Monday, October 12

Mineralogy 101

I've long been drawn to minerals and crystals. Being the child of the 90's that I am, I spent my formative teenage years watching The Craft and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show, not the movie, duh) on repeat. Me and my black-lipstick-wearing friends were obsessed with anything the least bit witchy and we absorbed all the knowledge we could about the energy crystals give off and the healing properties that they posses. I've since ditched the black lipstick (I WISH I still had the guts to wear it!) but my love of crystals has remained. You'll find gems and hunks of rock scattered all around my house and I stand by crystals being the most magical gift you can give. Even if you're not buying in to the hippie-dippie healing powers of minerals, it's hard to deny that they are lovely objects. Tapping in to the world of gems can be intimidating, so we've compiled a basic list of minerals that absolutely every babe needs in her crystal arsenal!

First thing need to cleanse your crystal. And no, we're not talking about a good scrub down. Your crystal needs an energetic cleansing to rid it of any accumulated energy that it might have picked up on its way to you. There are a number of simple ways to do this, but our favorite is a salt water bath. Ocean water is best, but if you're landlocked like us, dissolve a tablespoon of sea salt in a bowl of cool water. Submerge your stone and place it in the sunlight, or under the moonlight, and let it sit overnight. When it comes out it’ll be energetically clean and charged and ready for you.

Quartz / Power. Energy. Clarity. One of the most common minerals found, quartz is usually what people envision when they think of crystals. Quartz increases wisdom, higher consciousness, positive thoughts, harmony, and love. It dispels negativity and clears away negative energy, and fosters inspiration and creativity. It also intensifies the energy of other stones.

Rose Quartz / Love. A powerful healing crystal that can deepen your capacity for compassion, tolerance, and love. Rose quartz promotes an appreciation for art, music, and the written word, and inspires imagination. Carry a piece with you to bring calmness and harmony and hold onto it when you feel stressed, drained, or need a boost of radical self love!

Citrine / Prosperity. Success. Self-Confidence. This bright yellow gem positively influences education and business pursuits and attracts abundance. It is known as a stone of prosperity, helping one to both acquire and maintain wealth. The crystal elevates energy and vitality, stimulates willpower, and boosts your self-esteem. If you're familiar with Feng shui, place this stone in your money corner!

Amethyst / Peace. Calm. Amethyst emits a positive, loving energy and clears away any unkind or unproductive vibrations. It expands the mind, encouraging creativity, intuition, and calm, and inspiring compassion. Put a piece of amethyst under your pillow or beside your bed if you can’t sleep! It’s good for warding off nightmares, and aids in remembering your dreams.

Hematite / Stability. Grounding. Hematite protects against negativity. Its mirrored surface deflects other people’s moods and bad vibes. The mineral also inspires original thinking and enhances memory retention. Hematite can help attain peace and inner happiness, and transform negativity into a positive state of love.

So do you dig on crystals? What are your most loved minerals? And how many times have you watched The Craft? By the way, check out our favorite (on-line) source to shop for gems.


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