Gemstones & their meanings: 40 stones for magick and meditation
Looking for stones for your magickal toolkit? Here’s a crash course in 40 of the most commonly available crystals and gemstones. Working with crystals can improve your personal energy, amp up your spellwork, and help you create the life you desire. This handy guide will help choose the right crystals for you, whatever your goals might be.
After you’ve read these crystal meanings, I encourage you to spend some time gazing at and handling your crystals. Crystals are a hands-on, eyes-on, heart-on hobby. One of the best ways to study them is to visit with them. It sounds kooky, I know—but many stones will tell you all about themselves if you take the time to listen.
Collecting crystals is a blissful and transformative experience. Here at Grove and Grotto, our own crystal work has undeniably changed our lives for the better. But I never recommend crystal magick as a substitute for medical care. If you’re seriously ill or distressed, get qualified help before rock shopping, mmmmkay?
Here they are, in alphabetical order, 40 magickal stones and their metaphysical uses:
Sea-green Amazonite carries all sorts of positive meanings: Serenity, creativity, and brave self-expression. It is one of the best talismans for artists and performers. It clears self-doubt and inspires love of beauty. Amazonite is found in a pale celadon hue (see picture) in Brazil, China, and Africa. The bright turquoise variety is a new discovery and comes from Madagascar.
One of the most magickal stones on Earth, Amethyst is a favorite of witches, healers, shamans and seers. Purple is a color that is seldom found in nature, and Amethyst has an exquisite vibration to match its rare hue. Amethyst is great for meditation and for managing the emotions. It calms anxiety and balances fear and excess. Amethyst gently stimulates dreams and visions, inspiring you to become your highest self. There are countless colors and shapes of Amethyst, each with slightly different properties.
A lovely stone with a lovely name, Angelite is formed by the compression of Celestite over millions of years. (Yes, it is actually condensed heaven!) Angelite is soothing and uplifting. It is a popular choice among Angelic healers, channelers, and lightworkers. Angelite can assist in making contact with ancient guides and smoothing the way toward higher states of awareness. Don’t get Angelite wet—it didn’t wait all these millennia just to turn into calcite in your jacuzzi, thanks.
ruby - it’s2:45 AM. you’re sad about the love you’ll never have. you look in the mirror and wonder why. feeling upset yet badass.
emerald - running down the hallways at school after everyone has left. having your own personal dance party as you smile and explore the building.
sapphire - you’ve been in the car for two hours so far. it’s really early in the morning and you’re staring at the gray sky as the sun begins to peek over the horizon. you pretend as if you’re in a music video.
diamond - you’re home alone. you ask alexa to shuffle your music. you jump around and yell the lyrics as you make yourself lunch. you spin in circles and laugh, and you look stupid, but you’re having fun.
gold - you’re having a little trouble falling asleep. you call your best friend to come lay in bed with you. you get all bundled up and warm and have music quietly playing in the background.
rose quartz - you’re in class. you’re the only one who has finished the quiz, forty five minutes early. you put in your earbuds and tune out everything, entering an entire new world.
amethyst - you’re in a fight with your best friend. on the way home from school, as you drive them home, you both sit in silence. you drop them off and then drive to an empty parking lot and think.
amber - you’re practicing the piano. you get bored of the same damn pieces over and over again and need a change.
obsidian - you wake up from a nap. you stretch your arms and reluctantly sit up. you rub your eyes as you get a glass of water. you sit down to study, but you need to be energized first.
opal - it’s finally spring break. you pack up the last of your suitcase and load it into the car. you sigh with a smile. as you pick up your friends, one by one, you begin to get really excited for the upcoming week.
Anyone wanna use these to make gemsonas? I’m kinda interested in seeing your takes on what forms you’d give them. Also kinda tired of seeing them go to waste 😅
If you do use them, just credit me by tagging me on here or linking my tumblr if your post isn’t here. Also, they don’t have to be the same as the name I put under them. That’s just the name I gave them. (Some color pallets do fit very specific gems, such as Nacre and the Magnesiotaaffeites, however.)
Rainbow Lattice Sunstone
Rose Quartz Cluster
If you do decide to make any, I hope you have fun and tag me when it’s done!
Crystal oracle cards/ printed pictures of healings crystals
Actual crystals and a small strainer
I used my ‘Bury The Hatchet Tea’ recipe (which you can find in our #spell work tag) because it’s a family favourite and there was a teensy bit of tension floating around the house yesterday afternoon that I wanted to dispel.
I wanted to infuse each tea bag with it’s own intention for the individual who would be drinking it, so I chose three Healing crystal oracle cards with appropriate correspondences for each person and laid their finished tea bag upon it before steeping.
But before that, I used my two favourite meditation amethysts and popped them into a little strainer that happened to fit comfortably into the top of my marble mortar and pestle where I had ground my ingredients before putting them into their individual tea bags. This way I was able to lay my hands over the crystals and the tea without any contact or contamination, allowing me to put all my love and good energy into it for my family to enjoy.
The tea was lovely and delicious and we had a very peaceful evening afterwards.