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You want to bring some crystals into your craft, but you're lost in the many lists of meanings and just want something simple. So, let’s take a look at the correspondences of five of the most "essential" stones for an aspiring crystal witch.
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Clear quartz is the most common mineral in the Earth's crust. Because it is found on nearly every continent on Earth, clear quartz is most likely the least expensive crystal on your shopping list. Clear Quartz is versatile and good for protection, healing, and clarity.
When to use Clear Quartz
Essentially, clear quartz is universally handy; if you don't have a particular stone for a spell. In addition to its amplification properties, it's unusually good for protection and healing spells, as well as providing clarity.
As you might guess, rose quartz, which color is caused by small amounts of titanium in the crystal, is a variety of quartz that gets its name from the rosy pink hue of the stone. Rose quartz is used to purify and open the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. It can be used to help bring comfort in times of grief. It is known to repel feelings of heartbreak and anxiety.
When to use Rose Quartz
Those with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can find rose quartz helpful on their road to recovery; although, of course, crystals are not a replacement for therapy and medication. Always consult with a doctor before supplementing with crystals.
Amethyst is a protective stone and is also reputed to have sobering effects. Amethysts get their color from small amounts of iron deposited during the formation of the crystal that becomes irradiated by exposure to gamma rays.
When to use Amethyst
Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone. Amethyst can be used as a natural tranquilizer, as it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear, and anxiety. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities. It possesses strong healing and cleansing powers.
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Selenite is a crystalline variety of the mineral gypsum. If placed in water, selenite will revert to gypsum. Selenite is most often transparent and colorless. Selenite can come in several colors, including grey, green, orange, and brown.
When to use Selenite
Selenite helps provide clarity of the mind, expanding one's awareness of the self and of one's surroundings. It helps open the crown and higher-crown chakras and accesses higher guidance from spirit guides.
The crystal can be used to access past lives as well as future lives. Selenite is a calming stone that instills deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work. It assists judgment and insight. It clears confusion and aids in seeing the deeper picture.
Hematite, also spelled hematite, is one of several mineral forms of iron oxide. It is the oldest known iron oxide mineral and is widespread in rocks and soils. Hematite is colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish-brown, or red.
When to use Hematite
Hematite is used for grounding and protection. It helps strengthen our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with courage, strength, endurance, and vitality.
In ancient times, the crystal was believed to bring good luck. The Ancient Romans smeared hematite on their bodies, believing it would make them invisible in battle.
Hematite utilizes the magnetic qualities of our energies to balance the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. It assists with focusing on energy and emotions on balance between the body, mind, and spirit.