10 Crystals for Men - by Karen Ryan, Crystal Energy Therapist
©www.crystaltiger.com, 2004

Crystals and gemstones have often been worn by men as jewelry, or to decorate  formal suits to signify their official or regal status in society. In ancient  times, polished crystals were embedded on shields for protection during battle.  Carved crystal amulets offered protection from enemies and poisoned wine. Today, gem and crystal  crafting  is still almost exclusively men's work. However, the use of  precious metals and gem synthetics has slowly replaced the use of gemstones in  popular men's jewelry. The use of crystals for healing and ancient secrets was popularized in the tale of England's King Arthur with his wizard, Merlin, who lived in the  Crystal Cave. If you feel awkward about wearing crystals dangling down in front of your chest in public, and are not inclined to be an "urban shaman", here are some suggestions:

 I asked a number of healers (both men and women) about what they felt were the  healing issues for men. The responses are grouped as:  For this article, I have listed a selection of ten crystals and gemstones from a group of  twenty-five which are useful in healing men's issues. Of course, they can be used by anyone with these issues. Please  refer to my other articles on using specific crystals for Stress, Romance, Children, Pets and Animals and Women's  Issues at www.crystaltiger.com.

Amethyst
A "Master Healing Crystal". Also called "the Royal Stone". Amethyst's most  noted healing quality is its ability to purify and transmute all forms of  negativity. Get a large Amethyst cryystal cluster for your home or office to  protect yourself from hostile energies around you. If anxiety causes shortness  of breath, put the cluster on or near your chest and breath slowly for a few  minutes to lessen the symptoms. Consider a large, well-set amethyst gemstone  ring to enhance your personal magnetism and to provide mental clarity.  Amethyst is also helpful for migraines, arthritic pains, and connecting to  one's spirituality for guidance.

Garnet
The "Sex Stone" - Garnet strengthens and restores physical and emotional  energy lost through constantly ensuring the protection and welfare of others.  When you feel a bit lost or abandonned in the chaos of daily life, Garnet  helps to provide the needed grounding and empowering to become more decisive  and committed to a direction. Garnet is well-known for enhancing and  regenerating one's sexuality (the physical aspects). For best effects, tape a  small half-inch piece at the Hara centre - one and one-half inches below the  navel - and wear it overnight.

Jade
A "Crystal of Tranquility". Also called "the Sport Stone", promoting agility  and swiftness. Many men from the Far East know the benefits of wearing Jade.  Some will tell you that it is for their health, and how the colour of the Jade  gets darker with good health and lighter with declining health. Jade soothes  the emotions, and provides emotional detachment and restoration after various  traumas such as minor surgery, divorce, funerals, or loss of job. Some say it  is for good luck. Jade is a stone which is easily obtained in most city  centres and can be openly worn as a pendant.

Rose Quartz
"The Love Stone" - Rose Quartz is another Master Healing Crystal that  specializes in transmuting emotional negativity at all levels. It enhances  one's ability to give and receive love, by opening the Heart chakra and  stimulating greater flexibility in communications. It mellows out a relunctant  Heart, and provides peace in relationships through harmony. Rose Quartz is  used for meditation, as it stills one's aggressive thoughts and provides  mental tranquility. It can heal a broken heart very quickly too.

Smokey Quartz
  The "Emotional Balancer Crystal" - Smokey Quartz is a very specialized crystal  for negative emotional energy. This crystal is excellent for mood swings,  aggressive actions, ill temper, and generally nasty thoughts. It grounds all  kinds of negative energy. This stone is helpful for burnout, fear of failure,  reluctance to take risks, or wanting revenge, as well as for tendancies to  over-eat, smoke or drink due to stress. It helps you accept responsibility for  yourself, and to broaden your capacity for effective communication by  dissolving self-limiting perceptions.

Diamond
"The King of Crystals" - Diamond intensifies and activates one's internal  energies through its purity of vibration. The better the quality of Diamond,  the better one's own personal qualities and actions. When freely given,  Diamond power becomes activated and can be used for manifesting abundance and  increasing personal self-esteem. It is a token of one's love to another, and  both enhances and radiates the beauty of the wearer. The Diamond is also known  for invincibility, representing the life force (prana).

 Hematite
 "The Stress Stone" - Hematite is a versatile metallic-like crystal used for  enhancing one's logic, mathematical abilities, rational thinking and depth of  technical knowledge. It grounds creative energy to make one's thoughts more  practical and focused. As a "Stress Stone", Hematite reflects negativity back  to the sender, so you don't end up with someone else's stress. For backache or  leg cramps, use surgical tape to fix a few pieces onto painful areas. The  crystal's energy is like a magnet and effectively draws out pain related to  muscular or joint alignment problems. Hematite is also used to reduce  insomnia.

Lapis Lazuli
"The Stone of The Pharaohs" - Lapis Lazuli is well-known as a favorite stone  used in the courts of the ancient Egyptian Kings. Lapis means "stone" and  Lazuli means "blue". This deep blue stone is used for stimulating mental  strength and intellectual precision. Lapis is a consciousness elevator,  raising one's awareness to new heights and to greater expansion. It brings  feelings of success and connectedness and protection. For intuitive people,  Lapis intensifies psychic power.

Malachite
 "A Man's Stone" - The deep forest green of Malachite is symbolic of the deep  healing and cleansing this stone provides. It can aid in breaking down old  patterns, whether emotional (stuck patterns of behavior) or physical (tumors,  swollen joints, muscular). Malachite promotes business relationships and the  increase of wealth by removing obstacles to one's growth. The most important  aspect of this crystal's healing ability, however, is for the preventive  health of the physical heart and liver. If you are attracted to this crystal,  chances are you have a family history of heart-related problems and probably  need a heart check-up.

Moonstone
"The Feminine Balancing Crystal". To soften and balance dominant male  attributes with some feminine qualities, Moonstone provides for a depth of  perception and feelings, discernment, creativity and self-expression. Other  properties of Moonstone - increases awareness and focus, releases one's  intuition, has rejuvenating qualities for the skin and hair (baldness?),  reduces water retention, and provides protection for travelers. Moonstones  increase their powers before and during the full moon, so leave them out at  night to soak up the moon's rays.
  Also see Three Steps to Crystal Healing which will tell you more about what to  expect from healing with crystals. Your commitment to the crystal is part of  the healing process. Let the crystal do the work for you. Select your crystal  with an honest outlook on the problem.

Copyright  www.crystaltiger.com, 2004. Originally appearing in www.Astrologyzine.com.

Last Update: 2004/03/12
Web Author: Karen Ryan
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