Claire has worked with crystals and many other aspects of paganism for over 14 years. She has also studied reiki up to master level.
In crystal healing, the term "element" refers to the natural elements of earth, wind, fire, air and spirit. Each variety of crystal is associated with an element that matches its individual properties and energy. Working with these elements can help to enhance your experience in healing, chakra work, meditation or ritual and spell work. Working with these natural elements can help to increase and fine-tune your results. The more a stone corresponds to your needs the more likely you are to achieve a successful outcome.
As with other aspects of crystal healing, you may find that different sources associate different crystals with each element. You may also find that you feel a crystal does not fit with an element suggested. This is completely fine and in both cases, it is absolutely fine to be guided by intuition in deciding which stone to use. Remember that no harm can come to you by experimenting with what works best on your crystal journey. If you feel a crystal resonates more with a different element, experiment and see how it works out.
On the contrary, if you are new to crystal healing or do not feel confident deviating from what you have been read or taught this is also fine. If you feel that you have difficulties sensing or understanding your intuitive feelings and guidance, try not to worry. It can take time to develop these skills, especially as many of us have been taught to ignore these feelings or that they cannot be trusted. With time and practice, these natural skills can be rediscovered and developed to assist you in all areas of life.
The Water Element
Water is essential for life and makes up approximately 60%–70% of the human body. In western beliefs, water is associated with intuition, emotions, the subconscious mind and zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. It can be used to represent conservation, conception and concentration as well as peacefulness, intelligence, wisdom, flexibility and nurturing.
Water is considered to have a feminine energy and too many is linked to the cycle of death, life and rebirth. The colour blue and sea creatures such as dolphins, whales, sharks, fish and crabs are commonly used to represent this element. This element is thought to have a strong association with artists and other creative people or those who are intelligent and introspective or strive to search for the truth. Water is also believed to be of great benefit to healing, stress relief and relaxation.
Crystals and the Water Element
Crystals can be used to work with the elements within us and in the environment around us. They can also be utilised when the energy of a specific element will be beneficial to healing, creating a certain environment or in supporting us. Crystals can also be used when working to balance the elements as part of Feng shui (wood, fire, earth, water, metal). Each of the five elements is associated with particular body parts and organs and so crystals linked to this element will be especially beneficial in healing these. Crystals can also help to correct any imbalances within the elements, bringing the body back into balance and harmony.
The element of water has many beneficial uses when it comes to healing and is a good choice for healing spiritual, emotional and physical issues. Water element stones can also be used when working with, healing and balancing the throat, heart, crown and third eye chakras. Crystals of the water element have a calming and relaxing energy. They are useful in soothing feelings of anxiety and easing depression and stress. This group of stones may also help in calming anger and supporting in times of trauma, grief and other emotional challenges. Spiritually, crystals associated with water are thought to beneficial when used in clairvoyance and divination. They may also be beneficial when developing abilities such as astral travel and lucid dreaming.
This is a blue crystal with varying amounts of white colouring. It may also have purplish or grey markings. Sodalite is sometimes mistaken for lapis lazuli but does not contain the gold pyrite flecks of lapis. It is a common crystal that has a calming energy and is associated with the moon and throat chakra.
Sodalite has a gentle healing energy that can help us understand the underlying cause of illness or difficulties. It is thought to help in balancing blood sugar, reliving inflammation and easing any issues connected to the ears, throat, mouth or thyroid. This crystal may help to stimulate the pineal gland and third eye and is a good choice for use in meditation. Sodalite can encourage harmony, trust and solidarity between group members and so boosts teamwork. This attractive blue stone is considered as an excellent stone for the mind. It calms the mind and helps in understanding and processing new information. Sodalite enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust and can help in soothing digestive issues and combat insomnia.
Azurite is considered an excellent crystal for spiritual development and intuition. It cleanses and stimulates the third eye and raises consciousness. This crystal has a powerful healing energy and can help increase understanding of how the mind and emotions can affect the physical body. Azurite can be used in facilitating communication and aids in letting go of old thoughts or beliefs that hold you back or no longer benefit your life. It may also be beneficial in overcoming fears and phobias.
Azurite is believed to clear and realign the chakras. It may also support through mental healing of all kinds and may physically benefit the teeth, skin and kidneys. This crystal is linked to the throat chakra. Azurite is thought of as a natural bringer of prosperity and encourages us to look at long term advantages rather than focusing on immediate gain or results.
Selenite is named after the Greek goddess Selene. It reminds us that although we cannot change the past, we can use what we learn to create a better future. This is crystal is thought of as a stone of fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. It helps in keeping fluids flowing freely around the body and encourages positive communication.
Selenite often grows naturally in wand shapes and is considered a powerful crystal when working with psychic abilities. It may aid interactions with ancestors, spirit guides and angels and enhance divination practices. This white stone is a calming crystal that is connected to the crown chakra. It is often used in creating protective grids around homes and other spaces.
Despite being associated with the element of water, selenite should be kept out of water or moist environments. It is a soft crystal that can be damaged by water and if left may dissolve over time.
4. Purple Fluorite
This variety of fluorite stimulates the third eye and is an excellent stone for meditation. Purple fluorite is a relatively common crystal that possesses a calming energy that can help you consider all options in a decision. In Ancient China this crystal was believed to help protect against evil spirits. Purple fluorite can be useful in helping someone to focus on their everyday responsibilities or in facing the reality of their situation. This crystal is also beneficial when studying as it helps the mind stay focused, organized and clear. When used in meditation, fluorite helps to bring mental clarity after difficult or hectic days and is a great boost for tired, confused or imbalanced minds.
5. Blue Lace Agate
This crystal has a lovely gentle and calming energy that may be useful in times of stress. Many people regard blue lace agate as a peacemaker stone that can be used at work or home to avoid confrontation and ease difficult discussions or situations. It is associated with the throat chakra and communication of all types including communication difficulties. Blue lace agate can help you in expressing your emotions, thoughts and ideas effectively and is especially beneficial when worn close to the throat.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Claire
Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on May 29, 2019:
Thank you for your kind comment. I find the sound of the sea very calming too.
Lorna Lamon on May 24, 2019:
Such an interesting and well structured article. I particularly enjoyed your utube wave sounds - I use a number of these when I meditate - very therapeutic