The Magic of Stars & Stones
Intro to Astrology
In astrology, if someone asks you, “What’s your sign?” what they are usually referring to is your sun sign or where in the zodiac the sun happened to be at the time of your birth. The most commonly known form of astrology is sun sign (also called star sign) astrology. We give our birth placement of the sun a lot of importance because the sun represents the ego self or personality; the way we interact with the world around us.
The sun enters (well, it appears to enter from our viewpoint on Earth) all 12 signs of the zodiac within a year; spending around 30 days in each sign. That’s why in addition to knowing you’re a Gemini and your best friend is a Libra, you’ll also hear people talk about “Scorpio season” or say things like, “We’re now entering Aries.”
Each sign of the zodiac is assigned an element (fire, earth, air, water) as well as a particular quality of movement (cardinal, mutable, fixed). Due to the combination of these energies, as well as other historic and symbolic factors, each zodiac sign has its own particular characteristics and temperaments. You may be familiar with some of the commonly held beliefs about the zodiac signs and their associated behaviors, such as that Leos love the spotlight or that Virgos are extremely detail-oriented.
Working with crystals can be highly beneficial for those seeking to enhance their zodiac sign’s positive traits or counterbalance any of their sign’s less-than-positive traits. Here are is a list of some of the best crystals and stones for each sign:
Aries (March 21 to April 19): Citrine, Rose Quartz
Taurus (April 20 to May 20): Green Quartz, Carnelian
Taureans value all of life’s luxurious comforts. This is why Green Quartz is a particularly good crystal for a Taurus, as it tends to amplify their intentions in love, luck, and prosperity. As an earth sign with a fixed energy, Taureans can sometimes come off as stubborn; getting stuck in their ways about things. Carnelian can be a great balancer for this tendency as it helps spark new ideas while activating the courage necessary to follow through on those ideas.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20): Tigers Eye, Black Tourmaline
An air sign symbolized by twins, Geminis are known to be of two minds about things; often changing their opinions and decisions last minute on a whim. Tigers Eye promotes confidence in one’s abilities. Black Tourmaline clears away any negative, unwanted, or distracting energies. Both stones help ground Gemini’s mercurial nature, while freeing them up to receive and act upon their creative inspirations.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22): Selenite, Blue Onyx
Cancers tend to be sensitive and incredibly empathetic, often taking on the emotions of those around them. Selenite is a natural energetic cleanser which will help those born under the sign of Cancer clear their auras of any unnecessary energies they pick up from others. As some Cancers have a tendency to overreact, blue onyx is a helpful stone for promoting inner peace and balance.
Leo (July 23 to August 22): Orange Calcite, Emerald
Orange Calcite amplifies each person’s unique creativity, which is perfect for Leos who love to shine their light and want to maintain the confidence to do so. Leos are also natural leaders. As Emerald promotes unconditional love, it is a great stone for reminding Leos to trust their heart and to always lead with compassion.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22): Amethyst, Clear/Crystal Quartz
Virgos tend to be analytical thinkers who are great at multi-tasking. While this can be a very positive attribute, it can also be detrimental without necessary rest and relaxation. Amethyst is a wonderful crystal for helping Virgos find balance and ease within the mental body. Clear Quartz, also referred to as Crystal Quartz, can heal and revitalize Virgos that forget to prioritize their self-care.
Libra (September 23 to October 22): Blue Apatite, Lepidolite
Blue Apatite can activate our creative imagination and open us up to receive divinely inspired ideas. This is why it it a helpful compliment to naturally artistic and perpetually curious Libras. Lepidolite is also a good stone for those born under the sign of Libra, as it can help those who identify as social butterflies to find their own sense of calm and balance when surrounded by others.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21): White Howlite, Sodalite
Scorpios are deep feelers who tend to experience the world around them with vivid intensity. This is why both White Howlite and Sodalite are natural fits for this water sign. White Howlite is known for soothing tension and stress, especially in the wake of a challenging situation, while Sodalite inspires the confidence to speak important inner truths.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21): Smoky Quartz, Orange Calcite
Sagittarians are enthusiastic dreamers who seem to always be reaching for their next big idea. Orange Calcite helps to nurture those inspired sparks, while Smoky Quartz keeps Sagittarius connected to the Earth and able to bring their lofty goals to fruition.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19): Tigers Eye, Fluorite
Capricorns have an incredible sense of determination, making them some of the hardest and most dedicated workers of the zodiac. Tigers Eye can be helpful for Capricorns by clarifying their deeper purpose and activating the confidence to move in the direction of it. Fluorite helps Capricorns with their ability to focus by clearing away any distracting psychic debris.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18): Hematite, Blue Apatite
Those born under the sign of Aquarius are known to be innovative thinkers who often march to the sound of their own drum. While Blue Apatite can help Aquarians to effectively communicate their new ideas, Hematite keeps them grounded and connected to the needs of the communities they serve.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20): Fuchsite, Amazonite
Pisceans are the intuitive dreamers of the zodiac. Fuchsite, a peaceful and meditative stone, is a perfect companion for a Pisces, as it facilitates intuitive insight. Amazonite is a powerful intention amplifier, which can be of great assistance to any Pisces who is ready to manifest their heart’s true desires.
Disclaimer: Please consult a healthcare professional for any medical advice. The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.