Crystals can be a great way to amplify or support our energy throughout the day. We can carry or wear them, incorporate them into self-care regimens, use them in meditation or rituals, or set them out around our homes. Deciding which crystals to work with is important as each resonates at a different frequency, aligning with and shifting your own internal energetic vibrations.
There are different ways to approach finding which crystals are best—you may feel drawn to certain colors (like blue or pink) or textures, or you could select a stone that helps with a particular healing focus, such as rose quartz for the heart or black tourmaline for protection. Another way, which we will explore in more detail here, is to choose a mineral or stone that speaks to the particular strengths or needs of your zodiac sign.
Working with Your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs
Before choosing the crystals for your zodiac sign, you’ll need to get clear about what energy you’d like to strengthen or balance out. First, know that there is so much more to your astrological constitution than just the sun sign you were born under! There are many online sites that allow you to map out and access your birth chart for free, and I would recommend doing that so that you get a bigger picture on the snapshot of the skies and understand what the planets were up to at the moment you made your grand entrance into the world.
The “big three” signs to check out are your sun, moon, and rising signs, although learning more about your Mercury, Venus, and Mars signs can offer helpful insights as well.
—Your sun sign refers to the constellation that the sun was in at the time you were born and speaks most to your core identity. Crystals for your sun sign will help you work at the level of your identity and understanding of yourself.
—Your moon sign is determined by which part of the skies the moon was in at your birth and refers most to your inner/emotional world. Choosing stones for your moon sign is great when you need vibrational support at the emotional level.
—Lastly, the persona you project outwards is determined by your rising sign, the part of the sky that was ascending over the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. The rising sign can reflect the qualities that people most readily associate with you. Crystals under your rising sign will help you work with the energies relating to how you come off to others, present yourself in the world, and play with the vibrations of your “personal brand.”
Once you know your sun, moon, and rising signs, consider how these energies are working for you at the moment—are you feeling restricted, limited, or challenged by your identity, inner world, or persona and finding the need for greater balance? On the other hand, do you want to strengthen and solidify these key qualities or find a way to express them more clearly?
We’ve put together a few suggestions of crystals that you can use to amplify or strengthen the qualities of each sign, as well as a few that will help you balance out any excessive expressions of them. Of course, you might want to incorporate crystals for all three!
Ruling planet: Mars
Governs: the realm of self, identity, and personal expression
In balance: ambitious, driven, confident, courageous, assertive, optimistic
Out of balance: egoic, selfish, impulsive, quick-tempered, know-it-all, competitive
Ruling planet: Venus
Governs: the realm of material comforts, resources, and value
In balance: attuned to aesthetics/pleasure, comfortable, financially stable, steady, loyal
Out of balance: immovable, clingy, overly indulgent or addicted, hoarding, judgmental
Crystals to balance Taurus: Taurus can get a bit too comfortable and static, so tuning in to the complimentary world of transformational Scorpio can be nourishing. Try amethyst for temperance, black tourmaline, and the revolutionary moldavite.
Ruling planet: Mercury
Governs: the realm of technology, communication, and intellect
In balance: innovative, expressive, curious, skillful, intelligent, quick-witted, light-hearted
Out of balance: inconsistent, gossipy, unreliable, two-faced, untrustworthy, detached, short attention span
Crystals to balance Gemini: Gemini can find perspective and contextualize their understanding with crystals that strengthen the opposing sign, Sagittarius. Try blue lace agate, shungite, and malachite.
Ruling planet: Moon
Governs: the realm of the home, family, and roots
In balance: caring, compassionate, loyal, devoted, emotionally intelligent, intuitive, secure
Out of balance: clingy, holds grudges, defensive, unforgiving, possessive, smothering
Crystals to balance Cancer: overly emotional Cancers can find greater stability when tapping into Capricorn’s skill for boundaries and no-bull energy. Stay grounded and focussed with garnet, black tourmaline, and carnelian.
Ruling planet: Sun
Governs: the realm of fun, pleasure, exploration, and entertainment
In balance: warm, courageous, performative, vivacious, encouraging, playful, friendly
Out of balance: overly proud, self-obsessed, dramatic, opinionated, arrogant
Crystals to balance Leo: Leo can benefit from shifting the mind away from the pleasure-seeking present to visions of the future and beyond with Aquarian energy stones such as selenite, fluorite, or celestite.
Ruling planet: Mercury
Governs: the realm of health, daily routine, self-care, employment
In balance: health-oriented, concerned, practical, diligent, skillful, responsible, helpful
Out of balance: perfectionist, critical, sets unrealistic expectations, disappointed, frustrated
Crystals to balance Virgo: Virgo can do well to set down some of the heavier practical burdens by tuning in to their more spiritual side with dreamy Piscean stones such as kyanite, angelite, or larimar.
Ruling planet: Venus
Governs: the realm of partnerships, agreements, equality
In balance: cooperative, justice-oriented, intellectual, aesthetically talented, considerate, diplomatic
Out of balance: ambivalent, indecisive, people-pleasing, controlling, rigid
Ruling planets: Pluto, Mars
Governs: the realm of sex, death, and transformation
In balance: psychically attuned, deep, sensual, mysterious, creative
Out of balance: suspicious, vengeful, secretive, jealous, resentful
Ruling planet: Jupiter
Governs: the realm of higher learning, travel, exploration, purpose
In balance: curious, adventurous, adaptable, flexible, independent, fascinating, honest
Out of balance: flighty, unreliable, unstable, chaotic, sharp-tongued
Crystals to balance Sagittarius: while both signs are mentally agile, Gemini’s everything goes, open-minded air energy can balance Sagittarius’s tendency towards tunnel vision or fundamentalism. Try larimar, clear quartz, or amethyst.
Ruling planet: Saturn
Governs: the realm of reputation, achievement, and ambition
In balance: focussed, goal-oriented, resilient, strong-willed, competent, hard-working
Out of balance: workaholic, materialistic, cutthroat, controlling, overly serious, pessimistic
Crystals to balance Capricorn: smooth out the rigid edges of Capricorn’s energy and try a little tenderness by choosing stones that bring in some of the intuitive, fluid nature of Cancer. Try soothing sodalite, rose quartz, or celestite.
Ruling planet: Uranus, Saturn
Governs: the realm of friends, community, society, and networks
In balance: visionary, free-spirited, innovative, revolutionary, humanitarian, connected
Out of balance: ungrounded, self-righteous, overly opinionated, rule breaker, angry
Crystals to balance Aquarius: incorporating crystals that enhance the complementary energy of sunny, optimistic Leo helps to align Aquarius’ lofty visions with the power of the present. Try working with yellow jasper, amber, or carnelian.
Ruling planets: Neptune, Jupiter
Governs: the realm of spirituality, life lessons, and the unconscious
In balance: imaginative, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, creative, expressive, empathetic
Out of balance: emotionally manipulative, delusional, ungrounded, impractical, naive
Crystals to balance Pisces: while it’s great to be a dreamer, remember that dreams also need to be grounded to become fully realized in the 3D. Virgo’s practical nature helps Pisces stay even-keeled and a bit more realistic. Try smoky quartz, petrified wood, or jasper.21