Crystals - Meanings + Benefits
Agate works because it connects you to a broader perspective, and it helps you to see the pros and cons of any given situation. This makes it a good stone for those of us looking to enter a new chapter in life – a new relationship, a new career move, and so on – safely and with confidence.
For centuries, Agate has been heralded as a stone of remarkable balance and grounding energy. There’s a great sense of positivity within Agate that means that even the most cynical and world weary among us can find some hope for the future from letting this stone’s energies in.
There’s an abundant level of love and healing energy in Amazonite that can help to break cycles of negative thoughts you might be experiencing in your life. In especially pronounced cases, Amazonite can even help to expose and break through karmic patterns held over from prior incarnations and lifetimes.
Amazonite is often seen as a stone of bravery – apt perhaps, when one considered Amazonian warriors! It can awaken you to your own courage, and help you to take a stand assertively but compassionately when shattering the illusions that keep you living the same mistakes over and over.
Ever a guiding light to psychic practitioners, and a beautiful crystal for use in jewellery besides, Amethyst is both popular and powerful.
It can awaken you to higher wisdom and connect you to guidance from beyond the physical world, but it’s just as effective as a stone for physical healing too. As well as soothing headaches and joint pain, Amethyst also has an aura of tranquillity about it.
Because of this, it’s a good crystal for stress relief, and for stopping your mind from cycling through the same handful of worries over and over again, disrupting sleep and concentration.
As the name suggest, Aquamarine is a stone that is highly connected to water and its healing, nutritious properties. You may well feel as though the essence of life itself awaits you in this stone, so strong can its healing energies often be.
However, this is also a stone about the tides of change in life. When you are experiencing difficulties in moving on from difficult situations and relationships, Aquamarine connect you to your inner strength. It can also help to align you with other people undergoing the same journey.
Aventurine is a crystal that’s closely connected to the heart chakra, and that’s where a lot of old sayings about following one’s heart are born. Yet in keeping with the adventurous sounding nature of this crystal’s name, these energies inspire you to follow your heart with daring!
There’s a sense of playful risk taking involved with Aventurine. Many have dubbed it the Gambler’s Stone, believing that it connects you to good fortune and lucky streaks. While belief in luck differs from one person to the next, a little extra good fortune coming one’s way hardly hurts!
Azurite is often known as the Stone of the Heavens, making it a popular choice for those looking to embrace divine guidance and connections to the angelic realm. This is a crystal that helps to open one’s mind to what a purely pragmatic mindset would regard as impossible.
It’s a stone of faith and of belief in something beyond oneself. However, it also promotes belief in yourself with just as much potency, and it can help you to follow through on vibrant ideas as and when they strike, confident of your success. This stone is also fantastic for clearing away stress and worry.
Like many crystals that share its density and colour, Black Tourmaline is something of a guardian stone, protecting you against negative energy.
The crystal has therefore become especially popular with people who are natural empaths, or otherwise apt to pick up on the emotions and energies of others. Black Tourmaline forms a strong barrier between you and others, and ensures that you can’t be dragged into drama or emotional blackmail. It’s a real confidence booster!
However, Black Tourmaline can also be used to protect places and other people, the more you learn to work with its energies.
Despite its perhaps provocative name, Bloodstone is very much on your side, as you’ll discover if you start working with it for crystal healing. It can help to alleviate all kinds of physical pain and injuries, as well as enhance effective circulation of both the bloodstream and your spirit body’s energy centres.
Bloodstone is connected to the root chakra, which is that which anchors you most in physical reality. This is a stone about enjoying the moment, then, and experiencing life’s pleasures. However, when used in meditation, it is also a valuable anchoring stone that prevents you from drifting too far off into the ethereal realm.
The vibrant orange of Carnelian might look like the warmth of sunset, but this is one stone that will leave you anything but tired. There is a strong undercurrent of vitality to this stone that perks you up and electrifies your mind with ideas and ambitions.
Carnelian is also connected to your sacral chakra, where many of life’s pleasures are felt and processed. If you have been suffering a little less lust for life than usual, Carnelian is the stone you need to reinvigorate your joie de vivre and have you chomping at the bit to succeed.
Exploring beyond our physical bodies becomes all the more easy when Celestite is around. This stone seems to many to be a direct line to the heavens themselves, and you can likewise much more simply connect to your higher self under the energies of this stone.
As far as transformation goes in life, it’s usually either an ambition of ours, or the events of life forcing change upon us – sometimes with or without our approval! Yet in the case of Chrysocolla, you’ll find that you’re able to inspire positive change in your life with divine guidance.
This crystal and its rich earth colours also connects you wonderfully to the natural world. Just as the seasons roll in cycles, you’ll also see the cycles in your own life for what they are – and feel empowering to nurture or break off those cycles according to your needs, too.
Although it may seem a simple pale green stone at first appearance, Chrysoprase has a lot of hidden depths. In fact, it could be said that this is one crystal that’s ideal for getting to the bottom of some of yours, too.
This is a stone of truth and illumination, meaning that not only will you see behind the lies of other people, but also stop kidding yourself in certain areas of life too. And thanks to the strong themes of forgiveness and love that run through this crystal’s energies, it’s wonderful for healing and overcoming difficulties.
Vibrant in colour and also in its energies, Citrine is a crystal that can’t help but inspire positivity and determination. It connects to your solar plexus chakra, which is where the majority of energy exchange between people actually happens, as well as some intuitive insights – or ‘gut feelings’, as we often call them.
But alongside strengthening these parts of ourselves, Citrine also promotes the idea of growth. That’s growth of an individual, growth in a relationship, growth in financial abundance – anything you turn its powers towards.
Citrine boosts your confidence accordingly too, so if you’ve been feeling on the back foot lately, turn to this crystal to help you get back on track and ready to speak your piece.
Look no further than the very name of this crystal to understand its secret healing power. In other words, Clear Quartz works by bringing clarity to all around you, letting you see into the truth of things. Luckily, when those truths are a bit ugly or hard to handle, this crystal also has soothing energies that prevent you getting too hurt.
Clear Quartz is able to heal the body and the mind with equal fluency, but its specialty is vision – both physical and spiritual. If you have been suffering brain fog, or have a scrambled mind due to stress you have endured, this crystal can really straighten things out for you, giving you a broader perspective on what to do.
Fluorite Crystal for Focus. The striking colours of Fluorite make it a popular stone in its own right, but it’s the relaxing properties of this stone that have made it so consistently popular. With stress and anxiety seemingly always on the rise, this crystal is a welcome soothing balm to the soul.
Fluorite is a popular meditation aid, not least since adopting a state of utmost calm and a quiet mind is so important for entering the meditative state. However, you can also use it if you have been having problems sleeping, by placing it beneath your pillow.
Goldstone / Blue Goldstone
It naturally makes sense that people seeking their fortune often rely on the energies of Goldstone. It inspires abundance as much as ambition, and has a feeling of good luck about it too. With Goldstone in your hands, you can’t help but feel like a big windfall is just around the corner!
This is also a crystal of optimism, which we could all do with in today’s world of negative media bias and ever more challenges before us as a society. Goldstone helps you to find the inner spark of brilliance within you, and to put it to work to become a force for positive change in the world.
The metallic sheen of Hematite might well serve to strengthen your steely resolve, but this stone itself also reinforces your physical body. That means it can help you to get over sickness and injury, but also that it gives you greater resilience to illness and fatigue.
Hematite is a stone that focuses the heart and mind on what is real, tangible, physical and attainable. If you’re finding your head in the clouds too often, or even if your dreams at night are so vivid that you wake up startled, this stone can give valuable grounding energy.
Crystals that are rich in culture and folklore don’t come much more well known than Jade. Its connection to the Aztecs and to Ancient China are well documented, and there has been mythology surrounding this stone for thousands of years.
Yet that reputation for protection, inspiration, motivation and healing that Jade has is just as accurate today. This is a beautiful, versatile and highly sought after stone, and its energies and beauty only seem to become greater with age.
Jade offers wisdom and abundance to those willing to work with its energies, and it can open your eyes to the innate duality of life.
K2 Stone / Jasper
Named for the peak of the Himalayas, K2 Stone is similarly keen to help you climb to new heights. It is, in fact, a combination of stones fused together, and its colourings are like a bright summer sky.
K2 opens and unlocks our third eye and crown chakra. This stone helps strengthen the third eye to enhance psychic abilities on all levels (lucid dreaming, astral projection, telepathy) and assist in the opening of the crown chakra.
It seems like all the mystical and ethereal colours you could imagine swirl into shapes within a piece of Labradorite. The many colours of this stone, especially its blues and greens, show how it brings harmony to multiple chakras, such as the throat and heart chakras.
This crystal amplifies your psychic energies and your spiritual connectedness. This means that meditation undertaken with this crystal is often much more vivid, and a piece of this stone beneath your pillow inspires colourful, insightful dreams at night.
The high vibrations of Lapis Lazuli make it a crystal that is very appealing to anyone wanting to fast track their spiritual growth. Of course, there are no real shortcuts to enlightenment, but there are certainly ways to boost your receptiveness to divine guidance, and this stone is one such way.
This crystal promotes a clear mind, as well as openness and honesty in your communication. It helps you to connect higher ideas and thoughts with more mundane principles of living, and see your physical and spiritual selves as two halves of the same whole.
Lepidolite is a crystal of progress, but also a crystal that reminds us that progress takes time. It’s also sometimes uncomfortable, or relies upon that which is old or outdated being destroyed or left behind.
The bigger picture is brought into focus when you work with the healing energies of Lepidolite. It will give you the power to take a step back and observe life’s course from afar, as well as taking heart in the knowledge that any discomforts in your journey today are only temporary.
Lepidolite helps you in all aspects of transformation, including physical, meaning it’s a good aid for dieting or cultivating a new look.
As one of the most well-known of the green crystals, Malachite is a stone that is deeply connected to the heart chakra. This makes it a solid companion for any journeys of the heart you might be making, including if you are looking for answers in your love life.
Malachite is also a useful energy to tap into if you are healing from heartbreak, or otherwise looking to bring an unbalanced heart chakra back into alignment. It can also help with chest pains, respiratory issues and even circulation throughout the body.
Mookaite / Mookaite Jasper
Mookaite is a crystal deeply connected to all that is physical and tangible. This means that it can help you on your way to material success, but also that it has grounding energies that prevent you from becoming so lost in daydreams that you never take action. Action is indeed the name of the game for Mookaite, and the greatest rewards of this stone come to those who use its energies to make big strides in life, or in travel. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, learn a new language or explore a new country, Mookaite is the stone to choose.
With its creamy appearance and its otherworldly texture, Moonstone is a crystal that has often been sought by those looking to expand their visions beyond what’s possible on this world alone. In tarot and astrology, the moon is associated with secret feelings and hidden intentions, although not necessarily cruel ones – and the same is often true of this crystal.
Moonstone is especially good for healing rifts in romance, and also encouraging new lovers to open their heart to one another. Moonstone can promote calmness and serenity to a worried couple, but also illuminate any flaws that are preventing a romance from working out.
Thanks to its black colour and overall lustre, Obsidian is a crystal that is very evocative and mysterious. However, as with many black crystals, the principle energies at work in this stone are protective ones.
If you often feel bowled over by the strong personalities of others, or otherwise have a difficult time overcoming boisterous people, this crystal can not only keep you safe, but also help you to speak your mind. However, Obsidian is also a stone of self reflection, and it will coax you to examine and work on the imperfections within you that you’d otherwise not face up to.
Peridot is a crystal that radiates light, and with it, a sense of positivity and plenty. This is a stone of abundance, and it can likewise help to turn your thinking around if you often find yourself stuck in a kind of scarcity mentality.
Peridot has qualities of healing and inspiration that make it very popular among creative thinkers, but also a practical side that means that those looking for solid solutions can embrace its approach. This stone works closely with your heart chakra, and helps you to find balance between doing for others and looking after yourself in as effective a way as possible.
You likely already know that Pyrite is often called Fool’s Gold, but don’t let its comparative lack of monetary value fool you! In fact, this crystal is an excellent companion for helping you to find your own fortune, and to embrace the ideas you need for that.
Pyrite also encourages self reflection though, and by spending time with the stone, you will come to learn the traits about yourself that aren’t serving your higher cause. If you are looking to end bad habits or overcome what is holding you back, Pyrite is definitely your friend.
The rich colour of this stone is largely associated with the root chakra – the very chakra that binds each of us to the physical world. However, at a more accessible level, this crystal is one that reminds you to take good care of yourself day to day.
Red Jasper and its energies are inherently nurturing, and they encourage you to cut yourself some slack if things are going wrong or if you make lapses in judgment. Similarly, if you have been unwell, the energies of this stone can help you to make a faster recovery.
The sweet cotton candy colour of Rhodochrosite is a good indicator of how this crystal is seen as something of a treat. While it’s affordable enough, it’s a stone about being good to ourselves, and remembering that we are worthy of love.
If you have been putting your needs on the back burner for so long that you no longer know just how to make yourself happy, this crystal can help you. It will remind you of all the little things you love, and give you the means to connect with them and make yourself just a little more upbeat and ready to take on life’s challenges.
Looking at the long game is what Rhodonite helps to encourage. This crystal is one that give you insight into life’s patterns, and helps you to recognize that sometimes you have to plant seeds well ahead of their harvest to make the most of things.
It can guide you intuitively when it comes to making investments or planning a career path, and can also help you to choose a long term partner with whom you can go the distance. However, when unexpected events occur, this crystal also helps you to not give up on things so easily, and stay the course.
Unconditional love knows no limits, as Rose Quartz and its energies know all too well. This crystal is not only symbolic of romance, but also the love of family, of one’s career, or even love of life itself. If you’ve been feeling down of late, this influence is very much appreciated!
This stone also encourages the emotions that go hand in hand with love, such as kindness and forgiveness. If you are looking to heal differences of opinion, or rifts in otherwise close relationships, this crystal can really help out.
The essence of light and illumination makes Selenite a key crystal for anyone wanting to see the spiritual truth in things. This crystal can help to open your third eye chakra, and because of that, can lead you to some fascinating spiritual insights.
This is a crystal of cleansing, both yourself and your surroundings. Many people look to place Selenite in their home or office to keep negative emotions and low vibration energies at bay. By keeping light and airy, you are often able to be your best self.
Shungite is a dark stone, but also one that has been attributed to countless healing possibilities. One of the more interesting of these is the detoxifying properties of the crystal, meaning that poor lifestyle choices can be fought back against a little by this stone.
It absorbs and neutralizes radiation frequencies effectively blocking those harmful rays and protecting the body from their dangerous effects. The EMF radiation protection properties of Shungite come from the fullerenes it contains in its composition.
If you have been feeling as though your progress in life has been obscured from sight thanks to negative feelings, Smoky Quartz can help to heal that, as well as overcome the pain.
Smoky Quartz is a crystal that helps you to reconnect to the wonders of being alive. Each day begins to feel like a new opportunity under this energy, and the positive vibrations you will welcome from this crystal can help you to see the opportunities before you.
Smoky Quartz helps you to find emotional balance, and it also brings you into greater harmony with those around you – ideal if you have been confused by someone’s behaviour of late.
Sodalite is, in many ways, one of the great equalizers of the crystal world. If you are feeling so negative that you just can’t motivate yourself to make any changes to your life – or so inflated with positive emotions that your feet never touch the ground – Sodalite brings everything into equilibrium.
However, Sodalite is also strongly linked to psychic energies, and to attuning yourself to your most profound intuitive insights. Sodalite has become a very popular stone for meditation because of this, and that means that you’ll be able to experience new insights through these journeys into the self.
Few crystals can really charge up your creative side quite like Sunstone. More than this, this crystal can enhance your ideas with grounded thinking that means that when you do come up with exciting new directions to take in life, you don’t feel stumped in how to pursue them.
Better yet, this is an excellent stone for confidence.
A stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions.
Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety. Useful for recognising one’s own needs in relation to the needs of others. Balancing yin-yang and energising the emotional body, Tiger Eye stabilises mood swings, imbues us with willpower, purpose, courage and self-confidence, and releases tension.
Turquoise is a crystal that has remarkable ties to the throat chakra. That means that it has been used since ancient times as a healer against head colds, flu, allergic reactions and sore throats.
But on a more spiritual level, that throat chakra connection also makes this crystal great at helping you to communicate better. If you have been feeling shut out of your social circle, or tongue tied when trying to connect to your prospective new partner, Turquoise can be a crystal to rely on.