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Get Started With Crystals: 5 Crystals For Beginners

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Although I'm not an expert in crystals, I admit to purchasing them frequently. I place a lot of importance on safeguarding my personal space, and crystals and gems contribute to this by providing additional benefits. These living, powerful entities possess unique energetic signatures and channeling abilities, even corresponding to specific zodiac signs. They can absorb and transmit energy and offer immense healing properties to the wearer if they are the appropriate crystal for the individual. In a subsequent post, I will provide tips on utilizing your crystals and combining them for various purposes, such as for crystal grids, during retrogrades, or to promote better sleep. Please stay tuned for that.


What Are Crystals

Crystals have existed since the beginning of time and are considered living beings. All rocks and stones on earth can be classified into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Igneous rocks form when magma cools and solidifies, sedimentary rocks are created from weathered particles that accumulate from pre-existing rocks, and metamorphic rocks are formed from the transformation of other rocks into new recrystallized rocks.

How Do Crystals Work?

Crystals do not heal you directly. Instead, they work in tandem with your energy to promote self-healing. All you need to do is be receptive to their energy.

Choosing The Right Crystal

Crystals have a multitude of uses that are difficult to list in their entirety. However, this brief overview can serve as a starting point. The more you familiarize yourself with their distinct attributes and embrace their energy, the better you will be able to align with your intended path, particularly when a crystal chooses you.

When choosing a crystal, consider its purpose to determine the optimal size for the best results. The larger the crystal, the more area its healing properties will cover. As for shape, it's mostly a matter of personal preference. My favorite is the pyramid, which creates negative ions by tumbling the air around it, boosting mood and productivity. Other considerations can include:

  • A heart-shaped crystal [is not connected to the heart], however, the placebo effect associated with the heart makes us feel better.

  • If you plan to use your crystal for reiki, flat crystals or stones may work better because they do not roll.

  • Pointed crystals may be a better fit if you use the crystal to direct energy.

Lastly, tumbled [smooth] crystals/gems can be added to water or worn close to your skin, but raw [rough] crystals are unsafe for drinking or contact with liquid. Check the Mors hardness scale to know which crystals can get wet and which should not.

Crystals For Beginners

I know what it's like when starting out; it's common to want to buy every pretty crystal you see. However, quality beats quantity every time. Start with crystals that have multiple uses, such as the following:

#1 - Clear Quartz

Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies. It can be used for a variety of conditions and can attune you to your higher purpose.

Place it... under your pillow, hold it during meditation, or use it as an amplifier for other crystals. You can meditate with it to clarify ways to create income streams.

#2 - Rose Quartz

Purifies and opens the heart; it brings deep feelings of inner healing and self-love. It is effective in drawing loving relationships and is also suitable for

Place it ... under your pillow for sweet dreams, wear it on your person, or have it in any room of your house, especially your bedroom.

#3 - Black Obsidian

It is powerfully protective and used to absorb and dispel negative energy, dissolve physical & emotional blockages, bring clarity, and help with digestion, pain, and joint problems.

Place it... on your desk near your computer or around any electronics to reduce exposure to environmental pollutants that can affect you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Place it near your bed or under your pillow to draw out stress; toxins are used as a protective shield while you sleep.

#4 - Selenite

It charges all of your other crystals and can be used to cleanse your auric field. It brings clarity to the mind, promotes flexibility,

Place it... near other crystals, hold it in your hand, or use it as a wand to remove negative energies

#5 - Amethyst

It guards against psychic attacks, has an intense healing energy and cleansing abilities, is used for spiritual attunement, enhances memory, and calms and balances emotions.

Place it.. anywhere in your home, but its healing benefits work best when worn as jewelry or placed on the 3rd eye or skin. In Ancient Kemet, the priests/ priestesses wore amethyst.

Storage & Crystal Care

I must admit that I am also guilty of this, but it's important to avoid letting your crystals gather dust in the corner when they're not in use. Regularly using sage or other cleaning, purifying, and charging methods will help maintain the energy flow in your surroundings and leave you feeling your best.

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Anusa is an avid reader and loves to write. When she is not studying, or talking about astrology you can find her out and about in NYC with her family. 

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