Activation, courage, protection
Colour: Iridescent brown + gold stripes Born in: South Africa, Australia, Brazil Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus, Root Care: May be too intense for bedrooms
I’ve polled my crystal-loving pals and we all agree: Tiger’s Eye brings to mind the shag carpets, muted photo filters, and bellbottom jeans of a very specific era. This stone really rocks those retro ‘70s vibes, and not just because it was a popular gemstone. Tiger’s Eye holds a strongly ‘activating’ energy, similar to the spirit of that volatile decade of intense social change. This stone can feel uncomfortable to many people as it pokes tucked-away corners of psyches, bringing up itchy, unpleasant feelings and pushing boundaries. I recommend using Tiger’s Eye in combination with an energy-moving stone such as Amethyst, to help transmute the energetic ‘sludge’ this crystal can loosen up. Lay both crystals together on the chakra you would like to stimulate. Tiger’s Eye also has a long history of being used as a protection talisman. Although a favourite with children and men, Tiger’s Eye tends to inspire a love-hate relationship in many women. If you feel put off by its vibration, try seeking out a non-polished piece, as the energies of raw Tiger’s Eye feel more organic and approachable to many women.
Extracted from Crystals by Yulia van Doren ( published by Quadrille, RRP £ 9.99). Photography © Erika Raxworthy. hardiegrant.com