I love crystals. Maybe it's the whole Capricorn earth-energy thing, but having something solid and tangible in my spiritual practice is clutch - and it always seems to help me level up my game.
Crystals are small and all-purpose. They travel well (I often carry them in my purse). They're easy to cleanse and recharge (running water, sunlight, moonlight). They're aesthetically gorgeous to look at. And they have the added bonus of offering major amplifying energy to whatever intention, practice, or ritual you are up to.
There are dozens - hundreds - of crystals and crystal variations, but I only use a handful of stones in my daily practice. Many crystals are delightfully all purpose: you don't need a huge collection to make it count.
Here are my four favorite crystals to use when I really need to get a jump on things:
Need to put feet under those dreams? Smoky Quartz is for you. A grounding crystal that repels negativity, Smoky Quartz is helpful to have around when your dreams are a bit too in the clouds and not enough on the ground. Smoky Quartz helps you find center and figure out your next step.
This is the creativity that comes from centeredness, from assurance that your feet are on dry land and solid rock. Unsurprisingly, Smoky Quartz is associated with the root chakra, helping us establish the physical foundation that strengthens our connection to the divine.
Tiger's Eye is a stone traditionally associated with nurturing creativity, but it is also a famous luck talisman. Specifically, Tiger's Eye is thought to enhance confidence and clear thinking: this is the creativity that comes from having clear pathways, cleansed channels, a spring in your step. Tiger's Eye is associated with the solar plexus, which underscores its connection to our willpower.
Use Tiger's Eye when you're brainstorming, mind mapping, list making, and doing otherwise intellectually motivated creative tasks.
Aventurine is known as the luck stone. Even better, it encourages prosperity and nourishes creativity: use aventurine in your rituals that nurture professional growth from your creative ventures. Aventurine is associated with the heart chakra, encouraging open-hearted belief in our pursuits and the conviction of their success.
Generally, aventurine is a good stone to have around when you're working on a problem. (It's my favorite stone to carry in my purse for everyday energy/thinking.) Muscling your way through something? Sit back, meditate, pull out some aventurine. Let go - the answer will come.
Lapis Lazuli is associated with the crown chakra, or the "Third Eye." As such, Lapis Lazuli is thought to enhance inner power and self-knowledge that comes through spiritual pursuits, such as meditating, free-writing, prayer. There is creativity in our spiritual practice when can help us open up - physically and psychically - and Lapis Lazuli is there for the ride.
Lapis Lazuli was worn by royalty in ancient and pre-modern times - there is a historically strong belief in the stone's ability to awaken wisdom and higher knowledge.