Essential Crystals for Beginners

The world of using crystals to enhance your life is far too wide and varied for there to be a one size fits all guide to what will be right for you. However, there are some crystals that everyone should have on hand.

This is just a guide, however. With crystals, almost more than with any other form of energy work, your personal feelings should never be ignored. Try using the stones, and you will develop a far deeper understanding of how they should be used.

Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is going to be number one on any list of this type. It is easily one of the most powerful healing and amplifying crystals out there. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy flow, and is excellent for unblocking energy. A must for anyone who wants to start healing with crystals, it is a great stone for anyone, whatever their intentions are.

Rose Quartz

Another very familiar stone, rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is believed to help attract love, and is a powerful addition to any grid where emotional health needs to be enhanced.


Amethyst is a fairly easy stone to find, as it is one of the most commonly sold crystals out there. It is a very powerful and protective stone. Traditionally, it was used to prevent drunkenness, and it can protect against over-indulgence in any area of your life. It can also help to clear your mind, allow you to focus, and help you to make decisions.

Green Aventurine

Green Aventuine is one of the first stones I ever used, and it is still a personal favourite today. It is all about vitality. It helps to boost the vibration – and so the power – of anything it is put to work on. It is also a protective stone, particularly from situations and people who drain your energy.

Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is a protective stone. It helps to block harmful electromagnetic frequencies, including ill-will and negative energy from people around you. It works with the base (or root) chakra in order to ground these energies and keep them from manifesting within your aura.


Citrine is often yellow in colour, but it ranges in hue from brown to smoky grey. This stone carries the energy of the sun within it, making it an amazing regeneration stone and a good one to add to grids to help clear the body and aura of negativity. It is also good for helping to activate and open the crown chakra.

Tiger’s Eye

This is an ideal crystal to use in grids to help to build confidence and self belief. It helps to connect us to the Earth, making it a very useful stone to include in any sort of grounding ritual or grids focusing on more practical matters.


I like to think of hematite as the crystal equivalent of a bouncer. It helps to shield the person who carries it from psychic attacks and negative energies, while at the same time strengthening your aura.


Selenite is a reasonably easy stone to find. It is a very good stone to use when working with the crown and brow chakra, and can help you to focus during meditation. It has been said that when two people each hold a piece of this stone can help enhance telepathic communication, although I have yet to test this personally.