A brief intro to how gemstones work
The brilliant Nikola Tesla said it simply and clearly: "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
We know that everything in the universe is made of vibration. We are vibrating. Everything around us is vibrating (modern science has finally caught up to the ancient and indigenous wisdom of this). Crystals and gemstones are created through intense processes within the Earth that gifts us with these potent vibrational properties that can assist us in shifting our frequency (the rate at which we vibrate). The lower the vibration, the more dense something is. The higher the vibration, the more light something is (as we shift our frequency to vibrate at a higher rate, we become more enLIGHTened). When we vibrate at lower frequencies, this is where sickness and dis-ease manifest. Wearing crystals and gemstones, or keeping them near, can assist us in moving blockages, densities and distortions from our field into the chakras to be digested and integrated, raising our frequency and bringing us into a more balanced state of being; bringing us in harmony with the song of the universe.
We will dive deeper into how gemstones work, how we end up with blockages and distortions in our field & body, and how we can work hand in hand with the gemstones, in future blog posts.
Fire agate aligns the energetic body with the physical body. It assists one in staying grounded, while energizing the body. It puts one in touch with the zest for life, increasing passion and reconnecting one with their deepest desires. This stone has a powerful vibration that sharpens your desire to take action, even when you're not sure what the best course to take should be. This fiery stone has a protective energy quite unlike most other stones. The vibration of this crystal brings through the flow of spiritual energy, and this flows through your entire being.
Agate (crazy lace)
Crazy Lace Agate is called the Laughter Stone, or "Happy Lace." It is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing, and brings joy to those who wear it. It is not a stone of protection, but of support and encouragement, elevating thoughts and promoting optimism. It is used to help with decision making by balancing the physical, emotional, and mental so that it is easy to make decisions. It also helps one stay focused. Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. It helps overcome depression and despair, elevating thoughts and attitudes. It is uplifting and increases self-esteem. Agate is beneficial in self-analysis and uncovering hidden circumstances that might interfere with well-being. It promotes self-acceptance and confidence, encouraging the speaking of one's own truth. Agate overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart, by healing anger, fostering love, and lending the courage to start over. It is useful for any kind of trauma.
Moss Agate opens the crown and brown chakras connecting the physical body to the spiritual body. It helps in creating inner peace and intuition. It is used to attract prosperity, new ideas and fertility. Agates are used for protection and strength. Moss Agate releases deep-seated fear and stresses, expanding one's personal space and growth. It stimulates a good self image and strengthens positive personality traits, including the ability to get along with others. An optimistic stone, Moss Agate is helpful for those suffering from difficult life circumstances, depression or brain imbalances to find hope and trust, and to keep trying.
Agate is an excellent stone for re-balancing and harmonizing body, mind and spirit. It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety. White Agate is a crown chakra stone and has purification vibrations and can be used to clear blocks from your path. White Agate is beneficial to pregnant women, as it eases the effects of morning sickness and alleviates the pain of labor.
Amazonite has a soft and gentle energy, and brings harmony and balance to its wearer. Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. It provides the freedom to express one’s thoughts and feelings, and to set strong and clear boundaries, both internally as self-discipline, and externally on what one is willing to experience or in defining personal space, assisting in communicating one’s true thoughts and feelings without over-emotionalism. It also enables one to see a problem from another’s point of view in order to affect peace, or to see both sides of an issue objectively to resolve one’s own inner conflicts.
Amethyst is used to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions and inspire enhanced meditative states. Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. Mentally, it helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. Referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer,” Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain. It brings inner peace and healing by transmuting negative energy into positive. Amethyst is great to place beside the bed or under a pillow to assist with insomnia. It is the stone of sobriety and assists in removing self-sabotaging patterns from one's life. Amethyst balances out highs and lows, promoting emotional centering. It dispels anger, rage, fear, and anxiety.
Aventurine is a stone of luck, courage and abundance. It assists in releasing old patterns, habits and disappointments so new growth can take place. It brings optimism and a zest for life, allowing one to move forward with confidence and to embrace change, it soothes emotional wounds, allowing one to recognize the issues behind illness or imbalance, depression or defeat, and to facilitate the release of unhealthy relationships, patterns and heartache. It encourages one to view hardships in life as impermanent, as an opportunity for growth in a new direction, and for taking all things in stride. It inspires a feeling of lightness, even humor, which can then stimulate a renewed sense of optimism, joy and hope. It is a reaffirming stone, especially during times of change or upheaval and can be the emotional anchor one needs to remain stable and firmly grounded
Bronzite facilitates your ability to simply "be", by entering a dynamic state of non action and non doing. Spiritually this is the perfect stone if you have difficulty stilling yourself, since it brings total serenity. Bronzite is helpful for helping with certainty and with taking control of our actions. It can also help one to think ahead about things, enhancing the ability to take control of our own lives. In this, because bronzite helps dispel uncertainty, it can help us also take necessary actions for our own benefit, while still being loving and polite and principled in our behaviour. Bronzite is a good grounding stone also. It is excellent for these same reasons to promote change in a harmonious way. Bronzite is a stone of courtesy, it strengthens non judgemental discernment, pin points your most important choices and promotes decisive action. This protective and grounding stone is helpful when you feel powerless in discordant situations or are in the grip of events beyond your control. Holding bronzite will increase self assertion, restore composure and assist in keeping a cool head.
Carnelian's bold energy brings a rush of warmth and joy that lingers, stimulating and empowering. Known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, Carnelians have protected and inspired throughout history. It is an important crystal to use for love, and for the consummation of love. Orange crystals, in particular, are fertility and potency symbols and are linked with conceiving a child. Carnelian may help in rekindling passions that might have faded in an otherwise loving relationship.
Citrine works with the 2nd, 3rd and 6th chakras, enabling us to open more fully to the energy of Divine Will and bring it forth into manifestation. Citrine clears one's manifestation and personal will channels in order to create form from the energetic architecture of our thoughts, beliefs and desires. Through purifying one's will, it helps one perceive and heal issues of power abuse and feelings of powerlessness. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving. It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuits. Known as The Merchant's Stone for it's ability to assist in acquiring and maintaining wealth, prosperity, abundance, success and all things good. It also encourages generosity and sharing good fortune. Citrine is one of only two crystals that never require cleansing or clearing (the other being kyanite).
Red garnet has a strong vibrational connection with the root chakra located at the base of the spine. It draws energy from mother Earth, removes negativity, boosts fertility (male and female) and draws a compatible mate. Use it for conception, love, happiness, sexuality, renewal, cleansing, menstruation and birth. It helps one receive abundance on an emotional level, but alleviating feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. It encourages self-love and self-respect. Garnet assists one in remembering one's Soul contract for this lifetime and completing the necessary steps to fulfill it, while bringing a sense of ease and joy to the spiritual growth process.
Hematite is the most effective stones for grounding oneself in the body and physical world. Spiritually oriented people have a tendency to explore to the outer edges of consciousness, and can have a hard time bringing those experiences back to the physical realm and body. We are here as humans to anchor these high frequencies onto the planet, bringing heaven down to earth. Hematite balances opposites and polarities - Light and Dark, positive and negative, soul and body, Higher Self and Shadow Self. It is a stone of integration. It gifts one with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A "stone for the mind", Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.
Howlite can be used to release attachments, or cords, and old emotional pain. It is a wonder stone for calming upset states of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation. Howlite also can decrease anger originating from within or externally. The wake of such calming can help one be truly comfortable as oneself without the need to pretend to be anything but what you are, which is absolute brilliance.
Jade is the ultimate "Dream Stone," revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death, and is considered a powerful healing stone. An amulet of good luck and friendship, Jade signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and encouraging one to see oneself as they really are. Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt, and for extreme cases of defeatism. It also treats "pathological normality," an excessive desire to adapt oneself to a group, a follow-the-leader attitude, or the compulsive desire to give in to general opinion to belong no matter the cost. Green jade is a stone for healing the heart, bringing a flow of well-being, balance, happiness and harmony. It is an abundance stone, bringing the flow of the Divine energy into the physical realm in a never-ending well of money, fertility and abundance.
Mookaite jasper carries an invigorating frequency of strength and vitality, and increases Life Force within the physical body. An Aboriginal Mother Earth stone, it assists one in reclaiming one's latent capacity to feel the electromagnetic energy currents of the Earth and to use them in conjunction with one's own energies to maximize the effects of one's will and personal power. It reawakens the ability to simply 'know' the right direction to take. Mookaite helps one identify one's own beliefs about the aging and degeneration process, so those thoughts can be changed, thus slowing the aging process. It helps one in perceiving ancestral lessons and in clearing those lessons to free future generations from having to repeat them.
Picture jasper is a stone of dream work and visioning. It acts as the Earth's 3rd eye, allowing one to gain access to the vast records stored within the planet's data banks. It is particularly resonant with Earth-centered magical practices, and can be a powerful part of ceremonies employing the elemental forces. Picture jasper was revered by ancient civilizationsas the “rain bringers” and nurturers, healers of the spirit and stones of courage and wisdom. A nurturing, protective stone, Picture jasper brings comfort and alleviates fear, stimulating not only the Base Chakra in providing physical and spiritual energy for the body, but also activates the Third Eye Chakra enhancing visualization. It instills a sense of proportion and harmony, enlivening one’s creativity and initiative, and is a marvelous talisman for bringing hidden emotions to the surface for healing.
Jasper (Rainforest/ Rhyolite)
Rainforest jasper connects one to the sacred web of life that exists in Nature. It is a powerful stone for working with Nature spirits, for Earth-healing, and for bringing the pure energy of the natural realm into any treatment room or environment. Rainforest jasper brings hope, renewal, invigoration and energy. It is useful for grief or depression, or any situation where one has lost interest in engaging with life. It can help one allow other people into their lives, even if one has been reclusive or solitary. It is known as a stone of resolution and perseverence. It is said to help communication of all kinds, and helps one listen easily and without distorting the message one is hearing.
Red jasper can help enhance one's endurance and stamina and can work over time to increase the amount of prana, life force energy, in one's energetic field. It strengthens the root chakra and strengthens one's connection to the Earth. It enhances memory and stabilizes one's energy, bringing about good health, balanced emotions, truthful expression and just action. The frequency of red jasper can help to activate sexual and/or creative energy. It can also help to balance one's sexual energy and one's ideas and beliefs about sexual expression. It helps one to release shame or guilt around sexual expression or orientation.
*these beautiful photos do not belong to me and have been found throughout the web
*descriptions of properties are sourced from a combination of Crystal Vaults, Healing Crystals for You, Crystals and Jewelry, Healing Crystals, Charms of Light, The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons, as well as my own interpretations and experiences with the stones