Harnessing the power of crystals is certainly nothing new. Gems and minerals have been used as talismans and instruments for emotional, spiritual and physical healing since ancient times, by nearly every civilisation on record.
But - crystals, and their high frequency voodoo, are just as applicable to modern times as they were to the ancient Mayans, if not more so. They give us a reason to be still, and ground ourselves in the earth’s energies amidst the hustle and bustle of our everyday, blue screen lit existence.
But as a crystal newbie, where TF are you supposed to start?
The best way to start your crystal collection is by covering the basics.
Below is our list of *must have* crystals for everyone, covering all the essentials – from upping your sleep ante, to manifesting all those riches (aka prosperity) you’ve been dreaming of.
- Clear Quartz
Clear Quartz is the most iconic member of the quartz family. It’s the Dom Perignon of the crystal world, it’s one of the earth’s most abundant minerals and it is often referred to as the “Universal Crystal” because of its many uses.
Known universally as the “Master Healer, Clear Quartz can be used for anything and everything. Clear Quartz is translucent and clear, and can heal issues at the physical, mental, emotional or soul level. It resonates with the higher chakras, bringing in divine white light and connection to higher-self, higher consciousness, higher wisdom and unconditional pure love. Clear Quartz can be programmed by a healer for just about any issue from your past.
- Rose Quartz
The ultimate love stone, Rose Quartz has been used in love rituals and ceremonies for centuries and remains the stone of the hopeless romantic (for good reason – crystals with aphrodisiac properties are great for igniting passion between lovers), but it’s not just romantic love that this crystal embodies. The Rose Quartz stone’s meaning is one of unconditional love in any form. Whether that be self-love, family, platonic or romantic love, the way Rose Quartz facilitates love is through its ability to bring your consciousness to a higher level.
Helping you to forgive and understand, Rose Quartz is strongly associated with the element of water, its healing properties are naturally fluid. They wash out those toxic energies and emotions that threaten to weigh you down.
Be warned – if you’re planning on placing one in the bedroom for purely recreational purposes, Rose Quartz is also associated with the promotion of fertility.
If you’re living your best life, your days will be filled with many and varied loves. Rose Quartz will enable you to face every day with an open heart and stoke a fierce burning passion to take on the world and everything in it.
Amethyst is an all purpose stone. It provides clarity when there's confusion in the mind, and helps to relieve stress and anxiety. The Amethyst crystal is said to aid creative thinking and spiritual awareness and can even help with cell regeneration, mood swings, and immunity. It is known as the "Traveller’s Stone," providing extra protection while you're out on the road, exploring new horizons.
Amethyst is also a protective stone and thought to reduce nightmares. So, rather than watching “one more episode” on Netflix next time insomnia strikes, try placing amethyst stones underneath your pillow before you go to bed and give into the peace and calm this stunning stone can bring. This also makes it a wonderful stone to use during meditation to reach a deeper level and open your third eye.
Citrine is known as the "Merchant’s Stone," helping you manifest more of those dollar, dollar bills by removing financial blockages, as well attracting new opportunities. To invoke that abundance and prosperity, simply wear it, keep it in your purse or wallet, or place it in a cash drawer or money box in a corner of your home or office. Be as creative as you want.
For aura protection, wear it or keep in your purse or pocket. You can also place it at the four corners of your house, or in a place where there are a lot of activities.
Citrine is also considered one of the best stones for protection and weight loss.
- Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline is considered among the top protective stones. It can also help you with grounding and shield against harmful electro magnetic fields.
Feeling the need for a cleanse? Add a Tourmaline Quartz crystal to your mindfulness practice (alongside the kale smoothies, yoga and colon hydrotherapy, obv) to provide the clarity and focus to stay on an enlightened path. Place this stone near your electronic devices and gadgets to protect you from EMF frequencies. Place it in your house or workplace to protect you from the negative vibrations of others, or any form of potentially harmful intentions that might be directed toward you. Wear it to absorb negativity and transmute it to positivity energy.
If you have hard time manifesting your wishes, write your intentions on a small piece of paper and put it underneath Black Tourmaline. This will help remove any energetic or psychic blockages related to your wish, filling it up with positive energy and abundance.
Carnelian is the perfect antidote to a bad case of the “can’ts”, like all agates, it has protective energies, and is a powerful wingman when negativity and self-disbelief strike. Besides its eye-catching aesthetic, Carnelian can aid memory (including past-life recall), assist in finding the right mate better than OKCupid ever could and protect from anger, jealousy and fear. It can also help with the manifestation of your deepest desires and bring luck. Maybe try resisting the urge to bet it all on black though.
Physically, Carnelian has been used in crystal healing to aid in healing open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells and provide relief from rheumatism, kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies and neuralgia.
Who needs Zyrtec when you’ve got Carnelian, right?
- Smokey Quartz
When darkness strikes, protective Smokey Quartz can soak up that negativity like a super absorbent Chux Super Wipe before it takes root in your psyche. If you regularly struggle with depression, anxiety or jealousy, wearing a piece of Smokey Quartz can be a powerful way to stop those toxic energies from overwhelming you.
Because of its killer cleansing and detoxing effects, this master healer is often used to amplify the energy of any stones surrounding it, which creates a synergy of soothing vibes, the spiritual Band-Aid to your painful emotional wounds. Looking for a quick midday pick-me-up? Hold a Smokey Quartz crystal in each hand and feel the calming waves of its healing and balancing properties infusing your mind and body with its powerful spiritual nutrition. Who needs a kale smoothie when you’ve got Smokey Quartz?
Cheaper than therapy and a sustainable alternative to antidepressants, Smokey Quartz is a grounding stone known for its ability to help you move on from painful memories. When you meditate with this stone, it guides you to a higher state of being, a place where you can let go of the past leaving you better, not bitter.