At first glance, it looks to be a shiny and beautiful stone, to some just another rock. A child would see it as a beautiful treasure because to them it is like a diamond the way it shines. What many do not realize is that Quartz is a treasure, a gift of healing and protection that comes from the simplest of things, nature.
Quartz can be found in many sizes and types though for these purposes only the Clear Quartz Crystals will be used. Though the larger pieces are often more appealing to the eye, the smaller pieces are more practical for the uses that will be discussed here. It is a fact that Quartz has many uses but for now, the purpose is to relay what they are used for spiritually and magickally.
Quartz has long been recognized for its ability to amplify energy. It is for that reason that it has been used in many electronic devices over the years. This ability to amplify energy makes this stone exceptional for use in healing and raising psychic awareness.
It is believed by many that if you carry a piece of Quartz with you, in your purse or pocket, it will ward off sickness and disease. For centuries, it has been given to those that suffer sickness in order to promote healing and those that are well to maintain good health.
It can aid in the ability to fight off bad dreams, to remember dreams, and to focus ones dreams. This stone can help guide one through a vision quest or a journey to the inner depths of the mind. Quartz can aid the user in communicating with spirit guides, teachers and the angels. It is believed that Quartz is like a window (because it is clear like glass) between the physical world and the astral world, which allows the user to see into the past, and the future.
As a stone of protection, when carried in ones car while traveling it can protect all within, the car, and the travels from negativity. In fact, Quartz can be placed upon your computer, or near it, to help keep it running properly and dispel any negative energy you may put off when you are angry, stressed, or frustrated.
This stone directs, focuses, and amplifies energy therefore many holistic practitioners, massage therapists, and Reiki Masters include this stone in their healing sessions. It will help the healer focus on where healing is needed, assist in directing the healing into that area of the body, and amplify it in order to make it work more accurately and efficiently.
Quartz is a stone that can be used to balance the Heart and Throat Chakra and compliments the other stones that are used to heal and balance other Chakras. This stone is often used to open the Crown Chakra. When placed near a particular part of the body it is said to enhance the power of that part of the body.
This stone is believed to bring good luck as well as self-love. Quartz does well when used as a decoration in the home to clear out negativity and promote a more peaceful environment. When carried on the person whether in jewelry form, in the pocket or in ones purse, it is believed that its powers are distributed to the carrier as well as those that encounter the carrier.
One way to activate your crystal is to place it in the palm of your hand and focus the purpose into it by chanting softly, meditating, or imagining the stone being bathed in pure white light. Another way to charge the stone for your own personal use is to carry it with you for a week before using it. This will allow your energy and the energy of the crystal to bond.
To cleanse the crystal of dust or oils from the hands simply place the crystal in a bowl of sea salt and allow it to rest there for a couple of hours or overnight. If you turn it, the salt will help remove the dust and absorb the oils without causing damage to the stone. Then you may simply throw the salt away or offer it back to the earth by burying it in the ground. Never use harsh cleansers on your stones.
To charge a crystal is as easy as placing it in direct sunlight for an afternoon. This can be done by opening the window and sitting it in the windowsill or placing the stone outside. In the wintertime placing it in a sunny window will work, just allow the sunbeams to shine upon it, the longer the better.
The Quartz can also be activated with moon energy during the full moon. Simply allow it to sit in the light of the moon as you would in the light of the sun.
Please note that when using a crystal for magick it is a good idea to bless it, as well. This process is often included as part of the ritual preparation. You can use sea salt for blessing your crystal by placing the crystal within a bowl of salt, praying over it, and directing your energy and intentions into the stone.
Some area shops that carry a variety of stones:
3 Flowers Metaphysical Treasures: 733 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603 (785) 234-4992
Village Witch: 311 North 2nd Street Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 856-8777
There are numerous books available on Crystals and Gemstones through your local library, bookstores, and various sites online that tell you more about the stones as well as how to use them.
Practical Crystal Healing by Nicole Lanning
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner
*One should always consult a qualified physician before starting or ending a medical treatment. Healing stones are not meant to cure or treat disease or illness, rather their energies are used to enhance those treatments prescribed by a physician. Please, always follow the directions of your doctor!