For as long as we’ve been human, we’ve sought out the sacred in nature. Something about crystals, rocks and precious stones has always called to us, whether through their appearance, the vibrations they emit, or something deeper. We are from the earth; it makes sense that keeping pieces of it would bring us comfort and strength.
Connecting with crystals is a deeply personal practice. Anybody who has worked with or collected crystals will tell you that the most important factor when considering a new crystal is your own response to it. You can select crystals for the properties you want to harness, of course, but it’s always just as important that you connect with and feel called to an individual crystal. This connection is what will create the energy in yourself and in your space; a crystal is only as strong as the effect it has on you personally.
Many crystal sellers will encourage you to interact with a crystal physically to learn more about it and see if it’s right for you. However, when this isn’t possible, looking crystals that are offered from different stores online and seeing which ones you spend the most time focusing on can be just as good of a test. We know that crystals are special to the person who owns them, but we also know that different types of crystal can produce and hone different energies and qualities. Here are a few of the most common kinds of crystal and their meanings, so that you can start to cultivate the energy you desire in your spaces.
Agates can come in a variety of colors and shapes but all of them are useful for providing stability. Agates can heal a lot of internal imbalances like anger and low self-worth, and help to grow strength within. Over time agate can help with confidence and positivity, granting you extra reserves of strength and power.
Amethyst is ideal for bringing peace and relaxation, producing feelings of contentment and diffusing tension. It works to undo stress and negativity while quietly giving us a boost in strength and protection. Amethyst can also be a great tool for manifestation, helping us bring our dreams to life when we allow ourselves to focus on them.
Tourmaline is a powerful protector, great at expelling negative energy from our spaces and minds. I use black tourmaline all the time because of its ability to act like a shield, protecting me from negativity and harm.
Crystal quartz is unique for its ability to connect— both to us and to other crystals. It links to all of our chakras, bringing us closer to inner harmony. It can clarify our intentions, cleanse our emotions and purify our energy. Crystal quartz can also magnify the vibrations of the crystals around it, helping them to become more effective as well.
Like the moon, this stone has a healing feminine energy. Moonstone is good for stabilizing, softening, and can even quell strong egos, ultimately working to help you obtain balance with yourself and others.
Pink in color, rose quartz has a close association with the heart chakra and is great for harnessing loving energy for ourselves, each other, and the world at large. Rose quartz can open our hearts up to extend our love outward, or help gather love to ourselves when we need it most. This influx of love can help to clear out small frustrations and petty grievances, freeing us of negativity.
Selenite has a high, pure vibrational energy that can fill spaces with brightness and light. This crystal is the essence of cleansing and purity, washing out staleness, negativity and blockages. Selenite can help us connect to a higher level of consciousness, making us feel elevated and enlightened.
Turquoise’s blue coloring gives it a connection to the throat chakra, responsible for communication. Because of this, turquoise can encourage openness and honesty, even within our own minds. It’s also a strong advocate for health, working to keep your own wellness at the front of your mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about crystals, Energy Muse has a great index of hundreds of crystals and their meanings, as well as a crystal test to see where your intuition guides you and what it means.