Formed millions of years in the past within the core of our planet, crystals are gifts from the heart of the earth. They appear tranquil, but each one is a powerhouse of energy at a molecular level. Every different type of crystal has its own signature, that you can connect with intuitively. Crystals are used for a variety of spiritual purposes, and some are particularly good for protection. Choose which appeals to you from the following list, and wear it or carry it whenever you are going into any kind of threatening situation.
All forms of obsidian are protective, for they block and mop up destructive influences. Snowflake obsidian is a gentler form, less liable to require you to analyse the cause of your fears. This is a good stone if you are afraid of your own shadow – fear of fear itself. Your own negative thinking may be the problem, but snowflake obsidian is just as effective if someone else is sending unpleasant thoughts your way. This can only be a problem, of course, if you let your own beliefs be affected. Snowflake obsidian will help you to be positive by acting as a barrier and a sponge. It will strengthen your faith in yourself, keeping you truly in contact with Mother Earth. Hold the stone against your lower abdomen, to give you ‘guts’ and imagine it throwing a dark cloak of protection about you.
Best for psychic protection, this stone will strengthen your aura and preserve its energetic sheath. It will guard you especially against the beliefs of others and their unconscious expectations of you, so they can’t attach themselves to you and disempower you. If you have a strong spiritual purpose, labradorite will help you to hold firm to this and avoid corruption. It will also help you to fight off distractions and lower types of impulse. It repels all negativity, including your own, as you become aware of it. Hold it over your heart, or wear it as a necklace, to bring you inspiration and balance.
This powerful stone works on many levels. It saves you from yourself, when your own desires could lead you into danger. In olden times it was worn for protection in childbirth, and was also believed to guard against poisoning. It sends negativity back where it came, helping you to get a handle on what’s happening, be honest with yourself and square up. Red Jasper packs quite a punch, but it will also keep you stable, and remind you to nurture yourself when times are tough. It enables you to put your finger on exactly what the trouble is, before things get out of proportion, and it promotes justice. Place it close to the base of your spine for a detox, or wear anywhere as jewellery.
This jewel possesses a host of protective attributes. It keeps the body healthy and will also guard plant-life – for this purpose place four pieces around your garden, roughly at the compass points. As jade brings wisdom it averts accidents and prevents you being manipulated. The Chinese eat from jade bowls, to prolong life by absorbing the benefits of the stone. This stone heals the bladder and kidneys and is good worn on the belt, or next to the skin, for maximum effect.
Closely associated with the ancient Sumerian gods, lapis invokes divine protection. It was also a favourite of Egyptian Isis, for preserving the bonds between lovers. Today in India it is given to children to wear as a necklace, to keep them healthy and make them grow strong and tall. Lapis lazuli will encourage you to remain calm, able to say the right thing at the right time and promotes the interests of those you love. It is best worn at the throat.
Crystals can give you subtle protection, and the effects build with time. However, if you truly feel threatened, do not hesitate to get advice from one of our wise readers at The Circle.
PUBLISHED: 01 April 2014