a sphere of white light emanating from your quartz crystal. When your work with the crystal is complete, you should deprogram the quartz by visualizing the release of the sphere of white light.
Lemurian seed crystals and rutilated quartz contain unique messages and information stored within their lines and striations that can be translated by you during meditation and during crystal healing sessions. Lemurian quartz has raised lines on every other side that can be rubbed to discern the ‘seed’ of Lemurian wisdom contained within. And each line of rutile within quartz can be read in meditation to learn about your own personal transformation. Both of these types of quartz are said to choose their owner in order to transfer necessary wisdom and information.
Crystals have magical correspondences and vibrate to specific numbers and astrological signs. There are stones you should work with based on your birthday and astrological sign! For example, each sign has a ‘totem stone’ that is aligned with the astrological energies of the stones. And each month of the year also has a correspondence.
My Top 13 Gemstones
1. Green Aventurine
I feel gratitude for the blessings I have been given, and open my heart to those that have yet to come.
Basic Properties – vitality, optimism, confidence, peace, good fortune, prosperity
The magic of green aventurine
Green aventurine teaches us the lessons of gratitude and appreciation. By encouraging us to feel grateful for the blessings we have already been given, green aventurine opens us up to receiving even more wealth and abundance. This gem helps you move through life with a sense of confidence and optimism and brings lightness, joy, and good luck to all situations.
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2. Peacock Ore
I trust my inner wisdom and open my eyes to see the things unseen.
Basic Properties – ancient wisdom, astral travel, deepened psychic ability, intuition
The magic of peacock ore
Often referred to as The Witch’s Stone, peacock ore resonates with both the Crown and Third Eye Chakras. This gem deepens the bearer’s connection to the Higher Realms and Spirit Realm and will connect you with your innermost wisdom. If you wish to deepen your psychic ability and intuition and come into contact with realms outside our own, peacock ore is the stone for you.
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3. Red Jasper
I connect to Mother Earth with confidence and am strengthened by her essence.
Basic Properties – physical strength, vitality, stability, grounding
The magic of red jasper
Red jasper is a stone of healing, restoration, and controlled passion. This gem brings erratic motions into balance and aligns everything: our health, expressions, actions, and connections. Red jasper awakens the entire body, increasing stamina and strength. It is also known to enhance memories and facilitate past life connection.
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I am aligned with my divine gifts and innermost truths, and I express them with confidence.
Basic Properties – wisdom, enhanced communication, heightened intuition, creativity
The magic of fluorite
Known as the soul pathing stone, fluorite leads you to your Highest Calling. If you’re seeking to align with your innermost spiritual gifts and truths, this is the stone for you. This gem will encourage you to share your talents and communicate your Divine Truth from a place of confidence, clarity, and authenticity, and will give you a sense of confidence in your life’s purpose.
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I allow healing energy to enter my mind, body, and spirit; I am rejuvenated and revitalized.
Basic Properties – inner peace, deep healing, hope, union of the heart and will
The magic of prehnite
Prehnite is a nourishing and nurturing gem found in India, and it is the only crystal in the entire world known to heal the healer. Corresponding to the Heart Chakra and the Solar Plexus, Prehnite helps stabilize the flow of energy in your body, reducing anxious energy. Prehnite grounds your energy into the heart of Gaia, connecting and encouraging a link between your heart and the heart of Mother Earth.
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I awaken to my innermost magic and embark on the journey of self-discovery.
Basic Properties – deepened intuition, self-mastery, spirit guide connection
The magic of labradorite
Labradorite is a stone of New Moon magic and intuition. If you’re setting intentions under a New Moon, or seeking to develop your psychic abilities, including clairvoyance, telepathy, astral travel, and fortune-telling, this is your stone. This gem softens the veil between our realm and others and leads us on a journey of remarkable transformation and self-discovery. Labradorite is also powerful in calling in your spirit guides, making it an extraordinary stone to turn to when in need of divine guidance.
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I attract what I seek with confidence and ease; I welcome in all of the wealth this world has to offer.
Basic Properties – willpower, confidence, creativity, mental clarity, manifestation
The magic of citrine
Citrine is my go-to gemstone for manifesting abundance and wealth. This magical crystal awakens incredible creativity and willpower and gives us the boost of confidence needed to make our visions of prosperity a reality. Wherever this gem goes, positivity follows. In the presence of citrine, your core, your vibrations, and your intentions become infused with energies of love, abundance, balance, and stability.
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I release energies and thought patterns that no longer serve me; I am tranquil and at peace with what is.
Basic Properties – stress relief, positivity, purification, promotes restful sleep
The magic of lepidolite
Lepidolite is hailed by energy workers for its ability to lighten moods and lift depression. Our Native American ancestors would often rub their fingers along the surface of this stone, believing it to improve their mood, relieve anxiety, and dispel negative energy. Today, lepidolite is known to carry these same magical abilities. This gem aids our physical and emotional beings in so many ways. It provides peaceful sleep, promotes rest and recovery from illness, and elevates the mood. It soothes and harmonizes our feelings, leading us to feel more settled and serene.
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I move through the world centered and focused, protected and embraced by the Earth.
Basic Properties – courage, emotional strength, grounding, protection
The magic of garnet
Garnet is a stone of strength, centeredness, and safety. Throughout history, kings, queens, and warriors have worn garnet in their royal jewels and breastplates, believing it to be a source of courage and protection. This gem brings forth incredible vitality, security, and stability, and is a powerful tool for anyone who tends to feel ungrounded, scattered, or chaotic. This gem is also useful in grounding intentions, visions, and dreams into the earth so that they manifest into reality.
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I awaken my inner fires of passion, courage, and vitality and allow their illuminating light to radiate powerfully from me.
Basic Properties – love, passion, vitality, sexuality, courage
The magic of ruby
Resonating with both the Root and Heart Chakras, Ruby brings energies of confidence, passion, enthusiasm, and sensuality. This gem instills the bearer with a sense of royalty and is hailed for its ability to call in one’s Twin Flame or soulmate. Said to ignite the soul, ruby will illuminate your inner fire, sending its light to radiate powerfully from you. Work with this gem to call in new love, boost your self-esteem, and raise your Life Force.
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I feel the energies of passion and courage coursing through me, pulling me to accomplish what I’ve sought out to do.
Basic Properties – confidence, passion, vitality, power
The magic of carnelian
In need of energy? Confidence, passion, and power? If so, carnelian is your stone. This crystal is the gemstone form of caffeine. Resonating with both the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, carnelian brings an influx of Life Force, a boost in creativity, and enhanced willpower. This gem increases vitality and zest for living and is especially useful for anyone looking to see their projects through to completion.
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12. Black Kyanite
I am in tune with the deepest and most powerful parts of my being, free of any energies that keep me from my Highest Good.
Basic Properties – purification, energetic protection, grounding
The magic of black kyanite
While there are many varieties of kyanite, black kyanite is by far one of my favorites. This gem is a talisman of supreme protection and purification. It wards off any and all energies that do not align with your Highest Good and replaces them with White Light, so that you may remain positive, stable, and secure at all times. This stone is also useful in exploring the subconscious mind. Work with this gem in meditation to delve deeply inward and emerge with fresh insights on your spiritual path; it will keep you grounded and safe as you do so.
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13. Lapis Lazuli
I allow my inner royalty to empower me; I am present and connected with my deepest intuition.
Basic Properties – confidence, inner vision, good fortune
The magic of lapis lazuli
Known as the Queen’s Stone, lapis lazuli was highly prized by Cleopatra, who believed it to grant her supernatural powers. She had entire walls of her palace inlaid with it, and even had it ground into powder to use as eyeliner! Today, lapis lazuli is still hailed for is magical abilities. This gem activates your deepest intuition and insight and helps you feel more powerful and present in your life. If you’re ready to unlock your inner royalty, lapis lazuli is the gem for you.
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