Welcome to our crystals for the New Year, Part 2!
I hope your 2023 is moving along!
Here is Part 2 of our New Year crystal recommendations - and this time, we're featuring crystals for getting more rest; practicing mindfulness; opening your heart to more love; and inviting more magic into your life!
Let's get started :)
Get more rest
Who couldn't benefit from more and better sleep? But sometimes, it's more difficult than we'd like. Deadlines, kids and pets, and the nonstop chatter that can run through our minds can make it difficult to really rest.
With its blue color, blue calcite is great for the throat chakra and the third eye, and is said to help enhance communication and dream recall. It can also support your spiritual endeavors. It is said to be calming and helpful for those who have difficult sleeping at night, due to overactive thoughts.
Celestite is known for its high-frequency energy and has been said to provide a connection to the angels. It can be helpful with calming the mind and helping with relaxation. It is also said to be helpful with things that are mind-related: connecting to your intuition, developing your psychic gifts, and aiding in clarity.⠀
p.s. Having a hard time telling blue calcite and celestite apart? Check out this blog post for tips on telling them apart - every time.
Salt has many cleansing properties and Himalayan salt is one of the top-tier varieties. You can purchase fine or course-ground Himalayan salt in bags at most holistic or whole-food stores. There are also large chunks perfect for including in baths. You can also pop a Himalayan salt heart into to your bath and let it dissolve while you soak. Try this in the evening, a little while before bed, to relax into the evening.
Himalayan salt candle holders and lamps are said to have a number of health-promoting properties, including releasing negative ions (which is said to reduce common airborne allergens, such as dust). Regardless of whether that is true, I love salt lamps for their warm, comforting glow. Give them a try in your bedroom, meditation space, or any other place where you relax and wind down - and let me know if you rest better!
We all want to feel more calm, more at peace, and more balanced. Mindfulness, put simply, is the practice of bringing yourself into the present and observing - and then letting go of - any kind of disruptive feelings. Mindfulness asks you to stay present, aware, and calm. Here are some great crystals to take with you to your meditation or yoga class, or to simply sit with when you're feeling stressed out.
Primarily, clear quartz is used as an amplifier – it can amplify the properties of other stones. Interestingly, this is also one of its uses in everyday life: as a way to move energy from one place to another, such as with electronics. Quartz is also easily programmable: When you set your intentions for the stone, it can help to amplify that energy, whether it be for abundance, love, or peace. In ancient times, quartz was thought to be water that was so deeply frozen that it became permanently crystallized.
Amethyst is a stone that is good for everything: the crown chakra, connection, healing, strength - and much more! Called the "sobriety" stone, it is said to help people cut through the noise and see things rationally and clearly. ⠀
Apophyllite is a stone of spiritual connection and energy; clearing and releasing of negative emotions; and helps to soothe anxiety or frayed nerves. It is also a stone of change.
Open your heart to more love
When you love more, more love comes to you. This year, make it a point to clear out more of anything that holds you back from loving yourself, your friends and family, and your life even more.
Rose quartz is THE stone of love energy - and supports all kinds of love energy: self love, friend and family love, romantic love, and compassion towards yourself and others.
Rhodochrosite is another stone of love. It's pink and white swirls are calming and can help with relaxation and letting go. It is said to encourage a positive outlook and help to energize, align, and stabilize.
Emerald is stone that is said to help support the heart chakra, with its gorgeous green color and peaceful energy. In its clear, high-grade from, emerald is a precious gemstone, known and revered around the world. Emerald is considered to be a stone of love, friendship, and intuition.
We all want to be happy - and we are, some or most of the time. In 2023, let's make it a point to radiate joy and true happiness.
Sunstone is warming, energetic, and radiant - just like the sun. It is said to help boost confidence, increase vitality, and support independence and agency. Sunstone is also said to be a stone of luck, good fortune, and abundance. Sunstone is also said to be helpful in bringing back the joy in life.
Orange Calcite is often said to be a stone of happiness and job - and who can disagree? It's sunny, juicy, fruit-colored hues are the perfect orange; and, when coupled with it's creamy white swirls, looks just like a creamsicle (um, YUM! How could you not be happy about that??).
Peridot is said to be a stone of happiness and joy. It resonates with both the heart and solar plexus chakras, is the August birthstone, and has a long history of use and lore. ⠀
Invite more magic in
The sunset. The ocean's ability to calm and nourish. The moon's magnetic glow. The synchronicities in your life. Bring more of the things that inspire you, put a sparkle in your eye, and make you believe, with the help of these crystals.
Labradorite is a stone of both magic and protection. It can help you to enhance your intuition, increase synchronicity in your life, and help you to remember and embrace the ways in which YOU shine. It can also help you cut through the illusions to find the truth in situations and dispel negativity.
Opal is said to be a great stone for those who want to change something, but lack courage or persistence. Opal talismans can help you get stronger, learn new things, and become a better version of yourself. Additionally, wearing, touching, and observing opals is said to help boost your psychic abilities.
Gorgeous clusters of sparkling pyrite can help to spark creativity, call in abundance, and nourish your solar plexus chakra.