A Newbie’s Guide To Crystals And Stones
The belief in the power of crystals and stones has prevailed over the centuries. Prior to the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, ancient Filipinos worshipped deities and nature spirits, whom they thought to reside in trees, plants, and stones. The natives believed that a thing from nature can be imbued with powers and can be used as protection from enemies and calamities.
Despite colonial rule, this belief prevailed, thus we have anting-antings and crystals sold in the outskirts of Manila, specifically Quiapo and Chinatown. Aside from amulets that apparently protect the wearer and deflect psychic attacks, some Filipinos prefer stones and crystals—polished or raw—and frequent the shops in Chinatown and online sellers of Mala beads. Here are some tips I’ve learned about buying these healing items.
Crystals look pretty, yet some can be deceiving. Even in Chinatown, some wares can be fake (or made of plastic instead of crystals). If you go for the real thing, you will have to shell out PHP 1,200 to 2,000 for an amethyst, tourmaline, or labradorite bracelet. Know the art of haggling and you can convince the seller to give you a bracelet for a lower price.
One of my favorite shops in Chinatown is Na Fu, a small store in Ongpin Street that sells crystal towers, stones, and charms. The store sells all stones for the same price (PHP 280) regardless of size, unless you are purchasing an obviously bigger stone or wand (PHP 380 and up).
Buy from sellers who know a lot about their wares.
Want to shop online instead? Check out Soulgasm. Ryan Camarillo and Addie Santos, the duo behind Soulgasm, make sure that their clients are informed about crystals. They take time to print out information about the crystals we buy, and they can suggest the bracelet that you need. For instance, I asked them to customize a bracelet to attract financial wealth, and they were too ecstatic to give me a pretty accessory made up of green aventurine, jade, and pyrite beads. These are semi-precious stones, but trust me, they work!
Choose the stones that you need.
Contrary to what others believe, you don’t have to hoard stones and crystals, or bring everything with you. You just need a few (or even none) in a day. For example, red jasper is good for travel, while sodalite is effective for writing. Of course, there’s the rose quartz, a favorite among Filipinos.
Have faith in your stones and crystals.
Any amulet, stone, or crystal will not work if you don’t believe in them. Historical accounts say that Emilio Aguinaldo’s soldiers fought the American troops with only bolos. They seemed unfazed by guns and bayonets because they reportedly brought with them their amulets. The same holds true if you have crystals. They can only work if you have enough faith.
Lastly, and perhaps the most important, is never rely on the power of stones and crystals alone. Some vendors will hard-sell their wares and tell you they can attract abundance instantly. Filipinos may be superstitious, but they also know that belief should be coupled with real work. You can attract money with a pyrite stone, but if siesta and ningas kugon lure you more than working does, you can be as well sure that stones will not save you from an empty pocket!