Rose quartz is a translucent pink variety of quartz, which is easily obtainable in both its natural and polished forms. As the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace, it is also known by a number of names including ‘the stone of unconditional love’, ‘the heart stone’ and ‘the stone of reconciliation’.
Legend and history
Greek myth tells how Adonis, the mortal lover of Aphrodite, was attacked by a boar. As she rushed to save him, Aphrodite was caught on a thorn bush. As the lovers’ blood mingled, it coloured the white quartz pink, and the stone became a symbol of love. Scientifically, it is thought that the pink colouration is due to trace amounts of titanium, iron or manganese, other thoughts are that the colouration is due to microscopic fibres within the stone.
Quartz crystals were thought to be used by ancient civilizations as powerful talismans and used in in their healing potions. The ancient Egyptians believed rose quartz could clear the complexion and prevent wrinkles and ageing, masks of the crystal have even been found in the Egyptian tombs.
The stone of love
Quartz crystals are well known for their ability to amplify energy, and rose quartz amplifies feelings of love, compassion, empathy, acceptance and forgiveness both towards ones self and others. It encourages self love, self trust and self worth. Rose quartz is also known for its aphrodisiac properties – it can raise sensuality, and as such is an excellent stone for romantic relationships, be it attracting, igniting or rekindling. In existing relationships it helps to restore unconditional love, trust and harmony.
The energy of rose quartz resonates with the heart chakra and higher heart chakra, opening the heart and bringing compassion, self love and deep inner healing.
Easing the emotions
Rose quartz lowers emotional stress and tensions, helping to dispel negative emotions and feelings of anger, jealousy, and resentment. These tensions can cause dis-ease if not addressed. The calming and reassuring effects of rose quartz also make it a wonderful crystal for use in times of grief, crisis and trauma.
Although rose quartz is thought of as a gentle stone, it has the power to delve deep into the subconscious mind to deal with suppressed negative feelings, emotions, pain and memories. We may not be aware of these in the conscious mind and they may even manifest physically or emotionally as something else. Releasing them may be painful, but all for our highest good with the peace of mind that follows. Placing rose quartz under your pillow may allow these feelings to come to us in our dreams ready for us to consciously deal with them. If the process becomes too uncomfortable seeking professional medical help such as counselling would be advisable.
Rose quartz strengthens the physical heart and circulatory system. It is believed to help lower high blood pressure and protect against heart attacks, thrombosis and even varicose veins. To aid chest and lung problems, try placing this stone on the thymus. It is also thought to heal the kidneys and adrenal glands, releasing impurities from bodily fluids.
Rose quartz has been known for supporting with skins conditions since early civilisations. It is thought to reduce signs of ageing and reveal a more youthful complexion. It can help soothe burns or blisters, and can be used as an elixir in this respect. As well as hastening recovery of skin conditions it can be useful generally for promoting healing.
Rose quartz is a maternal crystal, promoting and strengthening the bond between mother and baby. It can be placed on the stomach during pregnancy and even can soothe a newborn if left near the baby . It has the power to increase fertility and to is said to protect both mother and unborn fetus from miscarriage.
Rose quartz tips
- Place by your bed to improve current relationships or attract new love
- Place in the relationship corner of your home or bedroom (far right corner)
- Wear over the heart chakra
- To aid grieving prepare a gem essence using rose quartz and add it to your bath water
- Carry with you in your pocket to benefit from the comforting, soothing and loving energies of this stone
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