What is light without darkness – or darkness without light? Though the two forces are inseparable and equally vital, one sparks joy and hope, while the other tends to elicit feelings of uncertainty, fear, and shame. But why do we instinctively fear the darkness? Why are we afraid of what we can’t see, or don’t know? As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere traverse deeper into autumn’s forest, sunlight is growing increasingly scarce. We’re being asked to acclimate to the shadows and “see” the world around us through other senses – to journey through the shadows and rely on a different form of sight, one that relies on faith, trust, and inner wisdom. As we do this sacred work, it’s important to keep our crystal allies close, which is why I’m sharing with you the Best Crystals for Shadow Season – my personal favorites for channeling protection and guidance in the coming months.
The work of shadow season is the exploration of the unknown, uncharted, and unlit parts of ourselves, armed only with the belief that we’ll make it to the other side stronger and wiser. It’s within this darker half of the year that we can understand and integrate our shadows – the parts of ourselves that we often shame and repress. Shadow work helps you acknowledge all parts of your spirit and bring them into the light, for greater healing and wholeness. This season is also when the Veil is at its thinnest – a powerful time to commune with our ancestors and spirit guides beyond our world of time and space.
Keep these crystals close to harness safety, stability, courage, and ancestral guidance in the coming weeks. Incorporate these gems into crystal grids, hold them in meditation, or simply place them on your altar to create an environment of tranquility, wisdom, and support as you travel beyond the Veil.
5 Best Crystals for Shadow Season
Golden sheen obsidian is the perfect tool for shadow integration and transmutation. It helps you face the darkest aspects of yourself with courage and compassion and overcome judgment, fear, and uncertainty – anything keeping you from embodying your highest, most authentic self. This gem cleanses your auric field, uplifts surrounding vibrations, and helps you acknowledge your shadow to achieve all-new levels of spiritual understanding. It activates the Earth Star and Root Chakras, helping you stay stable and connected with Gaia as you go about your spiritual work.
Petrified wood is a member of the quartz family that activates the Earth Star Chakra, connecting you to ancestral and ancient wisdom. It’s a stone of grounding, protection, and past-life recall. Petrified wood holds the power and energy of the Earth, connecting that life force with your own. It encourages patience, slow and steady growth, and spiritual transformation. Petrified wood calls you to the present, to be fully aware in the now. It’s also useful for accessing the Akashic Records – the cosmic library that contains wisdom of the past, present, future. Work with petrified wood during shadow season for a steady dose of stability and security as you cross the Veil and connect with your ancestors and guides.
Amber is deeply protective, but its energy is one of light, wisdom, and abundant warmth. This gem prevents psychic attack, heals soul trauma, and readily repels anything dark. It surrounds you with an energetic shield, making you feel safe and held, physically and spiritually. This gem also activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, igniting your personal power and imparting optimism, courage, and confidence as you go about your shadow work.
Picasso jasper is one of the most powerful gems you can work with during shadow season. This gem is a stone of shadow integration – it helps you to love yourself fully, just as you are. It grounds you and holds you as you transform from within, helping you navigate change with grace. Picasso jasper helps you integrate all parts of yourself and acknowledge both the light and the darkness within you. This stone also connects you with loved ones who have passed into the spirit realm, sharing with you their messages and sweet ancestral memories.
The Veil is at its thinnest during shadow season – meaning spiritual wisdom is more accessible to us than at any other point of the year. To harness the magic, you’ll also want to work with potent Third Eye Chakra stones like dumortierite. Dumortierite is a stone of psychic ability, divine inspiration, higher guidance, and mental discipline. It enhances insight and intuition and is an especially wonderful stone for astrologers and tarot readers because it stimulates mental and psychic powers. Keep this gem close as you go about your shadow work to access messages from the spirit realm.
Working with Crystal Shapes
When choosing your shadow season crystals, keep in mind how various crystal shapes serve different purposes. You can work with gemstone spheres for scrying and divination, or with a pendulum to channel messages from your ancestors and guides to answer any pressing questions you have. I also love working with wands – they’re great for sending and receiving energy during ritual or meditation. When choosing the crystals you wish to work with this season, be sure to trust your intuition – your inner guidance will never lead you astray.
May the coming shadow season be a time of great transformation, revelation, and expansion for you. May the light within you remain incandescent, providing you with guidance and warmth on every step of your journey. A’ho and so it is.
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