In the first moment, the spiritual stones may seem like the latest fashion in the wellness universe and astrology to spread love and good vibes. But after gaining an army of loyal fans, including Miranda Kerr, Adele, Katy Perry and the Gigi and Bella Hadidthese crystals have become big business backed by many who claim they have mystical healing abilities and the power to transform your mood, and even the energy of space.
From the crystal garden that Yolanda Hadid keeps in her home, to Victoria Beckham bringing sacred stones backstage at her shows, to Kim Kardashian using them as a form of healing after her terrible event in Paris: no one doubts her powerful appeal. The functions of crystals range from getting rid of bad vibes to making you feel calmer and more focused. So here we leave you the definitive guide on spiritual stones, their names, different meanings and properties, and how to channel their energy and incorporate them into your home.
The spiritual stones: everything you need to know
What are spiritual stones
The spiritual stones are mineral crystals formed underground, composed of a series of molecules or atoms. While some may be small in size, others can grow much larger, developing over thousands of years. According to Radford University, these minerals “of natural origin are solid inorganic substances with a crystalline structure, a fixed or variable chemical composition, and a set of physical properties.” More than 4,000 different ones have been found, reports National Geographic, which is kind of mind-blowing, isn’t it? The main types of minerals are silicates, oxides, sulfates, sulfides, carbonates, native elements, and halides. But how are these crystals made now that you know so much about them, you ask? Well, they are formed when magma or molten rocks cool or by crystallization.
What are spiritual stones used for?
Stones have been used for centuries as a form of healing for mental diseases for example, and a way to harness spiritual energy. As the world of wellness has advanced, so has the interest in this ancient technique. There are many different types of crystals, each with a different shape, composition, and meaning. Some have a more traditional or recognizable aesthetic (like quartz or amethyst), while others are more like rocks in use (like selenite or tiger’s eye). Each one is as unique and powerful as the next.
The decision of which stone to incorporate into your life depends on what you are looking for. There are hundreds of crystals related to enriching daily life. It is thought that some keep you grounded (very earth signs this) and help you find your purpose in life. At the same time that some can simply brighten your day and scare away bad energy. For whatever, there is an option.
How do spiritual stones work?
According to Holistic Shop, the chemical structure of crystals is designed to give them a kind of memory, which allows them to maintain and feed the different energies that come to them. Each mineral has different characteristics and meanings (which we will see later). For example, rose quartz is known to be the stone of love and amethyst has calming and anti-stress qualities.
Many people use crystals for specific purposes, believing that the stone will take that type of energy and expel it through the environment in which it is located. But to unlock their magical qualities, you have to take care of them: cleaning, charging, strategic placement… so that they can really manifest the user’s intentions.
How to clean spiritual stones
Although at first everything seems like a witchcraft thing, cleaning and charging your crystals is essential so that you can take advantage of their full potential and abilities. You must immediately clean each stone that enters your house to get rid of possible negative energies that it may have acquired on its previous trip. As well as every time you want to refresh it from any unwanted residual energy. Here you have three methods to cleanse your spiritual stones:
- Submerging the crystal in a bowl with salt water.
- Rubbing the new stone with sage hello or smoking it with sage smoke.
- Leaving the crystals outside under a full moon (here the calendar with the most important astral dates) for 24 hours.
Remember that you must do it regularly, especially if they are in constant use or if they have properties that promote positivity or filter bad energy. For example, smoky quartz can stay with those bad ‘vibes’ that you have let go, which is why doing this ritual is so important.
How to charge spiritual stones with energy
In order for each crystal to fully absorb your intentions, you have to program it to manifest it. Think as if a plant that you have to feed has to bloom. The same is true with this, through a process known as charging. There are several ways to charge your spiritual stones, here you go the main techniques:
- Hold the crystal in your NON-dominant hand and imagine a white light surrounding it, as it recharges and captures your intentions.
- Place the crystal under moonlight or sunlight for at least 24 hours.
- Tingsha bells, Tibetan bowls or tuning forks are used to recharge energy by absorbing the vibrations of each sound.
- Place it with other stones such as amethyst, quartz or selenite, which absorb the energies of other stones and recharge them.
- Go to the garden and bury the crystal for 24 hours. If you don’t have it, do it in the soil of a pot.
When you recharge your stones, you must visualize what you want and be firm in your objectives, with an open mind and a receptive heart to the healing vibration.
Some people use crystals to guide them in a new direction or to reach a goal. It doesn’t matter if they are small or big ambitions. Remember that the art of spirit stones is about you and your path. If you feel overwhelmed, better start by trying small things.
How to set your requests to spiritual stones
If you want to try using crystals, you need to establish a practice for doing so. This includes cleaning the stone, setting your requests and recharging it.
To determine your goals, think about what you want to mark and ask the stone to share its energy and qualities with you. You should also be aware of the ‘vibes’ around you: positivity will only come if you seek it. Miranda Kerr, for example, is known to do this practice every day to keep her goals in sight, while others only do it once a week or month.
Another way to keep the energy of your crystal present is to always carry it with you. If it is small, a good place is your pocket, your work table, under the pillow or holding it during meditation. If you think it has been absorbing a lot of vibrations, do a good cleaning to make sure it doesn’t get blocked and can continue to radiate its force.
How to choose your spirit stone
Now that you know how to use the spiritual stones and harness their energy, you need to find yours. So here is a guide with the names, meaning and properties of the 20 most recommended (with help in addition to energy muse).