Grounding is one of the first — and most important — skills that any energy worker should master. It gets a bit of a bad rap for being simple and not quite as spectacular as some other techniques, which means that many people aren’t grounding nearly as often as they should.
The practice of grounding allows the practitioner to re-calibrate their energy. If they’ve gone through a situation or met someone whose left too much of an energetic impact, grounding is the way to get everything back to a normal, comfortable, natural state.
In magic, it’s also a way to return the extra energy of spellwork back to the Earth. The Earth is the physical plane, where results happen. Grounding is an important step in completing a successful working.
There are a lot of ways to ground. Some are as simple as eating a bit of food, standing barefoot on the soil, or visualizing your energy entering the Earth like roots. One of the easiest and most effective ways is by holding a crystal. There are several crystals useful for grounding and balancing your energy.
Here are some of the best crystals and stones for grounding and balance:
Natural agate often comes in shades of gray and brown, which are very earthy, grounding colors. Brown, in particular, is strongly tied to grounding in color magic.
Agate also helps the user achieve stability and balance. It’s a very helpful stone for times when you feel overwhelmed — take a tumbled stone (preferably a palm stone) in your hand, close your eyes, and let agate’s peaceful, grounding energy get you back to your baseline.
See article: Metaphysical Properties of Agate.
2. Black tourmaline
Black and brown crystals are some of the most popular for grounding. Their colors tie them to the Earth element, and black is associated with stability and grounding in color magic.
Black tourmaline is one of the most effective stones for grounding and protection. Carry it as a pocket stone so you can hold it whenever you need a bit of stability. It’s also helpful to keep a large specimen in your bedroom, so you can benefit from a comfortable, safe haven when you sleep.
It’s also a good crystal for keeping in the common rooms of your home, where guests gather. Just remember to cleanse black tourmaline often, since its energy is easily affected by what it comes in contact with.
See article: Metaphysical Properties of Black Tourmaline.
These dark green stones with red spots are strongly tied to the physical body, especially the circulatory system. By extension, they have a very grounding impact on the energy body.
Its green color is also associated with the heart chakra, making it suitable for grounding strong emotions. Wear bloodstone as a pendant or brooch near the heart area, or carry a palm stone in your pocket.
See article: Metaphysical Properties of Bloodstone.
Hematite is a heavy, metallic-looking iron oxide. Some say they have a more subtle, strengthening energy when compared to other grounding stones, but they’re just as effective.
The reflective finish of tumbled or polished hematite also acts via sympathetic magic to shield the aura from unwanted energies. This means that hematite can help protect you from anything you don’t want entering your aura, and allow you to ground your energy.
Wear hematite jewelry, or keep it as a pocket stone. It’s a good idea to meditate with hematite every day, since daily grounding and shielding exercises are an easy way to keep your energy body clear.
See article: Metaphysical Properties of Hematite.
Jet is a type of fossilized wood. It’s typically black, which is associated with grounding and banishing negativity. As fossilized wood, jet also has ties to roots, which enter the Earth and exchange water and minerals.
This means that it’s similarly useful for sending your energy into the Earth to help ground and balance yourself. Jet has also been used in mourning jewelry, which gives it historical ties to grief and other strong emotions.
Wear it in jewelry to help deal with overwhelming feelings and return yourself to balance, or carry it as a pocket stone for those times when you need some grounding.
Obsidian combines the energies of Earth, Fire, and Water in a single crystal. It’s a type of volcanic glass, so it comes from the very lifeblood of the planet and is wonderful for grounding energy.
They’re also useful in workings to remove unwanted attachments which can negatively impact your energy. This means that they’re good for grounding and balancing on multiple fronts — they remove attachments that can unbalance you, and help you re-calibrate yourself.
Wear obsidian jewelry, work with an obsidian blade during spellwork, or carry a tumbled stone in your pocket for those times when you need some quick grounding.
7. Petrified wood
Petrified wood is just what it sounds like — woody tissue that has been infiltrated by mineral-rich water, until the minerals have replaced the soft, decaying wood.
It works just like jet. Its brown color ties it to grounding in color magic, and its attachment to living trees make it a helpful stone for sending your energy to the Earth for re-balancing.
Carry a piece of tumbled petrified wood in your pocket, and hold it whenever you need some extra support to ground and balance yourself.
Shungite is a shiny black stone that looks somewhat like a cross between obsidian and hematite. Elite shungite is the highest quality shungite, with the most metallic luster.
Believe it or not, this stone is entirely made of carbon. It helps ground unwanted energies, and, just like charcoal carbon, acts as a purifier.
Some people say it gets rid of excess electromagnetic frequencies in their environment and purifies water. It’s a great stone for staying grounded and balanced.
9. Smoky quartz
Like black tourmaline, smoky quartz is an excellent grounding and protective stone. It also helps transmute negative energy to positive, so it’s a very helpful energy filter to wear or keep on you.
Meditate with smoky quartz when you’re feeling off balance, wear it in protective jewelry, or keep it in your pocket to hold when you need to ground your energy.
See article: Metaphysical Properties of Smoky Quartz.
10. Tourmalinated quartz
This stone combines clear quartz with black needles of tourmaline. That means that it combines the energy-enhancing virtues of clear quartz with the grounding and protective powers of black tourmaline.
Think of it like an extra powerful black tourmaline — the quartz amplifies the tourmaline’s energy, allowing it to act as a very potent energy shield. Use it the same way you would black tourmaline.
11. Honorable Mention: Rocks
As in, the ones that’re probably in your yard right now. These are most likely a variety of clear or white quartz, though dirt and scuffs probably hide that fact. As quartz, they’re programmable. That means you can pick one up, send your intention into it, and carry it with you.
If you’re feeling very overwhelmed or unbalanced, pick up a stone off of the ground. Hold it in your dominant hand, and send your feelings into the stone. Once you’re feeling more like yourself again, throw the stone into a natural body of water. The water will cleanse the stone and return the energy to the Earth.
Grounding is an important part of maintaining a healthy aura and energy body. While there are multiple ways to help ground and balance yourself, not all of them are suitable for doing when you’re in public, at work, or otherwise busy.
Carrying a grounding pocket stone can give you a way to discreetly balance your energy and keep you from feeling overwhelmed or off-center.