Quartz, Smoky – (Root Chakra) – (Zodiac of Capricorn & Sagittarius)
This is a gemstone I use if I’m having trouble focusing during meditation. It is mildly grounding, but also uplifting, so it helps me release thought and just be. I find it very soothing to hold and tend to meditate with it when my mood is dark and I feel like releasing those heavy feelings
Science – Smoky Quartz is a sibling to Citrine, Amethyst, and the rest of the Quartz family. This is a dark, but translucent, gemstone, so it has many of the properties of Onyx or Obsidian, but much gentler. The smoky color is caused, not by another mineral as is common, but by gamma rays. Smoky quartz can range from very light grey to fairly dark (as in the picture above).
Historical Significance – This stone was used often as a talisman, and the belief was that the stone would turn darker in the presence of danger. Smoky Quartz was also a stone used for mourning and times of grieving.
Metaphysical Attributes – Smoky Quartz is one of the black stones that are always known for grounding and balancing the Root Chakra. This quartz has a much gentler effect than the pure black stones, so if you are in need of finding your center without feeling weighed down, this is a an excellent choice. Smoky Quartz provides grounding, centering, and a sense of stability. It is excellent for use in meditation is you are finding it hard to focus. It enables you to clear your mind easier, provide that connection to the Earth, while still allowing you to open up to Higher Awareness.
This gemstone is like a gentle, but firm security blanket. It helps to reduce fear, stress, anxiety and depression. Smoky Quartz supports us through all of the difficult emotions. It is a wonderful stone for mourning and grieving. It keeps us grounded as we process our emotions about the loss. This stone also helps to release fear of failure.
Finally, Smoky Quartz is amazing at transmuting negativity into positivity. It allows you to leave behind anything that no longer serves you. If you’re feeling down, frustrated, or spend alot of time in a toxic environment, this gemstone will help to protect you from negative influences and shine a light of hope for you.
Physical Effects – Smoky Quartz helps to relief tension and stress, so it is said to reduce blood pressure and hypertension.
Practice Mantras – Sit in seated meditation, holding the Smoky Quartz in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine light energy wrapping around your shoulders like a blanket. It comforts and relaxes you. Repeat these words. “I am Grounded. I release Tension. I am ready to work through Challenging Emotions.”
Alternately, hold a Smoky Quartz mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
- “The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach”, by Robert Simmons
- “The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals,” by Judy Hall.
- “Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Stones,” by Katrina Raphaell.
- “Gems of the World,” by Walter Schumann
- “Healing Crystals and Gemstones: From Amethyst to Zircon,” by Dr. Flora Pescheck-Bohmer & Gisela Schrieber.
- “Love is in the Earth: A Kaliedoscope of Crystals,” by Melody.
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