Where do the properties of crystals come from? Who decided the meanings? Discover the origin of Crystal Healing and why different stones mean different things.
A common question I get asked, especially to those who are just beginning their crystal journey is about the origin of the properties of different crystals. Where did they come from? Who decided what crystal means what or does something? How did they know? I get it…
Origins Of The Properties Of Crystals
The thing I always try to explain is there is no one single answer to this question. The modern practice and belief in what most people call ‘Crystal Healing’ has many sources and developed over time. We can only theorise how this all came about as this story started thousands of years ago. I have given this a lot of thought over the years, what I share here is just my opinion and belief on the subject.
As I always say, colour is vibration. The colours of crystals relate to their energy and these colours play a big part in why people are drawn to certain stones. Different colours have different meanings. These meanings may relate to the elements, Planets in astrology or the chakras too.
“Understanding the chakra association is an excellent guide to the metaphycial properties of crystals.”
The chakras relate to different areas of our life, mind and parts of the physical body. Crystals bring those qualities into balance or help restore weak energies in the chakras and the aura. When crystals have a combination of colours this also indicates the additional energies and chakras. The practice of Colour Therapy also helps us understand the meanings of the different colours.
Shape & Form
Many crystals grow into interesting shapes and forms. Shapes also tell us lots about the intrinsic energy of a crystal. This may relate to Sacred Geometry and like colours, shapes have meanings and symbolism associated with them too. Crystals that are spikey, may be seen as defensive so could be used for protection. Rounded stones may be seen as more feminine, grounding and peaceful.
Then there is the look of the crystal and how it is affected by light. Transparency indicates receptivity and holds more energy. A highly reflective crystal is showier, an earthy-looking stone may be more grounding. These are just a few examples of where some of the meanings may have come from. In spiritual and metaphysical thinking, a natural form is not considered random or a coincidence.
Ancient people learned many things about our world through direct experience and trial and error. This is where the benefits of different herbs or essential oils come from. As they wore or carried different stones, people noticed how they affected them and how they felt. Today we have even more crystals available to us and new ones are discovered all the time.
People try things and share what they experienced, if others agree then these meanings tend to stick.
Energy & Intuition
Maybe you don’t feel the energy of crystals but some people do. Since before recorded history people who were sensitive to energy, perhaps those who were considered shamans, healers or wise people in their community would have sensed the energies of different stones. Once you can sense the energy of a crystal, it is not something that you can ignore. Energy does not lie.
In more recent times and to this day spiritual people such as crystal healers, teachers and authors like me are also sharing our impressions of different crystals. When you connect with the energy of a crystal you can get intuitive messages of what it helps with. I think if we ignored this part of Crystal Healing we would be missing a lot of information and it would be contradictory to a lot of the spiritual experiences so many people have had with crystals.
Why We Can’t Rely on Historic Meanings Alone
There are a few reasons why I believe we can’t rely on historic records and traditional meanings of stones alone. Firstly, very little ancient records have survived. It used to be mostly the Leaders, Priests and Royalty that could afford to have gemstones. Many records were lost or hidden. Even if we look at what survived from the medieval period, it is pretty limited. They did not have a large amount of different stones like we have today.
Also, they lived it a very different world to us, if you read what was documented about crystals by medival Physicians, you will see that a lot of it would not apply to modern people and much of it is very superstitious and innacurate (Rubies can boil water?). In the last 100 years so many new minerals have been discovered, crystals that were once only available to a select few are now affordable and easy to find.
This is why the practice of modern Crystal Healing is progressive. It’s constantly evolving and developing to adapt to our changing world and new discoveries. There simply are no traditional or historic sources for the properties of crystals we know and love today.
Location & Discovery
I don’t think that the location of a crystal’s discovery is a coincidence either. These areas of land hold energies and have all kind of history and legends associated with them (Larimar, Preseli Bluestone). Some stones have interesting stories attached to them and can develop an almost mythological status (Lemurian Seeds or Moldavite for example).
Was the stone first found near mountains, lakes, deserts, Sacred Sites or on an Island? Did it fall from the sky like a shooting star? This also can influence the properties that come with a stone. Also, note the name/s of the stone as it is used in the jewellery industry and any metaphysical names. These often indicate the location or certain spiritual associations it has.
Different cultures have their own way of viewing different crystals. Many cultures associate certain properties and stories with stones. Sometimes these correlate with beliefs in other parts of the world and sometimes they are unique to a tradition. These have all influenced some of the properties of crystals we know about today and continue to survive outside of Crystal Healing.
Physical Uses & Effects
Despite what you may hear online in the past, just like today, most mining is not really for pretty crystals, it is much more practical. Minerals like Ores and Metals are used by different civilizations for making things. The ancients noticed how certain stones reacted to water, were poisonous, created coloured paints, changed colour or were needed to make metals for tools.
Hematite is rich in Iron and is still used to make this metal. Iron was used to make swords, armour and shields. Its physical properties are that it is strong and reflective. I don’t think it is a coincidence that it is one of the best crystals for psychic protection.
I hope this has given you some insight into the origin of the properties of crystals? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (please keep any questions you have concise and on topic if you want a response).
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