Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth, but it is considered an essential part of any witch’s crystal collection. It is a multipurpose stone that can be included in almost any spell to bring about a positive result. Quartz is wonderful for balancing emotions, especially if you are trying to heal painful feelings such as child abuse issues or if you have problems with self-esteem. This crystal amplifies magickal wishes and will bring extra power to any spell. Use it to tap into a higher consciousness and to keep in touch with your spiritual side.
This lavender-purple crystal has a gentle vibration and can be used for healing or to help clam stress and nerves. When someone is not well, amethyst can be place near the ailing person or worn next to the skin. After the crystal has been worn for a week, it is best to rinse the stone in tepid water every evening for seven days and then let dry it overnight. When the healing process is done, leave the crystal overnight.
Witches always have crystals somewhere on their person, and if you stroll around their gardens you will often find a piece of amethyst twinkling out at you from a cabbage patch, or perhaps there will be a sliver of quartz nestled somewhere under a bush. Because crystals possess unique properties of conductivity and electrical frequency, they are used in everything from radios to watches to computers. Wiccans value crystals because they are wonderful for changing auras from negative to positive and they help clear destructive energies from our homes and gardens. There are so many types of crystals in the world that it is impossible to list them all here. if you want to learn more about crystals, there are countless books and websites out there, but for now we are going to explore some of the more popular crystals in use today. These are not just worn as jewelry, but often place on our altars to support a spell. You can use any size crystal or stone in a spell, the results will be the same.
Gemstone of the Day
Lavender Quartz is a mix of Amethyst and Rose Quartz, and also its colour is a mix of these two, a soft pinkish lilac is the result. Because of its ‘mixed’ origins Lavender Quartz combines the healing and magical properties of Amethyst and Rose Quartz, in a similar way as Ametrine, which combines the properties of Amethyst and Citrine in it. Lavender Quartz positively influences the psyche, this stone dispels mental blockages, but it also gives its wearer joy. On the physical level this stone positively influences the metabolism and blood circulation.
Crystal of the Day
Common in mountainous regions, veins of milk quartz can be seen threading their way across exposed and eroded rock surfaces. Reflecting light from great distance, this stone has been used to enhance sacred sites for thousand of years. The stones we buy and use today retain this aura of sanctity.
IDENTIFICATION AND CARE
- Some coloured varieties of common quartz, have distinct names – for example, the pinky-brown “strawberry quartz.”
- Milky quartz is usually massive, but fully grown crystals also occur.
- Symbolizes the energies of the moon
- Represents purification and cleansing
- Harnesses the power of light
- Clears blocked energy gradually
- Gently releases difficult emotions
- Disperses negative thought
- Calms an overactive mind
- Helps to ease us into the universal flow.
Crystal of the Day
Pyramids amplify and then tightly focus energy through the apex. A pyramid is also used to enhance and focus the inherent properties of the stone:
Shungite is a stone of rejuvenation.
Shungite is sometimes called the “Stone of Life” due to it’s healing and antibacterial properties. Many people use shungite to create a healing spa in the home by placing it in some water to purify and charge the water with cleansing energy.
This mineral is hailed as containing a healing power incomparable to any other. Shungite purifies, protects, normalizes, induces recovery and promotes growth in living organisms.
Crystal of the Day
This beautiful pink crystal, named after the American gemstone specialist G. F. Kunz, who discovered it at the start of the 20th century, is the most sought after member of the spodumene family (to which the delicate green hiddenite also belongs). It forms long, striated prisms which can be opaque but are often deeply translucent or completely transparent. Kunzite’s colour from a side view is pale, but looking down the length of the crystal, it deepens to an appealing pinky violet. Occasionally, spodumene crystals will contain areas of pink and green together.
Identification and care
Kunzite crystals contain parallel striations.
Stones darken in colour once mined.
Strengthens the heart and attunes us to universal love
Helps us to understand other people
Bring conflict to a resolution
Supports the cardiovascular system and thyroid function
Helps to override negative, unhelpful thought patterns – very protective
Creates a space for meditation
To heal and protect where love is lacking place kunzite at the heart and arrange four clear quartz, points outward, in a diamond shape around the body.
Wear a pendant of kunzite or hiddenite to provide yourself with invaluable protection during difficult emotional times.
The mechanism that creates crystals is movement in the Earth’s crust. As layers of crust float on the liquid rock mantle beneath collisions and pressure create fractures that allow superheated liquids and gases, filled with different elements to move rapidly toward the surface. As these liquids and gases cool. they often crystalize. The temperature, pressure, surrounding rocks and mix of elements all determine which minerals crystallize at a particular place. Crystals and rocks produced in this way are known as igneous.
If crystals and rocks are exposed to wind, frost and water, they begin to erode. Small particles are washed into the sea where they form silt deposits. After many millions of years of extreme pressure, these deposits become compressed, forming sedimentary crystals and rock. Minerals of this type ten to be softer than igneous crystals as they form at lower temperatures and pressures.
Qualities like chemical make-up structure, shape, hardness and lustre focus the energies of crystals in certain ways, but colour is the key to how a crystal heals.
We appreciate colour as an adornment, forgetting that it represents a real force – the level of energy in light. This energy stimulates the brain, altering the way we think and feel as well as our physical well-being. Our reaction to colour is instinctive and cannot be controlled. But if we learn the effects of each colour, we will begin to understand why we are drawn to some stones more than others, which will help us to choose the right crystal for every situation.
Many crystals appear in more than one colour. This is because some samples may contain a few extra atoms of an uncharacteristic element that slightly distorts the internal lattice and changes the colour we perceive.
Gem experts discover the true colour of a crystal by a streak test. This involves scraping the crystal across an unglazed ceramic tile to leave a fine dust of particles, revealing the crystal’s underlying colour. The streaks of smoky quartz, violet amethyst, yellow citrine, rose quartz and green aventurine, for example are all grey-white – exactly the same as for clear quartz.
Basic colour qualitiesBlack – grounding Brown – enabling Red – energizing Orange – releasing Yellow – organizing Green – balancing Blue – communicating Indigo (deep blue) – cooling Violet – integrating Pink – accepting White – cleansing Clear – clarifying