A stone for all types of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional.
Referred to as the Heart Stone, Rose Quartz may have been used as a love offering as early as 600 B.C. and is still a significant amulet of relationships. It supports attracting new love, romance and intimacy, as well as in cultivating a tighter connection with family and friends. It fosters connection within groups and community, and transmits an elevated spiritual connection to the Earth, Universe, and the Divine.
According to folklore, Rose Quartz was formed when Adonis, lover of the Greek (and Roman) goddess Aphrodite, was confronted by Ares, god of war, in the form of a boar. When Aphrodite hurried to protect him she got entangled on a briar bush, and mixed her blood stain the white Quartz pink.
Meditating with Rose Quartz helps in attaining a resonance with the frequency of compassion, dissolving emotional patterns that hold one back, and helps open to accepting higher and more refined frequencies of Light.
Rose Quartz is the most significant crystal of the heart and the heart chakra, facilitating the true spirit of love, and cleansing and opening the heart at all levels. It is the heart chakra that synchronizes our contact with the exterior realm, and controls what we accept and what we resist. It gives us the harmonizing capability to be ourselves within the environment, and supports us to acknowledge our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ups and downs of emotional relationships, comprehend their recurring nature, and embrace the changes. This gemstone also balances yin and yang energy, and can bring all the other chakras into with the Heart.
Rose Quartz is a mothering crystal, encouraging the comforting of the self, if one has lost their own mother. It motivates connecting and is an effective stone to put on the stomach during pregnancy, and to be near the baby during birth. It is also calming post-pregnancy.
This gemstone is exceptional for use in trauma or crisis, including the emotional turmoil of a mid-life crisis. It nurtures empathy, sensitivity, and supports in the recognition of necessary change.
Rose Quartz is supportive for sleep in both adults and children, stimulating lovely dreams as well as averting nightmares or night terrors. It also aids children to not be afraid of the dark.
Rose Quartz stimulates the love of beauty, both in oneself and others, as well as in nature, and especially all that inspires the imagination: art, music and writing.
This article was originally published for Salt Spring Malas.