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Stones and Gems

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Stone and Gem Magick

Since the first time man struck two stones together causing sparks to create fire (a magickal act to primitive man), stones have been viewed as possessing magickal powers and influences. In times of old stones were carried as talismans when traveling or going on journeys; they were believed to hold a connective source of power back to the homeland. This tradition eventually evolved into the wearing of amulets and rings decorated with stones and gems.

Stones have a long association with witchcraft being used by witches for many magickal purposes. Stones, gems and crystals contain their own unique powers and energies that can be used to influence differing occult functions. Many contain healing properties; some are used for protection and to ward off evil, while others are used for divination and spiritual communication.

Below is a list of stones commonly used for magickal purposes:

gems_amethystAmethyst - is a spiritual stone, it brings serenity in times of grief and stress, and is a good aid to meditation. As a calming stone, if placed against the forehead it can ease headaches, and if place under the pillow can aid in restful sleep. It can be used to strengthen commitment, and as an aid to chastity. Amethyst stones have a violet and purple hue, and are associated with the birth signs of Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Pisces.

aquamarine_gemAquamarine - is a water stone, it is used for calming the nerves, strengthening the spirit, and as an aid to healing internal organs. When used to aid communication, it helps calm and relax the overactive mind. If used in conjunction with meditation, it inspires love, peace, serenity, and greater self-awareness. Aquamarine stones are associated with the birth signs Virgo and Aquarius.

bloodstone_pyramidBloodstone - is a healing stone, and is helpful in clearing energy. It is used with blood related disorders and to strengthen blood circulation, as it is thought to toughen and oxygenate the bloodstream. Women may find bloodstones helpful in the regulation of the menstrual cycle, and for painful periods. Bloodstones are also used to stimulate physical strength, and are revitalizing and balancing. Bloodstones are green with red flecks and are associated with the birth sign Aries.

carnelian_roughCarnelian - is a healing stone, it vitalizes the blood and aids tissue regeneration. It is used to aid concentration and helps to open the heart bringing joy, sociability and warmth. It is also used as a protector from evil. Carnelian stones are orange in colour, and are associated with the birth sign Virgo.

Celestite – is a peace stone, it reduces stress and provides a sense of relaxation, bringing with it peace of mind. It is also used as an aid to creativity, and clarity of words and thoughts.

citrine_tumbledCitrine – is a healing stone, believed to be of great benefit to sufferers of diabetes. It also aids tissue re-generation and is especially efficacious to the digestive system. Used to improve self-confidence by encouraging self-esteem, it enhances friendships and relationships in general. Citrine stones have a pale to deep or smoky yellow colour, and are associated with the birth sign Gemini.

Clear Quartz - as a healing stone, it is physically good for the heart and spine. As a protective stone, it is a generator and activator of energy that repels negativity on all levels. As such it is beneficially used to aid self-confidence, and against real or imaginary slights and injustices. Also used to bolster courage and as an aid too peaceful sleep. The milky or opaque quartz has a receptive feminine aspect, while the clear quartz have a stimulating male force.

Fluorite – is a healing and spiritual stone. Associated with the strengthening of bones and teeth, it also aids knowledge, spiritual growth, and unconditional love. Fluorite is a variable coloured stone often containing purple, white and green.

garnetsGarnet - is a peace stone. Used to balance sexuality and soothe emotional disharmony, while encouraging love and compassion. Its healing properties protect from infection and aids with mental fatigue. Garnets are a deep red in colour, and are associated with the birth signs Scorpio and Capricorn.

Jade - is a healing and protecting stone. Red jade serves to stimulate the emotions; it aids friendships while promoting prosperity. Green jade serves to calm and soothe. Both have a general influence on the inner motivations and urges. Jade is associated with the birth sign Taurus.

Lodestone - is a metallic and magnetic stone with both drawing and repelling properties. It helps to draw out and alleviate illness and pain from the physical body, and eases emotional trauma by increasing resistance to stress and disease. It provides protection when around people or in places that impart feelings of depression or agitation, it repels these feeling and helps you grow strong. Black in colour, its energies are clearing and building.

moonstoneMoonstone – is a spiritual stone used to draw the aid of the noon’s spirits and the favours of the moon goddess. They are also used to aid the development of the subconscious and psychic mind. Moonstones have a watery white, pearly sheen that is supposed to open the heart to giving and receiving love, and when exchanged between lovers, arouses passion. Moonstones are associated with the birth sign’s of Cancer and Pisces.

malachiteMalachite - is an inspirational stone used to aid eyesight and visionary powers by raising hopes and expectations. It helps to combat fear by understanding its source, and assists us to back free from limitations by increasing courage and determination. It is also good for arthritis and is thought to attract prosperity. Malachite is an opaque green striped stone, and is associated with the birth sign Sagittarius.

peridot_pointsPeridot - is a healing and spiritual stone used in divination. Peridot is a semi-precious stone and known as the “stone of the seer”. It counteracts negativity and aids the development of inner vision by attracting occult powers to the seer. It also enhances feelings of inner joy and lightness and opens you to giving, receiving, and expressing this joy. Used in healing, it has a beneficial effect on cleansing the liver when “charged” in water. It accelerates personal growth, resonates well with the heart, and aids in reducing stress. Peridot is light green in colour, and associated with the birth sign of Leo.

rose_quartz_clusterRose Quartz - is a feminine love stone. Used to draw positive energies, it increases fertility, friendships and brings contentment to the aged. Placed over the heart area, it filters and harmonizes energies passing through it in either direction. It is a very comforting stone that promotes tenderness and sweet things, joyfulness and peace. It also soothes heart pain. Rose Quartz as its name suggests, has a pinkish rose colour.

Sodalite - is a calming and balancing stone. It alleviates fears and strengthens the metabolism. It is a slightly sedative and grounding stone that lowers blood pressure and aids sleep. It also clears and calms the mind bringing clarity, enhanced communication, and creative self-expression that widens the perspective. Sodalite is a bright blue stone, often criss-crossed with white lines and flecks; these symbolize the spiritual light that comes with a balanced mind.

Written and Compiled by George Knowles

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