From to , these days swear by the transformative powers of crystals. While the trend may have picked up steam in the last few years, the practice of using crystals to enhance different facets of life has been around for quite some time.
"The connection between crystals and humans runs deep in our timeline, back to the days of ancient Egypt, China and Rome," says Heather Askinosie, a crystal expert, feng shui consultant and co-founder of the brand , who is launching their debut book "" in October.
"Many indigenous cultures from around the world had their own unique beliefs about the powers of crystals."
In the home, crystals can also function as more than pretty accents.
"Having a crystal in the home is about setting the mood for your space," Askinosie says. "Like any great piece of art, these earth-crafted sculptures have the ability make you feel."
Read on for her suggestions on the best crystals for your zodiac sign, and where to place them in your home.
"Even the fiercest Aries trailblazer can suffer from self-doubt. A stone can infuse you with confidence and encourage you to be assertive, but with calm measure instead of explosive fervor."
Try this: Place a piece of carnelian by your front door as a visual reminder that a dose of courage is never out of reach.
"As a cultivator, the Taurus’ steadfast resolve helps them to bring about peace and love in their life. To help you maintain all that you have accumulated, use the grounding energy of ."
Try this: Place a petrified wood plate in the kitchen to enrich the meals you create with heart-filled gratitude.
"Talkative, playful and always down to go with the flow, Gemini may exhibit a lot of personality types. The uniting energy of a can help to connect the many dimensions of faceted personality."
Try this: Place one on your coffee table to bring the balancing and grounding energy of nature into your space.
"Cancers can be nurturing, but when in need themselves, they tend to close off. can help you to come out of your shell and remind you to take time for yourself."
Try this: Place a red jasper stone in the bathroom next to your makeup or beauty products as a reminder to nurture and pamper yourself.
"Just as there is no challenge too great for the creative and regal Leo to master, there is no problem too small for a dramatic display. Using motivating will align your energy with the sun so that you can leave the drama behind."
Try this: Place a piece of pyrite on your desk to enhance your confidence and cooperation at work.
"Virgos enjoy providing for those in need. Elevate your humanitarian tendencies by connecting to the wisdom of nature with to bring you back to your most natural, giving essence."
Try this: Place it next to a houseplant or a vase of flowers to bring the energy of nature and life into your home.
"To enhance the Libra's natural diplomatic, peacemaking abilities, will help you communicate with wisdom and authenticity, and guide you toward solid decisions."
Try this: Place sodalite on the dining room table to create harmony within the home.
"Scorpios have big dreams and the magnetism to draw them into realities. Enlist the power of to not only attract abundance where you need it, but also to counter balance your natural intensity with a calm focus."
Try this: Place a citrine on your altar, office desk or kitchen windowsill to absorb and clear all that negative energy.
"For the adventurous Sagittarius, can help keep that wanderlust alive. This stone has a unique connection to Earth’s energy, and will ground you in your free-spirited intuition."
Try this: Place it on your bookshelf to bring out your adventurous side as you flip through travel books and magazines.
"Ambitious Capricorns don’t need anyone telling them to get to work. But in those moments when they feel their effort is in vain, or simply not producing effects as quickly as they’d hoped, soothing can ease their anxiety while stimulating an increase of energy within the body."
Try this: Place a piece of red garnet in your workout space or home office to fuel your energy.
"Aquarius-born visionaries always seem to have a silver lining solution to their problems. While that imagination often leads to innovation, it can also leave them with their head in the clouds. Bridge the gap between mind and body with an , which encourages inner strength and peace."
Try this: Place one in the bedroom to help harmonize thought and intuition, and allow for equal parts optimism and pragmatism when dreaming up new ideas.
"Pisces are healers, dreamers and mystics. They need a crystal with energy as soothing as their own. That’s why , a stone which radiates beautiful, calming vibes, is so ideal for the Pisces."
Try this: Place a piece in your bath water to align with your watery nature.