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A beginner's guide to crystals

A beginner's guide to crystals

Curious about crystals but not sure where to start? Crystals are all the rage right now — from makeup made with amethyst to pearl face masks to water bottles infused with rose quartz — but you don’t have to shell out a ton of money or seek out hard-to-find products to reap their benefits. 

Crystals may be on trend at the moment but people have been looking to these gemstones for physical, emotional and spiritual healing since ancient times. When these glistening mineral formations were discovered deep within the earth, they were instantly revered for their powerful vibrations and seemingly magical properties.

Thousands of years later, crystals are still considered a mystical tool with the ability to absorb, hold and radiate energy. While crystals have become popular in the beauty industry, traditionally they have been used for healing purposes, spell work, rituals, and divination. 

Every variety of crystal, from quartz to onyx to topaz, has its own unique frequency and properties. Some absorb negative energy. Others promote good health or encourage love romance. If you’re looking to find the crystal that’s right for you and put its energy to work, keep reading!

CHOOSING YOUR CRYSTAL

Nearly every variety of crystal comes in different shapes, sizes and prices. Visit a metaphysical or occult shop to browse the selection. Close your eyes and run your hand over the crystals. What are you drawn to? Let the crystal choose you. Try to keep an open mind — even if the crystal you’re attracted to doesn’t have the properties you seek, it still could be the one for you.

If you can’t buy crystals in person, go online but take a different approach. Browse crystals based on the properties you’re seeking and find one that matches your intention. Still, pay attention to your intuition. If you feel drawn to a particular crystal, that’s the one you should choose.

CLEANING & CHARGING

When you get your new crystal home, it’s time to cleanse it of any stale or negative energy. Here are three common cleansing methods:

- Submerge your crystal in a bowl of saltwater for about two days. 
- Bury your crystal for in soil for a couple days, either in the garden or in a potted plant. 
- Leave your crystal in a bowl of water outside overnight where it can soak in the moonlight.

At the end of each method, rinse your crystal off under fresh running water as if you’re washing the bad vibes away. Repeat your preferred cleansing ritual occasionally to keep your crystal’s energy strong and effective. To give it a crystal an energy boost, leave it in sunlight for a day. It’s always best to read up on your particular crystal and some are more sensitive to certain conditions (like sunlight and saltwater) than others. 

SETTING YOUR INTENTION

Now that your crystal is cleansed, it’s ready to receive your intention. Hold the crystal in your hand, close your eyes and focus. What energy do you wish to imbue within your crystal? Are you seeking more joy or optimism? Prosperity? Protection? Imagine the energy of that intention as a ball of light. Pass the light from within you to the crystal, filling the gem with your energy. When you feel the crystal is ready to manifest your intention, move on to the final step — putting the crystal to use.    

USING YOUR CRYSTAL

Your energized crystals can help you transform physically, mentally and spiritually. Carry one with you in your purse or pocket to feel the effects or put them in your space to influence the environment. Crystals in the kitchen can amp up creativity. In the office, they can aid in focus and concentration. Crystals in the bedroom influence love and relaxation. If you own a business, crystals near the register can encourage cash to flow in. 

Crystals can easily be incorporated in your self-care routine. Put them in a healing bath, hold them while meditating, or use them during a psychic reading. Clear quartz, for instance, is a natural energy amplifier and can boost the clarity of your next Zodiac Psychics reading. If you need some help making crystals work for you, consult with one of our crystal healers.