Crystals: Care and Feeding
by Bobbi Bartsch Curtis

Crystals are a gift from the Earth, Mother Earth, Mother Nature, God, The Universal One, The Goddess – however you view it, whatever you call your Higher Power, they are forms from nature and part of the basic makeup of our planet. They deserve respect, care and special handling. They were here before we were, forming long before the first bits of protoplasm crawled from the primordial ooze and proclaimed, “I am (wo)man!” They are VIP’s gifted to us to use for the greater good of all. We are their caretakers; and they, in turn, impart their many gifts to us – their energy, their stored knowledge, their spiritual integrity, their abilities. Crystals heal, teach, amplify the individual’s abilities, create energy, transmute or dissipate negativity, elevate the spirit and create atmospheres conducive to the improvement of the Earth and all its inhabitants – if used correctly and with the proper intent. Our pathways converged many eons ago and will continue as long as we understand their nature and their power and continue to use them properly.

We do not own crystals.
We do not choose the crystals that come to us.
We are their caretakers, and they choose us.

Preparing your Stones


Crystals store vibrations. The vibrations can come from any number of sources – light, thought, sound, touch, to name a few. When you first acquire your crystals, after healing work, when you feel that they are storing something that you do not want stored or when they look dull or feel sluggish, it’s time for a clearing. There are several methods of clearing. Try them all and use the one that feels the most comfortable to you or seems the most effective for your stone. I use a variety of methods, using intuition to feel what individual crystals need. Some folks use the salt water method which, though effective, requires knowledge of the difference between friable and not friable stones. Salt can damage the surface of some crystals and some others are water soluble, Selenite for instance. In order to keep your stones safe without going through a long list of what kinds can handle salt and/or water or not, many crystal experts recommend using other methods that are less likely to cause damage.

Azeztulite, citrine and kyanite are self-cleaning. Clear quartz clusters, carnelian and blue kyanite can be used to clean other stones. Simply place the crystals needing cleared on the cluster or on the Kyanite for 12 to 24 hours. Carnelian can be placed inside a bag containing other stones for the same time period to cleanse them. The quartz and the carnelian will require cleansing by another method after the process is complete.

Breath Method: Ground and center yourself. Make your intention to cleanse your crystal clear in your mind. Sit in a comfortable position and hold your crystal in your left hand between the thumb and forefinger, thumb on the bottom. Now place the thumb of your right hand on any face of the crystal and the right forefinger on the opposite face. As you hold your stone, form the intent of clearing it in your mind. Breathe in deeply through your nose. Blow the air out of your mouth with forceful intent at the crystal, as if you were blowing your intention to clear the crystal with your breath. Now move the thumb of your right hand to the next face of the crystal and moving your right forefinger to the next respective face of the crystal. Again breathe in deeply through your nose and forcefully, sending your intention to clear the crystal, blow the air out through your mouth directly at the crystal. Keep your intention for clearing your stone upper most in your mind, allowing your breath to carry your intention to the stone. Continue in this manner until all faces have been attended to.

Visualization Method: Ground and center yourself. Make your intention to cleanse your crystal clear in your mind. Sit in a comfortable position and hold your crystal in the palm of your dominant hand. Visualize it surrounded by white light, allowing the light to remove all negativity and any unwanted energies. Continue in this fashion until you feel the revitalization of the stone and until it is no longer cloudy or dull. This method requires complete concentration and no interruptions.

Smudging Method: Ground and center yourself. Light sage, cedar or sweetgrass incense and start it smoldering. Make your intention to clear your crystal your predominant thought. Hold the crystal between the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand and move the crystal through the smoke for several minutes until it appears clear. A good test of this is to hold the crystal where the smoke will rise to it. If the smoke avoids the crystal, continue to move it through the smoke for a few more minutes. Test it again to see if the smoke surrounds the crystal or moves away from it. When the smoke surrounds the crystal (make sure there are no fans going in the room that will affect the direction that the smoke is blowing) it is cleared.

Singing Bowl Method: Ground and center yourself. Place your stones in a singing bowl and follow the instructions for the bowl. The sound vibrations will clear our crystals. This method comes highly recommended by those who use it. It tends to provide a deeper cleansing, reaching all the way to the center of the stone. It also charges stones at the same time.


After performing any of the clearing methods above except the Singing Bowl Method, your crystal now requires charging, similarly to charging a battery. The most recommended method is to leave your crystals on a windowsill for 24 hours. Optimum charging comes from the crystal receiving energy from both the sun and the moon. It is most beneficial to charge during the Full Moon, although it is possible for charging to take place during other moon phases, as long as there is some moon light.


Ground and center yourself. Hold your crystal in both hands in front of you. Picture it surrounded by white light – light a candle to help the visualization. Say out loud to your stone, “I dedicate this crystal to the greatest good of all. May it be used in light and love.”


You are now ready to program your crystal. Plan ahead of time for what each specific crystal will be used. Choose tasks that are relevant to the crystal itself so that its full energy can be put into the job you will be assigning to it.  Be specific about your needs and wants. How do you want this crystal to help you, someone else, or the planet? If you will be using it for healing, be specific about the part of the body and the problem with which you need help. If you are using it for self-improvement, be specific about the quality(ies) you are intending to enhance. Light a candle of the color that corresponds to your intent for the crystal. Ground and center yourself. Hold your crystal in both hands or place both hands on the crystal. Attune to your crystal. When you feel ready, concentrate on exactly what you want your crystal to do – be specific. State, “I program this crystal for [the purposes you have determined].” Allow stray thoughts to go back out of your mind and concentrate on the purpose for your crystal. As you concentrate on what you want your crystal to do, breathe in through your nose and breathe your purpose for your crystal out through your mouth, sending the intention into your crystal with your breath. Continue to visualize its purpose as you continue to breathe in through the nose and out, at the crystal, through your mouth, sending your intention with each outward breath. Continue until you feel that the crystal is ready. Now pass the crystal from right to left through the flame of the candle to seal in the intention.

Your crystal is now ready to use. It will hold the programming that you gave it until the next time you clear it. Remember that your crystal needs to be cleared, charged and re-programmed after healing work, when you feel that it is storing something that you do not want stored or when it looks dull or feels sluggish.

Stone Descriptions

Note: when reading the description of a stone where a particular color is specified, also read the stone’s description without the color name. The attributes of the stones of particular colors are in addition to the attributes listed under the stone’s name alone.

Agate – harmonizes yin and yang, sooths and calms, and brings great strength. It builds self-confidence, aids self-analysis, and enhances mental function. It raises consciousness and aids in collective consciousness, encouraging contemplation and leading to spiritual growth. It stabilizes the aura, providing for a cleansing effect, which acts to smooth dysfunctional energies and to both transform and eliminate negativity.  In historic times, it was placed in water to dispel sickness.  Agates can be used to stimulate analytical capabilities and precision, provide perceptiveness to situations and awaken one’s inherent talents.

Amazonite – is a powerful filter, blocking geopathic stress, absorbing microwaves and cell phone emissions and protecting against electromagnetic pollution. It is a soothing stone that calms the brain and nervous system, aligns the physical body with the etheric and maintains optimum health. It balances feminine and masculine energies, helps one to see both sides of an issue, soothes emotional trauma, alleviates worry and fear, and dispels negative energy and aggravation while manifesting universal love. It heals and opens the heart and the throat chakras, enhances loving communication, opens the third eye and intuition, dissipates blockages in the nervous system, is beneficial in osteoporosis, tooth decay, calcium deficiency and calcium deposits, and relieves muscle spasms.

Amethyst – extremely powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. It is beneficial to the mind especially during meditation. It calms, synthesizes, and aids the transition of neural signals in the brain enhancing memory and improving motivation. It balances highs and lows and promotes emotional centering, alleviating sadness and grief. It is one of the most spiritual stones promoting love of the divine and spiritual wisdom.

Angelite – is a “stone of awareness” representing peace and brotherhood. It facilitates conscious contact with the angelic realm, enhances telepathic communication and enables out-of-body experiences. A powerful stone for healers, it deepens attunements and heightens perception, providing protection for the environment or the body. It helps the bearer to speak the truth, increases compassion, enhances astrological understanding, brings a deeper understanding of math and facilitates telepathy. It transmutes pain and disorder, opens the way for spiritual inspiration, creates a deep feeling of peace, helps connect to Universal Knowledge, stimulates healing and opens psychic channeling.

Aquamarine — is a stone of courage.  It stimulates, activates and cleanses the throat charka.  It encourages the innate ability to “always be prepared”.  It can be used to balance and fortify the glands.

Aragonite – a grounding stone, it transforms geopathic stress and clears blocked ley lines as well as stabilizing the base and earth chakras. I helps to explore the past, teaches patience, combats oversensitivity and is good for people who push themselves too hard. It aids concentration and helps make you comfortable within your own body. It treats Reynaud’s Disease and chills, strengthens the immune system, stops night twitches and muscle spasms, heals bones, aids calcium absorption and restores elasticity to discs.

Aventurine – a positive stone of prosperity that absorbs electromagnetic smog and protects against environmental pollution. It reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness, promoting compassion, empathy and perseverance.

Black Tourmaline – to cleanse, purify, clear, balance, protect, promote self-confidence, diminish fear, and attract inspiration and compassion. A stone of protection, it dispels electromagnetic smog, radiation, psychic attack, spells and ill wishes, and negative energies of all kinds. It grounds, providing for further enhancement of one’s well being.

Black Kyanite – calms and protects, transforming negative energy into white light.  It can be used with blue kyanite to simultaneously align and cleanse the chakras.  It helps to balance the yin/yang energies.

Blue Kyanite – for attunement and meditation, connection to spirit guides, promoting compassion and healing dreams. It does not hold negativity and never requires cleaning and cleanses other stones. It has a calming effect, encourages speaking ones truth, cutting through fears and blockages, encouraging self-expression.

Blue Lace Agate – a cooling and calming healing stone. A bringer of peace of mind, it allows freedom of expression opening the way to higher energies; neutralizing anger, infection, inflammation and fever. It gently dissolves old patterns of repression and encourages new modes of expression while neutralizing anger.

Blue Tiger’s Eye – a calming stone that helps to release stress, it aides the overanxious, phobic and quick-tempered. It slows the metabolism, cools an overactive sex drive and dissolves sexual frustration.

Blue Tourmaline – aids psychic awareness, the urge for spiritual freedom and clarity of self-expression. It opens the way for service to others, encouraging fidelity, tolerance, ethics and truth. It benefits the pulmonary and immune systems and the brain, corrects fluid imbalances, treats kidney and bladder, thymus and thyroid and chronic sore throat. It helps with insomnia, sinusitis, night sweats and bacterial infections.

Botswana Agate – beneficial to those who want to stop smoking. It looks to solutions rather then dwelling on problems, and helps to see the bigger picture. It releases repression and assimilates oxygen in the body.

Carnelian – grounds and anchors in the present reality, stabilizing and restoring vitality, motivation and creativity. It promotes courage, positive life choices and motivation for success in business. It helps overcome abuse of any kind and encourages trust in yourself and your perceptions.

Cerussite – a grounding stone that makes the soul feel at home no matter where it finds itself. It attunes to higher wisdom and karmic purpose and helps to explore past lives. It is beneficial for travel, reducing jet lag and helping to adjust to different cultures as well as enhancing communication. It imparts vitality and energy, aligns the nervous system, treats involuntary movements and strengthens muscles and bones. It overcomes insomnia and nightmares.

Chalcedony – a powerful cleanser that fosters the maternal instinct, improves mineral assimilation, and lessens the effects of dementia and senility. It increases physical energy and balances the body, emotions, mind and spirit. It is a nurturing stone that promotes brother/sister hood, good will, and group stability.

Cherry Quartz – see Clear Quartz

Chrysocolla – a tranquil and sustaining stone that helps meditation and communication, draws off negative energies, helps accept with serenity situations that are changing, and invokes great inner strength. It cleanses, calms and reenergizes all chakras, aligning them with the divine, draws out negative emotions and reverses destructive emotional programming. It heals heartache, increases the capacity to love, opens psychic vision, encourages self-awareness and inner balance, imparts confidence and sensitivity, enhances personal power, inspires creativity, overcomes phobias, supplies motivation, reduces mental tensions, helps you to keep a cool head, alleviates guilt and brings joy.It treats arthritis, bone disease, muscle spasms, the digestive tract, ulcers, blood disorders and lung problems. It detoxifies the liver, kidneys and intestines; reoxygenates the blood and the cellular structure of the lungs; regenerates the pancreas; regulates insulin; balances the blood; strengthens muscles; reduces muscle cramps; heals infections especially in the throat; lowers blood pressure; sooths burns; relieves arthritic pain; strengthens the thyroid; is beneficial for the metabolism; treats PMS and menstrual cramps; and dissolves miasms.

Clear Quartz – the most powerful healing and energy amplifying stone on the planet. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy and can be used to amplify both energy and thought. It cleanses and enhances the organs, the soul, and the subtle bodies connecting the physical dimension with the mind. It dissolves karmic seeds and attunes to the spiritual purpose, unlocking memory and bringing the body into balance. Traditionally the natural quartz crystal was said to both harmonize and align human energies.  Wherever worn or carried, it also tends to cancel the harmful effects of radiation and radioactivity.

Clear Quartz, Double Terminated – symbolizes patience and perseverance.  It is also useful in providing protection from physical and mental harm.

Citrine – a powerful cleanser and regenerator carrying the power of the sun. It promotes creativity, never needs cleansing, and absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy. It is a stone of abundance, teaching how to manifest and attract wealth, success and all good things.

Elestial Quartz – contains the absolute and ultimate essential wisdom.  It can be used to both sustain and maintain during changes.

Emerald – can be used to enhance the memory and to stimulate the use of greater mental capacity.   It is a stone to bring harmony to all areas of one’s life.  It is dais to bring beneficial consequences to matters involving legal affairs.  It is also a good money stone.

Fluorite — highly protective, shutting out psychic manipulation and undue mental influence, cleansing and stabilizing the aura, and drawing off negative energies and stress. It cleanses, purifies, dispels and reorganizes anything within the body that is not in perfect order.

Fresh Water Pearl – brings truth and loyalty. It signifies integrity, charity, faith and innocence, inhibiting boisterous behavior and providing a reflection of one’s self that one may see how she/he appears to others.

Garnet – a powerful energizing and regenerating stone it revitalizes, cleansing, purifies, balances and creates serenity or passion as appropriate. It inspires love and devotion, and aids sexual potency. It is a stone of commitment, strengthening the survival instinct, and bringing courage and hope.

Green Tourmaline – rejuvenates and inspires creativity, allows one to see all possible solutions and select the most constructive. It brings balance, transforms negative to positive energy, dispels fears, magnetizes the wearer to prosperity and abundance and facilitates the study of herbalism, enhancing the application of remedies and having the power to heal plants. It aids sleep; quiets the mind; fortifies the nervous system; treats eyes, heart, thymus, brain and immune system; facilitates weight loss; and relieves CFS and exhaustion while aligning the spine and aiding strained muscles.

Hematite – grounds, protects, and harmonizes the mind, body and spirit; dissolves negativity; enhances willpower and reliability; and imparts confidence. It treats over-eating, smoking and any form of over-indulgence.

Iron Pyrite – an energy shield, blocking out negative energy and pollutants. Worn around the neck, it protects all the subtle and physical bodies, deflecting harm and danger. It overcomes inertia, feelings of inadequacy, taps into abilities and potential, stimulates the flow of ideas, promotes diplomacy, relieves anxiety and frustration, accelerates mental activity as it increases blood flow to the brain, expands and structures mental capabilities, balances instinct with intuition and creativity with analysis. It is helpful for alleviating deep despair, increases energy and overcomes fatigue, blocks energy leaks, increases oxygen supply to the blood, treats bones, stimulates cellular formation, repairs DNA damage, aligns the meridians, aids sleep that is disturbed by gastric upset, strengthening the digestive tract and neutralizing ingested toxins. It alleviates asthma and bronchitis.

Jade – a symbol of purity and serenity, it signifies wisdom, increases love and nurturing, is protective, brings harmony and attracts good luck. It brings insightful dreams and aids emotional release, encouraging the bearer to become who they really are. It is also a cleansing stone, aiding the body’s filtration and elimination organs. It treats the kidneys, supra-adrenal glands, skeleton, hips and spleen.

Jasper – unifies all aspects of life, reminds people to help each other. It is the supreme nurturer, aligns the chakras, provides protection, absorbs negative energy and imparts determination to all pursuits.

Labradorite – deflects unwanted energies, prevents energy leakage and is a highly mystical and protective stone and bringer of light. It stimulates intuition and psychic gifts bringing messages from the unconscious mind to the surface, calming an overactive mind, and energizing the imagination.

Lapis Lazuli – stimulates enlightenment, enhances dream work and psychic abilities, stimulating spiritual power. It teaches the power of the spoken word and brings deep inner harmony. It is a powerful thought amplifier, stimulating the higher faculties of the mind and bringing objectivity and clarity. It alleviates pain especially that of migraine headaches.

Lavender Chalcedony – helps acceptance of new situations, imparts mental flexibility and verbal dexterity, enhances listening skills, improves memory, improves self-perception, clears illnesses associated with weather changes, aids regeneration of mucus membranes, has an anti-inflammatory effect, lowers temperature and blood pressure, heals the lungs and clears the respiratory system.

Lepidolite – assists one in openness and honesty, furthering the openness and honesty of those in close proximity.  It can induce the attribute of self-love, bringing child-like love and acceptance to the user.  It can assist in soothing the nervous system, stabilizing the flow of blood and calming the heart.

Mookaite – known as Australian Jasper, it provides a useful balance between inner and outer experiences, imparting both a desire for new experiences and a deep calm with which to face them. It increases psychological flexibility and encourages versatility, pointing out all possibilities and assisting in choosing the right one. It is physically stabilizing, fortifies the immune system, heals wounds and purifies the blood.

Moonstone – strongly connected to the moon and intuition, this stone is reflective and reminds us of the cycles of change in our lives. It calms the emotions, enhances psychic abilities and encourages other psychic gifts. It has a powerful effect upon the female reproductive cycle and it elevates menstrual related dis-ease and tension, balancing the hormonal cycle.

Moss Agate – a stabilizing stone that refreshes the soul and enables the ability to see beauty in everything. It lessens pain and releases spiritual blockages, attracting abundance, improving self-esteem and strengthening positive personality traits.

Muscovite – a form of mica, this stone has a strong angelic contact. It stimulates awareness of the Higher Self and the heart chakra. It disperses insecurity and self-doubt, eliminates anger and nervous stress and aids in problem solving. It helps to control blood sugar, balances pancreatic secretions, alleviates dehydration, regulates the kidneys and relieves insomnia and allergies.

Obsidian – provides a shield against negativity, transforming negative vibrations within an environment.  It is quite useful in healing, providing both the healer and subject with clarity with respect to both the cause and the amelioration of the dis-ease.

Orbicular Jasper – eliminates toxins, resonates and facilitates circular breathing, instills patience, supports service, and assists in accepting responsibility.

Prehnite – a stone of unconditional love and one that heals the healer. It enhances visualization processes and induces deep meditation to contact the Higher Self, putting the bearer in touch with the universe’s energy grid, and is said to connect with the Archangel Raphael and other spiritual and extraterrestrial beings. It enhances precognition and inner knowing, enables the bearer to always be prepared, attuning to divine energies and showing the bearer the way forward for spiritual growth. It alleviates nightmares and phobias and is beneficial for hyperactive children and the karmic causes of the condition. It helps to declutter and organize. It heals the kidneys and bladder, thymus gland, shoulders, chest and lungs, treating gout, blood disorders, repairing connective tissue.

Red Jade – is the most passionate and stimulating form of jade. It accesses anger and releases tension in a manner that becomes constructive.

Red Jasper – grounds energy, rectifies unjust situations, brings problems to light before they become too big, calms the emotions, helps dream recall, stimulates the base chakra, assists in rebirthing, provides insight, cleans and stabilizes the aura.

Red Tiger’s Eye – overcomes lethargy and generates motivation. It increases a low sex drive and speeds up a slow metabolism.

Rose Quartz – is good for the heart. A stone of unconditional love and infinite peace, it purifies and opens the heart, bringing deep inner healing and self-love and promoting friendship. It attracts love and loving relationships, drawing off negative energy, strengthening empathy and sensitivity, and enhancing positive affirmations.

Rutilated Quartz – an efficient vibrational healer, it cleanses and energizes the aura, aids in astral travel, scrying and channeling, facilitating contact with the highest spiritual guidance. It draws off negative energy, breaks down barriers to spiritual progress and heightens the energetic impulse of quartz. It treats bronchitis, balances the thyroid and repels parasites, stimulating growth and regeneration of cells, repairing torn tissues.

Serpentine – aids mediation and spiritual exploration, opening psychic abilities and understanding the spiritual basis of life. It corrects mental and emotional imbalances, cleanses and detoxifies the blood and the body.

Smoky Quartz – grounds, anchors, and at the same time raises vibration during meditations. A protective stone with a strong link to the earth, it is an antidote to stress that fortifies resolve. It relieves fear, lifts depression and brings emotional calm, dissolving negative emotions.

Snowflake Obsidian – teaches the value of mistakes as well as success and helps recognize and release stressful mental patterns.

Strawberry Quartz – stimulates the energy center of the heart, filling one’s total person with the feeling of love.  It balances connections between both the astral body and physic system, intrinsic in all.

Tantric Twin – or soul mate crystal assists in bringing your soul mate to you. They are beneficial in all sorts of relationships and teach how to be an individual while united in an equal partnership. It helps you to know yourself truly.

Tiger’s eye – combines earth energy and sun energy, creating a high vibration state that draws the spiritual energy to earth and grounds simultaneously. It enhances psychic abilities, protects and assists in accomplishing goals and recognizing inner resources.

Tiger Iron – a combination of jasper, hematite and tiger’s eye, it promotes vitality, and supplies the energy necessary to take action. It is a creative and artistic stone that brings out inherent talents.

Turquoise – to promote spiritual attunement, enhance communications with the spiritual and physical worlds, explore past lives, clear electromagnetic smog. A stone of purification and strength, it helps dispel exhaustion, depression, panic attacks and pollutants in the atmosphere.

Unakite – a stone of vision, it balances emotions with spirituality, provides grounding, and brings a calm and gentle energy. It releases conditions that inhibit spiritual and psychological growth, reaching the root cause at whatever level.

Variscite – is a stone of encouragement, bringing hope and courage, extremely useful for illness and invalids, and bringing unconditional love. It is useful for past-life exploration, facilitates visual images of experiences while going deeply into the feelings and experiences of appropriate lives. It stimulates insights, moves the bearer out of deep despair, does away with pretense, calms nervousness, brings a peaceful heart, and helps to restore depleted energy reserves. It heals the nervous system; treats abdominal distension and constricted blood flow; regenerates elasticity of veins and skin; neutralizes over acidity; aids gout, gastritis, ulcers, and rheumatism; and relieves cramps.

Yellow Jade – aids the digestive and elimination systems, is a mellow energizer and brings joy and happiness. It teaches that all are interconnected.

© Bobbi Curtis 2015


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