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Crystals are a powerfully attractive entry into studying the mystic arts. Beautiful, ancient, and of infinite variety, these energetic fruits of the Earth inspire every facet of human creative and spiritual life. While crystals are sometimes dismissed as a New Age “woo,” the fact is that they have been used for everything from healing to ritual to religion to interior decor to jewelry for millennia.
Take mainstream birthstones, for example. As early as the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus thought that there was a relationship between the twelve stones worn in the breastplate of Moses’s brother Aaron, the High Priest of the Israelites, and the zodiac signs. The breastplate featured four rows of three stones each, possibly including:
- Lapis lazuli
In the 8th and 9th centuries, religious scholars correlated the twelve apostles to these twelve stones, and this influenced the practice of wearing a different stone for each month of the year.
Precious stones have also been appreciated widely in the East. For example, in Vedic astrology, planets and the nodes of the moon are correlated with nine stones known as the Navaratna, and specific gems are assigned at birth according to ones astrology chart to support the wearer’s health. They are:
- Ruby for the Sun
- Pearl for the Moon
- Red Coral for Mars
- Emerald for Mercury
- Yellow sapphire for Jupiter
- Diamond for Venus
- Blue sapphire for Saturn
- Hessonite for the ascending lunar node
- Cat’s Eye for the descending lunar node
And in 1912, Jewelers of America standardized the monthly birthstones, probably to increase their popular market appeal. While the apparently random assignment of stones to birth months may or may not energetically resonate with you as a modern day mystic, healer, or enthusiast, you might enjoy working with crystals according to their unique energy signature, based on your own zodiac sign.
And so we present to you a list of recommended crystals according to zodiac sign. Each zodiac sign includes at least one crystal to amplify your innate energies and another to heal and balance.
If you’re looking for a crystal for healing purposes, divination, or altarwork, consider selecting one according to your sun sign. If you’re looking for one to wear or for decorative purposes, select one according to your rising sign. If you’re looking for a crystal to help heal a relationship, or to provide energy work, work with crystals that correspond with both of your signs to help you attune to each others’ energy.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Carnelian enhances your innate creativity, passion, life force, warmth, happiness, and courage.
Citrine provides happiness, courage, hope and warmth. It contains the energy of the sun and facilitates abundance, success, and prosperity.
Bloodstone increases energy and strength, removes energy blockages, reduces anxiety, and acts as an energy cleanser especially for the lower chakras.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Peridot is a compassionate stone that activates the heart chakra. It brings abundance and provides a healing energy for relationships, especially marriages.
Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is a protective stone that relieves anxiety, frustration, and heals energetic leaks and repairs tears in the aura.
Smokey quartz is a powerful grounding stone and is excellent for releasing grudges, emotional baggage and energy blocks. Use this stone to purify the energy field of a being or a space.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Blue lace agate is a great crystal for communication and clarity of thought. It is a calming stone that can bring peace and soothe the nerves.
Blue chalcedony is a grounding gem that can balance the mind and body and improve communication.
Clear quartz clarifies the thought process, reduces fear, and enhances the qualities of meditation.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Moonstone is perfect for your moon-ruled sign because it enhances your natural intuition and psychic abilities and calms emotional reactions.
Ametrine is a beautiful purple stone that generates optimism, soothes stress, and harmonizes the emotions.
Citrine is a mood-boosting stone that can enhance self-expression and creativity.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Hematite is a magnetizing stone that energizes and grounds the body and helps you bring your visions into reality.
Bridge crystals are a crystal structure, not a specific type of crystal, where a smaller crystal penetrates a larger crystal. They can form a bridge between worlds, such as between the present and the past, and are often used to heal inner child wounds.
Tiger’s eye is another grounding stone that amplifies personal power and confidence, and brings good luck.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Tibetan quartz is a very powerful stone that purifies energy, boosts the energy of other crystals, soothes mental overstimulation and balances the chakras.
Red jasper is a grounding and protective stone that enhances stability and releases stress.
Tiger iron is another grounding stone that strengthens the immune system and heals the nervous system.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Pink tourmaline, also called the electric stone, is a crystal that increases happiness and inner peace by helping to release extreme or polarized energies.
Lapis lazuli boosts personal power, organization skills, and improves your ability to make solid decisions.
Labradorite is another stone that aids in decision making, except it does so by reducing the mental chatter that can occur due to information overload, clarifying your intuition and psychic abilties.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Merlinite, named after Merlin the wizard, encourages spiritual growth and helps you tune into your mystical abilities.
Onyx is a powerful stone that purifies energy and transmutes negative energies such as stress, grief, and trauma.
Shiva Lingam balances the masculine and feminine polarities and activates kundalini energy.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Aragonite is a grounding, energy-boosting stone that helps to transmute and released suppressed stress and emotions.
Turquoise is a semi-precious stone that provides spiritual attunement, balance, and offers protection, especially during physical activities and travel.
Malachite is a stone of transformation that enhances spiritual growth. It is helpful during periods of change.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Garnet is a sensual, grounding stone that increases passion, creativity, and abundance.
Black tourmaline is a highly protective stone that assists in purifying energy and setting clear boundaries.
Azurite is a wonderful stone for opening the third eye and connecting to your multidimensional energy body. It can help to cut through illusion and attain wisdom.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Amethyst is a calming, peaceful crystal that enhances mental clarity, intuition and psychic abilities.
Aquamarine is another stone that calms the nervous system. It aligns the throat chakra, brings clarity, and helps to release the past.
Yellow jasper stimulates the solar plexus and gives the courage and vision needed for channeling healing on a societal level.
Pisces (February 19 – March 19)
Rose quartz facilitates unconditional love, peace, and harmony in relationships.
Obsidian is a grounding stone that helps to activate the root chakra, transmute negative energies, and integrate and heal soul fragments.
Howlite is an “attunement stone” that facilitates a connection with alternate dimensions and higher consciousness while helping to relieve and release stress and pain.
Many crystals require special cleansing and programming, so always do your own research. On that note, this list isn’t …set in stone (yes, I had to). If you feel attracted to a stone, regardless of what this resource or any other says, it probably has something to teach you. Follow your own intuition first.