Crystals have been used in magic and folklore for thousands of years, and each type of crystal is said to possess unique properties and energies. Here are some of the most common types of crystals used in magic and folklore.
Crystals are solid materials whose atoms are arranged in a repeating pattern that extends in all three dimensions. This repeating pattern gives crystals their characteristic shape, which is often symmetrical and geometric. Crystals are found in a wide range of minerals, including quartz, diamonds, and salt. They can be naturally occurring or man-made, and they are used in a variety of applications, including electronics, jewelry, and decorative objects.
In addition to their practical uses, crystals have also been associated with spiritual and mystical properties for thousands of years. Many people believe that crystals can influence energy, promote healing, and bring balance and harmony to their lives. This belief is often based on the idea that crystals are living entities with their own unique vibrations and energies, and that these energies can be harnessed for specific purposes.
Here are 20 common crystals used in magic and for spiritual purposes:
Amethyst is a purple crystal associated with spiritual growth, protection, and calming energy.
Black Tourmaline is a grounding crystal that provides protection and absorbs negative energy.
Citrine is a yellow crystal that promotes abundance, happiness, and success.
Clear quartz is a versatile crystal that amplifies energy, promotes healing, and enhances clarity of thought.
Fluorite is a rainbow crystal that promotes balance, stability, and clarity of thought.
Garnet is a deep red crystal associated with passion, courage, and protection.
Jasper is a grounding crystal that promotes stability and peace.
Lapis Lazuli is a blue crystal associated with wisdom, truth, and inner peace.
Moonstone is a white, iridescent crystal associated with intuition, emotional balance, and femininity.
Obsidian is a dark, glossy crystal associated with protection, grounding, and releasing negative energy.
Onyx is a black crystal associated with protection, strength, and grounding.
Rose Quartz is a pink crystal associated with love, compassion, and emotional healing.
Sapphire is a blue crystal associated with wisdom, truth, and mental clarity.
Selenite is a white, translucent crystal associated with clarity, peace, and spiritual growth.
Smoky Quartz is a brown crystal associated with grounding, protection, and releasing negative energy.
Tiger’s Eye is a golden-brown crystal associated with protection, courage, and personal power.
Turquoise is a blue-green crystal associated with communication, healing, and protection.
Unakite is a green and pink crystal associated with emotional healing and balance.
Yellow Calcite is a yellow crystal associated with mental clarity, confidence, and motivation.
Zircon is a crystal that comes in various colours, including blue and green, and is associated with spiritual growth, balance, and protection.
How to use crystals in magic and folklore
There are many different ways to use crystals in magic and folklore. Here are some common methods and examples:
- Wearing: You can wear crystals as jewelry, such as a pendant or a bracelet, to keep their energies close to you. For example, wearing a rose quartz pendant could help attract love and promote self-love.
- Holding: You can hold a crystal in your hand during meditation, visualization, or prayer to amplify its energy and focus your intention. For example, holding a clear quartz crystal while meditating could help enhance clarity and promote overall healing.
- Placing: You can place crystals in specific areas of your home, office, or car to create a certain energy or protect a space. For example, placing black tourmaline in the corners of a room could help absorb negative energy and provide protection.
- Gridding: You can arrange crystals in a pattern or grid to create a specific energy or intention. For example, creating a grid with rose quartz, citrine, and green aventurine could help attract abundance and promote happiness.
- Bathing: You can add crystals to your bath to enhance their energies and promote relaxation. For example, adding amethyst to your bath could help promote spiritual growth and calm your mind.
It’s important to cleanse and charge your crystals before using them, as they can absorb negative energy and lose their potency over time. There are many different methods for cleansing and charging crystals, including exposure to sunlight, moonlight, or sound, smudging with sage or palo santo, and burying them in the earth.
Read more about in this article by Kerry Greenaway: “Crystal Energy: How to use its paranormal power“.