Aspen has been a practicing witch for 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 an 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.
Witch and Wiccan Crystals for Rituals, Grounding, and Power
- Clear quartz is versatile and good for protection, healing, and clarity.
- Rose quartz can be used to promote love and romance, and it also helps with anxiety and depression.
- Amethyst is a protective stone and is also reputed to have sobering effects.
- Selenite provides clarity and can help prevent bad dreams.
- Hematite is used for grounding, protection, and scrying.
1. Clear Quartz
Second only to feldspar, clear quartz is the most common mineral in the Earth's crust. It is found on nearly every continent on Earth. Because of how common it is, clear quartz is most likely the least expensive crystal on your shopping list.
Etymology: 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. Quartz comes in endless varieties, and clear quartz is also referred to as "pure quartz" because of its colorless and transparent nature. However, many other crystals are actually quartz as well. Variations, such as amethyst, onyx, and bloodstone, occur when small amounts of the crystal's silicon dioxide atoms are replaced with other elements.
When to Use Clear Quartz
Essentially, clear quartz is universally handy; if you don't have a particular stone for a spell, you can bet clear quartz will do the job! Even modern scientists tout the impressive chemical and physical properties of quartz due to its ability to send, receive, and store energy physically and metaphysically.
In addition to its amplification properties, it's unusually good for protection and healing spells, as well as providing clarity. If you're having trouble studying or focusing at work, meditating with some clear quartz might help you out.
Clear quartz is the first essential crystal in any witch or Wiccan's collection, as it is versatile and can be used for dream work, meditation, divination, or healing purposes.
2. Rose Quartz
As you might guess, rose quartz is a variety of quartz that gets its 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.
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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, and use them in rituals and spells to strengthen love.
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. It is known to repel feelings of heartbreak and anxiety.
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.
When to Use Rose Quartz
Those with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can find rose quartz helpful on their road to recovery; although, of course, crystals are not a replacement for therapy and medication. Always consult with a doctor before supplementing with crystals.
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 shades of purple. The purple color can be so light that it is barely perceptible or so dark that it is nearly opaque.
Etymology: The word "amethyst" comes from the Greek amethystos, meaning "not," and methysko or methyo, meaning "intoxicate." This stems from the ancient belief that amethyst could prevent its holder from drunkenness.
Amethysts are the most common gemstone gifted for sixth-year anniversaries (usually marriage).
When to Use Amethyst
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. Psychics often uses the crystal due to its soothing energy, which bolsters their intuitive senses.
Amethyst can have a sobering effect on the overindulgence of alcohol, drugs, or other addictions. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. In fact, it is often referred to as the "sobriety stone" due to the ancients' use of the crystal to make goblets to drink wine from, which they believed would prevent them from getting drunk.
During the Middle Ages, the Catholic church believed that in addition to helping people stay sober, amethyst could also assist priests in remaining celibate. To this day, some bishops still wear amethyst rings.
Amethyst assists in remembering and understanding dreams. It helps relieve insomnia and encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It is also known to help repel nightmares and anger.
Selenite is a crystalline variety of the mineral gypsum. If placed in water, selenite will revert to gypsum. Selenite is most often transparent and colorless.
Etymology: Selenite is named after Greek σεληνη, meaning "the moon." It can also be referred to as satin spar, gypsum flower, or desert rose.
Selenite can come in several colors, including grey, green, orange, and brown.
Tumbled selenite is most usually found in the form of points and sticks, which are points without the point.
When to Use Selenite
Selenite helps provide clarity of the mind, expanding one's awareness of the self and of one's surroundings. It helps open the crown and higher-crown chakras and accesses higher guidance from spirit guides.
As selenite was named after the Greek goddess of the moon, practitioners of witchcraft and Wicca often use it to help them deal with issues that come and go, as the moon ebbs and flows over the course of a month. It's also used for women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or raising children.
The crystal 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 judgment 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, also spelled haematite, is one of several mineral forms of iron oxide. 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.
Etymology: 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").
When to Use Hematite
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.
In ancient times, the crystal was believed to bring good luck. The Ancient Romans smeared hematite on their bodies, believing it would make them invisible in battle. Today, people use it to bring themselves luck during difficult legal situations.
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. It is also used to repel stress.
Hematite's reflective glimmer make it ideal for scrying, wherein people gaze into a reflective surface to divine the future. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Crystals
How Do I Use Crystals?
Crystals can be used for meditation, divination, astral travel, magic, sleep and lucid dreaming, and healing. Using crystals for these purposes involves educating yourself on individual crystals and their purposes and properties.
Where Can I Buy Crystals?
Check online or ask around to find local specialty stores such as those that focus on healing or market themselves as metaphysical or spiritual boutiques. Employees at these stores should be able to help you find the crystals you need and supplies to set up an altar or other means of using and displaying your crystals. Online shops such as Amazon are also great resources.
How Should Crystals Be Stored?
It's important to keep your crystals close to you, whether you wear them in the form of a ring, pendant, or other jewelry, or display them in your home, you don't want to hide them away in a box where they'll be forgotten. Your storage options will depend on how you plan on using your crystals. For example, healing crystals might be stored in a medicine bag (sacred to some Native American cultures) or mojo bag (used by hoodoo practitioners).
Most people choose to display crystals strategically throughout their homes to help circulate energy through the residence. Be careful about storing crystals in windowsills, as some are prone to fading or changing color in direct sunlight.
How Do I Cleanse or Charge My Crystals?
If your crystals are dirty when they come into your possession, you can clean them with lukewarm water and a gentle detergent, if necessary. Crystals must also be cleansed metaphysically, and experts generally recommend you do this whenever you obtain a new crystal. Some even suggest cleansing after anyone else comes into contact with your crystals.
There are several ways to cleanse your crystals, including:
- breathing gently on the crystal while focusing your intention on cleansing it;
- using salt water to soak your crystal (only if it has no cracks);
- lighting candles (generally a white candle, which represents purity) and using their magic;
- and prayer, chanting, or blessings.
Charging your crystals can be accomplished by:
- soaking them in sunlight,
- bathing them in moonlight,
- or nestling them in potted plants to absorb their companionable energy.
Other Crystals Used in Witchcraft
- Celestite is believed to help those who wish to astral travel.
- Some believe diamonds have the ability to amplify the properties of other crystals.
- Galaxite is sometimes referred to as the "aura stone" because it can be used to protect or balance the aura.
- Lepidolite is a stone that contains lithium (often prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorder) and is therefore used to help balance moods or calm negative emotions.
- Use meteorites to connect with the universe's energy.
- Pink manganocalcite is also referred to as the "Reiki stone" due to its fascinating ability to seemingly increase healers' powers.
- Crystal Crash Course: A Beginner's Guide to Healing Crystals. (2018, December 05). Retrieved from https://www.energymuse.com/blog/beginners-guide-to-healing-crystals/
- Kenner, C. (2006). Crystals for Beginners: A Guide to Collecting & Using Stones & Crystals (1st ed.). Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.
Potter on March 23, 2020:
This really helped me under stand crystals to use a lot better
Maurice Glaude from Mobile on January 12, 2020:
These are some great photos, good job on this. This is a good quick guide to basics on crystals.
Hailee on January 11, 2020:
Thank you I am also new to Wicca and I found this very helpful
Hailey on October 22, 2019:
I’m new to witchcraft and this helped me a lot as I have no clue where to start..
Thank you so much!
Martha on September 02, 2019:
I have purchased a large Selenite crystal polished and shaped into a heart and my daughter purchased me Amethyst rock for my purse. Both broke in a very short period of time. Is there a reason the stones I hold touch or keep close to me crack & break so easily?
Lizabeth on July 24, 2019:
Today on my morning walk, I found 2 large Quartz Crystals. They are about the size of my palm each. They were about maybe 30 ft apart from each other. I did not expect to find them on my path because I have walked that path twice daily and have never seen them before...I feel like I was meant to find them. What could this possibly mean?
Fallen on May 23, 2019:
Taki Mokuzai from Rogersville, Missouri on February 18, 2019:
Would any of these crystals aid me and my covet in staying safe when using the Ouija board for the first time?
Maurice Glaude from Mobile on August 06, 2018:
Do you have any idea of where to find Green Selenite that isn't astronomical prices well over $100?
Just me on August 05, 2018:
I’m not a witch nor practing anything but only use it for good vibes does that makes me a witch?
Some one on August 01, 2018:
I love this thank you very much it help I am new in which craft
Cassandra Kettenh on July 26, 2018:
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?
Athena Schreck on May 22, 2018:
I have an amethyst on my birch wand, will they work good together?
Amberdp1982 on March 29, 2018:
what is the crystal for Scorpio? being on a cusp i would like to know
Diana on March 27, 2018:
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.
Twyzted on March 27, 2018:
I want to learn more !!!
Wicca Person on February 27, 2018:
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.
lesbiANNE shawn on December 13, 2017:
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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Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 06, 2017:
Absolutely! Please keep writing, you are talented and your articles are concise.
Maya Petrova on December 05, 2017:
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)
Maurice Glaude from Mobile on December 04, 2017:
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!
Aspen Newman (author) from Montana on November 29, 2017:
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!
Kitty Fields from Summerland on November 29, 2017:
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!