Fire, Air, Water, Earth are the archetypal building blocks of life as we know it. These four elements are a structural thread relating to spiritual, physical or psychological health throughout many ancient cultures and traditions, such as Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, India and China. These elements are what give all living things their unique qualities, impulses and nature.
From a psychological perspective, the element of Fire brings about the quality of action, transformation, passion, power and direction of will. Air is the intellect, the realm of ideas, the non-material spiritual plain of thoughts, reasoning and consciousness. Water is the sensuality of life; the watery quality of boundlessness which grants us relatedness through the feelings, intuition and emotions. And Earth is matter, or Mother Earth herself, bringing us the physical experience of life; our connection with our bodies, and a sense of grounded-ness, safety and nourishment.
We haven't completely lost our intrinsic ability to describe the world through an elemental or archetypal lens. The way we use metaphors are often gateways into a lost understanding of the metaphysical nature of reality. For example, we can all relate to a sense of someone who is described as too ‘fiery’, or someone who is described as too ‘airy fairy’ - not grounded by earth. In my work, I ask, what element do you relate to as most dominant in your inner being and outer being? Describing ourselves and others in these realms can help us to reclaim deeper dimensions of who we are.
Elementally, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I, for example, am very watery. The boundlessness of my watery nature certainly serves me well as a therapist - empathetic and intuitively understanding of others. But if expressed in an unskilled way, I can find myself lost in other people’s feelings, not able to discern what’s mine and what’s another person’s. I can lack the earth that establishes boundaries of self. There is a long history of sacred doctors, witches, shamans or medicine women who would consult with the archetypal realms to understand the nature of their patient's imbalance and prescribe or administer elemental medicine to aid their deficiencies or excesses. Crystals and gemstones are these ancient medicines.
Crystals are formed across epochs of time. A dance of the elements plays out deep within the crevices and craters of the earth’s layers as gas, pressure, heat and moisture collide to form these highly ordered structures of vibrant colour and beauty. Through this formation process, crystals develop a harmonic synthesis of all the elements - so they are holistic, but each crystal family has a predominant element that gives it its unique property or quality. This primary quality is energetically imparted from the stone, which is why crystals have been attributed to certain powers.
Crystals are conductors of energy. They can have a correcting effect on our energy fields, amplifying or clearing frequencies to release blockages and bring harmony, according to our needs. Our culture is loud, so we may have lost our sensitivity to the energetic fabrics of the universe. This doesn’t mean we have not lost our receptivity to its powers. Crystals and gemstones grant us an invitation to connect with different parts of ourselves, enabling us to channel what we need.
Carolina’s FORTE Beads collection encompasses a rich array of precious gemstone beads. Whilst Carolina’s intention for designing the range remains wholly aesthetic, as a shamanic practitioner, I can see another layer of meaning applicable to the selection of certain beads.
Below is my take on the energetic qualities of each of the gemstones in the FORTE Beads collection, with little mantras for each element and stone to help readers connect with the given quality. My hope is that, at the very least, you can have fun adorning yourself with a deep intentionality and commitment to being your truest self. We can decorate ourselves in crystals to channel our strengths and support our weaknesses, just as our ancestors did. Not in a quest toward perfection, simply a quest towards wholeness, self-discovery and best expressing who we are. And it doesn’t hurt to look pretty while doing so.
I honour my power to actualise and manifest my highest path.
Bead 2: LEMON AGATE
Property: CREATIVITY. Playfulness, confidence, sexuality
Mantra: I embrace play and my creative joyful expression
Bead 3 : CORNELIAN
Property: ACTION. Movement, energy, motivation, sensuality, body confidence
Mantra: I honour the gift of my body and take action
Bead 4: CORAL
Property: DETERMINATION. Willpower, going for it, achievement, self-belief, passion, commitment, eyes on the prize.
Mantra: I believe in myself and let my passion guide me towards my goal
Bead 7: BLUSH CORAL
Property: BLISS. sensuality, beauty, stimulating, uplifting, happiness, excitement, desire
Mantra: I awaken to my desires and what will bring me bliss
Bead 20: MALACHITE
Property: ASSERTIVENESS. fierceness, self-worth, protection, power, confidence, unapologetic, honouring one’s needs and sovereignty
Mantra: I bring my power forth into the world
Bead 22: YELLOW JADE
Property: CONFIDENCE. joy, authenticity, alleviating inhibition, good luck, prosperity
Mantra: I enjoy being me
Bead 8: RHODONITE
Property: PASSION. Fulfilling your path of heart, achieving your potential, finding and expressing your soul purpose in life
Mantra: I follow my path of heart
Bead 6: PEACH AVENTURINE
Property: DISCERNMENT, decision-making, clearing the mind, aligning mind with heart, choosing wisely.
Mantra: I make decisions from the wisdom and the alignment of my mind, body and soul
I am the divine seeker, I find peace, meaning soulful purpose and connection with all that is.
Bead 12: ROCK CRYSTAL
Property: CLARITY. Clarifying, cleansing, re-distributes your energy to clear stagnation and blockages, restoring your flow.
Mantra: so fresh and so clean and so clear
Bead 13: ANGELITE
Property: SERENITY. Higher awareness and perspective. Angelic support
Mantra: I’m lifted into an elevated awareness and receive guidance and support from above
Bead 14: TURQUOISE
Property: COMMUNICATION. Wisdom, speaking with clarity, wholeness and confidence.
Mantra: I speak from the wisdom of my heart clearly
Bead 15: LAPIS LAZULI
Property: SELF-KNOWLEDGE. Building one’s self-awareness, spiritual and psychological development, psychic power
Mantra: Know thyself
Bead 16: AMETHYST
Property: SPIRITUAL HEALING. purification, protection, releasing patterns, habits or influences. Aligning you to divine connection and sovereignty of self.
Mantra: I am divinely connected, protected and purified
Bead 25: ROSE QUARTZ
Property: LOVE. Self-love, compassion that leads to emotional healing, meaning and connection.
Mantra: I am love
Bead 1: MAGNESITE
Property: MEDITATION. Awakening, inner vision, higher transcendental states of awareness
Mantra: I spiritually awaken to a higher truth
I express my emotions and listen to my intuition to come in to wisdom, growth and transformation.
Bead 9: CHRYSOPRASE
Property: FORGIVENESS, compassion, resolution, reconciliation, spiritual growth, letting go, healing, releasing the past
Mantra: I love you, I forgive you, I’m sorry
Bead 18: BLUE AVENTURINE
Property: ACCEPTANCE. Serenity, optimism, trusting in life, seeing life from a higher perspective.
Mantra: I trust in life
Bead 19: AMAZONITE
Property: TRUTH. Authenticity, expression, emotional intelligence and wisdom, understanding our truth, speaking our truth, being clear about your needs, honesty, compassion.
Mantra: I listen to my inner voice that speaks the truth and respond to it to express my true self
Bead 26: CHALCEDONY
Property: JOY. Inner peace, spiritual ecstasy, high vibes, harmony, gratitude, laughter.
Mantra: I welcome transcendent states of peace, joy and ecstasy in my life
Bead 27: MOONSTONE
Property. INTUITION, self-discovery, illumination, divine feminine, understanding dreams and omens, opening your sacred channel, trusting your inner life, mysteries, deep wisdom
Mantra: I trust my being and listen to my intuition
I nourish the gift of my body and establish foundations to thrive in harmony with Mother Earth
Bead 5: TIGERS EYE
Property: STABILITY. Security, feeling safe, centred and balanced.
Mantra: I bring forth security and stability in my life
Bead 10: JADE
Property: HEALTH. Vitality, wholeness, harmony, wellbeing, prosperity, good fortune, nature
Mantra: Health is wealth and I am aligned to the magic harmony of the natural world, and the abundance of Mother Earth
Bead 11: HEMATITE
Property: GROUNDING. Presence, embodiment in the here and now, being connected in our body. For those moments when we have our head in the clouds, or are energetically scattered or anxious.
Mantra: I inhabit my body and am present, connected and am grounded by Mother Earth
Bead 17: BLUE GOLDSTONE
Property: PURIFICATION. Maximises and amplifies energy, clearing out negative energy.
Mantra: My energy is clarified and amplified
Bead 21: UNAKITE
Property: PATIENCE. Perseverance, Pacing oneself, slowing down, enjoying the process, commitment to the long game.
Mantra: The journey is the destination and I commit to and enjoy the ride
Bead 23: COCO JASPER
Property: VITALITY. Physical strength, rejuvenating, stamina, stabilising, life-force.
Mantra: I am strong, body, mind and spirit
Bead 24: SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN
Property: COURAGE, perseverance, ancestral guides and healing, ancestors having your back, protection, evolution
Mantra: I call on my ancestors to give me the courage to overcome
Aisha Amarfio is a healer and author known for her first book, The Crystal Compass, which provides a shamanic perspective on the use of crystals as nature-based medicine, for energy, healing and reclaiming your power.