Where Do They Go? Stone Placement: Part I

The chakra color system provides a simple way to remember where to put your stones on your body if you like to lie down and meditate with them and/or do chakra balancing. To give you a quick review--or a brief introduction for those unfamiliar with this system:

In traditional chakra balancing we place one or more crystals on each chakra area, with the color of the crystal corresponding to the color associated with the chakra. The standard exception to this is clear quartz, which can be placed on any chakra.

Because it's color-coordinated, this system is easy to use. Difficulties can arise in when we want to use crystals that don't seem to fit into the system. Some crystals, such as opal, moonstone, labradorite, and Picasso jasper fall into this category. Other crystals look as if they would fit for more than one chakra, such as tiger's iron tiger's eye. Still others, such as moss agate, look as if they belong to a certain chakra, but a closer study of them reveals that they have some properties that are unrelated to color.

This article will describe placement of opal, moonstone, labradorite, and Picasso jasper. Part Two will deal with tiger iron, tiger's eye, rutilated quartz, chrysocolla, malachite-chrysocolla, and moldavite.


The basic hue of opal is a milky color, but this stone can have a rainbow of other colors, a reddish fiery tone, or other variations. In terms of where to place it on the body, I've chosen to look at its function, rather than at its color(s).

Opal can serve to mirror and magnify one's emotions. This doesn't seem much like a blessing when we're feeling emotionally upset, and it can sometimes be wise not to work with or wear an opal when you're feeling that way. This crystal is especially valuable when we're feeling stuck in our emotions: the anger that won't go away, the resentment that corrodes the system like battery acid, the feelings that return over and over again.

This kind of emotional cycling usually occurs when we're resisting emotions. The old saying, "What you resist persist" is particularly true about emotions. It's one thing to genuinely shift out of a negative emotion. For example, you're feeling no one loves you; then a friend calls and you have a long, pleasant conversation. Or you feel depressed and make a deliberate effort to get some energy moving through your body.

That's not resisting; it's going somewhere else. When we resist we're saying, "I shouldn't feel this way, but I do," "Anger is wrong; I hate myself for feeling this way."

When we're stuck that way, our emotions seethe and simmer, sometimes creating stress and tension. In these situations, opal can help to provide emotional release, often in the form of a good cry, that relieves emotional tension and washes away the emotion.

For this purpose it's best placed on the heart or solar plexus. I recommend combining it with a form of quartz to soften opal's intensity, such as aventurine or rose quartz. Another good choice is chrysocolla, to encourage a feeling of peacefulness.

Emotional Balance

Like opal, moonstone comes in a variety of hues. It can be milky, rainbow, blue, gray, or tan. This crystal has the opposite effects of opal. Rather than emphasizing and exaggerating emotions, it has a calming and soothing effect.

Because the solar plexus is where emotions tend to be stored, this is a logical placement for moonstone, as is the heart. These aren't the only areas where moonstone can be placed, however.

By the time imbalances reach the emotional level, they're fairly well developed. As we become more deeply attuned to our vibrational states, we can sense imbalances at the pre-emotional level. (This, by the way, is how I classify feelings, as a vibrational state that precedes the emotional state that can be given a name.)

Thus, moonstone can be put on any chakra area that seems to be out of balance. One of the first places I would consider would be the pelvic area, which also relates to emotions and flow. Although we don't make recommendations for physical conditions, many women have reported that placing moonstone on the pelvic area has helped to alleviate PMS.

Psychic Flash

While moonstones (especially rainbow and blue moonstones) have a soft glow of light, labradorite's overall dark neutral color is highlighted with gleams of iridescent green, turquoise, gold, and other colors -- called by gemologists "flash."

The overall dark, neutral background of this crystal might indicate that it belongs on or near the root chakra as a grounding stone. The flash, however, separates it from the basic root chakra stones. I experience labradorite's brilliance as related to the flashes of intuition that brighten a dark sky of confusion. This is labradorite's role: a crystal that helps us develop the wise use of psychic abilities.

I believe that everyone is inherently psychic. In my counseling career I have guided people who felt they were talentless in the psychic department, those who feared an emerging gift, and those who felt they could not control it. Labradorite is helpful in any of these stages of development.

Usually some sort of fear is at the root of one's relationship to psychic abilities. Some fears, like that of being taken over by the ability, are best handled by other crystals and essences. One of the most common fears, though, that of abusing one's psychic power, can be helped by labradorite.

Many people fear abusing their gifts for ego-related purposes, i.e., wanting to be considered impressive for their gift. Those who feel they have no control may fear being held responsible in case anything goes wrong.

Labradorite/spectrolite can be helpful in any of the above situations. I feel that as a crystal related to psychic development it belongs on the third eye (between and above the other two) chakra. Place it there, and think of its flashing color as flames of illumination deeply grounded in being. Imagine how your own psychic flashes can, when deeply rooted in a sense of self which is neither inflated nor self-demeaning, bring enlightenment to your life and that of others.

You can also gaze at labradorite, slowly turning to experience the full energy of the flash, and go through the same imaginative process.

One particular way in which labradorite can open up psychic awareness is in the dream state. It will often tell you in dreamtime things of which you aren't aware in the waking state.

Picasso Jasper:
Purpose in Pattern

This crystal is cream, various shades of gray, rust, and black. I find it to be one of the most beautifully patterned stones.

I find that its pattern, rather than its colors, provides the key to its purpose. For example, it is believed to help attract compatible people who will become loyal and trusted friends and also to help renew old friendships that have been lost.

Picasso jasper reminds us that the choices we make about whether or not we want to become closer to people could be compared to the choices we might make on a path in the woods. Whichever direction we take will determine something about our future. Similarly, we sometimes lose touch with people because we've taken different paths.

This crystal, with its intersecting and diverging lines reminds us of the importance of our choices. I find that placing it on the heart can vibrationally deepen this reminder.

I also feel that is especially helpful when not placed on a chakra point but used for gazing purposes. As its name suggests, it's especially helpful for the transformation of creativity. Anyone who's having a writing or other creative block can benefit from turning their attention away from the creative impasse and letting their eyes to travel through the patterns of Picasso jasper and allowing thought to dissolve.

In any meditation for easing the process of transformation, I recommend having this crystal (again in whatever form you have it) as a visual focus, at least in the initial stages of the meditation. Again, let the eyes travel through the patterns and allow them to teach you that the path of transformation may at times seem like a winding road. Use the crystal's pattern to remind you that with trust we always get to where we want to be.

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