Types of Healing Crystals

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Healing crystals have existed since before the dawn of man; since before any intelligent life force had developed three eyes with which to behold and bask in their beauty. I’d stand to argue that the third eye was an essential development, but to be honest, we’d only need two to see that there’s magic in healing crystals. The types of healing crystals and their benefits, in variety alone, are unfathomable so for our purposes, we’ll narrow it down to a few mineral groups.

Quartz is the most common type of healing crystal. These are technically defined as a group of silicate minerals which are generally translucent in color and exhibit high vibrational healing energies, relating mostly to the upper chakras and pertaining to intentions concerning light healing. Their uplifting vibes will boost your mood, and even stabilize emotional imbalances for lighter, more calming feelings. The ancient Greeks referred to this stone as krustallos derived from kruos meaning “icy cold” because of its relationship to the philosophical belief that the stone is water immortally frozen. In this type of healing healing crystals, we can find these as listed below.

Clear quartz is one of the oldest healing crystals known to mankind. Its pure translucency carries natural healing properties of cleansing, purification, and augmentation of any healing stone it’s paired with. It revitalizes and restores the energy in our auric field as well as in our environment. Clear quartz is the birthstone of those born in April and it corresponds to all zodiac signs as its planet is the sun.

Rose quartz, also known as the stone of universal love, lends its healing properties to the heart chakra. It promotes self-love, compassion, and harmony to the wearer. Its loving and nurturing energies help to overcome emotional trauma and find love in the darkest parts of ourselves. Its correspondence to the zodiac is Taurus and Libra and its planet is Venus, the Greek goddess of love.

Amethyst is a naturally tranquilizing type of healing crystal. Its purple hues and magical properties lend soothing and calming energies to the wearer. It has the ability to instill emotional equilibrium as well as to enhance one’s intuition. Zodiac signs best suited to amethyst are Virgo, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces, and Capricorn. Its corresponding planet is Jupiter.

Feldspar is commonly mistaken for quartz. Though similar to most quartz crystals, feldspar crystals are less translucent in color and break in straight lines rather than having a curved breakage ( or cleavage); this composition is most likely what puts it in the middle of the scale in terms of healing properties. Their uniqueness comes from their durability as well as their healing properties. Feldspar minerals lend more transformative and opportunistic healing properties. Some examples of feldspar minerals include:

Labradorite is a transformative healing crystal whose properties promote spiritual growth through introspection and shadow work, while instilling a sense of mental protection as well as protection from EMF. Labradorite works best for those born under the zodiac signs Leo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. Its corresponding planet is Uranus.

Moonstone, like labradorite, is a transformation stone. It lends its properties for the intentions of purification and renewal and teaches us to love ourselves. It moves with the energies of the moon, as it is its corresponding celestial body. Moonstone works best for those born under Cancer, Libra, and Scorpio zodiac signs.

Amazonite is a stress-relieving stone if there ever was one. It calms the nervous system and promotes honesty, eloquence, and clarity. This type of healing crystal is best for Virgos, with its related planet being truth-revealing Uranus.

Volcanic glass is the name given to naturally-formed stones whose high viscosity inhibits its crystallization, so it cools to glass material rather than that of “crystals”. Nevertheless, they carry a multitude of healing properties and purposes. Their streaked or swirly structure comes from the characteristic of having been formed by vicious, flowing lava. This type of healing crystal lends more grounding and stabilizing energies. Examples include:

Obsidian, a manifestation stone that is as practical as it is intuitive. Its properties are known to promote transformation, purification, and psychic protection. It removes impurities and toxicity from the mind and body. Obsidian is a great healing crystal for everyone, but best relates to those born under Scorpio and Sagittarius, its corresponding elements being Earth and Fire.

Rhyolite is a form of hydrated volcanic glass whose properties enhance healing in many aspects. It helps to overcome emotional trauma while promoting wisdom, prosperity, and providing protection. Rhyolite energizes, strengthens, and balances in its relationship to the zodiac sign Sagittarius and the element of Earth.