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A Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing

A Beginner's Guide to Crystal Healing

Crystals and natural stones have been used in the art of healing for thousands of years. Some of the oldest amulets from a natural source date back 30,000 years and are made of baltic amber. Humans have an affinity for pretty things, and stones and crystals are no exception. These healing and protective crystals were worn as jewelry, sewn into clothing, and placed around the home. As talismans and amulets, they were banned by the Christian church after the death of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that the practice itself died out (1).

How does it work?

Crystals, like everything else in this physical world, have their own vibrations. Some vibrate at a higher frequency while others are lower. Likewise, your body and different body systems work at different frequencies. When one body system is off, the vibration and frequency is off as well. The crystals pair together with the vibrational and energetic frequencies of your body to help heal and repair you mind, body, and soul. There is a well known IBM scientist named Marcel Vogel, who did a lot of research on crystals, their energy, and how they are affected by thought and breath. He learned that when exhaling from the nose in short bursts, accompanied by thought towards a quartz crystal, he could affect the shape of the crystal as it formed under a microscope (2).

So how do you start?

If we take the work of Marcel Vogel to heart and know that our thoughts and energy affect the things around us, it is entirely possible that the opposite is true. You must first open your heart and mind to the possibility that crystals can help you heal in one form or another.

Once you have opened your mind and heart, it is time to pick the crystals to suit your needs. There are a few ways to do this. My personal favorite is letting the crystal choose me instead (I wrote more about that here). You can do this by closing your eyes and holding your hand above different crystals. Feel the energy and vibration from the crystals and choose the one that resonates the best with you. I’ve found that my body and energy vibration knows what I need before I do, and allowing my own vibrational energy to choose the crystal that reacts with it works better for me. Another way you can do this is by researching the different crystals and stones available to you and choosing the one you think you need. Different crystals have different properties and can be used for different things based on their vibrational frequency and energy inherent in them.

Popular Crystals and their Properties

*Amethyst – One of the most popular crystals for healing, amethyst is perfect for anyone who needs some balance in their life. Amethyst is known to bring calmness and focus to the mind, stress relief, and stimulates motivation and memory. Physically, amethyst is thought to balance the hormones, strengthen the immune system, and help keep you sober. The name actually comes from the Greek word “amethystos”, roughly translating to “not drunken”.

*Clear Quartz – Clear Quartz, or Crystal Quartz, is a powerful healing and and meditation crystal. Its vibrational frequency and energy make it the perfect stone for protection and balancing of energies, both physically and spiritually. Crystal Quartz can be used to enhance psychic ability and is easily adaptable, allowing for “programming” with intention to be used for the desired effect. Physically, Crystal Quartz is said to promote healing and balance as well as stimulating the immune system.

*Rose Quartz – Widely known as the crystal of love, Rose Quartz is the perfect crystal for those suffering with heartache. Rose Quartz encourages unconditional love of the self as well as others. It stimulates peace, forgiveness, and compassion for those around you. It is also used to stimulate the wearer’s sense of self-worth as well as healing emotional wounds. Physically, Rose Quartz is thought to stimulate the circulatory system, increase fertility, and protect against miscarriage.

Some final thoughts…

Although healing crystals do work, it is worth pointing out that crystals should not be used exclusively for healing of any ailment, physically or mentally. I always advocate for using alternative healing methods in conjunction with modern medicine. It is also good to point out that some crystals and stones should not be worn directly on the skin, ingested, left out in the sun, or get wet. Please be sure to do your research before embarking on any alternative therapy.

Sources

(1) The Problematic Status of Christian Amulets
(2) Marcel Vogel: Dreamhill Research Facility
(3) 10 Popular Healing Crystals

The Art of Choosing Crystals and Stones

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Moss Agate, Red Jasper, and Yellow Citrine

For many witches and Wiccans alike, stones and crystals are an important part of their practice. I admit, I haven’t always been that connected to stones or crystals! I didn’t feel like they played a part in my practice or my spirituality at all. Over time, though, that has changed and my spiritual practice has grown significantly. I’m learning every day, and I would like to share with you how I choose any new stones or crystals to bring into my spiritual practice, or life in general!

The stones pictured above are, in fact, mine. I just got them yesterday at a local event when my mom’s booth was set up next to this vendor. I’ll link to the vendor’s website because she is an awesome person with a wonderful vibe. She knows her stones and crystals and is just an amazing person to be around. We’ve been next to or around each other at this vendor event a few times and I’ve gotten to talk to her about where she gets her stones and crystals.

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Rose Quartz heart held by my daughter, bought from the same vendor

Sometimes when choosing crystals, people will research the crystal they think they need and then go searching for it. This is totally fine, and I’m not knocking anyone who chooses their crystals this way. However, I do it very differently.

Instead of researching the huge amount of crystals and stones that are available in the world, I let the crystal/stone choose me. When choosing the crystals and stones I bought yesterday (image above), I spent a few minutes looking at the table that was set up with all the different ones available. I placed my hand in a few different bowls that seemed to call out to me and held a few in my hand. I let the crystal or stone resonate with me and interact with my vibration and, depending on the reaction I get when I hold the item, I decide whether or not this is something that I need. I go into this with no prior knowledge or research about the different crystals and stones that I’m looking at for a reason.

Crystals and stones vibrate at different frequencies depending on their spiritual and magickal uses. If I feel that our vibrations don’t mesh well when I hold them, they aren’t the stone I need at that time. If our vibrations do mesh well, I consider them depending on price and source of the stone. Because let’s face it, just because I’m a Wiccan doesn’t mean I’m made of money. I would love to have the most beautiful and expensive stones, but that’s not practical.

Once I find a crystal or stone that resonates with me, I then choose from the ones available of that kind. This is based on how aesthetically pleasing I find the specific stones or crystals that I’ve selected. Sometimes they aren’t even the most beautiful of the stones of their kind! I believe that if I find the stone or crystal pleasing to look at, then there’s a reason. It’s like it calls to me and knows that I need it.

This method has never failed me, and sometimes the metaphysical properties of the crystal or stone that I choose are things I didn’t even know I needed until I really thought about my life in that moment.

How do you choose your crystals? Let me know in the comments!


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Viper Lapidary – local crystal and stone vendor specializing in stones, crystals, and magickal jewelry

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