Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz Uses and Purposes

Hold Smoky Quartz to relieve tension and stress, anxiety, or panic attacks; also to ward off negative thinking, and to eliminate worry and doubt when faced with chaos or confusion. To absorb misfortune, sorrow or seemingly impossible obstacles, hold faceted or natural points of Smoky Quartz in each hand pointed down toward the ground, then consciously release these negative energies to Mother Earth for cleansing and re purposing. 

Smoky Quartz links with the Earth stimulating concern for the environment and inspiring ecological solutions. Use its protective energies to block geopathic stress and absorb electromagnetic smog given off by power lines and electronics. It is invaluable in layouts for environmental healing, and assists elimination and detoxification on all levels, ushering in positive energy in its place. 

An extraordinary amulet of protection, Smoky Quartz helps guard the home, vehicles and possessions against theft, damage and accidents caused by human error. Keep one in a purse, a bag in the glove box or near valuables, especially if left unattended for long periods of time. As a driving crystal, Smoky Quartz protects against road rage and other harm while driving on motorways, on long journeys or in heavy traffic by reducing stress and increasing concentration. It also shields against unexpected mechanical breakdowns. 

Place Smoky Quartz in the home or work environment to filter out bad moods, unspoken resentments, or disparaging remarks that drain one’s strength and enthusiasm. To shield against hostility or gossip in the workplace, or a bullying boss or manager, set dark Smoky Quartz points outwards on your desk in a semi-circle to create a calm, safe area in which to work.

Wear or carry Smoky Quartz to enhance survival instincts, and for assistance in reaching personal and business goals, as well as manifesting dreams and ideas into reality. This crystal promotes rational, pragmatic thought processes and improves calculation and organization. It increases focus and may be used in group situations to alleviate communication difficulties and foster a spirit of cooperation.

Smoky Quartz is a remarkable aid for quitting smoking, gradually reducing the urge to smoke, as well as softening the anger and agitation associated with nicotine withdrawal and the detoxification process.


Smoky Quartz Healing Therapies - Overview

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Smoky Quartz Physical Healing Energy

Because Smoky Quartz is naturally irradiated, it draws upon those frequencies to counter negative effects of radiation, including sunburn, exposure to radioactive materials, medical radiation and chemotherapy. It has also been used to relieve chronic pain, muscle cramps, headaches and tension of the shoulders and back.

Like other forms of Quartz, Smoky Quartz may be used in treatments of the adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys and other organs of elimination to energetically remove toxins from the body. It is believed to help regulate fluids within the body and the assimilation of minerals. 

Smoky Quartz is thought to protect the pulmonary tracts and regenerate the bronchi, and to benefit the reproductive system, muscle and nerve tissues. It is particularly effective for ailments of the abdomen, hips and legs.


Smoky Quartz Emotional Healing Energy

Smoky Quartz allows one to attune to the light instead of being consumed by life. Rather than merely surfacing negative energies and emotional blockages, this crystal gently dissolves these energies as it encounters them, allowing positive frequencies to take their place. It relieves fear, stress, anger and unspoken resentment, lifts depression and fatigue, and teaches one how to let go of what is no longer necessary for growth. It is a good stone for those who tend to be suicidal in nature or ambivalent about being in incarnation, by helping them come to terms with their physical body, their life and the world around them. Smoky Quartz brings assistance in tolerating difficult times with equanimity and resolve, and inspires one to be more engaged in the world. It lends the power to create and change one’s reality and to manifest one’s dreams.


Smoky Quartz Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy

Smoky Quartz is one of the most powerful stones to use in crystal healing layouts to activate and purify the Base or Root Chakra. It may also be used to balance and direct the energy of the upper chakras to the Base Chakra, making the whole system radiant with light and laying a foundation on which the spiritual force can be manifested in the physical body. [Raphael, 90]

The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body gains strength and stamina, and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.

Smoky Quartz is also an excellent stone for grounding in crystal healing layouts. Clusters or single generators may be placed at the instep of each foot, at the knees, upon the groin points, and/or in each hand. If the termination of the crystal is directed toward the body, it draws in and circulates healing light. Facing the point away from the body directs negative energies out of the physical and subtle bodies. Grounding all bodies to the healing vibration discourages a healing crises which could occur while activating the energy centers.

Smoky Quartz may be used to protect the Earth Chakra below the feet and its grounding chord, or for gridding around an area of disturbed earth-energy. [Hall, 240][Hall En, 186] The Earth Chakra is located between and slightly below the feet. It holds the soul into carnation and creates a solid connection to the planet Earth, allowing excess and out-of-balance energies to flow from the body.

Smoky Quartz Spiritual Energy

Providing a protective barrier of energy around the user, Smoky Quartz offers exceptional grounding and stability when working in the higher realms, helping one to receive and utilize more high-frequency Light energy. It is a remarkable tool for focused prayer and deep meditation, spiritual ceremonies and rituals, as well as strengthening the link of communication when contacting other worlds. It may also be used as a psychopomp for guiding souls to the other side. 

Smoky Quartz also has a propensity for enticing the ethereal into manifestation. While wearing or carrying Smoky Quartz, one may be more apt to observe phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, fairies or spirit guides. Unlike situations where one’s vibration is raised to a higher level of perceptual ability, Smoky Quartz draws the entities or phenomena into one’s auric field and down to one’s level of perception. 


Smoky Quartz and the Angelic Realm

Smoky Quartz occurs in various shades of brown and black. If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Smoky Quartz of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.


Date Crystal Color Name of Guardian Angel
February 5-9 Brown Mehiel
February 10-14 Brown Damabiah
March 11-15 Black Haiaiel (Hajael)
May 1-5 Black Haziel
May 16-20 Black Hahaiah (Hahajah)
August 29-September 2 Black Vasiariah
October 4-8 Brown Rehael
November 3-7 Black Sealiah

There are other Angels that are partial to Smoky Quartz. The table below gives you information about them.

Purpose Crystal Color Name of Angel
Protector and Ruler of the dates May16-20; Taurus.        Black Hahaiah
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 11-15; Pisces.        Black Haiaiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates May 1-5; Taurus.        Black Haziel
Protector and Ruler of the dates November 3-7; Scorpio.        Black Sealiah
Master of the 9th Tarot Card “The Hermit”.         Black Shelathiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates August 29-September 2;  Virgo.       Black Vasiariah
Angel of Grace Brown Ananchel
Ruler of Earth/Lightning and the Angel of Chance and Luck.        Brown Baraqiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates February 10-14; Aquarius.        Brown Damabiah
Protector and Ruler of the dates February 5-9; Aquarius.        Brown Mehiel 
Protector and Ruler of the dates October 4-8; Libra.        Brown Rehael
Master of the 15th Tarot Card “Devil”.         Brown Samaqiel



Smoky Quartz Goddess Crystals

Smoky Quartz honors Hecate, the Thracian Goddess of Wisdom, Crossroads and Ghosts. She is also Goddess of the Occult and the Dark Moon, the side we are unable to see. She has power over the heavens, earth and the underworld.

Smoky Quartz honors Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. Born directly out of Chaos, the primal emptiness, she was the first (or one of the first) beings to appear during the process of creation, and is honored as being the Earth itself.

All crystals of Quartz honor Gendenwitha, the Morning Star Goddess of the Iroquois; and Quartz clusters honor Ixcuiname, the Mayan Goddess of the Four Ages of Women.


Smoky Quartz Lore and Legend

Smoky Quartz was a sacred stone to the ancient Druids and Celts who began colonizing the British Isles around 300 B.C. The clear, yet earthy color symbolized the potent dark power of Earth gods and goddesses, and was often associated with Hecate, goddess of the Occult and the Dark Moon, and Crom Dubh, the god of the Harvest, known as the “dark bent one” or “black bowed one.” Due to its smoky and sometimes ghostly effects in appearance, Smoky Quartz was also linked with Samhain, the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. This festival was celebrated with huge bonfires which had great protective qualities as it was believed at this time spirits and fairies could more easily enter our world. 

Smoky Quartz was, and is still, a favorite ornamental stone of the Scottish dirk, or sgian dubh (Gaelic for “black dagger”) - a long straight-bladed dagger with a black handle made of bog oak, a hard jet-black wood. This small but deadly weapon was customarily carried in a place of concealment, often under the armpit. When calling on another household, protocol dictated all weapons, including claymore or broadsword, dirk, a pair of pistols and a horn, all be left at the front door. Because of rapidly shifting loyalties, however, Highlanders usually kept their sgian dubhclose at hand, even when visiting “friends,” but out of courtesy to the host would remove it from under the armpit and place it where it could be seen, typically in the stocking. 

A crystal sphere of Smoky Quartz, two and a half inches in diameter, tops the Scepter of Power in the “Honors of Scotland,” as the Royal Jewels are called. They are comprised of the Crown, Sword and Scepter; the oldest being the Scepter, a gift from Pope Alexander VI to King James IV as a symbol of papal support for Scotland, a “special daughter of the Holy See.” 

The world’s largest known Cairngorm crystal weighs 52 lbs. and resides at Braemar Castle in Scotland. It is just slightly larger than one bought by Queen Victoria now on display in Balmoral Castle. [][][][]

In the ancient world, Smoky Quartz and other varieties of Quartz were used by the Romans to carve intaglio seals. The Sumerians cut and engraved it as cylinder seals and later as ring seals. Smoky Quartz was popular in China for making snuff boxes, as well as being cut into flat panes and used as early sunglasses. These lenses provided no corrective properties, nor protected from UV rays, but did counter glare. Ancient documents describe the use of these crystal sunglasses by judges in Chinese courts to hide their facial expressions when interrogating witnesses. [][][][]

In Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Smoky Quartz crucifixes were traditionally put on bedroom walls at night as a guardian against bad luck and to keep evil away, both human and paranormal.

A sphere of Smoky Quartz currently displayed in the British Museum is reputed to be the famous “shew-stone” of Dr. John Dee, the alchemist, mathematician, astrologer, magician, and court diviner to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Dr. Dee alleges the crystal was brought to him by the great angel, Uriel, who informed him that by gazing into the sphere he could communicate with otherworldly spirits. Scrying with Dr. Dee’s “shew-stone,” an associate, Sir Edward Kelly, claimed to have obtained a series of diagrams containing the “keys to all the mysteries of the Universe.”[][]

Smoky Quartz has a history of being used in shamanistic rituals and North American tribal ceremonies to enhance stability and provide protection from any detrimental forces present in the ethereal realm. It was often found at the top of ritual wands and was reported to be particularly prized by the Cherokees. []

Smoky Quartz is said to create an astral pathway to past worlds or out-of-body travel when candlelight is shined into its center and the mind is allowed to follow its path. Smoky Quartz spheres are considered to be the most effective for this use. 



Footnote References


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[Altman, pp.] Jennifer Altman, Gem and Stone: Jewelry of Earth, Sea, and Sky. (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2012)

[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).

[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).

[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).

[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).

[Hall II, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).

[Hall III, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 3 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2013).

[Hall En ,pp.] Judy Hall, The Encyclopedia of Crystals, (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2013).

[Hall Cr, pp.] Judy Hall, Crystals to Empower You (Blue Ash, OH, Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2013).

[101 Hall , pp.] Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011).

[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).

[Lecouteux, pp.] Claude Lecouteux, A Lapidary of Sacred Stones (Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, U.S. edition, 2012).

[Lembo, pp.] Margaret Lembo The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, & Stones (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2013).

[Margherita,pp.] Margherita, The Crystal Lotus Handbook (Ontario, Canada: The Crystal Lotus, 2010).

[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).

[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).

[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).

[Melody, EN,pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth -The Crystal and Minerals Encyclopedia (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 2007).

[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)

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