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Witchcraft Terms and Tools - Crystals

Crystals play a key part in many Wiccan rituals
Crystals play a key part in many Wiccan rituals (from http://www.moonlightmysteries.com/

Technically, a crystal is any solid substance in which the atoms, molecules or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. For Neopagans, however, a crystal is a mineral capable of receiving storing, transmitting or amplifying vibrational energy, and is often used as a tool for healing, prophecy or communication.

Like candles, crystals and gemstones play a key part in most rituals in Wicca. Different crystals are associated with different elements and are believed to have different powers, magical properties and attributes. The following are just a guide as individuals differ widely in their interpretations and claims:

  • Agate (aids in restoration of energy and healing, brings happiness, wealth, health and long life, increases ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness)
  • Amber (protection, absorbs and changes negative energy into positive energy)
  • Amethyst (protection, controls all types of harmful behaviour, increases spiritual  awareness, calms and soothes)
  • Bloodstone (stimulates flow of energy, heals blood circulation problems, promotes courage, renewal, enhances creativity, encourages unselfishness)
  • Carnelian (stimulates analytical capabilities and precision, relieves feelings of anger or hatred, relieves sexual tension)
  • Citrine (dissipates and transmutes negative energy, stimulates mental focus and endurance)
  • Diamond (removes voids from one's aura, inspires creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, inspiration, faith and endurance)
  • Emerald (increases creative imagination, prosperity, love, fertility, sensitivity, loyalty and domestic bliss, enhances memory and brings harmony)
  • Garnet (brings out creative energies, aids in love, purification, cleansing and the elimination of things in disorder, good for blood related ailments and iron deficiencies)
  • Hematite (excellent grounding stone, protective, reflects negative energy away, assists in balancing body, mind and spirit, mental attunement)
  • Jade (helps in remembering and understanding dreams, prolongs life and bring riches, increases confidence and self-sufficiency)
  • Jasper (used for nurturing, stabilizing the aura, aid in safe astral travel; Red Jasper is for protection; Yellow Jasper clears the mind; Brown Jasper aids in concentration and may be worn for grounding and centring)
  • Lapis Lazuli (expands awareness, attunes to creativity, fine-tunes the feelings and instincts, helps to overcome depression, protects and enhances a state of serenity, assists in entering other realms)
  • Malachite (exudes maternal love and warmth, used for healing purposes, absorbs negativity, clarifies emotions, good for money and luck, good stone for gardening)
  • Moonstone (stimulates confidence and composure, enhances all feminine aspects of one's nature, brings calmness and awareness, trance-inducing)
  • Obsidian (useful in healing, provides clarity, excellent grounding and protective stone, each type of obsidian also has its own specific qualities)
  • Onyx (powerful grounding stone, aids in concentration, absorbs negativity, banishes grief, enhances self-control, stimulates wise decision-making, encourages happiness and good fortune)
  • Opal (balance, aids creativity and inspiration, imagination and mystical qualities)
  • Pearl (soothing, helps overcome obstacles, absorbs negative energy, induces faith, charity, innocence and focus, enhances personal integrity)
  • Peridot (emits a warm and friendly energy, regulates cycles, excellent for healing and protection)
  • Quartz, Clear (used for logic, for a clear mind and as a scrying crystal, can create altered states of consciousness, unlocks abilities of the mind, amplifies healing energy, heals inner negativity)
  • Quartz, Rose (emits a gentle and calming energy, brings harmony, promotes feelings of love and happiness, releases the imagination, good for children)
  • Quartz, Blue (increases concentration, rain stone)
  • Quartz, Smoke (protective stone, astral stone, good for variable people or someone working with multiple personality disorder, dissolves negative emotions,excellent grounding stone, promotes joy of life)
  • Ruby (promotes creativity and the ability to expand beyond oneself, promotes nurturing, spiritual wisdom, health, knowledge and wealth, excellent shielding and protective stone)
  • Sapphire (eliminates frustration and allows for the fulfillment of dreams and desires, removes unwanted thoughts, counteracts negative witchcraft and attracts good spirits)
  • Tigerseye (aids clarity of mind, enhances psychic ability; Blue Tigerseye is good for airline fears and boats; Brown Tigerseye reflects danger away; Red Tigerseye enables physical protection and physical prowess)
  • Topaz (calms emotions, protects against external stressors, restores physical energy and a quiet emotional nature)
  • Turquoise (protection, verbal prowess, promotes strength, vitality and calmness, good stone to tune into for beginning crystal magic)


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