Actinolite is a very physical stone, helping to stabilize and balance the processes in our body so that we may better regulate and perceive our emotional/spiritual states. It is a stone of patience and solidity, and conveys these characteristics to us. Some variations of actinolite have more stimulating properties, instigating the development of insight and personal creativity, but they are still complete with physically grounding and stabilizing energetics. This is a very good stone for cancer or other large masses in the body, for its energy is dense and strong, and can help to break up physical manifestations of blocked energy.
I see actinolite as a really big, strong bodyguard/personal trainer. He is protective and supportive, certainly, but also wants to kick your ass a little bit into seeing the bigger truths.
Some of the earliest weapons that were constructed by man (the ones we’ve found, anyways) were made of Adventurine and similar quartz varietals.
Like a little piece of a leprechaun, Adventurine is considered the good luck stone, especially in its green expression. Given that the stone works on balancing the internal physical and energetic equilibrium, the luck that results is most likely not from random chance (cause, hell, that never happens anyways) but from greater attunement to personal process and decision making. This is a stone of creativity and independence, and can help to support individuals who have a hard time expressing themselves out of insecurity.
Adventurine is a happy mineral, enhancing our sense of humor and lightness so that we may hop over rainbows and whistle while we work. Basically, it’s the mineral version of a Disney cartoon/Lucky Charms commercial.
Agate is a wonderful and commonly used stone for balancing and supporting the energetic system. It has the ability to clear out and stabilize all our energy centers, helping us to transform old limiting beliefs and enhancing our mental function so that we may perceive the necessary change.
Agate has this supportive and nurturing quality that is nondual and unwavering. It has the ability to tell our energetic systems that we are loved no matter what, and it is only this experience that is necessary for us to heal and remove all blockages. If we can truly understand and trust the process that we are existing within, everything changes.
There are many, many different kinds of agate on earth, though they all carry a similar healing quality: support, balance, solidity (without resistance) and confidence.
Like Azurite and other blue stones, Blue Apatite has a direct effect on the throat and third eye chakras. However where Azurite tends to have a more profound healing quality on the higher intellect, Apatite is most often used to stimulate movement in our vocal abilities and truth telling. It is a wonderful stone for those who hesistate to speak in public, or who have a hard time standing up to others with regards to their opinions or choices.
Apatite is a very creative stone, and can help with developing insight and intuitive knowing in those who have long been separated from theirs. As this lack of knowing is often coupled with addictive tendencies to cover up the pain that comes for uncertainty—overeating, substance abuse, etc—Apatite can help to heal these symptoms and balance their root cause as well.
The fossilized resin from pine trees, amber has a balancing and nurturing effect on the entire endocrine system, spleen, heart, and liver. Like many orange/yellow-toned stones, amber brings spiritual awareness to the intellect, helping those who get too lost in rationalization and externalized logic, and works to clear obstructions in personal power, creative expression and emotional fluidity (generally found somatically in the liver and hormonal systems). It is a particularly good stone for those who crave spiritual experiences, yet have a lot of old anger and personal restrictions holding them back from being able to fully go there.
A member of the quartz family, Apophyllite carries a clearer and slightly more intense vibration than others, assisting as a stimulating healer rather than just clearing.
Connected with the higher chakras, Apophyllite is a wonderful meditation stone, and can awaken higher abilities such as clairvoyance, ESP and all other spiritual insights. Wonderful for teachers and healers especially, it can be used as an ‘amplifier’ in sessions, allowing individuals to tap into their connection more easily, and retain awareness of the information they are disseminating.
Apophyllite is known as the Stone of Truth, connecting us with our personal and larger truths in a powerful way. There is no messing around with this stone or this energetic pattern, however, and unless you’re fully balanced it is a good idea to start working with it only during short meditations to begin with. Too much access to nondual wisdom when the body/mind are not prepared will result in schizophrenia and other less potent emotional imbalances.
Associated with water and Aries, Aquamarine brings courage and stimulates the experience of tolerance, sometimes not a characteristic classically found in those born under this sign. It is a stone which soothes fears and allows our higher truth to come out, sharpening intuition and instigating an openness where we would normally close down.
Associated with the hormonal system and the throat, Aquamarine can be helpful in healing inflamed throats and stifled speech, as well as in women who have erratic or absent periods due to stress and unexpressed anger.
Azurite was prized by the Ancient Egyptians, considered a special stone reserved only for the use of priests and priestesses for divination and psychic awareness. As with most other blue stones, it has an affinity for the head region, specifically here for the third eye. It has the ability to clear away obstructions to vision and concise thought, opening the mind to new perspectives and stimulating the intellect, while simultaneously allowing us the ability to speak our truth with confidence through opening the throat area.
Azurite is often found formed next to malachite, and the combination of these two stones can be a well-balanced healer for individuals going through massive transformation. The green of malachite instigates a deep healing, while azurite (and the copper contained within it) provide grounding and reflection to integrate all lessons experienced.
Connecting with the third eye and higher chakras, Barite assists us in connecting with our higher insights and universal connectedness. It stimulates the development of power that is grounded in truth, trust, and letting go, allowing us to evolve as necessary and attracting situations which will support the same.
In order to live fully, we must let go of habitual patterns that are based upon fear and resistance, and Barite can assist us in doing so. It stimulates the mind and brain function, allowing us to comprehend the necessary changes and help with any degenerative imbalances.
Orange calcite has an affinity for the lower body, assisting us in integrating the physical necessities of our existence (and our relationship to them) with the spiritual components. It is easy to get bogged down by concerns around safety and resources, depleting our energy by worrying about these things rather than engaging in developing wisdom, but unless you truly are starving or at a loss for physical resources, this depletion only serves to bring greater fear and sadness into your life, not empowered action and insight. Orange calcite can help to break this habit, supporting your physical body to experience a sensation of safety, allowing your spirit to then come into greater connection.
Orange calcite has an affinity for the reproductive systems, liver, and gallbladder. It can stimulate the movement of sexual and creative energies, and heal obstructions to personal power and self expression.
Carnelian is associated, much like other yellow/orange stones, with the second and third chakras, effecting the areas of personal power, creative expression and development, and sexuality. While it has a direct stimulating effect on creative insights, it is also a strong stone when used to push someone out of apathy. For creative types who may not be of the typical nature to be absent minded and flighty, but are rather lethargic and rather down on themselves, carnelian can provide that ‘fire’ to boost them into actual creation and movement. It is effective in depression of this sort, as well as in stagnation that appears in the joints in an inflamed and angry manner. Carnelian is a good stone to wear in combination with others as well, as it helps with absorption of energetic influence from all sources, vitamins and minerals and food included.
Named as such because this stone is often found in highly compressed masses that resemble angel wings, celestite is a soft, baby blue and very delicate crystal, colored that way because of gold inclusions. Healing with celestite conveys that same experience: gentle, supportive and soft, it assists in connecting us to a peaceful understanding of our life’s plan, and in connecting to higher intelligence and communication.
Worn as jewelry, Celestite can stimulate a sense of connection to the earth and to other living beings, opening us up to Shamanic practices that are based upon having that understanding. People who are stressed and get headaches often (and who are likely not feeling connected to anything at all) can benefit greatly from Celestite.
Citrine is associated with the liver, personal power, success, and business prosperity. It is known as the “Merchants Stone” as it is felt to promote abundance in material work and commerce. It is not absorptive at all and can’t be used to protect the wearer or carrier at all, but is effective in breaking up and dissipating stuck energies in the areas of personal creativity and action. Citrine is also helpful for people who believe that prosperity comes from hoarding and living as an isolated “successful” individual, inspiring them to give and share in community.
A powerful, iron-based and magnetic stone, hematite has been recognized as useful in healing even by conventional medicine. I know, crazy. Used to stimulate blood flow and healing in arthritic conditions, you’ve likely seen people wearing this stone around their wrists or ankles. It is a grounding, supporting stone, bringing vitality to us much in the same way that iron does internally—increasing oxygen availability and blood flow—and can form a kind of protective shield around people when they are going through tough times or particularly challenging growth.
Hematite is very powerful if used in conjunction with psychosomatic work, as it will help to draw out unpleasant or unwanted stored emotional experiences from the tissues. It is helpful in healing the skin as well, as conditions here are always indicative of some internal toxicity.
This stone is a relatively new find on earth, given that it only develops on a single tiny island called Hispaniola, in the Caribbean Sea. As though reflecting the color of the sea itself, Larimar is also known as the Dolphin or Atlantis stone.
Edgar Cayce predicted in the 1950’s that a stone would be found in the Caribbean which would possess great healing properties. He said that it used to be found in the ancient city of Atlantis, and could convey the intelligence and intuitive insights of that culture to those who connected with it. Some believe that Larimar is this stone, and use it to develop these qualities: feminine patience and grace, respect and nondual perspective, insight and intuition.
Larimar is a great stone for expectant mothers, as it allows them to release old energetic entanglements that are no longer benefitting them and might potentially be passed on to their children. It aids us in speaking our truth through mobilizing stagnation in the throat, and provides the strength necessary to vocalize from truth.
Malachite is the stone of children and travellers, as it is protective to those who carry it. It is a stone of balance and truth—especially in business interactions and relationships—and was used to protect against the ‘evil eye’ (psychic attack) by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Malachite is a strongly reflective stone, and will amplify and project your emotions when worn. As such, it’s not often recommended to wear it as jewelry unless you’re absolutely certain you’ll be maintaining a perpetually joyful outlook (good luck). It is too strong of a stone to have with you all the time, but can be kept by the bed to balance and protect against nightmares or accidents.
Moldavite is a tektite stone, meaning that it was created out of impact when a meteor hit the earth. Commonly sourced from the Czech republic and surrounding countries, there is a limited amount of moldavite available so it tends to be quite expensive. And amazing.
This stone is certainly unlike anything else. It has a lovely avocado sort of color, strange rippled texture, and, in holding it, feels like nothing we have available on earth. There is an intense stimulating energy to moldavite, one that can invigorate (or aggravate, if not used judiciously) our energy systems. It is a great stone for people who have worked considerably on their spiritual development, but are looking for greater connection and insight from guides or their own perception. Appropriate to this phase of human evolution, moldavite has an affinity for the heart chakra, moving stuck energy there (which results from the third chakra—seat of personal power and knowing—not flowing appropriately) and allowing us to see our higher truths and the great goddamn wonderfulness of life. This is a stone of activation and evolution.
As its name suggests (and its incredible, light-filled and yet blurry kind of appearance), this stone is associated with the moon and all things feminine/intuitive, serving to connect us to those qualities of our experience when we have forgotten or disregarded them.
It is said that we cannot connect with the masculine qualities of existence—that which is expressed in outward creation, movement, development, and thinking—if we have not first cultivated and experienced the ground of everything, the feminine. This is not to suggest that one experience is better than the other, but that if we go out into the world without first understanding our roots, internal voice, and connection to all things (our entelechy) we will build things that are removed from the wholeness of everything.
Moonstone connects us back with this wisdom. It reminds us that we have great wisdom and insight available to us always, and offers the potential of new beginnings when we have become lost in outward or misguided action. With this affinity for the female qualities it is excellent for hormonal imbalance and endocrine system dysfunction, soothing our emotional system in a physical and energetic manner.
A stimulating and modulating stone, Muscovite is excellent for those involved in intense mental work or processing, and may also help in periods of big spiritual growth (when you feel like everything is changing too fast and you just need a little tiny break from evolving).
Muscovite allows us to be alright with not figuring everything out. It can attune us to the possibility that not knowing is okay, and that it actually allows us to enjoy life without fear or judgement if we stop trying to figure everything out logically. It seems paradoxical, I know, but at the same time as this mineral can bring heightened mental and spiritual awareness, that awareness is the kind that shows us that more information isn’t what we really need. Healing is so wonderfully complex, isn’t it…
Beyond mental processes though, Muscovite can increase sensitivity to higher experiences of ESP, guidance and dreams through the upper chakras. It can bring us into the possibility of ‘big’ thoughts, ones which were not possible while we were caught up in linear processing and problem solving.
Obsidian is a volcanic glass formed from cooling lava. It is a strongly protective stone, enhancing spiritual growth by providing a slightly ‘cocoon-like’ experience so that we’re not constantly dealing with the energetic and physical demands of other people or the world around us. It blocks attack from others on a psychic level, as well as protecting against electromagnetic stress.
Obsidian is all about truth, as it inspires us to question and solidify our sense of self and higher truth in all that we do. It brings honesty and integrity to our interactions and actions, and can be very beneficial for people who have a hard time with clarity in these areas. Very helpful in eating disorders and depression symptoms where the root cause is a loss of self awareness or deception.
Nothing like carrying around a 400 million year old fossil in your pocket to inspire awe and wisdom.
Being so connected to the past, Orthoceras reminds us of the necessity of appreciation for history and lineage, and of bringing the past into the present so that we can let go of the old stuff we’re carrying around and which no longer serves any purpose. An excellent healer for those who seem to have great business ideas but yet have stored pains or beliefs which prevent them from fully experiencing success.
Orthoceras is associated with the connection between root and higher chakras, and through affirming the importance of history and the earth can allow us to more effectively connect with our telepathic and intuitive capacities.
Probably the most common stone used in healing, Quartz is known as the ‘master healer’, working well with all other stones to amplify their energetics or as a healer in its own right. Quartz is capable of absorbing, regulating and neutralizing energy as needed, and can be very useful in protecting against electromagnetic pollution or just painfully negative people. It balances the entire body though has particular affinity for the immune system, and works to bring clarity and insight in any situation.
Long considered the universal stone of Love, Rose Quartz brings trust and openness to those who connect with it, allowing them to experience harmony and real love in their relationships with others. This quality does not just apply to relating to others though, as the love that this stone inspires can assist in developing self love and love of the environment as well. It is a feminine, nurturing and supporting stone, delivering kindness and patience.
Rose quartz is used to treat depression and any form of self/other abuse, as these experiences only happen when we are totally disconnected and fearful. It has an affinity for the heart chakra and can also be powerful in heart disease, a condition that often occurs later in the lives of those who have lost contact with universal truth.
Desert Rose (Selenite)
Desert Rose is actually a Selenite crystal, formed after landlocked salt water has evaporated. This association with water is what makes this stone a particularly powerful healer, as the element of ‘flow’ and acceptance is what truly causes the majority of our illnesses (that is…our resistance to ‘flow’ and acceptance).
Desert Roses have a particular calmness and peace to them, yet at the same time they’re a strong presence to have in the home or used as a remedy. Used in meditation, they can help clear the way through old personal patterns and allow you to tap into your higher calling stuff, very helpful in times of career and personal transition. They’re one of those natural healers that assists us in connecting to the concept of spiritual and material abundance as well, and can be very useful for business owners wanting to align themselves with truth while still making a profit.
There are many colors and variations of tourmaline, but this is Black Tourmaline, used mainly in protection, repelling negativity, and moving really, really stuck energy.
Tourmaline is capable of ‘pyroelectricity’, meaning that when it is heated it becomes electrically charged at both ends. This quality allows it to attract particles and energy around it like some kind of psychic vacuum. For anyone going through intense stages of spiritual or physical evolution, or, quite honestly, for any of us humans living on a planet filled with radiation, Tourmaline is the stone to carry in your pocket. If you feel like you’re unable to deflect anger or jealousy that is being directed at you it will assist in temporarily protecting, just long enough for you to figure out your involvement in the situation.
Turquoise is a friendship stone, conveying the properties of protection and support if given from one person to another. It is one of the oldest stones known to be used for jewelry and healing, and as such carries big ancestral wisdom and connection.
Turquoise is a somewhat ‘malleable’ stone in its character, taking on the qualities of the person who carries or wears it, though it is more important that the individual connected with turquoise be able to attune to its energies if they want healing to happen. Turquoise is like a big, soft blanket, protecting the wearer from outside sources, and yet it carries the truth of everything within it if we go beyond it just nurturing us.
Turquoise is effective in stimulating thought and speech, and is an energizing stone when we are worn out or overworked. Turquoise reminds us that we are never alone or separate during periods of grief or healing, acting as a friend and constant supporter.
Also known as Idocrase, this silicate mineral is all about connecting us to our higher selves, and stimulating an openness to see things that aren't material or even earthly. In order to get to this place Vesuvianite assists us in removing the anger, fear and resentment that always block us from these experiences, clearing negative thought patters so the mind can think clearly.
Vesuvianite is one of those stones which seems other-worldly in nature, as though it carries intelligence from another place that we might have been before, or may have connection to somehow. It is a familiar and comforting stone, but one that simultaneously stimulates us to break down our barriers against the new, and to open up to those magical big unknowns.
Zoisite is helpful in detoxification, and can reduce systemic inflammation when there is excess emotional or physical stress. It is a great introductory stone for those individuals who may have been leading a not entirely ‘health’ lifestyle up until the point of introduction, as it is gentle and supportive yet still stimulating. As creativity—our ability to create our lives in the big sense, but how we express ourselves as well—is the essential component of living in power, and yet is so frequently suppressed or lost, zoisite can assist in retrieving and reintegrating these knowings. It is an inspiring and loving mineral, giving that unconditional regard in a gentle way that can be more accessible for irritable or fearful people.
Creativity is housed in the second and third chakras, and stagnation here will manifest as fertility issues and endocrine system problems, commonly PCOS in women. Zoisite can help to gently move this energy and clear blockages.
Petrified wood, like the trees that it is formed from, provides the qualities of grounding and stabilization. Connected with the root chakra and all our fears surrounding basic survival, Petrified wood can assure us that we are cared and provided for, even when on a fundamental level this is unsure.
Yes, this sounds ridiculous I realize. When we are in need of food or shelter there is a basic reality that has to be dealt with, but the reality is that most people in this circumstance are hindered more not by the lack of resources but by their own fear of the situation. Petrified wood can give us a temporary boost in feeling nourished (even if we are not) so that we can move past fear and into action and healing. It allows us to see the logic in cause and effect, and to empower our ability to make different choices and/or change our current situation entirely.
Pyrite is a disulfide of iron which grows in cubic structures, and is generally quite easy to find throughout North America. Nicknamed ‘fools gold’, Pyrite is often created alongside quartz in mineral veins that often contain real gold as well, though the real characteristics of Pyrite (aside from it’s color and sheen) are far, far different.
Pyrite contains both earth and fire energies, soothing imbalances in the root chakra associated with safety and support in the physical world while also invigorating our confidence and ability to speak personal truth. It balances our hormonal rhythms (which are often unbalanced through stress and fear about our circumstances or personal meaning) and brings a quality of clarity and conciseness to physical symptoms and creative expression.
Anyone who has ever visited a natural hot springs knows firsthand the healing qualities of sulfur.
On a physical level (as an essential nutrient) Sulfur promotes liver function and increased detoxification, and can make huge changes in those who suffer from acne or other hormonal imbalances. On an energetic and spiritual level Sulfur offers us the same: vitality through purification and release.
Sulfur assists us in removing blocks to progress and personal evolution, which in turn enhance creativity and imagination, and liberating our personal power from old, useless patterns.
A complex and multifaceted healer, sodalite supports and balances several systems of the body and energetics. A masculine healer for the mind, it can help to stimulate logical and linear thought in those who tend to get too lost in emotions and feminine floofiness, bringing order to the thoughts and calmness to the overall experience. It can convey a sense of purpose and meaning to our existence, confidence, and ability to express ourselves effectively.
With an affinity for the sixth and third chakras, sodalite assists in clearing blockages in knowing and speaking our personal truths (and the bigger truths). It is a high calcium stone, and is helpful for women with bone density issues that are the result of personal power loss and overall stress. Sodalite is a stone of the heart as well, which makes it valuable in clearing up arguments or discussions where a strong connection between heart and head is necessary.
This is a tranquilizing stone, capable of relieving excess stress and balancing mood swings when we are likely taking on too much of the world around us. It calms and stimulates both the mind and body, and can assist those individuals who lose track of their own responsibilities by taking on the stress of the world. In this place we tend to forget to see the beauty that exists all around us as well, and with such perfect crystalline structure and incredible color, Amethyst is one of those stones (though they’re really just all so beautiful) that can remind us of the necessity of actively seeing/seeking beauty.
Like clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz is a purifying and actively cleansing stone, capable of removing negative or stagnant energies from our bodies and minds. It is a pragmatic and ‘logically’ oriented stone, having more masculine energies than most other quartz minerals, and capable of transmitting this characteristic to those who engage with it. For artists who get lost in the creative process and find it difficult to move into action and physical creation, smoky quartz is wonderful, and the same for women who get too involved with their emotional state and hypersensitivity. Yes, it’s a gift to be so acutely in tune with the world, but you have to still function. Smoky quartz gets us out of wishy washyness. Yes, that’s a word.
A clear, beautiful crystal resembling emerald in color and clarity, Dioptase is a strong healer for the heart and the emotions. There is no fooling around with this stone, as she expresses that calm support that simultaneously feels like a fantastic hug and a kick in the pants. Dioptase is a perfect healer for people who might avoid serious interaction with life, or who are content to drink and party their life away without finding their higher meaning (however in reality they’re not content at all, but are just avoiding some larger pains and truths by keeping themselves totally busy).
Dioptase opens our minds through our hearts, stimulating greater wisdom that is collaborative and connected, and allows us to release old wounds that may be making us taking life too seriously. It stimulates circulation in a physical and energetic sense, allowing us to bring awareness to areas of our experience and emotions that we might have abandoned (or might be trying to stuff down with food/drink/sex/shopping/etc).