Seven Crystals for Samhain
Samhain is one of the major festivals on the pagan wheel of the year. It is the time of the third and final harvest and the end of the cycle of birth, life, and growth. Samhain is the beginning of a time of quiet and stillness and is celebrated by many witches and pagans as the start of a new year. At this point in the year, it is believed that the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. As a result, spirits are more able and likely to visit us. Many people take this opportunity to remember and honour their ancestors in their thoughts, actions, and magical workings at Samhain. Some ways to do this include placing photographs of your ancestors on your altar, setting an extra place at dinner, cooking and eating their favourite meals, or sharing happy memories with other family members and friends. You may also like to leave a plate of food and a glass of wine for wandering spirits.
Samhain marks the end of autumn and beginning of winter. Life and growth have slowed, the weather becomes colder, and the days shorten. This darker, more restful time is required so that the earth can rest before all life can be reborn in the spring. This cycle can also apply to our thoughts, ideas, and actions. This transitional time is an excellent time for meditation and magical work around changes, transitions, mortality and reincarnation, or beginnings and endings. For example, this is a good time to be thinking about any habits, behaviours, relationships, and other aspects of life that you do not want to carry forward into the new year. Settling debts, making plans for the coming year, removing negativity, and making amends are also worth consideration at this time.
This stone is available in many varieties, each with their own unique properties. Jaspers are nurturing crystals that can help you feel more connected to the earth and its never-ending cycles. It brings tranquillity to life and has a gentle and comforting energy. Jasper can be used to protect against negative energies and is a good choice of crystal for clearing the mind. It can be used to gently stimulate the imagination, develop new ideas, and work towards putting them into action. Green jasper is a good choice of crystal for healing and releasing obsessions and helps to balance the different areas of life. Red jasper helps to bring problems to light before they become too difficult to manage and is excellent as a worry bead. If you feel you have repressed feelings of guilt, envy, and hatred from this or past lives, picture jasper can help to bring these to the surface. These feelings can then be healed and released so they no longer influence your life.
Calcite is a useful stone for cleansing personal energies as well as our homes and work environments. This crystal can help speed growth, particularly in a spiritual sense, and can help with the development of psychic abilities. Mentally, calcite can be used to help calm the mind, boost memory, and help with the filtering of information so that only the important or needed parts remain. It is a good choice of crystal if you wish to gain greater awareness of your behaviour and thought patterns. This can include habits that feel impossible to break no matter what you try, or simply behaviour patterns that you would like to change. For example, you may want to stop being judgmental or resentful, or you may wish to let go of situations from the past.
Specific types of calcite can perform different functions. Clear calcite can be used to cleanse and align the chakras and helps when deep soul healing is needed. Green calcite is a very gentle stone that helps lessen rigid thinking and opens our minds to new thoughts and ways of thinking. If there are hurtful emotional patterns holding you back or affecting your ability to love and be loved, pink calcite can be used to gradually release them and open your heart.
Obsidian is formed from molten lava that cooled before it had a chance to crystallise. It tends to be a fast-acting crystal that is powerful in exposing weaknesses, flaws, and blockages. This powerful crystal supports us while encouraging growth. For some people however, obsidian’s ability to reveal the truth can be deeply upsetting and can happen faster than is comfortable. In cases such as these, it can help to use a mahogany or rainbow obsidian crystal since these have a gentler energy than the black variety. Rainbow obsidian is a useful crystal for revealing your spiritual nature, cutting cords to past loves, and in replenishing the heart chakra. Obsidian can be used to bring clarity to the mind and to help find the root of mental distress and difficulties such as depression. Snowflake obsidian is a pretty variety that helps in recognising ingrained patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. It also helps in balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
This is a stabilising stone that is great at restoring motivation and creativity. In ancient times, carnelian was used to protect the dead on their journey into the afterlife. It helps ease the transition into a new cycle, removes the fear of death, and helps in overcoming negative conditioning. Mentally, this crystal can aid in concentration and in removing extraneous thoughts during meditation. Carnelian can be worn to protect against envy, rage, and resentment, whether towards yourself or other people. This crystal is also useful in overcoming addictions, depression, and built-up anger.
Sunstone can be used to bring light, joy, and sweetness to life as it has traditionally been linked to good fortune. This crystal can also help heighten intuition and remind you to nurture yourself and not just others. This is a good stone for removing unwanted and out-lived connections to other people on a mental or emotional level. Sunstone can be used to lift the mood and can help in alleviating the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Use this stone to remove negative behaviours such as co-dependency and persistent procrastination. On an emotional level, sunstone can help remove inhibitions and fear of failure, while increasing self-worth and confidence. Place on the solar plexus during meditations to aid in the release and healing of repressed emotions that are holding back your happiness or progress in life.
Despite its delicate energy, opal is a highly effective and useful crystal when used in healing. It is good for stimulating creativity and the creation of original ideas, and it helps us express our true feelings and self. This crystal can amplify traits that help us through transformations in life and in our personalities. For example, working with opal may help you boost your self-worth or help you better understand your full potential. One type of opal—cherry opal—can be used to cleanse and activate the base and sacral chakras, promoting a feeling of being centered. Meanwhile, fire opal is the variety of choice for letting go of the past and releasing deep-seated feelings of guilt and grief.
Danburite is a highly spiritual stone that is valuable for working with the heart chakra, angelic realms, and higher consciousness. This crystal is an excellent stone for facilitating deep change on a personal level and in leaving past experiences behind. It can help to cleanse hurts from this life as well as those that have been carried from past lives. Danburite eases us through times of change, even when they are hard for us to deal with. This crystal also aids in instilling patience and peace of mind. Pink danburite can specifically be used when a person needs help opening their heart to love or in being able to love themselves as they are.
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