I work with crystals and stones in different ways when reading tarot and thought I would talk about how I marry them together. I really feel that minerals can raise the vibration and energy in a reading, they help set the mood of the situation or question and can also bring focus. Not to mention, they give your querent something to look at and focus on if they are nervous! Here are a couple ways I like to use minerals with tarot, also some of my favorite crystals and stones I like to work with.
I love pairing up a certain crystal or stone to a specific deck. I choose this intuitively and allow my instinct to select which deck and stone go together, some are an instant connection while others may take a while to pair up. When my Fountain Tarot arrived, I immediately felt drawn to using Smoky Quartz with this deck. I now rest a chunk of Smoky Quartz on top of my deck when it’s sitting on my reading table or not in use. Another stone that tends to travel from deck to deck (usually whichever deck I’m using the most at the time) is Chrysoprase. Right now I have my favorite piece of Chrysoprase sitting on top of my Spirit Speak Tarot. Let your intuition guide you on what stone wants to work with what deck, you can really feel this out and get an idea if they resonate together. It’s all a personal choice so have fun with it!
TIP: Sometimes set the intention with the stone and the deck. I do this by smudging the stone first in Palo Santo (you can use Sage or incense, or skip the smudging all together), then I hold the stone in one hand and the deck in the other and state my intention that these will be used together. I usually set the chosen stone on top of the deck under the next Full Moon, I feel like this kind of resonates the two together. Before I begin a reading, I will hold the stone to the deck I’m using in my hands while I take some deep breaths and clear my mind… it’s a way for me to prepare for a reading and connect to the deck I’m working with.
Setting the Mood
Another way I work with stones and tarot together are by pairing them up based on the reading theme. If I’m doing a relationship reading, I’ll usually set out Rose Quartz before I begin a reading. Or if I’m doing a reading themed around business, I’ll set out Citrine or Pyrite if they are wanting to attract more abundance in their business. There are SO many stones out there, so search online or pick up a book on crystal properties. You can also select stones intuitively for this as well, so you don’t have to use a love stone with a love reading.
Some of my favorites
There is no denying my love for minerals, if you come to my house you would clearly see that! I have stones and crystals pretty much everywhere through our home… in the kitchen window, on the coffee table, in shelves, and in the bathrooms… you name it! I am in utter awe over minerals, not just on a “woo” level but just the fact that something so beautiful and unique came from the Earth. I’m proud to call myself a mineral nerd! My Grandfather is also big into mineral collecting and I inherited a few of his crystals, they are two of my most treasured items I own (one is a large Smoky Quartz cluster pictured on this post, this other is a large natural Citrine).
Here are just a couple of my favorite stones and crystals to work with:
- Smoky Quartz :: Great for grounding and clearing negative energy, I also love using this stone for shadow work
- Chrysoprase :: Happiness, positive energy, and acceptance
- Citrine :: Great for money work and attracting
- Rose Quartz :: Promotes love and healing, also great for self love
- Malachite :: Helps tension and clear thinking
- Clear Quartz :: I call this the “everything stone” and it is the main crystal I work with
- Mookaite :: Fantastic for adventure and path working