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Saturness
29-06-2005, 02:20
Which crystals do you think are 'basic'? I mean, those 'must-have' ones, that all people who start working with crystals should look for first?
Also, which are the most 'versatile' crystals, in your opinion?

Thanks!

:TPW Yuko

lunakasha
29-06-2005, 02:32
Hi miss_yuko....

Here are some recommendations to get you started; I am sure others will add to the list, but these are what I would consider "must-haves" and should be fairly easy to acquire:

--Clear quartz: THE most versatile crystal, it can be used for any purpose, or to magnify the energy of another stone. It is also "self-cleansing" and can be used to cleanse other stones. Citrine is another self-cleansing stone.

--Rose quartz: is a nice, calming stone that will attract positive, loving energies from others as well as "self-love" and overall happiness.

--Amethyst: has many purposes. Great for spiritual matters, meditation, grounding. Many people use it to help with deeper sleep and/or dream work.

--Malachite: One of my personal favorites. It is often called the "love and money" stone because of its green color, which corresponds with the heart chakra. I find that it is great for promoting confidence and positive energy.

--Black tourmaline: GREAT for keeping negative energies away, it offers psychic protection and helps me relieve stress. Any black stone will help in this area (obsidian, Apache Tear, onyx, jet) but I prefer tourmaline.

Those are just a few....good luck and have fun building your collection!!!

:) Luna

WhiteRaven
29-06-2005, 02:42
If you plan on doing any Chakra work with Crystals then I suggest having all the colours of the Chakra...

I agree with lunakasha's list with the addition of Hematite for protection purposes....excellent stone for that! The rest of the list is a great starter!

A good reference book to start with is also "Crystal Enlightment" by Katrina Raphaell which you can find either new or used at Amazon.com

joya250
29-06-2005, 03:13
Lunakasha and White Raven definitely good recommendations.

Not be be redundant, but if I was to make a list, I would definitely include: clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, hematite... as well as citrine.

lunakasha
29-06-2005, 06:13
I agree with lunakasha's list with the addition of Hematite for protection purposes....excellent stone for that! The rest of the list is a great starter!

Oh yes....how could I forget hematite??? :eek:
I actually wear a hematite ring, I wouldn't want to be without it....

Yuko, please let us know how you're doing with the new collection!!!

:) Luna

Saturness
29-06-2005, 12:44
Oh yes....how could I forget hematite??? :eek:
I actually wear a hematite ring, I wouldn't want to be without it....

Yuko, please let us know how you're doing with the new collection!!!

:) Luna
Oh, i'm doing fine.
I have many crystals that i don't know the name...i like them, thought i don't use them much.

I'm my 'power' collection (the crystals i really use) i have so far: clear quartz, amethyst, black tourmaline, fluorite, garnet, malachite, sodalite, rose quartz, pyrite, onix, hematite, agates (w/ different colors), obsidian , citrine, ambar (that is in a ring :D), green quartz, rutilated quartz, carnelian...and that's it when i remember right now. Yes, i bought some crystals today following your advice, Lunakasha! ;)

They are all small though. Big crystals are too expensive. I wonder if the size matters at all...my small crystals feel so powerful when i'm using them.

You don't, i don't know much about chakras, but i guess i want to learn. My grandomther is into reiki and chakral and crystals (she works with it), but she lives in another city so i can rarely see her.

What are the chakras colors? I want to see if i have a crystal to each ;)
And how do you work with them? Hum...i'm curious now!

~Yuko

WhiteRaven
29-06-2005, 13:25
The Colour of the Chakras are:

Root - Red
Sacral - Orange
Solar Plexus - Yellow
Heart - Green
Throat - Blue
Third Eye - Indigo
Crown - White

The laying of Crystals is demonstrated in the book I referred to in my post above. It shows the different Chakras and Crystals that are associated with them. It's a great book to have. To start explaining the different methods and stones to place on each chakra and how long would take another book ;)

Reiki hand positions on the Chakras for clearing also works quite well. Holmes, a member here at AT, would be able to give you more information on Reiki and Chakra work. He's been practicing and teaching Reiki longer than I have. You might want to PM him for more details.

Saturness
29-06-2005, 13:41
Reiki hand positions on the Chakras for clearing also works quite well. Holmes, a member here at AT, would be able to give you more information on Reiki and Chakra work. He's been practicing and teaching Reiki longer than I have. You might want to PM him for more details.

Thanks a lot, WhiteRaven! I'll look for the book, as you said, though i believe it'll be hard to find it in Brazil.
I guess i'll look a bit more for information on the web...i don't want to become a master, but i think it'll be helpful with the recent 'energy' problems i've been having...

I'd PM him, but i'm shy :")
Don't think i'll have the courage...

:TPW Yuko

lunakasha
29-06-2005, 13:41
I'm my 'power' collection (the crystals i really use) i have so far: clear quartz, amethyst, black tourmaline, fluorite, garnet, malachite, sodalite, rose quartz, pyrite, onix, hematite, agates (w/ different colors), obsidian , citrine, ambar (that is in a ring :D), green quartz, rutilated quartz, carnelian...and that's it when i remember right now. Yes, i bought some crystals today following your advice, Lunakasha! ;)

They are all small though. Big crystals are too expensive. I wonder if the size matters at all...my small crystals feel so powerful when i'm using them.

Sounds like you've got quite a collection already....and I forgot to mention amber, which is one of my personal favorites. Great for creativity and confidence. :) And don't worry, size does not matter at all....most of my crystals are small, pocket-sized and they work just fine. The energy is there, regardless of size.

What are the chakras colors? I want to see if i have a crystal to each ;)
And how do you work with them? Hum...i'm curious now!

Here is some info on chakras, colors and stones (from Healing Crystals and Gemstones by Flora Peschek-Bohmer and Gisela Schreiber):

Root chakra (red): garnet, hematite, red jasper, onyx, black tourmaline.

Sacral chakra (orange): orange beryl, orange jasper, citrine, carnelian.

Solar Plexus chakra (yellow): tiger's eye, topaz, amber, citrine.

Heart chakra (green or pink): aventurine, jade, chrysocolla, moss agate, malachite, emerald, tourmaline, rose quartz, coral, rhodochrosite.

Throat chakra (blue): aquamarine, celestite, moonstone, lapiz, turquoise, blue topaz, opal.

Third Eye chakra (indigo): amethyst, sodalite, sapphire, fluorite.

Crown chakra (violet, white and gold): amethyst, clear quartz, violet fluorite.

Of course this is only a suggested list, there are many others you could use, but it looks to me like you've already got enough stones to cover all chakras.

:) Luna

Saturness
29-06-2005, 14:14
Here is some info on chakras, colors and stones (from Healing Crystals and Gemstones by Flora Peschek-Bohmer and Gisela Schreiber):

Root chakra (red): garnet, hematite, red jasper, onyx, black tourmaline.

Sacral chakra (orange): orange beryl, orange jasper, citrine, carnelian.

Solar Plexus chakra (yellow): tiger's eye, topaz, amber, citrine.

Heart chakra (green or pink): aventurine, jade, chrysocolla, moss agate, malachite, emerald, tourmaline, rose quartz, coral, rhodochrosite.

Throat chakra (blue): aquamarine, celestite, moonstone, lapiz, turquoise, blue topaz, opal.

Third Eye chakra (indigo): amethyst, sodalite, sapphire, fluorite.

Crown chakra (violet, white and gold): amethyst, clear quartz, violet fluorite.

Thanks Luna, this list was very helpful! I hope to not bother you, but i'd like to ask one mora question...two, actually. The first is if any 'color' crystal can be used for the chakra with the same color, ie., any blue crystal can be used on the Throat chakra.
And, the second...do you carry your crystals around? Which ones do you think are best for 'everyday' life?

(oops, ended up being three..sorry!)

Thanks again for the big help you've been giving me! It's much appreciated :)

Love & Light!

:TPW Yuko

WhiteRaven
29-06-2005, 14:32
Rose Quartz is excellent for the Heart Chakra :)

Sometimes the stones bring up emotions that have been hidden for quite sometime...it's good to also use a clear Quartz when working with others in the Chakra areas.......ie. Rose and Clear......or for the Root ..Onyx and Clear...

also...Selenite is very good for the Crown Chakra as well..

feticeira
29-06-2005, 16:18
My experience with rhodocrosite (heart) and bullīs eye (root) is really good, also if you can find it definitely purchase red/cherry quartz. I recently got some large beads and made a necklace that rests in my heart chakra. As soon as I put it on I just feel my whole energy field expand like you canīt imagine, itīs gives me this really vibrant loving energy... of course stones work different with everyone so you might not have the same reaction, but hopefully you will.

lunakasha
30-06-2005, 08:47
Thanks Luna, this list was very helpful! I hope to not bother you, but i'd like to ask one mora question...two, actually. The first is if any 'color' crystal can be used for the chakra with the same color, ie., any blue crystal can be used on the Throat chakra.
And, the second...do you carry your crystals around? Which ones do you think are best for 'everyday' life?

(oops, ended up being three..sorry!)

Thanks again for the big help you've been giving me! It's much appreciated :)

Love & Light!

:TPW Yuko

You're welcome anytime, Yuko...glad to help! :)

I do think that it is fine to use any stone that corresponds with that chakra's color, although I am not an expert on chakras....but from what I have read and heard from a friend who uses stones for reiki healing and chakra work, the color association is pretty flexible. For example, in the book I referenced, they did not specifically name amber for the Solar Plexus (yellow) or malachite for the Heart (green or pink) but I added them in anyway. And I am pretty sure you can substitute clear quartz for any stone, as it is considered *the* all-purpose crystal.

I do carry stones with me....and I choose the ones that I feel drawn to on that particular day. Sometimes, if I know or sense a difficult day ahead, I will make sure to carry some black tourmaline and/or Apache Tear. Clear quartz is always good....as I mentioned, great for any occasion, and it also amplifies the energy of other stones.

I often carry rose quartz for its soft, soothing energy. Malachite is great for increasing confidence and keeping negativity/anxiety at bay. I wear a hematite ring and others which are silver with moonstone and garnet.

One of my FAVORITE quick-reference guides for crystals is called A Little Book of Candle Magic by D. J. Conway....it is a cute little paperback book with LOTS of info about color associations for candles, properties of gemstones and herbs. I would highly recommend it, if you are able to find one.

Glad you are enjoying your new *hobby*....it is addictive, isn't it???

:) Luna

Saturness
30-06-2005, 09:04
Thanks for all the information. I'm thinking about starting carrying crystals with me, in one of those velvet pouches used to carry jewelry ;)

One of my FAVORITE quick-reference guides for crystals is called A Little Book of Candle Magic by D. J. Conway....it is a cute little paperback book with LOTS of info about color associations for candles, properties of gemstones and herbs. I would highly recommend it, if you are able to find one.

I *know* this book...i've seen it in the bookshop, the last time i visited it! I'll surely look for it now...sounds interesting!


Glad you are enjoying your new *hobby*....it is addictive, isn't it???

It is! I can't wait to visit the crystals store again and see if they got any new things for me...i'm going to buy more garnet and sodalite ;)
Maybe a Malachite, if i have money (they are so expensive!).

Thanks, again!

:TPW Yuko

lunakasha
30-06-2005, 10:34
YES....you must get yourself some malachite, even if it's a teeny little piece, you won't regret it....(I am soooo bad!!!) Oh and someone also mentioned selenite, which is another of my favorites...very soothing, great for relieving stress and meditation. Not terribly expensive either....

I hope you can find that book....it is a great resource, I use it all the time!!!

:) Luna