How to: Beginner Crystals

Beginner Crystals

How to: Beginner Crystals

I get asked these questions all of the time- “What crystals should I start with?”, “what if I pair the wrong crystals together?”

Most crystals are synergistic to each other, or at least can work together with ease. This aint like Hers & oils. The worst that’s gonna happen is if you don’t keep your crystals cleansed & charged, they won’t work right.

And after much deliberation & procrastination, I sat down a few years ago and came up with a list of crystals that everyone should have starting out. This list has morphed a bit over the years, so I will suggest some add ons as well. This list comes from years of experience & research, both personal & through helping my clients .

The list:

*All of these crystals have many other attributes, but to be concise I am only listing the energies that are relevant to this list.

Clear quartz-world renowned healing crystal!!!! One of the best. Also programmable for whatever purpose that you would like.

*program- setting your intention and pouring that intention into the stone/object of your choice to act as an automatic device. I.e. protection amulets.

Rose quartz– because everybody has emotional baggage, the only difference is whether you need a burro, a leprechaun or a forklift to carry it all. Rose quartz helps you jettison that EB.

Amethyst– stone if dreams, dream recall…but the most important reason its on this list is due to its intuition boosting and clarifying properties.

Citrine– has many properties but the reason that its on the beginner “MUST HAVES” list is due to its ability to muzzle and overactive inner critic, keep you perky & positive, boost self esteem & confidence. As a side bonus its a great money attractor & a good everyday repel negative energies gem.

White selenite– the single best energetic cleaner out there. It breaks up energetic blockages from stones-people-places-objects, it also flushes out unwanted foreign energies.

*combo w Black tourmaline to make a bangin empathic shield or Black kyanite for when you have a person/place/things energy that just WILL NOT GO THE FUCK AWAY and keeps hanging onto you. This combo flushes that shit right out 

Black obsidian– ridiculously strong negative energy & entity repellent. *needs cleansed regularly tho.

Add ons

Add ons-

Black tourmaline– Empathic shield.

*Pair w white selenite as its really more of a “sponge” then a shield…and it needs to be “wrung out” or cleansed ALL OF THE TIME. Hence the white selenite.

Green calcite– for a peaceful & harmonious home. It helps everybody in the home to have trusting open honest communication.

Sodalite– clears out a busy mind, mental clarity, removal of mental stress and fuzz brain.

Blue calcite-One of the most amazing & overlooked communication stones out there. it is wonderful for students to digest & retain knowledge, but the reason that it has a place on this list is its special ability to allow a person to speak their truth AND listen- REALLY hearing the other person. *Its also wonderful for Mercury Retrograde!

Garnet– Promotes Strength & Courage. Rough times, stressful times, hard times are all made alittle easier if you can find the internal fortitude to push through them. And that is Garnets special attribute.

Personal choices for further along the path

My personal faves-

Prehnite– ultimate heart healer, any time there is a great deal of emotional stress, prehnite -Deep pink calcite & White selenite are amazing.

Peridot– helps to calm & safely release- jealousy, envy, anger- which as you go along any path of healing -you will feel a wide range of emotions, both pleasant & not so pleasant.

Celestite– Facilitates communication with your Spirit Guides , Your higher self, Higher Consciousnesses & Angels

Iolite– “Pathfinder stone”-helps you find your way to the spiritual path that is right for you. Manifestation, self acceptance,promotes kindness, boosts & opens up psychic abilities.

Blue kyanite– Pathfinder stone, Communication, self expression, gets energy flowing to all chakras

A few tips:

YES, you will find that you outgrow some crystals, meaning that they have helped to heal what they were meant to.

Some will migrate or disappear (some voluntarily , some not lols), but a good chunk you will keep.

And sometimes you just need to hang with an old crystal besty anyways, or you may find yourself in need of healing on the same issues that brought that particular crystal into your life in the first place.

Sometimes a Crystal will disappear and then come back to you later.

How to care for your crystals-

Crystals are pretty low maintenance, but low maintenance doesn’t mean NO maintenance.

*A lack of cleansing & charging can also explain why a gemstone or crystal that worked so well for you originally has not been working well/at all for you recently.

Link to my article here- Crystal Care: Tips on how to take care of your stones

There is a nearly never ending well of knowledge out there to be explored on the subject of crystals , This is just a small bit to get you started.

Enjoy your Dive into the world of crystals , but be mindful of everything that you find, make sure that it jives with your experiences & energy and understand that not absolutely everything out there is correct.

And thats OK, just make sure to test it all out for yourself before believing it 100%-never take anything on pure faith, that includes this article. I encourage you to test everything that I recommend for yourself.

I will be writing much more on this subject, if there is a specific area that I haven’t covered yet & you have questions on it-feel free to ask me:

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Alicia Anspaugh-McCullough

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