We were lucky enough to snag an advanced copy of Crystal Muse, the upcoming release from the amazing women behind Energy Muse.
Once the domain of your quirky aunt or your hippie cousin, crystals are beaming out from the spotlight, dotting the arms and necks of celebrities and being casually referenced by your favorite Instagrammers and wellness publications.
While books like The Crystal Bible have always been a go-to for those deeply interested in understanding their properties and uses, we were thrilled to find a slightly more modern tome from the incredible women behind Energy Muse, the lifestyle brand dedicated to demystifying the world of crystals and providing a platform to connect with and purchase beautiful pieces.
Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune Into the Real You is meant as a recipe book for crystals, a book you can thumb through to find information including how to choose your crystal, the meanings of different crystal shapes, how to cleanse your crystals (and your space in general), and practices in using your crystals. You’ll find step-by-step rituals in meditation, self-reflection, attracting love, fertility, and spiritual cleansing, among many many others.
Written in a clear, honest, and easy-to-understand tone, Crystal Muse is an incredible fit both those just beginning their journey with crystals and those who have been on board for some time.
We caught up with Crystal Muse co-author Heather Askinosie, Crystal Expert/Holistic Healer, and co-Founder of Energy Muse, to learn a bit more about connecting with crystals, how she answers the constant question of whether they “really work,” and a few tips on how to dip our toes into the world of crystals.
Crystal Muse will be released in October but for now you can pre-order here.
Well TO Do: Your website has a wealth of information about choosing crystals, how to use them, and details on each piece, as well as a consistently updated blog. What made you decide to also write a book?
Heather Askinosie: Our mission and passion has always been to share information and educate people on the benefits of using crystals in your life. We were fortunate enough to have Hay House Publishing come to us about writing a book, as they wanted to add a crystal book to their repertoire.
We wanted to write a different kind of crystal book—one centered around storytelling. I’ve had the opportunity to study with healers from all over the world, and much of the knowledge I have about crystals and holistic healing was passed down to me through story telling. That is one of the central themes of our book—Timmi [Jandro] and I tell our personal stories (kind of in diary style) about the triumphs and hardships throughout our lives and how we used crystals as touchstones to get through those times.
WTD: How do you hope people will use this book?
HA: Think of Crystal Muse like a recipe book with the main ingredient being crystals—you don’t have to read it cover to cover, although you can. Each chapter covers a different subject matter or intention with rituals that tell you exactly how to use certain crystals to focus on a specific outcome. You can start reading the book at chapter 10 or chapter 3—there’s no right or wrong place to start. We’re sharing formulas that we’ve perfected and have been working on for over 25 years—so it takes the “guessing” out of the process for the reader. Let our book take you on a crystallized journey to tune into the real you.
WTD: It sounds like the one question you get asked the most is: “do crystals really work?” How do you answer that and do you have a way of turning skeptics into believers?
HA: First of all, we will be the first to tell you: if anyone thinks that just buying a crystal is going to change their life, they’re going to be really disappointed. Trust me, I wish that were true, but we’re the first to tell you it’s not. Using crystals is like any new diet or fitness regime: you have to put in the work! Like any new program, it takes time and consistency to get results. The magic is not the crystal; it’s you. It’s not doing the work, you’re doing the work. It’s an ally on your journey. A tool to help you get where you want to go.
Crystals have been part of the Earth since the beginning of time, so even if they’re new to your world, you’re not new to theirs. If I could take my 25-plus years of connecting with crystals and interpret their message, it would be this: As a society, humans are continuously looking forward. It’s always about bigger, better, faster, and more. Maybe it’s time to slow down and notice that many of the answers we seek are just below our feet, nestled into the Earth that we share. To feel is to heal.
At the end of the day, they’re really just a tool that reminds you that you can find peace even in the midst of chaos. Crystals can help you do that; it’s really as simple as that.
WTD: What should someone who is brand new to the world of crystals do first if they want to learn more?
HA: Either go to a local metaphysical shop or browse a crystal website online. Scan the shop (or the page) and see what catches your eye. What crystal stands out to you? Which one are you drawn to? Then, read the meaning and properties of that crystal. Nine times out of 10 you will find that the meaning of that crystal correlates to your life in some way, shape or form. And at this time, that is the crystal for you! We have a “crystal test” in Crystal Muse that shows you just this. Once you can get out of your head, and into your heart, about working with crystals, the path opens and becomes much simpler. You can’t choose a wrong crystal; people are always so worried about that!
After you get your crystal, take the time to hold it, touch it, and tune in to its frequency. Look at its color, shape, and size. Be aware of any sensations that come up while you are holding it. You may experience a tingling or warmth in your hands. And don’t worry if you don’t “feel something” when you hold your crystal. It just means, at this time, you don’t feel anything! It’s that simple. Try not to judge the experience—just be with it. Sometimes it may take a while for a certain crystal to resonate with you, while at other times that same crystal will make the hairs on your arms stand up.
WTD: Practices like meditation, energy healing, and cleansing our spaces have become more and more mainstream in recent years. What do you make of the fact that, in our over-connected and over-stylized culture, the wearing and owning of crystals is something that has gone from a secret devotion to a mainstream practice?
HA: I think now more than ever, in our fast-paced lives, people are looking to slow down, breathe and tap into themselves. The consciousness is rising and everyone’s realizing that there is more to life than working 24/7 and being on their phones mindlessly scrolling all day. Instead of seeking outwards, people are seeking inwards. People are looking to change their lives, and crystals provide a tangible, touchstone that they can hold onto throughout the journey. It’s a physical representation of the changes they want to make and the intentions they have.
Also, crystals have been around since the beginning of time. Almost every ancient civilization utilized them in some way shape or form. And people have been using them ever since—they just weren’t talking about it. People are waking up and realizing that there might be something to this.
WTD: I’ve always purchased my crystals in small shops wherever I find them, choosing them based on ones I just feel an inexplicable connection to. Given that your business is online, how do you recommend people choose a crystal without being able physically connect with them?
HA: People can shop in that same way online! Look at the crystals on the website, and take note of which ones catch your eye—which ones you feel attracted to. Even when shopping on a website, your intuition will guide you to what your soul needs. Many times, one will just jump off the page at you, and then you read the meaning, and you realize that’s the crystal for you!
Our crystals are also a little bit different than other online shops. We’ve spent 17 years developing relationships with distributors and miners that we trust and have personal relationships with—ones who ethically source and treat the Earth with the utmost respect. You can feel the difference in these crystals. Before they are sent out to our customers, they go through a thorough cleansing process (sacred smoke, sound, sacred geometry etc) so that they are clear, cleansed and ready for you to use.
WTD: For someone totally new to crystals, what are some, let’s call them “entry level” crystals? Ones that maybe serve a broader purpose that everyone can benefit from, like a rose quartz?
HA: One crystal that everyone on the planet needs is Selenite. I like to call it “liquid light.” The bright, soothing energy that flows from it cleanses, stabilizes and balances the emotional body. When you hold it in your hands, you immediately feel this relief as it grounds your body and uplifts your spirit. We have it EVERYWHERE! All over the offices, rooms of our home and we wear it daily.
WTD: How do you choose which crystals to wear, which to place in a specific spot in your home, which to meditate with, etc?
HA: At the end of the day, you have to trust your intuition and decide what is right for YOU. Not necessarily what so-and-so is doing, but what feels good to you? Trust yourself, you know yourself better than anyone.
And your favorite crystals will change as you grow and evolve. One day you could be really vibin’ with one, and the next day, it’s just not doing it for you. Don’t judge the experience. Just live in the present moment.
WTD: What are some simple ways to use and benefit from the energy of your crystals once you have them?
HA: Carry a crystal in your pocket or purse. Wear it. Place it on your altar, nightstand or office desk. Lay it on your body. Meditate while holding it.
WTD: And one personal question from me: On a recent trip to a town in the Catskills where I spent my childhood summers, my mother and I walked into the crystal shop that has been there forever, and she bought me a rose quartz wand. A few weeks later, after mediating with it, I walked across my apartment and the quartz fell to the floor and cracked in two. I’ve read that perhaps it’s because it served its purpose or absorbed all the energy it could take. What do you make of that and what should I do with the two pieces?
HA: When you’re working with the world of energy, sometimes this happens! You may have had a shift in energy, or the breakthrough you were working towards. These things happen to us all the time. We like to look at it as a sign that a breakthrough is coming! With broken or chipped crystals, we like to give them back to the Earth.
All photos courtesy of Energy Muse