Energy: Receptive Astrological signs of: Taurus and Libra
Planet: Sun, Moon Vibrates to the number: 7
Element: Fire, water

Powers: Protection, healing, psychism, power, stimulate love, lactation

Rose quartz produces constant energy, but it works more to the benefit of those who wear or carry it than it does (as was more traditionally believed) to attract love and lovers to you. Many people who work with this energy will even experience trauma or a surfacing of old pain. Rose quartz energy is healing in that respect, but it is very active and doesn't necessarily "let sleeping dogs lie."

With this stone things may, indeed, get worse before they get better, especially in affairs of the heart, as rose quartz's energy works to remove old blockages and encourage the qualities of forgiveness, tolerance, patience, and understanding. So if you've been nurturing a secret grudge against your ex, harboring a rejection complex, or carrying around emotional baggage from old parental issues, expect to have to do some serious inner work when you use this stone.

Rose quartz has been termed a stone of "unconditional love," and in a sense that is very much true, for its principal long-term effect will be to reawaken the heart to a sense of the innocence and wonder of love and to remind us that, indeed, all true love is unconditional. But many people will find rose quartz energy a bit difficult at first, feeling perhaps that it asks more of us than it gives. In extreme cases it can even exacerbate feelings of unworthiness until we really begin to understand what self-love is all about, and that involves our ability to connect with others according to what the Spirit wants for us, not what we want for ourselves.

Rose quartz can be of tremendous help in all matters of love, and working with this energy can be not unlike working with a really good personal therapist. But just like therapy, it can take time before you experience a real breakthrough, so if you choose to wear or carry this stone, it's best to be patient, don't push, and be ready to cultivate and expand your own capacity for love. PROPERTIES: Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is the most important crystal for the heart and the heart chakra*, teaching the true essence of love. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels, and brings deep inner healing and self-love. It is calming, reassuring, and excellent for use in trauma or crisis.

If you want to attract love, look no further than romantic Rose quartz. Placed by your bed or in the relationship corner of your home, it is so effective in drawing love and relationships toward you that it often needs Amethyst to calm things down. In existing relationships, it will restore trust and harmony, and encourage unconditional love.

Rose quartz gently draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving vibes. It strengthens empathy and sensitivity and aids the acceptance of necessary change. It is an excellent stone for mid-life crisis. Holding Rose Quartz enhances positive affirmations. The stone can then remind you of your intention. This beautiful stone promotes receptivity to beauty of all kinds.

Physically, rose quartz is used for the treatment of sexual dysfunction and in some cases to increase fertility. Not a stone associated with wild nights of passion, it nonetheless can be a great aid to those who are lacking physical self-confidence or who have body issues or doubts about their attractiveness.

Emotionally, Rose quartz is the finest healer. Releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache and transmuting emotional conditioning that no longer serves, it soothes internalized pain and heals deprivation. If you have never received love, Rose quartz opens your heart so that you become receptive. If you have loved and lost, it comforts your grief. Rose Quartz teaches you how to love yourself, vital if you have thought yourself unlovable. You cannot accept love from others nor love them unless you love yourself. This stone encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance, and invokes self-trust and self-worth.

HEALING: Rose quartz strengthens the physical heart and circulatory system and releases impurities from body fluids. Placed on the thymus, Rose quartz aids chest and lung problems. It heals the kidneys and adrenals and alleviates vertigo. Rose quartz is said to increase fertility. The stone or elixir soothes burns and blistering and smoothes the complexion. It is helpful in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and senile dementia.

POSITION: Wear, especially over the heart. Place on the heart, thymus, or in relationship corner of room.