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The Beginner's Guide to Crystals: 10 More Rocks to Add to Your Stash (Part 2)


It may seem like the obsession with crystals is a recent phenomenon, but in reality, they have been around as long as humans (likely longer). Crystals have been incorporated into various practices over the years, including burial ceremonies and meditation practices. While it is often associated with modern-day witchcraft and the New Age movement, crystal therapy has existed since B.C. times.


The use of crystals has varied from generation to generation, culture to culture. Despite the different uses, one thing seems to remain the same though; they are used to assist in one way or another. Whether they’re used as an aid in mindfulness and meditation, to protect against free radicals, as an alternative to modern medicine, or simply for peace of mind, crystals aren’t going away anytime soon.


This guide aims to understand what different crystals represent and how each can be incorporated into the human lifestyle for various purposes. If you haven’t already, check out part 1 of this guide.


10 Beginners Crystals and Their Meanings


1. Howlite


Howlite is often referred to as the "Meditation Stone" of the crystal world. Anyone looking to curb their inner critic can use this stone to help. Not only does Howlite aid in limiting negative self-talk, but it also helps calm one’s inner world and connects with the inner temple. Have trouble sleeping? It also can be used to combat insomnia and assist in stress relief. When working with chakras, use Howlite to stimulate the Crown chakra.


2. Malachite


Malachite is a stone of deep healing and transformation. This was a popular crystal for use in jewelry by the Greeks and Romans. Ground into powder, it was also used as eyeshadow. Many now use this crystal to aid in pain relief, both physically and emotionally. It also promotes power, protection, peace, love, and success in business endeavors. Many use this profound crystal to boost immunity and relieve asthma. Additionally, Malachite is protective of the heart and can be used to stimulate the heart chakra.


3. Moldavite


Need a new outlook? Moldavite helps the user open their mind to different perspectives and possibilities. It also nourishes compassion and empathy towards those from different walks of life and allows one to explore concepts and ideas that might not have been previously available. Technically, this crystal is not from this world. Moldavite can only be found in the Czech Republic and is made from tektite, a natural glass formed from terrestrial debris during an ancient meteorite impact. Used heavily in the Stone Age, this crystal was crafted into arrowheads and cutting tools, as well as spiritual talismans to bring about good fortune, protection, and fertility. Moldavite aids in connection to the universe, astral traveling, and out-of-body experiences.


4. Sodalite


The stone of truth and "tough love," Sodalite helps bring about the information and lessons needed to understand a situation, especially negative cycles and unhealthy behavioral patterns that keep continuing. Working with this crystal will lay out all the facts, whether you want to hear them or not. The result? Profound healing. Often referred to as the “Logic Stone,” this crystal enhances one’s intuition, analysis, and observation. Sodalite can also help hone the accuracy of divination practices. Additionally, this crystal aids in communication and general guidance. Use Sodalite to stimulate the Throat chakra.


5. Lepidolite


Lepidolite is often called the “psychologist” of the crystal world. This crystal helps one deal with the inner critic and calm the mental chatter. Lepidolite helps facilitate change, specifically in cultivating new behaviors and self-talk. It also aids in memory recall and retention, mental awareness, and stress relief. If you’re having trouble staying in the here and now, use this crystal to keep you present. Rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, Lepidolite assists in keeping the user focused on the now. When working with chakras, use this crystal to stimulate the Third Eye.


6. Labradorite


Named after the Labrador region of Canada, where it was originally discovered, Labradorite is known as the “Psychic Stone" or the "Stone of Magic." It was believed by the Inuits that the Aurora Borealis fell from the night sky and imbued itself within this stunning crystal. Labradorite helps the user develop psychic and intuitive abilities (which we all innately have). AKA, it encourages one to realize their magic. This crystal has been used by shamans, healers, diviners, and all those that travel and embrace everything the universe has to offer.


A great asset for use in self-discovery, Labradorite also aids in grounding, aura cleansing, and strengthening the connection between the left and right brain. Additionally, it promotes peace of mind, tranquility, relaxation, happiness, and peace. Labradorite can be used to improve digestion and relieve stress for physical ailments. For use with chakras, use this stone to stimulate the Third Eye.


7. Hematite


Hematite is a powerful stone that can be utilized to aid in grounding, protection, and detoxification, specifically free radicals, and EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation. It helps shield the energy given off computers, cell phones, and other technological devices. Ensure that it is cleaned regularly if being used for the latter. Hematite also helps relieve anxiety, headaches, and insomnia. It can improve circulation and one’s circadian rhythm. Many use Hematite to aid in healing and divination. This crystal can be used to stimulate all chakras.


8. Blue Apatite


Blue Apatite is the stone to use for manifestation and motivation. Not only does it help remove mental blockages, but it also inspires new ideas and how to implement them. This crystal can aid in creative problem solving and stimulate personal growth. Blue Apatite enhances one's insight, honesty, and lucid dreaming. When working with chakras, use this stone to stimulate the Third Eye and Crown.


9. Celestite


Celestite derives from “caelestis” the Latin word for “heavenly” or “celestial.” This crystal is often linked to angels and the angel realm. A natural calming stone, Celestite can allow the user to experience immense peace and a sense of belonging. Not only can it help one navigate shyness, but it can also help those with insomnia, helping to bring about a good night's rest. Use Celestite to stimulate the Throat, Third Eye, and Crown chakras.


10. Rainbow Fluorite


There are many varieties of Fluorite and it is highly sought after in the crystal world. Rainbow Fluorite is often referred to as the “Genius Stone," as it aids in concentration, studying, and focusing on learning new things, as well as stimulating insight and chakra development. Primarily used to help mental focus and enhance psychic abilities, Rainbow Fluorite is a powerful aid in mental acuity, using discernment, and working through complex issues. Each piece of this crystal is unique and will resonate with the corresponding chakra colors that are present within the stone.


 

Sources:

  • Crystal Vaults, Crystal Vaults, 2006-2021, https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-guide/

  • Robbins, Shawn, and Charity Bedell. The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells. Toronto, Sterling Ethos, 2017.

  • Petherbridge, Gemma. The Crystal Apothecary. London, Godsfield Press, 2022.



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