For thousands of years, humans have recognized that crystals, gems and semi-precious stones are imbued with energies and properties that can be of great benefit. The Sumerians, Egyptians and Romans all understood the mystical powers of these stones and how they could help people overcome challenges in their lives.
Crystals are known scientifically to be useful in focusing and amplifying electrical currents and other energies. The same is true on a metaphysical level. Crystals and stones are part of Mother Earth, and they have been filled with the power of the earth and natural forces. You can use them as components in spells, or you can simply carry certain stones on your person to aid you in something specific that you’re going to encounter in your daily life.
These are the most common crystals, stones and natural semi-precious gems that can help you on your path.
Abalone Shell – Protection; shields against negativity; promotes love, peace, beauty and compassion
Agate – Grounding; helps you build up your strengths and diminish your weaknesses; improves concentration and confidence; healing
Alexandrite – Aligns the mental and emotional selves
Amazonite – Eliminates worries, self-doubt and frustration; breaks up energy blockages
Amber – Absorbs negative energy; eases pain; promotes self-confidence and self-expression
Amethyst – One of the highest-vibration stones; healing; promotes intuition; grants insight
Apatite – Energizing; helps you to achieve your ambitions
Apophyllite – Eliminates repressed emotions and negative thoughts; releases anxiety; cleansing
Aquamarine – Accesses higher levels of consciousness; eliminates negative behavioral patterns; releases stress; promotes peace and tranquility
Atacamite – Protection; psychic visions; conducts and amplifies energy; increases clairvoyance
Aventurine – Luck; prosperity; confidence; inspires optimism
Azurite – Awakens psychic abilities; improves intuition; connects to spirit guides; relieves mental stress and disorder; dissolves blocked energy
Beryl – Deepens emotions; solidifies love relationships
Black Jasper – Protection; healing
Black Tourmaline – Protection; grounding; eliminates negative energy; balances energies
Bloodstone – Revitalizing; promotes courage and self-esteem; enhances positive energy; centering
Blue Lace Agate – Improves communication; helps overcome fears of confrontation; enhances tranquility and gentleness
Bronzite – Grounding; re-energizing; reverses “bad vibes” and ill wishes; balances and energizes the chakras; eliminates negativity
Calcite – Amplifies energy; reduces fear and stress
Carnelian – Creativity; confidence; energy; creativity; individuality
Celestite – Another high-vibration stone; brings clarity; releases anxiety; soothes raw emotions
Chalcedony – Mental flexibility; verbal dexterity; helps you learn new languages; improves memory
Chrysocolla – Encourages self-expression; calms emotions; stimulates the mind; encourages compassion
Chrysoprase – Increased conflict resolution capability; encourages compassion; forgiveness; kindness
Citrine – Creativity; wealth; self-confidence; healthy boundaries; vitality; pure positive Sun energy
Clear Quartz – The highest-energy crystal; connects you to your higher self and spirit guides; absorbs, stores, regulates and releases energy; dissolves energy blocks; amplifies the effects of other crystals; cleansing
Coral – Defends against the evil eye; protection, especially for children
Crazy Lace Agate – Protection from the evil eye; helps with decision-making; improves focus
Dalmatian Jasper – Enhances emotional strength; joy; creativity; playfulness
Diamond – Enhances communication within relationships
Dioptase – Healing; encourages feelings of self-worth; encourages living in the moment
Dolomite – Stabilizes energy; prevents insomnia; enhances generosity
Dumortierite – Improves communication; cuts toxic ties; enhances self-realization; patience
Emerald – Love; communication; truthfulness
Epidote – Enhances emotional and spiritual growth; improves perception; encourages patience
Feldspar – Helps you find misplaced objects; creativity; astral travel
Fire Opal – Vitality; clairaudience; helps you adapt to change
Fluorite – Absorbs negativity; cleansing; releases anxiety
Fuchsite – Restores spiritual health; emotional healing; encourages self-growth
Galaxite – Protection; cleanses the aura; aids with astral travel
Galena – Enhances insight and self-awareness
Garnet – Enhances passion; love; romance; self-confidence
Goldstone – Enhances ambition; positive energy; deflects negativity
Green Calcite – Enhances communication; improves spiritual balance; mental strength
Green Kyanite – Balance; enhances love; diminishes anger
Hematite – Neutralizes negativity; grounding; releases stress and anxiety
Herkimer Diamond – Enhances attunement; improves body/mind/spirit balance
Howlite – Decreases stress; eases emotional and physical pain
Iolite – Psychic healing; curiosity; sobriety
Jade – Generosity; fidelity; prosperity; abundance; instills peace and purity of thought
Jasper – Nurturing; protection; improves relaxation
Jet – Eases grief; protection in financial matters
Kambaba Jasper – Helps you overcome anxiety
Kunzite – Eases stress; heals broken hearts
Kyanite – Loyalty; balances the chakras; reduces anger
Labradorite – Taps into higher states of consciousness; enhances mental and spiritual power; protection; expands spiritual awareness
Lapis Lazuli – Another high-vibrational stone; wisdom; enhances self-expression; truthfulness; inner strength
Larimar – Freedom; peace; energy
Lazulite – Enhances psychic ability; reduces worry; aids in meditation
Leopard Skin Jasper – Healing; grounding; helps clear insecurities and negative thoughts
Lepidolite – Helps you cope with change and upheaval; enhances tranquility and balance; eases emotional turmoil
Malachite – Emotional balance; transformation; energizing
Mica – Eliminates negative personality traits; releases energy blockages
Moldavite – Enhances inner journeys; connects with higher levels of consciousness
Mookaite – Awakens your true potential; enhances willpower; enables you to pursue your dreams
Moonstone – Very closely associated with the Goddess; feminine power; sensitivity; compassion
Morganite – Eases the pain of separation
Moss Agate – Eases emotional pain; connects with nature spirits; aids creative visualization
Muscovite – Eases insecurities; assists with problem solving
Novaculite – Helps cut psychic or etheric cords; helps ease depression; assists with getting over problems from the past
Obsidian – Absorbs toxic energy; enhances self-awareness; grounding
Ocean Jasper – Relieves stress; quiets mental noise
Onyx – Enhances confidence; protection; balance; releases anxiety and stress
Opal – Inspiration; imagination; creativity
Orange Calcite – Eases pain, both emotional and physical; removes negativity; revitalizes; balances emotions; enhances creativity
Orange Kyanite – Enhances creativity
Peridot – Releases toxic emotional baggage; enhances insight; confidence
Petalite – Spiritual healing; removes hexes; connects with spirit guides
Petrified Wood – Grounding; past life work; regeneration; longevity
Picture Jasper – Grounding; powerfully connected to earth energy; enhances wisdom; dispels fear
Pyrite – Attracts wealth; good luck; protection; self-awareness; healing
Red Jasper – Nurturing energy; eases anxiety; releases stress; calms mental chatter; justice; protection; fairness
Rhodochrosite – Enhances self-love; improves self-esteem; positive energy
Rhodonite – Grounding; insight; calms emotional turmoil; enhances compassion and altruism
Rhyolite – Boosts self-esteem; reduces rumination over past events; positive energy
Rose Quartz – Love of all kinds; compassion; happiness; forgiveness; peace; release of toxic emotions
Ruby – Increases life force; sensuality; passion; sexual attraction; boost motivation
Rutilated Quartz – Filters negativity; prevents psychic attacks; enables you to deal with hidden issues and confront frustration and resentment
Saginite – Protection; enhances self-confidence
Sapphire – Creative expression; intuition
Selenite – Cleansing; purity; connects you to higher energies; assuages grief, anger and anxiety
Seraphinite – Enhances psychic communication; connects with higher energies
Serpentine – Balances moods; emotional healing; attracts love and money
Shungite – Purification; healing; promotes emotional and physical well-being
Smithsonite – Encourages leadership; mental alertness; healing; confidence; stimulates psychic ability
Smoky Quartz – Helps overcome negative emotions; relieves stress and anxiety; helps balance energy; releases negativity
Sodalite – Improves self-esteem and self-acceptance; grounding; connects the body with the higher mind
Sugilite – Enhances psychic ability; healing; spirituality
Sunstone – Promotes vitality; creativity; joy; confidence; releases self-doubt; abundance; good fortune
Tiger’s Eye – Clarity; deeper understanding of yourself and situations around you
Topaz – Encourages creativity in writers and composers; encourages trust; strength; protection from negativity; relieves depression and fear
Tourmaline – Protection; balances energies
Tourmalinated Quartz – This is quartz with tourmaline inclusions, a relatively rare stone; combines the energy amplification of quarts with the protection of tourmaline; helps you to overcome self-defeating behavior and negative patterns; problem-solving
Tree Agate – Security; inner peace; grounding; perseverance
Turquoise – Promotes spiritual attunement; enhances communication; enhances mental well-being; eliminates self-hatred and self-sabotage
Unakite – Manifests love; calms and stabilizes emotions
Variscite – Soothing; calming; balancing body/mind/spirit; helps you recall past lives
Crystals absorb a lot of energy, and sometimes they need to be cleansed and recharged, especially if they’ve been exposed to a lot of negativity. There are different ways to cleans your crystals. It’s a good idea to cleanse new crystals before you start to use them, just to make sure that there’s no energy clinging to them from other people that might disrupt their connection with your own spirit.
- Bury them in dirt for a week. This returns them to earth, where they can be recharged.
- Wash them in salt water. NOTE: some crystals and stones actually degrade when they’re wet, and certain stones should not be washed. The stones that should not be washed are amber, turquoise, red opal, fire opal, moonstone, calcite, kyanite, kunzite, angelite, azurite and selenite. A good rule of thumb is that if the name of the stone ends in “-ite”, it’s not washable.
- Leave the stones in moonlight for three days before and three days after the full moon. The energy of the moon will cleanse and revitalize the stones.
- Burn sage and pass the crystals through the smoke. This is called “smudging”.
On a more prosaic level, if you find that your crystals are getting dirty with fingerprints from frequent handling, you can wipe them with a clean cloth and isopropyl alcohol.
Spells and Rituals
There are a lot of different spells and rituals that you can do using stones. Stones can augment the intention of your spell or ritual and selecting the right stones can boost the effectiveness of the ritual or spell you’re casting.
If you’re casting a prosperity spell, then select stones that attract abundance and wealth: sunstone, jade, pyrite, or serpentine. For spells related to relationships, rose quartz, amethyst and garnet can be helpful.
When you’re casting a spell, select up to 13 stones and place them on your altar, surrounding your cauldron. Remember the associations with the cardinal directions and make sure that the stones you place are related to or augment these properties. For example, the north is related to earth and grounding, so brown stones with grounding properties would be appropriate for this direction.
Spells with crystals depend upon something called sympathetic magic, which is “like attracts like”. A lot of the power of stones can be tied to their colors. Colors have magickal properties, and you can use these to your advantage. Gold stones attract gold (money). Green stones encourage growth. Brown stones encourage the presence of earth elementals.
Hematite release of troubles spell:
You will need your standard altar tools, a hematite stone and a clay bowl filled with earth.
After casting your circle, hold a hematite in your hands. Say the following:
“Hematite, stone of black
Bring me peace that now I lack
Listen as I my troubles tell
Remove them when I end this spell.”
Concentrate on the things that are bothering you and tell your troubles to the stone with as much detail as you can manage. Envision the stone absorbing the troubles as you tell them, taking them on, taking them away from you. When you’ve expressed everything you needed to express, bury the stone in clay bowl, making certain that the soil completely covers the stone. Say:
“May earth renew you as you renew me
And purify us both. So mote it be.”
Leave the stone in the bowl for an entire lunar cycle. When the lunar cycle is finished, take the hematite out, cleanse it in sage smoke, and return the soil to Mother Earth (pour it out on the ground outside).
Rose quartz love spell:
Again, you’ll need your standard altar tools, two rose quartz crystals, sandalwood incense, a square of muslin and a red ribbon.
Cast your circle as usual. Place the two crystals on the muslin and gather the edges of the fabric up to form a bag. Tie the bag closed with the red ribbon. Light the sandalwood incense and hold the bag in the smoke, saying:
“Stones of love, stones of light
Bring me love by day and night,
Love to guard me in the rain
Until the sun shines bright again,
Love I’ll cherish like spun gold
When new as well as when it’s old.
Stones of power, stones of might,
Bring me love if it be right.”
Carry the bag with you, and love will be drawn to you. At night, place the bag with the stones under your pillow and sleep with them there. You will dream of the love of your life.
There are as many different spells as there are stones, and each one can (and should) be tailored to your needs and abilities. You can find books full of crystal lore and spells, and there are many free crystal spells on line for the technomancers out there. Crystals have power all their own, and they can be valuable tools and allies in your magickal work.
Until next time, I wish you peace. Blessed be!