Crystals 101

If you’re new to the crystal world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s all different colors of crystals, large and small, crystal spheres, hearts, crystals for charging other crystals—with all these choices, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’re boiling it down with this easy article on crystals for beginners.

The first and most important lesson you’ll learn from your work with crystals, is to trust yourself. Trust that you know which crystal is right for your spirit, and trust your connection with it. Don’t get caught up in searching for answers outside. The answer to what you want and need comes from within.

 

How to Cleanse Your Crystals

We can’t talk about the basics of crystals for beginners, without stressing the importance of crystal cleansing. If you never cleanse your crystals, eventually their energy becomes overloaded and dim. Here are some easy methods for crystal cleansing:


Sage or Palo Santo Smoke — We sell Palo Santo on our website, so head over there to get your cleansing sticks. To purify the energy of the crystal, simply immerse it in the smoke of sage or palo santo. Perform crystal cleansing on a regular basis, or whenever your crystal begins to feel like it’s not vibrating with the same energy as it once was.


Sun or Moon Light — You can also do crystal cleansing by leaving your crystal out in the light of the sun or moon for at least 4 hours. Full Moon is the best time to cleanse crystals as it's the end of a cycle and the moon’s light and power is incredibly potent.


Soil of the Earth — Bury your stones in the soil of the earth, or even the soil of a potted plant for up to 24 hours. Don’t forget to leave a marker so that you can remember where you placed it!


Quartz or Selenite Crystal — Quartz and selenite are two of the best crystals for beginners because they are both cleansing crystals. Cleansing crystals are high-vibing purifiers that don’t need to be charged. Because their energy remains clear and amplified, you can use them charge and cleanse your other crystals. Place a stone on your cleansing crystal to purify and enhance its energy.


Sea Water —  Take your crystals to the ocean and cleanse them in the ocean. This can be such a beautiful ritual!


A great place to start with your crystal rituals can be with our Magic Moon Satchels. It comes with a crystal (sometimes two depending on the month) and palo santo with an intention card and other magical items. What's inside the bag changes each month so you're constantly exposed to new spiritual items.

Choosing Your Crystal Shape

You may be wondering if the shape of your crystal matters. While the healing properties of your crystal will remain the same regardless of shape, the experience you have with your crystal may differ. Following are some of the most common crystal shapes you’ll find, and how to work with them:


Point

A crystal point is an intense energy tool that serves to focus and amplify the power of the stone. You can use it to direct healing energy inward, by turning the point toward you, or outward, by turning it away. Many people use their points to manifest intentions, because a standing point will continue to radiate the energy of your intention out into the universe even after you leave it. Points are some of the best crystals for beginners because of their versatility.


Sphere

A crystal sphere emits energy equally out in every direction. It provides a gentle, full energy that you can feel both grounded by and immersed in. Holding two spheres in meditation brings a sense of harmony to your practice.


Cube

A crystal cube is associated with the root chakra. This makes it a powerfully grounding stone to create calm in your environment. You can establish a protective grid by placing a crystal cube in each of the four corners of your room—don’t worry, we’ll go more into what grids are in a bit.


Pyramid

Pyramids are a sacred shape that were used in many ancient civilizations. Use a crystal pyramid to beam concentrated energy up into the universe. Use it to help manifest your intentions by writing them down on a piece of paper, and setting the crystal pyramid on top.

Heart

This loving crystal shape is great for reminding you to keep it’s healing properties close at heart. Work with them to nourish your spirit with the energy that you want to give and receive.


Harmonizers

Crystal harmonizers are a pair of cylinder shaped crystals that aid your meditation practice by bringing you into spiritual, mental and physical balance.


Cluster

Crystal clusters are one of the most beautiful occurrences in nature. A cluster happens when many points form on the same matrix. Because a cluster has so many points, it is believed to vibrate a higher energy. Having a cluster in your home or space will ensure that it remains elevated with the energy you want to cultivate.


Tumbled Stones

Tumbled stones are great because of their wide range of uses. As small, smooth stones, they can easily be held in your pocket or purse. You can also use them to create your own crystal grids. If you’re new to this, and you’re trying to decide which crystals work best for you, tumbled stones are some of the best crystals for beginners.

How to Set Intentions with Crystals

Setting intentions with crystals sounds like an intense practice, but it’s actually very easy. It’s all about getting in touch with your true spiritual needs, and connecting to that newfound dedication to yourself. When you invest time into setting intentions with crystals, you’re really investing in your future.

Crystal intention setting begins when you find a quiet area to sit and reflect. Then hold your crystal in your hand to get in sync with its energy. Visualize your intention. When you feel ready, say intention your intention out loud three times. Repeat your crystal intention setting as often as needed to keep your energy focused on your goals. Place the crystal on your sacred altar, or somewhere that it can be easily viewed as a reminder of what you’re working towards.  


What crystals are you bringing forth into your life at this moment? Share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilsophie.

Comments (2):

Sophie Jaffe on

Thank you, love! For pro-pregnancy crystals I would recommend Moonstone (the stone of fertility), Rose Quartz (for love and for healing after birth), and Citrine (for the power of manifestation). Hope this helps!

xoxo

Linnéa Borealis on

Good article, though I have some of the information already logged in me its always nice with a fresh up, and *new info, so thank you! Do you have any pro-pregnancy crystals to share ? Much love

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5 whole cloves

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Do This:

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Gather This:

Jar with a good lid (i.e. mason jar)

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Glitter Glue

 

Do This:

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Do This:

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