Astro West's Metaphysical Guide to Crystals
STONES AND PROPERTIES
AGATE: Acceptance, grounding, security, emotional and physical balance; raises consciousness, strengthens effects of other stones, and aids digestion. Brings luck and helps to quit smoking. Comforting and protective; soothing to those who are lonely, easily hurt or grieve loss.
Blue Lace – Promotes tranquility and peace of mind. Aids communication; enhances confidence, patience, and articulation. Blue is calming to the mind and helps soothe emotions, including those associated with headaches.
Crazy Lace – Provides protection from the Evil Eye. Enhances happiness, decision-making, and focus. Green – A healing stone. Helps with meditation. Increases compassion, improves decision-making, and helps with resolving disputes.
Moss – A grounding stone. Helps with abundance and prosperity and stimulates creativity. Improves circulation and digestion.
Pink – Promotes love. A great neutralizer, it soothes anger and calms negative energy. Bolsters confidence.
Purple – Helps to stabilize energy. Good for keeping performance constant in work or play.
White – Improves concentration and analytical frames of mind, as well as aids in releasing traumas and providing the courage to trust.
AMAZONITE: Associated with truth and hope, this lucky crystal boasts intense healing abilities and helps to manifest abundance. Soothing to the nervous system, it aligns the etheric and mental bodies and enhances most vibrational remedies.
AMBER: Amber is not technically a gemstone but rather fossilized pine tree resin, but it has been included because of similar attributes including healing benefits. It adds vitality and strengthens the aura. Because of this it can be used for protection. It also absorbs pain and trauma, enhances the memory, and helps to open the throat and the lungs.
AMETRINE: When you can’t choose between the fiery energy of the sun and the calm, meditative energy of the purple variety of quartz, this stone perfectly balances the two. As a crystal of both balance and connection, ametrine is believed to relieve tension, bring serenity, and stimulate creativity, as well as to aid mental stability and self-confidence.
AMETHYST: A powerful healing stone for both physical ailments and emotional issues. Enhances creativity, sobriety, courage, intuition, and self-esteem. Transforms stale habits, relieves depression, and is excellent for meditation as well as for protection in travel. Primarily associated with maladies of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra.
ANGELITE: Angelite is an extremely spiritual stone that’s filled with compassion. Transmutes pain and disorder into wholeness and healing and facilitates communication and self-expression.
Green/Yellow – A stone of manifestation, inspirational apatite balances all the bodies (physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental) and all of the chakras and enhances the properties of other crystals. Helps with willpower.
Blue – Excellent for balancing yin and yang energy. Helps the artist unite with their muse. Excellent for channeling artistic talent to the masses. A powerful stone.
APOPHYLLITE: This crown activating crystal is excellent for reducing static and mental fogginess in astral travel or in daily life. Helps with attunement to higher realms; lends clarification where discernment is necessary.
AQUA AURA QUARTZ: A stone of emotional healing energy. Aura quartz crystals provide a calming, relaxing effect on the emotional body and are soothing and curative to the aura. They are exceptional for releasing negativity and stress and healing old wounds and long-held doubts about one's self-worth. AQUAMARINE: Aids mental clarity; spiritually inspires and calms. Facilitates truth, trust, and self- expression.
ARAGONITE: Earthy, vital aragonite supports peaceful meditation. A good stone for opening up to positive giving and receiving, it unites the male and the female.
Blue – Harboring soft energy, this stone can help to ease transitions. Brings optimism and heals emotional wounds. Connects to the third eye, throat chakra, and heart chakra.
Green – All-around healing stone with benefits for the lungs, liver, sinuses, and heart. Brings joy, mental clarity, and calming energy. Helps release emotional stress and facilitates a positive attitude, integrating heart and soul. Resonates with the heart chakra.
Blue – A peaceful meditation stone. Good for shy people or those suffering from anxiety. Helps to still the critical voice within. Can provide a sense of dignity and presence and resonates with the sacral chakra.
AZURITE: Expands consciousness and amplifies healing abilities. Imparting a soothing effect, it increases receptivity, aids digestion, can be used for relieving headaches, inflammation, and fever. Also a good meditation tool.
BERYL: Good for overcoming obstacles, beryl uplifts and alleviates anxiety. Helps with the intestines and the cardiovascular system. Sometimes used as a sedative.
BLOODSTONE: Treats blood disorders, the heart, and circulation. Increases vitality and courage. Generates higher states of consciousness.
BRONZITE: A grounding crystal, bronzite promotes politeness and clarity and helps to alleviate nervousness in new situations. Helps with self-esteem.
White – Amplifies energy and thought. Improves memory and aids in astral projection. Balances yin and yang qualities.
Blue – Calming. Increases psychic ability. Enhances memory. Effective against laziness. Strengthens the immune system.
Cobaltoan – Brings occult emotions to the surface and facilitates their release. A nourishing stone that supports love for the self and for others and soothes anxiety.
Green – Promotes joy, brings a renewed sense of purpose and vitality, and facilitates the desire to make positive changes in life.
Honey – Increases feelings of self-worth, furnishes courage, and helps in overcoming obstacles. Stimulates the removal of body toxins.
Mangano – Full of soft, joyful energy, pink mangano calcite is heart healing and facilitates moving on from past trauma. A comforting stone.
Orange – Increases positive energy in the areas of sexuality and creativity. Aids in overcoming depression. Heals the reproductive system.
Pink – Aids understanding of the true value of love. Increases generosity. Helps counselors and healers connect with patients.
Red – A vital stone that increases energy and the willingness to experience life.
CARNELIAN: Connected to the sacral chakra, this crystal facilitates creativity, prosperity, openness, and curiosity. Good for spiritual healing. Helps with lower back problems and treats the reproductive organs.
CELESTITE: Its ability to heighten divine intuition makes Celestite especially useful for Reiki practice. Brings harmony and balance and will assist the holder in finding and maintaining inner peace. Reduces stress; relaxes and brings peace of mind. Enhances thyroid functions.
CHALCEDONY: Place in a dish of water to cleanse the environment. Replace water weekly. Attuned to the female body in that it is good for mending disturbances regarding one’s sexuality. CHALCOPYRITE: Removes energy blockages. Cleanses, activates, and aligns the chakras and energetic bodies.
CHAROITE: This powerful spiritual stone that will remind you to live in the now. A facilitator of positive transformation, charoite helps you to embrace authenticity.
CHRYSOCOLLA: Aids in preventing ulcers, digestive problems, and arthritic conditions. Strengthens lungs and thyroid gland. Enhances metabolism and excellent for female disorders. Alleviates fear, guilt, and tension. Helps to clear subconscious imbalances. Activates feminine qualities and amplifies the throat chakra to facilitate creative expression and. enhance power and communication. Brings joy and emotional balance. Connects to the heart chakra.
CHRYSOPRASE: Balances neurotic patterns. Eases depression and sexual imbalance, enhances fertility, calms, balances, and brings healing energy for physical/emotional/mental bodies. Helps one see clearly into personal problems. Brings out inner talent, joy, and lightheartedness. Connects to the heart chakra. CITRINE: This fiery crystal harbors the energy of the sun. Citrine breaks up energy blocks in the body, strengthens the will and aids vision, balance, and self-confidence. Helps in letting go of addictions. Stimulates creativity and self-esteem, calms anger, and connects to the solar plexus chakra.
COPPER: Influences flow of blood. Supplies strong energy to both body and mind. Aids metabolism and helps detoxify the body. Treats exhaustion and sexual imbalance. Aligns physical and emotional bodies. Raises self-esteem. Strong conductor of energy.
CORAL: (red, pink, white) Associated with transformation and peace, coral harbors ocean energies that protect from negativity. A deterrent to depression, this stone also acts as an astringent to mucus membranes.
DIAMOND: The highest evolved gemstone. Removes blockages and negativity. Draws toxicity from the body. Helps self-esteem, jealousy, and acts as a mild aphrodisiac. Diamond acts as an amplifier, indiscriminately intensifying all thoughts and feelings. Best used in conjunction with other gemstones to enhance their healing attributes.
DIOPTASE: Excellent for those dealing with emotional pain. Treats traumatic issues such as depression, self-hatred, and anxiety. Aids emotional stability and lends peace of mind. Strengthens cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Excellent for ulcers, nervous stomach, heart troubles, and problems with blood pressure. Resonates with the heart chakra.
White – Encourages self-realization. Helps in acclimating to new communities. Alleviates negative emotions. Used to stabilize health, especially that having to do with blood, heart, and circulation. Treats cramps.
Red – Encourages charitable actions and relieves sorrow. Stimulates energetic and unexpected original thinking. Provides stamina for dealing with hyperactive individuals. Aligns energy, re-balancing and removing blocks.
EMERALD: Improves relationships and good for meditation. Relaxant and heart balancer. Strengthens psychic abilities and treats mental illness.
EPIDOTE: A great stone for releasing negativity and raising vibrational energy. Helpful for those stuck in depression, hopelessness, or other patterns of negative thinking.
FLUORITE: Helps to establish mental balance. Strengthens intuition and clears psychic clutter. Treats arthritis.
Red – Stimulates blood flow and inspires lust. Deep red garnet has the power to cure anemia. Meditation with this stone inspires creativity. Red garnet is associated with passion in all areas and connects to the root chakra.
Grossular – This earthy form of garnet carries the energy of abundance and renewal and heals all physical limitations. Great for new businesses and counters over-practicality in life and in love.
Star – Makes your love richer and bestows youthful power.
GALENA: This mineral is an infection fighter and strengthens the lungs. Resonates with the solar plexus chakra and the heart chakra.
GOLD: A strong stabilizer, balancer, and grounder. Prevents personal corrosion. An all-purpose healer.
Red – Called the stone of ambition, goldstone is thought to assist in reaching goals. Promotes spiritual protection, good fortune, and adventure. Allows for the flow of spiritual energy between the physical and spiritual realms.
Blue – Provides wisdom, energy, and courage. Facilitates learning. Good for hypersensitivity. Associated with the throat chakra
Green – Connects to the heart chakra and facilitates emotional healing. Associated with abundance.
GYPSUM: Strong conductor of energy that helps to clear blockages and balances the body’s electrical charge.
Desert Rose – A stone that facilitates perseverance and furnishes vitality to help with overcoming hardships. Enhances intuition and provides mental clarity. Great for meditation.
HEMATITE: Treats blood disorders. Increases self-esteem; aids in astral projection. Protective energy. HERKIMER DIAMOND: Releases physical stress and tension and cleanses subtle bodies. Discharges toxicity from the system. Aids in past-life memory recall; stimulates clairvoyance. Good for dream work. Stores information.
IOLITE: Opens the third eye and works well with the crown and throat chakras. This stone of intuition helps with astral projection and inner vision works as well as past-life exploration and is also a stone of creativity and the arts.
JADE: Associated with the heart chakra, jade is extremely good for emotional healing. Strengthens connections with earth; protects from injuries and accidents. Relieves irritability. Blood cleanser. Strengthens immune system and the kidneys.
JASPER: This variety of chalcedony strengthens liver, kidneys, and gall bladder. Powerful healer of the physical body. Works with chakras and attitudes according to color of stone.
Dalmatian – Grounding stone. Removes disillusionment. Facilitates awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses. Increases loyalty in relationships. Purifies the blood and boosts the immune system. Kambaba – Dark circles and green swirls bring energy of comfort and protection; calm and relaxation; balance and restoration. This heart healing stone unblocks the heart and root chakras and treats negative emotions.
Leopard Skin – Associated with strength and vitality, this crystal brings stability to those who may be experiencing chaotic energy.
Mookaite – Empowers to feel and connect with the electromagnetic currents of the Earth. Promotes an ageless spirit. Boosts the immune system and promotes youth. Restorative for tissue deterioration of the internal organs and useful in treating cystitis, high blood sugar, and disorders of the kidneys and bladder. Ocean – Instills patience. Facilitates continuity in circular breathing. Improves the digestive process and eliminates toxins that cause body odor and disease.
Picasso – Attracts like-minded people. Strong grounding and calming qualities. Helps to provoke strength and self-discipline. Useful for eye problems and can promote weight loss.
Picture – Brings stability and balance. Promotes harmony and stimulates creative visualization. Brings hidden thoughts and feelings of grief, fear, guilt, envy, love, and hope to the surface for release. Brings comfort and alleviates fear. Stimulates the immune system and treats disorders of the skin and kidneys. Red – Gently stimulating and extremely protective. Neutralizes radiation and other forms of environmental and electromagnetic pollution. Fixes unjust situations and grounds energy. Calms the emotions. Aids in dream recall. Cleans and stabilizes the aura. Strengthens and detoxifies the circulatory system, blood, and liver.
Zebra – Balances, uniting Yin and Yang – the masculine and feminine energies. Balances the chakras and the energetic bodies. Brings an optimistic outlook.
JET: Purification and healing. Protection against evil, psychic attacks, and all negative energies. Protective for finances and business.
KUNZITE: High lithium content makes kunzite beneficial to individuals who suffer from mental illness. Stimulates a healing connection between the heart and the mind. Excellent balancer for the physical, emotional, and mental bodies. Strengthens the cardiovascular system. Helps with surrender to the higher self. Enhances self-esteem, tolerance, and acceptance. Resonates with the heart chakra.
KYANITE: Elevates to a higher plain of awareness. Aligns all chakras, balances yin-yang energy and dissolves physical energy blockages. Calms and enhances intuition.
LABRADORITE: A magical stone that shields the aura and awakens intuition. Helps intensify one’s heat sensing apparatus. Aids in seeing auras. Excellent for the blind.
LEPIDOLITE: Treats muscles, strengthens heart, beneficially influences blood. High lithium content aids emotional and mental balance and stability. Eases transitions and assists in releasing or reorganizing old patterns. Helps with sleep and enhances the expression of one’s inner light and joy. Resonates with the heart chakra.
LAPIS LAZULI: Increases psychic abilities; opens the third eye and throat chakras and facilitates expression. Cleansing. Aligns etheric, mental, and spiritual bodies. Thought amplifier.
LARIMAR: Facilitates safe and healthful emission of residual toxins. Treats the common cold.
LEPIDOLITE: Facilitates emotional balance, acceptance, and calm. Enhances self-love, patience, and optimism. Brings success in business and career.
LODESTONE: (Magnetite) Helps rid the body of toxins. Balances polarities and allows for overall healing. Increases personal power. Charges pyramids and crystal formations when placed at the corners.
MALACHITE: Balances right and left brain. Treats mental illness and detoxifies. Protects against radiation. Promotes tissue regeneration. Inspires giving of self and self-expression. A stone of transformation and change, malachite connects to the heart chakra.
METEORITE: Helps reveal past lives from other planets and galaxies. Enhances connection with extraterrestrial energies. Expands awareness. Similar to obsidian. Resonates with the root chakra.
MOLDAVITE: (Tektite) A deep green, silica-based tektite (glassy Earth object melted by meteorite impact) that formed around 15 million years ago. Facilitates alignment with the higher self. Balancing and healing for the physical body and the mind. Aids in channeling extraterrestrial and inter-dimensional sources. Linked to the heart chakra. Helps to open the third eye.
MOONSTONE: Facilitates more traditionally feminine qualities such as receptivity, sensitivity, intuition, and clairvoyance. Good for softening those with too masculine a shell. Treats issues of feminine health and brings emotional balance.
MORGANITE: Stone of unconditional love. Activates and cleanses the heart chakra.
OBSIDIAN: Protects sensitive people, wards off negativity, and reduces tension. Helps to release old love. Good for travel. Strengthens powers of prophecy.
Golden Sheen – The energy of this type of obsidian creates a protective shield that deflects negativity and repels others’ attempts to exert control. Brings unique skills and hidden talents to the surface.
Black – A variety of chalcedony. Relieves stress and balances male and female polarities. Strengthens bone marrow. Aids detachment. Enhances emotional balance and self-control. Facilitates higher inspiration.
Green – Symbol of restfulness and purity. A soothing stone that has the power to relieve all worries, tension, and fear.
OPAL: Protective. Enhances cosmic consciousness, intuition, harmony, emotional balance, joy, and creativity.
Pink – Peace and tranquility for the aura. Especially noted for its usefulness in healing emotions. Linked to the heart chakra.
White – Radiates optimism and good humor, enthusiasm, imagination, and creativity. Aids in moving on from old wounds and releasing fears, negativity, and anger.
Yellow – Good for emotional stability. It is often used to amplify positive emotions. Balances the crown chakra.
OPALITE: Improves communication on all levels. Energetically unblocks the chakras. Aids in communicating occult feelings.
PEACOCK ORE: (Chalcopyrite) Chalcopyrite is a transformative stone that helps with changes habits or lifestyles. Brings an overtaxed system to relaxation and unblocks and aligns the chakras. Good for the nervous system, heart, muscles, and lungs.
PETRIFIED WOOD: This stone will calm your nerves, ease your fears, and fill you with feelings of security, stability, and well-being. Helps with past life recall during meditation. A vitality and disease protection stone.
PHANTOM QUARTZ: Aids in reconnection with past lives and good for meditation.
PRASIOLITE: An amplifier of energy. When you wear it with other stones and crystals, you will be able to benefit from every bit of the energies that they exude. Stone of originality. Inspires embodying the version of oneself and sharing one’s unique talents with the world.
PREHNITE: Strong ability to support life essence over great distance. Hold during meditative travel and out-of-body work. If grounding is an issue, place any type of obsidian at the knee chakra.
PYRITE: Attracts wealth. Eases anxiety, frustration, and depression. Good for circulation and red corpuscles. Digestive aid.
QUARTZ: (Clear) The all-purpose healing tool. It cleanses and balances the physical, it stabilizes the emotional, it gives clarity and focus to the mental, and aligns spiritual energies with the rest of the system. Alleviates energy imbalances. Quartz is used for spiritual upliftment, protection, concentration, meditation, speeding up the physical healing process, and for the development of psychic abilities.
Blue – Good for detoxification. Stimulates creativity. Calming and cooling.
Garden – Brings loving energy that furnishes gentle strength. Excellent healing stone.
Green – Green quartz is green aventurine, a stone of abundance and luck that resonates with the heart chakra because of its color.
Rose (Pink) – Enhances confidence, personal expression, and creativity. Good for emotional balance and self-love. For heart healing and opening oneself to universal love. Brings comfort.
Rutilated – Dramatically repels negativity. Very powerful healer. Opens a connection to spirit guides. Smoky – Cleanses and transmutes negative energy. Extremely grounding. Increases fertility, creativity, and joy. Balances emotional energy. Strengthens adrenal glands and aids in protein assimilation. Strawberry – Carries all the vibrations of clear quartz with the additional attributes of facilitating universal love, understanding of purpose, and seizing the day.
Tangerine – Stimulates the joyful energy of the inner child, encouraging playfulness and curiosity and facilitating learning and growth. Activates passion on all levels, from sexuality to creativity. Helps to encourage self-acceptance and to overcome limitations.
Tourmalinated – Clear quartz with black tourmaline crystals inside balances masculine and feminine polarities. Aids in balancing extremes; grounding and very protective. Combines the forces of clear quartz and black tourmaline. Connects to the root chakra.
RHODONITE: Treats the central nervous system, thyroid gland, reflexes, pituitary gland, and pancreas. Strengthens immunity, improves memory, and eases physical and emotional trauma. Reduces stress; calms the mind. Aligns the heart and root chakras for bringing love into action and manifestation. Good for self-esteem and confidence. Enhances energy levels in body and mind. Great stone for light workers serving in cities. Connects to the root and heart chakras.
RUBY: Facilitates spiritual balance, confidence, and flexibility. Brings energy, vitality, and devotion. Good for leadership. Stimulates the root chakra.
RUBY & FUCHISTE: Helps heal the heart, removing any blockages to loving energies.
RUBY & KYANITE: Clears and aligns all chakras. Amplifies energy.
SAPPHIRE: Enhances glandular function; elevates mood. Stimulates clairvoyance, telepathy, and more traditionally feminine qualities. Improves expression and facilitates communication with spirit guides. SELENITE: Cleanses and transmutes negative energy. Soothes nerves and helps to quiet the mind. Has a positive effect on the brain, aiding concentration and mental clarity. Enhances willpower and protects from psychic attack. Grounding. Strengthens bones and teeth.
SERPENTINE: Known for detecting evil and protecting against both bad luck and intentional malicious behavior. Serpentine will stimulate kundalini energy and make room for transformation, facilitating the shedding of metaphysical skin. Connects to the heart chakra.
SILVER: The five highest chakras are activated when this element is worn. Silver is said to amplify the effect of other stones as well as to enhance mental health and to strengthen certain physiological processes such as vitamin assimilation.
SODALITE: Encourages harmony, balance, courage, and communication. Strengthens the lymphatic system; alleviates subconscious fear and guilt.
SUNSET AURA QUARTZ: Immensely healing to the heart and sacral chakras. Unleashes bold creativity. Amplifies the properties of other crystals.
SUNSTONE: (Heliolite) Projects light into the lower heart area. Promotes vitality, positivity, and luck. Connects to the solar plexus and heart chakras.
TEKTITE: (Brown/Black) A glassy Earth object melted by meteorite impact. Up to millions of years old. Helps to contact extraterrestrials and tune into past lives.
TIGER’S EYE: (Yellow, Red, Brown, Black) Extremely protective. Used as an amulet by the ancient Egyptians; believed to embody the rays of the sun and facilitate balanced thinking. Used in the eyes of statuary for its all-seeing nature.
Blue – Enhances integrity of communication and practical communication. Used for protection, especially of the upper chakras.
Red – Good for protection. Guards against curses and ill wishes. Enhances personal power and self- confidence.
TITANIUM QUARTZ: Clears a pathway for the vital life force to flow. Energizes and stimulates all chakras. This stone will keep you grounded, centered, and energized all at once.
TOPAZ: Aids understanding; balances emotions. Helps in letting go of the past. Enhances creativity; relaxant. Aids in tissue regeneration.
TOURMALINE: (All Colors) Dispels fear, negativity, and grief. Promotes a healthy environment, tranquil sleep, balance in relationship, and self-expression. Eases compulsiveness.
Black – Activities root chakra; treats arthritis and adrenals. Protects against negativity. Establishes a deflective field of anti-negative energy. Helps release all fears.
Green – Resonates with the heart chakra. Treats the immune system. Balances.
Blue – Linked to the throat chakra. Good for communication. Treats the lungs.
Watermelon - Stimulates other tourmalines, strengthening their effect. Harbors balancing energies and treats the endocrine glands. Connects to the heart chakra.
Pink (Rubellite) – Heart balancer. Increases depth of insight and perception. Good for creativity and fertility Balances passivity and aggression.
In Quartz – Connects to the crown chakra. Facilitates attunement to the higher self. Increases spiritual understanding and promotes peace.
TURQUOISE: Strengthens the whole body. Promotes absorption of nutrients and aligns subtle bodies. Good for tissue regeneration and circulation Protects against environmental pollutants. Increases psychic powers and communication skills. Protects from harm.
UNAKITE: A stone of vision as well as balances, unakite opens the third eye and resonates with the heart chakra. This crystal helps you to live in the moment and make your dreams reality.
MARCH: Aquamarine & Bloodstone
JUNE: Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite
AUGUST: Peridot & Sardonyx
OCTOBER: Opal or Tourmaline
DECEMBER: Turquoise & Lapis