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Crystals for Beginners

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Crystals for beginners can be a bit overwhelming, trust me I know! If you're new to the world of crystals it can seem totally confusing at first. There's the terminology, the hundreds of different types of crystals with names you've never heard of, and then of course, healing properties, and how to use them! And trust me, even 'crystal experts' can almost cause more confusion because they are so entrenched they can't explain crystals for beginners in simple terms. When I first started exploring, I kept asking a friend who CLAIMED to know crystals 'why crystals' and every time she just said 'because they come from the Earth.' I'm like cool thanks, not helpful HAHAHA.  So I've been there.

But don’t worry, once you’ve reached the end of this page, you’ll know everything you need to get started at least. But if not, take a look around the site for tons of other helpful crystal beginners info! Each of the 'collection' pages has more info as well.

We'll explain:

Read on to find out more!

A (very) Brief History of Crystals

The first records of crystals being used for healing and magic are from ancient Sumer, in modern-day Iraq. This civilization flourished between 4500 and 2000 BC. 

The philosopher Plato, writing in the 4th century BC, describes their legendary use in the lost city of Atlantis where they were employed, among other things, for healing and telepathic communication. 

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used crystal healing and magic, and writers such as Galen and Pliny the Elder advised that crystals should be worn as a form of medicine for specific ailments.

The rise of science caused belief in the power of crystals to decrease. In the 19th century, however, a rebirth in interest among writers and artists made the subject popular again. 

There are even mentions of several crystals and stones in the Bible, so you do not need to fear crystals if you are religious!

Pink Thulite Raw Stones from Norway

Where are Crystals Found?

The majority of crystals are found in the earth’s crust, this is where they are formed through being exposed to a variety of conditions - heating, cooling, pressure and moisture are the main contributing factor in the formation of crystals. These factors in the environment surrounding a growing crystal will have an impact of the shape in which it grows.

Some crystals are formed inside bubbles of gas, but these grow inward - from the outside to the inside of the bubble. Others are formed between layers of rock.

SPECIFIC COUNTRIES

Certain countries are renowned for their crystal mines and some even have their own unique crystal offerings. Russia is actually known for it’s rare alexandrite - a type of chrysoberyl which actually colour shifts under different lights. In natural light this crystal appears green and then under artificial light, it appears red!

In addition to Russia, there are lots of other countries which are rich with gemstones:

  • Africa
  • USA
  • Brazil
  • Afghanistan
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Uruguay
  • China
  • Russia
  • Madagascar

Those are just a few of the most popular countries, there are plenty more across the globe.  A cool website where you can check out crystal info and localities is Mindat.org it's fun to look around and see the differences based on their specific areas even within the same country.  Just check out the differences of the Mangano Calcite above from two different countries.

What is a crystal?

What Are Crystals?

Apart from being a stunningly beautiful natural phenomena, crystals are geological formations that occur in nature and have a ‘periodic arrangement’ (the elements that make it up) of their constituent atoms. This arrangement is often evident in the macroscopic shape as an object with flat surfaces and sharp angles, although this is not always the case. 

The value of using a crystal as a healing or magical tool is that its structure allows it to absorb energy, kind of like a battery. This energy can then be used to enhance your energy work or give your home a better atmosphere.

Each crystal has a different vibration or frequency that you can easily see in its color. This makes it very easy to choose which crystal is best for the specific purpose you have in mind. 

Brazilian Amethyst Cluster

The crystal captures the light that you don't see and reflects the light you do. In this sense, we can say that the stone will be a source of light visible to the naked eye. 

White light contains all the colors, but a yellow stone filters out the other colors and 'distills' the light into a pure yellow. The 'energy' radiated by the crystal then manifests as yellow light. 

A dark crystal absorbs most of the light it receives. This kind of gem draws in negative energy protects the wearer from its bad influence. We've all had the experience of entering a space where the light gives you an uncomfortable feeling. This energy will be absorbed by wearing a dark stone, instead of it entering into your personal energy field.

Crystal Terminology

  1. Energy Field  

This is a body of energy that surrounds you and can be seen by psychically sensitive people and even photographed using a technique called Kirlian photography. The human energy field responds to the presence and influence of crystals in specific ways.

  1. Aura

Another term for energy field.

  1. Energy Healing

Any healing that exclusively involves the use of unseen energy, particularly psychic healing or healing with crystals. 

  1. Chakra

One of seven main energy centers in the body each of which has corresponding crystals. 

  1. Meditation

A technique to quiet and calm the mind which can be deepened with the use of crystals.

  1. Vibration

A feeling given off by a crystal that can be energizing, calming, healing, or any other human emotion. 

  1. Frequency

The speed or level at which a crystal vibrates. A higher frequency is suitable for spiritual work, a lower frequency for protection in the physical or psychic world. 

MINING CRYSTALS

There are lots of crystal mines and caves across the world and some even offer the public a chance to go and dig for their own beautiful gemstones - of course there is a fee to dig there, but you get to keep what you find. The majority of these “dig your own” mines are in the US too - here are just a few:

Many of the large mines are excavated with heavy machinery before workers will do more of the delicate work to extract the crystals. These are not open to the public and are often owned by large trade companies. 

A lot of the times too, especially in the larger mining situations, crystals are actually just a bi-product of other types of commercial mining.  Actually one of the most famous, the Elmwood Mine which has some of the most beautiful crystals is not even a crystal mine.

True crystal mining is actually far less destructive than most people may think.  Mining for crystals specifically is done with hand tools, and is nothing compared to the mining that is done for things like lithium or metals that we use in almost everything.

Think about the crystals you see out there... most of those wouldn't survive being 'dug' by an excavator or being blown up.  There is a lotttttt of hand digging done!

Crystals in Modern Products 

Crystals are essential in the production of a vast array of modern products. Without them, we would struggle to create precision modern watches, computer microprocessors (computer chips are composed of melted crystals), fiber optic cables, and more. 

There is a magic in crystals, that allows them to contribute not only to our world in the form of jewelry, ornamentation, healing, and meditation, but also to the basic functioning of some of the most sophisticated technology.

Crystals for Anxiety

Why Do People Use Crystals? 

While crystals have been used for a huge variety of purposes throughout history, here are some of the most important ones and probably the ones you will find the most useful.

  1. Anxiety and Stress Relief 

Many crystals radiate a feeling of calm, particularly those with smooth and rounded exteriors. Jade is widely used in Asia for its calming green and emerald tones. Having some jade ornaments or stones in your home can help to keep you calm and centered.

  1. Alleviation of Aches and Pains

Stones and crystals have been used for centuries for healing work. Amethyst, for example, was used in ancient Egypt as a healing stone and is still used today for everyday aches, pains, headaches, and other common ailments. 

  1. Energy and Motivation

Brightly colored crystals such as Citrine can lift your energy levels and turn negative thoughts into positive inspiration and happiness.  

  1. Enhance Intuition 

If you are seeking to connect with higher spiritual realms some stones, such as Lapis Lazuli or Angelite can be extremely effective in expanding your consciousness and allowing you to reach out with your intuition to ask for guidance or help.

  1. Inspiration and Creativity

Some crystals are naturally inspiring and having one near while painting, composing or writing can clear the mind and allow creative thoughts to come through. 

 

CRYSTAL HEALING

Crystal Beginners

Crystals are used to align the body’s energies and are frequently associated with the Chakras and will more than likely be used during a Reiki session. For aligning the Chakras and healing, crystals are placed on the body in various places, while the person being healed lays still and calm with their eyes closed in a meditative state.

Each of the Chakras is associated with a different color and part of the body:

  • Root Chakra - Red - The base of the spine, the coccyx
  • Sacral Chakra - Orange - Lower abdomen, below navel
  • Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow - Stomach, above navel
  • Heart Chakra - Green - The heart, center of the chest
  • Throat Chakra - Blue - Center of the throat
  • Third Eye Chakra - Indigo - Over the third eye, in the center of the forehead
  • Crown Chakra - Violet - Top of the head

The crystals used for each Chakra usually stick to the coloring of the chakra and their vibrations link with the area of the body. We’ll look at Chakras in a little more depth later in our beginner’s series - keep your sparkly eyes peeled!

    Chevron Amethyst

    How To Choose A Crystal

    This is way easier than you might think. In fact, most healers and crystal enthusiasts agree that it is the crystal that chooses you and not the other way around!

    Here are a few ways to get started.

    1. Pick out the stone that looks the prettiest or seems to be speaking to you in some way. Don't overthink it. Keep it beside you the next time you are meditating or healing. Try it for a day or two and see how it feels.
    1. Look up the healing properties of a crystal and then pick the one you need. 
    1. If you know something about Chakras, look for a crystal that is known to resonate with the particular energy center you want to work with.
    Black Tourmaline Tumbles

    Best Crystals for Beginners

    Here are our top seven personal favorites for crystal beginners, in no particular order. 

    1. Amethyst

    This amazing crystal, used for centuries, will bring calm and peace to your spiritual work as well as promote healing and regeneration. Corresponds to your Third Eye and Crown Chakra. Assists with relaxation and sleep. Keep by your bed for a restful night and sweet dreams.

    1. Clear Quartz

    Perfect for meditation and clearing your thoughts. Also a healing crystal. Hold or gaze at the crystal while setting your healing intention. Corresponds to the Crown Chakra.

    1. Rose Quartz

    Looking for love or to rekindle an existing relationship? Rose Quartz is the crystal of love and romance and corresponds to your Heart Chakra. Wear it as a necklace close to your heart or use it in your meditation as you set your positive intentions. 

    1. Black Tourmaline

    Most dark stones offer protection by absorbing negative energy. Black Tourmaline excels at this and corresponds to your Root Chakra. Carry it with you always or when you are entering a negative place or situation. Place next to electronics in your home to absorb electromagnetic forces. 

    1. Citrine

    This bright crystal gives confidence and focus to your creative and professional endeavors. It corresponds to your Solar Plexus Chakra. 

    1. Selenite

    This extremely powerful crystal is perfect for meditating and corresponds to your highest, or Crown Chakra. 

    1. Aquamarine

    This wonderful stone gives you the courage to speak your truth and empowers your communication on every level. It corresponds to your Throat Chakra. 

     

    Cleansing Crystals with Cedar

    How to Look After Your Crystals

    It’s important to take proper care of your crystals, particularly if you are using them a lot. 

    To clean them and purify them of old negative energies simply leave them in the sunshine for a day or wash them gently in lightly salted water. You can charge them with renewed positive energy in the same way and by holding them while projecting positive thoughts into them.

    Learn more about how to cleanse crystals on this post! 

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    CRYSTAL DOUBTS

    Of course, not everyone likes to believe in the healing effects of crystals, but even they can’t deny the sheer beauty of a lovely semi-precious gemstone.  And simply the fact of how amazing it is that something so beautiful can come naturally out of the Earth! If crystals can bring joy to you, then isn’t that a form of healing?

     

    QUICK FACT: Crystals have actually been used to transmit radio waves and quartz powers many watches, so they have a very physical use as well as metaphysical!

    Last Thoughts!

    If you are curious how people use crystals in practice or their daily life, check out this other post as well.

    If you want to know more about crystals, check out our blog. We hope this has piqued your interest and made you want to learn more. You can also check out our crystal shop.

    If you'd like to learn even more about crystals (even beyond the blog here), be sure to visit our crystal book recommendation page! 

    In the meantime, if you need any help with crystal identification check out my photo identifier page! 

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