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5 Crystals for Beginners

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“In a crystal, we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.” - Nikola Tesla

The world of crystals is filled with magic, beauty and powerful vibrations. Each crystal carries a unique frequency which can influence our energetic field. These frequencies translate to qualities, and when we align with crystals we can take on their inherent qualities.  Crystals can help us shift our own vibration to change thought patterns, breakthrough mental blocks and tap into hidden talents. They can help us heal, help us love and teach us the mysteries of the universe. They are powerful beings here to guide us on our life journey. 

Crystals come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and formations. There are a vast number of crystal types and they each hold different qualities. So where do we start? Below are the top five crystals to have for any occasion to help you get started in this mysterious, yet wonderful, world. 


Quartz: The All-Around Crystal
Quartz is the most common crystal. It is clear in color and comes in several formations including, clusters, points (or generators) or tumbled stones. Quartz is known as a master healer, it can wipe away any negative vibrations within you or the environment. Simultaneously, it fills the space with positive vibrations. If you were to buy one crystal, Quartz is it. It cleanses any space and can provide deep healing to the wearer. Quartz also enhances the vibrations of the other crystals around it, boosting the energy of the room. Have one present during any ritual or circle to help call in the “right” energy for the event. Also, have one near when you are searching for clarity. It will help clear the chaos and allow you to focus on what’s important. Quartz does need cleansing though after a powerful session. Use sage to cleanse it or leave it under the Full Moon. 

Rose Quartz: The Crystal of Love

Rose Quartz carries the frequency of unconditional love. It is opaque pink and comes in a variety of formations including, spheres, hearts and trembled stones. It brings about compassion and understanding in the wearer and can help you tap into your heart’s messages. Have some near you when you want to make heart-based decisions. Rose Quartz can help you understand what you love and how to bring more of that energy into your life. It can also help you give love to others when they are in need. Energetically it is very cooling and can be beneficial if you are experiencing heat in your body in the form of anger or frustration. Try holding some or placing it on your forehead if you are feeling overheated. It’s also great to rub on burns of any kind, including sunburn.


Citrine: The Crystal of Manifestation
Citrine is a beautiful yellow clear crystal. It is often called the merchant’s stone due to its powers of manifestation. It can help you call in any frequency, or energy, you want in your life. This includes abundance of any form, which is why merchants throughout history kept it in their cash drawer. Place a piece in your wallet, or purse, and watch your money expand. Citrine’s powers are not limited to finances, though, it carries the power of the sun and can bring you both energy and happiness when needed. Place a piece in a sunny window to amplify the sun’s energy coming into your home. It will also filter any negativity trying to enter, deflecting it back to the Sun. Citrine is also one of the few crystals that never needs to be cleansed.

Obsidian: The Crystal of Grounding and Clearing
Obsidian is known as a stone of purity. It cleanses the mind, body, and energy of any negativity and brings balance to the wearer. It is an excellent grounding stone, connecting to the energy of our root chakra. Hold a piece when you are feeling insecure or unstable and feel it bring strength to your entire being. If you are feeling ill or unbalanced in any way, place a piece on your solar plexus (beneath your rib cage) and allow it to remove any negativity that may be affecting you. Likewise, it can also shield you from negativity. It’s a great stone to wear every day to help deflect other’s emotions and keep you clear, focused and grounded. It does need cleansing though, take it in the Ocean to clean it or leave it out under the Full Moon. 

Amethyst: The Crystal of Dreams
Amethyst is the stone of dreamers. It can help you access your dreams, remember your dreams and get lost in your dreams.  Have some near you when daydreaming about your life, and it will bring insights and clarity to your visions. Amethyst is also connected with your crown chakra (top of the head) and can assist in opening it, connecting you with your highest spiritual self. Amethyst is a great stone to have near when meditating, as it can calm the mind and spirit to provide a clear channel for intuition to flood in. Also, try placing three around your bed to create a triangle around you while you sleep, it will enhance your dreams and bring you messages through your dreams.

 Art + images via Rebecca Reitz