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Crystals for Beginners

Choosing Your Crystal Shape

You may be wondering if the shape of your crystal matters. While the healing properties of your crystal will remain the same regardless of shape, the experience you have with your crystal may differ. Following are some of the most common crystal shapes you’ll find, and how to work with them:


A crystal point is an intense energy tool that serves to focus and amplify the power of the stone. You can use it to direct healing energy inward, by turning the point toward you, or outward, by turning it away. Many people use their points to manifest intentions, because a standing point will continue to radiate the energy of your intention out into the universe even after you leave it. Points are some of the best crystals for beginners because of their versatility.


A crystal sphere emits energy equally out in every direction. It provides a gentle, full energy that you can feel both grounded by and immersed in. Holding two spheres in meditation brings a sense of harmony to your practice.


A crystal cube is associated with the root chakra. This makes it a powerfully grounding stone to create calm in your environment. You can establish a protective grid by placing a crystal cube in each of the four corners of your room—don’t worry, we’ll go more into what grids are in a bit.


Pyramids are a sacred shape that were used in many ancient civilizations. Use a crystal pyramid to beam concentrated energy up into the universe. Use it to help manifest your intentions by writing them down on a piece of paper, and setting the crystal pyramid on top.


This loving crystal shape is great for reminding you to keep it’s healing properties close at heart. Work with them to nourish your spirit with the energy that you want to give and receive.


Crystal harmonizers are a pair of cylinder shaped crystals that aid your meditation practice by bringing you into spiritual, mental and physical balance.


Crystal clusters are one of the most beautiful occurrences in nature. A cluster happens when many points form on the same matrix. Because a cluster has so many points, it is believed to vibrate a higher energy. Having a cluster in your home or space will ensure that it remains elevated with the energy you want to cultivate.

Tumbled Stones

Tumbled stones are great because of their wide range of uses. As small, smooth stones, they can easily be held in your pocket or purse. You can also use them to create your own crystal grids. If you’re new to this, and you’re trying to decide which crystals work best for you, tumbled stones are some of the best crystals for beginners.


What’s a Crystal Grid?

Sometimes we get so caught up in explaining why certain stones or crystal shapes are ideal for crystal grids, that we forget not everyone knows what a grid even is! So let’s break it down. A crystal grid is a formation of stones, usually emanating out from one central stone. Grids are helpful for creating an energy with intention, and holding that energy long after you set it. These crystal grid formations join the energies of many crystals into a symphony of harmonizing vibrations. Grids can be small, taking up a only a small portion of your desk or sacred altar, or they can be massive, like the crystal grid we visited on our spiritual retreat in Kauai that was large enough for us to lay in the center.

How to Create Your Own Crystal Grid

The best way to create your own crystal grid is to use your intuition. Understand what energy you want to establish, and work from there. While there’s no right or wrong way to make a grid, we like to use a crystal point at the center of ours because it helps to marry the many energies of the stones together, and amplify that united energy out into the space. You may also find it easier to map out your grid if you use a grid cloth, so that you be assured of the symmetry.

After you have your crystals, you’ll want to purify their energy. Cleanse both your crystals and your space with the smoke of sage or palo santo. Then write your intention on a piece of paper, fold the paper, say the intention aloud, and place the paper under the center stone. Then fill out the rest of your grid. Activate the grid by taking a quartz point, and drawing an invisible line connecting every stone in the grid as you visualize your intention coming to fruition.


How to Cleanse Your Crystals

If you never cleanse your crystals, eventually their energy becomes overloaded and dim. Here are some easy methods for crystal cleansing:

  • Sage or Palo Santo Smoke—To purify the energy of the crystal, simply immerse it in the smoke of sage or palo santo. Perform crystal cleansing on a regular basis, or whenever your crystal begins to feel like it’s not vibrating with the same energy as it once was.

  • Sun or Moon Light—You can also do crystal cleansing by leaving your crystal out in the light of the sun or moon for at least 4 hours.

  • Soil of the Earth—Bury your stones in the soil of the earth, or even the soil of a potted plant for up to 24 hours. Don’t forget to leave a marker so that you can remember where you placed it!

  • Quartz or Selenite Crystal—Quartz and selenite are two of the best crystals for beginners because they are both cleansing crystals. Cleansing crystals are high-vibing purifiers that don’t need to be charged. Because their energy remains clear and amplified, you can use them charge and cleanse your other crystals. Place a stone on your cleansing crystal to purify and enhance its energy.


How to Set Intentions with Crystals

Setting intentions with crystals sounds like a lofty practice, but it’s actually very easy. It’s all about getting in touch with your true spiritual needs, and commemorating that newfound dedication to yourself. When you invest time into setting intentions with crystals, you’re really investing in your future. Set aside 11 minutes to set your intention and get crystal clear about what you want. Crystal intention setting begins when you find a quiet area to sit and reflect. Then hold your crystal in your hand to get in sync with its energy. Visualize your intention. When you feel ready, say intention your intention out loud three times. Repeat your crystal intention setting as often as needed to keep your energy focused on your goals. Place the crystal on your sacred altar, or somewhere that it can be easily viewed as a reminder of what you’re working towards.


10 Beginner Crystals

Clear Quartz

The Clear Quartz crystal meaning is known for its high vibrations. By clearing your mind, body, and spirit of any clutter, a Clear Quartz crystal can help you align with your highest self and live at your highest potential. The Clear Quartz crystal stone meaning is especially powerful for anyone looking to set and achieve new goals.

Smoky Quartz

Through its grounding force, the Smoky Quartz crystal meaning helps you to stay calm, cool and collected as you navigate challenging or difficult situations in your life. In this way, the Smoky Quartz crystal stone acts as a support system – one you can lean on endlessly and rely upon for a lifetime.


Its a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving. It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action.

Rose Quartz

Going beyond romantic love, the Rose Quartz crystal stone meaning is also strongly linked with compassion and unconditional love, making it a powerful stone for deepening relationships of any kind. With its versatility in applications and a gentle, diffused energy, Rose Quartz is one of the most popular crystal healing tools.

Rainbow Fluorite

Its a crystal that encourages you to believe in magic and is said to be the home of rainbows. Use Rainbow Fluorite whenever you want to make a wish. This colorful crystal inspires peace and positivity while connecting you to the wonder of the universe.


Although not as well-known for protective abilities, Amethyst also works to protect your spirit by surrounding your energy field in a bubble of violet light. By raising your energetic vibration and keeping your spirit at ease, this stone can be a powerful addition to your energetic armor.


Connected to the lower three chakras. It is associated with taking bold action because of its hot and fiery energy that stimulates the root chakra, helping circulate vital energy to your core center, which contains your deepest desires and powerful creative instincts. The Carnelian crystal meaning not only boosts courage and self-confidence, but on a cellular level it purifies the blood and improves circulation, which helps you take action. Together, the energy of passion and action make Carnelian an essential component of every crystal collection. It is the ideal stone for bringing motivation and determination to your endeavors, as well guiding you to recognize your self-worth.

Black Tourmaline

The Black Tourmaline crystal meaning purifies your mind, body and spirit and absorbs anything you need to release. In this way, it is different from the usual energy clearing stone which uplifts your energy and fills you with positive vibrations.


Hematite meaning is largely focused on blood, so it is not surprising that most of the healing powers attributed to hematite have to do with blood and arteries. As blood is the life-force that powers us all this makes hematite an essential stone for gemstone therapy.


The Turquoise crystal meaning is highly versatile. Because of the stone’s connection to the throat chakra and the energy of water, plus its long history of being used for spiritual and energetic healing, the ways to connect with the Turquoise crystal stone meaning are endless. However, some of the most powerful intentions to use with a Turquoise crystal stem from its calming and healing energy.


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