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Quartz: Folklore, Associations, Healing & Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Quartz is a clear or white form of silicon dioxide found throughout the world. Indeed it is the second most common mineral found in the Earth’s continental crust, with feldspar taking first place.

Quartz is often found embedded in sedimentary rocks, including sandstone and shale and as part of igneous rocks, like granite.


Quartz is a versatile and widely used crystal in spirituality and healing. It symbolizes clarity, energy, and amplification of intentions.

It is highly regarded for its healing properties, promoting mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.

In magickal practices, quartz serves as a versatile tool, enhancing the power of spells and rituals while also cleansing and purifying energies.

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History and Folklore

Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be ice, permanently frozen after very long exposure to freezing temperatures.

Also called the Witch’s mirror and the Star Stone.

In parts of Asia, crystal is thought to be pure dragon essence.

Quartz Varieties

Quartz VarietyCharacteristics
Clear QuartzClear or transparent, amplifies energy, and enhances clarity.
Rose QuartzPale pink color, promotes love, compassion, and emotional healing.
Smoky QuartzBrown to black color, grounding, and protective properties.
Amethyst QuartzPurple color, promotes spiritual growth and intuition.
Citrine QuartzYellow to golden color, enhances abundance and manifestation.
Rutilated QuartzClear Quartz with needle-like inclusions of rutile, brings strength and manifestation.


  • Angel: Michael;
  • Gods/Goddesses: the Great Mother, Daramulun, the Great Rainbow Snake, Hecate, Yemaya, Olokun, Klehanoui;
  • chakra: crown;
  • Element: waterfire;
  • Astrological Sign: CancerLeo;
  • Planet: MoonSun;
  • Sabbat: Imbolc, Midsummer, Samhain;


Has been used in many parts of the Pacific to call rain.

Has been used by shamans and healers for thousands of years.

May have been used during the Eleusinian mysteries to produce sacred fire.

Clear quartz crystal absorbs energy from the Sun and the life force in the trees and plant life. It also draws down Divine light. It stores all this energy to be released as needed.

This energy is released as white light that any chakra can absorb. It also raises the vibrational level of its surroundings.

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Healing and Magickal Uses

Uses: This table could provide information about the healing and magickal properties of Quartz and how it can be used in various practices. Here’s an example:

UseHealing and Magickal Properties
Energy AmplificationEnhances the properties of other crystals and energy work.
Clearing and CleansingPurifies energy, removes negativity, and balances the aura.
MeditationDeepens meditation, enhances spiritual connection and insight.
ProtectionShields against negative energies and psychic attacks.
ManifestationAssists in manifestation, setting intentions, and goal achievement.
DivinationEnhances psychic abilities and intuition during divination practices.
Table 2: Quartz Healing and Magickal


Boosts the immune system. Clears negative debris causing disease from the aura. Relieves pain and fevers. Relieves vertigo. Aids healing and tissue regeneration.


Fuels memory. Aids concentration. Gives creative insight. Balances emotions.


Facilitates clairvoyance and divinatory abilities. Aids in meditation. Induces prophetic dreams. Protects against psychic attacks. Receives amplifies and transmits energy. Purifies the aura and the soul.

Care and Cleansing

Cleanse frequently using smoke or in sunlight, or saltwater. If you wish to use a singing bowl, use the bowl near it.

Do not put the stone in the bowl as the vibrations against the bowl may damage the points. Recharge under a plant under either the sun or the moon.

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Varieties of Quartz

Geophysical Properties of Quartz

Chemical FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemHexagonal, typically occurring as six-sided prismatic crystals with pyramidal terminations.
ColorVaried colors, including colorless (clear quartz), purple (amethyst), yellow (citrine), and more due to impurities.
TransparencyTransparent to translucent, depending on the variety and impurities.
LusterVitreous (glassy) luster.
Hardness7 on the Mohs scale, making it relatively hard and resistant to scratching.
CleavageAbsent, meaning quartz lacks cleavage planes.
FractureConchoidal, meaning it breaks with smooth, curved fractures.
DensityApproximately 2.65 g/cm³.
Refractive IndexTypically around 1.544 to 1.553.
BirefringenceLow, with a birefringence of 0.009.
Specific GravityApproximately 2.65, which is the same as its density.
RadioactivityTypically not radioactive.
Thermal ConductivityRelatively low, which contributes to its ability to withstand high temperatures.
SolubilityInsoluble in water and most acids.
Associated MineralsOften found in association with a variety of minerals, depending on the geological environment.

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