Crystals and tarot go together like Nutella and a spoon. Crystals can be used in your tarot reading space to bring in positive, empowering, and cleansing energy. Having certain crystals around you, or wearing them as jewelry, can improve your intuitive abilities and confidence. Plus, some crystals can be used to cleanse your cards.
Yes, crystals are awesome.
How to Use Crystals and Tarot
You can use crystals with tarot in the same way you would anything else: keep them in your reading space or wear them in jewelry.
Depending on their properties, crystals can bring specific vibes and energy to your readings when you keep them close by. For example, clear quartz can amplify the messages you receive from the reading. If you’re an empathic tarot reader, or if you’re reading for yourself on a topic that’s stressful, you can use a crystal with grounding properties to help block out negative vibes.
You can also use crystals such as selenite and quartz, to cleanse your tarot cards (see: How to Cleanse Your Tarot Cards).
There are two ways you can approach choosing crystals to work with: find a stone that has properties related to what you want to get out of a reading or choose a crystal that you are drawn to right now.
Here are some general attributes that help tarot readings: crystals that enhance your intuition, psychic abilities, grounding, block negativity, cleanse your space, facilitate clear communication, empower, raise self-esteem, self-confidence, encourage self-love, healthy relationships, success, and give you courage to make the changes you need.
Whatever you need, there’s always a crystal for that.
Let’s look at some specific crystals that enhance your tarot practice.
25 Crystals That Will Level Up Your Tarot Readings
If you were to get one stone get —amethyst.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz that’s associated with strengthening intuition, psychic abilities, visioning, and spiritual development. You’ll find a lot of tarot readers will keep this stone in their reading space. Carrying or wearing amethyst can help you better tap into your intuition.
It’s also a gorgeous crystal! Just having it in the reading area can feel calming for both readers and clients. I love it in a cluster form, but amethyst points, tumbled stones, and jewelry are all easy ways to incorporate it into a reading space. Bonus: also helps promote healing around emotional balance and better sleep.
Selenite is another one of my absolute favorites for both tarot reading and cleansing a deck. If you use lunar astrology to cleanse and “charge up” your tarot decks, consider adding some selenite to the mix (see: Ultimate Guide to Moon Manifesting and Lunar Magic). It’s associated with the moon, and by virtue, with cycles and intuition. Similar to amethyst, it has healing and emotional balancing properties. Selenite can be found commercially in many forms: wands, slabs, cubes, and spheres. But my favorite form of selenite that followers of my Instagram account often see is my palm stone.
To cleanse your deck with selenite, you can place a piece of it on top, or underneath, your cards. Selenite slabs work best for placing under your decks for cleansing and charging (see: Cleansing your Tarot cards). Selenite is a very fragile stone, so store it away from other crystals to prevent damage.
3. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz crystals amplify the properties of other crystals and sacred objects in your reading space. Quartz has the potential to strengthen and clarify messages received through the tarot.
Because of its ability to help clarify thoughts and communication, having some clear quartz around your space is great for tarot journaling.
And of course, one of the most popular uses of clear quartz for tarot readers is to place a quartz point on top of your deck for cleansing and amplifying the energy of your tarot cards.
You can get quartz crystals in clusters, tumbled stones, spheres, wands… really any form that you can imagine! It’s a very abundant crystal, found all over the world.
4. Rose Quartz
I think everyone needs one of these crystals – not just for their tarot readings, but for its properties related to self-love and balancing negative emotions.
Oftentimes folks are getting a tarot reading (or reading for themselves) because they’re in the midst of a difficult life transition. Having rose quartz around your reading space invites in warm, healing, and nurturing vibes. This energetic support is especially beneficial for love readings. If you’re reading a lot on relationships, this crystal can be used to channel in positivity and love to the reading.
5. Spirit Quartz
Spirit quartz, also known as cactus quartz, is a rare and gorgeous form of quartz. The purple and orange ametrine variety that’s primarily found in South African and the American Southwest is one of the most popular variations of Spirit Quartz. Ametrine is a rare blend of naturally occurring amethyst and citrine.
Since spirit quartz is a form of quartz, it takes on specific properties based on whether it’s ametrine, citrine, smoky quartz, clear, or a combination of two. Because this formation contains thousands of tiny points covering larger points, it’s like a typical quartz crystal turned up to 11!
Ametrine spirit quartz helps connect you to your higher self. It’s associated with spiritual enlightenment, channeling, raising vibrations, alignment, and manifesting.
Smoky spirit quartz is a powerful warding and negativity banishing stone. Citrine types strengthen courage and personal empowerment.
All types of spirit quartz help with releasing attachments and letting go of what doesn’t serve you.
Because you want to preserve this rare form of quartz, it’s usually sold as a cluster. Spirit quartz incorporated into jewelry is sometimes called druzy quartz (although not all druzy quartz is true spirit quartz).
Fluorite is probably the most underrated crystal for divination. This is a great crystal for clarity, concentration, and thought. It’s associated with intuition, divination, and connecting to higher planes of consciousness. It’s another easy to scratch crystal, so store it separately from other crystals like quartz. Bonus: fluorite is a student’s stone, associated with clarity and productivity in learning. Great for tarot students!
7. Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli has a long history of being used in both ornamental and sacred objects from Ancient Egypt. Lapis lazuli is the natural source of ultramarine blue pigments which were historically reserved for royalty and sacred works of art.
Lapis lazuli helps lend the courage to embrace your true calling. This makes it an excellent stone for tarot readings related to career and your soul’s purpose. It’s properties related to empowerment assist in helping you embrace your personal truth.
This black, sometimes silvery, iridescent stone is created from cooled lava. Popular varieties of obsidian are black, rainbow, snowflake, and “Apache Tears”. All obsidian varieties are grounding and offer projection from negative energy. If you are an empath, I would highly recommend having obsidian, or another grounding stone, on or nearby you. It helps cleanse and repel other people’s energetic gunk! Some folks say that obsidian can be too grounding, causing those in a depressed state to feel worse. Stay in touch with your intuition and check in with yourself if you’re using obsidian.
Other divination uses: obsidian mirrors are traditionally used for scrying.
9. Black Tourmaline
I am a big fan of having grounding stones in your tarot reading space —especially if you are an empath or if you’re reading on an emotionally charged issue. Black tourmaline grounds and absorbs negative energy. Apart from using it in tarot readings, you can place small pieces of black tourmaline in the four corners of a room or house for extra protection from negative energy. Black tourmaline is a fragile stone: store away from harder stones like quartz.
Azurite is a brilliant blue stone that’s often found naturally formed with green malachite. It’s another underrated stone that has a lot of benefits for tarot practitioners. Azurite helps with focus, intuition, and clearing negativity. It can be used in a reading to lend energy to yourself or a client for breaking through limiting though-patterns and negative thinking.
11. Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s Eye is a yellow, brown, and orange stone (although, you can find it in red too) that’s reminiscent of a tiger’s deep golden irises. Tiger’s Eye helps connect you to higher self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, and courage. This is a great stone to help support making big changes. It’s associated with positivity and empowerment.
Celestite is a muted blue-gray crystal. It’s another one of my personal favorites! It’s associated with connection to spirit guides, angels, spiritual development, and the higher self. It brings calm, harmony, and balance to spaces.
Typically you’ll find these stones in a cluster or half-geode.
13. Smoky Quartz
My favorite negativity banishing crystals! Smoky quartz can vary from a pale yellow to a jet black color. You’ll often find specimens with swirls of black “smoke” inside of a clear quartz crystal. Smoky quartz is a lot like black tourmaline in that it banishes and cleanses negative energies around you. It amplifies positive energy and filters out the negative. It’s like a little metaphysical energy purifier! It’s also associated with balancing the chakras.
Citrine is a yellow, sometimes orange, crystal in the quartz family. This is a great stone bringing positive energy into a reading space. Citrine is also associated with prosperity and success – making it a great stone to use in business and career readings. Citrine helps amplify courage, self-esteem, and positive self-image. If your readings are about self-improvement, this is a great crystal to have on hand.
Moonstone is a semi-transparent, pearlescent stone. There’s something about how it appears to glow that’s magical! The soft glow is very reminiscent of a bright, full moon.
Moonstone aids in connecting to the moon and lunar cycles which can be used in tarot reading too (see Ultimate Guide to Moon Manifesting and Lunar Magic). This is a great stone to help intention setting and manifestation. For tarot reading, moonstone can connect you with your true emotions, deep subconscious, and intuition.
Moonstone is considered a semiprecious stone. Larger, purer pieces of moonstone are often made into cabochons for the jewelry industry. Because of this, it’s easier to find it in a piece of jewelry versus a rough or tumbled piece. Black or yellow moonstone works just as well as rainbow for inclusion in sacred spaces and magical work.
16. Star Sapphire
Typically black or royal blue, star sapphires appear to reflect back a starburst shaped light from within the stones. And good news: star sapphires are much less than the blue sapphires used in jewelry.
Associate with communication with the Divine Self, higher power and Source. It strengthens intuitive and psychic insights. It also helps shield empaths from negative energy. Black sapphires, like blue sapphires, are a stone of wisdom and royalty.
17. Herkimer Diamond
Herkimer Diamonds are actually quartz crystals mined in Herkimer County, New York. What makes them unique is their double-terminated ends and amazing clarity with very little mineral inclusions.
These crystals are more amplifying than regular quartz. They assist in focusing spiritual energy during channeling and meditation. Like many varieties of quartz, Herkimer diamonds bring positive energy into a sacred space.
Sometimes known has Iolite-Sunstone, this purple gem encourages courage, creativity, and breakthroughs. This is a great stone to have on hand if you are an artist, musician, or writer using tarot for readings on creative projects or your career. Iolite energy can help push you out of your comfort zone.
Opalite is a man-made stone created from quartz, dolomite, and iridescent minerals. The inspiration behind the creation of this stone is an extremely rare natural phenomenon where volcano ash becomes opalized. Opalization changes materials to opals, giving them iridescent coloring.
Opalite boosts energy around your self-worth and self-esteem. It lends itself to uncovering your strengths and abilities as a tarot reader. It’s also associated with communication from the spirit world, making it a great stone to have on hand for mediumship readings.
Kyanite is a lesser known blue-gray mineral that’s excellent for those who read tarot. Kyanite is associated with clearing self-limiting beliefs and blockages. Like Fluorite, Kyanite facilitates clear communication. It’s also a good stone to carry for anxiety issues. Kyanite makes a great worry stone! It’s an easily scratched stone, so keep it stored separately from crystals like quartz.
Is a gorgeous stone that’s hard to describe. It’s blue-gray with flashes of iridescent rainbow colors. Labradorite facilitates connection to your Higher Self or Source. It can help strengthen intuition, meditations, and your connection to your subconscious. If you incorporate spirit work, mediumship, or shamanic practices with your tarot reading, labradorite can enhance those practices.
Being a January baby, I’m partial to this deep red stone. It has the metaphysical properties of many grounding, protective, and negativity blocking stones like black tourmaline and obsidian. Garnet is associated with courage, confidence, and ambition, making it great for career-related readings.
In addition a ruby-red color, garnets can also be green. Because garnet is a birthstone for January, it’s easy to find in jewelry. I’m partial to its natural dodecahedral shape.
23. Blue Apatite
Blue apatite a lesser known stone that’s a very handy addition to a diviner’s toolkit.
It’s associated truth, intuition, and wisdom. Blue Apatite can help you cut through confusion to understand the core of an issue (most often the primary goal of a tarot reading). Its presence in your sacred space aids with finding clarity and strengthening intentions.
It’s an easily scratched stone, so store it separately from your other crystals
The quintessential blue-green stone of the American Southwest, it’s also mined in the Middle East and found in very small deposits around the world.
This high vibration stone helps with speaking your truth, empowerment, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Turquoise is calming and healing. Because it’s so easy to find as jewelry, this is a great stone to wear for both reading tarot and everyday wear.
A word of warning: be discerning about where you purchase turquoise. Howlite is often dyed blue and sold as turquoise. If it’s super cheap, it’s probably too good to be true. Buy from a crystal shop that specializes in minerals or a reputable jeweler.
25. “That Special Stone”
That special stone that money can’t buy!
This rock has made it through all my moves since pre-K. Because I have such distinct memories of this rock when I was young, I use it for Inner Child related tarot readings. You might have a rock that’s from a place that means something to you. You may have been gifted a stone from someone else that could lend a special presence and energy to a reading. Don’t discount “a simple rock” that’s special to you, just because it’s not a fancy crystal.
Remember, go with your own intuition on what stones to use. You don’t have to use all of these. In fact, that would be overkill and some very messy energy around your reading!
One other thing: please support your local metaphysical stores and crystal shops. They are such great resources! If you don’t live near any, consider online shops who source crystals from sources that are transparent about their mining conditions. I recommend Athena Perrakis’s Sage Goddess shop. Check out her amazing crystal shop here (affiliate link).
What are some of your favorite crystals for you tarot space? How do you use them in your daily practice? Share your tips in the comments! 💜