When choosing a crystal that is right for you, there are many guidelines, one of them is colour. In the coming months I will start with the base chakra crystals (red) and work my way through the other colours and chakras.
Red Crystals are some of the most beautiful stones. They are associated with love, passion, romance, warmth, and heat and they also symbolise life itself and physical vitality. So wearing or using a red crystal will give you motion, strength and a boost of energy.
These are brilliant stones in times of feeling lethargic, worn and lacking in energy. On a physical level they help with poor circulation, energy, low blood pressure, to gain strength after an illness, reproduction organs and simulate sexual desire and lift depression.
They will bring focus to the essence of your life, and they will inspire you to live with purpose!
Historically red crystals were a symbol of money and power, think about the red rubies that so many king wore or had woven into their crown and garments.
Here are a few examples:
Ruby: pinkish to deep red colour the ruby is a rare stone and very valuable. It was always a stone of love and passion. But it also helps with menstrual problems, early menopause, female fertility and lack of sex drive, infections, circulation and heart problems. It is one of the best stones to strengthen the root chakra.
Red Carnelian: This red-bronwish to orange stone often has a vivid colour and is commonly available. It helps with exhaustion (physical and mental), lack of male sex drive and potency, gall bladder, spleen and bladder problems, rheumatism and arthritis. It generally strengthens the root and solar plexus chakra
Red Calcite: This stone is usually pale red, but can also appear as reddish pink with clear streaks. This is a good jewellery stone for people who suffer from panic attacks, self-harmer or people who suffer from inexplicable outbursts of anger and frustration. On a physical level the red calcite helps with menstrual problems, irregular ovulation, strengthens the kidneys and pancreas.
Red Aventurine: This red stone speeds up the metabolism and helps with sluggish digestion. It also can be helpful for skin conditions such as eczema, fungal conditions and low blood pressure. Traditionally this stone was worn as amulet around the neck to protect its wearer and to protect against fire, accidents and to promote harmony in the family and life in general.
Red Coral: Comes from Ancient Greek word – sea daughter, as it forms out of skeletons of sea creatures. It is believed to be good for cells, tissue, bone marrow, inflammations and rashes and helps to heal wounds, bruises and inner ear problems. It brings courage and self-esteem. If you suffer from a lot of trauma and setbacks, wear some kind of coral jewellery to give you strength and determination.
Red Jasper: Red to terracotta colour. It is a common stone and helps with everything to do with the blood. From anaemia to forming good blood cells, from menstruation to circulation problems. It should be worn during fertility treatments and heart surgeries. It gives quiet strength and offers emotional stability. Good for people who overcome a long illness, traumatic situations as longterm bullying and stress disorders.
So far I have talked about semi precious stones that you and me can own, today I will share with you a story I found in Vogue about a different kind of crystals, the most famous stones in the world. Unobtainable for most of us, but still very fascinating.
In the next series I will go back to basics and talk more about individual colours and stones that we all can buy.
For all of you who are not familiar with chakras here is a quick overview.
1.The Base or Root Chakra Colour: red Deals with: basic survival, procreation, fertility, anger, impotence, frustration Negative aspect: insecurity, alienation Positive aspect: self -assured, connected Health problems: low levels of energy, stiffness of back and joints, reproductive problems, fluid retention, constipation or diarrhea, varicose veins, hernias, bipolar disorders, anxiety, glandular disturbances, autoimmune diseases
2. The Sacral Chakra Colour: orange Deals with: Creativity, acceptance of yourself, partners and ex-partners Negative aspect: selfishness with low self-esteem Positive aspect: self-worth, confidence Health problems: PMS, muscle cramps, period pains, allergies, addictions, eating disorder, diabetes, liver or intestinal dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, back pain, urinary infections, kidney problems
3. The Solar Chakra Colour: yellow Deals with: Emotional processing of information, concentration, hypochondriac, emotional blockages, often taking on other people’s problems and feelings Negative aspect: inferiority complex, clinginess Positive aspect: emotional stability Health problems: stomach ulcers, digestive problems, gall stones, pancreatic failure, eczema, nervous skin conditions, phobias
4. The Heart Chakra Colour: green Deals with: deals with love and nurture. On the negative side, it deals with jealousy. Negative aspect: if blocked people become harsh, materialistic anduncaring Positive aspect: compassion, empathy, peaceful harmony Health problems: psychosomatic problems, heart attacks, angina, chest infections, frozen shoulder, ulcers
5. The Throat Chakra Colour: blue Deals with: deals with communication, if blocked thoughts and feelings can’t be verbalized. Easily swayed by other people’s opinions Negative aspect: gossip, lack of communication, Positive aspect: self-expression, good communicator/public speaker Health problems: sore throat, constant cold, sinus problems, problems with teeth, ear infections, thyroid imbalances, high blood pressure, ADHD, a speech impediment.
6. The Third Eye Chakra Colour: purple Deals with: Intuition, mental connection, Negative aspect: delusion Positive aspect: intuitive insights Health problems: mental overwhelm, schizophrenia, cataracts, eye problems, epilepsy, neurological disorders, sinus and ear infections, being irritable
7. The Crown Chakra Colour: white, clear Deals with: Spiritual awareness Negative aspect: arrogance, control of others, obsessive Positive aspect: peaceful, spiritual Health problems: nervous problems, insomnia or excessive sleepiness, depression, dementia, problems with metabolism
Let’s take for example a wristwatch as it contains a quartz. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with a precise frequency and these signal cycles are then converted into time displays, showing units of hours, minutes and seconds.
Like our wristwatch, we use crystals to resonate with our own energy. Crystals are formed deep inside the earth’s mantle, a melting pot of various materials and energy. This absorbed and stored energy gives crystals the power to heal, calm or enhance our energy. Their individual power depends on how the crystal was formed, its shape/structures and its mineral content.
An easy way to distinguish between crystals is their shape and colour. We all have particular needs and they may vary during our lifetime and according to situations, we find ourselves in. Sometimes we need crystals to give us energy (for example after an illness), but at other times, for example, after a stressful exam or job interview, we need a more calming energy. There are crystals for every emotion, from giving strength, boost concentration to helping people through bereavement or separation.
How to use crystals
In my view, the best and most convenient way is to wear crystals as jewelry. Choose between rings, bracelets, amulets or earrings. They don’t just look pretty but also help you throughout the day. This is not a new invention, but looking back at every possible civilization, there has hardly been one where no jewelry was present.
Drink water enhanced by crystals. I have a sunstone and whenever I feel a bit lethargic or lack of energy, I put this sunstone in the full sunlight and leave it there for a day. Once the stone is full of energy, I put it into mineral water. This helps me to boost my energy levels. First, choose the right crystal for you and cleanse it under running water. You can use more than one, but I would not use more than 3-4. Make sure that they are complimentary. As there is no point in adding a stone that energizes together with one that calms you down. Such a mixture is not helpful. Then add the stone(s) to either still mineral or filtered tap water. A crystal the size of a medium-sized coin will energize one glass of water. It makes sense to use a larger container and add more stones. Once they are in the water, cover the container with a lid or cloth, and leave to stand for about 24 hours. Then drink this water during the 24-48 hours. I know people who drink stone water pretty much every day, varying it up with different stones. Here is some more information
Laying crystals on the naked skin. Choose the right crystals and move crystals over your chakras. This needs a bit more knowledge and is best left to do for a practitioner who is knowledgable about the energy lines of your body. Sometimes you can feel a small sensation when the stones lie on your skin, at other times there is no reaction at all. Often the practitioner has to unblock or align your energy lines (chakras or meridians) before the treatment can be started.
Last time I described the structure of crystals. In this post, I want to dig deeper into the historical use of crystals. It is fair to say that these precious and semi-precious stones have been around as jewelry, protection and form of healing for a long time. The oldest crystal so far discovered has been dated to 4.4 billion years ago. But it would take humans a long time before they discovered this resource and even longer to use it as jewelry and for healing practices.
The first known recorded human use of crystals was in the Stone age. Initially, flint attached to wooden sticks was the number one hunting tool. But as soon as Obsidian, a black, glass-like gemstone formed from volcanic lava, was discovered, it quickly replaced flint as the preferred cutting tool. The Mayans in particular used it to give their spears and knives a sharp, pointed tip. Another use was that of ‘magical mirrors’. Mayan priests used mirrors made out of Obsidian to ‘look into the future’.
Another early known crystal was amber, a hardened tree resin often still containing plant life and insects. The earliest amber beads/jewelry dates back to 30,000 B.C. The Vikings saw amber as the tears of their goddess Freya and used it as a good luck talisman for lasting love and protection. Viking women embroidered battle garments of their husbands and sons with amber to give them courage and protection during battle.
In Egypt, one crystal stood out from all of the rest – Lapis lazuli, a deep blue gemstone. Its protector was Nut, the sky goddess and it was considered good for the eyesight and to protect its wearer from the ‘evil eye’ and disaster. It promoted confidence and good luck. People today still use this powerful stone to give them ‘good luck and charisma’, especially when going to interviews, auditions, and for any public speaking appearance.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Ancient China, crystals were paired up with astrological signs and observations of the moon and the stars. The Chinese were also the first nation to align crystals to chakras and to use needles with crystal tips for acupuncture.
The first person (who we know of) who properly compiled and described a collection of gemstones was the Greek pharmacist Dioscorides. Between 70 and 50 B.C. his book MateriaMedicavolume 5 describes the healing property of over 200 crystals. This work informed many of the subsequent works on crystal healing and is probably still influencing us today.
The connection between healing, protection and crystals has continued ever since. During the Middle Ages, the garments and swords of fighting knights were heavily decorated with gemstones. Additional rings, belts, and amulets provided further protection.
We all can see the beauty of crystals, but how do they actually transmit their described qualities? It is through electromagnetism. All solid particles vibrate at certain frequencies and some objects have the ability to even alter the frequency of other bodies or objects nearby. So crystals have the ability to change our own frequencies. Here is a link to an article written by Stephanie Lucas which explains a bit more.