The Magic of Crystals & Gems is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the ancient wisdom and power of crystals—from birthstone magic to gem divination and jewelry spells. Covering the meanings and lore of hundreds of crystals, gems, and meteorites, this book also provides practical advice on how to put their magical properties to use in your daily life.
Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares the secrets of crystal balls, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism, and the connections between the stars in the sky, the gems of the earth, and the magical gifts of Mother Nature.
Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade on an interview will help you get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you won’t be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of practical secrets shared in The Magic of Crystals & Gems.
You will learn:
- Which crystals are right for you
- How to unlock the mystery of sacred stones
- Ways to improve your life by simply putting new crystals in your room
- And much more!
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About the Author
Forewordist Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He authored more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He is regarded as one of the world's greatest experts on Wicca as well as crystals, astrology and divination.
Witch Bree is a poet and medieval scholar as well as a practicing witch and astrologer. She leads retreats and wicca workshops throughout the U.S. and is author of The Good Spells series which sold over 80,000 copies. She lives in Colorado where she can be found spelunking for crystals to use in her magic.
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The Glories and Wonders of Gems, Crystals, and Stones
As a child, I loved the varied colors of rocks and crystals and asked for a rock tumbler for Christmas. Remember those? Soon, I was tumbling away and making some very low-budget jewelry for my sisters, my mother, and myself. Everyone raved about the shiny, smooth stones glued (rather sloppily, as I recall) onto crude bracelets, rings, and necklaces. A February baby, I felt pleased that my own birthstone, amethyst, was so readily available, and my sister Martha was a bit disappointed that I couldn't provide her with her April birthstone — diamond! My mother loved her peridot gifts and still wears a little leaf onto which I glued a tiny, polished peridot.
During my childhood, I also loved walking around in the woods. Pretty rocks with usual shapes or colorations would grab my eye, and I would come back home from my Thoreauesque wanderings with pockets filled. At the age of 11, I read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and then immediately dived into The Lord of the Rings. Now, Tolkien knew of the power of crystals and gems and has contributed greatly to their legend and lore. I remember reading enviously about the Dwarves' glittering caves and treasure troves. For me, it was no mystery that the One Ring was evil, because it was a plain band inscribed with the language of Mordor in Elvish script and with no stones at all, while the rings of the heroic Elrond, Gandalf, Galadriel, and Aragorn all featured beautiful stones. Stones and gems were good and had the power to help vanquish evil? Yep, this I could completely understand. Even in the lavish and terrifically entertaining film version of this epic trilogy, stones have a starring role. I think I especially enjoyed when Gandalf claps a big quartz crystal onto his own wizard's staff to light the way when he and the rest of the Fellowship enter into the Mines of Moria, a real den of iniquity as evidenced by the most unwholesome Balrog. Oh, and then there are the lovely and mysterious palantir, or seeing stones, which I can only guess are super-powered crystal balls. What delight — I love that millions and millions of people, quite literally, are being introduced to the supremacy of stones in this way. I must confess, as well, that when the line of The Lord of the Rings jewelry came out, I couldn't resist ordering a Elven Ring of power, with a lovely blue stone.
Growing up, I was very lucky. I had an Aunt Edith, my Uncle Edison's second wife, who mentored me. She took me under her wing and taught me many things. I make much mention of Aunt Edith in my Witch's Brew, Good Spells series and how I owe her for my small wisdom. She taught me about plants and their uses in cooking and healing. She taught me about trees and how to identify each one by bark and leaf. She taught me about the stars in the sky and the constellations, a perfect preparation for the astrology we delved into later on. And, thankfully, she taught me about rocks and gems and crystals.
She and Uncle Edison traveled a lot around the country; I remembered thinking they had a much more glamorous and adventurous life than we did. Now, I know that their children had grown and left home, and they simply had the luxury of time to drive around North America. But, drive they did, and everywhere they went they collected a rock, which they proudly displayed at their home. Naturally, Aunt Edith had a story about each rock. I remember some striated slate from Yellowstone and some granite from Devils Tower, but things really got interesting for me when they went to South Carolina and came back with some rather cloudy yet very green emeralds. I couldn't get over the fact that you could just dig in the earth or clamber up a mountain and crack off chunks of precious stones! To me, this rockhounding sounded too good to be true, and I was ready to hop in their station wagon and go on the road with them, hammer in hand, to prospect. Since I hadn't even made it to junior high school yet, I was not allowed to accompany my beloved Aunt Edith and Uncle Edison, but I knew we would have gotten along famously and come back with untold riches.
Aunt Edith mentored me in ways I only now appreciate. When I showed a special interest in something, she encouraged me to read and explore and study as much as I could. She immediately saw that I was crystal crazy, and she oh so patiently led me through the mysteries of rocks, crystals, and gems. From her, I learned that even the earliest humans made use of the unique properties of crystals. For example, amber, one of my absolute favorite gems, was probably the first stone used as ornamentation, when people of the Stone Age discovered rock-hard resin deposits. We have seen roughly rounded beads used for necklaces, belts, and pouches. Archeologists and anthropologists have found many sites in which precious amber was buried with the tools and remains of shamans, medicine men, and rulers. Since the beginning days of mankind, this stone has been thought to have healing properties, a belief that stays with us to this day. Frequently, various gems were made into powder and taken orally as medicine. Obsidian was another early stone used for decoration, as we can see from deposits dating back to the Neolithic Age. And, the first humans polished the shiny surface of jet and used it for mirrors to see not only the present but also the future.
But the Egyptians were perhaps the people most conscious of the power of crystals, using them even in the cornerstones of the Great Pyramids. They used gems as objects of protection, power, wisdom, and love for both the living and the dead. A very important part of their burial ritual made use of the proper stones lapis lazuli, obsidian, turquoise, quartz, and carnelian by placing them inside the burial chamber. Each stone had a specific purpose necessary for the fulfillment of the ritual; for example, carnelian had the power to transport the souls of the dead to the other side. People traveled far and wide throughout the ancient world to obtain these precious, pretty rocks.
The Power of Crystals and Gems
Where do gemstones get their power? They all have a crystalline structure that can collect, store, and release electromagnetic energy, similar to the way today's commonplace battery does.
Scientists and engineers have discovered through experimentation that a crystal will accumulate and concentrate the energy of any given energy field in close proximity. Further, they've discovered that if a crystal is squeezed, energy from within the crystal is released. Light can also be released during the compression of a crystal. While the expansion is infinitesimal, electrons are emitted and are then reabsorbed by the crystal, thus producing energy. Schoolchildren discover this by rubbing or heating crystals and feeling a marked static change. This is known as the piezoelectric effect. Anyone who doubts the power of this effect need only be told that it is one of the causes of earthquakes.
Quartz is the crystal most often used today in both scientific and spiritual realms. It is, perhaps, the most prevalent of all gemstones and can be found on every land mass on Earth. Common quartz was used in the world's first radio broadcasts and enabled the chips that propelled the computer revolution. It stands to reason that quartz was the first crystal to be synthesized by manufacture. Today, manmade crystals are in vast usage in our watches, computers, and other electronic devices.
Quartz is composed of silicon and oxygen, the same basic minerals that make up this planet. Silicon dioxide (SO2), the building block responsible for the geologic makeup of the earth, is also inside us, which may explain why there is a natural attraction between our bodies and crystals.
Tips 'n' Tricks: Dream Crystals
Thomas Edison carried quartz crystals with him at all times and called the stones his dream crystals. He believed they inspired his ideas and inventions. Literary legends George Sand and William Butler Yeats also relied on crystals to help spark their considerable creativity.
Data has also been gathered to show the effectiveness of quartz in certain healing techniques, such as chakra therapy, acupressure, and light-ray therapy, as we will discuss in depth later. But the simplest way to promote healing with crystal is to wear a stone.
Quartz can take the form of great hexagonal stones or of crystals so small that only a microscope can see them. Quartz can appear in clusters or singly. It can also appear in every hue of the rainbow. The gorgeous and varied hues of quartz come from electrostatic energy, which now can be altered through technology. I, however, prefer the simple beauty provided by Mother Nature herself.
Quartz is the largest of the crystal families, and we can be grateful for that since it is such a powerful healer. Moreover, it is an energy regulator for the human body, affecting the vibrations of the aura, or energy field that surrounds all living beings.
Defining Crystal Categories
First, let's explain the different categories: precious and semiprecious gems, crystals, and stones. We'll start with the widest category, stones, which actually encompasses all the other categories. Stones can hold much magic and bring the best to you. I'm always looking in my path for a pretty stone or one of an unusual shape or coloration. In fact, I have a mobile altar in my car that is frequently augmented by a charming chunk of rock. I always notice that my friends and passengers are unable to resist picking them up and rubbing the smooth surfaces admiringly. Maybe one day, I'll find a diamond in the rough in my path!
Stones have been of interest for many centuries. Primitive peoples probably picked up stones out of curiosity. Through trial and error, they discovered which rocks withstood the test of time and were more durable for use in tools. Doubtless, they also noticed that some stones could be polished to a lovely sheen.
Stones are primarily minerals that can be defined as natural, generally inorganic substances with a chemical composition and an internal atomic structure. So, a diamond, the most precious of all in the eyes of many rock hounds, is a stone and also a crystal with a very simple structure of one element — carbon. Quartz, a very commonly available and rarely expensive stone, is usually referred to as rock crystal and is composed of two elements — silicon and oxygen. Crystals are defined as such because of their internal diffracting patterns — that is, by the way they hold and reflect light. Rocks can be defined as natural, solid compounds of mineral grains, or glass, or a combination of both.
What is the difference between precious and semiprecious gems? The simple distinction between these two categories is that only the most rare and costly gems are classified as precious. Emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds fall into this foremost category. Those remaining gems, such as opal, amethyst, and bloodstone, are semiprecious. Gems are a special class of very valuable minerals rated according to their hardness, color, and luster. Gems are held so dear because of their quality; they are usually clearer, rarer, and exquisitely beautiful.
All of these "rules" date back thousands of years in some cases. There is great tradition surrounding the lore and love of gems, stones, and crystals. They are simply glorious. Think about it — not only are they lovely to look at and to adorn yourself with, but they also have properties that bring love, health, happiness, abundance, and peace of mind.
The Mystique of Minerals
Each gem, mineral, crystal, and stone discussed in this volume has its own unique properties. Look at it this way: We have a vast healing and life-enhancing trove of beautiful and sacred stones from which to choose, and each stone has its own inherent, divine qualities. Each one is unique for the energy it emits and how it interacts with our subtle energy field, or aura. In the same way that no two fingerprints or snowflakes are alike, each crystal is completely individual, never to be repeated again in nature. Man-made crystals are exactly alike, thus reducing their appeal and healing qualities, at least in my mind.
Crystals found in nature are imbued with special qualities from the minerals and rocks surrounding them. Geologists are fond of explaining the varying colors of crystals as chemical impurities, and while that may well be so, I prefer to liken the development of crystalline color to the making of a fine wine, wherein the soil and even the neighboring trees, plants, sun, and rain affect the grapes and the resulting nectar. So, gems have notes, like a perfume or a wine or even music. Truly gifted gemologists can distinguish these delicate differences, especially the vibratory sounds.
Making Magic with Crystals and Gems
Gems are powerful tools that can pave the way for a better life for you. There is a long history of the use of gems, stones, and crystals as amulets, symbols, charms, and jewelry in magic. These myriad stones can really enrich your life in so many ways. In the next chapter, you will learn how to make your own magical gem and crystal jewelry and how to charge the stones you already own with supernatural power.
Do you want to get a new job? Jade jewelry magic will do the trick! Need to get over a heartbreak? A chrysocolla heart-healing spell will soothe your soul. Are you an author suffering from the dreaded writer's block? A creativity crystal incantation is exactly what you need.
Gems and statues positioned in strategic places around your home can help accelerate the positive vibrations you are activating by practicing crystal and gem magic. Using what I call crystal feng shui, you can place a crystal or a geode or an appealingly shaped rock in the appropriate position of your home to facilitate change. For example, amethyst will promote healing and release any negative energy that is clinging. Clusters of citrine will activate vibrations of abundance and creativity.
So, if you want to bring more money into your home or office, place a big chunk of citrine on the left side of your desk, and the money will begin to flow! If you have a dark hallway that feels spooky or an area in your home or office in which the energy feels very static or low, place an obsidian ball there, perhaps in a pedestal, to absorb this negative energy. If you want to have your bedroom be a place of bliss and unconditional love, rose quartz will create this all-important atmosphere.
Crystal magic also involves color magic and spell craft, topics that are covered in depth herein. With crystal magic, you will learn to improve your life in ways large and small. You will discover the stones that are special to you and how to fully utilize these birthstones and karmic crystals. You will undertake the magical arts of crystal conjuring and spell casting with stones. You will be inducted into the practice of healing with crystals and how to achieve wellness every day. Finally, you will have at your fingertips the history, description, and instructions on how to use each and every gem and crystal.
Using gems and crystals in rituals, spells, and affirmations has been part of the human experience for millennia. By incorporating this practice into your life, you will create a flow of positive energy that will enable you to enhance your work, your family, your love, and every other part of your existence.
Yes, through the magic of gems, anything is possible. Again, welcome to this glittering and magical realm and begin a special journey under a sky where every star is a jewel you can wish upon!
Tips 'n' Tricks: Crystalline Catalyst
If you are reading this book, it is a good sign that you are wanting positive change in your life. Crystals and gems are powerful vehicles for creating advantageous new directions for you to try. Certain crystals are revolutionary rocks — they can bring fresh change into your life NOW.
Moonstone stimulates all the senses. Onyx helps with self-control. Peridot balances the physical energies. Sapphire is a motivator. Pink quartz helps overcome bad habits. Bloodstone rids emotional blockage. Alexandrite encourages love for life.CHAPTER 2
Gem and Jewelry Magic
Crystal magic is where we are at play in the fields of the gods and goddesses who have given us these unimaginably beautiful gifts. We can ornament ourselves with gems and can also direct the inherent energy contained in these stones through the basics of gem magic. In this section, you will discover precious minerals and metals and how you can begin to develop your skills as a gem magician. Your jewelry box can become a treasure chest filled with enchantments once you have begun. Your amethyst earrings can become intuition boosters that will help you advance at work. Your citrine necklace can awaken an inner knowing and help you access your Goddess-given intelligence more fully. Your grandmother's antique ruby ring can become a beacon for attracting love into your life. Shall we begin?(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
PART ONE | Working with Gemstones,
Chapter 1: The Glories and Wonders of Gems, Crystals, and Stones,
Chapter 2: Gem and Jewelry Magic,
Chapter 3: Birthstones and Astrogemology,
Chapter 4: Crystal Power,
Chapter 5: Crystal Conjuring and Stone Spells,
Chapter 6: Crystal Healing and Crystal Consciousness,
PART TWO | Your Ultimate Guide to Gems and Crystals,
Chapter 7: Gem Mythology,
Chapter 8: Gem and Crystal Descriptionary,