32 Crystals & Their Magical Properties

Long before crystals entered common knowledge as metaphysical and spiritual healing tools, witches were using them in crystal magic.

There are several types of spells that employ crystals in various ways — from using them to dress candles, to infusing oils, to carrying them as amulets or talismans.

Like herbs, each crystal has its own particular set of properties. Unlike herbs, crystals last far longer, so the more you work with a specific crystal, the stronger your magical bond grows.

Choosing the Right Crystals

There’s more to picking out a crystal than looking up their magical associations and buying any old stone from a shop.

Even if a guide says a certain type of stone would work for your intention, each individual specimen has their own unique energy. You need to tune into this energy to find the right crystal for you.

There are several ways to choose the right crystal:

Visually

If a stone catches your eye, that’s one way of tuning in. Sometimes, visual appeal is about more than an interesting shape or pretty color — a crystal’s energy contributes to the first impression it makes.

If you’re ordering a stone online, a crystal’s looks may be the only piece of information you have to go on before buying.

That’s okay! When you find that a particular crystal strikes your fancy before you’ve even touched it, it may be trying to tell you something.

By Touch

Next, pick the crystal up in your non-dominant hand. How does it feel? Crystal energy can provoke different sensations in different people.

It’s generally a good sign if you feel:

  • Warmth.
  • Cold.
  • Tingling.
  • Buzzing.
  • A sensation like waves of water traveling up your arm.

It’s generally not a good sign if you feel:

  • Anxiety.
  • Dizziness.
  • Prickling.
  • Sensations like electric shocks.

In short, if holding a crystal feels good, it has energy that harmonizes with yours. If it feels bad, it either doesn’t harmonize with you, or is in need of some serious cleansing.

By Aura

You can also sense a crystal’s energy by trying to connect with it.

Some hold their dominant or non-dominant hand over the crystal and attempt to project energy into it, and see how the crystal responds.

Others attempt to send energy to the stone through a space between the eyebrows, usually called the third eye.

Cleansing Your Crystals

After getting your new crystals home, you might be tempted to plunge right into working with them. This usually isn’t a great idea.

Part of the reasons crystals work so well for crystal magic is that they can store the energy they come in contact with.

Unless you’ve mined the stones yourself, or have seen the shop owner cleanse them before giving them to you, you have no way of knowing what kind of energy the stone endured on its journey to you.

You probably don’t want to include those strange vibes in your magical workings, so it’s always a good idea to give your crystals a thorough cleansing before working with them.

You’ll also want to periodically cleanse your crystals just to bring them back to their baseline energy. This is especially important if you’ve used them to heal, cleanse, or banish.

If you pick up a stone and notice that it feels sticky, or its energy feels sluggish, prickly, or just “off,” give it a good cleanse. It can never hurt.

A crystal can be cleansed in a variety of ways:

  • Holding the stone in natural moving water, like a stream. (Do not do this with water-soluble stones like selenite or halite!)
  • Setting it on a dish of sea salt.
  • Smoke cleansing with herbs or incense.
  • Burying it in a potted plant or garden for a little while.
  • Setting it under the sun. (Be cautious with translucent, colorful stones, like amethyst or smoky quartz. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause them to fade over time.)
  • Setting it under a full moon, or allowing it to remain under moonlight for a full lunar cycle.
  • Setting the crystal out in the rain. (Again, be careful with soluble stones.)
  • Playing music to it, including ringing chimes or bells. Ascending scales, in particular, have a purifying effect.

Charging Your Crystals

Charging a crystal means imbuing it with the energy and intention that you want it to have.

Some people also refer to “programming” a crystal, which can b a very similar process. This takes the stone beyond its cleansed, baseline energy, and prepares it to be used as a tool for crystal magic.

Charging can be similar to cleansing, depending on the purpose you have in mind for the stone.

Some methods for charging crystals include:

  • Setting the stone in the early morning sun. After noon, the sun is said to have more of a “discharging” effect.
  • Setting it in the light of the full moon, or under the moon only during its waxing cycle (from new to full).
  • Holding the stone in your dominant hand, and visualizing it filling with energy in the form of light.
  • Setting up a crystal grid with the stone at the center, to direct energy into it.
  • Placing the stone outdoors during a thunderstorm.

Before and after charging, tell the stone your intention.

This can be something very general, like, “You are a tool of the God and Goddess,” or “You aid me in my magical workings.”

It can also be geared specifically to the magical goal you have in mind.

32 Crystals/Stones & Their Magical Uses

Every stone is an individual, but each type of crystal has a set of magical properties. These properties were discovered through direct revelation, trial, and error over millennia.

While it’s always good to get a feel for each individual stone, crystal guides are helpful for giving you a general overview of different gemstones and how they’ve been applied through history.

Clear Quartz

A clear quartz crystal isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Sun

Astrological Signs: All

Elements: All

Deities: All

Anyone just starting out in crystal magic can’t go wrong with clear quartz. If there’s one stone that any crystal worker should have in their collection, it’s this one.

Clear quartz is a colorless silicon and oxygen-based mineral, and is regarded as a “master crystal.”

Since it has no color, it can be substituted for crystals of any other color. It also helps amplify magical energy, so it’s frequently included in spells to help pull everything together and give it an extra boost.

Quartz’ growth habit means that it’s easy to find as elongated, pointed crystals. These are excellent for directing energy, so they’re frequently used as wands (or, for smaller crystals, the tips of wands).

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Clear Quartz.

Rose Quartz

A pink rose quartz crystal isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Venus, Moon

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Scorpio

Elements: Water, Earth

Deities: Love deities

Rose quartz is a translucent pinkish variety of quartz. Like clear quartz, it’s made up of silicon and oxygen atoms, but nanofiber inclusions give it its pink color.

Magically, rose quartz is considered a love stone par excellence. It’s useful for all types of love, from familial, to romantic, to self-love. It’s also often used as an offering for love deities.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Rose Quartz.

Citrine

A citrine crystal on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Jupiter

Astrological Signs: Aries, Gemini

Elements: Air

Deities: Demeter, Sekhmet

Like rose quartz, citrine is a colorful quartz variety. It’s typically very clear, with an elongated growth habit like clear quartz, and a signature yellowish to brownish color.

This color may fade in bright light, so stick to water, moonlight, and other cleansing methods to maintain its unique yellow hue.

Citrine is a stone of sun energy. It brings light and positivity, and is used in crystal magic for joy, positivity, prosperity, and manifestation spells.

Any magic that would benefit from an injection of happy energy could use citrine. Because of its association with the sun, it’s also frequently used to cleanse other objects.

Some feel that this means that citrine never needs to be cleansed, but this isn’t necessarily true. If you feel that your citrine could benefit from a cleansing, do it.

Many specimens sold as “citrine” are actually heat-treated amethyst. When amethyst is exposed to high temperatures, the color can turn from purple to a bright or dark orange.

Some people treat these baked amethyst specimens as genuine citrine, while others don’t feel they work the same way.

In general, if a crystal is a very bright or deep orange, attached to a chalky white matrix, with a low growth habit resembling a geode fragment, it’s likely to be heat-treated amethyst.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Citrine.

Moonstone

A polished blue moonstone isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Moon

Astrological Signs: Cancer

Elements: Water

Deities: All lunar deities

Moonstone is a type of orthoclase feldspar known for its shimmery schiller. It’s most often seen in white, blue, or gray, but can also be found in pink, brown, peach, and even black.

Magically, moonstone is used in love and fertility spells, and charms to help heal problems with the uterus and ovaries. It’s sometimes carried to help sensitive people keep their emotions balanced, or as a general good luck charm.

Keeping it by your bedside enhances prophetic dreams and prevents nightmares. In divination, it enhances psychic abilities.

You may sometimes find moonstone sold alongside “rainbow moonstone.” Despite the name, rainbow moonstone is not the same type of mineral — it’s actually white labradorite.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Moonstone.

Carnelian

An orange and red carnelian gemstone on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Sun

Astrological Signs: Leo, Taurus

Elements: Fire

Deities: Isis

Carnelian is an orange to reddish-brown variety of chalcedony. Its red color comes courtesy of iron oxides, which lend to its fiery nature.

This stone is said to instill courage and protect from harm. Carried, it serves as a shield against baneful magic.

Because of its association with the sun, it’s also used in crystal magic to help release anger, frustration, envy, and other negative emotions.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Carnelian.

Bloodstone

A bloodstone gemstone isolated on white.

Ruling Planets: Mars

Astrological Signs: Aries, Pisces, Scorpio

Elements: Fire

Deities:

Bloodstone is a tricky one. When we hear “bloodstone” today, we typically think of a green chalcedony flecked with iron oxides, like drops of blood. In many old writings, however, bloodstone actually referred to hematite!

This stone helps remove energy blockages. Historically, it was also used to make wounds stop bleeding in battle and prevent miscarriages.

It’s often found in money and prosperity spells and charms to release anger.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Bloodstone.

Jade

A green jade crystal isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Mercury

Astrological Signs: Pisces, Taurus

Elements: Earth, Water

Deities: Kuan-Yin, Maat

Jade usually refers to one of two silicate gemstones, either nephrite or jadeite. It’s commonly green, but can also be found in red, white, and other colors.

Green jade is used in crystal magic for health, fertility, luck, prosperity, abundance, peace, and serenity.

It’s protective and repels negative energy — some say that, if a piece of jade jewelry breaks, it’s because it absorbed an attack meant for the wearer.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Jade.

Lapis Lazuli

A blue lapis lazuli gemstone on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Venus

Astrological Signs: Capricorn, Saggitarius

Elements: Air, Water

Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Isis, Nuit, Sin

Lapis lazuli is an opaque metamorphic rock that comprises many different minerals. It’s deep blue, though may have gold flecks from pyrite and white stripes of calcite.

It’s sometimes easy to confuse with sodalite, a similar blue mineral, but lapis lazuli will leave a blue streak on a ceramic plate while sodalite leaves a white one.

This stone has been associated with royalty since antiquity. Magically, it’s used to attract a deep, spiritual love and keep a lover from straying.

In divination, it enhances psychic awareness and strengthens intuition. It’s worn for protection when traveling, to seek justice in court cases, and to guard against insomnia.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Lapis Lazuli.

Amethyst

A natural Amethyst crystal.

Ruling Planets: Jupiter

Astrological Signs: Aries, Aquarius, Pisces

Elements: Air

Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Artemis, Diana, Buddha

Amethyst is a variety of quartz with a bright purplish color. The name comes from a Greek word meaning “not intoxicated,” and was used in wine goblets to keep drinkers from overindulging.

Magically, amethyst is used extensively in divination. Its deep purple color connects it to the subconscious, intuition, and meditative mind.

The stone is also used for sleep, dream magic, and any other work that involves quieting the logical areas of the brain and listening to one’s inner voice.

Because of its calming, peaceful energy, it’s often included in spells for healing, love, and protection from nightmares.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Amethyst.

Malachite

A malachite crystal isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Neptune, Venus

Astrological Signs: Scorpio

Elements: Earth, Water

Deities: Aphrodite, Venus, Freya

Malachite is a type of copper carbonate with a distinctive swirled appearance. Copper gives it its bold green color, but also makes this gemstone unsuitable for use in baths, elixirs, and other applications which might cause the metal to leach out.

Like jade, malachite is used for protection. It can warn a witch of impending danger by chipping or cracking.

It’s commonly worn to protect against harm while traveling, but its bright green color also makes it suitable for prosperity and fertility magic.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Malachite.

Tiger’s Eye

A Tiger's Eye crystal used in Wicca crystal magic.

Ruling Planets: Sun

Astrological Signs: Leo, Capricorn

Elements: Fire, Earth

Deities: Ra, Sekhmet, Durga

Tiger’s eye is a quartz-based mineral with a unique shimmery appearance called “chatoyancy.” This luster comes from the way the crystal grows: Quartz crystals form parallel to fibers of amphibole, which creates the subtly reflective effect.

Tiger’s eye is reddish brown to gold in color, though there’s a similar bluish stone called “hawk’s eye.”

This stone is used in primarily in protective and animal magic. It guards against psychic attacks and danger while traveling, and instills confidence.

Its brownish color and association with tigers make it ideal for magic related to cats — especially protecting pets and conserving big cats.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye.

Jet

Polished jet mineral on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Saturn

Astrological Signs: Capricorn

Elements: Earth

Deities: Cybele, Pan, Hecate

Jet is considered a “mineraloid,” meaning that it isn’t really a mineral. It’s actually a type of lignite coal, which comes from wood that has fossilized under pressure.

It’s hard to find a more earthy, grounding stone than jet. It begins its life as a tree before it turns to stone, experiencing every facet of an earthy existence.

This makes it great for protection and binding spells. It’s also associated with the Underworld and afterlife. Wear it to honor the dead, carry it to protect against psychic attacks and baneful magic.

In the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca, third-degree witches wear necklaces of amber and jet beads during rituals.

Hematite

A hematite gemstone isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Mars, Saturn

Astrological Signs: Aquarius, Aries

Elements: Fire, Earth

Deities: Ares

Hematite is a silvery-black iron oxide. It’s most often used as a protective and grounding stone, but it’s also helpful for manifestation work.

Some witches wear it during astral travel and dream work to protect and maintain a connection to the physical plane.

It can be used in healing spells, especially for disorders of the blood.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Hematite.

Onyx

An Onyx gemstone isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Mars, Saturn

Astrological Signs: Capricorn

Elements: Earth

Deities:

Onyx is a kind of chalcedony that forms in layers. These are commonly found in stripes of brown, white, green, and/or black, but may be dyed and sold as pure black onyx.

In crystal magic, this stone is used for protective spells. It has very powerful defensive energy, and few crystals can top it for binding magic.

Some witches like to use it to guard against nightmares during dreamwork.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Onyx.

Opal

A colorful opal gemstone with magical properties on a white background.

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Opal, like jet, is a mineraloid. It isn’t made of fossilized plant matter, however — instead, it’s an amorphous stone with a high water content.

It forms in cracks within other stones and, depending on its internal structure, may display brilliant flashes of color. The stone’s astrological and elemental associations vary widely depending on the color and type of opal.

Since the majority of the world’s opals come from Australia, it also doesn’t have a very long history of use in traditional European-based witchcraft.

Since precious opals have flashes of every color within them, they contain some of the energy of every element.

It’s a helpful stone to wear when doing anything secretive, as it can make your actions go unnoticed by those around you.

Opals are also useful for developing psychic and divinatory powers.

For those born in October, opal is a good luck talisman.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Opal.

Topaz

A blue and orange topaz isolated on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Sun, Saturn (blue topaz)

Astrological Signs: Sagittarius

Elements: Fire

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Topaz is a silicate mineral that comes in brilliant shades of yellow, pink, orange, or blue. In the past, all yellow gemstones were called “topaz,” but, today, the term refers specifically to one type of gemstone.

Magically, topaz protects, increases energy, and attracts prosperity.

Yellow, orange, and clear topaz are often used similarly to citrine. Pink topaz is used for love. Blue is used for healing, tranquility, and psychic development.

Garnet

A red Garnet crystal isolated on white background.

Ruling Planets: Mars

Astrological Signs: Aries, Capricorn, Scorpio

Elements: Fire

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Garnet is a deep wine-red or green silicate mineral. It’s very widely found all over the world — some areas even have garnet sand beaches!

In crystal magic, garnet is used to strengthen one’s personal power, bring hope to the hopeless, and guard against gossip and negative energy.

Red garnets are used in love magic, especially to deepen communication between two people. Placing a garnet under your pillow before sleeping guards against nightmares.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Garnet.

Agate

An agate gemstone isolated on white.

Ruling Planets: Mercury

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn

Elements: Fire, Air

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Agate is a type of chalcedony that forms when gaseous pockets in rock becomes filled with silica deposits. Due to the way it forms, it often has intricate banding patterns and may contain geodes.

There are multiple varieties of agate, each of which have their own magical associations:

  • Black agate is used to instill courage and heal the sick.
  • Brown agate is used in money magic, as well as courage and healing.
  • Dendritic agate is for prosperity, wisdom, and plant magic.
  • Fire agate is used for courage, protection, and sexual magic.
  • Green agate is for prosperity, fertility, and love magic.
  • Moss agate increases strength, attracts money, and is used in spells for plant and garden health.
  • Red agate is for love spells, protection, and strength.
  • Snakeskin agate is used in animal magic.
  • See article: Metaphysical Properties of Agate.

Aquamarine

A blue aquamarine crystal isolated on white background.

Ruling Planets: Neptune, Moon

Astrological Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra, Pisces

Elements: Water

Deities: Oceanic deities

Aquamarine is a type of blue beryl and, like its name implies, it’s a stone of sea energy. Magically, it’s used for soothing, cleansing, purifying, and balancing.

It helps restore tranquility and overcome grief. Some witches carry it for protection while traveling, especially by boat.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Aquamarine.

Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline stone on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Saturn

Astrological Signs: Leo or Libra

Elements: Earth

Deities: Aradia, Cybele, Maat

Tourmaline is made up of boron and silica, as well as many different trace minerals that create its wide variety of colors. In black tourmaline’s case, these are sodium and iron.

This stone is an excellent protector against all forms of negativity. Keep a chunk near the front door to make sure negativity stays outside, place on the altar to keep evil spirits from interfering with spells, and wear it to keep your own negative thoughts from intruding.

Since it’s such a powerful protector and grounding stone, black tourmaline is also used in crystal magic for confidence, power, decision making, and cutting through illusions.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Black Tourmaline.

Aventurine

A green Aventurine crystal isolated on white background.

Ruling Planets: Air

Astrological Signs: Libra, Taurus

Elements: Air

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Aventurine is a type of microcrystalline quartz that’s usually green, but can occasionally found in peach, blue, or brown. It’s sometimes flecked with bits of gold pyrite.

If you need a good luck charm, aventurine has your back. Green aventurine, in particular, is excellent for luck in money matters.

It attracts cash, love, success, and friendship, and it has a deeply calming, healing energy. Wear or carry whenever you need a little extra good fortune.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Aventurine.

Zoisite

A zoisite gemstone on a white background.

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Zoisite is a a calcium aluminium hydroxy sorosilicate mineral, presumed to be unknown before 1797. For this reason, it’s difficult to find references to zoisite in magical texts.

In modern Wicca, zoisite is often used for energy and creativity. It keeps the user away from distractions, turns negative energy into positive, instills optimism, and guards against unwanted interruptions.

It’s considered a lucky stone for activists. Its green color makes it especially useful in the realms of plant magic and environmental activism.

Fluorite

A blue flourite crystal isolated on a white background.

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Purple fluorite – Capricorn, Pisces, Aquarius

Green fluorite – Libra, Taurus

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Fluorite is made of calcium fluoride, found in lovely shades of blue, green, and deep purple. It has only come into use fairly recently, so it doesn’t have a lot of magical tradition behind it.

Nonetheless, many people who practice crystal magic have found use for this beautiful, mysterious stone.

This gem is said to impose order on chaos, improve focus, and increase concentration. The purple variety, in particular, is helpful for divination and strengthening the powers of the mind.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Fluorite.

Unakite

A unakite gemstone on a white background.

Ruling Planets: Venus

Astrological Signs: Scorpio

Elements: Water

Deities: Bona Dea, Gaia, Persephone, Clota, Callisto, Chirakan-Ixmucane

Unakite is a type of jasper with a unique green and pink coloration, first discovered in the Appalachian mountains.

Unakite’s coloration ties it to love and fertility magic. Its energy is gentle and healing, especially for emotional difficulties.

Keeping a piece of the stone under the pillow or mattress is said to aid in conception.

Unakite is also used in spells for marital fidelity and lasting love, in which case the old stone should be cast into running water and replaced by a new one every anniversary.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Fluorite.

Lepidolite

A lepidolite gemstone on a white background.

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Lepidolite is a pink, light purple, yellow, or grayish mineral comprising a potassium, lithium, aluminum fluorosilicate mica.

As a stone native to the United States, most of the magical and healing lore surrounding it is very new to witchcraft.

Lepidolite is mostly used as a calming, peaceful stone. It soothes anger, dispels negative emotions, and wards of nightmares.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Lepidolite.

Howlite

A white howlite gemstone.

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Howlite is a calcium borosilicate hydroxide mineral usually found as masses of pristine white shot through with black veins, though it may also be brown or clear.

This is another stone from North America, so its history of use in witchcraft is relatively short.

As a magical stone, howlite helps with emotional healing, confidence, inner strength, and overcoming grief.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Howlite.

Black Obsidian

Black obsidian isolated on white.

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Deities: Itzpapalotl, Pele, Tezcatlipoca, Sekhmet

Obsidian is a type of volcanic glass, found wherever there’s volcanic activity. Since it’s glass, it makes for very sharp blades used the world over in weaponry and as surgical implements.

Magically, black obsidian wards against all forms of negative energy. Use it during ritual to keep evil spirits from interfering, and wear it to guard against psychic attacks.

In divination, it makes for wonderful scrying balls and mirrors. (Both Nostradamus and John Dee used obsidian mirrors for this purpose.) The stone is also good for binding spells and cord cutting alike.

Labradorite

A colorful magical lepidolite gemstone.

Ruling Planets: Uranus, Pluto

Astrological Signs: Leo, Scorpio, Saggitarius

Elements: Water

Deities: Cerridwen, Arianrhod, lunar deities

Labradorite, like moonstone, is a type of feldspar. It’s typically found in a gray to blackish coloration, with bright flashes of red, yellow, orange, violet, and blue. White varieties are sold as “rainbow moonstone.”

Magically, labradorite makes it easier to hear messages from the spirit world. It enhances psychic abilities, sharpens intuition, and is especially useful to those who incorporate aspects of shamanism into their practice.

When worn, it helps protect against other people’s negative energy.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Labradorite.

Ruby Zoisite

A ruby zoisite gemstone used in Wicca crystal magic.

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Ruby in zoisite is just what it sounds like: ruby deposits in a zoisite matrix. This gives it the combined properties of ruby and zoisite.

Magically, this stone enhances psychic abilities and facilitates communication with spirit guides. It’s also used in magic to heal and balance emotions.

Ruby by itself is a stone of passion, sensuality, and courage. Tempered by green zoisite, it takes on a gentler character suitable for connecting with others in a sympathetic, loving way.

Rhodonite

A pink rhodonite gemstone isolated on a white background.

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Rhodonite is a manganese metasilicate gemstone. It was first discovered in the early 19th century, so its magical lore is fairly recent. While typically a rosy red color, it can sometimes be found in shades of brown or black with pink areas.

As a pink stone, rhodonite is used in crystal magic for love.

Pink and black varieties are particularly helpful for overcoming grief after heartbreak. It both attracts new love, and facilitates reconciliation between lovers who have split up.

See article: Metaphysical Properties of Rhodonite.

Tourmalinated Quartz

A white and black Tourmalinated quartz gemstone.

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Tourmalinated quartz is quartz that contains needles of (usually black) tourmaline. This gives it the combined properties of quartz and tourmaline. Its planetary, elemental, and astrological correspondences vary depending on the tourmaline inclusions.

While most tourmalinated quartz features needles of black tourmaline, that’s not the only variety available.

Virtually any color of tourmaline can end up as an inclusion, each with their own energy to contribute:

  • Tourmalinated quartz with inclusions of black tourmaline is often used as a grounding and protective stone.
  • Brown is used for grounding and courage.
  • Blue soothes stress and eases communication. Blue tourmalinated quartz jewelry is helpful for people in public speaking roles.
  • Red and pink are used in love magic.
  • Green is used for courage, healing, and joy.

Rutilated Quartz

A rutilated quartz crystal on a white background.

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Rutilated quartz is usually clear or smoky quartz that contains needles of a mineral called “rutile.” This allows the properties of rutile to be amplified and influenced by the quartz around it.

It very closely resembles tourmalinated quartz — in some cases, it can be impossible to tell the difference with the naked eye.

Rutilated quartz is helpful for clearing blockages, whether spiritual or emotional. It helps energy move, pushes away evil, and protects the user from other people’s negativity.

Its ability to get things moving is also helpful in decision making, allowing the user to cut through confusion and illusions.


Not all stones were known to the ancients — we’re still discovering new minerals all of the time. If you don’t find the stone you’re looking for here, don’t forget about color magic.

As a rule, the color of a stone will have a big impact on its magical properties. Even if you have no idea what kind of crystal you have, its color can tell you where its talents lie.

While Wicca is a relatively new religion, its magical tradition builds on herb and crystal lore dating back centuries.

Crystal magic is an intricate blend of the old and the new, combining the traditional uses for stones and modern methods and crystals our ancestors could only dream of.

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