Everyday Magic: Crystal Basics

Crystals. It’s a dividing topic on the internet. Some people believe they have healing powers and can help us in various aspects of our lives. Some people think they’re just rocks. I think they’re somewhere in the middle, and I say that as someone who absolutely loves crystals.

Before I decluttered my witchcraft stuff I had a huge crystal collection. I used to buy a new one every time I went to my local new age shop in college and I went there a lot. There were small dishes of stones and crystals scattered through my home. Aesthetically, it was nice. Practically, well, it wasn’t practical. I had a hard time remembering what I had and remembering what all of them were used for. And if I did use any of them for any kind of magical working, I just used the same ones over and over again.

So I decluttered them. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know how I feel about decluttering. And if you haven’t read anything else from me, I love it. I love going through my things and being honest with myself about the things that I actually use, love, and need. When it comes to my crystals, not many made the cut.

I don’t think we need a lot of crystals in our magical practice. Crystals have become kind of trendy in the last five years or so, and it’s tempting to collect lots of them to display as well as use for magical purposes. But as with all things, less is often more.

I’m a big believer in buying your stones and crystals in person (I have ordered online, but I don’t like to) because I think that it’s important to feel the energy of them first. I have definitely picked up beautiful stones that I was attracted to because of how they looked and then not liked the energy they had. To some people, that sounds silly, but I know there are those of you out there that are nodding your heads. Everything has energy and it’s important to be picky about the kinds of energy we bring into our lives.

In my Minimalism & Magic post, I touched briefly on the versatility of a good quartz crystal. Honestly, if you’re leaning towards ultra minimalism but you wanted at least one crystal in your life, that’s what I would recommend. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’ve compiled a short list of stones and crystals that I would consider “basic essentials.” It bares repeating though that no crystal is 100% essential to your craft. The only thing that is essential to making magic is your intention and your energy. However, if you’re someone that does want to incorporate crystals, these are the ones that I love, are pretty easy to find, and cover most of the bases.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetQuartz. Quartz is a lovely crystal to have. It’s essentially a blank slate for your intentions. Quartz can be charged with whatever you want and can be subbed into spells that call for other crystals that you may not have. You can also use it to help direct energy in your spell work as well as trap energy you’re hoping to banish. It’s also often used to help charge or cleanse other crystals.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetRose Quartz. This is my personal favorite. I love the energy of rose quartz and I also love the color pink. It’s a win-win. Rose quartz, as you may be able to guess, is often used in matters of the heart. It has a soft, loving energy, and can be used to help you find gentle clarity in your relationships, romantic or otherwise. It can also help to reduce stress and find mental peace. I’ve also heard of some people using it in fertility spells, but as someone who doesn’t want children, I have no experience in that regard.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetAmethyst. My second favorite stone is probably amethyst. This is a stone that I am continuously called to. It’s another variation of quartz, like rose quartz is. Amethyst is often used in psychic work. It’s believed to boost the power of different divination tools. I store an amethyst point with my tarot cards and I even have a rune set made from amethyst. Similar to that, it’s also used in meditations that focus on mysteries of life/death/rebirth. I find that it can be useful in helping my balance my emotions, especially when put together with rose quartz.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetCitrine. Yet another quartz variation (I told you quartz was amazing), citrine is often used in spellwork for financial abundance. It doesn’t have to be limited to financial means however, it can help to manifest abundance in any area of your life. I find this to be a really bright feeling crystal that I often use to put myself in a better mood and help keep me focused, especially when it comes to creative endeavors. It has an overall positive vibration.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetSelenite. Selenite is a stone that corresponds to the Moon and it always makes me feel kind of dreamy. It’s a very soft stone (don’t get it wet!) that is often used in meditation as a way to open up mental pathways. It’s a good stone for matters of communication as it helps to break down negative energy. I use this stone mostly for protection and dream work.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetBlack Tourmaline. There’s a few kinds of tourmaline, but I think black tourmaline is the most useful. If you are someone, like me, that struggles heavily with anxiety and bouts of depression, black tourmaline is a good stone to have. It’s most often used to help dispel negative energy, especially our own. I’ve found this to be an incredibly grounding stone. It’s good for giving clarity so that we can make better decisions in our lives. I often feel much more level-headed when I make use of my black tourmaline.

Some extras!

  • Moonstone for dreamwork, relaxation, and luck.
  • Fluorite for focus, stress relief, and protection.
  • Malachite for protection, prosperity, and empathy.


How To Use Them

Crystals are easy things to use in your everyday life, that’s one of the things that is so appealing about them. Crystal jewelry is incredibly popular and gives us a great way to carry those little bits of magic around with us in an inconspicuous way. You don’t have to wear them as jewelry though; I have a habit of just carrying a stone I might want for the day around in my pocket. When I was in college I often tucked them into my bra, which is great until the end of the day when you’ve forgotten it’s there and it falls to the floor when you take the bra off. I’ve had many stones with chips in them from exactly that.

If you have an altar you can leave certain crystals there to charge or to aid you in your spellwork. You may change them depending on the seasons, the holiday, or just how you’re feeling.

You can also place them in windows or by doorways if you’re using them for protection. I know some people create crystal grids across their house for that purpose, but I don’t think it has to be that fancy.

When it comes down to it, you can use your crystals in any way that you want and in any way that feels right for you and for your craft. They’re incredibly versatile tools as well as often beautiful piece that we can display throughout our homes.

I think that’s it from me today. Please don’t feel the need to go out and buy all these stones if you don’t already have them. These are just to give you an idea of some good, basic stones that may be good additions to your craft. It’s also important to keep in mind that while there are general correspondences that we agree certain stones have, everyone has different experiences. You may find different uses for these crystals that might not match up with what I’ve listed here. It doesn’t make either of us wrong, it just makes us different people.
I hope this was helpful for you. What are your go-to crystals, if you have any?

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