Gemstones are some of the most useful tools for Feng Shui work because they are formed through powerful, natural processes, providing a direct link to our ancestors. While this statement makes complete sense to me now, it is a concept that was not on my radar when I became a certified Feng Shui practitioner over 10 years ago. What does it even mean?
I began to unravel the meaning of this statement a couple of years ago when I stumbled upon a short internet video titled How Stones Communicate. Intrigued, I searched for more information and the next thing you know I have enrolled in a course to study Taoist Stone Medicine.
I learned about these ancient people who were deeply connected to earth energy and actually used gemstones for all manner of manifesting and healing. I learned about the unique characteristics of gemstones and how this subtle energy can affect us on a deep level – at the level of jing. I learned that stones are highly ordered and have a permanence that translates into stability both within the body and in our environment. I learned that stones are indeed our ancestors, occupying this planet before plants and animals. In essence, stones are the ancient records of the Divine.
These ideas were swirling around my mind one day as I was on a walk and it occurred to me that gemstone energy could be another useful tool in our feng shui toolbox. What if we aligned the energy of gemstones with the Feng Shui Bagua?
Of course, this is not an original thought; but in that moment I felt so much clarity that the idea for the Gemstone Toolbox came into being. The underlying principle is that when we combine our intention for change using the Bagua as our energetic blueprint AND use gemstone energy as the catalyst for that change, we are essentially doubling down on our chances for success.
For the Gemstone Toolbox, I selected gemstones that represent the primary colors of the guas. In fact, we could simply work with stones based on color vibrations alone, but there is so much more. While there are many to choose from, here are the ones that I included in the Gemstone Toolbox:
Bloodstone was selected for the Health gua for its deep green color and because it invigorates movement. The red spots come from iron inclusions, hence the name “blood”stone due to the iron content of hemoglobin in red blood cells. In stone medicine, bloodstone breaks up and moves stagnation and nourishes blood. Likewise, it can be used to “break up” obstacles hindering your path towards good health.
Amethyst was chosen for the Wealth area for its rich, purple hues. It is a gemstone that has been coveted by royalty since ancient times. Amethyst is a seductive beauty, which has been dubbed “extravagance in violet.” An extremely powerful and protective stone, amethyst is equally beneficial for attracting good luck and love.
Carnelian was selected for the Fame area because its fiery quality reminds us to take action. It moves stagnant chi and is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation. At the same time, it encourages the ability to relax – to ease up on the pressure of looking for success, rather to allow success to find us.
Rose Quartz was selected for the Relationship area because it is a powerful stone of unconditional love. It pink color is soft and gentle, reminding us to open our hearts and allow love in. Rose Quartz gently draws off the negative energy and replaces it with loving vibrations. This beautiful stone promotes an openness to love and beauty in all its forms.
Moonstone is associated with the lunar cycle and women’s hormonal cycles. This very female stone carries with it an ability to create and is thus an excellent stone for the Creativity area. Moonstone is not only used for enhancing creative pursuits (including fertility) but also has a history of providing protection when traveling.
Hematite is the heaviest stone used in stone medicine. It is the primary stone found at the core of the Earth (also called the “earth mother”) and is highly charged due to its iron content. Because it is magnetized, it conducts intention easily. Hematite is the perfect stone to represent the Helpful People area as it attracts the people and things we need to help us on our journey.
Snowflake Obsidian is a shiny, black stone sprinkled with "snowflakes." This amorphous gemstone is actually molten lava that was submerged in water and cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. With no crystal structure, it has a greater flexibility in its effect. Snowflake Obsidian is a great stone for the Career/Vocation area as it helps us dream of new possibilities. It vitalizes our soul purpose while keeping us grounded.
Lapis Lazuli, with its brilliant blue hues and gold sparkles, is an excellent gemstone choice to enhance the Wisdom area. It stimulates our innate mental powers, bringing objectivity and clarity. Energetically, this gemstone is a powerful stone of wisdom that strengthens our intuition.
Citrine is a sparkling honey colored gem that energizes and recharges our life force. It is an excellent choice for the Harmony area as it not only enhances and harmonizes the energetic effects of other gemstones but also promotes a feeling of inspiration and upliftment. Citrine's energy helps us to be present and holds the power to impart joy to all who behold it.