Updated: May 22
Lithotherapy, or crystal healing, is an alternative system of medicine that uses stones and minerals to harmonize bodily systems. For centuries these ancient pieces of earth have been used in rituals and ceremonies, ingested to the body with elixirs and powders, worn as jewelry and carried as totems in cultures and civilizations around the world.
Today, even though crystal therapy is considered alternative medicine or pseudoscience, it's popularity still continues to grow, especially as an understanding of chakras and energy systems. Healing stones are generally affordable and easy to find, available to anyone who is looking to remove physical and psychological stress, release emotional blockages and increase consciousness or awareness.
The healing quality of crystals comes from their chemical composition, color and form. They formed billions of years ago in the depths of the planet, infusing them with utmost power of the Earth's planetary Chi. They naturally bring us back to center, elevate our mood, and connect mind, body and spirit.
Considering their healing properties, their immense history and beauty, it is no wonder that crystals are considered one of the nine traditional feng shui cures. It is common to find ancient Chinese amulets or carvings made from these magical earth elements. And of course we can't talk about crystal healing without mentioning Feng Shui's most known cure: the faceted crystal.
Also known as crystal ball, swarovski crystal, crystal sphere or prism, they are clear crystals 30-50 mm in size, often tied with a silk red string. It is commonly hung near doorways or hallways, areas of transition where the chi needs to slow or speed up, or to remedy a poison arrow. They can also be placed according to the bagua for everyday boosts to attract new opportunities and good fortune.
Crystals are the perfect enhancement to your home or office not only because they are beautiful to look at, but because their natural vibrational frequency will only bring good to you. Introduce crystals to your space to :
Purify and cleanse negative energy, including toxic EMFs
Provide protection and strength
Attract new opportunities
Release stagnant or stale energy
Dissolve negative Chi and nourish positive Chi
What areas of your home, and your life, can benefit from an energy boost? Check out the top feng shui crystals below, each matched with the bagua or area of your life where intentions can manifest.
For Overall Well-Being (Yin/Yang): Jade
Appearance: Rainbow of Colors, Shiny and Strong
Properties and Symbologies: Growth, Wisdom, History, Harmony, Balance
For Love/Relationships (Yin/Yang): Rose Quartz
Appearance: Light Pink
Properties & Symbologies: Attract Romance, Open Heart, Deepen Connection, Heal Heartbreak, Compassion, Joy, Forgiveness, Peace, Acceptance, Self-Acceptance
For Knowledge/Wisdom (Yin/Yang): Clear Quartz Appearance: Transparent, Prismatic, Illumination
Properties & Symbologies: Spirituality, Mental Clarity, Universal Healing, Versatility, Cleansing & Purification
For Fame/Reputation (Yang): Carnelian
Appearance: Orange to Red
Properties & Symbologies: Activation, Nourishment, Reassurance, Warmth, Power
For Wealth/Abundance (Yang): Citrine
Appearance: Yellow, Orange
Properties & Symbologies: Grounding, Build Self Esteem, Improve Health, Sunlight, Currency
For Family/Heritage (Yang): Amethyst
Appearance: Lilac to Dark Purple, Cluster or Geode
Properties & Symbologies: Relieve Stress, Improve Sleep, Deepen Intuition, Purification, Cleansing, Meditation, Relaxation
For Career/Purpose (Yin): Pyrite
Appearance: Metallic, Gold
Properties: Attract Prosperity, Boost Discipline, Increase Security, Currency, Abundance, Intuition, Clarity, Concsciousness, Protection
For Travel/Helpful People (Yin): Tourmaline
Properties & Symbologies: Protection, Vitality, Joy
For Children/Creativity (Yin): Selenite
Appearance: Cloudy White
Properties & Symbologies: Shift Aura or Vibration, Decrease Anxiety, Infusion, Illumination, Uplifting, Soothing
How to Choose & Use Your Crystals
Keep Exploring. This list is not of nine crystals is by no means exhaustive. There are HUNDREDS of other popular stones out there that have healing qualities for your space. Each person, and practitioner, will gravitate towards their own unique stones based on their personal vibrational resonance, and their space. Other feng shui favorites include: Flourite, Jasper, Hematite (for Calming) , Black Tourmaline, Tiger's Eye, Black Onyx (for Protection), and Malachite, Lapis (for Manifestation).
Listen to your heart. Similarly, there is no "wrong" place to put your crystals. It can be based on the bagua, the room's purpose, or just where you intuitively feel something is missing. A stone's ultimate power comes from the intention behind them. The magic lies in YOU!
Clean your Crystals. Yes! Once each season let them soak in the sunlight or moonlight to re-activate and cleanse old energy. You can also rinse them in salt water, or even bury them in the ground. Honor your stones as sacred living beings, much like your houseplants, and they will give the same respect and reward back to you.
Go for Quality. It is important to be cautious when shopping for your stones as there are many synthetically-made, heat-treated replicas or faux crystals out there. Shop with a reputable supplier and research the origin of your stones before making your purchase. Hold it in your hand and feel it's energy before bringing it home will intensify it's feng shui effectiveness that much more.