Crystals

For centuries healers and native people have used stones to direct energy in order to balance the mind, body, and spirit. While this might seem mysterious, modern science has shown that stones are “built” with well-ordered atomic structures. Already stones and crystals have been used to filter or funnel energy for a wide variety of uses. For example, the quartz crystal in your watch is used to keep time, and the first lasers were constructed with rubies that “ordered” the beams of light coming through them.

Although science has yet to quantify how the stones’ orderly vibrations can affect us, there is much folklore, clinical experience from healers, and intuitive information available. As with anything not yet proven, take into account the experience of others, use your discretion, and honor your own inner knowing.

How to Use Stones & Crystals

When I use stones for personal healing, meditation, or insight I sit holding a stone in meditation and ask it – in my mind – how it can help me. I then receive an answer, or see a picture, or have a feeling about how to use the stone. I try this out and see what experience teaches me  then I compare my own notes to the notes of others.

In some cases I have been instructed to place the stone on my body to amplify healing energies. In other cases I have been shown a picture of myself holding the stone in a certain direction. I never know what to expect!

Although you can consult books and references, I suggest you try asking the stones themselves what they can do for you, and then experimenting with them by holding them or placing them on your body. In this way you will learn by experience and begin to trust your own inner wisdom. As with any other discipline, use common sense, and be safe.

Crystal and Gemstone Index

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Properties of Stones

Adventurine

Adventurine is a dark green stone that helps you make decisions from the heart. It stimulates creative inspiration and gives you the courage to live your truth around others.

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Agate

AgateAgate is a balancing and cleansing stone that can help bridge the gap between head and heart. Different types and colors of agates are said to have additional properties. For example, the blue agate in the picture activates the heart, throat, and third-eye energy centers, thus attuning you to the realms of spirit.

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Alexandrite

Alexandrite is found in either gemstone or plain crystalline form. The gem can assist you in death/rebirth situations — when you are busy transforming the old into the new. The crystal form can assist you in balancing your emotions and empowering yourself.

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Ametrine

AmetrineAmetrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine. It helps you recognize the divinity within all, thus eliminating prejudice. It helps release old programs in the mind and attunes you to higher states of consciousness in meditation.

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Amazonite

This blue green stone stimulates the throat and heart energy centers. It balances the male/female energies, helps you receive inspiration from the heart and then motivates you to take action on the inspired thoughts.

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Amber

amberAmber is fossilized pine resin. It is the color of liquid sunshine – yellow for the midday sun, and orange, for the fiery sunsets. The sunny energy is used to transmute negative energy, to cheer you up and help open you up to your divine blueprint. It is said to help draw sickness from the body and negativity from the emotional energy. For this reason, some say amber brings good luck!

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Amethyst

AmethystThe royal purple color of amethyst makes it a royal stone. It helps you attain spiritual perfection and assists you in calming the thoughts for meditation. It helps you channel the higher energies of your angels and guides. It brings peace and helps integrate new ideas. Amethyst is also a traditional stone to wear for protection against negative energizes or psychic attacks.

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Apache Tears

Apache tears are really a volcanic glass, typically black, but sometimes other colors. They help you eliminate sadness in times of grief and they prompt you to forgive others so you can release old energies that hold you back.

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Aqua Aura (Quartz)

Aqua AuraAqua Aura is really a form of quartz that has been treated with gold. It maintains the wonderful healing and transmitting properties of clear quartz in addition to assisting you in channeling the higher energies of the angels.

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Aquamarine

AquamarineAquamarine is sometimes called the “Stone of Courage.” It is used to help you observe your thoughts, your environment, and the people around you–thus making you wise and prepared to face life powerfully.

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Azurite

AzuriteAzurite is a beautiful deep blue stone that awakens the third eye, increases contact with your spiritual guides, and heightens your psychic awareness.

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Bloodstone

BloodstoneBloodstone is said to be a “Stone of Courage.” It helps one love in intimate and other relationships by shifting your focus to the present and away from the past. It stimulates inner wisdom and has been reputed to be helpful when carried by those with diseases of the blood.

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Boji Stones

Boji StonesBoji stones are found near the base of a natural pyramid mountain in Arkansas.They are uncovered when the floods wash away loose dirt and leave the little round stones atop “stems” Bojis usually come in pairs–one male and one female stone, and they are said to bring healing and balance to the aura by putting one on each side of the body.

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Calcite

CaciteCalcite is said to strengthen and improve the memory, to help distribute and amplify energy throughout the physical and etheric bodies, and to activate the body’s energy centers. Try using it near your bed to help you remember dreams or astral travel.

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Carnelian

CarnelianCarnelian is typically a deep reddish/brown stone which calms the emotions, increases your capacity to reason and analyze, and helps you give yourself unconditional love.

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Celestite

CelestiteCelestite is the “stone of angels” and its sparkly, light blue color will tell you why! Celestite helps to open your psychic centers so you can attune to the higher realms. It helps you balance yin and yang, and assists you in thinking in alignment with Divine mind.

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Chrysocolla

ChrysocollaChrysocolla looks like the earth — a swirl of beautiful deep greens and blues. It works strongly on the lower energy centers, and can be used to heal the heart. It helps you tune into the earth and communicate with the divas (nature angels) and spirits of the land. It is a beautiful stone that is said to help you increase inner strength by connecting you with mother earth.

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Citrine

CitrineCitrine is a pretty golden form of quartz that immediately transmutes negative energies. It has been called a “stone of joy” which helps you focus on the positive in life, and ignore the rest. It increases mental clarity in times of confusion.

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Cuprite

Cuprite is a dark reddish/black stone which heals and stimulates the base chakra–the energy center at the bottom of the spine. It helps you become calm and grounded, so you can approach life without worry and without absorbing the emotions of others.

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Danburite

Danburite comes in a variety of yellow crystalline formations. It helps amplify your inner light and is said to be a stone of very high frequency because it helps you to live as your soul, and release stubborn personal attitudes. It may well be a stone of the future since it stimulates cooperation in groups of people who are in touch with their inner Divine spark.

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Diamond

diamondThe diamond is called a stone of power, innocence, and spiritual purity. Perhaps this is why they are exchanged in weddings–to facilitate two individuals relating to one another in the highest space. It is a “stone of strength” and fills the aura with a loving energy. It can help activate the crown energy center which connects you strongly with your soul’s wisdom.

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Emerald

EmeraldEmerald with its bright green color, is another heart stone that can help you love yourself, breath easier and bring bliss into your life. It quiets the emotions, bringing peace and harmony into your thoughts and actions.

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Flourite

FlouriteFlourite takes chaotic energies and straightens them out. If one is worried, frenzied, obsessed, or upset, this is a great stone to carry around in order to create peace and calm in the aura. It is called the “Stone of Discernment” because it helps you use your mind in the process of following your heart. Different varieties of flourite have additional properties according to their color

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Garnet

GarnetGarnet is a beautiful deep red crystal that is called the “Stone of Health” because it stimulates the root chakra which gives you physical vitality. It is also known as the “Stone of Commitment or Devotion” which facilitates self love and heals issues of abandonment. It activates the kundalini energy and is therefore believed to be a healer of all disruptive energies along the spinal column.

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Gold

GoldThe ancient Incas believed gold contained the energy of the sun. Gold helps you attune to the “I AM” presence of the divine within. It is the “master healer” and is believed to purify one’s physical energies as well as amplifying and enhancing the energies that contribute to mental health and clarity.

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Hematite

HematiteHematite is a shiny black volcanic stone that calms the mind and helps restore one to reason. Wear it around people with addictions to help keep you from absorbing their negative energy, as hematite is said to absorb and transform these energies. It is reputed to help balance the energies that contribute to blood disorders, and helps one achieve peace and self-mastery.

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Herkimer Diamond

The herkimer diamond is a beautiful crystal that helps you surrender to your highest spiritual path. Thus it is known as the “Stone of Attunement.” It can also help you attune to another person for the purposes of relating to them or understanding them better. It brings love, harmony, and well-being.

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Howlite

HowliteHowlite is a white stone with black veins. It is great for encouraging free and open communication. It is helps us heal anger so we can communicate calmly rather than resorting to short outbursts. It helps with patience and perhaps because it is so white, it has been reputed to balance calcium levels in the body.

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Iolite

Iolite is a beautiful, deep purplish/blue gemstone that awakens the third eye, stimulates visions, and connects you with your inner wisdom. It helps you live in the present as well.

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Jade

Jade has been used to assist in dreaming and in remembering your dreams. It is also a stone which increases confidence and helps you understand others more easily. Because it is green, it is good for the heart, harmony, and balance in one’s life.

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Jasper

Jasper is a beautiful stone that comes in many different colors and patterns. It is the “nurturer” because it reminds us of our need to help others as well as ourselves. It is a “stone of protection” which can be used to ward off negative energies — both physical and psychic, which makes it an excellent stone to carry when practicing astral travel.

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Kunzite

Kunzite is a pink crystal that powerfully heals the heart and opens one up to lovingly communicate with others. It assists you in reaching deep meditative states in which you can feel the love of Divine Source and bring that love back into your life for yourself and others.

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Kyanite

KyaniteKyanite is like a “zipper” for the energy. It automatically aligns the chakras and doe not soak up any negativity. It calms you, helps increase clarity and meditative states. It is a gentle stone which balances you quickly. Have a piece nearby if you are often among disturbed individuals and touch it frequently to keep yourself in a calm state.

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Labradorite

LabradoriteLabradorite sparkles with many iridescent colors when held under a light. It helps you leave behind trivial commotion and focus clearly on your life purpose and destiny.

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Lapis Lazuli

lapis lazuliLapis is an ancient stone, used in Egypt and other cultures for stimulating and energizing the chakras, for increasing awareness and for helping you tune into your visions and dreams. It helps relieve depression and assists you in self-love.

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Lepidolite

lepidoliteLepidolite comes in many colors, one of the most popular being a light lavender. It is a calming stone that helps relieve stress, and lethargy. It helps one through difficult passages in life such as death or divorce, and will assist you in all death/rebirth situations. It is cleansing, balancing, and calming.

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Malachite

malachiteMalachite is a deep green stone with beautiful rings and striations. It is known as the “Stone of Transformation” and the “Master Healer”. It clears the entire energy system but is especially strengthening for the heart energy. It can be held in meditation to help you understand the underlying causes of illness and enhances intuition in all other areas as well.

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Moldavite

moldoviteMoldavite is an exciting translucent green stone that comes from a meteorite. It is the only “gemlike” stone from space. It is said to stimulate cooperation between humanity and beings in other dimensions. It stimulates the third eye and opens you up to channeling higher dimensions.

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Moonstone

Moonstone has been associated with the emotional energy of the moon and is reputed to help you go through your transitions with optimism. It is the stone of “wishes, hopes and dreams” that helps you remember that everything comes in its own divine time. It attracts nurturing people and energies. It is also known as a “goddess stones” since many ancient cultures associated the female presence of God with the moon.

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Moss Agate

moss agateMoss agate is a white stone with green mossy veins. It helps strengthen the self-esteem, help you see beauty all around you, and connects you with the plant kingdom.

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Obsidian

Obsidian is a black volcanic stone that helps you ground yourself (reconnect with the earth) and drains off negative energies absorbed from others. Think of it as a psychic sponge, that will help drain off the stresses of the day when you hold it for a few moments. It is also a stone that protects against negativity,

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Onyx

Onyx comes in many colors. It is a beautiful stone that helps you achieve self-mastery, balance between intuition and action, and self-control. It helps you honor your inner wisdom in decisions and helps you absorb positive energies from the environment around you.

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Opal

opalOpal was used by people in various cultures to assist in visions, dreams, and inspiration. It is said to contain pieces of the rainbow (the fiery sparks of color) that stimulate your inner flame. It helps awaken the psychic ability and has also been said to amplify the mood of the wearer. It has been called the “Stone of Happy Dreams and Changes” when we allow ourselves to dream of our heart’s desires.

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Peacock Rock

peacock rock peacock orePeacock rock is a blue/green stone with fiery glints of pink, yellow, and other colors. It is a cleansing and purifying stone that assists you in the death/rebirth process– letting go of the old to make room for the new.

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Pearl

pearlPearl is said to be a stone of sincerity and purity. It helps bring peace, calm and innocence back into your life.

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Peridot

Peridot is a green stone that helps shield the aura from negative energies and can help you understand the internal changes going on in your life. It brings balance and peace to all energies and is said to help regulate your cycles both mental, physical, and emotional.

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Petrified Wood

Petrified wood is said to increase strength and assist you in remembering your past lives in meditation. It helps to calm those in crisis and some say it helps to balance the energies along the spine.

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Pyrite

pyriteAlthough pyrite is known as “fools gold” it is reputed to be a stone that can greatly assist you in programming the energy for optimal health. It stimulates you to see perfection in all things, thus reducing the stress, worry, and negativity, that can lead to ill health.

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Quartz – Clear

clear quartzQuartz crystals have been used by healers and visionaries for centuries. The quartz point is a transmitter or receiver. Hold it pointing outward and you send your energy out into the universe. Hold it pointing towards yourself and you will receive energy according to your intentions.Quartz assists in meditation, connecting you with your higher self, higher beings, and even the dimensions of the stars. Quartz is reputed to purify the mind, body, and spirit. Point it at a tense area in your body and ask your angels to funnel love through this crystal…you may even feel a warmth or tingling as the energy goes to work!

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Quartz – Rutilated

rutilated quartzIn addition to having the properties listed above for clear quartz, rutilated quartz is reputed to balance the nervous system and help you with understanding issues or confusing situations.

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Rhodochosite

rhodochrositeRhodochrosite is a heart stone that facilitates self-love and compassion. It helps you avoid denial and brings clarity. It helps you grow and expand your consciousness with love. It purifies the base, second, and heart chakras, helping you love yourself, feel in control of your own life, and be comfortably connected to the earth.

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Rhodonite

Rhodonite is another “Stone of Love” which activates the heart chakra and stimulates love and compassion for all.

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Rose Quartz

rose quartzRose quartz is a nurturing stone that brings in gentle self-love and compassion. Use it to attract love, to help yourself becoming more loving, and to soften up harsh energies around you.

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Ruby

rubyRuby encourages the wearer to follow his or heart. The ruby reminds us of our soul’s truth and helps us manifest that reality. It opens the heart and helps us stay in our own personal integrity. It has been called the “Stone of Nobility” which helps you in negotiations and it will shield you from negativity of all forms.

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Sapphire

sapphireSapphire is known as a “Stone of Prosperity” and no wonder – it is reputed to bring peace and joy to your thoughts which of course, always attract abundance. It can help you consciously send energy to manifest your dreams by activating your intuition, your wisdom, and your drive.

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Selenite

seleniteelenite is a clear crystal that helps you see into situations, past lives, or the future. It brings clarity and understanding to a situation and it helps to straighten out chaotic energy, whether mental or emotional.

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Serpentine

Serpentine is said to clear an energetic pathway along the spine so the powerful kundalini energy can rise and bring enlightenment. Use it in meditation.

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Silver

silverSilver is said to be feminine in nature. It is reputed to bring good luck and to help you see your own soul’s purpose and direction as you travel through life. Astral travelers talk about the silver cord that connects the physical body with the etheric, and so silver is said to help bridge the material world with the spiritual.

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Smoky Quartz

smoky quartzIn addition to having all the properties of clear quartz, smoky quartz is a gentle stone that will dissipate negative energies at a comfortable pace. It can be used in meditation to assess choices and outcomes for the future.

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Snowflake Obsidian

snowflake obsidianIn addition to the properties listed under obsidian, snowflake obsidian helps one reprogram old beliefs and outdated habit patterns.

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Sodalite

Sodalite stimulates logic, reasoning, and the mind. It helps communication, esp. in groups and facilitates truth. It connects you with spiritual law and enhances the psychic knowing sense.

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Sugilite

sugaliteSugalite connects you with your soul and helps you see the spiritual reasons for things happening in the physical body or physical world. It clears the chakras, helps you understand life from a higher perspective, and helps you remember who you really are.

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Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a “Stone of Magic” that aids you in directing your willpower to manifest whatever it is you desire. It opens you up to dreams and vision and helps you embrace the parts of yourself that need love.

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Tiger Eye

tiger eyeTiger eye is a stone that brings clarity, balance and optimism. It is reputed to ward off evil thoughts of others and creates a pleasant, soothing energy in the aura.

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Topaz

topazTopaz assists in manifesting. It is known as a “Stone of Success and Good Luck” because it amplifies the law of attraction. If you want something and feel joyful about receiving it your energy will attract it.

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Tourmaline

Beautiful tourmaline comes in a variety of colors. It has been used as a stone of protection, healing, balance (between logic and emotion) and creativity. Green tourmaline connects you with the plant kingdom. Pink tourmaline helps you love yourself and get rid of self-defeating habits & attitudes, and black tourmaline repels negativity.

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Turquoise

Turquoise strengthens your energy centers, aligns you to the spiritual realms and helps you speak and express your heart. The blue green color is an indicator that it connects the heart with your ability to speak truthfully and with wisdom.

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Unakite

unakiteUnakite is a pretty stone with green, pink, and quartz flecks all mixed in together. It helps you live in the present, and helps you go through changes more easily. It is said to facilitate the release of emotional or mental blocks which prevent you from moving forward.

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