Chances are if you have any attraction to rocks, crystals, and gemstones, you already have a select few in your life. And if you’re anything like me when I was starting out, you may even have a bit more than a few!
Starter crystals are honestly whatever speak to you. Sometimes those special stones will find a way to come in to your life, whether you find it while out hiking in the woods, walking along the beach, or it could have been gifted to you by someone who thought you’d appreciate it.
If you don’t have any stones currently but are ready to invite them into your life, you may find yourself at a rock and gem show, or in a new age metaphysical shop, picking out your starter set.
At this point, it is evident that you already have a connection to the stones. That connection is what you are embracing just by seeking out your own starter set. And that same connection is what you will develop and expand upon over time.
Even if you select a stone just because you “think it’s pretty” or “it would look really nice on the nightstand,” that stone is speaking to you! Whether it be the color vibrations, the enchanting shine of the crystal, or the healing energy of the stone itself, there is a reason you are gravitating towards it. There might be a healing energy in that stone that you don’t even realize you need.
In my humble opinion, Quartz and amethyst are the easiest to find, most commonly recognized, and the simplest to work with. Quartz being a super conductor and amethyst being an “all-healer,” they both can be used for just about anything.
Quartz can be programmed with any intention or healing power. It can also amplify any other healing work you are doing, such as reiki, acupuncture, or essential oils, as examples.
Amethyst is one of the friendliest and purest intentioned stones I have the pleasure of working with. You remember that kid from high school who was cool with everyone and seemed to make friends even with the teachers? Yup, that’s amethyst!
Even though the title of this blog post says that it is a beginner’s guide, use it as exactly that — a guide. There are no rules on what crystals to choose or even in what form to choose them.
- Do you want some small tumbled stones in a pouch, or some rough, raw crystals that you can display in your home?
- Do you want to wear your crystals as a necklace or other type of jewelry?
- Or maybe you just want to sample a small selection of gemstone chips?
The real advice here is that I encourage you to listen to your own intuition when selecting a crystal. Or two. Or five. Or eleven. It’s easy to connect with a few more than anticipated!
No need to listen to what the sales person is pushing – go with what your gut says.
I’m working on future posts that will go into more detail about different crystals and gemstone combinations. This will get deeper into the actual healing properties of certain stones so you can decide on which stones to work with based on your desired effect.
If you are looking for other resources to further your crystal education, I have a few favorites that have helped me immensely. The resources that you will find most helpful will depend on if you are more interested in identifying the stones or using them for healing and learning about their healing benefits.
I also continue to use certain websites as guides because most stones offer a multitude of healing energy of all levels: physical, emotional, spiritual – that it’s almost impossible to memorize them all! This is where that intuition kicks in. A stone will tell you what your need is and how they can help if you listen close enough.
For example, I have a beautiful piece of Moss Agate that I wear as a necklace (pictured above, second to left). One day I wore it to tap into the clearing energy to help me go through an old stack of paperwork that I was procrastinating on. Not only did I get through the paperwork, but I cleaned and organized my entire office! Then the next time I wore the stone, I was doing psychic readings at a store front and wanted to tune in to the energy of attracting financial abundance.
Same stone, two totally different healing properties utilized! Next time, I may just use it to protect me against the aches of a rainy day!
For now, here is a list of books and websites that I have learned from so much, and continue to refer to:
Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals – The Reference Book Describing the Metaphysical Properties of the Mineral Kingdom – This book is basically a crystal encyclopedia! Plus, it has been around FOREVER so it taps in to a lot of ancient uses and knowledge around crystals.
Crystals, Colour & Chakra: Healing and Harmony for Body, Spirit and Home: Learn to harness the transforming power of natural energies with practical … over 1000 stunning photographs and artworks – This book isn’t just about crystals and gemstones; there is a whole to more on offer! They go in to all sorts of associated topics such as feng shui principles and color theory. I found this book to be really helpful when expanding on the practical applications of the healing abilities with each stone.
By Gienger,Michael Geinger Michae Crystal Power, Crystal Healing – Now I believe the title of this book is a bit of a misnomer as I didn’t find it to be a COMPLETELY complete handbook. However, I DID find that it is an awesome resource for elaborating my knowledge on certain stones and studying more of the physical aspects of them.
- Crystal Vaults: https://www.crystalvaults.com – This site is a seemingly endless resource of information on most rocks and gemstones. I appreciate how they break it down into different sections such as physical healing benefits, emotional healing properties, and spiritual benefits.
- Healing Crystals for You: http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com – I use this site as an additional source when researching the particular healing benefits of a stone or crystal
- HealingCrystals.com: https://www.healingcrystals.com – This site is great for when you want to do a quick reference check. It doesn’t go too indepth but it gives a great overview and makes for a quick reference.