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Every crystal, regardless of its origin or current purpose can serve as a tool for crystal magic and magical workings. As you become more attuned to the voices and inspirations of the stone beings, you may even find that some of your strongest allies may vary from pebbles found on the side of the road to crystals bought in a magic shop.
Introduction to Crystal Magic
Crystals absorb and transmit energy—that is their application in our devices, and so it is within magic as well. Many kinds of crystals exist in nature, from the common quartz crystal to the highly expensive and rare diamond. Contrary to what some beginners believe, an expensive crystal is no better for the purposes of charging and using energy than an inexpensive one. Nor does the size of the crystal necessarily help, beyond a certain point. Energies gathered over a certain level are lost.
How to Use Crystals in Spells and Crystal Magic
What is more important is the way you cleanse and charge the crystal, as well as your own intuitive sense. Never doubt the influence of destiny as well. If you come across a crystal especially when not looking for one, it is something you were meant to have. A crystal like that is more valuable than any you could buy in a store. Attuning to such a crystal is a simple process that requires no training—simply feel it out and probe it with your mind and heart.
Therefore, explore it with your hands, paying close attention to the emotions and ambient energy that comes from the crystal. Monitor the emotions you feel. Try repeatedly, on different days, and keep a record of the sensations you feel from the crystal. Once you feel you understand the crystal’s inner workings, you are ready to cleanse the crystal of impure energy and charge it yourself for your own use in crystal magic.
Crystals listed by Magical Powers and Intent
Astral Travel: Carnelian, Lodestone, Moss Agate, Quartz Crystal, Sapphire, Zircon.
Balance: Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Calcite, Carnelian, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite, Lodestone, Malachite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Quartz Crystal, Tiger’s Eye, Topaz, Turquoise.
Beauty: Alabaster, Chalcedony.
Binding: Agate, Beryl, Black Obsidian, Bloodstone, Coral, Emerald, Hematite, Jet, Malachite, Onyx.
Removing Blockages: Aventurine, Calcite, Jasper, Kunzite, Malachite, Quartz Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Sodalite, Obsidian.
Business: Amethyst, Citrine, Garnet, Jade, Malachite, Obsidian, Opal, Quartz Crystal, Serpentine, Tourmaline.
Luck: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Azurite, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Citrine, Fluorite, Garnet, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Pyrite, Sapphire, Sard, Tiger’s Eye, Topaz.
Cleansing: Azurite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Peridot, Quartz Crystal, Selenite.
Control: Garnet, Hawk’s Eye, Jet, Onyx, Sapphire, Thulite.
Courage: Agate, Diamond, Hematite, Jade, Ruby, Serpentine.
Defeating Enemies: Aquamarine.
Energy: Agate, Andalusite, Beryl, Goldstone, Jasper, Quartz Crystal, Rhodonite.
Family Problems: Carnelian, Sard.
Fertility: Dioptase, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz.
Friendship: Agate, Gode, Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Ruby, Sard, Zircon.
Gambling Luck: Aventurine, Lodestone.
Grounding: Fluorite, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Serpentine, Tiger’s Eye, Zircon.
Happiness: Garnet, Marble, Moss Agate, Ruby, Sapphire, Sard, Zircon.
Healing: Amazonite, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Emerald, Flint, Fluorite, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moss Agate, Ruby, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Turquoise.
Job and Career: Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Obsidian, Scapolite.
Justice: Amethyst, Jade, Serpentine.
Karma: Calcite, Citrine, Jade, Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Quartz Crystal, Serpentine, Shell, Tiger’s Eye, Topaz.
Love: Agate, Alexandrite, Amazonite, Amethyst, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Calcite, Desert Stone, Pink Diamond, Diopside, Emerald, Garnet, Jasper, Lepidolite, Lodestone, Malachite, Onyx, Pink Sapphire, Sard, Sard, Sugilite, Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Turquoise, Zoisite.
- Attract Love: Amber, Beryl, Dioptase, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Morganite, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Topaz, Zircon.
- Self-Love: Aquamarine, Danburite, Rhodonite
- Unconditional Love: Jade, Kunzite
- Open Someone to Love: Apatite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Opal, Pink Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tourmaline, Jade, Kunzite.
- Heighten Sexuality: Obsidian, Opal, Sodalite, Sunstone.
- Marriage: Aquamarine, Sard.
Money: Agate, Amber, Bloodstone, Calcite, Lodestone, Malachite, Obsidian, Opal, Spinel, Tourmaline, Zircon.
Power: Agate, Cinnabar, Jasper, Obsidian, Opal, Plasma, Quartz Crystal, Ruby.
Prosperity: Agate, Amber, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Blood Stone, Cat’s Eye, Chalcedony, Citrine, Emerald, Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Green Zircon, Jade, Malachite, Opal, Sapphire, Turquoise.
Protection: Eye Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Beryl, Blood Stone, Cat’s Eye, Emerald, Epidote, Flint, Holey Stones, Iolite, Jasper, Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, Zircon.
Psychic Abilities and Divination: Agate, Amethyst, Beryl, Cat’s Eye, Crocidolite, Emerald, Fluorite, Jet, Mica, Moonstone, Obsidian, Quartz Crystal, Tiger’s Eye, Tourmaline.
Purification: Aquamarine, Quartz Crystal, Tourmaline.
Repelling Black Magic: Amethyst, Holey Stones, Obsidian, Onyx, Peridot, Sapphire, Topaz.
Speed up results: Carnelian, Quartz Crystal.
Spirituality: Amber, Amethyst, Diamond, Sapphire.
Success: Andalusite, Obsidian, Sard.
Willpower: Hematite, Pyrite.
How to Cleanse Energy from a Crystal
Cleansing energy from the crystal is a more technical process, but one of the best ways to do this is also the most simple. Exposing the crystal to one of the four elements rids the crystal of any impurities and negative energy it picks up and allows you to charge it with your own pure energy for use in crystal magic and spells.
Cleanse the Crystal in Air
To wash the crystal in air, place the crystal in an open, breezy place, facing the rising sun, and leave it for three days. You can also burn incense next to the crystal to smoke out the impurities that the crystal collects. For a deep cleansing smudging is recommended.
To smudge the crystal you will need to light incense sticks or smudge sticks and let the smoke gently wash your crystals. This is a very gentle cleansing technique and especially well suited for delicate stones. The smoke will cleanse the stone of any stored energies, negative energies, energy built-up and impurities. For best effects it is recommended to either use sage, cedar-wood, or sandalwood.
- Duration: 30-40 minutes
- Best for the following stones: Any stone, best method for delicate stones.
Cleanse the Crystal with Water
To cleanse the crystal with water, take it to a clear, unpolluted lake or stream to wash it for 1-3 minutes—or if none are available due to distance, submerge it in a clay bowl filled with pure water. Face the west while doing so. Let it soak for 24 hours. Water neutralizes the negative energy stored within the stone. The water will then send the negative energy back to earth. For brand new crystals that are in need of a deep cleansing it is recommended to also add some sea salt to the water. This will remove any unwanted energy, and banish negativity. After each cleansing pat dry the stone with a clean cloth.
- Duration: 1-3 minutes per stone (natural water source) or 24 hours (soaking).
- Best for the following stones: Hard stones, Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Red Jasper, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Snow Quartz, Tiger’s Eye.
- Warning: Do not cleanse any stone that contains metal or water (Opal, Hematite, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli), and do not cleanse Brittle, soft, or porous stones with water.
Coven Tip: If you want to use the natural balance of earth to cleanse your crystal with water, leave it outside in a secure spot overnight and let the rain wash and cleanse your stone.
Cleanse the Crystal with Fire
To cleanse the crystal with fire, face the south and pass the crystal quickly through an open flame or candle. Direct fire will quickly burn away any impurities and negative energy from your crystal. This powerful cleansing method is only recommended for sturdy stones. Fire cleansing is highly recommended when your magical goals involve building up power, passion, or strength.
- Duration: 1-3 minutes
- Best used for the following stones: Sturdy stones
- Warning: Safety first, please use tongs, so that you do not burn your fingertips!
Coven Tip: After the fire cleansing leave the stone out for the noonday sun.
Cleanse the Crystal with Earth
To cleanse the crystal with earth, bury it in soil or sand. You can either take your stone to a sacred space and bury it there. Or, collect the soil, put it in your cauldron and bury the stone in it. Keep your stones buried for at least 24 hours. This gives it enough time to remove any impurities and negative energies, and for the crystal to find the earth it was made of and to bring it closer to its natural source.
- Duration: 24 hours
- Best used for the following stones: Sturdy stones
Coven Tip: Bury the crystals on a full moon and retrieve them on the next new moon. This method is especially beneficial when you need the crystal for promoting growth, expansion or grounding.
Charging of Crystals
Finally, charging the crystal and resetting the intention is simple as well.
Direct your thoughts and your positive energy to the crystal. Imagine it filled with your positive energy and intention. If it helps you concentrate, use a chant to focus your positive feelings. Talk directly to the crystal and tell it your intention what you want it to help you with.
Finally, your crystal is now ready to be used in crystal magic.
Coven Tip: For extra potency let your crystal sit in a sunny spot on a window sill to charge it with the sun. Or, in the full moon light to take advantage of the lunar energies.
Crystals and Science
Modern science has confirmed recently what mankind has known for eons—that crystals and gemstones are important and unique objects. Their atomic makeup aligns the underlying structure of the crystal in a fashion unique within the infinite varieties of nature. As a result of these structures, crystals are used in many modern devices, such as radios and computers. Quartz crystals are naturally six-sided prisms. Even if you break or fracture a crystal of quartz, a pure crystal will break along the same lines, into similar six-sided prisms aligned in the same way as the parent crystal. Yet the patterns of crystals and crystal formation are not explainable only with science. Science does not tell us why we have been so entranced by them as soon as we discovered them—why they are as beautiful as there are.