Wednesday 21 February 2018

Exploring Crystal Magic

It seems like my generation continues to live up to their "hipster" label and amidst the avocado toasts, thick framed glasses and polaroid cameras is our newest obsession, Crystals. I have been noticing more and more of these dazzling glittering minerals at my favourite stores. In fact, I even found a book dedicated to crystal healing at Urban Outfitters. Shortly thereafter I got my first little crystal, a Clear Quartz. Did I mention I found it at Harlow Atelier, a storefront for Harlow Skin Co, so you can basically find crystals at just about any hipster shop right now. 

My knowledge on crystals prior to reading the book was quite limited. I knew crystals have an energy and if you get a new crystal, you generally want go through a process of cleansing it. Aside from that,  I just find them to be pretty pieces of natural art to display at home and use in my photos. 

I personally do believe in energies and despite my friends making fun of me for it, I swear I can sense negative and positive energies. I once fled, yes FLED a job interview because I sensed this evil darkness there. Now my perceived energy readings is similar to crystal culture, it is what you make of it and not something scientifically proven. That being said, I sincerely believe there is a bit of joojoo in our world and sure Hogwarts failed to send me my letter, but deep down I know I was meant to be a great wizard. 

Since I am a dork, I read Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren from cover to cover. It has a massive detailed index on 50 of the more well known varieties from the 5,000+ found worldwide. But my favourite part about the book was the first half where the author outlined the basics. I learned the several ways to cleanse and re-energize a crystal's energy and why you would choose one method over the others depending on the type of crystal. The section on Chakras was probably the most confusing and something I personally do not resonate with. 

My favourite section was crystals and everyday life. Since each crystal has its own metaphysical (branch of philosophy that describes the beliefs that are not grounded by scientific evidence) characteristics, you would want to use them in various aspects of your life or spaces in your house. I am particularly interested in crystals that help promote focus and concentration, so those I want to keep in my workspaces, but those that help you have a calmer sleep I would keep near my bed. So the magical portion is definitely what has brought on the recent surge in crystal curiosity, but crystals are essentially a type of mineral that has defined visible crystallized form aka facets that are integral to modern technology.  

According to the book, my little Clear Quartz is known for its transformative, clarity and healing powers. Clear Quartz has phenomenal electrical-conductivity; therefore, quartz are quite essential in technology, in fact a small piece can be found in all watches. It also transforms a beam of light into a brilliant rainbow. It also helps you achieve high consciousness and amplifies the effects of other crystals. 

At the Harlow Atelier I also found myself gravitating towards the Citrine. The beautiful amber golden orange crystal is about energy, goal-setting, abundance, luck and creativity. Hmmm seems like there was a reason why I the citrine lured me towards it because it sounds like a crystal I need in my life. I will definitely be going back and getting it very soon!

So whether you are new to the crystal world like me or already a crystal-obsessed, it ultimately is what you choose to believe. Follow your intuition and let the crystals guide you. In Layman's Terms, crystals are about listening to your gut (mine is forever filled with cakes, desserts, waffles and pastries!). 

I will keep you updated on my future crystal additions. Are you into crystals? You obviously know wizards are real right? Let me know in the comments below!


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