Stones and Crystals

Stones and Crystals
All stones and crystals should be cleansed and charged before use. This is usually achieved by placing the stone or crystal in pure running water, such as a stream, for anything between a few minutes to a few days. Some disciplines dictate that they should be cleansed with each of the four elements in turn, fire being very brief to prevent physical damage to the stone or crystal. The process of charging will depend upon your personal preferences, some people will use sunlight, others will uses moonlight. Both methods however, involve placing the stone or crystal in the chosen light source for a period of time. As a general rule of thumb, the denser the material is, the greater the amount of cleansing and charging time required.
Banded Agate – Used for protection, to restore energy within the body and relieve stress.
Black Agate – Used for protection, worn to enhance personal courage and aid success in competitional endeavours.
Black and White Agate – Used as an amulet to guard against physical dangers.
Blue Agate – Used as an amulet to promote peace and happiness. Can be used to de-stress yourself by holding in your hand.
Brown (tawny) Agate – Used as an amulet to aid success in virtually any undertaking, can also be used as a wealth talisman.
Green Agate – Used to promote healthy eyesight.
Moss Agate – Used as a talisman by gardeners to ensure “green fingers”. It is also used for the relief of aches and pains, especially neck ache.
Red Agate (Blood agate) – Used to promote calm and inner peace, it can also be used to heal the blood and guard against insect bites.
Amazonite – Used to attract money and bring good luck, hence the gambling connection. It is also widely used to heal emotional problems and to mend the aura.
Amber – Is neither a gemstone nor a crystal, but is fossilized resin of pine trees, as such it frequently contains insects, and is therefore seen as a giver of life energy. Amber also represents the Goddess or Great Mother, and is sometimes worn by Witches in a necklace of alternating amber and jet (representing the God) beads. It is used to enhance magickal ability and to ward off negativity, whether it is within your own spells or of those directed against you. Be wary of being fobbed off with imitation amber. Fake amber it is made of glass or plastic, true amber is warm to the touch, smells slightly of pear drops, and produces a sweet smelling smoke if you push a hot pin into it (plastic smells pungent and acidic).
Amethyst – Use to prevent insomnia and nightmares by sleeping with a piece of amethyst under your pillow. It is a reducer of stress, so it can be used to great effect in today’s pressured lifestyle. Use amethyst to calm fears, raise hopes, and enhance spirituality. Amethyst can also be used to enhance psychic abilities, and aid meditation.An all round gemstone that you should not be without.
Aquamarine – Used to purify the body before ritual, as a protective amulet when travelling over water, to sooth emotional problems, and to enhance the use of psychic powers.
Aventurine – Worn as an amulet to improve eyesight, increase perception, and to enhance intelligence. Gamblers also use it as a lucky talisman (keep your lottery ticket under a piece of aventurine!).
Azurite – Used to increase psychic powers. Place a piece beneath your pillow at night for revelational dreams! It is also useful as and aid during divination.
Bloodstone – Used in ancient times by soldiers to stem the flow of blood, this stone has blood-healing properties. It can also be used in spells associated with wealth and business/legal matters, and as a talisman to increase crop yield.
Orange Calcite – Used as a meditation focal point.
Pink Calcite – Used for centring and grounding, and for love rituals.
Blue Calcite – Used for purification.
Green Calcite – Used for financial prosperity.
Orange Calcite – Used to promote protective energy.
Carnelian – Worn to calm anger and aggression, also to give courage when speaking in public. It is used to help prevent others from reading your mind, to strengthen astral vision, and to increase sexual desires.
Chrysocolla – Used to sooth the emotions, and promote loving relationships.
Citrine – Used to prevent nightmares and promote quality sleep. It is also used to enhance psychic ability, and to increase self-esteem.
Fluorite – Used to increase the mental faculties, and as a strengthener to increase the power of other stones. It can also be used to promote inner peace whilst meditating.
Hematite – Is used to cure some diseases or problems. It makes your heart and soul calmed down, and provides you with balance in life. It helps people understand better certain perspectives and keeps you humbled and down to earth. You become practical when you have the stone, and it improves your mentality. It pushes you to meditate making you improve your relationship with family and friends. And most of all, it provides you satisfaction and inner happiness.
Iron Pyrite (Fools gold) – Used by crystal healers to help with addiction problems and lung/breathing complaints. This stone was used by Mexican Indians to produce magic mirrors.
Red Jasper – Used to return negative energy to the sender.
Green Jasper – Used as a health talisman, and to promote quality sleep.
Brown Jasper – Used for centring and grounding after magickal rituals.
Mottled Jasper – Used for protection against drowning.
Jet – Black fossilised wood, sometime called Witches’ amber. Used to absorb negative energies, to prevent nightmares, and to aid divination. Witches sometimes wear it in a necklace of alternating amber (representing the Goddess) and jet beads.
Lapis Lazuli – used with other stones when parts of the body need to be purified and cleansed and should be only used by a healer. Lapis Lazuli has high intensity and can open many of the chakra centers. This must be done only with love in the heart and comprehension in the mind and wisdom in soul.
Malachite – Used to increase your sending power during rituals.
Obsidian – Often cut into polished flat sheets for use as a scrying mirror.
Onyx – Be wary of having too much onyx in the house as it can reduce your sexual desires to a dangerously low level, thus preventing the natural release of emotional energies.
Quartz Rose Quartz – Used to unblock energy centres and aid the body’s natural healing process. It is also used in the tips to wands, as a scrying tool, and as representations of the God and Goddess on the altar. There however hundreds of other uses for this versatile crystal.
Blue Quartz – Used to promote peace and tranquillity.
Green Quartz – Used to increase wealth.
Rose Quartz – Used to open the heart chakra, and to promote peace and harmony.
Rutilated Quartz – Used to increase personal energy during rituals.
Smokey Quartz – Used for grounding, and to overcome depression.
Tourmalated Quartz – Used to aid astral projection if placed under the pillow at night.
Ruby – Can be used for scrying, attracting wealth, and promoting happiness.
Sodalite – Used to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure.
Sugilite – Used during meditation to increase spiritual awareness.
Tigers Eye – Used to increase self-confidence, and to counteract stress related problems.
Pink Tourmaline – To attract lovers and promote friendship.
Red Tourmaline – Used to increase personal energy during rituals, and to increase courage.
Green Tourmaline – Used to attract wealth and stimulate creativity.
Blue Tourmaline – Used to reduce stress.
Black Tourmaline – Used to absorb negativity.
Watermelon Tourmaline – Used to balance the energies within the body.
Tourmalated Quartz – Used to aid astral projection if placed under the pillow at night.
Howlite Turquoise – Used to relieve insomnia, balances calcium levels and strengthens teeth and bones.



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