Let’s talk about protection crystals. In our spiritual practices, crafts, and rituals we tend to rotate between the same set of intentions: love, healing, peace, cleansing, prosperity- but it always circles back around to protection. It seems to be the most essential aspect of our practices as we cleanse and protect before we begin a craft and then cleanse and protect when we’re finished with said craft. For this purpose, various herbs, plants, and methods exist, but what crystals can we incorporate into our protection rituals? In this article we’ll take an immersive look into the best suited crystals for protection as well their various correlations to the zodiac, planets, and chakras, as well as how we can use them in our everyday spiritual routines. Below is a list of the ten best crystals for protection.
This is a popular one among many practitioners as well as in many traditions. Obsidian is volcanic glass that has been used for thousands of years throughout history to make spears and blades as well as to absorb, purify, and deflect negative energy. The black variety of obsidian boasts a dark glossy textureless appearance that instantly brings to mind the words “magic” and “outer space”. You’d be right in making this connection as this particular healing stone is most commonly known for its powerful grounding energies as well as the abyss-like color of the stone’s surface which is often used for scrying. Not only does black obsidian stabilize energy, but it also absorbs negative energy, bringing a sense of comfort to the wearer. I was recently gifted a gorgeous black obsidian bracelet and it feels amazing whenever I put it on. It definitely adds a powerful sense of security to my overall state of being. In aspects of the physical body, black obsidian is known to aid digestion and detoxify the body, while relieving joint pain caused by arthritis. Undoubtedly, black obsidian is one of the most sought after crystals for protection.
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Vibration Number: 1
Healing with Black Obsidian: Purification, transformation, manifestation
Uses: Jewelry, spell jars, protection candles, altar protection, scrying
Sensitivity: Water- none Sunlight- none
Black Tourmaline is an aluminum borosilicate crystal found on every continent in the world and since medieval times, it’s been regarded as one of the most effective crystals for protection because of its solid black color which absorbs negative energy without compromising its own. This stone has since been recognized for its powerful abilities to repel negativity and protect the wearer as well as the home. With its black charcoal-like appearance, black tourmaline can be considered the Yin to Selenite’s Yang as their healing properties balance each other out perfectly (they even look similar, differing only in color). In the same way that charcoal absorbs toxins and impurities, black tourmaline absorbs negative energy and works to stabilize the vibrational frequency in the physical as well emotional body. In regards to physical healing, black tourmaline will improve circulation and detox the body while encouraging a healthy immune system. Wearing this stone or keeping it on your person will help you to feel more balanced and focused.
Vibration Number: 3 & 4
Healing with Black Tourmaline: Balance, transformation, strength
Uses: Jewelry (this will create crystal program that is unique to you), altar protection, protection candles, spell jars/pouches
Sensitivity: Water- none Sunlight- none
Turquoise is a hydrated aluminum and copper phosphate that has been used by many cultures and ancient civilizations throughout history. A lot of lore surrounding this healing stone revolves around the idea that it has the ability to warn its wearer against impending danger. It is said that turquoise stone will crack, chip, or break to signify that it has taken an injury or misfortune in your place. One ancient magical practice is the use of turquoise in “horse amulets”, where the amulet would be affixed to a bridle to protect the animal as well as the rider. Turquoise is one of many ancient crystals for protection that is still used for its protective properties in many modern spiritual practices. In modern day, this is one of the less typical crystals for protection as the intention itself would have you imagine a darker stone, but don’t be fooled. Turquoise’s ability to dispel negative energy makes it a very powerful healing stone in regards to providing the wearer with protection. In the aspect of physical healing, turquoise will help the body to absorb nutrients, boosting the immune system and aiding in tissue repair.
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Planet: Venus, Neptune
Element: Earth, Air, Fire
Vibration Number: 1
Chakra: Heart, Throat, Third Eye
Healing with Turquoise: Purification, protection, strength, wisdom
Uses: Jewelry (protection talisman), altar protection, spell jars/pouches, intention candles
Sensitivity: Water- water may become toxic Sunlight- none
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that can be found worldwide, and over the centuries since it was first discovered in 1700, this powerful healing stone has been considered a purification and protection crystal. As one of the more gorgeous and luminescent crystals for protection, labradorite protects against psychic attack. It purifies the auric field and its heavy energy is known to penetrate the body, mind, and spirit. Labradorite opens the third eye, making the wearer more intuitive and helps to protect against psychic attack. While it encourages the assertive establishment of boundaries, this protective stone will keep negative and unwanted energies and entities away. It protects the mental state by balancing emotions and removing negative thoughts from the mind, promoting good mental health and helping to treat depression and anxiety. In terms of the physical body, labradorite defends against ailments in the eyes and brain.
Vibration Number: 6 & 7
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Healing with Labradorite: transformation, strengthening of the will, psychic abilities
Uses: jewelry, EMF protection, spell jars/pouches, altar protection
Sensitivity: Water- may disintegrate Sunlight- can fade over time
Amethyst crystals are a form of quartz (silicate mineral) that has been used for thousands of years by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians who believed the stone protected against evil while alleviating ailments in many forms, including that of the mental and physical states. In modern spiritual practices, amethyst is still considered one of the most versatile crystals for protection as it opens the third eye and allows one to exercise their intuition. This gorgeous purple stone is known to protect the mind from unwanted and negative thoughts, promoting a healthy emotional balance. It purifies and protects the aura from outside influences while dispelling evil and negativity. Amethyst’s ability to open the third eye chakra will increase intuition and help you to make wiser choices, keeping your physical and emotional body safe from harm. Using this crystal in protective talismans and amulets is not uncommon, even today.
Zodiac: Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn
Element: Air, Water
Vibration Number: 3
Chakra: Third Eye, Crown
Healing with Amethyst: Spiritual awareness, nobility, transformation, balance
Uses: Talismans, amulets, intention candles, spell jars/pouches
Sensitivity: Water- will dissolve over time Sunlight- will fade and crack
Tiger’s Eye is a metamorphic mineral whose uses have been recorded throughout history in many parts of the globe. In ancient Egypt, Tiger’s Eye was made into jewelry as it was believed to bestow protection and luck upon the wearer; Roman soldiers would often use Tiger’s Eye in battle to give them courage and bravery; in Ancient China, this stone was believed to bring good luck and fortune to the wearer because of its golden aura. In modern spiritual practices, it is still known to be one of the more typical crystals for protection. Tiger’s Eye is the perfect talisman to protect against attacks of any kind as it is believed to allow the wearer to foresee any otherwise hidden plots against them. Tiger’s Eye protects against psychic attacks and promotes a healthy state of mind. Its powerful energy has a watchful quality to it, which will provide the wearer with a sense of security. Aside from protecting the wearer, it also brings luck and good fortune. In terms of physical health, Tiger’s Eye will treat complications in the eyes and throat while helping to release toxins and relieve pain.
Zodiac: Capricorn, Leo
Element: Fire, Earth
Vibration Number: 4
Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus
Healing with Tiger’s Eye: Protection, empowerment, grounding, courage
Uses: Talismans, amulets, protection pouches/jars, altar/home protection
Sensitivity: Water- none Sunlight- none
One of the more colorful crystals for protection, lapis lazuli has been used by spiritualists for thousands of years. This beautiful blue metamorphic rock was a favorite among ancient deities and royals as it was believed that the stone contained “the soul of the deity who would rejoice in its owner”. In lapis lazuli legends, the mythical Sumerian goddess of love, Inanna took the stone with her into her death. In ancient Egypt (or Kemet) Pharaohs would wear emblems of Maat (the god of truth) carved from lapis lazuli. In modern spiritualist practices, lapis lazuli is still used for its powerful abilities to protect the aura and psyche. It is known to dispel negative thoughts and energies and to provide the wearer with protection by their own intuition. For physical health, lapis lazuli will purify blood, lower blood pressure, and boost the immune system while alleviating insomnia and vertigo.
Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius
Planet: Mercury, Neptune
Vibration Number: 3
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye
Healing with Lapis Lazuli: Truth, power, manifestation, intuition, angelic communication
Uses: Jewelry, meditation, protection pouches/jars
Sensitivity: Water- dissolution over time Sunlight- none
Otherwise known as Heliotrope (or Piedra del Sol), this unique crystal for protection is a dark green variety of chalcedony that gets its name from the red blood-like splatters which are spread throughout the stone. The word Heliotrope is derived from the Greek word meaning to turn to the sun. Bloodstone has been used by many cultures throughout history, specifically as a Christian amulet as its red specks were believed to be the ‘blood of Christ’. More modern spiritualist beliefs are centered around the stone’s healing properties rather than its appearance, however. Bloodstone is considered to be one of the most powerful crystals for protection as it shields the wearer from danger in many ways. It is a stone of grounding and protection and draws out negative energy from the environment while promoting courage and wisdom. It aids the thinking process by keeping you grounded and helping you to avoid dangerous people, places, and situations. In the aspects of the physical body, bloodstone will aid in removing toxins from the blood, liver, kidneys, spleen, and bladder. It regulates the circulatory system and relieves inflammation and infection of the body.
Zodiac: Aries, Libra, Pisces
Vibration Number: 4 & 6
Healing with Bloodstone: Alignment, purification, strength, protection
Uses: Meditation, holistic therapy, jewelry, manifestation pouches
Sensitivity: Water- dissolution Sunlight- none
Clear quartz is a crystalline mineral composed of silicon and oxygen that offers a variety of healing and purification uses. In ancient civilizations like Lemuria, Atlantis, and Kemet, this healing stone played a major role in their fast development. It was believed to expand the consciousness among its other healing powers. Even in these ancient times, this healing stone was immediately recognized as a powerful tool of balance and ascension. Then and now, clear quartz is known as the “master healer” as it cleanses, purifies, and balances the energy within us as well as the energy around us. Undoubtedly one of the crystals for protection that is easier to obtain, clear quartz will lend powerful protective energy to the wearer. It is known to draw out negativity energy from the auric field as well as the environment while purifying and stabilizing the chakras. In matters of the physical body, clear quartz will enhance the function of vital organs and boost the immune system. All in all, it’s a simple yet powerful choice out of all the available crystals for protection.
Zodiac: All birth signs
Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Vibration Number: 4
Healing with Clear Quartz: Cleansing, harmony, clarity, protection, purification
Uses: Meditation, jewelry, cleansing of other crystals, intention candles/pouches/jars
Sensitivity: Water- none Sunlight- may fade or crack over time
This hydrous calcium sulfate mineral (or gypsum) is called selenite only when it is found in clear and well-formed structures. In ancient Mesopotamian cultures, selenite was often used in protection and banishing rituals to keep evil spirits at bay. In modern times, it’s still used to create barriers of protection as well as to activate the Third Eye and Crown chakras. Selenite crystal is one of the more highly powerful crystals for protection and cleansing which can also be used to charge and amplify the healing properties of other crystals. It is also known to cleanse and purify the auric field and energy centers of the chakra system. However, its healing properties don’t end in the spiritual and mental aspects of our being, but they also extend into the physical. Selenite helps to align and straighten the spinal cord while repairing and strengthening the skeletal system. Its effects are known to overcome cancer, tumors, age spots, and wrinkles.
Zodiac: Taurus, Gemini, Cancer
Planet: The Moon
Vibration Number: 8
Healing with Selenite: Purification, clarity, cleansing, protection, clairvoyance
Uses: Meditation, crystal cleansing and charging, redirecting energy
Sensitivity: Water- dissolution Sunlight- may fade over long periods of time
The most effective way to benefit from a stone’s protective properties is by wearing it as jewelry. This will form an intimate bond between yourself and the crystal as well as energetically programming it to you personally. If you’re unsure of which healing crystal for protection to choose, the best way to tell what suits you is by reaching for a stone and taking a moment to understand how you feel by its presence. For a more accurate effect and feel for the energies of a stone, hold it in your hands and close your eyes. Now get to manifesting!