Crystals for Lent
By Debbie Elaine
You’ve probably heard people ask the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Many people think that Lent is a time of giving up fun stuff to try to be a better person - almost like a second chance to keep your new year resolutions. But it’s really about recognizing what needs to be left behind and moving forward. Lent is a time of preparation in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s preparations for death and resurrection. Lent is a good time to put to death what no longer serves, and rise again in Light and Love.
You don’t need to be Christian to grow with the spiritual disciplines of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period of time (starting February 13 and not counting Sundays) which is a perfect amount of time to turn good spiritual practices -- like prayer, meditation, fasting and turning away from darkness -- into spiritual habits. And of course, all good spiritual habits can be improved with the help of crystals!
Black Obsidian is a wonderful crystal for breaking away from the old and moving towards new, better thoughts and behaviors. This is at the heart of repentance. Carry Black Obsidian to help the repentance be more than just “I’m sorry”.
Detoxifying and purifying your body is a good foundation for spiritual growth. Smokey Quartz helps with detoxifying the body. Wearing it as a bracelet or keeping it in your pocket increases its effectiveness. Remember to drink plenty of pure water and eat fresh, healthy foods so your spirit has a healthy dwelling place.
Some people fast during Lent. I must admit, I’m not well-versed in this. There are health considerations like blood sugar issues that always concern me. However, eating less, or juicing to replace a meal each day can be manageable ways to give your body a break from digesting food constantly. Check with your doctor before fasting. Apatite is a helpful crystal for supporting you in any endeavor that involves controlling the impulse to eat. Just put the crystal in your mouth every time you have the urge to eat something you shouldn’t—NO! I’m just kidding. Don’t do that! Instead, try it as a touchstone whenever you have the urge to pick up food you know you shouldn’t be eating.
Celestite is a beautiful light blue crystal that aides in communicating with heavenly entities such as Angels. Call on them for guidance and assistance as your daily Lenten disciplines prepare you for your ongoing spiritual journey through life. As you meditate or pray, hold Celestite or gaze at it to help you receive the guidance you seek.
During this period, you may seek wisdom about something that is perhaps holding you back from moving to the next stage of your spiritual growth. Sugilite is helpful for receiving wisdom from sources of light and love.
Whether you are observing Lent over the next few weeks, or just need a good spiritual “Spring Cleaning,” remember that crystals are powerful allies. Crystal Blessings!