A List of Essential Crystals for the Beginner Witch

Updated on December 4, 2017
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Aspen has been a practicing witch for two years. She is still learning, but helping others understand concepts is a passion of hers.

Crystals: What You Need to Know

Daunted by all those posts online that say you have to have at least 70 crystals with intimate understanding of each to be a "good witch"? Posts like those are complete baloney—you could have 100 crystals, 10, or even none, and you would still be a witch. It's all about where you want to take your craft. Some people don't want to have to deal with all the charging, grounding, cleansing, and recharging that comes with crystals, so they decide to opt out. Others might love the idea of pretty rocks that are also functional, so they hoard hundreds upon hundreds of the same stone.

The important thing to remember is that you are the only one who can decide what you want to do with your craft; after all, it is yours!

So, you want to bring some crystals into your craft, but you're lost in the many lists of meanings and just want something simple. Many witches are the same way! Down below we'll take a look at the correspondences of five of the most "essential" stones for an aspiring crystal witch.

Clear Quartz

Cut, non-tumbled clear quartz
Cut, non-tumbled clear quartz

Disclaimer

If you suspect you are ill, please, please go see a doctor. Don't just rely on the healing power of magic—it isn't as all powerful as the media would have you believe. Healing spells only assist in recovery—they don't cure you over night!

Second only to feldspar, clear quartz is the most common mineral in the Earth's crust. Because of how common it is, clear quartz is most likely the least expensive crystal on your shopping list. The name "quartz" comes from the Greek derivative krustallos, meaning 'ice', as it was thought that quartz was actually ice formed by the Gods. Since the Middle Ages, spheres made of rock crystal have been used to predict the future (crystal balls, anyone?). Almost every witch who works with crystals will have at least one piece of clear quartz in their collection, just for the sheer versatility it offers as a crystal.

Planets:
Sun
Elements:
All
Effects:
Amplification, protection, healing
Chakra:
Crown
Zodiac:
Leo, Gemini, Capricorn

Essentially, clear quartz is universally handy; if you don't have a particular stone for a spell, you bet clear quartz can do the job! In addition to its amplification properties, its unusually good for protection and healing spells, as well as providing clarity. If you're a student having trouble studying or having trouble focusing at work, meditating with some clear quartz might help you out.

Rose Quartz

Rough cut, non-tumbled rose quartz
Rough cut, non-tumbled rose quartz

As you might guess, rose quartz is a variety of quartz that gets it's name from the rosy pink hue of the stone. The color is caused by small amounts of titanium in the crystal. The color of rose quartz ranges from pale shades of pink to rose-pink to rose-red. Occasionally it has a faint purplish or lavender cast. Rose quartz is considered the stone of universal, unconditional love. The stones are often carved and tumbled into heart shapes to further reinforce this idea. Witches whose craft is focused around love and/or self-love often have several of these stones, used in rituals and spells to strengthen love.

Planets:
Venus
Elements:
Earth, water
Effects:
Love, forgiveness, fertility, cleansing, calming
Chakra:
Heart
Zodiac:
Taurus, Libra

Rose quartz is used to purify and open the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. It can be used to help bring comfort in times of grief. Rose quartz dispels negativity and protects against emotional pollution, replacing it with loving vibes. It encourages self forgiveness and acceptance, invoking self trust and self worth to those who use it.

Those with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can find rose quartz helpful on their road to recovery; though, of course, crystals are not a replacement for therapy and medication. Always get help from doctors before supplementing with crystals.

Amethyst

Tumbled amethyst
Tumbled amethyst

Yet another quartz variant, amethysts get their color from small amounts of iron deposited during the formation of the crystal that become irradiated by exposure to gamma rays. While the word "amethyst" makes most people think of a dark purple gem with red undertones, amethyst actually occurs in many purple colors. The purple color can be so light that it is barely perceptible or so dark that it is nearly opaque.

Amethysts are the most common gemstone gifted for 6th year anniversaries (usually marriage).

Planets:
Jupiter
Elements:
Air, water
Meanings:
Protection, enhancement of psychic abilities, stress relief, soberment, calming, assists with sleep, healing, cleansing
Chakra:
Crown
Zodiac:
Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone. Amethyst can be used as a natural tranquilizer, as it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities. It possesses strong healing and cleansing powers. Amethyst can have a sobering effect on overindulgence of alcohol, drugs, or other addictions. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Amethyst assists in remembering and understanding dreams. It helps relieve insomnia. Encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom.

Selenite

Selenite points
Selenite points

Selenite is a crystalline variety of the mineral, gypsum. If placed in water, the selenite will revert to gypsum. Selenite is most often transparent and colorless; it is named after Greek σεληνη "the moon". However, it can come in other colors: grey, green, orange, and brown.

Tumbled selenite is most usually found in the form of points (shown above) and sticks, which are points without the point.

Planets:
Moon
Elements:
Water
Meanings:
Serenity, purification, peace, meditation, universal consciousness, clarity of thought, purity of heart, universal love, integrity, spirituality, psychic development, forgiveness, positive thoughts
Chakra:
Crown
Zodiac:
Taurus

Selenite helps provide clarity of the mind, expanding ones awareness of the self and of ones surroundings. It helps open the crown and higher crown chakras and accesses higher guidance from spirit guides. It can be used to access past lives as well as future lives. Selenite is a calming stone that instills deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work. It assists judgement and insight. It clears confusion and aids in seeing the deeper picture.

I often use selenite to help with dream and spirit work. Used in tandem with amethyst, selenite provides good dreams, or at least freedom from bad ones. Since selenite is a good stone for psychic connections, I often use it when I am lucid dreaming and/or astral projecting.

Hematite

Tumbled hematite
Tumbled hematite

Hematite, also spelled as haematite, is the mineral form of iron oxide, one of several. It is the oldest known iron oxide mineral and is widespread in rocks and soils. Hematite is colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood, αἷμα haima, due to the red coloration found in some varieties of hematite. The English name of the stone is derived from Middle French: Hématite Pierre, which was imported from Latin: Lapis Hæmatites around the 15th century, which originated from Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos, "blood-red stone").

Planets:
Mars
Elements:
Fire, earth
Meanings:
Focus, willpower, reliability, courage, confidence, optimism, trust, balance, stability, protection
Chakra:
Base
Zodiac:
Aries, Aquarius

Hematite is used for grounding and protection. It helps strengthen our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A so-called "stone for the mind", hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought. Hematite utilizes the magnetic qualities of our energies to balance the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. It assists with focusing energy and emotions for balance between the body, mind and spirit. It dissolves negativity and helps prevent you from absorbing the negativity of others. Hematite is strong, boosting self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, and imparting confidence. It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence.

People trying to break habits (such as smoking, drinking, chewing their fingernails, or eating when they get bored) would benefit from regular meditation with this stone.

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    • newbizmau profile image

      Maurice Glaude 

      10 days ago from Mobile, AL

      Do you have any idea of where to find Green Selenite that isn't astronomical prices well over $100?

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      Just me 

      11 days ago

      I’m not a witch nor practing anything but only use it for good vibes does that makes me a witch?

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      Some one 

      2 weeks ago

      I love this thank you very much it help I am new in which craft

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      Cassandra Kettenh 

      3 weeks ago

      I am extraordinarily confused, about bringing crystals, into my craft! I make a lot of jewelry. So I already have many different stones. Some are in rough form, others are drilled, so that they can be used, for stringing - like pearls. And then I have faceted stones, for making earrings and bracelets, what not. Even though, they are in so many different forms, do they still harness their individual powers?

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      Athena Schreck 

      2 months ago

      I have an amethyst on my birch wand, will they work good together?

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      Amberdp1982 

      4 months ago

      what is the crystal for Scorpio? being on a cusp i would like to know

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      Diana 

      4 months ago

      I already own many of these crystals, and as a new witch and practicing Wiccan, I am excited to incorporate them into my Craft.

      Wonderful article. Very helpful.

      Blesses Be,

      Diana

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      Twyzted 

      4 months ago

      I want to learn more !!!

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      Wicca Person 

      5 months ago

      Thanks, I'm a BIG rock collector - but I was never sure what to get. This made me realise which stones I need and which stones aren't as important.

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      lesbiANNE shawn 

      8 months ago

      O.M.G. as soon as apporved this commetn i began to feel the powers of the universe on my my side !!!!!!!!!! THANK YOIOU for helping me discover my witch power- yours truly ANNE

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      Carmody shawn 

      8 months ago

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      Nicole Canfield 

      8 months ago from Summerland

      Absolutely! Please keep writing, you are talented and your articles are concise.

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      Maya Petrova 

      8 months ago

      Love your article! Obsidian is a good stone to use too, as it can be a very strong protective force if it's in an arrowhead shape (I myself have a necklace with an obsidian arrowhead and two hematite rings)

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      Maurice Glaude 

      8 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I really enjoyed how you put so much of your point of view into your article. It is important to have a voice, one thing I tend to pull back on because I think I'm giving too much. I see now that it works with the right balance. Impressed!

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      Aspen Newman 

      8 months ago from Montana

      Thank you so much for this! I was really anxious about my very first article but having a good review from a successful, published author has really boosted my self esteem!

      I've never heard of hematite doing that to someone before; how interesting! I suppose it could definitely happen, though!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      8 months ago from Summerland

      Really impressed with your write-up! I would agree with all stones listed here as perfect for the beginner. The only one I would take away (just for myself!) is hematite...it grounds me so much that it makes me fall asleep every time I wear it or have it nearby!

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