Crystal Properties by Color

Rays of color flow through our crystal friends guiding their properties into a theme of influence or healing. It’s not always easy to remember each crystal’s unique attributes. If you can remember how certain color energies work through crystals then you will have a good foundation on how to use them for healing or where to place them in your home.

Black, Brown, Grey/Silver: These crystals are the most connected to the physical/earthly plane. They can help you ground yourself especially after healing work, meditation or just running around doing errands. These crystals are protective and can help you clear negative energy. They correspond with the chakras in knees, feet and earth star below you.

Red: If you need stimulation or some revitalization red crystals are for you. Red is and activating and strengthening color but can exhaust you if used constantly. Best to use a red crystal for shorter term work and not if you are feeling very emotional. Place red crystals in rooms where you want to increase output like a work out room or have them help you with a particular project. Red stimulates creativity too so have red crystals help you with your crafts and hobbies. Red crystals help to support the root chakra and your adrenals.

Orange: Orange is the color associated with the sacral chakra. Orange crystals boost the creative side of our nature from great works of art to basic reproduction. It is a good color to encourage abundance and increase. Orange crystals are stimulating and activating. They are not as intense as red crystals so they can be used closely for longer periods of time.

Yellow/Gold: Yellow stimulates both social interaction and mental activity. Yellow crystals awaken your mind and your ability to study and learn. Great to help you organize your thoughts and your surroundings. Connected with the solar plexus chakra, yellow crystals help encourage self-esteem and will power. They are good crystals to have in an office or study environment.

Pink: Crystals in the gentle color of pink can be used over a long period of time. Working on the more personal heart level they encourage unconditional love, comfort and nurturing. Pink crystals are emotionally calming. They can help you release grief and help you heal your emotional heart. They encourage love of self and others. These crystals are great for bedrooms.

Green: Green crystals are connected with nature energies. Like the natural world they are calming, balancing and healing. Connected with the heart chakra they support a more humanitarian form of love. In Feng Shui green attracts money and is a good crystal color to attract more financial abundance.

Blue: Blue is cooling and calming color. It promotes relaxation and serenity. Lighter blues connect best with the throat chakra and darker blues with the third eye. Light blue crystals support communication and self-expression through speaking and writing. Darker blue/indigo crystals work on a more spiritual level promoting intuition and clear communication from the realms of spirit. They are great for writing, meditation and channeling.

Purple: Purple connects you to your spiritual side of life. Purple crystals promote spiritual alignment and awakening. Whether you are working with the softer feminine energies of lilac or the meditative and protective energies of deep purple your crown chakra will be stimulated and you will be open to higher frequencies.

White/Clear: White and clear crystals cleanse and focus the energy around you. They can help sharpen your intentions, open up your intuition and link you to higher realms. These crystals are connected to the higher chakras above the crown chakra such as your Higher Self or Soul Star.



Rocks, Crystals, Minerals: Collection? Clutter? or Just Plain Hoarding?

Rocks, Crystals and Minerals: Collection? Clutter? or Just Plain Hoarding?

Written for an Arizona Gem and Mineral Club Newsletter

True confession, I have crystals in my medicine cabinet. These are remnants of a crystal collection that got out of control. I never realized how fast this could happen until my husband and I got together. Access to a wholesaler, buying out a few collections including one from 45 years of rock hounding- and being very lucky with club raffles boosted our combined collection exponentially. Our display shelves were three-to-four deep with specimens, our living room floor was half covered with minerals, and thousands of ‘rocks to be processed’ had to be moved not once, but two times, when they installed the sewage pipe. My husband and I lean towards having different tastes in rock collecting. He likes the raw stuff and really nice specimens, one of each. I lean towards any kind of quartz – preferably the big fat points, and have a soft spot for slightly dinged pieces that need a home. Things got to a point where we couldn’t see the ‘trees for the forest’ to reverse a famous old saying.

Being trained in Feng Shui and Professional Organizing I just couldn’t take the volume and the amount piled in the living room- as it was blocking the flow of energy and crowding the view. We mutually decided to have “THE BIG CLEAR OUT”. Taking some time to reflect on what we wanted from this collection, we brainstormed some solutions to this growing problem.

What constitutes a collection is relative to the collector. To some people you may have too many rocks and to others not enough. (Ok… we’re all rock hounds and there’s never too many…..) But if your rocks, minerals or crystals are tripping up your flow, or perhaps causing a bit of marital tension, you need to decide if you have a collection or clutter or are just plain hoarding them.

So what is a ‘collection’? A collection is a group of ten or more similar items. In this hobby it is rocks, gems, crystals, and/or minerals. These items are loved and admired. They are on display to be enjoyed and shown off. Ours are on wooden shelves. When people ask me what I do with my crystals, my reply is ‘I dust them!”- said with a foolish grin on my face, and eliciting a knowing smile from many women. We have seen them in china cabinets, curio cabinets, under a glass topped table, and in a room full of lit up display cases – all labeled. Who needs a dining room anyway? These are collections.

Clutter takes up space you need, and is underfoot. It’s in your way, piled in such a way here and there that it makes no sense, is too many items for the space available, and blocks enjoyment of your collection. It is not used, loved, admired or worked with. Clutter takes up garage space, basement storage, is often found in moldy/mildewing flats of collapsing cardboard- or collecting cobwebs in some abandoned corner. It has been around for years- because, hey, you’re bound to get to it someday. ‘Someday’ I’ll buy a cabinet and display this stuff, it’ll be worth lots ‘someday’, I’ll work with it ‘someday’, I just need some saws (have you been saying this for 10 years now?). Rock clutter is heavy clutter- and as you age it just gets heavier and harder to deal with. If it is sentimental – it is heavy sentiment of the good ol days….

Hoarding is a more serious issue. Rocks are amassed for many reasons: to build a protective wall around yourself, holding onto them because you are afraid they won’t go to a good home, representing monetary value or expertise- or just greed. These are deeper psychological issues, but worth considering if you feel things have gotten out of hand.

So if the rocks are taking over your place it’s probably time to do a little ‘prioritizing’. Before you start attacking the piles and starting throwing them around (no glass houses please), the most important thing to do is to take a deep breath, sit down and ask yourself ‘what do I want from the experience of having a rock/crystal/mineral collection?’
Greg and I discussed this and came up with the following: to have a variety of nice specimens to show people, an aesthetically pleasing environment, energetic support and a bunch of little friends all around us that we don’t have to walk, feed or water.

Once you’ve decided what you want from your collection it’s important to evaluate how much space you have that can be allotted to this hobby. You can only fit 10 feet of crystals into 10 feet of space. You can only move what you can lift. How many rocks can you display? This is your amount. This number goes up with smaller pieces and down with the larger ones. As far as I’m concerned, have as many as what makes you happy- and that you can display nicely (just don’t call me on dusting day). So be it 10, 20, 100 or 1,000- this is your collection.

So as you begin thinning out ask yourself the following questions for each piece:
Do I use it? Does it/will it have a purpose in the near future? Will I be displaying it? Will I use it as a healing tool?
Do I love it? Does it make me happy??
Is this my best specimen? Do I want to show it off to others?
Does it support what I want from this type of collection?
For those that want to work with rough specimens: Do I have a place to cut and polish it? Do I have the saws, the space, or plans to work on them somewhere? Do I have a plan?

So now that you’re clear on what stays or goes, what is the next step?

The rocks you are keeping for processing can be organized into small to medium plastic bins, and placed on sturdy shelving. We opted for metal racks on wheels and found them at Sam’s Club. I’m not a fan of cardboard, as is gets softer and mustier with age. Label your bins with the date and give yourself a time limit, for example one or two years. If you haven’t processed them in this time, will you ever? Unlikely. Unless you are close to having the time (retirement) it is best to set ‘em free for others to work with and enjoy. Rough specimens can also be stored in rock gardens, lining walls and gardens. Shade is better for amethyst and rose quartz, as the sun will lighten these minerals over time.

Surplus specimens can be turned into a medicine wheel or contribute to some other yard art.
You can gift the extras to a friend or a customer, add to a child’s rock collection, sell ‘em, swap ‘em, donate them to clubs or classes- or simply return them to earth for someone else to find.
If you are stuck on sentiment but don’t have the space, take some pictures of your minerals and frame them with the rock hounding buddy you found them with and place it on the wall or in an album. If your collection is quite extensive and you just don’t have the space to do it justice, you could store half of it and switch out every 6 months. It will be like having a fresh new collection twice a year.

Managing inflow is very important. Please go enjoy rock hounding, but process what you bring home. Buy that special piece that calls your name. The key is the one in one out rule. For every piece that comes in one should go out- at least then you’ll be at a manageable level. So dust off your collections, oil up those saws, get those unused pieces out into circulation – you’ll be happy with the added space to attract new pieces, inspire creative projects, and you will thank me should you ever have to move.

Another confession: in my weaker moments ‘one piece out’ usually finds itself out in the meditation crystal garden. And as for the crystals in the medicine cabinet, they are always there to greet me when I go to floss my teeth!

by Ann Capatch 2012