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Working With Crystals + Tarot Together

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This week we had a great call with my awesome group of In The Cards tarot students and there was a fantastic question from someone about how we can use tarot and crystals together.  At first it might seem like a weird idea; how do crystals have anything to do with tarot cards?  The truth is using crystals in your tarot work can give a great boost , whether it’s readings, meditation, tarot magic, or anything else.  There are a couple of simple and effective ways that you can use crystals with your tarot or oracle cards but there are a few important things to keep in mind when working with crystals at all.

Size Matters!  The bigger the stone the bigger an energy field it has so the larger of an area it will have an effect on.  When working with crystals and tarot you’ll likely just be working to have an effect on the immediate area or the space between you and the person you’re reading for, so average sized tumbled stones up to palm sized stones work really well.

Tune Your Stones!  Cleansing stones is often a bit of a misnomer and why we often do what we do and why it works is misunderstood.  The reason that running a stone under cool water cleanses it is because of the negative ions in the fresh water balancing out and removing the negative ions that build up around the stone affecting the stone’s vibratory frequency.  Crystals do not “absorb negative energy”.  What happens is their vibration entrains to lower vibrations {what we often perceive is “negative energy”}. When we’re going to use a stone for any purpose we want it at it’s highest and best rate of vibration.  We can do this by running it under water but the best way to do it is with other vibrations, specifically sound vibrations.  Simply strike a singing bowl or ring a bell or tingshaws around your stones for a few seconds and the vibration of the bell will help clear and reset the vibration of the stone.

Mind Your Points!  If you’re using terminated crystals {i.e. crystals with points} direct the points inward if you want to draw in energy or outward if you want to send energy away.

With these couple of basics in mind here are some ways you can use tarot and crystals together.

 

Place crystals around your reading space/table.

This is something you may have seen others do.  If you’ve ever had a reading in a shop or at a psychic fair you’ve probably sat at a reader’s table that has at least one or two clusters of amethyst or quartz.  You can place just a central stone on your table or you can create a sort of crystal grid on your table around your card layout space.  Clear quartz. lepidolite, amethyst, lapis lazuli, and labradorite all are great for this.  Use amethyst points on the corners of your reading table pointing inward to draw in more intuitive energy for your reading.

 

Keep a programed crystal in your tarot bag/box.

Programming a crystal to help you align better with your tarot deck is super simple.  First pick a stone that feels right for you.  I would suggest using a stone of intuition that you feel a personal connection to.  For me it’s either amethyst or lapis lazuli for this work.  Tune your stone so it has a clear vibration and then decide on your specific intent.  Intention is your ultimate tool in programming so you need to have your intent for your stone’s program crystal clear {no pun intended}.  For this you might envision that every time you use your deck the messages come easy and clearly for you.  Decide in a simple phrase for your intention like “clear intuitive messages from these cards”.  Hold the stone in your dominant hand {the one you write with}, and squeeze the stone gently.  As you do visualize you using your cards with easy.  Repeat, silently or aloud, “clear intuitive messages from this deck” over and over until you feel that the stone is programmed {just go with your gut}.  Then place the stone in your tarot bag or box and keep it with your deck when it’s not being used.

 

Please crystals on your cards when you meditate or do magic with them.

If you use your cards for meditation or spellwork/manifestation you can add stones to the cards when you do this.  Say you are going to meditate with the Six of Cups today because you want to get clear on some family memories from your childhood.  You would place your Six of Cups on your altar or meditation space and then place a rose quartz for love on it to remember these things fondly. You could use a clear quartz to help clear up foggy childhood memories, or an amethyst to help draw more intuitive or psychic messages from these memories.  Simply pick the card you need to work with right now and a stone that will amplify or enhance your needs or intention and place the tuned stone on the card or use four of the same stone to surround the corners of the card on your altar.

 

Empower your crystals with tarot archetypes and energies.

We can reverse this tarot and crystal work a little and instead of empowering a card with a crystal we can empower a crystal with a card’s energies.  The idea is the same as above; place the desired crystal on the card and place your dominant hand over it {alternately you can place the card with the stone on it in your other hand and place your dominant hand over it}.  Visualize the energy of the card being drawn up into your tuned crystal and empowering it.  Repeat the name of the card over and over, aloud or silently, until you feel the card had been charged.  When I do this I like to then place the card with the stone on top for a day or two on my altar.  Then you can carry the stone with to help you align to the archetype and energy of that card better.

 

Correspondences of Crystals and Tarot

The following correspondence list is of my own design so feel free to play with it and tweak it as you see fit.  Here you’ll find correspondences for each of the major arcana cards, the four suits, and then a single stone for each of the court cards.  With the court cards I recommend using a stone for the specific card’s rank and then the suit, so in other words for the King of Pentacles you could use fluorite and malachite together.

Major Arcana

Fool: new beginnings, journey ahead
clear quartz, green tourmaline

Magician: manifesting, opportunity
fire opal, garnet

High Priestess: intuition, psychic power
aquamarine, labradorite

Empress: fertility, nurturing
emerald, green jade

Emperor: power, confidence
red jasper, carnelian

Hierophant: spiritual traditions, guidance
celestite, blue topaz

Lovers: relationships, sexuality
ruby, rhodocrosite

Chariot: control, moving forward
chalcedony, peridot

Strength: power, courage
citrine, bloodstone

Hermit: inner wisdom, self discovery
kyanite, howlite

Wheel of Fortune: changes, cycles
aventurine, serpentine

Justice: truth, logical reason
tiger’s eye, cinnabar

Hanged Man: altered consciousness, changing perspectives
selenite, beryl

Death: transformation, letting go
black tourmaline, amber

Temperance: harmony, balance
malachite, tektite

Devil: blockages, facing fears
hematite, onyx

Tower: liberation, dramatic change
obsidian, perhnite

Star: hope, clarity
sodalite, azurite

Moon: illusions, dreams
moonstone, lapis lazuli

Sun: optimism, creativity
sunstone, pyrite

Judgement: reawakening, re-evaluation
thulite, danburite

World: accomplishment, new life chapter
turquoise, lepidolite

 

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Cups: Water element, intuition, emotions, spirituality
moonstone, pearl, aquamarine, lapis lazuli, sodalite

Wands: Fire element, action, creativity, passion
citrine, carnelian, red jasper, ruby, tiger’s eye, garnet

Swords: Air element, mental powers, knowledge, intellect
fluorite, blue topaz, yellow topaz, picture jasper, snow quartz

Pentacles: Earth element, money, physical health, material realm
larimar, malachite, emerald, bloodstone, ritualized quartz, black tourmaline

 

The Court Cards

King: Air element
green fluorite

Queens: Water element
Mother of Pearl

Knights: Fire element
red jasper

Pages: Earth element
green calcite

 

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Do you use crystals with your tarot or oracle cards?
What are some of your favorite ways to combine the two?


Comments

  1. Emily says

    I am trying to find what crystals I should us with my cards for calming the area around it. I use messenger oracle cards. Do you have any crystal recommendations that can help me. I just started with crystals, the ones i have so far are: Strawberry Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian( I have a smaller tumbled piece and a good palm sized, tumbled as well), Silverleaf Jasper, Ruby Zoisite, Dyed Purple Agate, Pale Lavender Obsidian, Malachite, Green Obsidian, Dragon Stone, Blue Lace Agate, and the last stone I currently have is a tiny piece of raw Azurite.
    My mom has more then me so if i nee to i can always barrow hers, of course I’ll cleanse it first ad after. Can you please help.

    • Jess Carlson says

      If you’re looking to ground your energy when you’re doing readings or working with your cards I would use stones that are not too heavy because you do need to be able to ascended energetically a little bit to do divination work. I would use smokey quartz, tiger’s eye, or a brown toned agate. I wouldn’t use anything black which are grounding stones that can be too heavy.

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