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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???)

Scott Cunningham:
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 stressful situations.

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???)

Scott Cunningham:
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…This 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, Protection.

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 Greek temples.

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 psychic attack.

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 enter you.

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, Invisibility, Agriculture.

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 cat’s 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 is doubtful.

*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 dazzling appearance.

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, Luck.

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/Staurolite: *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 form.

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, Money.

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 and insecurity.

*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 the memory.

*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 disappear.

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, and loyalty.

Scott Cunningham: Spanish: "Stone of the Flank" Receptive, Venus, Water, Kwan Yin, Maat, Buddha, Love, Healing, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Gardening, Prosperity, Money.

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 snow.

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, Health.

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 meteorites.

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, Akasha

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 eating oysters.

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 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 bark)

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 /littlefeathercenter/photos2.html

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 the system.

*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, Power, Money.

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 ( 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 recommended.


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 stone.'

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 understanding.

*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 toward others.

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 good fortune.

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 business success.

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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