~by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac.

Those born under the sign of the Tiger are said to be bold and adventurous and are bestowed with initiatives and charm. They are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love.  The Tiger person is unpredictable. They have a tendency to be risk takers, making them act before they think about the consequences.

These colorful personas are powerful, passionate, and daring. The Tiger also has a reputation for being sincere, affectionate, a really humanitarian, and very generous. They will trust their luck and assert their own charisma to achieve success.

However, they have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what they think is right; often seen as a “hothead” or rebel. They can be extremely short tempered, usually cannot make up their minds, and this can result in poor decision making.

Besides their assigned birthstones, each sign of the Chinese zodiac has additional crystals that are used to help balance and align their karmic energies. Crystals do this by their correlation with color, mineral composition, and metaphysical associations most often related to them.

Tigers should consider these crystals:

Tiger’s Eye: Used historically for bringing more luck into your life, this stone is recognized for attracting money, psychic protection, and courage. It’s the stone of confidence, willpower, and clear thinking.  This very versatile stone is best for the Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra.  Most people do not realize that the root of our intuition comes from our Solar Plexus. This “gut feeling” is what’s considered the root of our visions, while our Third Eye receives this insight. Tiger’s Eye works on our mental plane to amplifying thinking and manifests our vision upward.

Tiger Iron: Tiger Iron is the red version of Tiger’s Eye. This is a stone for empaths. Those people who have the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference is considered an empath. This stone is helpful with protecting the empath from other’s strong emotions or fears that are expressed.  Tiger Iron connects you to the Root Chakra. It strengthens your body’s force and energy, grounding and stabilizing your aura.

Black Tourmaline (Schrol): The keyword for this crystal is alignment. As a grounding stone, black tourmaline can be used whenever energy feels scattered and disconnected. It therefore, brings awareness back to a grounded state of mind. Tourmaline does not absorb negative energy. It repels it. It is the best crystal to use against the ill effects of low frequency and high frequency electromagnetic waves (EMF) and protects against smog, radiation, psychic attacks, and repels all kinds of negative energy. It grounds energy as it is connected to the Root Chakra.

Yellow Jasper: This stone has been used over the centuries at the Solar Plexus Chakra and represents fire, ego identity, and is oriented to self-definition. This stone was used, historically, to reduce travel sickness. Yellow is very good for getting in touch with your power and to build confidence.  The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of your will power and this yellow stone is considered a good projecting stone used to strengthen consciousness and courage.

Goldstone: Called the “stone of ambition and drive”, it is said to help attain one’s goals. Originally created when alchemists were working towards creating gold, this valid classification of stone has many properties of NATURAL glass, such as obsidian, with additives, such as copper.  This stone is gently uplifting and helpful to the Solar Plexus Chakra. Goldstone is also said to help one stay calm and stabilize the emotions. It can be used as an energy generator and can deflect unwanted energies, making it useful as a protection stone. It is also used for long distance healing and revitalizing one’s energy field. This makes it a great reiki stone, for it allows energy to flow by emanating from the sender’s hands.

In addition, each year is specific to an element and falls under the following categories:

Wood Tiger: Petrified Wood – This “stone” is most noted in helping us to investigate past-life experiences. It makes the user more aware of nature. It is a warm earthy stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging one’s survival instincts and is grounding. Petrified Wood is also believed to energize the Heart Chakra. At the “heart of the tree” is a seed that grows. This inner seed has had historical and ancient significance in relation to a tree’s heart.

Fire Tiger: Fire Agate – This stone has a strong connection to the energies of the earth and fire.  Excellent stone to use before meditating.  Induces a feeling of relaxation.  This fiery red stone helps you examine and deal with problems in a calm and safe manner.  It assists in taking  the edge off difficult experiences. Use this stone to represent the element of fire.

Earth Tiger: Kyanite – It is considered the “Earth Stone” due to its soothing earth tone colors, as well as its grounding and tranquil nature. The healing benefits depend on the color it comes in. Kyanite is used to answer questions, especially in imagery, such as in vision, dreams or written interpretations. It brings out our natural ability to manifest things into reality via thoughts and visualization.

Metal Tiger: Hematite – This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra. It encourages your survival instincts and helps ro center and balance our aura. Hematite condenses scattered feelings and turns a cloudy mind into mental clarity. Enhances concentration, memory, and practicality.

Water Tiger: Aquamarine – AKA the Mermaid Stone, aquamarine’s blue/green color has the calming, soothing energy of the sea. This is the stone of courage. Tranquilizing, uplifting, and inspiring innocence, this stone offers creativity, communication, and self-awareness. It conveys confidence and purpose. It’s historically used for protection on journeys, especially those who travel on water.

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