Crystals have been used for protection, healing, enhancing intuition, divination and connection to the Divine since the beginning of time.
One of the two most documented examples of this are the Priestly Breastplate as mentioned in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament and in the construction of the city wall of protection in the The Book of Revelations in the New Testament of the Bible.
So what crystals did they use in ancient times?
In the Priestly Breastplate, the crystals were arranged in four rows of 3 stones each. There is some debate as to exactly which stones were used although for most stones, the scholars have agreed on the modern translations.
The first row is generally considered to be associated with stones typically used for grounding and the root Chakra. They are generally believed to be Carnelian, Yellow Topaz and Onyx.
The second row of crystals starts with another red stone although the stone used is not agreed on by biblical scholars, Red Jasper is a likely candidate. The second stone has been identified as Lapis Lazuli which is associated with wisdom and intuition. The third stone is highly debated but is thought to either be Citrine or Diamond.
The third row starts with Amber which was prized for its electrical properties. The second stone is Obsidian which is is also known as Royal Agate. Obsidian is prized for its protective and healing properties. The third row is completed by Amethyst which is valued for its healing energy.
The fourth and final row starts off with either Crysolite or Yellow Topaz. Because of the nature of the original Hebrew text, the translation is up for interpretation. The second stone in the fourth row is thought to be what we now know as Cat’s Eye which is associated with wisdom and good fortune. The third and final stone in the Priestly Breastplate has been likely identified as Ruby. Ruby has historically been associated with royalty and is known to enhance self-confidence, balance emotions and protects against negative energies.
In the New Testament, the same crystals were the inspiration for constructing a protective wall around an ancient city with a few exceptions. Instead of Onyx, they used Red Onyx and Obsidian was exchanged for Sapphire. It is not clear as to why the protective crystals used in the wall were slightly different than what was used in the Breastplate but most scholars agree that it was due to availability in the region of the construction of the wall.
There are two other crystals used in ancient times called Urim and Thummim that were used for Divination. These two stones were stored inside the Priestly Breastplate. The names Urim and Thummim can be translated as Light and Truth. In ancient times, these two stones were used to decide the fates of entire nations! This has carried over into modern times and is even seen emblazoned on the Yale University Coat of Arms!
In ancient times, the use of crystals was thought to be reserved for royalty and the elite.
There are many other examples of Crystals used in the Bible and other ancient texts although you’ll rarely hear about them in church or in any discussion of religion.
In today’s world, we have much more access to both the stones themselves as well as the ancient knowledge of how to use them.
How can you use these crystals in modern times? You might get a few stares if you walk around wearing a breastplate made of crystals… Thankfully, we have modern equivalents!
Most people choose to wear their crystals in jewelry, such as healing bracelets, necklaces or earrings. Some people like to have key rings with crystals attached. Others prefer to just carry their favorite stones in their pockets. Do what feels right for you!
Knowing that the use of crystals have been well documented throughout history, it gives much more meaning when you choose crystals that the ancients themselves used. Although some of the stones have not been agreed on, the general color & density has been established so the healing properties of the stones would be similar.