Duality & Wholeness – Magic of Receptive and Projective Gemstones

by Lara Gems August 30, 2019 2 Comments

Rutilated Quartz and Labradorite – Sun and Moon dialectic

Duality is embedded in the fabric of our universe at the archetypal level. In astrology it is represented by the symbolism of the Sun and the Moon. Chinese philosophy refers to it as the Yin and Yang concept of dualism. These two energies are everywhere in the universe – from our planets to our bodies and everything in between:

Push and pull, male and female, day and night, hot and cold, gold and silver, action and retention…

Projective and penetrating energy of the Sun vs receptive reflectivity and nurturing power of the Moon. Each of us have both receptive and projective energies regardless of the gender we belong to. Yes, we need them in different proportions at different times or areas of our lives, but we need both of them in order to feel whole. So they better act in harmony.

If these forces become unbalanced within our own energy it may negatively affect our mental and physical well-being and our ability to manifest what we want in our life – career, relationships, health, creativity, spirituality, you name it...

Sun and Moon principles Excessive Sun influence (not the physical sun) may lead to your inability to connect with people at a deeper level, anger, over reliance on facts and analysis, disconnection from intuition, high blood pressure and headaches.

On the opposite side, too much Moon in your energy may affect your ability to act with persistence and achieve desirable results (or any results generally); lack of genuine interests and depression, issues with immune and reproductive systems. It may feel like a person is not quite present, too dreamy and disoriented.

If you are aware of the energy you lack – projective Sun or receptive Moon – you can use forces of Nature to balance and harmonise your vibrations and facilitate desirable changes. And that’s where gemstones may really help activate disengaged parts of your personality. Let's see how we use crystal power in our daily life.

Sunflowers and the Moon

Projective and Receptive Gemstones

Gemstones belong to two basic groups defined by the nature of their energy. These are Projective (Sun) and Receptive (Moon) energies.

When you notice an imbalance of these forces in your own energy you may choose to wear or carry in your pocket the stone from the opposite type to activate the force you are lacking. Remember to actively connect with the energy of the gem: simply gazing at the stone for a few minutes and holding it in your hand can make a big difference.

Do you have too much Moon? Use Projective stones to activate your Sun and boost your will power.

Sun and Rutilated Quartz gemstone necklace by Gems In Style

Projective stones are associated with the energies of the Sun, Mars, Mercury, Uranus and the elements of Fire and Air. These gemstones help to boost your physical energy, confidence, courage and engage your conscious mind. They bring momentum to your action and help to overcome inertia.

Projective stones are perceived as dense and active and may have dark or bright colours (red, orange, yellow, gold) or be transparent and clear.

Projective Stones and Metals: Gold, Iron, Onyx, banded or brown Agate, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Clear Quartz and Rutilated Quartz, Dimond, Garnet, Hematite, Lava, Lapis Lazuli, Obsidian, Tiger Eye, red Tourmaline, Fluorite, Sunstone, Amber, Bloodstone and others.

Shop Gems In Style jewellery with Projective gemstones

Do you have too much Sun? Use Receptive stones to cultivate your Moon and access your intuition.

Moon and Pink Opal gemstone necklace by Gems In Style Jewellery

Receptive stones are associated with the energies of the Moon, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and the elements of Earth and Water. They are nurturing, soothing and calming; help to open up your heart and improve relationships or find love and self-acceptance. Receptive gems connect you with your intuition and inner truth, they facilitate rejuvenation and recovery after illness or surgery. They are your best guides on the spiritual journey as they talk directly to your subconscious mind and connect you to intuition.

Receptive gems exist in different colours: white, black, blue, green, purple, pink, silver, they can also be opalescent or translucent.

Receptive Stones and Metals: Silver, Copper, blue or green Agate, Amethyst, Labradorite, Larimar, Aquamarine, Azurite, pink, green and blue Calcite, Rose Quartz, Pink Opal, Chrysocolla, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Malachite, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Sapphire, Selenite, Turquoise, Tourmaline blue, green and pink, and others.

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Some stones can be difficult to classify, they may represent both receptive and projective energies in different proportions. A good example would be Lapis Lazuli.


The advice is always to use your own judgement. Your personal experience and relationship with a particular stone is what really matters.

Gemstone may often act as a ‘password’ that grants you access to what is already within you but needs to be re-engaged or activated to make you feel whole.

Gemstone Colour Guide - the Rainbow of Power.

Gemstone Colour Guide 

Lara Gems
Lara Gems


Gemstone Strategist and Founder of Gems In Style Jewellery

2 Responses

Lara Gems
Lara Gems

August 11, 2021

Hi Sonia.
Celestial Dialectics #2 (Mars-Venus – Iron-Copper) is still on my list to write. I will come one day. Sorry for the delay.


January 14, 2021

Hello are you ever gonna write the celestial dialectic #2?

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