A - E Crystal Meanings
In crystal healing, people often say that the crystal chooses you, rather than the other way around. It’s kind of like how the wand chooses the wizard in Harry Potter (it’s a thing, OK?)
Anyway, if Amazonite has found its way into your life, it's a sign that you're in need of the truth, even if it hurts. And with Amazonite by your side, you CAN handle the truth, it is first and foremost a stone of loving communication and its crystal healing properties remind us that it's time for our voices to be heard.
Above and beyond its power in communications, Amazonite is awesome for lessening stress and self-defeating behaviours by calming and building self-esteem, and for healing emotional disturbances and the after effects of psychological trauma.
Amazonite is also well noted for having physical healing powers; decreasing heart problems, benefitting the muscles, aiding with pregnancy, calcium deficiency, eczema and muscle cramps, supporting the nervous system and lessening tooth decay and osteoporosis.
You know the old saying – An Amazonite a day keeps the doctor away.
The name Amethyst translates in Greek to, “not drunken”. But before you write this one off as “not for you off due to your Friday night Pinot habit”, you should note that this potentially odd name comes from that time when angry Greek God Bacchus poured one out for his fallen homie, turning a clear crystal purple with the sweet nectar of the gods.
Those ancient philosophers could have been onto something with the belief that it could spare you from public drunkenness. Maybe its time Amethyst replaced a penis straw as the Hen’s Night must have...
Ancient angry gods and public intoxication notwithstanding, the February birthstone’s healing properties are plentiful. Its purifying energy is linked to cleansing the mind of negative thoughts and releasing addictive behaviours. It’s also helpful in making a clear connection between planes, making it excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. Amethyst is used to open one’s channels to telepathy, past life regression, clairaudience and clairvoyance and communication with angels.
The Amethyst crystal is said to aid creative thinking and spiritual awareness. It is also a protective stone and thought to reduce nightmares. So, rather than watching “one more episode” on Netflix next time insomnia stripes, try placing amethyst stones underneath your pillow before you go to bed and give into the peace and calm this stunning stone can bring.
Using this Pantone Colour of the Year hued stone to decorate the home is a choice many make for its good looks alone. Aside from the fact that an amethyst in the family room can assist in familial bonding and in the office can bring intuition for making tough decisions and assist in stress-relief for long working days, its uplifting energy can really help tie a room together.
The Ancient Greeks were the first to recognise the chameleon-like qualities of Apatite. In fact, the Apatite crystal’s meaning comes from the Greek word “to deceive”, but before you start comparing Apatite to your cheating ex, let Apatite clear away the toxic fog and remind you that what lies behind us is of little consequence. It’s the energy that lies within that holds the key to eternal happiness.
Apatite is a creativity enhancing stone that can mystically stimulate the thoughts and ideas. It is used, often in conjunction with meditation, to increase intellect, imagination, and intuitive and psychic awareness. It is said to help you maintain focus, learn, concentrate effectively, think clearly, and communicate better.
Apatite is a powerful meditation or psychic awareness tool. It can clear the aura, enable spiritual attunement, and bring powerful psychic awareness. Apatite is used very successfully mystically for lucid dreaming, deep meditation, astral travel, past life work, rebirthing and inner wisdom. It is a stone that promotes psychic communication, clairvoyance, and clairaudience.
If you’re in the mood to break on through to the other side, put The Doors on the turntable, place a stone over the third-eye chakra in between the eyebrows and get ready for the Lizard King to take you on a magic carpet ride into an expanded spiritual dimension.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction. If you’re drawn to the icy blue energy of Aquamarine, it could be a sign that you’re actually a mermaid… or if you’ve checked for a clamshell bra and tail and found neither, maybe you just need a good dose of Vitamin ‘Sea’ and the regenerative healing properties of water.
Aquamarine is your cold shower wake up call, an icy splash of water to the face, it is said to assist with quick intellectual response and can bring inner peace, hope and self-love. Wear it over your heart to shield your aura, undo destructive patterns and encourage the presence of angels for guidance and protection.
Like a deep pool desert oasis, the Aquamarine crystal has powerful anti-inflammatory properties for both the mind and spirit. If you find something burning you up inside, soothing Aquamarine will help you cool off, dispelling anger and fear and calming frayed nerves.
A powerful aid in meditation, Aquamarine can also restore the vibrancy and beauty of youth with its H20 based anti-aging properties. To release the healing powers of Aquamarine, rejuvenate your complexion and your aura by starting your day with a simple stress busting ritual that helps to restore tranquillity faster than you can say Retinol-A.
Who knew it was that easy to tap into the Fountain of Youth?
“I crash through glass ceilings,
I break through closed doors
I'm on the ocean, I'm in heaven.”
-- Jay-Z, Oceans
Fighting the patriarchy gets exhausting. If you don’t have time for an actual tropical vacay, meditating with indigo blue Azurite can have the same mind refreshing effect as staring at the azure sky or sapphire Mediterranean Sea for hours (with or without an umbrella drink).
Take a break from choppy thoughts and let Azurite break through the surface to shine a light into the depths of your mind and the truth of the situation. Azurite is your ally against worry, indecision and material desires. It can be peaceful down there below the waves.
Are you the “always bet on black” type? If you find yourself drawn to the powerful, enigmatic vibes of the Obsidian crystal, it could be a sign that you're in need of a deep psychic cleanse.
Known as the "psychic vacuum cleaner," Obsidian is your spiritual home cleaning service, giving you the energy to sweep the emotional rubble and debris from your past. The bodyguard to your soul, the Obsidian crystal can also protect you from inner darkness, by sharpening and focussing internal and external vision and acting as a mirror to your inner self. Meditating with Obsidian can help you get in touch with those inner demons and buried issues before they explode in a potentially head shaving, umbrella wielding meltdown.
What was it our Year 7 Sex-Ed Teacher always told us? Oh that’s right, “Always use protection”. A solid, universal piece of advice that you can actually turn to in pretty much any given situation (except perhaps the US gun debate, but that’s another story…)
Black Tourmaline has been used for centuries to protect from evil spirits. It deflects and transforms not only negative energy, but harmful thoughts and shitty people too! It is often used as an aura cleanser and can help you attain higher levels of awareness.
Black Tourmaline works like a super absorbent sponge, soaking up all the negative energy that surrounds it. Wear Black Tourmaline jewellery or carry it with you so you don't pick up on other people’s toxic energy. It's one thing to be compassionate and caring but it's the danger zone for your soul when you take on someone else's drama.
This mysterious and alluring stone is one of the most powerful and effective crystals for anxiety. If you find yourself being swept away by the storm clouds of fear, Keep Calm and Carry Black Tourmaline. The Xanax of healing crystals, this protective stone is another essential component to your crystal first aid kit.
Black Tourmaline is also one of the most powerful minerals for absorbing electromagnetic radiation, which makes it excellent for placing near computers, iPhones, etc.
With an intense black colour that makes a killer statement piece in any home, Black Tourmaline is also a decorator's dream. Black Tourmaline is the new black.
"Being happy is the goal...
but greatness is my mission."
-- Childish Gambino
No greatness ever came from refusing to make a decision, and Blue Calcite the perfect enhancer of decision-making. It brings this quality to life through its ability to help you see more clearly what path will lead you to happiness. They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure as hell can buy Blue Calcite – maybe that’s the next best thing.
The combination of blue and white powers in Blue Calcite amplifies energy, particularly in the realms of communication and thought. It fosters enlightened discussion and eases communication between people with opposing views. In these troubled times, Blue Calcite can help you express your views calmly and with tact (and in the process hopefully stop you from slapping a bitch over a something that may not quite warrant slapping a bitch).
Nearness of Blue Calcite is amazing for calming frayed nerves and makes you aware of the need for rest. Not only can it help you get the rest you need, working with this super chill crystal can keep your dreams clearer and closer so you can use them to enlighten your day to day.
Citrine is a stone as bright as its energy. It emanates more positivity and joy than a box full of puppies. Known in crystal work as the “Success Stone”, it’s time to open yourself to letting this fiery stone’s golden energy lift you up.
We all have dreams and aspirations. Sometimes we just need a little extra help coaxing them out. Whether it’s a creative epiphany or a move to live the life you’ve always dreamed of, Citrine will have your back, like a super reliable BFF that never bails on you for that guy from Tinder with the abs.
The November birthstone’s properties of wealth and abundance are some of its most well known. If it’s dollar dollar bills you’re coveting, this is the stone to aid in the manifestation, earning Citrine its other nickname, the “Merchant’s Stone”. Citrine also promotes generosity, so the prosperity and success can be shared.
Other Citrine properties are linked to the creative process. Whether natural or heated, citrine is said to activate the imagination by enhancing mental clarity and allowing for the flow of ideas and visualisation.
Citrine is the perfect stone to combat negative energy of any kind, by breaking it up and dissipating it. Add a piece of Citrine to the bedroom to bring light and abundance into your intimate space, or to a child’s bedroom to bring a sense of security and golden light force. Or place Citrine in your office or workspace to promote a sense of peace and confidence that could rival Kanye on his best day.
Known as the singer's stone, the Carnelian crystal is a warm, vibrant stone that boosts confidence and the power of true expression. It is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. Just ask Grammy Award winner, Adele, who reportedly can’t perform without Carnelian by her side.
Whenever you're called on to perform, whether it's on stage or between the sheets, be the star of your own show by accessing the healing properties of Carnelian, the fiery companion guiding you in facing your fears.
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?
“Angel came down from heaven yesterday
She stayed with me just long enough to rescue me
And she told me a story yesterday
About the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea”
-- Jimi Hendrix
Wherever you happen to be on your spiritual journey, the dreamy sky blue Celestite links us to our inner guardian angels so we never have to weather the storm alone.
When it comes to cooling off fiery emotions, deep blue Celestite is the New Age balm to soothe life’s callouses. The Celestite crystal stone meaning is a symbol of peace, when you connect to a higher state of being it opens you up to a level of mental clarity, which is always helpful if you plan to become arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.
If you are constantly looking toward the horizon, Chrysocolla is the energy your free spirit needs to stop dreaming and motivate yourself to achieve. A gentle, harmonious stone, often associated with monasticism, Chrysocolla can alleviate the anxiety and sense of isolation that comes with an inward focus and propel you into the status of best ever wingman… for yourself.
Inspired by the energy of willpower and confidence, Chrysocolla will ease your fear, anxiety and guilt and bring hope. With a Chrysocolla crystal by your side, you will feel motivated to transform your future ambitions into present realities.
Get it girl.
Physically, Chrysocolla is used to treat asthmas and emphysema, TB, pneumonia, muscle cramps, spasms, arthritis and headaches and is used for protection during childbirth and pregnancy.
You have two choices when you get to that “We are never getting back together” stage. You can either reach for the Taylor Swift, or you can reach for the verdant green Chrysoprase.
The June birthstone can mend broken hearts and remove inferiority or superiority complexes. It is said to bring good fortune and prosperity and facilitates self-expression, courage and hope and the ability to use them wisely.
Not sure if that f**k you post break-up haircut is the wisest choice? It's always a fine line between self-preservation and letting go of grudges, and the Chrysoprase crystal’s healing properties are excellent for supporting this delicate balance of emotions. Its relaxing and serene vibes help cool off intense emotions when the storm of anxiety hits, especially when placed over the heart.
Chrysoprase is also said to aid failing eyesight or other eye problems, boost immune system response, assist with fertility issues, gout and mental illness, relieve fevers and excess body heat, and can help guard against sexually transmitted diseases (a must for that post-break deluge of Tinder matches you’re about to score with your hot new do).
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.
While the Quartz properties are many and varied, giving it a reputation as a master healer, it is especially helpful for helping control how we think about and perceive situations. Clear Quartz can help open up the mind and elevate negative perspectives to a more enlightened point of view. It can help expand consciousness and facilitate open communication. For those needing clarity of mind, Clear Quartz healing properties will eliminate energy blockages and allow energy to flow smoothly throughout the body.
Many (serious science people – not just jingly sandal wearing Byron hippies)
believe that the similarity in cellular composition of Clear Quartz with the human body and earth’s crust accounts for the interactive communication between gemstones like quartz and the human body.
This is no joke – Marcel Vogel, a scientist at IBM, has studied the connection between human and emotion and the molecular structure of crystals. He believes that the crystal’s cellular formation was susceptible to change depending on what he was thinking at the time. According to Vogel, the crystal reacts to your “program” and mirrors it in its own composition.
And it turns out that programming your Quartz is way f*cking easier than trying to program your Smart TV to record on iView. To program the Quartz with your intentions, hold it in the palm of your hand and focus on what you want to achieve. The crystal’s memory will download your intentions and help to manifest those goals through its ability to amplify in the same way it does in tech devices (or in this case, in a much easier way than it does in your supposedly Smart TV).