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 be 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.