Where to Start with Crystals
Crystals are one of my favourite gifts from the earth that can assist and support us in many ways. I’ve been collecting crystals since I was a little kid, and the right crystal always seems to come into my life at the right time.
Many people are attracted to crystals but aren’t exactly sure where to start. I always recommend choosing one crystal at a time to connect deeply with their energy, and to open up to the lesson they’re here to assist you with. Go for the crystal you feel called towards, and don’t get too hung up on the stone’s meaning that you may have looked up on the internet. Spend time with your stone; meditate with it; carry it in your pocket; sleep with it under your pillow. Forget the intellect and drop deep into your subtle body so you can connect energetically to the stone. There’s so much wisdom encoded in each little stone if we take the time to listen and feel.
When working with crystals we have to remember that their job is not to fix us. We must dedicate ourselves to doing our own work. The crystals are our allies to help and support us, but they are certainly not “quick fixes”, and won’t magically get rid of the negativity in our lives. They are there to uplift us, assist in our healing and support our journey when we consciously make the decision to evolve.
Keep in mind these little beauties are gifts from the Earth and must be treated with respect. Just as we would treat a flower, a tree or a body of water, we must treat these crystals with love and care. Purchase crystals mindfully, remembering that most crystals are mined by breaking up or tearing open the Earth. Always give thanks and gratitude, and think of ways that you can give back to the Earth to honor her beautiful gifts.
Crystal Recipes for Manifestation
Rose Quartz is often known as the master stone for the heart. It is beautifully calming, healing and supportive of love on all levels. Often used to help attract a partner, heal a broken heart, and offer soothing energy . Rhodochrosite is often known as the soulmate stone- thought to attract your soulmate. It works to heal past wounds of the heart so that we can be open to receive new love. Red Garnet is a beautiful stone for fertility, loyalty, devotion and passion, all supportive for love and partnership. (*Find Red Garnet at the bottom of the Marriage Candle). These three work beautifully together to help cultivate love, attract a partner or heal an aching heart. (*These stones pair really well with the Love Candle to support all your loving intentions).
Citrine is also known as “the merchant’s stone” calling in prosperity, wealth and money. It is a great stone to work with when needing to attract work, a new job or financial abundance. Pyrite is the like the driving force behind your will. It connects to the Solar Plexus and gives you that drive to take action on your goals and dreams. Red Garnet connects the earth and the heart and allows our heart’s desires to be manifested from the fertility of the earth beneath us. These three synergistically work together to attract, take action and plant that fertile seed to bring forth abundance and prosperity. (*Use these when burning the Abundance Candle to support all your prosperity intentions).
CALM + EASE
Pink Opal is like a warm blanket for the heart. It is so soothing and calming for anxiety and stress. It’s also great for children. Amethyst is not only beautiful to look at, but it is also a wonderful healer; calming and uplifting at the same time. It lifts our vibrations into a higher frequency and allows for better sleep and a calm mind. Also a great stone for children and pets who suffer from anxiety. Jet, not actually a stone, is ancient fossilized algae, and I believe is such an underrated ally to work with. It works to heal all your old wounds and pain, and offers such a calm and grounding effect for anxiety, stress and sleeplessness. These three can work wonderfully together to bring about a sense of ease and calm, but each individually are also powerful and effective.
A lot of us feel ungrounded these days; spending too much time indoors and on our phones, and eating a less than an optimal diet can leave us feeling disconnected. As well, many of us in different spiritual or new age communities love to spend time in the “high vibe” places- hanging out in the upper chakras and playing around with high vibe energy, but we often don’t want to look at the dark, dirty and dense energies that sit a little lower. These energies need just as much of our attention, and often require more work to get grounded so we can actually elevate higher in our conscious evolution. Black Tourmaline is the ultimate grounding stone. Not only that, but it gives us a beautiful protective barrier from all things negative and unwanted. (*Great to use when burning the Protection Candle). Red Jasper is our landline to Mother Earth’s nurturing energy. All Jaspers are wonderful, but I find Red Jasper to be the most rooting, grounding and nurturing. Smokey Quartz has that high energy of Clear Quartz, but offers more of a rooting energy into the Earth keeping us centered and grounded. You can work with all three for a well rounded rooted and grounded energy, or individually can also be so helpful.
Don’t forget to listen to your intuition! This is just a guide, but it’s really up to you to figure out where you’re being called to in the mineral kingdom. Select mindfully, and work deeply and slowly to be introduced to their subtle yet powerful energies.