Long before Stonehenge, man has felt connected to the rocks and stones of the Earth. Symbolically speaking, the very density and durability of rocks implies that they are dependable containers of energy. Quartz crystals have been used in spiritual ceremonies by Native Americans, Egyptians, Celts, and Australian Aboriginals (among others) since ancient times. There are even legends about the inhabitants of Atlantis using quartz crystals for the creation of their incredible civilization.
Buddhists consider quartz to be one of the seven precious substances. Romans used it to reduce fevers. And in the Scottish Highlands it was thought to heal kidney disease if worn on the back.
Rose quartz, the lovely white-pink crystal, is the one that most will be familiar with. Citrine (yellow) and amethyst (purple) are two other common examples. Rose quartz is often associated with gentleness and love, and is thought to bring peace and calm to relationships. Astrologically, it is connected to the signs of Taurus and Libra. Citrine is said to enhance mental focus and communication, and is therefore related to the sign of Gemini. Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and meditation. It was often used on the breastplate of the high priest in ancient times and is associated with the sign of Pisces.
In my own astrology chart, I have a grand trine of the earth signs, so maybe I’m more attracted to rocks than the average bear. Or maybe I just think they are pretty. Whatever the explanation, I’ve got both citrine and amethyst crystals in my writing corner. Ahhhhh. . . . . . 🙂