Crystals for Beginners
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 to you how they work, what you can use them for, how to decide which ones to use and we'll even give you a handy shortlist of 5 must-have crystals to get you started.
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!
What Exactly is a Crystal?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Energy and Motivation
Brightly colored crystals such as Citrine can lift your energy levels and turn negative thoughts into positive inspiration and happiness.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Look up the healing properties of a crystal and then pick the one you need.
- 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.
- 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.
Another term for energy field.
- Energy Healing
Any healing that exclusively involves the use of unseen energy, particularly psychic healing or healing with crystals.
One of seven main energy centers in the body each of which has corresponding crystals.
A technique to quiet and calm the mind which can be deepened with the use of crystals.
A feeling given off by a crystal that can be energizing, calming, healing, or any other human emotion.
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.
Our Top 7 Easy Ways to Use Crystals
Here are some tips for how to use those gorgeous gems you just couldn’t resist buying.
- Keep Them in Your Pocket
This could be the easiest way of all and it works very well for crystals that have qualities of protection such as Obsidian or Black Tourmaline.
- Wear Them as Jewellery
Almost as simple as carrying them in your pocket but with the added benefit of making you look great too. If you are choosing a new set of earrings, a bracelet, or necklace, why not pick a specific healing or protective stone so that your great-looking jewelry will have a magical or spiritual function as well!
- Heal with Them
Lie down and place the crystal on the chakra that corresponds to the area of healing you wish to focus on. If you are not familiar with Chakras, just place the crystal on whatever area of your body needs healing then choose how long you are going to stay there directing healing energy to that area.
- Use them to Meditate
You want your mind to be clear and calm when you meditate. Stones like Selenite or Quartz Crystal can help to focus and clear the mind during your daily meditation session. Set the stone in front of you and gaze at it while you meditate chant or pray. Hold the stone between your hands or in your palm while you meditate or pray. Alternatively, you can lie down, place the crystal on your forehead, or your heart, and then start your meditation session.
- Put Them in Your Home
A great way to boost energy, bring calm, or invite higher frequencies into your home can be to place crystals in various places and rooms. Calming colors for places where you wish to relax, energizing for places where you work or meet with friends, healing for places where need to relax and recharge. You'll soon feel the benefits of the surrounding energy and your home will look great as well!
- Use Them for Divination
Buy a crystal as an amulet or necklace and use it as a 'divining' tool over a chart with yes or no written on either side. You can learn more about this fun way of interacting with your higher self with only a little research and take it to the next level.
- Use Them for Protection
Choose a darker colored stone, or any that attracts you, and wear it either next to your body as a ring, necklace, bracelet, or other forms of jewelry. You can also keep the gem in your wallet, bag, purse, or something else that you will always carry with you.
These are just a few ideas. With a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!
Our Top 7 Crystals for Beginners
Here are our top seven personal favorites for crystal beginners, in no particular order.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This bright crystal gives confidence and focus to your creative and professional endeavors. It corresponds to your Solar Plexus Chakra.
This extremely powerful crystal is perfect for meditating and corresponds to your highest, or Crown Chakra.
This wonderful stone gives you the courage to speak your truth and empowers your communication on every level. It corresponds to your Throat Chakra.
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.
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