What Pagan or Wiccan doesn’t like crystals and stones? What the heck are these crystals, anyway? And what good does carrying around a bunch of rocks do?
Well, crystals are solids that form by a regular repeated pattern of molecules connecting together. They grow in different patterns and come in a variety of colors, which is affected by the absorption of light by the molecules.
Okay, so what does this have to do with Pagans? Well, many believe that the array of crystal structures and patterns, varied though they may be, follow something known as Sacred Geometry. (http://www.crystalinks.com/sacred_geometry.html)
According to crystal believers, each type of crystal has its own energy and vibrations. These can help us do everything from attract money and love, to protection (both physical and psychic, we presume).
Amethyst and rose quartz are two favorites. Rose quartz is the favorite crystal for attracting love or healing a broken heart. “Experts” recommend sleeping with a new crystal (to allow your energies to mingle), holding them during meditation, applying them to the chakras, and so on.
Amethyst is thought to provide courage and protection. It is also believe to improve one’s psychic abilities, which we apparently all have, but most of us have not bothered to wear crystals and develop those abilities.
Crystals are found in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and headdresses. They are sometimes prominent features on a person’s altar as well. Give a Pagan a crystal with the message, “This stone was just calling your name!”, and you will certainly gain some Brownie points with him/her.