The Healing Powers of Crystals

A brief history of how ancient civilizations used crystals

There is an ever growing excitement about the use of natural crystals in our day to day lives. Each crystal has its own special properties, whether you're seeking out spiritual transformation, healing, growth, clarity, and more, there's a crystal for just about anything. 

Do Your Research

Crystal energy is real energy, harnessed directly from Mother Earth Gaia herself. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually, crystals carry powerful and influential energy within them. Because of the rise in popularity of spiritualism over the recent years, there has been a steady rise in demand for all things spiritual: crystals, white sage, palo santo, chakra items, etc. With rise in demand comes more pressure to supply consumers with what they want. It's important to do your research to make sure the crystals you purchase are in fact genuine crystals from the Earth.  

Energy Influencers

Crystals have incredible influence on energies including auras, chakras, meridians, and even more subtle spiritual energies that may be undetected by some. Scientific research has shown the power of visualizations and affirmations when combined with crystals. Our ancient ancestors in Kemet would have called crystals by other names such as gemstones, amulets, stones, or talismans. The modern day word crystal is said to have originated in the Ancient Greek culture, stemming from the Greek word κρύσταλλος (krustallos) meaning "rock crystal" or "ice". This was because it was believed that clear quartz was water that had frozen so deeply that it would always remain solid.

Crystals in Ancient Times 

The first historical references to the use of crystals is seen in the Ancient Sumerian civilization, who included crystals in their magic formulas. Ancient Kemet (Egypt) is rich in natural minerals and gems including Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Carnelian, Emerald, and Clear Crystal Quartz. We see examples of these beautiful crystals used throughout Ancient Egyptian day to day life when we examine their breathtaking artifacts including mummified coffins, drawings, and paintings of our ancestral rulers. The Ancient Egyptians knew the power of crystals and used them primarily for protection and health. Chrysolite (later known as both Topaz and Peridot) was often used to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits.
The Ancient Greeks attributed a number of properties to crystals as well, and many names we use today are of Greek origin.  The word Amethyst means 'not drunken' and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers. Hematite comes from the word for blood, because of the red coloration produced when it oxidizes. Hematite is an iron ore and the ancient Greeks associated iron with Aries, the god of war. Greek soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before battle, purportedly to make themselves invulnerable. Greek sailors also wore a variety of amulets to keep them safe at sea.
The Ancient Chinese highly valued Jade and in fact, some Chinese written characters represent jade beads. Musical instruments in the form of chimes were made from Jade and around 1,000+ years ago and Chinese emperors were sometimes buried in jade armor. There are burials with Jade masks from around the same period that can also be found in Mexico. Jade was recognized as a kidney healing stone both in Ancient China and South America. More recently - dating from around 250 years ago - the Maoris of New Zealand wore Jade pendants representing the ancestor spirits, which were passed down many generations through the male line. The tradition of green stones being lucky continues in parts of New Zealand to this day.

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