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Five crystals to welcome a fresh start

By The Yoga School / December 21, 2020

Powerhouse crystals for planting new seeds in life.

Crystals have been used for metaphysical purposes since time immemorial. The Druids, Incas, Egyptians, Persians, and even the Mayans have turned to crystals to healing and look into the future.

But what exactly are these chunks of matter that some consider to be little pieces of earth, love, and magic? Millions of years ago, the elements of earth, water, fire, and air collided deep in the earth’s layers under immense pressure and heat to form the crystals we know today. When examined under the microscope, one would notice that crystals contain highly ordered lattice structures of different geometric shapes, colours, and sizes. This high level of order and harmony, together with the qualities of the mineral elements they posses, give crystals their healing properties. As energy conductors, they have the ability to transform frequencies of dissonance and chaos into that of harmony and order.

As such, crystals provide a sacred space in which we can look within to regard ourselves with stillness and intentionality. In giving us the opportunity to connect with our intuitive selves, crystals amplify our life’s purpose while easing conditioned or chaotic aspects that prevent us from doing so.

So as we sit on the cusp of a new year, some of us might feel exhausted by 2020, which has been a particularly tough year for many. Perhaps you feel a little lost and long to find deeper meaning, purpose, and connection. Or perhaps you just need some time to contemplate loose ends and wipe the slate clean for the year ahead. The following crystals can provide you with a safe space to tune in, amplify your wisdom, and harness your intuition as you tackle a bigger and brighter 2021.


Innate qualities: Energising, willpower, taking action, mental and physical strength.
Ideal for: Studying, working on a big project, early mornings, releasing tense muscles that have contracted from fear of moving forward in a task.
What it helps to overcome: Procrastination, sluggishness, laziness, bad habits, early morning fog.

Lapis Lazuli

Innate qualities: Self-knowledge, spiritual development, insight, evolution.
Ideal for: Meditation, inner work, reflection, uncovering your truth and purpose.
What it helps to overcome: Negative habits and life patterns that don’t serve you.

Rose Quartz

Innate qualities: Love, compassion, self-love, healing.
Ideal for: Spiritual awakening, healing a broken heart, healing relationships.
What it helps to overcome: Self-loathing, heartbreak, low self-esteem, rejection, resentment.

Optical Calcite

Innate qualities: Divine purpose, forging ahead, clarity, order, determination.
Ideal for: Finding your calling, retaining clarity in the midst of chaos, organising, editing projects, decluttering.
What it helps to overcome: Feeling lost and confused, overactive emotions, lack of direction, chaos in life.


Innate qualities: Calming, soothing, grounding, remaining centered.
Ideal for: Uncovering the source of an emotional imbalance, reclaiming emotional energy after experiencing trauma.
What it helps to overcome: Anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, stress, overactive emotions, being hard on yourself.