Crystals are minerals capable of receiving, storing, transmitting or amplifying energy. They are often used for healing, prophecy or communication. Different crystals are associated with different elements and have different properties and attributes. Crystal meanings vary depending on the origins, mineral contents, colors, and other historical associations. They are also often associated with Green Witchcraft since it is a nature-based and earth oriented witchcraft. Crystal magic is used for healing, chakra balance, meditation, and other energy-related purposes in spellwork and rituals.
When using crystals for a spell or ritual it is good to cleanse them beforehand, to rid of any negative energies and prepare them for use. Depending on the usage, they may need to be cleansed often. It will feel as if there is an extra load of weight on the stone if it’s worn out. Here are a number of ways to cleanse a crystal before use:
PLEASE NOTE, be sure to research the properties of your crystal and don’t cleanse it in a way that could possibly damage it.
Holding the crystal in your hands, and visualize it immersed in white light, clearing and cleansing it of negative energy.
Let them sit under a full moon, the light is soft and great for cleansing crystals.
Use smoke from sacred herbs such as cedar, sweet grass, rosemary, lavender to cleanse the crystals. Use the smoke to pass over the crystal and cleanse it. Be aware, the process of smoke cleansing and smudging are different. Many people and associations have marketed on using white sage for “smudging” to cleanse a home or crystals, even though the practice of smudging is specific and sacred to Native American cultures. Smoke cleansing has been used throughout history in a variety of rituals and religions, while smudging is a practice used in Native American culture and some Native Mexican cultures for specific rituals, life seasons, ceremonies and as a way to honor the land. It is always used as an act of prayer or cleansing. Be conscious of this practice and be respectful. Also with the heavy usage of white sage, the plant is “at risk” . We do not recommend using this plant and to instead use the alternatives listed above.
Running them under running water
Preferably naturally running like a river, rain or a beach. But a tap will work fine if that works for you. Let them dry in sunlight, but make sure to research your stone and see if natural sunlight affects the look and integrity of the stone beforehand.
Place on a bed of rock salt for 1-2 days to purify
Bury them in the earth, soil or clay for 2–7 days. It provides a slow and gentle form of cleansing. The longer you leave it the deeper the cleansing.
After you have cleansed your crystal, it is ready to be charged with a specific intention and act as a talisman or in spellwork. You want to make sure you care for your crystals by keeping them in a dry clean location and keep them protected from the environment in case they have a specific chemical reaction to the container or elements. Try keeping crystals separate so harder minerals don’t damage softer ones.
Below is a list of common witchcraft related crystals and their meanings, elemental and relations and best usage information. This page is still in progress, so be sure to check back and see what’s new.
PLEASE NOTE, none of the information provided below is intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or disorder and is provided for the purposes of magic interest only. If you are suffering from any sort of malaise, seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
Element: Water, Air
Healing, brings happiness, wealth, health and long life, increases the ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness. When placed at the head of a sleeper, induces soothing dreams. Also used in charms for love, mental clarity and good luck.
Element: Water • Zodiac: Scropio
Increases psychic awareness and promotes spiritual growth. Worn as a talisman can attract joy, prosperity, and good luck. Boost creativity and imagination. When used for protection, wear the stone on the left hand or wrist or wear near the chest to help balance emotions and increase focus.
Element: Earth • Zodiac: Virgo • Planet: Uranus
Brings luck and great for earth related magic. Aids intuition and helps balance the body in regards to health.
Great for meditative use and as a scrying tool. Cleanses, purifies and heals the mind. Balances emotions and prevents nightmares and irrational fears. Good for spells used to let go of addictions and healing related spellwork.
Great for enhancing meditation and distant healing magic. Increases intuition and psychic awareness.
Element: Air • Zodiac: Libra, Taurus • Planet: Mercury
Can be used to create luck charms and increase confidence, creativity, and prosperity.
Element: Air, Water • Zodiac: Sagittarius • Planet: Jupiter
Great for communication-related spell work. Can help with visions and dreams that aid in communicating with spirits.
Beryl is good for Scrying, enhancing divination, crystal gazing and wisdom related spellwork.
Best used to absorb toxic energy and banishing curses. Assists with magic related to protection, purging, purification. Best if discarded after use to dispose of absorbed energies.
Element: Fire • Zodiac: Aries, Pisces, Scorpio • Planet: Mars
Used to increase the circulation of the energy in the body and release blockages. Great for spells related to money and wealth, luck, strength and courage.
Blue Lace Agate
Assists in meditation and calming the body. Great for relaxation and soothing headaches.
Element: Water • Zodiac: Leo • Planet: Moon
Good for astral travel and channeling. Also good for scrying and enhancing spiritual connections. Other uses depend on the variety.
Element: Fire • Zodiac: Leo, Taurus • Planet: Sun
Can be used to ward against enchantments and other negative directed magic. Use for matters related to peace, harmony and intuition.
Element: Water, Air • Zodiac: Libra, Cancer • Planet: Neptune, Mars
Can help spiritual development and open lines of communications with spirits.
Best used for protection spells and good luck. Great to use for good luck while traveling. Also shown to be good to use for legal related matters and luck related to legal matters.
Used to balance emotions, relieve depression and assist in emotional healing.
Element: Earth, Fire
Cinnabar is best used for spiritual transformation and spell work related to attracting wealth.
Element: Air • Planet: Mercury
Used for drawing joy, wealth and abundance. It is a very positive stone so can be used to cleanse other stones. Helps with healing, hope and spells related to new beginnings.
Element: Water • Zodiac: Taurus • Planet: Venus
Great for healing, fertility, prosperity and love spells. Can be used in wands to enhance and direct energy. The energy of other stones can be enhanced by setting it on and copper.
Element: Fire • Zodiac: Saggitarius, Leo, Scorpio, Libra • Planet: Sun, Mars
Diamonds are known for their healing and protection related properties. They can protect against evil and bad luck. They also seek the truth, bringing misfortune to those who are untrustworthy. Diamonds are also great to use with other stones to intensify their energies, especially if they are related to healing.
Great for past life recall and communicated with spirits. Helps banish nightmares and protection related magic.
Element: Air • Zodiac: Capricorn, Pisces
Good for protection and astral projection. Aids in focus and great for meditation.
Element: Fire • Zodiac: Capricorn, Aries • Planet: Mars
Attracts love and passion and protects against negativity. Can aid in communication with spirits. Also great for spellwork related to sexuality, courage, fertility and abundance.
Used for absorbing and grounding negative energy. Also helps with healing and balance related spellwork.
Jades are best used for good luck and health. They represent long life and prosperity.
Jasper’s magical properties focus on its protective energies. It can be used for assist with astral travel and makes projection work easier. It makes an excellent talisman. They are also known to help with stress and increase beauty. Historically jasper has been used by the Egyptians as healing amulets. Medicine men of the First Nation tribes of North America use the stone to attract rain.
Element: Earth • Zodiac: Capricorn • Planet: Saturn
Used for drawing protection, divination, Goddess energy, and banishing. Jet can also help remove negative energy and fear. one during business pursuits.
Element: Air, Water • Zodiac: Pisces • Planet: Jupiter
Encourages creativity. Instills a sense of peace. Promotes clarity and balance.
Use Labradorite for help with matters related to imagination, releasing inhibitions, confidence, or spiritual communication. It is also said to help with lucid dreaming and astral projection.
Element: Water, Air • Zodiac: Sagittarius, Capricorn • Planet: Venus
Lapis Lazuli works well with work related to peace, love and reconciliation. Some keep this stone on their person as an amulet or protective tool. Rubbing the stone has been said to help relieve anxiety.
Element: Water, Earth • Zodiac: Scorpio • Planet: Venus, Neptune
Malachite is a powerful stone to use in matters related to good fortune and financial success. Ancient Greeks would use the stone as an amulet to defend themselves against malicious energy. If this stone breaks while you are wearing it, this can indicate impending danger. It is best to not use salt when cleansing this stone.
Element: Water • Zodiac: Cancer • Planet: Moon
Moonstone is often used to attract love or passion. Some wear the stone to enhance divination and help with scrying work. Moonstone is a soft stone that can be easily scratched or crushed.
Moss agate is deeply connected to nature and nature-related magic. This stone is associated with nature spirits and bringing earth energy to the forefront with matters related to emotional healing.
Element: Fire, Earth • Zodiac: Sagittarius, Scorpio, Aries • Planet: Saturn, Pluto
Obsidian is a protective stone that can be used to ward yourself, an object, or an area from any negative energy. Worn as an amulet it can help protect against psychic attacks. It is highly recommended to use this crystal as an amulet or talisman.
Element: Earth • Zodiac: Capricorn • Planet: Saturn, Mars
Onyx is a type of chalcedony formed into colorful parallel bands. It is used to help those experiencing extreme stress and anxiety. And is also great to use for grounding meditations and protection rituals. Generally great to use for anything related to self-improvement and your emotional well-being.
Element: Earth • Zodiac: Virgo, Leo, Sagittarius • Planet: Venus, Sun
Peridot has been historically used to help ease the nerves, the mind, and banish worry. It is also a powerful magic charm said to bring good luck to the wearer.
Element: Water, Fire • Zodiac: Cancer, Leo • Planet: Moon, Sun
Quartz is an abundant and powerful crystal. It is the second most common mineral found in the Earth’s crust. Various traditions have used quartz to help them with their magical or spiritual work. It is great for magical work related to divination and clairvoyance. Quartz can also be used to help protect oneself against psychic attacks and to aid in meditation. This stone is a great cleansing tool for crystals and other magical items.
Element: Earth, Fire
Red jasper is known as a stone of endurance and strength. Warriors would use this stone as a talisman or amulet as a method of protection. Use for magic related to stability, grounding, protection, and strength.
Element: Water • Zodiac: Libra, Taurus • Planet: Venus
In Greek folklore, it is said that Rose Quartz was created by the goddess Aphrodite running to the side of her wounded lover Adonis, and caught herself on a thorn. Blood from the lovers dripped on clear crystal and stained it pink, representing the power of their unwavering love. Rose quartz is used to help with love magic. It can be used to attract love or friendship from another, or help with self-love or inner healing.
Soladite is best used with matters related to self-esteem, self-acceptance, and trust. It can help release fear and tension within the body and mind when used in shadow work or meditative practices. It will show you your weaknesses, your strengths, and will help you choose the best path.
Element: Earth, Fire • Zodiac: Capricorn, Leo • Planet: Sun
Tiger’s Eye is a stone said to contain the power of both the earth and the sun. Roman soldiers would carry this stone into battle to encourage bravery. This stone is known as the truth-seeker and will help diminish illusions and reveal the truth. Use this stone for luck, protection, and to help detect dishonesty.
Element: Earth, Water, Air • Zodiac: Aquarius, Taurus, Sagittarius • Planet: Neptune, Venus
Turquoise is a valued stone among many Native American tribes, and are often used as ceremonial objects and amulets. This stone is best used for matters related to wealth, healing, luck, protection and love. Be aware this sun can fade in sunlight and can react to skin oils and chemicals. Keep this stone separate from others.