Rock Your World: Uncovering The Energy Of Rocks And Gems
The concept of getting stoned can mean a variety of things. Beyond rock-throwing and weed-smoking lies the opportunity of getting hit with a heavy dose of gem education. Without further ado, we present to you a handful of our favorites that get our chakras buzzing.
Origin: The word quartz is thought to come from the German word quarz, but the origin of that word is not known. The word crystal, however, comes from the Greek word krystallos, which means ice.
Physical: It is a component of a huge variety of rock types, and comes in an extensive range of colors and varieties such as agate and jasper. Many colors of quartz or formations have their own names, such as amethyst for purple quartz.
Spiritual: Quartz is a stone of clarity, which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. Powerfully protective, quartz can be used to purify and clarify the spiritual, mental and physical planes.
Origin: Hematite is Latin meaning “blood stone.” In modern times we’re more familiar with polished, silvery gray-black hematite, so the name blood stone seems strange to those unfamiliar with the red hue the stone “bleeds” when mixed with water.
Physical: When found naturally, most hematite—an iron oxide ore—is red with rust. Silvery gray-black hematite remains the type most people are familiar with.
Spiritual: Hematite is a stone that is most commonly—and most strongly—used to ground or stabilize and protect. It is an excellent stone to help keep yourself connected to the Earth plane so that your spiritual learnings and travels can be done safely, and things learned can be brought back to daily life more easily.
Origin: Moldavite is a tektite and is the only “extraterrestrial” gemstone, which is found only in the Moldau Valley of what was formerly Czechoslovakia, and believed to be formed by a meteorite impact.
Physical: It is oftentimes noticed for its bottle green glass color. Lately there have been other green tektites or imitations that are called “moldavite,” but only the Czech moldavite is the “real thing.”
Spiritual: Moldavite is associated with the heart and third eye (brow) chakras, as well as the crown chakra. Also associated with the Star card of the Tarot, it strengthens and enhances inner journeys, channeling, cosmic consciousness, crystal consciousness, expansion and contact with interdimensional or extraterrestrial forces.
Origin: Don’t let the name fool you, as Amazonite is not found in the Amazon region. This hard to find gem has been found in high-quality form in Russia, Colorado and Ethiopia.
Physical: Amazonite is known for its colorings ranging from mint green to aqua. It is exceptionally bright green when polished, and the specific origins of its rare color continue to be debated.
Spiritual: Often associated with the throat and third-eye chakras, Amazonite is said to enhance intuition, psychic powers, creativity and intellect. It is also believed to be beneficial in the healing of emotional traumas.
Origin: Typically found in South Africa and parts of Asia, it is typically found in metamorphic form and is a member of the quartz family.
Physical: These silky appearing gems are usually featured in colors ranging from reddish-brown to gold, highlighting the lustrous appearance.
Spiritual: Tiger’s eye brings a special boost to one’s personal power. It is a stone of protection that is also very stabilizing and grounding, enhancing integrity, willpower, self-confidence, practicality and the correct use of power.
Origin: Primarily composed of calcite, lazurite and pyrite, its name means “blue stone” in Latin, Persian and Arabic.
Physical: This metamorphic rock is known for being extremely bright blue, sometimes referred to as ultramarine.
Spiritual: Traditionally a stone of royalty, it is believed to enhance communication through truthfulness, openness and mental clarity. It is used to help you say just the right thing—as if by magic.
Origin: Larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic and is referred to as a stone of “answers from the sea of consciousness.”
Physical: Known for its rare blue hues, the coloration can range from deep blue to a white-ish light blue.
Spiritual: Particularly believed to enhance communication with dolphins, Larimar is also known for dimensional and cellular work that stimulates the heart and higher chakras.