Love. We associate so many things in our world with “love.” Diamonds, roses, chocolate, cupid, the color red and so much more. Did you ever stop and wonder why some things in life are associated with the emotion of love?
Because the season of the archer is approaching quickly, we here at Art of the Root wanted to learn more about stones & crystals and how they relate to our feelings. One stone that we adorn love-related candles with is rose quartz. A quick google search reveals the fact that rose quartz is known as the crystal of unconditional love. When we dig a little deeper, we learn that the aura surrounding rose quartz isn’t a New Age creation; it is a long-standing human belief.
The History of Rose Quartz
Let’s go back- way back, to the ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas. These books are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.1 Believed to have transitioned from oral tradition to writings somewhere around 1200 BCE to 900 BCE 2, it is from these ancient Sanskrit writings that the Chakras are first identified. The Vedas identify Chakras as a complex system of energies in your body all of which work together. Today the exact meaning and number of chakras varies among Indian religions, however, the heart chakra is common to all. And it is rose quartz that is associated with the opening and balancing of the heart chakra.
Humans’ use of rose quartz is not limited to Indian beliefs, rose quartz is associated with many ancient cultures going back to 7000 BCE. Below are some examples of humans' use of rose quarts throughout time:
Rose Quartz, beads were found in the area once known as Mesopotamia that date back to 7000 BC.
Rose Quartz jewelry was known to be crafted by the Assyrians during the time span of 800-600 BC, and it is believed that the Assyrians along with the Romans were first to use this stone.
Legend claims rose quartz was created when Adonis, lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares, god of war, in the form of a boar. When Aphrodite rushed to save him she caught herself on a briar bush, and their mingled blood stained the white quartz pink.
The Romans used it for making seals as a sign of ownership and considered it a strong healing stone.
Egyptians believed the pink stone prevented aging.3
How to use Rose Quartz
When we consider how rose quartz is used throughout history, we see that rose quartz not only promotes love to and from others, but this stone seems to promote love of self as well.
Because rose quartz is such a powerhouse crystal, we should all carry some in our mojo bag. Your rose quartz will be “on” all the time, as all times are good for love of another and or yourself. If you feel that your stones need to be charged - you can do this by leaving your rose quartz outside, overnight in the moonlight. I love thunder and lightning, so I leave my stones out during rainstorms. They get a good cleansing from the rainwater, and they are charged by the lightening effect upon the atmosphere. Maybe you just want to talk to your stones? Tell them in all different affirming ways that they are strong, love creating crystals.
We have a number of products that feature rose quartz. If you wish to boost your intentions, take a look at our Love Intention Candle.
1 Sanujit Ghose (2011). "Religious Developments in Ancient India" in World History Encyclopedia.
2 See: Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli; Moore, Charles A., eds. (1957), A Sourcebook in Indian
Philosophy (12th Princeton Paperback ed.), Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-01958-
3 All About Gemstones Gemology at Its Best – Rose Quartz Lore.