It’s the New Year, and you know what that means..
Time for vision boards!
You may roll your eyes (or you may be excited!), but there is a rhyme and reason for the act of vision boards and new year intention setting as a whole.
The new year is a time for an energetic reset. You do not need to go crazy with the goal setting and visioning (unless you want to, that is). You can do a simple journal sesh and outline how you want to feel this year. Or things and experiences you want to bring into your world. You don’t need to complicate it.
Here are some vision boarding FAQs for you, and some alternatives if you just aren’t about that cut-and-paste, collage style, vision board life.
What Is A Vision Board?
A vision board is a tool used to help you visualize your goals and dreams. It can be made from any material, but most people make them from cork boards, poster boards, or foam boards. If you are of the tech preference variety, you can also make digital vision boards that you can set as your phone, computer, or tablet backgrounds.
On this vision board, you add pictures and totems that represent your goals and dreams for the upcoming year. This could be anything from inspiring words to the house of your dreams! Add colors that inspire you, visual representations of amounts of money you may want to make, or a picture of someone that reminds you of the type of friendships you are looking to manifest.
Why Make A Vision Board?
Vision boards are a great way to help you get motivated, stay inspired, and remind yourself of the goals you have for yourself.
Here are some reasons why making a vision board might be right for you:
They can help you focus on your goals. If you have a clear idea of what it is that you want to achieve, then making a vision board is the best way to make sure that your goals are supported by a positive environment.
They can help visualize what you want to achieve. Vision boards provide an extremely visual representation of what your life could look like if all goes according to plan, which makes them ideal for helping you visualize our dreams in different scenarios from those we're currently familiar with and thus helps us work toward them more effectively.. That's because visualizing something over and over again makes it seem more real than just thinking about it or writing about it does; once the image becomes concrete enough in your mind, you’ll start acting upon whatever steps need to be taken in order for you reach your final goal(s) — whether big picture or small detail related ones — because your subconscious mind will tell you "this thing has already happened" even though nothing has changed yet.
How Do I Use Crystals To Amplify My Vision Board?
Making a vision board is a great way to bring more focus to your goals, and you can add even more energy to it by adding intention-setting crystals.
Simply, you think of the intention or vibration that you would like to bring into 2023, and find the corresponding crystals to match that energy.
Then, you can add crystals to your vision board. Crystals are a great way to bring more focus and energy to your intention setting. If you have a crystal, pick it up in your hand and hold it for a few seconds before you begin creating the vision board. Then, add that crystal to the mix of images on your board. You can either actually affix a small piece of the crystal onto the board, print a picture of it, or simply lay it on the board for a few days to infuse it with its energy.
You can also create intention-setting exercises using crystals. Use crystals as part of the process while assembling the board: for example, holding a particular stone while envisioning what you want or writing down an affirmation on paper with particular stones nearby (see below). Then, create that part of the board with the specific intention in mind.
Crystals are a fun way to add energy and focus to your vision board. Many people like the idea of having their goals “charged” with energy through crystals and their specific look and vibrational profile.
What Are The Different Types Of Crystals I Can Use?
There are many different kinds of crystals available, each with its own unique properties. Because of this, it's important to know which crystals to use for your vision board.
Below are a few examples that you may want to consider.
💸Prosperity: Citrine, Pyrite, Aventurine
❤️🔥Love: Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Amazonite
🧘Calm: Amethyst, Jade, Apophyllite, Lepidolite
🏆Motivation: Carnelian, Calcite, Bloodstone
☀️Joy: Lapis Lazuli, Celestite, Dalmation Jasper
To read more about these crystals and their intentions while creating your vision board, check out my Crystals For New Years Intentions blog here.
How Do I Choose The Best Crystal For My Intention Setting?
When it comes to choosing crystals for intention-setting and goal-setting, you have a few options. You can choose crystals based on the energy of your intention, or you can use different kinds of crystals for each intention.
For example, if you're using crystals to help manifest something like a new job or new home, it might make sense to choose one crystal that's associated with the physical manifestation process (like amethyst) and another crystal that's associated with emotional well-being (like rose quartz).
Or perhaps you'd like to set an intention around getting over an emotional block that stands in the way of your dreams. In this case, chakra stones such as citrine or tiger eye could help support you by aligning your chakras and opening them up so they're able to receive more light than they've been receiving before—which makes it easier for all kinds of things—including dreams—to come into fruition!
Most importantly, listen to your intuition. Sometimes, a certain crystal just seems right. Don’t question it and lean into using whatever it is that your inner knowing is leading you to.
I Don't Like The Tradition Vision Board – Now What?
Good news! You don’t need to do it like everyone else. If you begrudgingly create something that is supposed to inspire you for the sake of doing it, it will most definitely not inspire you. You add your energy and vibration into all that you do, so make sure that you are doing things that uplift and inspire you.
Crystal Grids As Vision Boards
If you are more aligned with crystals in general, a crystal grid is an incredible alternative to a vision board. Think about it: instead of finding actual images and words to physically put on your board, you can choose crystals that correspond to those hopes and dreams and put them into an energetically charged geometric pattern to call them forward. It works the same way (and involves way less glue.. ;) )
How To Create A Crystal Grid
- Set Your Intentions
Think about the things you want to attract or embody with this grid and during the new year.
- Choose And Gather Your Crystals
Find the crystals that correspond with those intentions. Alternatively, you can intuitively choose the crystals that you feel called to use while setting your intentions. For a quick crystal guide, check out our Crystal Guide For Beginners here.
- Prep Your Sacred Space
If you already have an altar space, great. If not, find a spot clear of clutter and dust or wipe it down, clearing the space both physically and energetically before use.
- Place Your Stones
Choose a stone that will be the center of your grid; this is called the anchor stone. You can then start placing the other stones around it in patterns that feel right to you. You can also google different crystal grid patterns, and find one that resonates with you and your intentions.
Keep your goals and vibrational energy front of mind while placing these crystals, right until the last one is placed.
- Activate The Crystal Grid
Once complete, take a few moments to sit with your grid and charge it with your energy. Let yourself be connected to it, and feel its vibration. Express gratitude for the grid, and thank it for the blessings and lessons that it may send your way.
- Leave The Grid, Or Keep It Up
Once the process is done, you can leave it or take it down. It is up to you and the space or time you may have available on whether or not you keep the grid around. Do whatever works for you and your space.
Light Charged Crystal Jars
This is a new process that intrigued me; choosing crystals that correspond with your intentions and dreams and strategically charging them with light and water to activate their energy. Bonus: they look beautiful lined up on a windowsill!
Pick out five or six of the most important things you want to bring into your life right now. These might be things like relationships with family members or friends; starting a business; creating more calm; being intentional with your time, etc…
Find some empty glass jars and fill each jar halfway up with water
2. Set each crystal inside its own vessel **Make sure these are water-safe crystals! Not all crystals are able to be submerged, so please ensure you are using the correct ones
- Place all vessels onto an altar or windowsill (or somewhere else where they won't be disturbed often), making sure nothing obstructs them from receiving lots of natural sunlight
- Leave the crystals anywhere from overnight to a few days, letting the energy charge and settle into the stones.
You can then use these supercharged stones as talismans to remind you of what you want for the upcoming year.
Hopefully, you’re feeling inspired to take the next step toward creating your own vision board with crystals, crystal grids, or another energetic ritual while planning for 2023.
I know that setting goals can be an exciting, but difficult process. If you need any help along the way—whether it’s finding resources for creating your vision board or deciding which crystals might work best for your intentions—I’m here!
Let me know how your vision boarding is going over on Instagram @theauricfields.