Crystals : Behind The Trend



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Justin Doucette, Writer

In recent years, crystals have become increasingly popular amongst anyone ranging from spiritualists to skeptics. With this newfound popularity, there are a lot of important and essential things to know about crystals that are overlooked. For example, some people buy a crystal and just expect it to work without any effort. Another example could be the purchase of an advanced crystal by a beginner stone user. There is a lot more to know about these influential stones than what is initially seen in the media, things like charging, cleansing, where certain crystals come from, and what they do. 

The History and the Statistics

There is archaeological evidence that proves ancient and earlier peoples had strong connections with the Earth. An example of this includes ancient Egyptians burying the dead with precious crystals. They did this because they believed the energy produced from those stones would aid in afterlife travel and protection. Archaeological evidence also suggests that everything has always had an association with something else. For example, the sun is associated with masculine energy while the moon has feminine energy- helping compose the things in which each assist. As a reference, the sun corresponds with energy while the moon corresponds with serenity. This can explain why crystals and stones are important to many cultures and are used for many different things. 

To begin, crystals have been used all over the world. Crystals have been used for spiritual protection, health, and love since the beginning of written time. The first recorded instances date back to the ancient Egyptians where they would wear the Magickal stones as jewelry, bury them along with the dead, and more. Furthermore, crystals have been used in India for thousands of years and Greece as well. 


The Chinese have been using stones since ancient times. There is a practice in China known as Gua Sha, which utilizes tumbled, carved stones. This practice was used amongst the rich and wealthy and often included Rose Quartz and Jade crystals. The Gua Sha stones are used to provide the client with youthful and beautiful skin. 


Progressing from their historical usages, science has proven that crystals vibrate at different frequencies which assist human emotions, and when placed within the proximity of a person or another stone, those vibrations can and will affect one another.


The best way to prove how different crystals have different frequencies is to look at how they are used in the “real world.” The Master Healer (as described in the next section) is incredibly important to technology engineers because it is used to conduct and regulate electricity. The frequency of Crystal Quartz is so strong and is so precise that it is used to regulate the motion of a watch hand. Crystal Quartz was used during World war II for radios and radars. 


With the stress brought on by the Coronavirus, metaphysical stores have had sales skyrocket; crystal demands of the United States have doubled since 2015. It has also shown that these crystal-enthusiasts are not only teenagers but adults who are well into their 20s and 30s; their newfound popularity proving that Magickal stones really do work in one way or another.


The Master Healer

Crystal Quartz, more commonly known as Clear Quartz, has been used since ancient Rome, and many studies show even as far back as Mesopotamia. The name, Quartz, originates from the Greek word krustallos, which means ice. It was initially used by the ancient Japanese to symbolize faith, purity, and perseverance. 


Clear Quartz is one of the most popular crystals due to its abundance and multi-purpose abilities. It can be found in any metaphysical store and is usually not very costly. It is great for amplifying and purifying energy. Not only that, but it works wonders when it comes to seeing things for what they really are. 


For example, one who carries around a piece of Clear Quartz would be susceptible to attracting and dispensing higher (better) vibrations. 


Have you ever had a conversation with someone and they just gave you a bad feeling that stuck with you for the rest of the day? Yeah, that is what we want to eliminate with using crystals. As previously mentioned, all crystals vibrate at different frequencies and have the ability to manipulate our own spiritual vibrations. Using that fact, it would be beneficial for one who feels weighed down by the world or others to carry Crystal Quartz. 


Cleansing, Programming, and Charging

While crystals have some scientific proof of their workings, they still require intention and energy; stones cannot be obtained and simply left to “work their magic.” For example, after purchasing a crystal from a metaphysical store, one should always cleanse it, reprogram it, and charge it before allowing it into his or her life. These three things are crucial to proper crystal care and work because it allows the stone to reach its full potential and benefit the user to the highest degree.


There are many ways to cleanse a crystal of negative energy that has been acquired throughout the day. Some methods include smoke, water, the moon, earth, and intention. 


Cleansing crystals using the moon is the equivalent of feeding two birds with the same loaf; The energy of the moon both cleanses and charges all crystals and stones. All one has to do is leave the crystal in a windowsill where the light of the moon can reach it for a night and it will be ready to use in the morning. 

Using the earth as a cleansing method is slightly more difficult; however, it is just as easy to do. All one has to do is leave his or her crystal beside a tree, under the ground (using a protective barrier), or in a peaceful, protected place. In doing this, the crystal will absorb the natural energy of the earth and, in turn, be cleansed. 


It is important to note that not all crystals or stones are waterproof, meaning not all crystals can or should be cleansed with water. However, if your crystal is safe to be cleansed with water, then there are a few options to choose from. First, one could charge water under the moon or sun and use it to bathe the crystals. Another option is to find a running creek to submerge the crystals in and allow the running water to wash the negative energy along with the current. 


If you don’t have pets that live primarily in your room, then smoke cleansing is a great practice for cleansing stones and crystals. It really is easy; all you have to do is wave some incense or dried herbs around your stone to disperse the unwanted energy. 


Finally, intention. For this method, all you have to do is hold your crystal tightly in your hands and envision a strong, white light beaming from the center of it, releasing all energy that is not meant to serve you.


To program a crystal is telling it precisely how you want it to serve you. Simply, all you have to do is hold it and tell it: “I ask that you remove all previous programming.” Once you feel that the crystal has no ties to its previous area or owner, then you should tell it, in a positive affirmation, how you wish for it to assist you.


For example, if I were to program Crystal Quartz, then I would say something along the lines of, “I am a beacon of light” or “I am supported by the universe to create what I truly desire.”


Notice how I didn’t include any negative words. The use of negative affirmations like, “I am not sad” or “I am not anxious” can lead to making yourself feel those negative emotions. Mentioning them when attempting to infuse your crystal with positivity can backfire on your intentions.


There are many ways that one could charge his or her crystal. Some people like to utilize the sun, moon, and earth because they both charge and cleanse, while many others prefer using other crystals like Gypsum. 


Gypsum can be found as two different crystals: Selenite and Satin Spar. They both vibrate at extremely high frequencies and therefore have the power to cleanse and charge themselves along with other crystals (and people!). All you have to do to charge your stone using Gypsum is place it on top of the Gypsum piece and leave it overnight. This time will allow your crystal to regulate its frequency and be able to serve you to its highest potential.


Note: Many metaphysical shops actually label Satin Spar as Selenite. Satin Spar is cloudy and can be scratched easily while Selenite is more clear and somewhat resembles Clear Quartz. The only REAL difference between Satin Spar and Selenite is the way they are formed. Other than that they are great tools for charging crystals. 


Crystals have been used since ancient times for metaphysical purposes and have recently been proven to work on a scientific level. They are more prominently being used all over the world in ways that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Indians, etc., would have never thought possible.


It is never too late to become a crystal enthusiast and if you are still skeptical about this whole “Magickal rock” thing and you have questions, then there are plenty of people who are willing to take the time and answer those for you.

Linked below are some metaphysical shops that I suggest you buy from; support local businesses! Moving forward, now that you know some basic history and terminology, it is time to hop on the crystal bandwagon.


Metaphysical Shops in MA


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