Our current obsession with Astrology just keeps unfolding, in that blooming, ever expanding way that memes do. On social media “Celebrity Astrologers” and horoscope meme-machines collect thousands of followers, it seems like everyone and their maiden aunt is joking about Mercury Retrograde, and the trend of categorising “the signs” as literally anything – Harry Potter characters, dog breeds, wines, fast foods doesn’t look like going anywhere anytime soon.
So - we all (hopefully) know that every zodiac sign has a set of characteristics to accompany it. Geminis are social butterflies, Virgos are perfectionist pains in the arse, the list goes on. But did you know each zodiac sign has particular crystals that can tap into those qualities, and, in doing so, can protect your zodiac sign from becoming your own worst enemy?
To balance out every positive quality of each zodiac sign, there's a negative one because, hell, that’s life – for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction – you know the drill. But thank f*ck there’s also a healing crystal to balance out these negative life forces (and reinforce the positives – can I get a “hell yeah”?), so we can all live in harmony with ourselves in the great circle of life…
And if even if your less… enlightened compatriots think all of the above is a great spoonful of new-agey hoohah, you can always fall back on the fact that crystals, honestly, make for some killer apartment decor. So when your spirituality-shaming disbeliever friends come over and start making fun of your crystal grid, you can just tell them, “Pinterest told me crystals are where it’s at in new decade home décor Karen. Lay off.”
Anyway, while different crystals have different properties, some crystals are especially attuned to certain astrological signs.
So what’s the best way to combine the powers of these two practices?
Crystals for the Aries
The first sign in the zodiac is Aries, exemplifying the energy of new life, bringing new beginnings. If you’re born under the sign of the ram, you’re probably both open-minded and passionate. You're not one to get lost in a crowd and love to be the centre of attention. Souls born under the Aries sign are definitely better at starting things than finishing them.
Aries is a fire sign, which is fitting because people with the Aries sign are known to be fiery as hell. They are courageous, competitive, independent and assertive. You mess with the ram, you get the horns.
So what is the best crystal for an Aries?
Associated with Mars energy, the ruling planet of Aries, Bloodstone is a grounding stone and is used for dispelling negativity. It's also the traditional birthstone for those souls born under the influence of the ram. Bloodstone is brilliant for realigning the energy between your gut (where fear resides) and your heart (where our compassion dwells). Balancing these two chakras allows Aries to enjoy that drive to compete, but allows them to do it as a team player.
Aventurine, especially Green Aventurine, is an earthy stone that encourages growth and abundance. Paired with the drive of Aries energy, success is just ahead. Said to benefit all areas of creativity and imagination, as well as intellect and mental clarity, Green Aventurine is a gentle stone that gives a sense of calm and enhances happiness, which Aries energy needs in order for the headstrong ram to focus and achieve their goals.
Aventurine is also known for helping the bearer to see alternatives and potentials in any situation, giving a positive outlook, courage and inner strength.
Carnelian matches Aries fiery energy because it is a fire stone. So, if Aries feels as though they are losing their fire, they can use this stone to reignite the flame. 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.
NOTE: Use this Aries stone with caution, as it can sometimes overstimulate the already fiery energy of Aries, resulting in self-centered behavior. It is best used alongside Aquamarine or Clear Quartz to balance the blaze.
Clear Quartz brings a certain calmness to the passionate and ambitious nature of the Aries, so that they don’t forget to consider others as they forge ahead to achieve their goals. It can be used in conjunction with any of the other Aries crystals to promote more balance.
When the Aries nature gets a little too fiery, a water stone like Aquamarine can come in handy to help tame the flames. This stone can help bring more flexibility to the fiery ram’s endeavors and help them… go with the flow.
Remember – this is a killer place to start, but while Astrology is there to teach you about yourself, and crystal healing can help enhance your natural gifts and talents – these hella magickal practices are intensely personal and you may find there is more than one (or in this case four) stones or crystals that can represent and empower your astrological sign.
Keep your mind open as you explore which other crystals and stones symbolise the resourcefulness, wisdom and tenacity of Capricorn for you. You might be blown away at how different stones can characterise different quirks of people born under this zodiac sign, bringing out different strengths in the endlessly complex Goat.