MAGICKAL PROPERTIES OF CRYSTALS AND STONES
CLEANSING YOUR STONES
MAGICKAL USES OF STONES AND CRYSTALS
RECEPTIVE AND PROJECTIVE STONES
(This lesson focuses on the magickal properties of stones, not the healing properties.)
Crystals, stones and metals have been used by humans for tens of thousands of years. They are used to make our homes and have been made into weapons or used to sharpen them. They also have been used as tools of magick and religious ritual and as talismans and offerings to the Gods. We may not notice them, but they are everywhere in our lives. It is not uncommon to find the even the most skeptical non-believer wearing a birthstone ring, the stone considered lucky for a person born during that month. Today, the natural energies of stones and crystals are being rediscovered by a whole new generation.
As tools of magick, stones lend us their energies and provide us with places to store our own energies. They are like natural batteries, storing within them the energies of the Earth. They come in a rainbow of colors from ice clear to solid, glossy black and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. They are a direct connection to the Earth that provides us with all we need for existence. They are found within the Earth, a true gift of the Goddess and God. Stones are used as talismans to protect from the unknown and are returned to the Earth to insure the fertility of the fields and the success of the crops. Stone magick covers all aspects of life: health, love, prosperity, spirituality, wisdom, just to name a few.
In conjunction with candle magick, stones add their energies and concentrate the purpose within themselves. Because of this, the stone used for a positive spell is retrieved and used as a talisman. For a negative or banishing spell, the stone is never touch and carefully returned to the earth far from your home.
Before a stone is used in a spell, the stone should be charged with the purpose of the spell. This is done by holding the stone in your projective (right) hand and letting the energy that is within you pour into the stone while visualizing the purpose.
Some say the best stones are the ones you gather yourself. For most of us, this is not very realistic, but if you can, try to find stones in stream beds or lake bottoms, maybe from a wooded path or even in your own back yard. Remember, when you do gather stones, ask the Earth first and then thank it for its sacrifice. Some witches perform a small ritual before they go on stone gather expeditions, making offerings to the Earth and praying for a good hunt.
CLEANSING YOUR STONES
Keep in mind that the stones you buy from whatever source (I found a wonderful selection at a Books-A-Million not too long ago), the stones need to be cleansed of any negativity or lingering psychic clutter. You have no idea how many people have handled the stones before you or how they were claimed from the Earth, but you can probably guess that the Earth was not asked or thanked for its sacrifice.
The stones can be cleansed using several methods. Set the stone in direct sunlight, preferable outside, and let the Sun's energies do the work. The stone should stay outside for anywhere from one day to a week, depending on how much other energy the stone's absorbed. The stone should be brought in every evening at dusk. Check the stone by placing it in your receptive hand (left). Does the stones natural energy vibrations feel normal? Once they do, the cleansing is finished.
If you happen to live near a stream or river or maybe on the ocean, you can use the running water to cleanse the stones as well. This is done by placing the stones in a mesh bag, tying them off somehow so as to not loose them and let the running water cleanse them overnight. If one night is not enough, leave it for another.
The Earth can also be used, although this method is much more time consuming. Take the stones and bury them in the earth. Remember to mark where the stones are buried! Leave them there for a week or two. Check them to see if they are cleansed. If not, rebury them and wait another week.
If none of these methods are possible, a small ritual can be performed using a bowl of fresh earth (North), a small basin of water (West), incense (East) and a red candle (South). Pass the stone through each of these elements while asking the element to aid in cleansing the stone of all negativity and unwanted energies.
Here is a chart of some magickal uses for stones and crystals. Bear in mind that as you experiment and work with stones over time, you will develop your own correspondences. This will get you started.
MAGICKAL USES OF STONES AND CRYSTALS
|Beauty||Amber, Cat's-eye, Jasper, Opal|
|Business Success||Bloodstone, Malachite, Green Tourmaline, Yellow Zircon|
|Courage||Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, Tiger's-eye, Turquoise|
|Divination||Azurite, Jet, Moonstone, Obsidian, Tiger's-eye|
|Dreams||Amethyst, Azurite, Flourite|
|Eloquence||Carnelian, Celestite, Sardonyx|
|Friendship||Chysoprase, Pink Tourmaline, Turquoise|
|Gardening||Agate, Jade, Malachite, Brown Zircon|
|God||Citrine, Malachite, Sunstone|
|Grounding||Hematite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Salt, Black Tourmaline|
|Happiness||Amethyst, Yellow Zircon|
|Healing||Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Cat's-eye, Coral, Diamond, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Topaz, Turquoise, Red Zircon|
|Longevity||Agate, Fossils, Jade, Petrified Wood|
|Love||Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Beryl, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Olivine, Pearl, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise|
|Luck||Amber, Apache Tear, Aventurine, Cross Stone, Jet, Olivine, Opal, Pearl, Sardonyx, Tiger's-eye, Turquoise|
|Magickal Power||Bloodstone, Quartz Crystal, Malachite, Opal, Ruby|
|Meditation||Geodes, Sapphires, Sodalite|
|Mental Powers||Aventurine, Emerald, Fluorite, Zircon|
|Money, Wealth, Prosperity||Aventurine, Bloodstone, Calcite, Cat's-eye, Coal, Emerald, Jade, Mother-of-Pearl, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Ruby, Salt, Sapphire, Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Green Tourmaline, Brown, Green or Red Zircon|
|Peace||Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Carnelian, Coral, Diamond, Lepidolite, Malachite, Obsidian, Sapphire, Sardonyx, Blue Tourmaline|
|Physical Energy||Beryl, Selenite, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Red Tourmaline, Red Zircon|
|Physical Strength||Agate, Amber, Beryl, Bloodstone, Diamond, Garnet|
|Protection||Agate, Amber, Apache Tear, Calcite, Cat's-eye, Citrine, Coral, Quartz Crystal, Diamond, Emerald, Flint, Fossils, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Lava, Malachite, Marble, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Obsidian, Onyx, Pearl, Peridot, Petrified Wood, Ruby, Salt, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Black Tourmaline, Red Tourmaline, Turquoise, Clear Zircon, Red Zircon|
|Sexual Energy||Carnelian, Sunstone, Yellow Zircon|
|Sleep||Moonstone, Peridot, Blue Tourmaline|
|Spirituality||Calcite, Diamond, Sugilite|
|Success||Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Marble|
|Travel||Chalcedony, Orange Zircon|
|Wisdom||Coral, Jade, Sodalite, Sugilite|
RECEPTIVE AND PROJECTIVE STONES
There are two basic energies that stones possess. They are either projective, or receptive. Projective stones tend to be strong, bright, forceful. Receptive stones are calm, inward, peaceful.
PROJECTIVE stones are masculine in nature and can be used in healing, protection, intellectual powers, luck, success, will power, courage, and for self-confidence.
Some projective stones are Black, Brown and Red Agate, Amber, Apache Tears, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Cat's-eye, Citrine, Cross Stone, Diamond, Garnet, Red Jasper, Lava, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Red Tourmaline, Zircon.
RECEPTIVE STONES are feminine in nature and can be used for soothing, love, wisdom, compassion, eloquence, sleep, dreams, friendship, growth, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, psychism, mysticism.
Some receptive stones are Blue Lace and Green Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Pink Calcite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Coal, Coral, Cross Stone, Quartz Crystal, Emerald, Fossils, Jade, Brown and Green Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Olivine, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Salt, Sapphire, Blue, Green and Pink Tourmaline, Turquoise.
Some people place four stones on the four corners of their altars to represent the four elements. Listed below are the four elements and some stone correspondences.
|Earth||Green Agate, Green Calcite, Cat's-eye, Chrysoprase, Coal, Emerald, Brown and Green Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Olivine, Peridot, Salt, Black and Green Tourmaline, Turquoise|
|Air||Aventurine, Mottled Jasper, Mica, Pumice|
|Fire||Banded, Black, Brown, Red Agate, Amber, Apache Tear, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Quartz Crystal, Diamond, Garnet, Hematite, Red Jasper, Lava, Obsidian, Onyx, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Red and Watermelon Tourmaline, Zircon|
|Water||Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue and Pink Calcite, Chrysocolla, Coral, Quartz Crystal, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Pearl, Sapphire, Selenite, Sodalite, Sugilite, Blue, Green, Pink Tourmaline|
There are many more exceptional web sites on the subject. I have to mention the book "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic," the definitive work on the subject. It's a must have for every magickal library.
1. If you work with stones, which ones seem to work for you and for what purpose. If you haven't used stones, which ones are you drawn to? How do/will you use them (talismans, candle magick, etc)?
2. Which stone(s) will you use in the spell being developed for this class. Why?
3. Begin a crystal/stone chart for your Book of Shadows . List stones that you use or are likely to use in spellwork. The categories you list will depend on the types of spells you cast (or will cast). I often work many spells for prosperity and for my job. One of my spell categories is "Business, Career." The stones I have listed here are bloodstone and malachite. Under the heading "Prosperity," I've listed aventurine, bloodstone, emerald, peridot, and tigereye. These work for me. YMMV.
4. Since this class is small, feel free to discuss stones you have used for healing. What works?