Stones and crystals are often chosen by color for specific purposes. In fact, for any crystal healing system, color is a primary mode of organization and guide to the properties and functions of the stones for a treatment. You can use color as a rough guideline to the use of a crystal.
The area of color healing and other healing work with colored stones and crystals is a vast area of study. Colour is not the only factor or guide to the function of the crystal in healing and other work, but it is one of the most obvious guides when it comes to organizing your crystal companions.
Colour vibration creates a clear and direct resonance effect on the energy body and the mind, body, and spirit. Much of our response to color is built into our genetic and spiritual blueprint. While cultural interpretations and beliefs about color can vary greatly from place to place and time to time, there are many aspects that appear to be almost universal.
Physical color in the environment affects our moods, relationships, and our well being. Colour has a huge but often largely subconscious effect on our moods, actions, and mental emotional states of being. Our reactions to colors are led by a combination of biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural factors.
Colors often have different symbolic meanings in different cultures. For example, white is the color for weddings in western societies and is the color for funerals in traditional Chinese Culture; red is associated with anger in America but with happiness in China.
Marketing experts, psychologists, advertisers, and designers have long used color to affect us directly. The color in our surroundings has amazing power to affect our moods and decisions. We can use color as a tool to create wellness and contentment, to incite passion or anger, to calm and soothe, and to express frivolity or seriousness.
As a tool for healing, color can be gazed at, beamed as healing light, meditated on, bathed in, worn, used in art, painting and in ritual (such as candle magic and mandala work). Spiritual light and color are used for healing the aura and the physical body for deepening meditation and to promote specific effects in the energy field.
Colored light is beamed through crystals using a light box, or light can be visualized and sent by intention amplified by crystals. Colors can be run as Shakti energies. Sitting under colored light or shining colored light on the skin is called Chroma therapy.
On the physical plane color is the result of light hitting an object. The color we see is the frequency of light that is reflected off an object as light strikes it; colors that we are able to see form the visible spectrum. The easiest way to become aware of the full spectrum of pure colored light is to take an old CD and hold it in light while watching the play of rainbow color across it. Rainbows are, of course, a full spectrum and have the range of secondary and tertiary colors as well as the primary colors. Colors react with each other either by harmonizing or contrasting with each other. A color wheel is a valuable tool for understanding color. A color wheel is an image of the spectrum bent into a circle.
The colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel form a related harmonious sequence. When you are mixing colors of paint or pigments, the Primary colors are Red, Yellow and Blue. Red and yellow make orange and they are equidistant on the color wheel. When you are working with light the Primary colors are magenta, cyan and blue. Computer screens are colored by light rather than with pigment and the green (as a primary) is a much lighter yellow green than the Emerald or grass green hue often used as the secondary color in pigment based color charts.
Primary means that in theory, you can mix all other colors from them, though it is not as simple as it sounds because pure red, blue, and yellow do not exist in pigments. You cannot mix the primary colors from any other colors; orange, green and violet are secondary colors and are made by mixing equal parts of two primary colors. Yellow and blue make green, blue and red make violet, red and yellow make orange.
The tertiary colors are mixed from equal parts of a primary and the secondary color next to it on the color wheel; yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, are the tertiary colors. White things reflect all frequencies of light, black things absorb all frequencies of light.
Complimentary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel and they intensify each other when placed next to each other. They can be mixed together to form a neutral gray and when you view a photographic negative you will see the complementary color of the positive photo image. The complimentary colors of the pigment primaries are Red compliment = Green, Blue compliment = Orange, Yellow compliment = Violet.
All colors, including browns, grays, and neutral colors are mixed from combinations of primary and secondary colors.
Hue is another word for color – it is used to describe close or similar colors; scarlet and crimson are both hues of red for example. Intensity, chroma, and saturation all refer to how bright a color is. Vivid bright colors have strong intensity; pale grayed colors are weak in intensity, adding white to strong red creates weak pink, graying a hue by adding the complementary color also weakens it. Tone refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a color. When white is added to a color the result is a tint of the color. Pink is a tint of red, adding black to a color results in a shade of the color.
Certain color effects seem universal, such as that of “warm” and “cool” colors. Warm colors generally include magenta, red, orange, yellow, and yellow green. They speed up our perception of time and produce feelings that are warm, cozy, and inviting. Warm colors tend to make things look near. These colors are associated with excitement, happiness, and comfort. Cool colors generally include violet, blue, light blue, cyan and sea green. Emotions associated with these colors range from calm and peace to sadness, withdrawal, and repression; cool colors create distance. Red, orange, and yellow (in ascending order) will elevate pulse, blood pressure, and incite arousal; even stimulate appetite. Blues and blue greens will calm and suppress the appetite, and lend a feeling of peace. Though the exact degree to which you feel these emotions will depend on you.
One of the most common ways for choosing crystals is with the chakra color associations. Here is a brief list of the most common associations with a few examples:
First chakra (root) Color: Red and/or Black – Physical and survival issues. Crystals: garnet, ruby, red jasper, black hematite, obsidian.
Second chakra (sacral) Color: Orange – Emotional Issues. Crystals: carnelian, fire opal, fire agate, orange jasper
Third chakra (solar plexus) Color: Yellow – Mental and will issues. Crystals: citrine, topaz, amber, sunstone, tigers eye
Fourth chakra (heart) Color: Green and pink – Love and spiritual issues. Crystals: malachite, emerald, green calcite, dioptase, jade, rose quartz, kunzite, pink marble, pink calcite
Fifth chakra (throat) Color: Sky Blue – Communication. Crystals: turquoise, amazonite, kyanite, aquamarine, lapis, sodalite, blue sapphire, azurite
Sixth chakra (brow) Color: Indigo or violet – Intuition. Crystals: lapis, sodalite, sapphire, amethyst, sugilite, Lepidolite, azurite
Seventh chakra (crown) Color: Violet or clear – Higher spiritual understanding. Crystals: amethyst, clear quartz