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NOTE: Information is from my notes and Scott Cunninghams
Improves natural vitality
and energy and increases confidence of the user. Believed to
benefit athletes or those taking examinations or anyone needing
bursts of energy be it mental or physical. Agate geode is the
potential psychic ability of the questioner in divination. If
divining with stones and this is drawn the individual must place
it on a mat. Placed up on display or down on its face. If placed
with the cut side up it means that the person is using their
own ability or aware enough to be developing it. If placed downwards
the questioner's nature is being blocked. Those who are aware
of fearing their own ability will sometimes consciously do this,
others may be depressed or recently ill or suffered a bereavement
impairing their abilities. Some roll the geode in their hands
before deciding which way to place it. That usually indicates
their abilities are just starting to be worked with or being
felt initially and the individual is unsure of themselves. Heed
not just the placement then, but how it is chosen when reading
for someone in this manner. (What stones are chosen tell you
what the person is drawn to and those rejected indicate what
they are avoiding when divining with gems.) Agates with fossils
are often quite dull in appearance, being brown with creamy-colored
fossils embedded in it, and if in a reading it is always a good
sign indicating increase in money for the questioner. The surrounding
stones will indicate the reason for that increase. If there
is a turritella agate nearby it is likely a change of job; the
Botswana agate could mean either a gift or winnings. Amethystine
agate, with gray and pink markings, indicates a move of home
and the reason for the advantage. Size can indicate how far
or near that move is time-wise. The larger the stone the sooner
the move. If placed near to a turritella it is possible that
a change of job will be the reason for the move. If it is iridescent
labradorite, it is likely the move will be to another country.
An elixir with Botswana agate is one for high-pressure oxygen
therapies, used to treat tumors, neurological and skin tissue
regeneration and lung damage. Elixirs of Carnelian agates to
treat anorexia nervosa. Fire agates for the endocrine system
and re-stimulation of memory cells. Moss agate eases lymphomas,
Hodgkin's disease, diabetes. It can also be used to ease allergies,
kidney and liver disorders. A happy and prosperous career, protection
against danger or those who would plot against you. Brings sympathy
to the wearer. (Source???)
Red or Blood Agate generally ruled by Mercury.
Deity: Aesculapius; Powers: strength,
courage, longevity, gardening, love, healing, protection.
Magical uses: Strength, bravery,
longevity, etc. Worn on the arm or carried while gardening,
the agate increases your plants' fertility and ensures a bountiful
crop or healthy flowers. Moss agate was thought to be the best
suited for this. Charged agates can be 'planted' in the garden
to promote abundance, and small agates hung on trees increase
their yield. In ancient Rome an agate worn in a ring on the
hand or bound to the left arm ensured the favor of the
vegetative deities, who would cause the Earth to be fruitful.
A stone often utilized in love spells, agate is also worn to
avoid envious thoughts and to remove spite; in other words,
to make a wearer amiable and agreeable. Spite has no place in
the search for love. It is also worn as a truth amulet, to ensure
that your words are pure, and also to ensure favors from powerful
persons. Agate jewelry is given to children to be worn as protective
amulets. Agate is thought to be particularly useful in preventing
children from falling and is also worn by adults to avoid stumbling.
An agate held in the mouth relieves thirst. It was once used
to reduce fevers by applying it to the forehead. Held in the
hand the agate calms and refreshes the body and helps it heal
minor health problems. Agates were popular talismans in the
Middle East to ensure the healthy state of the blood. In Britain
they were worn to guard against skin diseases. Triangular-shaped
agates were used in Syria to avert intestinal problems. In ceremonial
magic, agates were engraved with serpents or men riding on snakes.
Worn as an amulet this magical jewel prevented snake, scorpion
and insect bites and stings. The agate is sometimes used in
protective spells and rituals and was once thought to be a sovereign
guard against sorcery, demons and fiendish possession. In Asia,
agates were used much as quartz crystal is today. To ascertain
future trends the scryer gazed at the markings on the stone,
allowing the deep mind to project its psychic impulses to the
conscious mind. The numerous types of agate--vaguely distinguishable
by color or markings--are used in various types of magic. Though
any type of agate may be worn for the above uses, these particular
stones have traditional energies.
Banded Agate: Projective energy with
the Fire element. Protection, restores bodily energy and eases
Black Agate: Projective energy with
the Fire element. Protection, worn for courage and successful
competitions. Black and White Agate: Receptive energy with the
Earth element. Worn as an amulet to guard against physical dangers.
Blue Lace Agate: Receptive energy
with the Water element. Worn or carried for peace and happiness.
Held in hand to de-stress. Lay one on your desk or other work
station and gaze at it when in stressful situations. In the
home surrounded with flaming, light blue candles the psychic
atmosphere reduces household or family quarrels.
Brown or Tawny Agate: Projective
energy with the Fire element. Once worn by warriors for victory
in battle, it is used today for success in any undertaking.
It was prized in Italy and Persia as a guard against the evil
eye. Also a talisman for wealth.
Green Agate: Receptive energy of
the Earth element. Worn to improve the health of the eyes. In
the past, a woman who drank the water a green agate ring was
washed in was magically guarded against sterility.
Moss Agate: Receptive energy of the
Earth element. Due to its curious markings, which suggest moss
or trees, it is especially a gardener's talisman. It is worn
to relieve a stiff neck, to lend energy to the depleted, and
for healing. Used in spells involving riches, happiness, and
a long life. Wear it to make new friends and discover 'treasure'.
Red Agate: Projective energy of
the Fire element. Also known as 'Blood Agate,' it was worn in
ancient Rome to guard against insect bites, heal the blood,
and to promote calm and peace.
Has an impact on the nervous
system, spleen and pancreas. Central nervous system diseases,
leukemia, lymph and spleen-associated diseases are alleviated.
Low self-esteem and difficulty in centering the self are important
clues to the need for this elixir. A form of beryl called chrysoberyl.
It changes color, sometimes blue, or amethyst or green, so in
turn it symbolizes the combined qualities and virtues of the
sapphire, the amethyst, and the emerald. (Source???)
Powers of luck and love, this
stone is rare and expensive. When worn, alexandrite draws luck
and good fortune and is also used in love spells.
The activities of the heart
and solar plexus chakras are aligned, which also aligns the
etheric mental bodies. This elixir has important ethereal properties.
Used to help soothe the nervous system and give some relief
to emotional disturbances.
Scott Cunningham: Folk name: Amazon
Stone; Receptive, Uranus, Earth, Gambling, Success
bluish green feldspar is worn by gamblers to attract money luck.
It is also used by anyone taking a chance to ensure success.
Scott Cunningham: Projective,
Sun, Fire, Protection Magical Uses: Wear a small piece of antimony
to guard against negative vibrations. This white metal can also
be worn or carried for protection. Bits added to combinations
of protective stones strengthens their powers.
Scott Cunningham: Projective,
Saturn, Fire, Protection and Luck.
The Apache Tear, a globule of translucent
obsidian, is carried as a good-luck charm. It is also used for
protective purposes as well as all those ascribed to obsidian.
An elixir is used to reduce
fear and anxiety and the inability to express oneself. Excellent
for all throat and upper chest conditions. Used for problems
with the eyes, liver, throat and stomach. Reputed to promote
clear and logical thinking, carried as a good luck charm by
those taking examinations or interviewing for jobs. Worn by
those who are unhappy. It symbolizes hope.
Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Moon,
Water, Psychism, Peace, Courage, Purification.
Ritual Lore: The aquamarine is the
stone of the sea-goddesses of past times. Beads of aquamarine
were found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits.
Magical Uses: A semiprecious variety
of beryl, it is a pale blue-green color and so has long been
associated with the sea and the element of Water. Sea Witches
cleanse the stone in ocean water at night by the light of the
Full Moon. To do the same far from the coast, fill a blue vessel
with water, add sea salt and let the stone sit in this mixture
overnight. In magic this beautiful stone is worn or carried
to enhance the utilization of psychic powers. Holding a crystal
of the stone, or wearing a faceted aquamarine around the neck
reduces our conscious mind's hold on the psychic mind and allows
the ever-present psychic impulses to be heard and to enter our
consciousness. Because the aquamarine is a cleansing and purification
stone, it can be worn or rubbed on the body as a part of purification
prior to magical acts. A large crystal can also be worn or placed
in the bathtub during cleansing dips. A gentle cleansing tincture
can be made by placing an aquamarine in a glass of fresh water.
Let this sit in full moonlight, outdoors if possible, for three
hours. retrieve the stone and drink the liquid for purification
and heightened psychic awareness. It is used much like amethyst
in soothing and calming emotional problems. A stone of peace,
joy and happiness, especially in relationships. Exchanged by
mates help smooth the path of their interactions, and is a most
magically appropriate gift for a bridegroom to give his bride
on the day of their nuptials. Worn or carried as a protective
amulet while sailing or flying over water. When packing for
a trip on water, whether a river cruise or a journey across
the Pacific Ocean, tuck an aquamarine in your suitcase to guard
against storms. Fishermen and sailors have long made it their
special amulet against danger. Also worn to relieve the pain
of toothache and to cure illness of the stomach, throat and
jaw. As a charm worn to ensure good health, to halt fear so
as to strengthen the courage hiding behind it, and for alertness
of the mind.
Projective, Mars, Fire,
Ritual Lore: Viewed as a magical
stone since it can be continuously burned without being consumed.
it was used to make wicks for the perpetual fires in ancient
Magical Uses: Nothing more than
a mass of flexible, perfect prismatic crystals, usually a variety
of serpentine or crocidolite. When associated with quartz and
polished, it is known as tigers-eye. The irresponsible use of
asbestos in manufacturing and housing has caused countless illnesses
today. In the past, however, long before it was misused, asbestos
was worn for protection against negative magic and the evil
eye, which was thought to be a form of intentional or nonintentional
An elixir of beryl is applicable
to the intestinal tract and the cardiovascular system. It is
also used to treat hardening of the arteries. The over-analytical
or hypercritical person could benefit from this. The chief benefit
is that it brings relief to those who suffer complaints of the
throat and liver. Promotes love, especially between man and
woman. The person who wears it is given the power to attract
the affections of the opposite sex.
Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Moon,
Water, Poseidon, Neptune, Tiamat, Mara. Associated herbs: Seaweed
(any type). Psychism, Healing, Love, Energy, Anti-gossip.
Ritual Lore: 5th C Ireland, scryers
with beryl spheres were known as speculrii. Dr. Dee's famous
crystal, now housed in the British Museum, was of beryl, not
clear quartz crystal as is often imagined. Ancient peoples used
beryl in rituals to bring rain.
Magical Uses: Related to the sea,
worn while on the water for protection against storms. Guards
wearer against drowning and seasickness. Worn to prevent fascination,
or psychic manipulation/persuasion such as evangelism, salespersons
and politicians. To be unconquerable by assuaging fear, increasing
optimism and happiness. 16th C magicians claimed if worn one
could win debates and arguments while being well-mannered and
amiable; and to gain understanding. Long used to increase psychic
awareness and called the stone of the Seer. Sperese of it were
at one time considered to be superior to quartz crystal. It
was also carved into flat, round mirrors for scrying purposes.
These, like the spheres, were sometimes held in white cloth
and gazed at while the conscious mind drowsed. According to
the ancients this scrying should be done only during the waxing
Moon for the most potent results. Because of its associations
with lunar energy it can be worn or placed on the altar during
Full Moon rituals. Exchanged between lovers to strengthen their
relationship, carried or worn to attract love. Used to send
energy to the body as well as to halt gossip. During study it
can be worn to increase your conscious mind's retention of information.
In the 13th C an image of a frog was engraved on beryl and the
stone carried to reconcile enemies and to attract friendship,
For healing purposes it was considered to be excellent for relieving
liver ailments, swollen glands and diseases of the eyes. If
you feel lazy, hold or wear it and let its structured low vibrations
This in an elixir assists
with the improvement in condition of the bone marrow, spleen,
heart, testicles, ovaries, cervix and uterus. It also generates
a higher state of spiritual consciousness. Believed to help
overcome depression and melancholia--especially if worn by the
sufferer. Said to help those who suffer from psychosomatic illnesses
and pains which have an emotional rather than a physical cause.
Scott Cunningham: Folk
names: Heliotrope, Hematite (which is a different stone); Projective,
Mars, Fire, Herb: Heliotrope (Heliotropum europaeum).
Powers: Halting bleeding, Healing,
Victory, Courage, Wealth, Strength, Power, Legal Matters, Business,
Ritual Lore: A green chalcedony flecked
with red spots, has been used in magic for at least 3,000 yrs.
In ancient Babylon the stone was carried to overcome enemies
and was used in ancient Egypt to open doors, break bonds and
even cause stone walls to fall. Most famous to halt bleeding,
frequently carried by soldiers to avoid wounds or use as magical
first aid. Pressed on wounds to stop bleeding, though that was
considered pure magic, the effect was likely the pressure and
cool temperature of the stone. Still worn today for healthy
blood and blood-related diseases. Held to the nose is said to
'lock' it or stop nosebleeds. Also worn to cure fevers and as
a general health-giving talisman.
Magical uses: Popular with athletes
due to association with blood. Worn to increase strength physically,
to win competitions, and lengthen life span. Lends courage,
calms fear, and eliminates anger. Used in spells for victory
in court and legal matters. Green coloring relates it to wealth,
money and business spells. Kept in the cash register to draw
money. Carried in pocket or purse, worn, also attracts wealth.
Food was money in the Middle Ages and farmers used it as a talisman
during planting to increase the yield of crops. Women hung it
on the arm to prevent miscarriage, later on the thigh for easing
childbirth. Smeared with fresh heliotrope flowers and worn or
carried for invisibility. Said to dazzle the eyes of the bearer's
beholders. Used magically when you wish not to attract attention
to yourself. In the 13th C they were engraved with a bat as
a talisman, worn by magicians to increase the effectiveness
of their spells and magical rites.
Projective, Sun, fire,
Protection, Peace, Eloquence, Healing, Courage, Sexual Energy.
Magical Uses: Carnelian, a red from
of chalcedony, was worn on the hand in ancient Egypt to still
anger, jealousy, envy and hatred. It is still used to promote
peace and harmony and to dispel depression. Worn by the shy
and timid to bolster their courage, it is an excellent stone
to wear or carry for public speaking, one of the most common
fears in today's world. The carnelian strengthens the voice,
provides self-confidence and confers eloquence on the speaker.
It is usually worn on the neck or in a ring for these purposes.
Used to counteract doubt and negative thoughts, it can be utilized
in spells relating to these problems. It also confers patience.
Carried to guard against others who try to read your thoughts.
In Renaissance magic it was engraved with a sword, or an image
of a warrior. Then, the amulet was placed in the home to guard
it from lightning and storms, and carried as a protectant against
enchantments. Worn to prevent skin diseases, insanity, nosebleeds
and all blood diseases, and a general health inducer. It strengthens
astral vision and is worn to bed to halt nightmares. Also worn
to stimulate sexual impulses. The carnelian has the reputation
of staunching the flow of blood from an open wound. If worn
in a pouch around the neck by a woman during menstrual periods,
it is said to help ease stomach cramps. It can be used instead
of the traditional remedy of a key placed against the back of
the neck of a person who is suffering from a nosebleed.
It is claimed that the
cats eye will be of great benefit to those who suffer
from acne, eczema and other eruptions of the skin. It also has
the reputation of being a 'good luck charm' and bringing good
fortune to the wearer -- but whether this has any basis in fact
*Scott Cunningham: Projective, Venus,
Earth, Wealth, Beauty, Gambling, Protection, Healing.
Magical Uses: Cat's-eye is a name
applied to several different stones, usually a quartz containing
olive-green asbestos. The ancient Asian Cat's-eye, however,
was a form of chrysoberyl. This stone, which exhibits a moving
luminous opalescence, is a beauty aid. It is worn or carried
to increase beauty and to preserve
youthfulness. A beauty tincture can be made by filling a green
glass jar with fresh spring water, adding a cat's-eye, and leaving
this in the Sun for 3-6 hours. Afterward, remove the stone.
Wash your face with the water every day until it's gone and
wear the stone. Cat's-eye is also used in wealth and money spells.
Possession of the stone guards the owner's wealth and will increase
it as long as the stone is retained. It is often kept with money
for this purpose. Not only does the stone prevent financial
ruin, it will also restore wealth lost prior to ownership of
the stone. Cat's-eye brings riches and is an excellent talisman
for gamblers. Cat's-eye set in a silver ring can be worn for
mental health, protection, insight and luck. The stone dispels
depression, gives pleasure, and should be worn during financial
speculation. Because of its eye-like appearance, this stone
is worn to help with diseases of the eyes. The Assyrians believed
the cat's-eye caused invisibility, probably because of the stone's
This stone is said to reduce
irritability in the wearer and to increase feelings of peace
and goodwill towards others. Stimulates bone marrow and increases
the production of red corpuscles.
Scott Cunningham: Receptive,
Moon, Water, Peace, Anti-nightmare, Travel, Protection, Lactation,
Magical Uses: Chalsedony, in common
with many other stones, banishes fear, hysteria, depression,
mental illness and sadness. It promotes calm and peaceful feelings
when worn or held in the hand. In the 16th C it was prescribed
by magicians to dissolve illusions and fantasies. For this purpose
it was pierced and hung around the neck. Worn to bed or placed
beneath the pillow, it drives away nightmares, night visions,
and fear of the dark. As a protective stone it guards its bearer
during times of political revolution and while traveling. It
is used to ward off psychic attack and negative magic. It prevents
accidents if worn. In Renaissance magic it was engraved with
the figure of a man with his right hand upraised. This was worn
for success in lawsuits as well as for health and safety. The
stone is used for beauty, strength, energy, and success in all
undertakings. In Italy, mothers wear beads of white chalcedony
to increase lactation. An arrowhead carved of this stone is
worn or carried for luck.
Red coral is reputed to
be of benefit in the treatment of liver disorders, constipation,
eczema and other skin troubles. It is said to cleanse the entire
system and strengthen mental faculties. Preservation from misfortune
and illness. It wards off fear and temptation to violence. It
imbues with reason and wisdom. White coral adds modesty; black
coral, fortitude and perseverance. Coral is said to promote
general physical and mental well-being and to be of particular
assistance to those suffering from anemia. In many parts of
the world it is believed that the coral can be used to ward
off evil thoughts sent by ill-wishers -- and indeed there are
areas where it is still used in this way.
*Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Venus,
Water, Akasha, Isis, Venus, The Great Mother, Silver, Copper.
Powers: Healing, regulating menstruation, agriculture, protection,
peace, and wisdom.
Ritual Lore: Coral has played an
important role in the religious and magical rites throughout
the Pacific Islands. It is often placed on graves to guard the
deceased, and temples were sometimes built of lava rocks and
coral. In the Mediterranean, coral was thought, like amber,
to contain the "life essence" of the Mother Goddess,
who dwelled in the ocean in a "tree" of coral. There
is a Hindu belief that the ocean is the home of human souls
after death, and so coral is considered a powerful amulet for
the living. I tis also placed on the body of the deceased to
prevent 'evil spirits' from occupying it. In ancient Norse mythology
coral is again linked with deity. Because coral is neither a
stone nor a plant substance, but the skeletal remains of a sea
creature, many people object to is use in magic. We've gone
beyond the time when we have to sacrifice living things (in
this sense, coral) to practice magic. However, I don't see how
picking up a piece of coral that washed up on the beach in Florida,
Hawaii or Italy harms anything. The commercial harvesting of
living coral is another matter. It is up to you to decide if
you wish to utilize commercial coral in magic.
Magical Uses: On a warm, balmy day
in Hawaii I walked along a deserted beach. The aquamarine waters
glistened and gently lapped at the gritty coral sand. then to
my surprise and delight, a small piece of white coral washed
up almost to my feet. A water-worn hole pierced the coral. I
said my thanks and picked it up, recognizing it as a magical
object. In ancient times red coral was a gift from the deities.
It was found on beaches throughout the world, but most often
in Italy. To be powerful in magic, ancient people used coral
which hadn't been worked by human hands; that is, it wasn't
polished, ground, cut or carved. Because coral was thought to
be alive (as it once was), people believed that any processing
done to it would "kill" the magical energies within
it. This isn't absolutely true today, but one belief is still
current--if a piece of coral is used in magic breaks for any
reason, it has lost its power and a new piece must be obtained.
Return the broken pieces to the ocean. Coral comes from two
Greek words meaning "daughter of the sea." Italian
women used to wear it near the groin to regulate the menstrual
flow, recognizing the link between coral, the sea, the Moon
and their cycles. The coral, usually red, was believed to grow
pale during the flow, then grow brighter afterward. It could
have been used to predict their periods. Coral used for these
purposes was carefully hidden from the eyes of men, for, if
seen by them, it lost all its magic power. Coral is still used
in magic today. When worn so as to be plainly visible it is
a protective amulet. It is used against "the evil eye,
demons, furies, succubi, incubi and phantasma" among other
ills. It guards against accidents, acts of violence, poison,
theft, possession and sterility, the last especially in women.
Coral is also worn to effect inner changes. It dispels foolishness,
nervousness, fear, depression, murderous thoughts, panic and
nightmares. It confers reason, prudence, courage and wisdom
upon its bearer. Placed beneath the pillow it produces peaceful
sleep by driving away disturbing dreams. Coral has been used
in magic relating to children for thousands of years. If presented
as a gift to a child, it ensures their future health. Infants
wear a coral pendant or beads to ease the pain of cutting teeth.
It was also used in rattles to guard children. Place a piece
of coral in a child's room to magically protect him or her.
A special use of coral was popular in ancient Egypt and Greece.
Powdered coral was mixed with seed and sown or scattered over
newly planted fields. This protected the growing crops from
inclement weather and insects. Coral was also hung on fruit
trees to increase their yield.
In healing, red coral was used to
cure indigestion, all pains in the digestive tract, eye complaints
and to staunch blood. Also, red coral when worn had the power
to alert its wearer of ill health by paling in color. Coral
is used as a house luck-attractant. Take a piece of coral and
touch it to every door, window and wall in the house while moving
in a clockwise direction. Then put it in a place of prominence
and let it do its magic. It also has associations with love.
Coral earrings were worn by women in ancient Rome to attract
men. Powdered coral was used in 16th C Venusian incenses, and
red or pink candles ringed with pieces of coral are burned to
draw love. Because of its associations with the sea, coral is
also worn as a protectant while sailing or traveling over water,
and guards boats against shipwreck. It is also sometimes worn
as protection against shark attack.
CROSS STONES/FAIRY CROSS
*Scott Cunningham: Folk names: Cross Stones, Fairy Crosses Projective,
Receptive, Elemental Magic, Elemental Power, Luck
Ritual Lore: When a friend of mine
returned from 6 mo. in northern California, she brought with
her, among many other wonders, a piece of cross stone. Though
she called it "fairy cross" (or fairy crosses), I
recognized it as a cross stone. Shamans often include a piece
of this stone in their medicine or power bags, and it is a favorite
item to exchange with others during "giveaways."
Magical Uses: The cross stone, apparently
a form of andalusite, is found in coarse crystals. When these
are broken open or sliced, they display a symmetrical cross
pattern of alternating light and dark colors. Because of its
shape, the cross stone is worn or carried by those practicing
elemental magic or by those wishing to balance the four elements
within themselves. It is carried, worn, or placed on the altar
for power during magical rituals of all kinds. As with all stones
exhibiting unusual shapes or patterns, it is carried for luck.
Receptive, Venus, Neptune,
Water, Compassion, Eloquence, Healing.
Magical Uses: Worn or carried to
create eloquence and to promote compassion for the Earth and
our fellow creatures. It is also used to relieve headaches and
tension in the body, for it removes stress from the physical
Mystery surrounds the chrysocolla,
reputed to have been used as a healing stone by the priesthood
of ancient civilizations. No record exists of the way in which
the stone was used or of the reason for its reputation as one
of the most efficacious of the healing stones. Strengthens the
lungs, thyroid and coccyx. Eases stress and hypertension and
balances emotions. Use this elixir when practicing breathing
exercises for more control. It also amplifies the throat chakra.
*Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Venus,
Water, Peace, Wisdom, Love.
Magical Uses: Chrysocolla was once
held in the hand to drive off unreasonable fear and illusions.
It is a stone of peace and soothes the emotions. When worn,
the stone grants the power of discretion and increased wisdom.
It's a green stone, worn or utilized in spells to attract love.
Receptive, Venus, Earth,
Vesta, Happiness, Luck, Success, Friendship, Protection, healing,
Magical Uses: An apple-green form
of chalcedony, it is worn to lift the emotions and to banish
greed, envy, selfishness, tension and stress. It is a cheering
stone when worn, and is also used to prevent nightmares. A lucky
stone, it is worn for eloquence, success in new undertakings
and to attract friends. As a magical amulet of protection, in
the 13th C, the stone was engraved with the image of a bull
and worn. Today it is utilized as a general shield against negativity.
Its healing powers include strengthening the eyes, staunching
blood and relieving the pain of rheumatism. To attract money,
carry a small piece with you at all times. The elixir's primary
focus is upon the prostate gland, testicles, fallopian tubes
and ovaries. Perhaps the ideal stone for those about to take
tests and examinations, it is said to improve the memory and
reduce nervousness and impatience. It is also reputed to increase
the presence of mind of the wearer and make him more able to
act with sound judgement in an emergency.
Brings peace and serenity.
Signifies constancy, fidelity, and innocence. Symbol of faithfulness
for engaged and married couples. Used as a token or gift for
reconciliation between estranged lovers. The greatest of benefit
is when the diamond is used in conjunction with other gems,
as it is claimed that it enhances the properties which they
contain. Extremely powerful in removing blockages and negativity
which may be interfering with vibrational remedies. It removes
blockages in the personality and is used in cases of anxiety
*Scott Cunningham: Projective, Sun,
Fire, Platinum, Silver, Steel, Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction,
Protection, Courage, Peace, Reconciliation, Healing, Strength.
Ritual Lore: Legend has it that
the Europeans first 'discovered' African diamonds in a shaman's
leather pouch. Though reports of this legend are sketchy, if
it is based on the fact the African shaman might have used his
diamonds much as shamans in other parts of the world use quartz
crystals. Anciently, diamonds were worn as polished stones.
They were treasured for their beauty, but it wasn't until recently
that their dazzling appearance was created. After people discovered
that apply a bit of pressure at the correct point on a diamond
produced a facet, the stone was prized for
its prismatic fire. Today the world's supply of diamonds is
carefully controlled to maintain an artificially high price--a
surplus of diamonds in the market considerably lowers their
worth. Such greedy measures haven't lessened the magical value
of the diamond. Because these high prices keep many of us from
experimenting with the ritual uses of diamonds, the magical
substitutes can be used with satisfactory results.
Magical Uses: The diamond has a
wide and varied magical repertoire. Worn, it promotes spirituality,
even ecstasy, the shaman's ritual state of consciousness. It
is often utilized in meditation and in spiritual pursuits. When
carried or worn the diamond promotes self-confidence in relations
with the opposite sex. It is said to be potent for relieving
or eliminating the root causes of sexual dysfunction. Worn for
this purpose, it removes cultural (some might say patriarchal)
blockages which have caused generations of women to be non-orgasmic.
The diamond is a cleansing, purifying and releasing stone in
matters of sexuality. In India, women (presumably rich) wear
an unblemished white diamond with a slightly black hue to ensure
male children. It is also worn to conquer infertility. Though
the diamond is not a stone of love, it is worn to ensure fidelity
and to reconcile quarreling lovers. Today it is, of course,
the most popular wedding ring stone, due in part to aggressive
advertising, but other stones are perhaps more appropriate.
This usage has no ancient history. Because of its hardness and
associations with the Sun, the diamond is worn or utilized in
spells to increase physical strength. In ancient Rome it was
set in steel rings and worn with the stone touching the skin.
This produced bravery, daring and victory. It is still worn
today for courage. In the ancient magic of India, a diamond
set in a platinum or silver ring was worn for victory in battles
and conflicts. It was also fastened to the left arm for this
purpose. The diamond, owing to its flashing nature, has long
been regarded as a stone of protection. For the best results,
and to ensure its wearer luck, the diamond should be faceted
into a six-sided cut. Rather surprisingly, owing to the above
associations, the diamond is a stone of peace when worn. It
relieves nightmares and encourages sleep at bedtime. Try scrying
with a faceted diamond in soft candlelight, dazzling yourself
in its inner world of color and light.
Enhances love. Adds fortitude
and strength, especially in old age. Increases the gift of understanding,
and brings gaiety, eloquence, and popularity to those who wear
it. The emerald is said to improve both the memory and the intellect,
as well as to be of assistance in overcoming feelings of depression
and insomnia. Balances the heart chakra, stimulates the meridian
points, balances the emotions, strengthens will power and improves
*Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Venus,
Earth, Isis, Venus, Ceres, Vishnu, Copper, Silver, Love, Money,
Mental Powers, Psychism, Protection, Exorcism, Eyesight.
Ritual Lore: The emerald, with its
brilliant hue, is representative of our planet. Because they
are one of the worlds most expensive stones on the market,
other stones are often used in their place. Inexpensive, low-quality
emeralds are available, and one can shop around. You might find
just the one you need for magical purposes.
Magical Uses: If you wish to bring
a love into your life, buy an emerald and charge it with your
magical need through your visualization, perhaps while placing
it near a green candle. After this ritual, wear or carry the
stone somewhere near your heart. Do this in such a way that
it cannot be seen by others. When you meet a future love, you'll
know it wasn't the visible jewel that attracted him or her.
Emeralds are often utilized in business spells and rituals to
promote sales and to increase the public's awareness of the
firm. The stone is worn to strengthen the memory (it was suggested
for this use by the pseudo-Albertus Magnus in the 16th C) as
well as to increase understanding and to produce eloquent speech.
The stone affects not only the conscious mind, but also the
psychic (subconscious) as well, for it increases its wearer's
awareness of psychic faculties. Because of this dual effect,
the emerald is said to grant all knowledge of the past, present,
and future. Throughout the world the emerald was worn or utilized
in magic for protection. The stone was bound to the left arm
with string to guard travelers. Emeralds were given to "possessed"
persons to exorcise the evil entity within them. (Many of these
persons were epileptic or asthmatic.) Its soothing color caused
emeralds to be used as gazing-stones to relieve bleary, tired
or weak eyes, and to relax the optic nerve and restore normal
sight. Perhaps the most curious usage of emeralds comes from
India, where ancient Hindu writings prescribe wearing the stone
during sleep to halt nocturnal emissions. For best results in
magic, or os the old magicians recorded, an emerald should be
set in silver or copper.
Most often used as a general
tonic for the whole system -- physical, mental and emotional.
It is particularly recommended for those who need to improve
their self-respect and self-confidence and to increase their
courage. Stimulates the first chakra, this elixir is ideal for
people who have a tendency to be self-centered. Constancy, frankness,
sincerity, friendliness, and charity.
*Scott Cunningham: Projective, Mars,
Fire, Healing, Protection, Strength.
Lore: In the 13th C garnets were
worn to repel insects.
Magical Uses: A fiery red stone,
worn to enhance bodily strength, endurance and vigor. It is
worn or used in magic to tap extra energy for ritual purposes.
Wear or carry one when exerting yourself (hiking a mountain,
studying until dawn, heavy ritual workings and so on). Because
it is a projective stone, it is worn for protective purposes.
Five hundred years ago it was thought to drive off demons and
night phantoms. Today it is used in common with many other protective
stones, and is seen to strengthen the aura and to create a shield
of highly charged positive vibrations which repel negative energies
upon contact. Particularly prescribed as protection against
thieves. In the Middle Ages a figure of a lion was carved onto
a garnet and carried to guard the health, especially while traveling.
A healing stone, it is used to relieve skin conditions, especially
inflammations. It also regulates the heart and blood. In the
past they were exchanged between parting friends to symbolize
their affection and to magically ensure that they met again.
Folk Names: Aetites, Echites,
Aquileus, Eagle Stone, Thunderegg Receptive, Water, The Great
Mother, Meditation, Fertility, Childbirth
Ritual Lore: In the Middle Ages
geodes were thought to be favored by eagles, who placed them
in their nests. Round and containing crystals, geodes are egg
symbols. They relate to the Earth Mother.
Magical Uses: Geodes are hollow concretions
containing crystals. All quartz crystals, for example, form
within geodes, which may be a quarter-mile long or small enough
to fit in your palm. Other geodes don't contain separate crystals,
but when sliced, reveal intricate patterns of minerals. Amethyst
geodes are some of the most beautiful objects on Earth. When
sliced or broken open, they reveal a mass of purple crystals
growing in toward the center. Sunlight shining on them is dazzling.
Elongated geodes, sometimes called "amethyst logs,"
are often available and are well worth the 3-4 figure price
asked. They recall Merlin's cave as popularized in Mary Stewart's
excellent Arthurian novel The Crystal Cave. An amethyst geode,
or any geode containing isolated crystals, can be held and used
in meditation as a contemplative object. Placed on the altar
or held, geodes can be utilized to concentrate the powers of
the specific type of stone contained within them. During magic,
use your visualization to release these powers toward the magical
goal. They can be placed in the bedroom and charged with energy
to increase fertility and to promote conception. The pseudo-Albertus
Magnus recommended carrying or wearing geodes to attract love
and to avoid untimely birth (miscarriage).
Helps the blood cleansing
function of the kidneys. Increases courage and strengthens the
heart. Good for reducing a rapid pulse.
*Scott Cunningham: Volcano Spit,
Projective, Saturn, Fire, Healing, Grounding, Divination.
Ritual Lore: It is heavy, solid,
and silvery black. Its name alone is something of a mystery.
To ancients, hematite was what we now know as bloodstone, so
virtually all magical information relating to hematite in old
books refers to bloodstone. This hematite, though, when worked
on a lapidary wheel, "bleeds" and produces stains
that look much like blood, or so I'm told. Hematite is a fine,
showy stone. In Italy and elsewhere, it is fashioned into necklaces
which are sold as "volcano spit." Magical information
relating to this stone is scarce. It possesses the curious property
of "healing" itself. Make a small scratch on the surface
of the stone, then rub your finger over it. The scratch may
Magical Uses: Said to be powerful
in drawing illness from the body. As with all stones, it is
held in the hands while visualizing, then placed on the skin
directly over the afflicted area. A necklace of small stones
can also be worn for healing. Worn for grounding and stabilizing
purposes, it is said to focus the attention on the physical
plane. A scrying stone, in a darkened room, light a red candle.
Settle before it and hold a large piece of hematite so that
the candle's flame is reflected on it. Gaze at the reflection
and visualize the question. The answer will come to you.
Gazing through the hole
of a hand-sized stone, one can see into the realm of the Fae.
Larger holed boulders are stepped through, depending on the
stone, to either bless an engaged couple or marriage, to promote
healing or conception.
*Scott Cunningham: Holed Stones,
Holy Stones, Odin Stones Receptive, Water, Odin, The Great Mother,
Protection, Anti-Nightmare, Health, Psychism, Eyesight.
Ritual Lore: In the Eddas, Odin
transmuted himself into a worm and slipped through a hole in
a rock to steal "the mead of poetry." Perhaps because
of this myth, holed stones were known as "Odin Stones."
Magical Uses: On a windswept day,
I went on a long drive out of the city to a point of land jutting
out into the Pacific Ocean. Crawling over jagged rocks flecked
with seafoam, I reache the fairly isolated beach. I stood on
it, huffing, and looked down. There, showing plainly against
the brilliant white sand were dozens of holy stones. I picked
one up, thanked the Goddess for this gift, and took it home
to place on my alter to represent She who is the Mother of all
Creation. Stones with naturally occurring holes produced by
erosion, wind, or wave action, sea creatures, and by other means
have long been prized as prtective objects. There are numerous
folk uses for these stones. They were hung on the bedpost to
prevent nightmares. In England, holey stones were tied with
red ribbon and hung over the bed for the same purpose within
recent years. This seems to be a true survival of ancient magic
and may still occur today. As a magical protectant, holey stones
were worn around the neck, placed in the house or hung from
the front door. Hanging one near where a pet sleeps guards it.
To assist the body's healing processes, charge a holey stone
to absorb the disease. Place this stone in a tub of warm, salted
water and soak in it for several minutes. Repeat once a day
for a week. Cleanse the stone after this and repeat as necessary.
In England, Wise Women employed
holey stones in healing rituals for children. The Wise Woman
rubbed the sick child's body with the stone, magically removing
the disease because the stone absorbed it. This curious rite
was also performed on adults to maintain their health. Another
power resident within holey stones is the enhancement of psychism.
In a wild and lonely place, preferably by moonlight, hold a
holey stone up to one eye. Close the other one and peer through
the stone. You may see visions, ghosts, or nonphysical entities.
And finally, looking through holey stones--in broad daylight,
even at home--is said to improve eyesight.
Symbol of forthrightness
and immortality. In past centuries, in India, only men of integrity
and highest moral character were permitted to wear jade. It
is a sacred stone for the Chinese and Japanese. Characterized
by many curative powers and a preventative for disagreeable
dreams. Helps the individual to become more articulate. Gives
courage, wisdom, sensitivity and increases psychic abilities.
Said to be of help in relieving kidney complaints. Yellow jade
is believed to aid a poor digestion. When worn as a piece of
jewelry, jade is thought to provide protection from one's enemies.
In ancient China and ancient Egypt it was widely used as a talisman
to attract good fortune, friendship,
Scott Cunningham: Spanish: "Stone
of the Flank" Receptive, Venus, Water, Kwan Yin, Maat,
Buddha, Love, Healing, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Gardening,
Ritual Lore: Jade has been used
to create musical instruments, including xylophonesm, gongs
and wind chimes. When the stone is struck it produces a resonant
tone. Such instruments were used in ritual in China, throughout
Africa and by the Hopi Indians. Jade was and is a sacred stone
in China. Altars of the Moon and Earth were fashioned of jade,
as were images of Buddha and various deities. The stone was
often included in grave goods in China because it was thought
to lend vitality to the deceased. Jade carved in the image of
two men was exchanged between males as a token of friendship.
In New Zealand, the Maori carve nephrite (a stone related to
jade) into images of ancestral figures, usually set with mother-of-pearl
eyes. Called hei tiki, these figures are worn on ceremonial
occasions. The stone itself is considered to be fortunate. Jade
is believed to have the power over the weather. It was thrown
into water with great force in order to bring mist, rain, or
Magical Uses: An ancient love-attracting
stone, carved into a butterfly in China, it is worn to draw
love, or is given to another in the hope of obtaining love.
It was a frequent engagement gift from woman to man. Jade is
also presented by a man to his bride before their wedding. The
soothing green color of jade is also healing. Wearing the stone
helps the body to heal itself while working through the underlying,
nonphysical problems which manifested the disease. It is particularly
helpful for kidney, heart and stomach complaints. Jade can be
used to prevent disease and health troubles. The ancient Mayans
wore jade amulets to guard against kidney disease and bladder
problems. The Chinese sensed in jade the power to prolong life.
It was carved into images such a bats, bears and storks and
worn for this purpose. Likewise, jade bowls were used in meals
because the Chinese believed the stone's energy permeated the
food before it was consumed. A piece of jade worn while gardening
to improve the health of the plants. Four pieces of jade buried
along the garden's perimeter are also effective for this purpose.
Wearing jade can bring money into your life. Charge a jade pendant
or ring with money-attracting energies, then wear it and consciously
allow yourself to receive money. Create a positive attitude
toward money and visualize yourself using it productively, creatively.
Gloomy visions of the "problems" money brings will
effectively cut you off from it. When contemplating a business
deal, hold a piece of jade in your receptive hand for a few
moments. Be infused with its prosperous energies. Then decide
which course to take. Jade is worn, carried, or placed against
the third eye to receive wisdom...the assimilated knowledge
rightly applied or withheld. Jade strengthens the mental faculties
and helps reasoning. This stone is also protective, guarding
against accidents and mishaps which proper attentiveness can
avert. It is also placed on the altar with purple candles or
worn during defensive magic.
Warding off exorcisms and
unpleasant apparitions or mental fears. Symbolizes sadness and
grief, so it has long been used as jewelry during the period
of mourning. A fossilized plant and not a stone at all. None
the less it is used in healing to control and ease migraine
and pain behind the eyes.
Scott Cunningham: Folk names: Witches'
Amber, Black Amber Receptive, Saturn, Earth, Akasha, Cybel,
Lavender, Sage, Protection, Anti-nightmare, Luck, Divination,
Ritual Lore: Jet is fossilized wood
millions of years old. It is a black, glasslike stone. Because
it is black, it is associated with the element of Earth, but
due to its organic origins, it is also related to Akasha. Jet
shares with amber the property of becoming electrically charged
when rubbed. Due to its mysterious nature and electrical properties,
jet has long been considered a magical stone. When jet is continuously
worn on the body, it is thought to absorb part of the wearer's
soul. While this is true of many stones, jet was pursued to
be doubly powerful, and such stones were carefully guarded,
for in the wrong hands they could be used to manipulate their
original wearer. Ancient Greek worshippers of Cybele, the goddess
of growth and plants, wore jet to obtain her favors. Modern-day
gardeners also wear jet to make their plants flourish. Along
with amber, which is magically 'married', jet was found in prehistoric
gravesites. It was probably placed there to bring good fortune
to the deceased or to guard the bones. Contemporary Wiccan High
Priestesses, especially those following the basic ritual patterns
popularized by the late Gerald Gardner, often wore necklaces
of alternating amber and jet beads. Jet is a marvelous stone,
but beware--much of what is sold as jet is actually black glass.
Purchase it only from a reliable source.
Magical Uses: Jet is receptive and
therefore absorbs energies, especially negativity. This makes
it a protective substance. It can be worn as beads, carried,
or placed beside white candles during protective rituals. It
is a fine household protectant when placed in the home. Sea
Witches and fishermen's wives in old Britain prized it as a
potent magical protectant. They burned it in the household fires
as an incense to guard their absent husbands. A small piece
of jet is sometimes placed momentarily on a newborn baby's stomach
to guard it. It is also a special traveler's amulet, worn to
ward off dangers while on the road or in strange countries.
During the Middle Ages jet was carved into images of beetles
and worn for protection. To guard against nightmares and to
ensure a good night's rest, wear jet to bed, place a piece under
the pillow, or hang it on the bedpost. To strengthen psychic
awareness, place small shavings in a clear glass bottle. Fill
with water. Let this sit in the Sun for several hours until
the water has warmed. Filter out the jet and drink this liquid
just before trying to contact the psychic mind. Tiny amounts
of jet are also added to psychic-type incenses. Or, pour powdered
jet onto glowing charcoal block, still your mind, and scry in
its fumes. An ancient divination utilizing jet is quite simple--if
you have a large ax and a fireplace
or barbecue pit. Place the ax head in the fire until it is red
hot. Enchant or empower the jet. Have a question in your mind,
or visualize a possible future endeavor that is troubling you.
When it has been heated, move the ax head away from the fire
and cast the jet on it. If it burns the answer is yes, or the
course of action is favorable. If not, the ax and jet have determined
that the reverse is true. Jet is also utilized in health and
healing spells. It is worn to maintain proper energy flow within
the body to avoid ill-health. Combined with blue candles during
healing fires or fumed with lavender and sage to promote health.
Receptive, Venus, Pluto,
Earth, Relaxation, Peace, Grounding.
Magical Uses: At a recent gem and
mineralogical show in San Diego, I stopped by a booth with dozens
of beautiful pink and lilac specimens ranging in size from an
inch or so in length to huge pieces a half-foot long. They emitted
a peaceful vibration which was apparent just by standing near
them. "Hold this. Doesn't it calm you?" a woman asked
her companion, pressing a small piece of the stone into his
hand. He affirmed that it did. The price tag was a stressful
$95.00. Kunzite is a fairly "modern" stone--no ancient
sources mention it. Yet it has quickly garnered acclaim and
a few magical uses by those who have worked with it. The best
quality kunzite seems to be the lilac-shaded pieces. From what
I've been told, the color will fade if exposed to sunlight for
too long. It is, as mentioned above, expensive--a quarter-sized
piece I recently purchased cost $9.00.
Magically, kunzite is held or worn
to induce relaxation. It releases tension, soothing those muscles
in which we often carry the effects of daily stress. Passing
the stone over tension-ridden parts of the body unknits the
muscles. If your work subjects you to pressure, place a piece
on your desk or near your work station. Hold it in your receptive
hand to de-stress. Kunzite kept in the car can help you relax
during traffic snarls. If you feel rich enough, add a small
piece of kunzite to car protection amulets to ensure that you
don't cause problems while behind the wheel. Like amethyst,
kunzite is also a peace-inducer. Carry or gaze at it to calm
anger, nerves or fear. It is also a centering, grounding stone
and so is worn or carried to 'come down to Earth.' Kunzite may
also be useful for attracting love. Many of its secrets still
lay within it, waiting to be discovered.
LAVA Projective, Mars, Fire, Pele,
Protection. Ritual Lore: The volcano is an ancient symbol of
creation. Erupting, it represents the four elements at work:
Earth and fire mix to create lava, which possesses liquidity
(Water). Smoke (Air) rises from the crater. When the lava contacts
water, it creates new land as it cools, and extends the landmass
into the sea. In many parts of the world, such impressive attributes
have enshrined lava with magical properties. Before the Europeans
discovered Hawaii, lava rocks were used to build heaiu, which
were centers of religious and magical activities. Heaiu (an
s is not added to Hawaiian words to denote plurality) had different
functions. Some were centers of healing, complete with herb
gardens; others were devoted
to fishing deities; and still others were the domain of the
war god Kukailimoku, Kamehameha's famous patron deity. Contemporary
Hawaiians who still practice the old ways go to healing heaiu
and search for bluish lava rocks. They wrap a ki (ti) leaf around
the rock and place this on the earth, asking for a healing.
This practice is still extremely common, and if you visit a
heaiu, especially one devoted to healing such as Keaiwa Heaiu
on the hills above Honolulu, you will see leaf-wrapped lava
rocks in abundance.
Every day, packages containing lava
rocks picked up by uncaring tourists are mailed back to the
Visitor's Center in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They
are often accompanied by letters detailing the hardships their
takers have experienced since removing the rocks. Pele, the
ancient Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, destruction and creation,
is jealous of Her stones. Just taking Her stones without first
giving Her an offering (such as ohelo berries; ohia lehua blossoms;
taro, or kalo, root; or in the modern world, bottles of gin)
and then asking permission is still viewed as a sure invitation
for metaphysical trouble. Magical Uses: There are two types
of lava known around the world by Hawaiian names. A'a, a chunky,
rough lava, is considered to be projective, or masculine. Pahoe'hoe,
or smooth lava, is receptive, or feminine. The a'a is the most
potent in magical protection, but both work well. Because of
their volcanic origin, I've listed both types as having projective
energies. A small piece of lava placed on the altar or carried
in the pocket is a potent protective amulet. For general household
protection, ring a white candle with lava and burn for fifteen
minutes each day. For protection during suspected psychic attack,
bathe in salt water. Then, using 9 or 13 small pieces of lava,
sit on the ground or floor facing East. Beginning in the East,
place a stone a few feet away from you to form a circle completely
enclosing your body. Feel the lava's protective vibrations setting
up sprays or fountains of glowing liquid lava that repels and
sends consciously or unconsciously directed negativity back
to its originator. Repeat as necessary.
Folk names: The Peace Stone,
Stone of Peace Receptive, Jupiter, Neptune, Water, Peace, Spirituality,
Luck, Protection, Anti-nightmare, Psychism, Love.
Magical Uses: 2-3 foot masses of
brilliant lilac stone lay shimmering in the Sun. Interpenetrating
the rocks were clusters of pink tourmalines. The effect was
stunning, awe-inspiring. In the hills on the Pala Indian Reservation,
about an hour's drive north of San Diego, lie pegmatite-rich
areas. In these mountains are found pink, red, green and multicolored
tourmaline, mica, beryl, morganite, hiddenite (green spodumene),
kunzite--and tons of lepidolite. Lepidolite is a purplish type
of mica rich in lithium. It is a beautiful yet fragile mineral.
Though it is found in forms hard enough to be carved into eggs
and spheresm, most of it easily crumbles. Some of it is shot
through with pink tourmaline crystals. Because it is not a gemstone,
lepidolite has been difficult to obtain in stores. As more stone
magic practitioners become aware of its properties, it will
become increasingly easier to find. This is a calming stone,
suitable for relieving the stresses of everyday living.
Rarely made into jewelry, it is
usually carried for this purpose. It soothes anger, hatred,
or any other negative emotion. Simply hold the stone in your
receptive hand for a few moments and breathe deeply. Or, to
quiet the entire house, place lepidolite stones in a circle
around a pink candle. Due to its calming effects and its sometimes
vividly purple color, it can be used in rituals or carried to
promote spirituality. This mineral is carried to attract good
luck to its bearer. It also drives off negativity, though its
protective properties aren't extremely strong. To promote a
restful sleep, free of nightmares, place some near the headboard.
Some stone magicians are not using it to increase psychic awareness.
An easy way to do this is to place a large piece of the mineral
on your altar between yellow or blue candles. Settle down before
this and work to break your conscious mind's dictatorship. Pieces
of pink tourmaline embedded in lepidolite are useful for promoting
love or calming the negative emotions that often upset relationships.
It is a stone of reconciliation.
Increases the bio-magnetic
forces in the body. Can be used in magnetic healing. Makes the
aura more sensitive and, by strengthening the aura, many holistic
therapies are explained. It balances the male and female. Also
known as 'Hercules Stone', the lodestone is reputed to be of
assistance in healing such ailments as rheumatism, gout, neuralgia,
cramp and poor circulation--particularly in the legs and feet.
Scott Cunningham: Folknames: Magnetite,
Magnet, Way Stone, Magnetis (ancient Greek), Lodestone, Shadanu
Sabitu (ancient Assyrian), Herclean Stone, Piedra Iman (contemporary
Spanish). Receptive, Venus, Water Associated Herbs: Sandalwood,
Rose, Yarrow, Lavender Associated Star: Polaris (the North Star)
Associated Metals: Iron, Copper, Silver, Gold Powers: Power,
healing, attraction, friendship, love, fidelity, male sexual
dysfunction, will, protection, business, money, games of chance.
Ritual Lore: Legend has it that
the ancient Romans had a statue of Venus made of lodestone and
an image of Mars fashioned of iron. When the two statues were
placed near one another in the temple, Venus was attracted to
Mars. Tales (never substantiated) also sing the praises of a
statue that was permanently suspended in the air through the
use of lodestones. The stone was associated with the hero Hercules
in times past and so came to be a symbol of strength and invulnerability.
In contemporary folk magic, the lodestone is thought to be alive.
It is placed in a small bowl of water on a Friday to allow it
to 'drink,' then laid in full sunlight to dry. When dry, iron
filings are sprinkled on it as 'food.' Though there are variations
on this procedure--some keep the stone in a red bag and sprinkle
water and iron filings on it once a week--it is a common belief.
Several hundred years ago it was believed that it was dangerous
to carry a lodestone during a thunderstorm because it attracted
lightning. A knife rubbed with the stone was not only magnetized,
but any wound inflicted with it, however small, was thought
to be fatal. The lodestone was once believed to be stripped
of its magnetic as well as magical powers by the mere presence
of a diamond or garlic. Giambattista della Porta, in his monumental
1558 work, Natural Magic, said he had disproved such beliefs.
Nevertheless, some still believed this was true. Fortunately,
there was an easy way to restore the lodestone's powers. It
was anointed with linseed oil, placed in a goatskin bag and
covered with dirt for three days. Its use to strengthen virility
and to cure male sexual dysfunction (impotency) spans the ages.
In ancient Assyria it was used in a sexual rite of pure sympathetic
magic. The man placed a lodestone in oil and rubbed the resulting
'infusion' on his body and penis to ensure satisfactory intercourse.
The woman rubbed parzilli, or iron powder, on her body to enhance
her attractiveness. Thus prepared, couples three thousand years
ago magically (or psychologically) released their inhibitions
and shared pleasure.
Comparatively recently, in 16th
C India a king ordered his cooking utensils to be fashioned
of lodestone to ensure his continuing virility. Prostitutes
once used lodestones to attract customers, and thieves relied
on them to hide from authority. All this lore has sprung from
the lodestone's natural magnetic quality. It and artificially
created magnets share the power of attracting iron. Five hundred
years ago this was a magical, miraculous property, and many
believed a spirit or demon lived within the lodestone and gave
it power. Though scientific investigation has explained magnetism
to a certain extent, the lodestone continues to be used in spell
and ritual. This is especially true in Mexico, where it is sold
in botanicas along with candles, incenses, religious medals,
snakeskins, oils and various other occult goods. Similar stones
are found in many parts of the United States where Spanish-speaking
peoples live. Mexican street vendors who deal in magical supplies
also sell lodestones. A few years ago I bought one from a woman
who sat on the curb in a Tijuana district frequented by tourists.
It is also well known in Hoodoo and other American folk magic
systems. Lodestones are sometimes painted green (for use in
money spells), red (love), and white (protection). Painting
them is not, of course, magically important unless you deem
it to be so.
Magical Uses: The lodestone is a
power stone used to strengthen other spells. It is added to
sachets or herbal amulets, placed on the altar, or worn to increase
the magicians ability to rouse and release energy. In ceremonial
magic of the Middle Ages the lodestone was engraved with the
figure of an armored man. This stone was utilized during rituals
to empower magic. The larger the stone, the more inherent power
within it. While this is true of all stones, it is especially
important with the lodestone, for the greater its size, the
stronger its magnetic force. Lodestone's basic use in magic
is attraction. Because the stone is a natural magnet, it is
manipulated in ritual to draw objects or energies to its user.
Thus, it can be used in any type of spell. A simple example
of this: A lodestone set in a man's belt buckle draws success
in all undertakings. This is probably because of the stone's
attracting qualities as well as its placement near what some
call the 'third chakra', located about two inches below the
navel. This energy center is associated with personal power
and the will. When it is stimulated by the presence of the lodestone,
it expands the will and therefore ensures success. This spell,
by the way, is of Mexican origin. The lodestone, owing to its
magnetic powers, is used to draw out disease and pain from the
body. True healers, who send energy into a sick person to speed
the body's natural healing powers (or, specifically, to correct
imbalances or blockages in bodily energy flows), may use the
lodestone as a focusing device for their energies.
The stone can be passed over or
placed directly on the afflicted part of the body. This is particularly
true of pain in the hands and feet. It is also carried, often
anointed first with a healing-type oil such as sandalwood. Any
lodestones used in healing rituals to absorb diseases should
be cleansed after each use. It is said to be effective in treating
rheumatism and headaches, and
in healing wounds. Placed in a black bag which was suspended
on a black ribbon around the neck, it was a specific for gout
a few centuries ago. A small lodestone set in silver was thought
to sharpen the sight. Set in gold, the lodestone strengthened
the heart. The lodestone is also worn or carried to attract
friendship. As well, to attract love. It is thought to be a
magnet for hearts as well as for iron, especially when worn
in a ring. It is worn to smooth over troubles in a relationship,
especially arguing. Its basic function is to cool tempers to
allow true communication. A coral necklace with a lodestone
suspended from it was once worn to facilitate easy childbirth.
In American folk magic, women wear
lodestones to ensure that their wandering husbands will return
home; thus, it stimulates fidelity. The ability to overcome
impotency has been mentioned above, but such drastic or complex
methods needn't be used. A man suffering from sexual dysfunction
can hold the stone in his receptive hand, visualize satisfactory,
complete joyous relations. Once this is done, he can carry the
stone with him or place it beneath the mattress to release its
powers. The stone and the visualizations work toward rooting
out the underlying cause of the sexual dysfunction. Utilized
as a protective amulet, being worn, placed in the home, or carried.
Some carry two lodestones at all times--one to protect the other
to attract good luck. In ancient Spain carrying a lodestone
was thought to guard against all dangers from steel, lead, fire,
and water. For those lacking in will power (which is simply
asserting yourself and acting in accordance with your goals),
empower a lodestone through your visualization with this specific
directive: "Strengthen my will." Then carry the stone
and utilize the energies it sends you. As I mentioned above,
it can be worn two inches below the navel or placed there while
you are prone and visualizing yourself as being confident and
secure. Because it is an attracting stone, the lodestone is
used to draw money or business success. Place lodestone in a
green bag with a silver coin, a bit of gold (if you have it)
or money-attracting herbs such as patchouly, cloves or tonka.
Business people may place an empowered lodestone in the cash
box or burn green candles around a lodestone to bring in customers.
Finally, the loadstone is considered by some to be a potent
gambling talisman. It is worn or carried for luck during betting.
This stone is believed
to help in the treatment of rheumatism, liver and eye diseases.
Stimulates the entire endocrine system; chakras are aligned
and deeper meditation is stimulated.
The malachite contains
copper and is claimed to be helpful in the treatment of rheumatism
and also in regulation of menstruation. Assists in correcting
irregular menstruation. Fertility increases, stomach ulcers
are reduced. Scott Cunningham: Folk name: Greek, Mallow Receptive,
planet Venus, element Earth Associated herb: Mallow Powers:
Power, protection, love, peace, business success
Ritual Lore: A piece of malachite
is worn to detect impending danger. Legends say that this stone,
in common with many others, breaks into pieces to warn its wearer
of the forthcoming peril. Magical Uses: This beautiful green
stone with bands of varying hues has long been used to lend
extra energy during magical rites. Wear it, hold it, or place
it on your altar to increase your ability to send power toward
your magical goal. Anciently, it was thought to be most effective
when engraved with a rayed Sun figure. Though the stone is a
tranquil green-blue, it is used in protective magic, particularly
that involving children. Beads or pendants of malachite are
worn to guard against negativity and physical dangers. It is
a traveler's guardian stone and is said to be particularly powerful
in preventing falls. Wearing a malachite necklace that touches
your skin near your heart expands your ability to love and so
draws a love to you. Or, utilize the stone in love-attracting
spells. Set it on a piece of copper etched with the symbol of
the planet Venus, a circle with an equal-armed cross below it.
Behind the stone, place a green candle and let this burn for
fifteen minutes a day while you visualize yourself in a loving
relationship. Its deep green color is soothing. Gazing at malachite
or holding it in your receptive hand relaxes the nervous system
and calms stormy emotions. It promotes tranquility and ensures
sleep if worn to bed. Held, it dispels depression. Small pieces
placed in each corner of a business building or a small piece
placed in the cash register draws customers. Worn during business
meetings or trade shows, it increases your ability to obtain
good deals and sales. It is the salesperson's stone.
This is a very important
elixir and can be taken at any time. It protects against planetary
radiation, ley lines and geopathic stress. It is a feminine
stone and should be used for pelvic disorder.
Folk name: Nicomar Receptive,
Moon, Water, Protection, Success
Magical Uses: Marble is a carbonate
of lime. Coral, calcite, limestone, stalagmites, chalk, seashells
and bones are all lime, though they have varying magical uses.
Specifically, marble is used in protective spells. An altar
made of marble, in whole or part, is an ideal center of protective
spells. (Some magicians use a slab of marble for the top of
their altars.) Marble tables and fixtures are protective for
the home. Marble can be carried or worn for personal protection,
as it was in India. Marble is also utilized in spells involving
personal success in a general sense.
Projective, Mercury, Air,
divination and protection Magical Uses: Mica, a general term
for minerals exhibiting paper-thin flexible sheets of crystals,
is a common stone. Take a piece of mica an inch or so square.
While visualizing yourself possessing complete control over
your psychic powers, hold the stone in full moonlight. Capture
the glow of the illuminary on the mica's shining surface. Gently
moving the stone in your hands, let its shimmer drowse
your conscious mind. Expand your psychic awareness and determine
future events. Mica is also carried for general protection.
Folk Name: Chrysolite,
Chrysolithus, Lumahai (Hawaiian) Energy is receptive, planet
is Venus, element is Earth, associated metals are gold and lodestone,
powers are luck, love, protection and money.
Ritual Lore: A savage storm bombarded
the tiny, round island of Kauai. I braved the stinging wind
and, moving past the ironwood trees, looked out on Lumahai Beach
(where parts of the movie South Pacific were filmed). Lumahai
in Hawaiian means "olivine." As huge waves crashed
a few yards from me, I knelt on the sand and saw countless millions
of small green crystals interspersed with fragments of coral,
lava and shells. A year later I knelt at Ka Lae, on the Big
Island of Hawaii, and gathered larger olivine crystals from
the red sand. Nearby were beaches composed solely of olivine.
I've talked to several rock experts and none agree with each
other. The question? Olivine/Peridot. The two stones, some say,
are identical; others say olivine has a more olivish tint and
that peridot is greener. The stones, no matter their source,
seem to be nearly the same color; though to some, olivine is
a bit darker green. Since this question isn't yet settled to
my satisfaction, I've listed both stones under separate articles.
Olivine is a green, translucent stone. It is volcanic in origin
and is found throughout the world. It was recently found in
Magical Uses: Olivine is a money-drawing
stone. Ring green candles with the stone or wear to bring money
into your life. Olivine sand can be purchased in gift shops
in Hawaii. If you happen to obtain some, add a pinch to money
sachets or place some in your pocket while visualizing. Those
involved in the business world can put a small amount in their
desks or in the cash registers. Or, put your business card on
a green plate and completely cover it with this sand. All these
rituals can also be done with the stones. Olivine has been sued
for protection since it is of volcanic origin. it deflects negativity
directed toward its owner, and so it is often used as an amulet.
Small faceted olivine stones set into gold rings are ideal protective
charms. The stone is also set in gold and worn for protection
against thieves, as well as to create a positive outlook on
life. Known as a love-attracting stone as well. Like all green
stones, it is carried or used in spells designed to bring luck.
Symbolizes tears of sorrow
and of gladness. It is the symbol of patience, purity of mind
and soul, faithfulness, and an abhorrence of violence and temper.
Pearl is helpful in clearing all forms of catarrh, bronchitis
and chest and lung infections. It is still traditionally worn
by divers to protect them from the evils of the sea -- especially
sharks. Alleviates all emotional imbalances. It is a powerful
elixir for treating emotional difficulties. Emotional stress
affects the stomach and lower back and can also manifest itself
in various stress-related diseases.
Scott Cunningham: Folk names: Margan
(ancient Persian), Neamhnuid (Gaelic) Receptive, Moon, Water,
Deities: Isis, Aprhrodite, Freya,
Venus, Lakshmi, Diana, Neptune, Poseidon: all oceanic deities,
though pearl is more specifically goddess-oriented; also associated
with sky goddesses. Associated Metal: Silver; Associated Stone:
Ruby Powers: Love, Money, Protection, Luck.
Ritual Lore: Pearl, like amber,
jet, fossils, mother-of-pearl and other substances used in magic,
is the product of a living creature. Since the oyster must be
killed to remove the pearl, some believe there is a heavy debt
incurred by those who engage in trafficking pearls and by those
who wear and use them. The choice is yours--to use pearls in
magic if you can afford them, or not. In presenting this traditional
magical information, gathered from around the world, I'm certainly
not advocating their use. Popular folklore naming pearls as
bringers of bad luck might be connected with the violence of
their collection. You'll know intuitively whether you can use
them or not. I don't, and not only because I can't afford them.
The pearl's dramatic, unexpected appearance within an oyster
has long inspired religious and magical lore; though in some
parts of the world, pearls were considered nuisances to those
Mystically, pearls symbolize the
Moon, Water, the center of creation, and the universe. Once
incredibly expensive, virtually all pearls are now "cultured"
by the Japanese and are available at more reasonable prices.
Naturally occurring pearls are no longer available, except those
100 or more years old. Unfortunately, cultured pearls, made
by inserting a bit of rounded shell into a living oyster, are
mostly shell, not pearl and aren't as magically potent as naturally
produced pearls. But their magical uses live on. Freshwater
pearls, produced in Japan and the United States, have basically
the same qualities as sea pearls. Mythologically, pearls were
dedicated by the Romans to Isis after her worship was imported
there from Egypt. They were worn to obtain her favors. They
were thought to be the congealed tears of Freya in early Saxon
religion, and the Goddess in ancient Syria was named the Lady
of Pearls. Throughout the Mediterranean region, pearls were
associated with various manifestations of the Goddess, the summation
of all that is female, creative, and nurturing--the feminine
aspect of deity. Pearls were once believed to be raindrops swallowed
by oysters. In early Chinese belief pearls fell from the sky
when dragons fought among the clouds (i.e., during storms),
and this relates to the rain-drops notion. Dragons and pearls
are closely associated in Chinese thought.
Magical Uses: Pearls are intimately
connected with the Moon, so much so that some will wear or use
them in magic only at night, during the Moon's domain. Because
of this connection with lunar energy they are usually worn by
women and rarely by men. They have long been used in love magic,
either worn or carried to spread loving vibrations. In India,
women wear pearls as a magical insurance for a happy marriage.
A simple money spell involves purchasing a cheap pearl, the
cheapest you can find. After attuning with the pearl and giving
thanks for the oyster's sacrifice, hold it tightly in your hand
and visualize the money flowing into your life. See yourself
as using it wisely. Money is energy, and squandered energy leaves
you little in return. Still visualizing, throw the pearl into
a stream, the ocean, or any moving water. As the pearl contacts
the element, it begins the process of bringing your need into
manifestation. This ancient spell was once performed in a slightly
different manner--the pearl was thrown into a pile of rubbish
as an act of sympathetic magic.
Obviously, anyone who can throw away
pearls is rich. The action magically created the desired condition.
Throughout the South Pacific, pearls are used by swimmers and
divers as a magical protectant against shark attacks. It is
also a potent household guardian against fire. For a general
luck or good fortune attractant, set pearls around a ruby and
wear. At various times and in various parts of the world, pearls
have also been used by their wearers to lengthen life, promote
fertility, drive off demons, preserve health, instill courage
and lend physical strength. Pearls are found in different shades.
Each color, of course, has specific magical uses: black pearls
as well as those of blue tints are thought to bring luck to
the owner (but not, naturally, the oyster). Pink pearls are
worn to manifest an easy, comfortable life. Yellow pearls, to
the Hindus, bring wealth, and red pearls promote intelligence.
Peridot, as well as being
recommended as a cure for insomnia, is said to aid the digestion
and be useful in reducing fever. Helps to gradually remove all
toxicity from the body. Gives a more positive emotional outlook
on life and increases patience.
Scott Cunningham: Folk names: Chrysolite,
Peridote, Peridoto Receptive, Venus, Earth, Gold, Protection,
Health, Wealth, Sleep.
Magical Uses: As mentioned in "olivine"
use, these two stones seem to be nearly identical. One authority
told me that the only difference between peridot and olivine
was that the latter came from Hawaii. Be that as it may... To
be most effective magically, the peridot was once set in gold.
This makes a fine, if costly, protective amulet, which the ancients
said guarded against enchantments, night terrors and illusions
as well as the universally feared evil eye. This latter term
is usually defined as being either envy or unconscious psychic
attack. Though long associated with the Sun, I've attributed
it to Venus here because it seems more suited to this planet.
Peridot is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Several
sources say that cups or other vessels made of peridot were
used in healing because medicinal liquids drunk from them were
more effective. Peridot is said to promote healing of insect
bites and to help in liver ailments. The stone is used to attract
love as well as calm raging anger. It is also useful to soothe
nervousness and to dispel all negative emotions. Because it
is calming to the nervous system, it is also helpful in promoting
sleep if worn to bed. Such usages date back to at least ancient
Roman times, when rings of peridot were worn to relieve depression.
Its deep green hue suggests peridot's use in wealth-attracting
spells. Additionally, all magical uses associated with olivine
apply to peridot.
I've written about pipestone
in articles on the Sacred Pipe that can be found in the Main
Section of the library. Red is not the color of the North...it
is the color of the South. Because of the tradition that I have
been schooled in I would not use this stone in the casual ways
Scott speaks of. It's here for information shared only. Also...I
don't know where he (Scott) got the impression it is found round
with a hole in it either, so I disagree with his presentation.
I've watch it being quarried, which can only be done by the
indigenous peoples, and it comes in layers, flat thicknesses.
It is easily worked by hand or with hand tools, a soft stone,
and you can work it with a wooden dowel or antler to drill into
by hand. It can be filed with sandpaper or emery cloth. It can
be carved by hand on the order of sandstone (though not near
as crumbly). (Cinnamon, there are a number of things said
about Pipestone that are not true, this is just one person continuing
the untruths. Chuck and I were always refuting the amazing wrong
things said about the stone. I have added 2 photos of the real
Pipestone below. Gloria.)
Scott Cunningham: Folk Names: Inyan-sha
(Sioux: Inyan, "rock"; sha, "red") Projective,
Mars, Sun, Fire, Associated herb: Kinnickkinnick (red willow
Ritual Lore: Pipestone, for centuries,
has been used by the Sioux and Omaha in rite and magic. This
is a curious, circular stone, brick red with a natural hole
piercing it. Because of its color it is sacred. (Red is the
color of blood and, therefore, of life.) To the Sioux, the pipestone
is related to the North. Red is the color of that direction.
Both are symbolic of the Earth and the blood of its children--people.
The pipestone is the solidified remnants of that pool, and it
is found in only one place in the world, in Minnesota. This
substance not only symbolizes the Sioux people, it IS them.
Pipestone was and is still used to make sacred pipes, in which
kinnickkinnick (red willow bark) is smoked during rituals.
This is Pipestone
(Catlinite) still in the ground. You will notice it is
not a circular stone. Circular orb stones or geodes
are not Catlinite. It doesn't evolve that way.
This is Pipestone
after being quarried, fresh out of the ground. Again please
notice that there is no 'natural hole piercing
it' holes in the pipes are made by the craftsperson themselves.
Photos and words by Gloria
Derby, widow of Dakota Pipestone quarrier and pipe maker for
50+ years, Chuck Derby.
For more information
Magical Uses: If you are fortunate enough
to obtain pipestone, regard it as a sacred object. It is only
right to respect the ways of the Sioux and Omaha. A piece of pipestone
can be placed in medicine or power bags or on the altar during
rituals. The stone can also be placed on the altar during peace
rituals. I would never dare to wear the sacred pipestone.
The ruby sometimes changes
its hue to a slight degree, at which time it brings misfortune
or unhappiness to the wearer. In its normal state it symbolizes
loyalty, charity, and courage, but iin its most virile mood
it imbues boldness, anger, and cruelty. As well as aiding intuitive
thinking, the ruby is believed to increase levels of energy.
It is often used to alleviate disorders of the blood, such as
anemia, poor circulation and menstrual problems. Acts on the
first chakra which in turn connects to the heart, activates
the kundalini, creates balance in spiritual endeavours and amplifies
thought power. Spinel Ruby is a general cleanser. Helps to detoxify
*Scott Cunningham: Folkname: Carbuncle
Projective, Fire Deities: Buddha, Krishna (not to be confused
with the modern expression of Krishna-centered reverence) Powers:
Wealth, protection, power, joy, anti-nightmare
Ritual Lore: The ruby fashioned into
a cabochon of a specific shape was known as "carbuncle"
centuries ago. There is no stone of this name, though many books
list carbuncle as a separate stone. Another example of the strangely
convoluted history of gemstones! This beautiful stone was considered
the most perfect offering to Buddha in China and Krishna in
India. A widely held belief: Dreaming of rubies indicates coming
success in business or money matters. If dreamt of by a gardener
or farmer, the ruby denotes a good harvest. This stone is one
of many that is thought to
grow dark when danger or negativity approaches its owner or
when illness threatens. Whether this was psychically viewed,
symbolic, or an actual change in color or clarity of the stone
is undetermined, but was probably a psychic phenomenon. In this
sense the ruby can be used as a tool of scrying, as can most
of the transparent stones.
Magical Uses: Rubies are truly precious
stones. Perfect specimens of a deep, blood red hue are outrageously
expensive. Lower grade, non-gem quality rubies are available
at nominal cost and can be utilized in magic. In 13th C magic,
rubies were well established as wealth-increasing stones. They
were especially effective if engraved with the image of a dragon
or snake before using. Ancient magic from India states that
the possession of rubies helps their owner to accumulate other
precious gems, perhaps because of the stone's wealth-inducing
qualities. Worn, the ruby was thought to convey invulnerability,
or protection against all foes, wicked spirits, negativity,
plague, fascination (magical manipulation), and famine. It was
also a special mascot of soldiers, guarding against wounds in
battle. Basically the ruby strengthens the body's own psychic
defense system when worn. The ruby in the home guards it against
storms and negativity, especially if first touched to the four
outside corners of the house. Similarly, touching trees or the
boundaries of a garden magically protects them from lightning
and the effects of violent storms. Ruled by Mars, the ruby is
worn during magical rituals to increase the energies available
to the magician or placed on the altar beside a red candle to
lend energy to you when you're feeling depleted or drained.
In a similar line of magical influence, wearing a ruby is said
to increase the body's warmth. Jewelry set with rubies is worn
to banish sadness and negative thought patterns. Such jewelry
also produces joy, strengthens will power and confidence as
well as dispelling fear. Placed beneath the pillow or worn to
bed, it assures restful sleep, undisturbed by nightmares. Star
rubies, those rare stones with a naturally occurring six-pointed
star, are thought to be particularly potent in protective and
other forms of magic since a spirit was thought to dwell within
it. Star rubies can also be used as divinatory tools by gazing
at the crossed lines of light
Transmits peace and humility.
Symbol of truth, loyalty, and justice. The sapphire is reputed
to have a great number of healing properties. When used on the
physical body it is said to help to overcome such problems as
backache, skin eruptions, the condition of the hair and nails
and also to prevent bleeding. There have also been claims that
it can be beneficial in the treatment of various forms of cancer.
On an emotional level, the sapphire is said to promote an intensity
of loving feeling and to give the wearer the qualities of religious
devotion, purity of mind and serenity. Star Sapphire aligns
the spinal column and improves communication with the higher
side of life. Links the mind, body and spirit to bring attunement.
*Scott Cunningham: Folkname: Holy
Stone, Star Sapphire: Astrae Receptive, Moon, Water, Apollo,
Psychism, Love, Meditation, Peace, Defensive Magic, Healing,
Ritual Lore: The Greeks identified
the sapphire with Apollo, and the stone was worn when consulting
oracles such as the famous one at Delphi.
Magical uses: This stone is worn
to stimulate the third eye for the purpose of expanding psychic
awareness. The ancient Greek practice mentioned above seems
to indicate that even they were aware of the sapphire's ability
to tap the subconscious mind. Sapphire is a guardian of love.
That is, it promotes fidelity and attunes the feelings between
lovers. Anciently it was also worn to banish envy, to promote
positive social interaction and to reconcile with foes; sapphire
can be used for all those purposes within any kind of relationship,
not just marital. Its onetime usage for promoting chastity is
probably also related to this: chastity can be viewed as the
lack of sexual activity outside an established relationship.
Star sapphires are thought to be especially effective for drawing
or inducing love. Sapphire is a soothing deep blue hue. It is
worn during meditation or contemplated upon to expand wisdom.
When you wear it, the stone promotes peace. The author of the
pseudo-Albertus Magnus manuscripts of the late 1300's stated
that this stone, worn, cools the "inward heat," or
anger. Its use in defensive magic stretches back to antiquity.
Once thought to "scare devils and evil" away, it is
today worn in protective jewelry and during rituals designed
to return negativity to its sender. A related power attributed
to sapphire is its legendary ability to guard its owner from
captivity. Currently, it finds favor with those involved in
litigation and legal matters, possibly because it banishes fraud.
The stone will work only if its wearer is in the right. The
sapphire is utilized in healing the body, especially the eyes,
which are strengthened by its presence. It also reduces fevers
and when pressed to the forehead, halts bleeding from the nose.
Sapphires are also worn as general health-protectants, for,
as Budge says in "Amulets and Talismans", the stronger
and healthier a body, the less chance "evil spirits"
(i.e., disease, infections) have to do harm. An ancient work
by Bartholmaeus says: "Also wytches love well this stone,
for they wene (ween, "believe") that they may werke
certen wondres by virtue of this stone." It is worn and
utilized in rituals to strengthen the magician's ability to
tap and send forth power. Generally worn as jewelry, sapphires
are also utilized in money and wealth-attracting rituals. In
early ceremonial magic the image of an astrolabe was engraved
on the gem to increase wealth. Star sapphires are considered
to be more potent, magically speaking, for all uses.
From DragonHawk and MoonRaven's
description at Whispered Prayers (www.whisperedprayers.net an
excellent source of supplies) their online store is extensive
and they are extremely reliable in delivery of products. These
stones are incredibly powerful. They are roundish Iron coated
sandstone deposits. Extremely helpful in healing, protecting,
meditating, shapeshifting, and contacting spirit/animal guides.
They give off an incredible energy vibration. Some scientists
believe them to be from 130 to 155 million years old. We have
recently learned that these "Shaman Stones" have been
found all around the World - at many different native sites.
Since these stones are older than any "international trade"
it is highly likely that many different tribes around the World
had their own Shaman Stones. With this in mind, it begs the
question - WHY ? Why would many different tribes have the same
item. Did the stones hold a deep spiritual meaning for them?
Was there a universal calling to "Own" these? Or were
they just left over from the meteors that wiped-out the dinosaurs
The Shaman stones that we receive
are from the Moqui Reservation ... hence the sub-name "Moqui
Marbles". These strange Ironstone concretions are found
at the base of the Navajo Sandstone formation. The Moqui Indians
that inhabited the Southwest used these small balls for marble-like
games and in slings for hunting. The centers are filled with
hard packed sandstone and the outer surface is a composite of
iron, phosphorus, and lime (The outer surface tends to be 1/8th
to 1/4 inch thick - We have a cut sample of a Shaman Stone available
for viewing at the Whispered Prayers Store) How they were formed
and what caused their unusual rounded shapes remain a puzzle.
There are various theories as to their formation. Some of the
theories include: * Meteroric Splash-over that covered "sandy"
areas - eventually creating the "balls". * Inadvertently
created by superheating the sand. IE: They may have been created
over a long period of time in native fire pits. * Intentionally
created through a primitive alchemist method. Their energies
are somewhat like those of Boji Stones, and Kansas Pop Rocks
... Yet Shaman Stones may have a greater and longer running
"power" (and at a much lower price). Shaman Stones
are highly protective, and will absorb negativity and replace
it with useful energies. They are wonderful for healing, as
their energies flow easily up the Chakra column. The first time
I held one of these stones in my hand, I could not believe the
energy I felt inside them! If you sit calmly, holding a shaman
stone in each hand, you can actually feel a tingle travel up
your arms and into the core of your body. Meditations and spiritual
journeys are greatly enhanced by holding a Shaman Stone in each
hand. They may also be used to contact your animal spirits,
totems, and guides, and to aid in shapeshifting. Shaman Stones
are equally balanced between grounding and energizing, and act
as a connector to the Earth's energies. There are likely many
more magickal uses for Shaman Stones... Purchasing 2 is highly
STAUROLITE: SEE CROSS STONES
In ancient days it made
the wearer vulnerable to injury or attack. Symbol of sobriety,
clemency, faithfulness, and idyllic love. It appeases anger,
turns sadness into happiness, brings wealth and honors. Used
as a divining rod to locate water, buried treasures, and precious
metals. Calms the passions. Improves the appetite and is a source
of strength when dealing with life's problems. Stimulates the
third chakra and helps to maintain equilibrium of newly stabilized
emotions. It is said that the topaz can relieve high blood pressure
and reduce varicose veins. It is also believed to prevent insomnia
and to encourage sound dreamless sleep. There are also some
who think that the topaz can prevent baldness -- but very limited
substantiation has been found for this claim.
*Scott Cunningham: Projective, Sun,
Fire, Deity: Ra; associated metal: Gold; associated stone: tiger's-eye;
Powers: healing, protection, weight loss, money, love.
Ritual Lore: The stones we now know
as peridot and olivine were named topaz in the distant past.
It was used at one time to cause its wearer to become invisible.
Magical Uses: Topaz is another of
the gemstones used for protective purposes. It is considered
a specific against envy, intrigue,
disease, injury, sudden death, sorcery and negative magic, and
lunacy. The stone was thought to be especially effective when
set in gold and bound to the left arm. Worn, it relieves depression,
anger, fear, greed, frenzies, and all disturbing emotions. Placed
in the home, it is a charm against fire and accidents. When
put under your pillow or worn to sleep, the topaz fends of nightmares
and ends sleepwalking. The topaz is used to relieve the pain
of rheumatism and arthritis as well as to regulate the digestive
system. Perhaps this is why the stone is also worn for weight
loss. Known as "lover of gold," the topaz is used
to bring wealth and money. Combine with an equal amount of tiger's-eye.
Empower and place these stones around a green candle. Burn the
candle and visualize. Wearing a topaz draws love.
Symbol of vitality and
said to give the wearer exhilaration and potency akin to the
power of electricity. The tourmaline should be worn against
the skin for maximum effect. Its particular properties are reputed
to be the relief of nervousness in the wearer and the encouragement
of self-assurance. It is, in fact, also known as the 'confidence
Black tourmaline: Assists the first
chakra imbalance such as arthritis; adrenal disorders are alleviated.
Rubellite tourmaline: Activates the
qualities stored in the second chakra. For example, stimulates
creativity and fertility.
Clear tourmaline: The third chakra
is activated and problems associated with this chakra are alleviated.
For example, digestion and ulcers.
Green tourmaline: Opens the chakra,
regenerates the heart, thymus and immune system.
Blue tourmaline: Activates the throat
chakra. Strengthens the larynx, throat and thyroid.
Cat's Eye tourmaline: This is the
elixir for the 6th chakra. It stimulates the endocrine system
and awakens personal concepts of God.
Quartz tourmaline: Opens the crown
chakra. All subtle bodies and chakras are aligned. There is
greater attunement to the higher self and an increased spiritual
*Scott Cunningham: Powers: love,
friendship, money, business, health, peace, energy, courage,
and astral projection.
Magical Uses: Tourmaline was unknown
to ancient magicians and is today still little used in magic,
though its popularity is increasing. Tourmaline is a unique
stone in many ways. It is transparent when viewed from the side
of the crystal, opaque, from either end. When heated or rubbed
to create friction, it polarizes; that is, one end will become
positive and attract ashes or light straws, the other, negative.
The stone is found in a variety of colors, each with its own
magical attributes. Some crystals possess two or three hues.
Pink tourmaline: Receptive, Venus,
Water. Draws love and friendship. Wear to promote sympathy
Red tourmaline (Rubellite): Projective,
Mars, Fire. rubellite, or red tourmaline, is worn to lend energy
to the body. It is also used in protective rituals. Worn, it
promotes courage and strengthens the will.
Green tourmaline: Receptive, Venus,
Earth. This stone is used to draw money and success in business.
Place on in a piggy bank or coin purse. Green tourmaline is
also worn to stimulate creativity.
Blue tourmaline: Receptive, Venus,
Water. Wear this stone to de-stress, for peace and restful sleep.
Black tourmaline: Receptive, Saturn,
Earth. Usually too brittle for jewelry, black tourmaline is
seldom commercially available. It is used for grounding purposes
and to represent the Earth in spells relating to that element.
It is also protective, for it absorbs negativity when charged
for that purpose via visualization.
Watermelon tourmaline: Projective,
receptive; Mars and Venus; Fire and Water. Watermelon tourmaline
consists of an interior red or pink tourmaline encased in green
tourmaline. A broken or sliced watermelon tourmaline looks much
like the fruit for which it is named. This stone is worn to
balance the projective and receptive (male and female) energies
within the body. It is also a love-attracting stone and works
best for this purpose when used by balanced persons.
Tourmalated quartz: Receptive, Pluto.
Wear or place beneath the pillow to promote astral projection.
Or, obtain a sphere of tourmalated quartz and, gazing at it,
still your mind and promect your astral body into the crystal.
A charm that voids assassination,
accidental death, or violence of any kind. It brings courage
and love. It is the symbol of youth and innocent love. Related
to the Sky Father, some American Indians still consider the
turquoise to be a sacred stone. They believe that it absorbs
all harmful vibrations and that it is a protective stone. A
turquoise--which should always have been given and never bought
for oneself--was at one time frequently given to those who were
about to undergo surgery as a form of protection during the
operation. This is a master healer. It strengthens the entire
anatomy and protects the aura.
Scott Cunningham: Folknames: Fayruz
(Arabic, "Lucky Stone"), Turkey Stone, Turkish Stone,
Thyites (ancient Greek), Venus Stone, Horseman's Talisman Receptive,
Venus and Neptune, Earth element; Deities: Hathor, Buddha, The
Great Spirit (American Indian). Associated metal: gold. Powers:
Protection, courage, money, love, friendship, healing, luck.
Ritual Lore: Turquoise is a sacred
stone to many American Indian tribes. The Navajo used ground
turquoise and coral in creating sand paintings to bring rain
to the parched land. Other native inhabitants of the Southwestern
United States and Mexico placed turquoise in tombs to guard
the dead. The Pueblos laid turquoise under the floor in offering
to the deities, when a house, or kiva, was built. A piece of
turquoise was a nearly required tool in the Apache shaman's
medicine, or power, bag. Other American peoples attached turquoise
to bows to ensure accurate shots. Besides these and many more
uses, turquoise has been prized for its beautiful color and
potent magical properties.
Magical Uses: It is a protective
stone. Turquoise carvings of horses and sheep are kept by the
Navajo as potent guardians against negative magic. A turquoise
ring is worn to guard against the evil eye, disease, serpents,
poison, violence and accidents, and any and all dangers. Worn,
it promotes courage. Horse riders wear turquoise to protect
themselves from falls. For this purpose it is mounted in gold.
They attach a second small piece into the bridle or saddle to
give protection to the horse. It is a valuable amulet for travelers,
especially when venturing into politically volatile or dangerous
places. An old ritual utilized turquoise to gain wealth. perform
this rite a few days after the New Moon when the crescent is
first visible in the sky. Avoid looking at the Moon until the
proper time. Hold a turquoise in your hand. Visualize your magical
need--money--manifesting in your life. Move outside and look
at the Moon. Then directly shift your gaze to the turquoise.
The magic has begun. Carry the stone with you until the money
arrives. Turquoise is also worn or used in money-attracting
spells, such as placing circles or necklaces of turquoise around
green candles and visualizing wealth. Given as a gift, it bestows
wealth and happiness upon its receiver. The stone is also utilized
in love magic; turquoise is worn, carried or given to a loved
one. It is frequently used to promote marital harmony, ensuring
that the two persons involved blend with each other. Some sources
say that if love fades in the stone's recipient, the stone's
color will fade as well. Wear turquoise to attract new friends,
to be joyous and even-tempered and to increase beauty. It is
also a healing stone. It strengthens the eyes, alleviates fevers
and reduces headaches. When turquoise is pressed against the
diseased or troubled part of the body, the illness is visualized
as entering the stone. Water into which turquoise has been dipped
is drunk for its healing energies. Turquoise rings and pendants
are worn to promote and to protect the health; blue candles
surrounded with turquoise are visualized as speeding the healing
process. The stone is said to prevent migraines when worn. Like
all blue stones, the turquoise is lucky and is carried to attract
A stone of luck that grants
the wearer all desires for health, prosperity, and honors. It
is a silent protector against all danger on land, sea, and air.
It promotes sound sleep and brings happiness and strength. Zircon
is believed to be helpful in increasing the appetite and in
overcoming problems of the liver. The forces of the pineal and
pituitary gland are merged on a physical level. The chakras
associated with these two glands are opened and balanced.
Scott Cunningham: Projective, Sun,
Fire, associated metal: gold. Powers: Protection, beauty, love,
peace, sexual energy, healing, anti-theft. Magical Uses: This
is a somewhat confusing stone. It is found in many coors, but
some of them have been artificially produced. It is known by
various names. All have magical qualities.
Clear (or White) Zircon: A magical
substitute for diamond, it is worn for protection. Use for clear
thinking and to promote mental processes. A curious ritual:
Kiss a white or clear zircon. If you are chaste (celibate),
the stone will stay clear. If not, it will turn black.
Yellow Zircon: (Jargon, Jargoon,
Ligure): Wear to increase sexual energy or to attract love.
Carry to drive away depression, to increase alertness, and for
Orange Zircon: (Jacinth, Hyacinth):
Wear to increase beauty and to still fears and jealousy. Carried
during travel, it guards against injury. Worn or placed in the
home, it safeguards against theft; so keep an orange zircon
with valuables. Set in gold, it is doubly powerful.
Red Zircon: (Hyacinth): This stone
increases riches if worn or used in such rituals. It also guards
against injuries. A protective stone, it vitalizes the body,
lends energy in times of physical stress, and heals. Worn it
draws pain from the body.
Brown Zircon: (Malacon): Use for
grounding and centering. Brown zircon is employed in wealth
and money spells.
Green Zircon: Green zircons are used
in money spells.
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