Smoky Quartz Properties and Meanings
Smoky quartz is a form of quartz, one of the most common and popular crystals in nature. While traditional quartz has a clear or whitish cloudy colour, smoky quartz has a grey colour. Some types of smoky quartz are very clear, while others are almost opaque, and some pieces are nearly black.
Quartz is the second most common mineral on Earth, after feldspar (the raw material used in glass, ceramics, plastics, paints, rubbers, and practically everything else you can imagine). About twenty percent of the Earth’s crust is made up of quartz!
Quartz comes in a huge variety of colours, and smoky quartz is probably the third most recognizable mineral that bears the name, after clear quartz and rose quartz.
It is made mainly of silicone dioxide, which is the main component in sand (quartz crystals are basically huge grains of sand).
The distinctive dark colour of smoky quartz comes from free silicone deposits in it. The depth and consistency of the crystal’s colour depends on the quantity of free silicone in it.
When it is extremely dark and almost opaque, it is called morion (which is also the name for smoky quartz in both German and Spanish).
Smoky quartz is found all over the world, yet it does not enjoy the cultural prestige that many crystals, even its own sister clear quartz, have gained over the centuries.
Historically, its uses have been quite practical – the first sunglasses were invented in twelfth century China, and used pieces of smoky quartz for lenses! It is also a popular stone in jewellery, including traditional Scottish kilt pins and ceremonial knives.
Just like Selenite, it is a highly grounding stone, ruling the root chakra, and improving its user’s connection with the physical world. This is no surprise, given that this mineral makes up so much of the earth’s crust! All quartz improves consciousness, but smoky quartz has added benefits that come with its dark colour. It centers the energy, purges distractions from the psychic world so you can focus on the physical, and removes negativity.
Why Would You Use Smoky Quartz?
Some critics complain that smoky quartz is not a very spiritually useful stone, preferring the cultural history tied to rose quartz or clear quartz. While these people may be right that smoky quartz has not enjoyed this fame, they are wrong in suggesting that it is not useful.
Smoky quartz enhances your ability to relate to the concrete world because of its ties to your root chakra. This means that it is a powerful stone for improving your survival instincts. It’s definitely the stone to take with you for a backpacking trip in the woods! But it’s also the perfect stone to help you through a tough business deal or a hard conversation with your partner.
It is a good stone for cooperation – not necessarily for erasing problems, but for ensuring that everyone involved in them is able to approach them with a clear head. It can also improve creativity and lateral thinking in problem solving.
Like all dark stones, one of the key strengths of smoky quartz is its ability to banish negativity. It “absorbs” the bad vibrations of negative energy surrounding you, leaving the way clear for you to improve your life.
While some dark stones, like shungite, are very effective at banishing negativity, they can have some drawbacks that smoky quartz avoids. Shungite in particular can lead to conflict, as problems are brought out of hiding and into the limelight.
Smoky quartz relieves painful emotions as well as sucking up toxic energies. If you are someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, or jealousy, then wearing a piece of smoky quartz, especially in situations where those feelings are unusually strong, can be a powerful way to get to the root of your problems without allowing your negative emotions to overwhelm you.
Because of its link with the earth, smoky quartz is said to have a unique ability to block the psychic “buzzing” caused by being around smog, electronics, and other people.
If you are sensitive to these features in your environment, or have just moved to a big city and are adjusting, smoky quartz may be the stone for you.
How Will Smoky Quartz Help You?
Smoky quartz can be used in order to address a wide variety of common, everyday concerns. It is a very forgiving and compliant stone, and is unlikely to give you any trouble when using it – even if your focus doesn’t seem to be making a difference, it at least won’t get you into any trouble!
Because of its extremely close connection to the physical world, smoky quartz is a wonderful stone to introduce into your life if you are interested in improving your relationship with your environment.
Ecologists take note – wearing a piece of smoky quartz can help you become more attuned to the natural world, and observe it more effectively.
Smoky Quartz for Protection
Smoky quartz is a very protective stone, and can be used as an amulet to ward off danger. It will help you more effectively notice potential danger in your vicinity and hone your survival instincts, but just as importantly, it filters out the bad energies and negativity that lead to danger.
When you wear a piece of smoky quartz as an amulet, people will inexplicably feel themselves more at ease and less angry when around you.
It brings negative energies into the light, and then gently dissolves them, allowing everyone involved to work through difficult situations.
Smoky Quartz for Wealth
Like all quartz, smoky quartz is extremely beneficial in helping you to manifest your wishes and dreams. It plumbs your mind for your desires and brings them into being in the physical world through its connection to the Earth.
Obviously, this is wonderful – the ability to change your reality and situation is at the core of almost all metaphysical practices!
Do be aware, though, that smoky quartz can sometimes lead you into “be careful what you wish for” situations – you may find that your wishes manifest so quickly and effectively that you don’t know what to do about them!
This is the perfect time to integrate some calming, centering practices and stones into your life, so you can choose what paths of abundance to follow.
How to Use Smoky Quartz for the Best Results
Smoky quartz is highly effective in the classic quartz point pendant style. Wearing a point of quartz around your neck is a simple, efficient way to harness its energy (as well as being an inexpensive and readily available way to wear the stone).
If you have Scottish ancestry, or an interest or personal connection to Scottish culture or heritage, a kilt pin made of or decorated with smoky quartz can be a personally meaningful and psychically powerful object.
Wearing a decorative one as a brooch (or using it to pin your kilt if you wear one!) can attune you to the powers of Scottish mythology and culture.
Any mineral store is likely to carry smoky quartz crystals, not set into jewellery at all.
These pieces are ideal for placing around your house, in spots where the energy seems disrupted.
For example, if you have a big desktop computer, you may want to place a piece of smoky quartz by it in order to lessen the disruptive electric “buzz” that the computer lets off (note: you can also do this with your laptop!
Just place the quartz on top of it when you set it aside, especially to go to sleep).
Some rooms just seem to have bad or weird energy, and placing smoky quartz in them can either relieve that energy, or help you recognize what the source of it is, so that you can address it.
If you practice scrying, then a polished disc of smoky quartz can be an ideal surface to scry in, especially if you are seeking information about the spirits of the natural world, or other people’s emotional disruptions, or are looking for the light at the end of a tunnel.
If scrying isn’t so much your style, you can still meditate on any piece of smoky quartz when these problems are on your mind, to help open up your psyche to new ways of thinking about them.
Remember that smoky quartz is a great stone for lateral thinking! It will quickly help you start thinking about problems in new ways, to achieve new answers.
The Best Combination to Use with Smoky Quartz
As mentioned above, smoky quartz can be so effective at manifesting your desires that you may end up faced with a lot of decisions, or looking down some paths that you’re not sure you want to go down.
In this case, a stone that promotes introspection and centering is a perfect complement to smoky quartz.
Amethyst is ideal here, because it promotes sobriety and clarity of thought. When using amethyst, you will be able to more clearly see your own desires for what they are, which means that you won’t get bogged down in what you think you want, or what you wanted a week ago.
If you are dealing with questions that are even more emotionally difficult, then aquamarine can help you to dig deep into your personal spirituality to find out what it is that you truly want.
It can help you articulate your emotions more clearly, while amethyst is a more cerebral and intellectual stone.
If banishing negativity is the main use you want from your smoky quartz, then using it in conjunction with stones or crystals that are known for attracting positive energy, is perfect – smoky quartz will rid you of the negative, while another stone pulls in the positive! There are a wide variety of stones that are known for promoting positive energy, including (but not limited to) pearls, peridot, and turquoise.
A collection of quartz points in various colours (especially the triad of clear, smoky, and rose) can help you achieve a balanced worldview, and achieve that elusive “work-life balance” that so many of us are after. By using these stones in combination, you will ensure that you aren’t sacrificing any one part of your life for another.
Finally, like all quartz crystals, smoky quartz can amplify the power of other stones, and mitigate any negative or overpowering effects that those stones might have.
Smoky quartz is an effective stone for tempering energy, and will ensure that you are kept safe in your everyday life.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz is an invaluable asset to anyone’s collection of stones and crystals.
Smoky quartz is a joy to work with. Unlike some of the more grounding stones, it feels much lighter to me, while still bringing strong stabilizing and centering energy. It is a particular favorite of mine to use with Reiki treatments, either with the client holding it at the root chakra / groin area or placed at the soles of the feet.
Considering how relatively inexpensive and readily available it is (in a type of metaphysical work that can get very pricey if you’re shelling out for diamonds and rubies all the time), its powers cannot be overstated.
Using smoky quartz can help you deal with even the toughest negative situations, because it both draws out negativity so it’s not boiling under the surface anymore, and also helps diffuse high levels of emotion and stress, so that all involved parties can come to constructive solutions.
The lateral thinking and problem-solving powers of smoky quartz complement it here too.
Because of this, smoky quartz is a very useful stone to use in all your interpersonal interactions, and, in fact, in any situation that you may feel like you’re struggling in. Whether it’s conversations with your partner, difficult decisions at work, or feelings of personal dissatisfaction (which plague so many of us), smoky quartz can help you work through the negativity and reach a successful outcome.
Whether you’re using it for protection, psychic cleansing, or problem-solving, smoky quartz will help you achieve success, and will not let you down!
Are you going to start incorporating smoky quartz into your life?
Do you think it’s anti-negativity and problem-solving properties will be of use to you in your personal search for happiness and fulfillment?
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