Heal, relax and protect your energy field with this magical crystal
Any healer will tell you that a crystal collection isn’t complete without a trusty Tiger’s Eye. But what is it about this golden-brown stone that makes it such a great go-to gem? Well, not only does it contain a bounty of healing power ready for you to soak up, it’s also one of only a handful of stones with chatoyancy, which means it exhibits a magical glow of light, similar to a cat’s eye. This unusual property makes the crystal a fabulous amulet, and it has been used as one for centuries all across the world.
In Eastern mythology, Tiger’s Eye was associated with, unsurprisingly, the tiger, and the crystal is said to transfer the qualities of the big cat (strength, patience and determination) to whomever carries it.
Pieces of the gem have also been found carved into figurines of Ancient Egyptian deities, as it was believed that tiger’s eye could channel divine vision, and high priestesses used it as a tool to scry for future events. What’s more, the Romans carried it as a talisman to safeguard against their enemies and for bravery when going into battle – so it’s safe to say a piece of this fiery crystal will come in handy when you’ve a hectic Monday morning to get through!
When life gets busy and you’re feeling frazzled, your vibration can become very heady – cue anxiety and mental burnout. To keep you on an even keel, hold a piece of Tiger’s Eye to your ajna chakra (in between your eyebrows) while focusing on your breath. After a couple of minutes, the gem’s calming properties will help you to re-focus and feel centred.
It’s not just your mind and body’s energy the golden stone can affect; according to feng shui practitioners, it is an excellent choice to neutralise the atmosphere in a chaotic household. Try placing a piece near your front door, and every time you walk past, allow its grounding energy to wash over you. If you and a loved one have argued, move the crystal to the room the disturbance took place and leave it to help harmonise the vibes. This is said to help extinguish any bad feelings left lingering.
Much like the nazar (evil eye) amulet, the gem is thought to protect against negativity and misfortune. So if you’ve had a run of bad luck, treat yourself to some Tiger’s Eye jewellery and it could help turn things around.
Traditionally, the crystal is thought to be a lucky charm when travelling, so it makes a thoughtful token for a friend who is going on a long-haul trip. Equally, purchasing a Tiger’s Eye for yourself during times of change will allow you to channel its protective energy so you can breeze through transitional events such as moving house or starting a new job.
Is someone being particularly prickly towards you? Tiger’s Eye can help! It works by repelling negativity and guarding against psychic vampires.
On waking, rub a piece between your fingers whilst imagining a circle of white light engulfing your body and merging with your aura. Next, picture the person in question, send them loving intentions and say, ‘May you know joy, may you know peace, may you be free from sadness’. After practising this for a few weeks, take note of how different your interactions are – Tiger’s Eye has a powerful way of reconciling even the most strained of relationships!
As its golden tone might suggest, Tiger’s Eye is said to bring abundance and wealth your way. To activate its money-giving qualities, hold a piece towards a full moon and ask the Universe to bless you with good fortune. Leave the gem to sit in the moonlight all night, then keep it in your purse and watch your pennies multiply. You can also use the crystal when spell-casting for prosperity: place five small pieces around a green candle. Light the wick and gaze into the flame while visualising your dreams, goals and future successes. Taking a stone with you on your next shopping trip, or when you need to make a financial choice, will encourage patience and halt impulsive buying (do you really need another tarot deck?), as Tiger’s Eye is said to lead to better decision-making, and a much happier bank manager!
Did you know?
If you’re a fan of this golden-coloured stone you can add two rarer varieties to your collection: the hawk’s eye, which is a beautiful blue and a red variety named dragon’s eye!