A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals

Looking for a way to enliven your meditation or self-care practice? Try using crystals!

The practice of using crystals as healing tools has been around for centuries, but in modern times, we’ve used our understanding of science to take the idea a bit further. The science behind healing crystals remains theoretical, but even apart from their healing properties, crystals are … well, really pretty. There’s no harm in using them in your day-to-day life to boost your mood, decorate your home and incorporate them into your meditation routine. If you’re new to the concept, here’s exactly what you need to know about crystals.

The Scientific Theory Behind Crystal Healing

First, let’s talk about the theory behind crystals and how they work. Crystals are solid matter, but the atoms within them vibrate at a very high frequency. This is due to how these beautiful crystals were first formed.

“They started out as liquid or gas situated under the Earth’s surface,” explains Elephant Journal. “When either the liquid or gas rose to the surface and cooled it bonded and formed to be what we now perceive as a solid state, with each atom organized in an orderly, repetitive pattern. These atoms vibrate at a very high speed and both temperature and sound can influence their frequency.”

The idea behind crystals, then, is that we can use their vibrational frequency to influence our own, and vice versa. Certain gems are traditionally known to embody various qualities and virtues, so we use that knowledge to let the gems influence our vibrations.

Common Crystal Meanings

There are many, many kinds of crystals, each with different qualities and attributes – and therefore, different meanings, according to proponents. Here are a few of the most common starter stones to add to your collection:

Rose Quartz

There are many different types of quartz you can collect, but rose quartz is one of the most beloved. It promotes healing, self-love and feminine energy.

Amethyst

Amethyst drives away negative psychic energy. This makes it a great stone for driving away nightmares or anxiety, promoting creative thinking and calm instead.

Citrine

Citrine is ideal for those on a professional or creative journey who want to manifest success. It is closely related to the manifestation of goals as well as clear, driven, focused thinking.

Clear Calcite

Calcite is related to breaking out of our shells and emerging in the next phase of our lives. Clear Calcite helps us to release old ideals that may be holding us back, allowing us to embrace the next stage of life.

Carnelian

Carnelian helps us to live in the moment and center our minds and bodies. This, in turn, can help us be more present in our relationships, professional endeavors and meditation practice. Additionally, carnelian can have a warming element, which can make it ideal for boosting our sex lives or keeping us warm on cold winter days.

How to Use Crystals

There are a number of ways to use your crystals once you’ve obtained them. First, you’ll want to rid them of any energies they may have picked up on their way to you, so you can start your journey together with a clean slate. Most collectors recommend washing the gem in some warm water with a tiny bit of sea salt, rinsing completely, and then letting the crystal sit outside under the moonlight to absorb its cleansing, calm lunar energy.

Next, you’re ready to start using your crystal. As mentioned above, the frequencies of the crystal’s atoms are changed by sound and temperature, so one of the best ways to get started is to warm them up. Two ways to do this safely are to hold the gems in your hand, or to place them next to a candle.

Focus on the crystal and meditate on the idea of your vibrations merging together. This is the meditative train of thought you’ll always want to return to – the idea that your vibrations and those of the crystal can be interchangeable. This will allow you to absorb the crystal’s properties, and vice versa.

In addition to meditating on the crystal, you can sleep with it in your hand, use it to decorate your spiritual altar, keep it in your purse, wear it around your neck or on a ring, or place it near you when you’re participating in self-care treatments such as facials, massages or baths.

All of the above are fantastic ways to bring the magic of crystals into your day-to-day life. Though the science behind the idea is still theoretical, there’s no doubt about it: Collecting crystals makes your home and life a lot prettier, and it’s also a ton of fun.

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Amanda M
Amanda M20 days ago

As a Wiccan, I've been using crystals for years as a part of magickal work. I have all the kinds listed above and use them as needed. I also have many clear crystals that are good all-around stones. One hangs from my rear-view mirror in my truck (right now, it's on my altar waiting for a new vehicle to call home), and I keep one in my pocket at all times, both of which are used for protection. I also have a twinned crystal that was on the table that served as an altar for my husband's and my handfasting ceremony, and on our honeymoon (gem mining in North Carolina), I found a VERY special crystal that started as two but merged into one-VERY symbolic of our bond, and finding it on our honeymoon made it even more appropriate. And on that note, Happy Imbolc to everyone!

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Karen B
Karen B22 days ago

Interesting read.......Thanks!

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