Gemstone therapy is the use of crystals and gems for the betterment of one's life. Throughout the ages, civilizations across the world have utilized precious stones to enhance their physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. The energy of each stone is different, and each energy can have an effect on the mind, spirit, or body. Methods can vary between cultures, but the basic premise is that when one comes into contact with a crystal, these transformations can happen subtly over time. Therefore, in order to gain the benefits from these crystals, it is vital to choose your gemstones carefully.
Calcite's physical properties make it a very interesting choice as a therapeutic crystal. Calcite crystals are of a softer variety which are found in all types of colors -- red, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, grey, or white -- and many variations on these shades as well! Calcium carbonate, also known as calcite, is a major component in limestone and chalk, as well as marble, which is just calcite which has been re-crystallized. Under pressure, calcite stones release electrical energy.
The magickal properties of calcite crystals are varied and can be used for many purposes. Calcite's reputation is that of a very spiritual type of stone, and is associated with the higher form of consciousness; thus, it is also reputed to aid in astral projection and out-of-body experiences.
Each form of calcite has its own specific magickal properties. Because calcium is a primary component, this stone is often felt to be of therapeutic use for joints and bones, and is therefore used by athletes and people who have physically demanding jobs. Calcite can also contribute to the development and growth of the physical body, especially the bones and joints. There is also an old belief that calcite, when ground and combined with creams, oils, or petroleum jelly, it can be used as a balm to treat inflammation or infections.
Calcite can also have varying attributes based on its color. For example...
Red and pink calcites can be of great benefit in bringing love, understanding, compassion, and patience into one's being. Associated with the heart chakra, stones in pinks and reds can also ease mental unrest or anxiety, or people who are experiencing spiritual crises.
Orange calcite is associated with the sacral chakra (i.e. the spleen) and can help uplift one's general mood. Orange promotes happiness, joy, and good humor. It is an uplifting stone which is good for grieving, depression, or stress.
Calcites in yellows and golds are good for help in meditation, being that these colors are often associatd with the sun. These hues can also help to aid the bones and the skin, and also in detoxification of the spleen, pancreas, and the kidneys.
Green calcite crystals of all shades are wonderful for affecting change in one's life. Not only are green calcites allgedly helpful in removing impurities from the body, they can also help someone transform a negative situation into a more positive one. It can also alleviate anxiety or fear. This is a wonderful crystal for helping to really change bad situations into your life, and to "make lemonade" from all of those negative things that life throws at you! :)
Calcites in blues are associated with the throat chakra. It can protect you and help tough situations from getting worse. Physically it can be used to treat conditions which are degenerative, such as degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and other degenerative illnesses.
White and clear calcite crystals can help someone improve communication and envisioning new aspects of their lives. It can be instrumental in cleansing the body and removing toxins from the outer parts of the body. It can also assist in providing mental clarity, particularly when the stone is implemented during meditation. When a predicament is especially difficult, white and clear crystals of all types can help to open you to new possibilities and clarity.