Crystals, stones and metals

Crystals, stones and metals have been used by humans for tens of thousands of
years. They are used to make our homes and have been made into weapons or used
to sharpen them. They also have been used as tools of magick and religious ritual
and as talismans and offerings to the Gods. We may not notice them, but they are
everywhere in our lives. It is not uncommon to find that even the most skeptical nonbeliever
wearing a birthstone ring, the stone considered lucky for a person born
during that month. 

Today, the natural energies of stones and crystals are being rediscovered by a whole new 
generation. As tools of magick, stones lend us their energies and provide us with places to store 
our own energies. 

They are like natural batteries, storing within them the energies of the Earth. 
They come in a rainbow of colors from ice clear to solid, glossy black and come in a variety 
of  shapes, sizes, and textures. 

They are a direct connection to the Earth that provides us with all we need
for existence. They are found within the Earth, a true gift of the Goddess and God.
Stones are used as talismans to protect from the unknown and are returned to the
Earth to insure the fertility of the fields and the success of the crops. Stone magick
covers all aspects of life: health, love, prosperity, spirituality, wisdom, just to name
a few. In conjunction with candle magick, stones add their energies and concentrate
the purpose within themselves. Because of this, the stone used for a positive spell is
retrieved and used as a talisman. 

For a negative or banishing spell, the stone is never touched and carefully returned to the earth 
far from your home. 
Before a stone is used in a spell, the stone should be charged with the purpose of the spell. 
This is done by holding the stone in your projective (right) hand and letting the energy that
is within you pour into the stone while visualizing the purpose. Some say the best
stones are the ones you gather yourself. For most of us, this is not very realistic, but
if you can, try to find stones in stream beds or lake bottoms, maybe from a wooded
path or even in your own back yard. Remember, when you do gather stones, ask the
Earth first and then thank it for its sacrifice. 

Some witches perform a small ritual before they go on stone gather expeditions, making 
offerings to the Earth and praying for a good hunt. Keep in mind that the stones you buy 
from whatever source  

The stones need to be cleansed of any negativity or lingering psychic clutter. You have
no idea how many people have handled the stones before you or how they were
claimed from the Earth, but you can probably guess that the Earth was not asked or
thanked for its sacrifice. The stones can be cleansed using several methods. Set the
stone in direct sunlight, preferable outside, and let the Sun's energies do the work.
The stone should stay outside for anywhere from one day to a week, depending on
how much other energy the stone's absorbed. The stone should be brought in every
evening at dusk. Check the stone by placing it in your receptive hand (left). Does the
stones natural energy vibrations feel normal? Once they do, the cleansing is
finished. 

If you happen to live near a stream or river or maybe on the ocean, you
can use the running water to cleanse the stones as well. This is done by placing the
stones in a mesh bag, tying them off somehow so as to not loose them and let the
running water cleanse them overnight. If one night is not enough, leave it for
another. The Earth can also be used, although this method is much more time
consuming. 

Take the stones and bury them in the earth. Remember to mark where
the stones are buried! Leave them there for a week or two. Check them to see if they
are cleansed. If not, rebury them and wait another week. If none of these methods
are possible, a small ritual can be performed using a bowl of fresh earth (North), a
small basin of water (West), incense (East) and a red candle (South). Pass the stone
through each of these elements while asking the element to aid in cleansing the stone
of all negativity and unwanted energies. Follow the links below to charts containing
information about some of the various stones and crystals and their attributes.

Energy
There are two basic energies that stones possess. They are either projective, or receptive.
Projective stones tend to be strong, bright, forceful. Receptive stones are calm, inward, peaceful.
Follow the chart below to learn more about these unique energies and the stones that fall into
each category.

Projective Masculine; Healing, Protection, Intellectual Powers, Luck, Success, Will
Power, Courage, Self Confidence 
Black, Brown and Red Agate, Amber, Apache Tears,
Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Cat's-eye, Citrine, Cross Stone, Diamond,
Garnet, Red Jasper, Lava, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone,
Tiger's-eye, Red Tourmaline, Zircon

Receptive Feminine; Soothing, Love, Wisdom, Compassion, Eloquence, Sleep, Dreams,
Friendship, Growth, Fertility, Prosperity, Spirituality, Psychism, Mysticism
Blue Lace and Green Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Pink Calcite,
Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Coal, Coral, Cross Stone, Quartz Crystal, Emerald,
Fossils, Jade, Brown and Green Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone,
Mother-of-Pearl, Olivine, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Salt, Sapphire, Sugilite, Black, Blue,
Green and Pink Tourmaline, Turquoise

Elemental Rulers
Earth 
Peace, Grounding, Centering, Fertility, Money, Business Success, Stability,
Gardening 
Green Agate, Green Calcite, Cat's-eye, Chrysoprase, Coal, Emerald,
Brown and Green Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Olivine, Peridot, Salt, Black and Green
Tourmaline, Turquoise

Air 
Communication, Travel, Intellect
Aventurine, Mottled Jasper, Mica, Pumice

Fire 
Protection, Defensive Magick, Physical Strength, Magickal Energy, Courage, Will Power,
Purification 
Banded, Black, Brown, Red Agate, Amber, Apache Tear, Bloodstone,
Carnelian, Citrine, Quartz Crystal, Diamond, Garnet, Hematite, Red Jasper, Lava,
Obsidian, Onyx, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Red and
Watermelon Tourmaline, Zircon

Water 
Love, Healing, Compassion, Reconciliation, Friendship, Purification, De-stressing,
Peace, Dreams, Sleep, Psychic Ability
Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue and Pink Calcite, Chrysocolla, Coral, 
Quartz Crystal, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Pearl, Sapphire, Selenite, Sodalite, 
Sugilite, Blue,Green, Pink Tourmaline

Planetary Rulers 
Sun
Legal Matters, Healing, Protection, Success, Illumination, Magickal and Physical
Energy
Amber Orange Calcite, Carnelian, Quartz Crystal, Diamond, Sunstone,
Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Zircon

Moon 
Sleep, Dreams, Gardening, Love, Healing, Home, Fertility, Peace, Compassion,
Spirituality
Aquamarine, Quartz Crystal, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Pearl,Sapphire, Selenite

Mercury 
Increasing Mental Powers, Eloquence, Divination, Studying, Communication,
Travel, Wisdom 
Agate, Aventurine, Mottled Jasper, Pumice

Venus 
Love, Fidelity, Reconciliation, Beauty, Joy, Happiness, Pleasure, Luck, Friendship,
Compassion, Meditation, Women
Azurite, Blue, Green, Pink Calcite, Cat's-eye,
Chrysocolla, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Green Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Olivine,
Peridot, Blue, Green, Pink, Watermelon Tourmaline, Turquoise

Mars 
Courage, Healing (after Surgery), Physical Strength, Politics, Sexual Energy, Protection,
Defensive Magick, Men
Bloodstone, Flint, Garnet, Red Jasper, Onyx, Ruby, Sardonyx, Red and Watermelon Tourmaline

Jupiter 
Spirtuality, Meditation, Psychism, RitualAmethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite
Saturn Grounding, Centering, Protection, Purification, Luck
Alum, Apache Tear, Coal Hematite, Brown Jasper, Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Salt, Black Tourmaline

Magickal Intention

Beauty
Amber, Cat's-eye, Jasper, Opal

Business Success
Bloodstone, Malachite, Green Tourmaline, Yellow Zircon

Courage
Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Diamond, Lapis Lazuli,
Tiger's-eye, Turquoise

Dieting
Moonstone, Topaz

Divination
Azurite, Jet, Moonstone, Obsidian, Tiger's-eye

Dreams
Amethyst, Azurite, Fluorite

Eloquence
Carnelian, Celestite, Sardonyx

Friendship
Chysoprase, Pink Tourmaline, Turquoise

Gardening
Agate, Jade, Malachite, Brown Zircon

God
Citrine, Malachite, Sunstone

Goddess
Moonstone, Chrysocolla

Grounding
Hematite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Salt, Black Tourmaline

Happiness
Amethyst, Yellow Zircon

Healing
Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Cat's-eye, Coral, Diamond, Garnet,
Jade, Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Topaz, Turquoise, Red Zircon

Longevity
Agate, Fossils, Jade, Petrified Wood

Love
Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Beryl, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite,
Moonstone, Olivine, Pearl, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise

Luck
Amber, Apache Tear, Aventurine, Cross Stone, Jet, Olivine, Opal, Pearl,
Sardonyx, Tiger's-eye, Turquoise

Magickal Power
Bloodstone, Quartz Crystal, Malachite, Opal, Ruby

Meditation
Geodes, Sapphires, Sodalite

Mental Powers
Aventurine, Emerald, Fluorite, Zircon

Money, Wealth,Prosperity
Aventurine, Bloodstone, Calcite, Cat's-eye, Coal,
Emerald, Jade, Mother-of-Pearl, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Ruby, Salt, Sapphire,
Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Green Tourmaline, Brown, Green or Red Zircon

Peace
Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Carnelian, Coral, Diamond, Lepidolite,
Malachite, Obsidian, Sapphire, Sardonyx, Blue Tourmaline

Physical Energy
Beryl, Selenite, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Red Tourmaline, Red
Zircon

Physical Strength
Agate, Amber, Beryl, Bloodstone, Diamond, Garnet

Protection
Agate, Amber, Apache Tear, Calcite, Cat's-eye, Citrine, Coral, Quartz
Crystal, Diamond, Emerald, Flint, Fossils, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli,
Lava, Malachite, Marble, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Obsidian, Onyx, Pearl,
Peridot, Petrified Wood, Ruby, Salt, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tiger's-eye, Topaz, Black
Tourmaline, Red Tourmaline, Turquoise, Clear Zircon, Red Zircon

Purification
Aquamarine, Salt

Sexual Energy
Carnelian, Sunstone, Yellow Zircon

Sleep
Moonstone, Peridot, Blue Tourmaline

Spirituality
Calcite, Diamond, Sugilite

Success
Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Marble

Travel
Chalcedony, Orange Zircon

Wisdom
Coral, Jade, Sodalite, Sugilite

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