Therapeutic Crystals Glossary
Abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewellery and carvings. Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colours of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colours in its blues, greens, purples and yellows. This unique shell embodies all the aspects of the water element, including love, beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace. Abalone is purported to be especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations, and be very soothing to the emotions. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone can be beneficial and may enhance cooperation. It represents the tides of emotion and harmony in relationships. The varieties of colours represent change as the beauty of existence. Represents sensitivities to others and an easy flow of feelings.
AGATE Balance • Spiritual Growth • Strength
Agate gets it’s name from the place where it was first located in ancient Sicily. The philosopher Theophrastus found an agate stone when walking along the shore of the river Achates. There are many types and colours of agate and each has unique metaphysical properties. Agates are considered stones of strength and grounding. Agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonising Yin and Yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe. It has a calming effect and helps heal the heart of past wounds while providing courage to try again. Agate facilitates acceptance of one’s self and encourages quiet contemplation of life’s experiences leading to spiritual growth and inner strength. All Agate's foster love, create an appreciation for nature and soothe emotions.
AMETHYST Balance • Calming • Inner Peace • Patience
This majestic stone ranges in colour from deep purple to pale lavender, depending on the presence of manganese and iron. Leonardo DaVinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. Cross-culturally, this gemstone is used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness.
ANGELITE Acceptance • Compassion • Truth
Angelite helps you to speak the truth and to be more compassionate and accepting, especially of things that cannot be changed. It promotes feelings of peace and tranquillity. Angelite raises the state of conscious awareness. It represents peace and brotherhood. Because of its ability to deepen attunement and heighten perception, Angelite is a powerful stone for healers. It also provides protection for the environment or the body. It transmutes pain and disorder into wholeness and healing, opening the way for spiritual inspiration. Angelite is a stone that can bring serenity, inner peace, and a sense of calm. Angelite is excellent to use when you need to calm down from feelings of stress and overwhelm. Angelite dispels fear, anger and encourages forgiveness.
APATITE Ambitions • Independence • Motivation • Power
The "Stone of Manifestation," Apatite is a dual-action stone, known for its positive use of personal power to achieve goals. It clears away confusion, apathy or negativity, then, stimulates the intellect to expand knowledge and truth, which may be used for personal growth or for the collective good. It is a Stone of Manifestation, promoting a humanitarian outlook and service to others.
AVENTURINE Good Fortune • Health • Wealth
Sometimes called the “Stone of Heaven”, aventurine is thought to protect the heart, enhance creativity and promote healing. It brings optimism and a zest for life, allowing one to move forward with confidence and to embrace change. It enhances one’s creativity and motivation and encourages perseverance in manoeuvring life’s obstacles. It also reinforces one’s decisiveness and amplifies leadership qualities, injecting a sense of humour and openness to the ideas of others. Green Aventurine’s soothing energy balances the emotional body, guiding one toward inner harmony. It calms nervousness, anger, and irritation, and helps dissolve the everyday stress of a hectic lifestyle. It quiets roving thoughts and enhances sleep while providing a gentle grounding effect on one’s vibrational field. It releases the notion that every event must be analysed. It brings a sense of peacefulness and feelings of comfort and ease.
CARNELIAN Courage • Love of Life • Sensuality
Carnelian imparts a veritable zest for life, imparting a positive, revitalising energy. It gives courage and promotes positive life choices. Carnelian is a powerful protector against anger, envy or resentment and banishes negativity, replacing it with love of life.
CITRINE Divine • Energy • Joy • Prosperity
Citrine carries the energy of the sun. It is cleansing, energising and highly creative. It grounds and dispels negative energy, encouraging positivity. Citrine energises abundance and good fortune. This stone teaches how to manifest and attract wealth, success and prosperity. Citrine opens the higher mind to accept joy in one’s life, releasing anger and negative feelings, deep-seated fears and destructive tendencies. Natural Citrine is a powerful purifier of one’s will centre, helping to identify and heal issues of power abuse and feelings of helplessness. It enables one to understand what is necessary to resolve those situations and provides the courage and fortitude needed to make difficult decisions and take action.
FLUORITE Clarity • Intuition • Protection
It absorbs and neutralises negative energy and stress. An excellent learning aid, Fluorite increases our powers of concentration, self-confidence and helps us in decision-making. It encourages positivity, balances the energies, and improves balance and coordination, both physically and mentally.
GARNET Harmony • Love • Passion • Vitality
The stone of passionate devotion: to your family, your friends, yourself, and your own purpose in life. Attracts profound love, gives persistence, cures depression. The Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion.Garnet is a powerful energizing and regenerative stone. It balances, strengthens and protects. Garnet sharpens your perceptions of yourself and other people. It dissolves ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer serving you and helps you let go of obsolete ideas. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos, opening up the heart and bestowing self-confidence. It revitalizes feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. Red Garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.
HEMATITE Grounding • Positive Energy • Protection
Hematite is very effective at grounding and protecting. It harmonises body, mind and spirit. It boosts self-esteem, confidence and willpower. It strengthens our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A “stone for the mind”, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought. Hematite utilises the magnetic qualities of our yin-yang energies to balance the meridians within the body and to provide a stable equilibrium between the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. Dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others.
HOWLITE Ambitions • Dreams • Patience
Howlite has an extremely calming energy and can be used to relieve anxiety, tension, and intense emotions. It is said to be able to calm the mind reducing fretful thoughts and helping you to relax in preparation for sleep or meditation. Howlite is thought to help you become aware of your goals and ambitions and to aid you in achieving them. It is also said to encourage patience, to reduce a tendency to over criticise and to promote selflessness. Howlite helps dissolve anger, both our own and any directed toward us. It also helps us to receive wisdom and insights, often through our dreams.
JASPER Determination • Protection • Support
Jasper is a supremely nurturing stone that provides support during times of stress and protection by absorbing and cleansing negative energy. It imparts determination, assertiveness and organisation. Jasper provides protection and absorbs negative energy. It balances yin and yang. Jasper clears electromagnetic and environmental pollution, including radiation. It encourages honesty with one’s self. Provides courage to assertively tackle problems. Jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action. It supports during prolonged illness and re-energises the body.In addition to the general healing properties of Jasper, specific colours and forms have additional attributes.
BRECCIATED JASPER Energising • Healing • Purpose
The "Stone of Remembrance," Brecciated Jasper is a form of Jasper that also contains Hematite. Red Brecciated Jasper is often called “Poppy Jasper”. Brecciated Jasper is a particularly good grounding stone, which can assist those who feel, overwhelmed. It can enhance organisational abilities whilst helping in developing creativity. Can give a positive outlook on life. This is a strong healing stone that promotes good health and long life. It provides a gentle source of grounded energy, enhancing courage and confidence. It unites mind, body and spirit and helps one to remember their soul’s purpose. It reminds us of our connections to each other.
PICTURE JASPER Balance • Memory
Picture Jasper encourages ecological awareness, bringing stability and balance. It contains a message and/or “picture” from the past. Picture Jasper is a stone of proportion and harmony and stimulates creative visualization. It helps to bring hidden thoughts and feelings – grief’s, fears, guilt, envy, love, hope – to the surface, to be released. Brings comfort and alleviates fear. It’s is a grounding and harmonizing stone with a strong connection to the earth. It is said to promote feelings of responsibility towards the planet, encouraging a need to care for and protect it. Picture Jasper’s grounding energy can give you a strong sense of who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going.
RED JASPER Protection • Stimulation
Red Jasper is gently stimulating and also an extremely protective stone. Red Jasper rectifies unjust situations and grounds energy. Brings problems to light and provides insights into difficult situations. An excellent “worry bead”, Red Jasper calms the emotions.
LAPIS LAZULI Clarity • Inner Peace
The "Stone of Royalty," Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought-after stones in use since man’s history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honour, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth. The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with Lapis, as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It was used extensively in scarabs, pendants and other jewellery, and ground into powder for dyes, eye shadow and medicinal elixirs. A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. It reveals inner truth, and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge.It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony in relationships.
LAVA Balance • Courage • Grounding • Strength
Lava is a stone of strength and courage. It allows one the opportunity for stability throughout changes in their life. Lava stone is, in essence, the solid form of fire. It is, therefore, a stone that is associated with the Phoenix and rebirth. Since the stone is the result of almost violent natural events, it is considered a strong stone and one that assists the wearer to succeed in desperate circumstances. As it comes from and is of the earth, lava stone is reputed to assist the wearer to be more in tune with Mother Earth. As these stones also contain the powerful energy of the volcano that created them, this means that they are excellent to aid healing… especially when you are feeling depressed or lacking energy and vitality.
MOONSTONE Divine Energy • Feminine • Harmony
Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations. It helps to strengthen intuition brings balance and harmony. It soothes stress, anxiety, women’s hormones it enhances intuitive sensitivity via feelings and less overwhelmed by personal feelings. Greater flexibility and flow with life It reminds us of our own worth and divinity. It invokes sensuality and gentle passion. It enhances and makes aware the power of the Divine Feminine.
OBSIDIAN Hope • Purpose
Obsidian is formed as lava from volcanic eruptions cools within the earth. The speed at which it cools prevents crystallisation and the rock forms as solid volcanic glass. Obsidian helps to protect against depression. It is the stone of the soft-hearted and gentle people of the world. As a black gemstone, it symbolises self-control and resilience. Obsidian is truth enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Helps you to know who you truly are. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Promotes qualities of compassion and strength.
GOLD-SHEEN OBSIDIAN Clarity • Protection
Gold-Sheen Obsidian is Black Obsidian with bright, gold-coloured inclusions. Like all Obsidian's, Gold-Sheen Obsidian is a very protective stone. It is said to form a shield against negativity and to absorb negative energies from the environment. It can also take you deep into the core of a problem by helping you to connect to the past, present and future. Gold-Sheen Obsidian can eliminate feelings of futility and ego-conflict allowing you to find your correct spiritual path. It helps you to gain access to the root of your problems and it can help define possible paths of action. It reflects what is needed in your life and helps you with the elimination of your ego. Its energy enhances your ability to achieve worldly success through the expression of your unique talents
ONYX Balance • Energy
Onyx is an excellent stone for releasing any negative emotions or stress, such as sorrow and grief, and brings good fortune while helping the wearer recognise personal strengths. This black coloured stone helps in relaxation, and in facing various challenges in life, especially if one suffers from a lack of life energy and exhaustion. This is a great stone for balancing the malakudra or root/base energy flow (chakra).
PEARL Beauty • Love • Transformation
Pearls are closely connected to the moon and ocean, tides and transformation, love and beauty. They represent the purity of the soul, faith, truth, and wisdom. Pearls symbolise transformation because they start as sources of discomfort that are transformed into objects of great beauty and illumination. They are also associated with ocean tides and the cycles of the moon, both of which undergo a drastic change with grace, power and breathtaking beauty.
QUARTZ Amplification • Cleansing • Clearing • Energy • Healing • Power
Clear Quartz stones are one of the most versatile stones in the mineral realm. It easily enhances any intention focused through it. It also amplifies the energetic properties of any stones it is used with. Different formations of quartz have other associated properties: Ancient Japanese believed quartz formed from the breath of a white dragon and regarded it as representing perfection. Quartz is a power stone. It has been called the “Universal Crystal” because of its many uses. It enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation and protection. Due to its ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one’s environment. Quartz is also good for energizing other crystals. Quartz is also a stone of clarity, which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is powerfully protective because of these properties. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. Quartz is also a stone of harmony because it balances energies, and is even helpful in romantic relationships.
ROSE QUARTZ Clarity • Intuition • Love
Rose quartz is a beautiful translucent pink stone that radiates the energy of unconditional love. It is the best crystal for healing anxiety because it replaces worries and fears and brings in feelings of calmness and reassurance. Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” Its energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in virtually any situation.Rose quartz is used to raise self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. Its loving energies teach us to apply this love to ourselves and thereby find ourselves more worthy. Emotionally, rose quartz is used to balance emotions and bring peace and calm. This calm emotional balance brings stress relief and easing of anxiety. All these things carry energies of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion to the fore, enabling us to see the good in both others and ourselves.
SMOKY QUARTZ Centering • Clearing • Grounding
Smoky quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. As a root chakra stone, smoky quartz enhances survival instincts and can help one reach personal and business goals. It is also used in assisting in making wishes come true by grounding their essence in reality. Thus, it is a stone that brings abundance, prosperity, and good luck. Smoky quartz is beneficial mentally in several ways. It fosters cooperation in groups and supports their efforts energetically. It engenders creativity by bringing the same energies of grounding the creative process in reality to bring imaginative efforts to fulfilment. Smoky quartz also works energetically to assist in prioritising needs and wants and brings wisdom to everyday life. It is excellent for elevating moods, overcoming negative emotions, and relieving depression. Smoky quartz relieves stress, fear, jealousy, anger and other negative emotions by transforming them into positive energies. It is a helpful stone for enhancing and encouraging courage and inner strength. Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming, and can be considered a stone of serenity. It can, therefore, be very helpful in relieving grief.
TOURMALINE QUARTZ Calming • Protection
An effective grounding stone, Tourmaline Quartz strengthens the body’s energy field against external invasion and deflects detrimental environmental influences. It is often seen as a symbol of unity and is an effective problem solver. It eliminates crystalized patterns, which are, or may have been, destructive in one's own life and releases tensions at any level. It's liberating power against negative energy can be used to assist us to actualize the strength needed to alleviate negative or hostile relationships and situations. Tourmaline Quartz balances yin and yang energies. It harmonizes disparate and opposite elements and polarities and turns negative thoughts and energies into positive ones. Psychologically, it helps to integrate and heal the shadow energies, alleviating self-sabotage.
RHODONITE Clarity • Elegance • Inner Growth
Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, emotionally balancing it clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past while nurturing with love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic. Rhodonite aids in cases of emotional self-destruction, codependency, and abuse. It encourages unselfish self-love and forgiveness. Promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations. Builds confidence and alleviates confusion.
SELENITE Connection • Luck • Protection
The meaning of the name Selenite comes from the Greek word meaning “moon” and is a high vibration stone that may open up your crown chakra or soul star chakra (trans-personal chakra). The eighth chakra is commonly called the soul star chakra or seat of the soul. It is located about 6″ above the top of the head, above the crown chakra. It is the point from where Divine love and Spiritual energy enter the body. Selenite is also a stone of mental clarity. This clarity enhances mental flexibility and enables strong decision-making abilities. It is also a stone of truth and honesty and considered to be an angel stone and can amplify intuition.
SHELL Adaptability • Imagination • Intuition • Sensitivity
Shell provides boundless growth. It stimulates Intuition, sensitivity, imagination & adaptability. It helps to enhance mental clarity and provides insight into decision-making. Shell promotes cooperation between the self and others, as well as within the self. It provides cohesive energy for groups. The Hawaiians believed the mind, body and soul of a person were all interlinked and the physical body could not be healed without healing the spirit of the person. One of the healing methods they used was a seashell, by placing them on the person to restore spiritual and physical health.
SILVER Energy • Intuition
Silver is a mineral that is said to mirror the soul, strengthen the connection between our spiritual and physical bodies, and enhance intuitive energies. Silver is considered to improve speech and bring eloquence. It is also purported to attract, enhance and store the energies of gemstones, as well as draw out negative energies. Silver is related to the moon, and moon energies.
Swarovski Crystals are not actually crystals in the sense of natural stones. They are fine crystal glass made by Swarovski in Austria. Thus they have the energies of glass as well as colour energies related to their colour. They also bring positive energy, hope, joy, good luck, and diffuse negative energy.
Reds: Protection, courage, energy strong love, true love, passion, and courage: Use it to show strong, deep feelings of love, to overcome depression, to relieve feelings of weakness or fear. Associated with the Root Chakra.
Oranges: For personal power and self-esteem. Connected to the sun, attracts luck and success, assists in positive outcomes, friendliness, happiness, pleasure, family togetherness: Use to find new friends, bring people and family together, and to take away fear, low self-esteem, or insecurity. Associated with the Sacral Chakra.
Yellows: Communication, inspiration, protection, visualisation, travel, warmth, clarity, optimism, mental growth, concentration, focus: Use yellow crystal when you are unclear about your direction in life and to feel more optimistic about someone or something. Associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Greens: These are for healing. Help with money, luck, prosperity, grounding and nature. Use to give you strength and to help you succeed at anything. Associated with the Heart Chakra.
Blues: Calm emotions, sleep, healing, trust, faith, peace, patience, and honour: Use if you need to develop trust or want others to trust you. Use to forgive and be forgiven. Use to relax or relieve nervousness. Associated with the Throat Chakra.
Purples: Mysticism, purification, meditation, psychic work, subconscious, health, obedience, creativity, wisdom, self-knowledge, and intuition: Use to enlighten your spirit and decrease boredom. Use to gain deep insight into anything or anyone, including yourself. Associated with the Third Eye and Crown Chakra (depends on the depth of colour).
Pinks: Calm, soothes, stop distress, helps with love. They smooth difficulties in relationships, help with self-love, new love, new romance, and pain release: Use when you want to send love to someone new, to attract a new love, or to heal a broken heart.
Blacks: Self-control, grounding, resilience, quiet, power, and peace, protection, security. Black is the most powerful colour as it contains all the colours within: Use to help you see all possibilities, to relieve fear, to feel safe and secure.
White / Clear: The Moon rules these. Cleanliness, purity, unity, innocence: Use to establish trust in the universe, to guide you when you don’t know where you’re going, to guide you to knowledge or understanding, especially of the spiritual world.
Brown: The colour of stability and grounding in Earth.