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Defining Crystal Categories

First, let’s explain the different categories: precious and semiprecious gems, crystals, and stones. We’ll start with the widest category, stones, which actually encompasses all the other categories. Stones can hold much magic and bring the best to you. I’m always looking in my path for a pretty stone or one of an unusual shape or coloration. In fact, I have a mobile altar in my car that is frequently augmented by a charming chunk of rock. I always notice that my friends and passengers are unable to resist picking them up and rubbing the smooth surfaces admiringly. Maybe one day, I’ll find a diamond in the rough in my path! 

Stones have been of interest for many centuries. Primitive peoples probably picked up stones out of curiosity. Through trial and error, they discovered which rocks withstood the test of time and were more durable for use in tools. Doubtless, they also noticed that some stones could be polished to a lovely sheen.  

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Tips ’n’ Tricks: Dream Crystals.

Thomas Edison carried quartz crystals with him at all times and called the stones his dream crystals. He believed they inspired his ideas and inventions. Literary legends George Sand and William Butler Yeats also relied on crystals to help spark their considerable creativity.  

Data has also been gathered to show the effectiveness of quartz in certain healing techniques, such as chakra therapy, acupressure, and light-ray therapy, as we will discuss in depth later. But the simplest way to promote healing with crystal is to wear a stone. 

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The Power of Crystals and Gems

“Where do gemstones get their power? They all have a crystalline structure that can collect, store, and release electromagnetic energy, similar to the way today’s commonplace battery does.  

Scientists and engineers have discovered through experimentation that a crystal will accumulate and concentrate the energy of any given energy field in close proximity. Further, they’ve discovered that if a crystal is squeezed, energy from within the crystal is released. Light can also be released during the compression of a crystal. While the expansion is infinitesimal, electrons are emitted and are then reabsorbed by the crystal, thus producing energy. Schoolchildren discover this by rubbing or heating crystals and feeling a marked static change. This is known as the piezoelectric effect. Anyone who doubts the power of this effect need only be told that it is one of the causes of earthquakes. 

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Romancing the Stones: Love Crystals and Gems

Here are stones I recommend for harnessing various powers for love:

  • Amber for grounding and understanding yourself

  • Amethyst for balance and intuition about other people

  • Aventurine for creative visualization so you can picture yourself with a true love

  • Bloodstone for abundance and prosperity in your love life

  • Calcite for warding off negativity

  • Carnelian for opening doors for you and helping you overcome relationship issues

  • Chalcedony for power over dark spirits that can get in the way

  • Citrine for getting motivated and attracting money and success in all things

  • Fluorite for communicating with fairies and other unseen beings

  • Garnet for protection from gossip and negative talk

  • Geode for getting through periods of extreme difficulty such as breakups or loss

  • Hematite for strength and courage and a brave open heart

  • Jade for wisdom to interpret or realize powerful dreams

  • Jasper for stability and steadiness in relationships

  • Lodestone for bringing a lover back into your life

  • Mahogany obsidian for feeling sexy and emanating sensuality

  • Moss agate for powers of persuasion and healing

  • Quartz crystal for divining your dreams

  • Rhodochrosite for staying on course with your life’s true purpose

  • Rose quartz for love

  • Turquoise for safety when traveling and luck in all matters

  • Watermelon tourmaline for help with planning your best possible future

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I sometimes get emails from people who disagree with the assigned meanings of certain crystal configurations listed in the blog and elsewhere. Recently I had someone write about Eight-Sided Face crystals. He wanted to know why I focused on particular assigned meanings and not others. I am sharing my take on this great question.


Mandala Eight-Sided Face - Genn John"I read with interest your write up on Eight-Sided Face crystals. You seem to focus on this crystal as one that is essentially used for STOP, FOCUS and GROUND action, in another words it is a grounding stone.

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An "Ask Genn" Crystal Reading is a personal reading from the Crystal People, like a tarot reading via living crystal.

Ask Genn crystal readingIn an "Ask Genn" crystal reading, rather than using a tarot deck to determine the energies presented for your reading, I use the crystal chosen for you and read its unique characteristics.

While this may seem a little confusing at first blush, it actually is pretty straight-forward. I will detail the process further in the post.

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If you've ever had the opportunity to see Rainbows in a crystal, it is a beautiful thing!

You might have exclaimed "Wow! Rainbows in crystals!" and wondered "what are they and how do I work with them!?"

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  • Ben Gruagach
    Ben Gruagach says #
    It's important to note too that when buying crystals, ones with very overt rainbow sheens on them, often called "Aura" crystals, a
  • Genn John
    Genn John says #
    Thanks for your comment, Ben! You're absolutely right! Most crystals with the rainbow/iridescent sheen have been treated to look t

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