Most crystals grow deep down inside the earth’s crust. Minerals form under the earth’s surface as a result of geological influences. These conditions include extreme heat, pressure and fluid interaction which takes place over thousands to millions of years.
As a result, stones accumulate their own powerful energies from the various minerals that create them. Every stone contains their own properties, vibrations and personality.
The use of crystals has a long documented history and has been present in almost every culture and religious tradition. It is fair to say that as long as we have existed as a species, we have had an affinity with stones and crystals. The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind, although we have no way of knowing how the earliest of these objects were viewed or used. Many early pieces were organic in origin.
Egyptian Healing and Protective Powers
The healing uses of crystals are documented as far back as 1500 B.C. in the Ebers Papyrus from Egypt. This Egyptian medicinal text documented the many ways in which crystals were used for healing. The ancient Egyptians strongly believed in the healing and protective power of crystals. Many pharaohs wore crystals on their headdresses and many crystal amulets have been found in their tombs. The pharaohs often had their masks lined with crystals in the belief that crystals helped them be better rulers. Many objects of Amazonite and Lapis were found in King Tut’s tomb and Amazonite was one of the stones on his famous gold mask.
The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, emerald and clear quartz in their jewelry. They also carved grave amulets of the same gems. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health. Chrysolite was used to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits. Egyptians also used crystals cosmetically. Galena was ground to a powder and used as the eye shadow known as kohl. Malachite was used in a similar manner. Green stones in general were used to signify the heart of the deceased and were included in burials.
The Ancient Greeks attributed a number of properties to crystals and many names we use today are of Greek origin. The word ‘crystal’ comes from the Greek word for ice, as it was believed that clear quartz was water that had frozen so deeply that it would always remain solid. The word amethyst means ‘not drunken’ and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers. Hematite comes from the word for blood, because of the red colouration produced when it oxidises. Hematite is an iron ore and the ancient Greeks associated iron with Aries, the god of war. Greek soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before battle, perportedly to make themselves invulnerable. Greek sailors also wore a variety of amulets to keep them safe at sea.
Crystals are also used for healing in Chinese Medicine, which dates back to at least 5000 years. Crystal needles are also often used in modern day Chinese acupuncture and in Pranic Healing. The Chinese have traditionally attributed healing powers to microcrystalline jade. Jade has been the most highly esteemed stone in China throughout recorded history, and was valued for its beauty and powers of healing and protection.
Crystals have also been recognized for healing by Tibetan Buddhists and the Ayurvedic healing system for hundreds of years. The use of crystals is popular in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
In the Old Testament, the High Priests were required to dress in “holy garments,” which were centered around the Breastplate of the High Priests. God instructed Moses to build the Breastplate of the High Priests and gave him step by step directions as to the twelve crystals he was to include on the Breastplate.
In the New Testament, God’s heavenly city, New Jerusalem, is said to be built on foundations of crystals. “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.”
In 1150, Saint Hildegard wrote two medical treatises where she documented the healing properties of crystals and their uses. She described how the vibrational energy in crystals strengthened the weak and healed illnesses. Saint Hildegard was highly regarded for her many accomplishments. In the 1100’s she wrote poems, books on medicine and theology, plays, and composed music, on top of being a nun, physician, orator, scientist, preacher, consultant to popes and kings, and a philosopher. She also founded two monasteries. These accomplishments would be amazing for a woman today, let alone a woman living in the 1100s.
Properties of Crystals
ABALONE: Handling Emotional Situations, Psychic Development
ABUNDANCE CRYSTAL: Bring state of abundance, prosperity
AEGERINE: Energizing, Protection Against Psychic Attacks
AFRICAN CRYSTALS: Bring energies that are primal and forceful to crystals
AGATE: blue aids in the flow of self expression, relieves headaches, neck and shoulder pain, neutralizes anger, inflammation,
protection, calming, courage
AGATE EYES: Evil eye
AJOITE: Release Emotions, Peace, Powerful Healing
AMAZONITE: Psychic, Integrity, Honor
AMBER: Draw out negativity, Purification, Romance
AMETHYST: calms the mind for meditation or sleep, repels negativity, stimulates pituitary and pineal, releases old emotional thought patterns, peace, psychic, sobriety, stability
AMETRINE: Psychic Abilities, Disperse Negave Energies
AMMOLITE: Good Luck, Prosperity, High Energy
ANALCIME: Mental Clarity, Teamwork, Cope with Change
ANDALUSITE: Seeing Sides of a Problem, Scrying, AIDS
ANGELITE: Angelic Contact, Serenity, Inner Peace, Calm
ANGEL AURA QUARTZ (Opal Aura, Rainbow Aura, Pearl Aura): Aura Protection, Kundalini, Angelic Communication
ANGEL QUARTZ (Amphibole Quartz, Angel Phantom Quartz): Angel Guidance, Emotional Clarity, Astral Travel
ANGEL WHITE AJOITE: High Angelic Energies, Spirit Potential
ANGEL WING (Alunite): Balance Energies, Creativity
ANTHOPHYLLITE: Releasing, Cleansing
APACHE TEARS: Grief, Release Negative Emotions
APATITE: Intuitive Awareness, Ideas, Intellect, Imagination
APOPHYLLITE: Meditation Aid, Connect with Spiritual World, Clairvoyance
AQUA AURA: Increase Psychic Awareness, Increase Conscious Awareness
AQUAMARINE: is useful in reducing fluid retention, activates the thymus gland, helps with creative expression, dissipates fears and phobias, courage, peace and communication
ARAGONITE: Magick Charms, Increase Energy, Boost Self-Confidence
ARKANSAS CRYSTALS: Brings energy that is Potent, Robust, and Consistent
ASTROPHYLLITE: Soul Purpose, Self-Acceptance, Astral Travel
ATACAMITE: Spiritual Guidance, Emotional Healing, Energy Blockages
ATLANTISITE (Tasmanite, Stichtite-Serpentine): Spiritual Awareness, End Disputes, Healing
AVENTURINE: relieves emotional stress, stimulates muscle tissue, strengthens the blood, radiates a positive attitude into the environment
AZEZTULITE: High Energy, Raise Vibration, Project Positive Energy, Healing
AZURITE: Improves visualization, stimulates thyroid and spleen, clears old thought patterns
BARNACLE CRYSTAL: Helpful for group issues, harmony
BINGHAMITE: Good Fortune, Elves and Fairies Energy
BIOTITE: Clear Picture of Issues
BIXBITE: Harmony, Compatibility
BLACK COLOR ENERGIES: Survival, Grounding, Protection, Lower Blood Pressure, Root Chakra
BLACKSTONE (Black Jasper): Highly Protecting, Healing
BLACK TOURMALINE: Very protective stone, blocks negative energy from entering a space, grounds spiritual energies
BLOODSTONE (Heliotrope): Centering, Adaptability, Reduce Anxiety
BLUE COLOR ENERGIES: Truth, Loyalty, Communication, Peaceful Dreams, General Healing, Relieve Pain
BOJI STONES: Release Blockages, Align Chakras
BONE: Vitality, Strength
BLUE LACE AGATE: Gentleness, Tranquility, Communication
BOTSWANA AGATE: Transitions, Creativity, Solutions, Nervous System, Broken Bones
BOWENITE: Protection, Dream-solving
BRAZIL CRYSTALS: Said by some to be the most powerful crystal energy, healing
BRIDGE CRYSTAL (aka Inner Child, Penetrator): Public Speaking, Heal Old Childhood Issue
BRONZITE: Focused Action, Courtesy, Inner Certainty, Muscular Tension
BROWN COLOR ENERGIES: Stability, Grounding, Protection, ADD, Instability, Immune System
BUSTAMITE: Clear Energy Blockages, Emotional Safety, Stress Disorders
CARNELIAN: assists in relief of asthma symptoms, great to carry for feeling your own personal power
CHEVRON AMETHYST (Banded Amethyst): Peace of Mind, Self-awareness, Inner Strength
CITRINE: enhances the body’s innate ability to heal, detoxifies
CRAB FIRE AGATE: Individuality, Courage
CRAZY LACE AGATE: Protection from Evil Eye, Decision-making, Focus
DINOSAUR BONE: Increases Energy, Memory, Said to Heal Broken Bones
EMERALD: Calming effect to the mind, strengthens immune and nervous system
FIRE AGATE: Courage, Protection, Spiritual Advancement
FLAME AGATE: Vital Energy, Ease Transitions
FLOURITE: balances mental energies, grounds energy, healing stone
GREEN APOPHYLLITE: Groth, Abundance, Heart Chakra
GREEN TOURMALINE: healing the endocrine system, sensitivity and understanding, protective and brings prosperity, excellent anti depressant
HERMATITE: Increases resistance to stress, grounding and activates the spleen
JADE: Dispels negativity, boosts immune, strengthen the heart and kidneys
KYANITE: Raises physical vibrations, strengthens the throat chakra, aids in communication with higher self. Sleeping with one under your pillow is an experience you need to have
LAPIS LAZULI: Strengthens the physical body, skeletal system, activates the chakras, assists in fertility, mental clarity and illumination
MALACHITE: strengthens the heart and circulatory system, activates the pineal and pituitary gland
MOLDAVITE: Heals the brain and central nervous system, coma induced by trauma, excellent aid in channeling, “Seer Stone”
MOONSTONE: balances emotions, unblocks lymphatic system, relieves anxiety and stress, useful for stomach, spleen, pancreas and pituitary gland
MOSS AGATE: improves blood, circulation,l ymph system and lends harmony to the environment, abundance, self confidence, protection
PEACH AVENTURINE: Creativity, Sacral Chakra
PINK TOURMALINE: Heals fear and negativity, Strong infusion of the Love vibration activates strong devotion, Promotes the attitude of being young at heart, protective stone
RAINBOW TOURMALINE: Grounds the healing love vibration into the body, releases emotional pain and assists to heal a broken heart.
RED AVENTURINE: Creativity, Imagination, See Possibilities
RHODOCHROSITE: Memory, heals emotional wounds, brings love
RUBY: High energy boost strengthens immunity, aids in emotional and physical stability.
RUTILATED QUARTZ: Helps resist aging, regenerator, eases depression, strengthens immune
SELENITE: soothes the nervous system, strengthens will power, lends to mental and spiritual expansion
TIGERS EYE: Flow in communication, good grounding stone, helps with constipation…funny it helps to soften stubbornness
TREE AGATE (aka Dendritic Agate): Self-discovery, Good Fortune, Prosperity