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Whether you’re saying goodbye to 2016 with a celebration or a quiet meditation (or both), taking time to mark the passage of an old year into a new one is important for healing past wounds, clearing out negative energy, and wiping your slate clean. While you’re considering all the best ways to embrace the new year, it’s a good idea to get your metaphysical arsenal ready (remember, you can never have enough sage). To add to your ritual practice, here are our favorite cleansing crystals to utilize for a fresh start on January 1st. 


A great stone for reducing tension and anxiety, Howlite both calms emotional stress and increases awareness. Howlite is known as an “attunement,” or harmony, stone, facilitating an open mind that is able to break through to higher consciousness.

Black Obsidian

Most people would agree that slogging through this past year has left us with a toxic build up of psychic sludge. Black Obsidian is an amazing stone for clearing out the “smog” that you might feel is wearing you down, as well as protecting your aura going into the new year. It’s a great choice to release fear and anger and connect you to Mother Earth.

Lemurian Quartz

You can’t go wrong with classic clear or Rose Quartz, but for a year with as much negative energy as 2016, you might need to bring out the big guns. Lemurian Quartz vibrates at a higher frequency than its counterparts, which is why it’s often associated with healing and ancient knowledge. As Bri Luna wrote on The Hoodwitch, “Lemurian Quartz crystals are considered to be one of the “Master Crystals” as they are associated with all of the chakras, all astrological signs, all elements, and all planetary aspects. Lemurian Quartz Crystals are master teachers, assisting in oneness and reminding us that while we are all individuals, we are also all interconnected beings equal in Spirit.”


Moonstone is a great tool for new beginnings. This dreamy stone helps you to restructure your life and attracts what you need, while also calming doubt. Moonstone is also said to increase psychic abilities and intuition, guiding you to see what your life could hold this year.


A stone of transformation, Lepidolite increases trust and acceptance, imbuing the new year with a sense of optimism and self love. Lepidolite is useful in dissolving obsessive thoughts and increases synchronicities and coincidences (or at least your ability to see them). It’s also especially good for dream work and any ritual practice that involves the idea of rebirth.


Moldavite is a high intensity stone, believed to bring good luck and abundance. Created from a meteorite that crashed into a Czechoslovakian mountain millions of years ago, Moldavite is an interesting fusion of earth and outer space that facilitates dramatic connectivity and determination of purpose.


Image via Igor Schwarzmann.

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