In terms of protection there are some keywords to look for in the descriptions of stones when choosing them to do spiritual work. But, above all, the stone should “feel” right to you.
- Protective (of course)
- dispels or absorbs negativity
Basic colors of stones to look for in terms of protection include:
- Clear or colorless
The first three stones I mention in the show (and below) are stones that I always have around regardless of what I’m doing. I have them especially close when doing readings or connecting in the Spiritual realm. They are not commonly thought of as “protective stones.” However, each does have protective properties. Plus, because they are quartz derivatives, they also provide clear channels for communication and clarity. These properties help with the most important step in connecting with Spirit—your intention.
As we discussed, your intention is one of the most basic forms of psychic protection you can enlist. These stones help you maintain focus upon that and some (like Amethyst and Rose Quartz) will even help attract positive energies to you.
Clear quartz is probably the most common stone on the planet. As a matter of fact, there are several stones that are derivatives of clear quartz that most people don’t realize. Of course, the different colored quartz stones (such as Rose Quartz) are related. But, so are Amethyst, Ametrine, Aventurine and Tiger’s Eye.
Clear quartz is basic.
I use this stone every day. And, it is not commonly known for it’s protective properties. It as, as Dixie states in our first Woo-Woo show, often used as a magnifier or amplifier when connecting with Spirit or doing readings.
However, clear quartz does have protective properties too. For me, it clarifies messages. Things can get noisy and nebulous in the Spirit realm and I use to quartz to help me zone in on exactly what I want to. This enables me to weed out some of the unwanted background noise.
Clear quartz has also been used to protect against black magic and protects from negative energy.
If you are beginning stone work, this should be one of the first stones you add to your “kit” because of its diversity and availability.
This is the birthstone of February babies (Late Aquarius/Early Pisces) and was used to ward against intoxication.
“Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.”
Not only does amethyst have properties that are conducive to psychic protection, but it is also believed to protect against thieves and be protective of travelers as well.
To me, this stone provides a very warm and loving quality to the user. It does amplify and help you to remain open while reading and connecting with Spirit. However, its protective qualities are also very strong, particularly when you are talking about “intoxication.” You can become (what I call) “Spirit drunk” which is just as Neptuney as being drunk on alcohol and just as disorienting when working in these realms. Amethyst aids with this and helps to bring about sober-mindedness.
The Egyptians used Amethyst to guard against guilt and fearfulness. It can also be used to protect against self-deception and witchcraft.
It is also related to St. Valentine. Legend has that St. Valentine used an Amethyst ring with an engraving of Cupid because it gave meaning to relationships overtime that transcends the carnal union and gives way to a more soulful communion.
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Rose Quartz is also a protective stone and a derivative of clear quartz. It does clarify and amplify. But, it also attracts loving energy while working to repel negativity.
Rose Quartz speaks of loving and balanced relationships. These are always good properties to have around when connecting with Spirit since you are, in fact, forming relationships.
Rose Quartz is also called the “Heart Stone” and is directly connected to the Heart Chakra. With that, it helps you to maintain positive intention in your work while attracting positive energies.
Now that I’ve discussed the basic stones, I’ll move on to the heavier more solidly protective stones. These are your darker colored stones that not only provide protection but also absorb and isolate negative energies. Hematite, Black Tourmaline and Obsidian are all black stones. Tiger’s Eye is also a fierce protector. However, it is usually several shades of brown (and, to repeat myself, a derivative of common clear quartz—so holds the properties of that stone as well).
Heeeeeeeeeeematite! This stone, to me, is like THE stone to have around. It works the best for me as far as shielding me from absorbing the energies around me. I liken myself to a psychic sponge at times. I have a Pisces Moon that squares Neptune on my angles. Plus, I’m also having one heck of a Neptune transit right now. If you have a strong Neptune signature in your astrological chart, I highly recommend you give this stone a shot.
Hematite contains high levels of Iron and is correlated to the base chakra. Because of it’s Iron content, it can have a reddish or brown tint but is most commonly black or a deep steely gray.
Hematite is wonderfully grounding and will dissolve negativity while protecting you from absorbing the “nastiness” that belongs to others. It keeps you from boarding someone else’s emotional train, basically.
There are two versions of this stone. One is magnetized and the other is not. I use the non-magnetized. However, if you work with this stone, try it both ways and see what works best for you.
I am also iron deficient anemic. However, it is believed that hematite helps the body absorb iron and keeps blood healthy. In this way, it can be energizing. As a matter of fact, the word “hematite” is derived from the greek word for “blood” (ie: hematology-the study of blood, blood forming organs and diseases of the blood).
What is more vital in terms of life force than blood? So, this is a health stone as well as a grounding, energizing and protective stone.
Black tourmaline is a strong, strong, STRONG protective stone. I, personally, do not use it as much as I do Hematite because it seems very “heavy” to me. However, it most certainly does filter out, absorb and control negative energy. I think of it like a HEPA filter for spiritual gunk (HEPA=High Efficiency Particle Absorption).
One thing I do use it for is to protect me from absorbing the buzz generated by electronics. I have a piece that sits beside my work computer specifically for this purpose. Electronics can generate or stimulate nervous and anxious energy, particularly if you are around them or using them a lot. And, in this day and age, who doesn’t? Electronics have become part of our everyday environment and the energy they emit is everywhere. So, even though I find it particularly heavy, it is very useful to many.
Magicians used this stone (also known as Schorl) to protect them from earth demons as they cast spells. And it does wonderful things in terms of reinforcing your Psychic shield. It is also believed to guard against radiation and environmental pollutants in general.
I feel it is an excellent stone to have around if you performing any kind of detox as well.
Not only does the stone absorb negativity, but it can also transform negativity into something positive and useful. In the industrial world, black tourmaline is used in electrical tuning circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies.
It is also believed to aid in motion sickness—though, I’ve not personally used it for that.
Tiger’s Eye is wonderfully grounding and protective. It is a derivative of quartz, as well. Meaning, it brings the clarity and amplification of that stone along with it.
If I could choose one word to associate with the stone on a personal level, it would be wisdom. I don’t know about you, but I could use a whole bunch of that.
I choose it for it’s grounding and protective qualities mostly. It is also energizing and helps to maintain focus. If you have a job to do that requires a great deal of concentration and diligence, this stone could very well be a good enhancement for you. I know it is for me.
I also use it conjunction with Falcon’s eye (more black or deep blue) and Ox’s eye (more red in color, also called Dragon’s eye) for focus.
I have Obsidian placed on the outside and inside corners of my house. In a way, it forms a protective grid or barrier around the whole dwelling. Obsidian is known for repelling negativity (note, this is different that the absorbing qualities of Tourmaline) and disperses unloving thoughts. It also enhances self-control. Trust me. We can use that last one a WHOLE lot in my house!
Obsidian is also truth enhancing and very protective in general as it does shield against psychic attack—which does happen, folks. It also promotes compassion and personal strength.
Obsidian forms from molten lava that has cooled very quickly and had no time to turn to glass. Looking at it, it has a very “glassy” look about it. It does come in many colors. The one’s I use are dark green and black. They are fairly heavy and, I believe, are best placed somewhere rather than carried around with you. However, if you find a piece small enough it most certainly can be placed in your pocket or used as a piece of jewelry.
This is one of Dixie’s picks. But, I cannot leave it out. She is right to favor it. I actually received this stone as a gift just prior to doing the show. And, since neither of us had really discussed which stones we were talking about, I do not think this was a coincidence.
Pyrite, like Hematite, is also Iron rich. It is excellent to carry for protection, particularly when traveling. Because it was often mistaken for gold, it is sometimes called “Fool’s Gold.” And, while it doesn’t have much monetary value, it does have a wealth of value in terms of the enhancement it can bring to psychic or spiritual work.
(Besides, it’s sparkly!!)
It also helps with self-confidence which is key in the posturing that Dixie mentions you should have when interacting in both the spiritual and physical realm. It brings forth assertive (not aggressive) energy from the bearer.
Also, like Hematite, it is used to treat blood disorders. It is also believed to help in the treatment of blood/oxygen exchange and breathing disorders.
My pyrite is lodged on a piece of Agate which promotes inner stability and composure. Plus, it has an Eagle sitting on top of it. It’s too big to carry. However, it sits in my Spirit room. The combination of the Agate, Eagle and Pyrite gives me focus, stability and protection all at the same time. Plus, it was given to me by my favorite Aquarian (my son).