Attaining spiritual wisdom is never easy, but calling on guides and allies can help smooth your path to growth. Some people rely on herbal allies, some prefer crystals. Here are eight gemstones that can help you in your quest for spiritual development:
Amazonite has centuries of tradition as a healing stone behind it. It is an excellent energy filter, calms energies inside and outside the body, and balances masculine and feminine powers.
Since it is such an effective filter, it is excellent for helping to clear muddled thoughts and confusion. It focuses creativity and instills a calm, quiet confidence in the user.
This variant of quartz was once used to prevent drunkenness -- hence its name, which means "not intoxicating." Though it is a relatively common gemstone, amethyst is one of the crystals most prized by healers and magic practitioners alike.
Amethyst is a very protective stone, particularly against anxiety and negative thoughts. It is often used in meditation, to help facilitate feelings of calm, open the crown chakra, aid divination and psychic pursuits, and strengthen intuition while opening the mind and heart to messages from the divine. Place a cluster on your altar or wear an amethyst necklace or bracelet whenever you need to experience inner peace, cleanse and heal your aura, or tap into your divination skills.
This green and red stone is also sometimes known as heliotrope. Legend has it that blood from the Crucifixion of Jesus dripped onto green bloodstones, giving them their red spots.
This gemstone strengthens the aura, balances the chakras, and stimulates courage, confidence, and energy. Like the blood in your veins, bloodstone gets energy flowing. Carrying it helps shift energy blocks and clear old thought patterns.
This sunny yellow quartz is one of the most positive, uplifting stones there is. Its bright color connects it to the sun and solar deities, and all of the things they represent -- prosperity, joy, courage, and much, much more.
Those who wish to manifest success and abundance in life should wear or carry citrine. It also combines well with other crystals for boosting willpower and motivation.
Wearing a citrine bracelet can even help with low moods. This crystal suffuses the aura with cheerful, uplifting vibrations. It is also very beneficial for those who lack self-confidence, by unblocking the solar plexus chakra.
A desert rose is a combination of selenite and barite that naturally forms in a many-petaled flower pattern, instead of selenite's usual silvery-white rods.
Much like the wind removes the sand from these stones, leaving their petals behind, desert roses are excellent at helping us cut through distractions and thought patterns that do not serve us. It is very helpful for eliminating distractions and deepening meditative states. According to some users, desert rose stones house their own spirit guardians, making them excellent stones to carry for protection.
These fiery stones are full of very potent energy. They are strongly protective, sending negative energy back to its source and repelling psychic vampires.
Fire agates help promote vitality and strength. Spiritually, they stimulate inspiration while keeping us grounded in reality. It is associated with the first chakra, and helps us feel safe and confident while we pursue spiritual growth.
Not to be confused with bloodstone, hematite literally translates to "blood stone." It is associated with Mars, and, as such, is tied to physical and mental strength.
If you have deep-seated wounds that need to be resolved, hematite can help them come to the surface for healing. It is also very grounding and balancing. If you are dealing with stress, wearing hematite can help keep negativity at bay. Though it is a stone of strength that is tied to the Roman god of war, it is a very nurturing, healing gem.
This shiny, often silvery stone is connected to the moon. It is a symbol of fertility and emotional balance, and strongly tied to intuition and psychic abilities. (Many diviners keep a moonstone with their divination tools.)
Moonstone helps sharpen intuition and hone psychic gifts. It is also excellent at shedding negative emotions and restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit. It helps foster adaptability, empowering us to "go with the flow."
Gemstones are a simple -- but powerful -- addition to your spells, rituals, and meditation sessions. Their vibrations are subtle and powerful, helping you to reach new heights of joy, peace, and spiritual elevation.