Crystal Magic & Folklore, Part I - Crystals 'A' through 'E'
written by Laura Lees - Laura@snazzdragon.com


Stones are colour-coded, according to the element with which they are most commonly associated:
Red = FireBlue = WaterGreen = EarthYellow = Air


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Abalone Although a shell, not a stone, Abalone is widely used in jewellery and being a natural substance it does have metaphysical properties. It has long been believed that its many shimmering colours affect all the chakras of the human body, bringing them into balance and alignment. It is especially good for the heart chakra, gently cleansing fear, sorrow and any dull negative energies so that the heart shines with all the colours of the rainbow. Its obvious link with elemental Water means that Abalone is a very powerful cleanser. Meditation with a piece of shell can grant insights as to how you can release old and outgrown beliefs and attitudes so that you can move forwards. The shell grants inspiration and magical creativity and is especially useful when writing your own original spells and rituals.
Agate Named after the Achates River in Sicily, this is one of the most common of stones. A fine-grained form of Chalcedony, it is found in a wide variety of colours and markings. The banding sometimes takes the form of an eye and this is an especially lucky power stone which brings wealth, plenty and protection from evil. When working magic with Agate try to choose the most appropriate colour for the spell, such as pink for love magic, green for nature spells and blue for healing. Closely linked to the power of elemental Air and potent for weather magic. Has an affinity with apple and its power increases if it is anointed with apple oil or placed in a charm bag with apple seeds. Enhances eloquence and communication skills, gives courage, brings success, opens the mind to new information and helps you to assimilate it quickly. A very protective stone that repels many dangers including demons, lightning and serpents. Worn as a lucky charm by ancient athletes to bring them power during a race and help them recover afterwards ~ Agate is still used today to increase energy and speed recovery.
Alabaster A soft, white, semi-transparent stone. Used magically to symbolise purity, the whiter the stone the better. Encourages feelings of peace and calmness and can be used to combat stress, heal arguments or calm an angry household. A protective stone, especially for babies, children and anyone innocent at heart.
Alexandrite Under the influence of the planet Mercury Alexandrite is a powerful healing stone for the body and the mind. Balances the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of your life and helps you become centred and calm. Especially useful when healing disorders of the brain or central nervous system. Mentally it can help overcome lack of confidence, low self-esteem and a lack of direction or focus in life. Meditating with the stone can help you identify your goals and plan how to begin working towards them.
Amazonite The stone of personal truth and honesty. Helps you to find the courage to speak from the heart and also the wisdom to know when to stay silent. Working with the stone can develop respect for yourself and others and it makes a good gift for angry or intolerant people. Develops creativity and self expression so that you can really be the person that you know yourself to be. Calming to the nerves, relieves stress and helps anyone suffering mood swings, irrational behaviour and emotional problems. Placing the stones on the soles of your feet can help to increase your connection with the Earth and draw in vital energy. Boosts will-power and inner strength. Teaches you how to cope with change and 'go with the flow'. Resting a stone on the 3rd Eye when meditating can help unlock psychic gifts such as clairvoyance, telepathy and empathy. A wonderful gift for Nature ~ leave a piece at a well, river, or sacred site and you will be rewarded by an increased awareness of nature spirits and animal guides.
Amber A Solar stone, closely associated with the power of the Sun and masculine energies. For many centuries Amber has been considered one the most potent of magical gems and it is a favoured stone of witches. The Chinese believed that it was formed from drops of Dragon's blood which solidified when they hit the ground. Sacred to the Goddess Freya, whose magic girdle 'Brisingamen' was carved from the stone, it is often used in magic for passion or fertility. The Romans believed that as a talsiman Amber protects the body from physical harm and Gladiators would often carry such a charm for protection. Holds within it the power of magical attraction and can be used in charm bags, worn as jewellery and held when meditating or praying to draw good things into your life. Replaces unhappiness and depression with bright, Solar energy and can be used to help you become more comfortable with your masculine side and your natural aggression and anger. Physically it is healing to the chest and throat and oil of Amber is still used today as a rub for such problems. The stone is said to balance the bodies' electrical energy and strengthen the central nervous system. Mentally it helps combat eccentric behaviour, anxiety and indecisiveness.
Amblygonite Amblygonite is a very rare gemstone usually found as pale yellow, green or lilac coloured crysals. Because of its extreme rarity and pale colours it is rarely used in jewellery or as an ornamental stone. Sharpens mental focus and increases clarity. Refreshing to the mind, especially after long periods of study when it gives the bearer the stamina to continue working. Encourages eloquent speech and helps you to find the right words for putting your point across effectively.
Amethyst A purple coloured variety of Quartz, Amethyst forms as mainly clear crystals of all shades from deepest violet to pale lilac and white. Usually classified as a Lunar stone because of its power to influence the mind, dreams and the astral planes. Most famously renowned for keeping its wearer free from drunkenness and excess, the stone can be used magically to keep you clear headed and free from unwelcome influences. Relieves stress related illness and pain such as headache, muscle tension and back or neck ache. A stone of sleep and dreams, Amethyst stimulates the imagination and opens doors onto the astral planes. Helps with meditation and makes a particularly good focus to concentrate on when you are learning this skill. Turns away bad luck, curses and negative energy. Balances logical reasoning and intuition to create a much deeper view of any situation. The sacred stone of the priesthood, Amethyst can be worn by anyone who has spiritual or magical responsibility for others. Increases wisdom and spiritual power and helps make contact with higher guides and inspirational sources of creativity. Often brings unexpected messages in the form of signs and strange coincidences.
Ametrine Ametrine is formed when Amethyst and Citrine (both of which are types of Quartz) form together in the same stone. Combines mental clarity with strength of will, making it a very powerful stone for any magic user. Can help to break addictions by using the power of Amethyst combined with the clarity of Citrine, helping you to remember why it is so important for you to break this addiction while you are struggling with withdrawal.
Angelite A pale, blue grey coloured opaque stone. Used magically to create a shield of psychic protection that deflects curses and ill-wishing and rebounds these negative energieson the person who sent them. Creates a connection with Angelic energy for protection and strength and can help you to find and communicate with your own sepcial Guardian Angel.
Apache Tear Obsidian In American Indian legend this volcanic glass was created when the Apache were driven from their homelands and their tears fell onto the dust of the Earth. Known as the stone of the Shaman, Apache Tear Obsidian is helpful to anyone seeking hidden magical knowledge and the paths of the Web of Wyrd. Meditation with the stone can increase your sensitivity to magical energy and help develop your power to walk between the worlds.
Apatite A very complex mineral which is present in our teeth and bones. In its crystalline state Apatite can be thought of as the bones of the Earth. Helps teach us how to safely connect with the vast energy of the Earth and use it for healing and magic. Regular meditation or magical working with Apatite will help to improve your concentration, memory and intuitive knowledge of the Earth and her powers. Strange coincidences often seem to crop up when you are working with this stone and these are a good sign that you are on the right track. Can be used magically for healing, regeneration and to provide the stamina to face a difficul problem or long term illness. Brings stability and common-sense to new projects and helps you keep your feet on the ground.
Apophyllite Apopyllite is renowned as one of the few stones powerful enough to clear negative energy out of any other stone, including Quartz. It is used magically to help develop a relationship with your Spirit Guide, or with totem animals and other magical beings that you would like to work with. It is an especially helpful stone when you are working with a Guardian Angel or angelic entities. Meditation with Apophyllite can help your magical learning by enabling you to 'remember' knowledge and skills. Where these come from is not known but some people theorise that it may be skills and information that you learnt in past lives and therefore the stone is often used to help encourage past life recall and ancient knowledge.
Aquamarine A very pale, translucent form of Beryl, the name Aquamarine simply means 'sea-water' and the stone is closely associated with the cleansing and healing powers of the Water elemen. Relieves stress and tension and is soothing to both the mind and the nerves. Helpful when feeling overwhelmed by emotions, memories or bad experiences. Brings the self control and courage to stay focused on a problem and gently but persistently wear it away in the same way that over the centuries the sea erodes the coast. Focus your troubles into an Aquamarine and leave it in a dish of water under the waning Moon to see them diminish. Said to protect the bearer from drowning and bring them under the kindly influence of sea deities. Meditation with the stone raises the spiritual level, concentrates power and reveals knowledge of the future so it is a wonderful gem to wear when practising any form of divination. Promotes inner vision and develops visualisation skills and creative imagination. In healing Aquamarine brings emotional release, which is often manifested through cleansing tears. Clears away blocks and negative energies. A very powerful stone for any person trying to better themselves or raise their spiritual awareness. With regular use it helps make the magical mind sharper and more alert.
Aragonite Often compared to coral because of the way the many hexagonal prisms grow and sometimes called 'Sputniks' because they look like little satellites. A powerful crystal for transmitting energy, Aragonite can be used to amplify prayers or charms and direct the energy of a spell to its target. Encourages the growth of confidence, self-respect and feelings of worth. Meditating with the stone can give insights into your own unique gifts and talents and how best to develop them.
Astrophyllite Astrophyllite is a rare titanium mineral found in the Ural Mountains that is usually golden yellow, bronze or brown colored. Its name when translated means 'star sheets' and it is called this partly because of the interwoven star shapes the crystal can form and partly because of its strange luster, which can be metallic in some crystals and similar to pearl in others. Astrophyllite is a powerful stone for developing powers of astral travel and it strengthens the magical senses and memory, thereby increasing the knowledge you are able to bring back from your astral journeys. Enhances intuition and helps you to understand hidden knowledge, especially the deep, universal truths that underlie most myths, fairytales and archetypes. Astrophyllite is an excellent stone to work with if you feel a need to examine your lifestyle or your spiritual path, allowing you to examine these aspects of yourself honestly without becoming emotionally involved. Raises self esteem and helps you connect with the Divine power of the Goddess or God that exists within you. Meditation with Astrophyllite can help you to recognize new opportunities when they arise in your life and it is especially useful if you need to find new ways of solving problems that you have been struggling with for some time.
Aventurine A stone of elemental Earth that can be used for all earthly goals, such as drawing money and prosperity, protection, stability, fertility and independance. Helps you attune to Nature Spirits and makes a wonderful gift to leave in a beautiful place when trying to contact them. Aventurine is reputed to be a favourite stone of the Fair Folk and can be useful when trying to contact them. Encourages optimism, perseverance and the determination to work towards your goals, no matter how distant or impossible they may seem. Holds the healing powers of the green Earth and can be used to draw Earth energy into your body when feeling depressed or listless. Helps you to appreciate your right to happiness, health and wealth and to work towards these goals without blocking your own ambitions through negative thought. Excellent for healing old traumas or emotional wounds which can be projected into the stone then given back to the Earth to be released and broken down into harmless energy. A powerful charm for fertility, whether it be the creation of a baby or of new ideas and projects.
Azeztulite Azeztulite has so far only been found in one area of America. Known as the stone of light and clarity it is a powerful psychic and spiritual crystal. Encourages the gift of inner vision and empowers any psychic work, espeically Shamanic Journeys and astral travel. Gives protection to anyone who walks between the worlds or has to brave perils in the spirit realms. Aids the integration of the many hidden aspects of the mind and promotes understanding and acceptance of what you find when you journey within yourself.
Azurite Azurite is a powerful psychic stone which can be used to amplify energy and boost the power available for almost any magical working. Reveals psychic blocks that may be affecting your spiritual progress and gently brings your fears and shadows into the daylight where you can honestly examine them and work towards overcoming them. Helps to release outgrown beliefs and patterns, dissolving fear and transforming it into understanding. Because Azurite is most usually found in nature growing with Malachite these two stones work well together and will enhance each other's powers.



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Barite Barite is an interesting stone, usually found in shades of yellow, pink and black. It is used to help control the flow of energy and also to preserve energy, which makes it very useful for people who are just beginning a course of psychic exercises. Increases understanding of the natural flow of energy and of Akasha, magical energy. Working with Barite can bring unexpected solutions to problems and insights as to how to clear obstacles from your path.
Benitoite Benitoite was discovered in San Benito County, California in 1907 and has been established as the state's gem because it is found nowhere else in the world. This beautiful and very rare gem has the crisp colour of blue Sapphire and the light dispersing qualities of Diamond.Even though it is a very modern stone some magical lore has already built up around it. Linked with the powers of elemental Water Benitoite can be used to call upon the deities of the sea and to ensure safe travel and protection when loved ones are far from home.
Beryl A form of yellow Quartz. Beryl was the original 'scrying stone' or crystal ball. For many centuries it was renowned for its power of inducing magical visions and many magicians still insist it is the best stone there is for crystal gazing. A mirror of polished Beryl is reputed to reveal other people's secrets, no matter how deeply they are hidden. Traditionally believed to make the idle industrious, Beryl can be used magically to boost energies and motivation when tackling an unwelcome challenge or project. Quickens the wit and sharpens intellectual skills. Holding a piece of Beryl while reading or studying will help ensure that the information is understood and remembered.
Bismuth Although Bismuth is a naturally occuring mineral most specimens of this strange metallic crystal are labratory grown. The Bismuth is melted and a rod is placed in the molten mineral then very slowly pulled up through it, allowing crystalline structures to form as it cools. Bismuth is a rare element and even good quality labratory grown crystals are hard to find. Bismuth is an excellent crystal for amplifying energy and seems to be particularly effective when used for healing or colour therapy. Low grade Bismuth crystals tend to show only one colour and can be used to channel that colour for healing or spiritual purposes. High grade crystals display a rainbow of colours and can be used in healing to treat a patient with many different colours working in harmony.
Black Onyx Some say this stone is in tune with the darker side of magic and sorcery. A very protective stone, it brings good luck to the bearer and guards against spells and curses fromyour enemies. Black Onyx is also used to increase endurance and bring hope, even in the depths of despair. The unscrupulous could use it to cause nightmares or destroy friendships and partnerships. It is worth remembering however that there is no evil in the stone itself - only in the person who uses it for malicious ends.
Bloodstone Also known as ‘Ematille’ (especially in old grimoires) and ‘Heliotrope’ (meaning ‘turns with the Sun’). Associated with the healing powers of the Sun. A piece of Bloodstone dipped in water channels the power of the Sun God to create a magical potion. Renowned as a healing stone, it was often carried by soldiers who believed it could staunch the flow of blood and stop wounds from becoming infected. Especially effective when used to treat lower back pain or any blood disorders such as anaemia, diabetes, high blood pressure and circulation problems. Encourages the flow of energy to the tissues and increases overall health. When used together Bloodstone and the herb Heliotrope are reputed to make the bearer invisible. Brings confidence, courage, strength of mind and firmness of purpose. Helps you take control of your life and overcome feelings of helplessness. Brings success in games and competitions and is renowned as a lucky stone for gamblers. Sleeping with the stone beneath your pillow will show you the future in your dreams. Teaches you to find emotional balance and the courage to follow your heart.
Blue Lace Agate Renowned as the stone of peace and calmness, Blue Lace Agate reduces tension and heals the effects of stress. It is especially soothing to sensitive people who are at risk of being overwhelmed by other people's emotions and energies or to violent people who find it difficult to talk about their anger. Releases suppressed femininity and helps you to be comfortable with the female aspect of your nature. Increases the magical power of the voice, granting the wearer a silver tongue and the ability to express their feelings. Placed on the 3rd Eye the stone soothes headaches, especially if you visualise the pain being drawn into the delicate banding on the stone. Placed under the pillow it helps bring a deep and healing sleep and is especially soothing for restless babies and children.
Brecciated Jasper Brecciated Jasper is a form of Red Jasper which has rock inclusions (usually black or brown) that create patterns across the surface. Like all forms of Jasper it is associated with the power to break a drought. This can be intellectual 'drought' such as writer's block or a fear of failure that is holding you back from being creative. Brecciated Jasper protects from nightmares and strengthens the mind against depression and negative thoughts. It helps to increase self confidence and independence and wards off mental or psychic domination by others. All red forms of Jasper are powerful stones for women who are working to understand their menstrual cycle or develop their Moon magic. Meditation with Brecciated Jasper can increase your understanding of where you belong in the world and how you fit into your community. It is often used in healing for liver and stomach infections.



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Calcite Clear Calcite is also known as 'Iceland Spar'. Opens doors, creates unexpected opportunities and can shed light on a problem even when everything seems hopeless. It is very powerful in magic to gain any of the good things in life such as love, success, wealth, friendship or security. Gold Calcite cures depression, helps to lessen grief and releases old emotions that may be harming your progress. Green Calcite is a powerful healing stone, especially for the stomach and digestive system. Orange Calcite encourages creativity and spontanaeity. It can help you to connect with your 'inner child' and learn how to enjoy life without inhibitions. Calcite is a Mercurial stone and all colours release powerful psychic energies. It is an excellent stone to keep in a room where you will be working magic and if you work in a group it will help to focus and harmonise the individual energies to increase the available power.
Carnelian Associated with elemental Fire and a powerful stone for anyone working Fire magic. Sacred to the Goddess Isis. In Egypt the dead were buried with Carnelian amulets carved in the shape of the Buckle of Isis, believing that it would resurrect them just as Isis resurrected her beloved husband Osiris. Used by the living to pass between the worlds. Boosts all psychic and magical powers, especially intuitive gifts such as psychometry, dowsing and clairvoyance. Believed to help ease the separation of the astral body from the physical, the first stage in astral travel. Sleeping with Carnelian under your pillow can help to encourage vivid dreams and astral experiences. Has a long affinity with sexual energies and brings great power to sex magic. Lowers inhibitions and dispels shyness and self-doubt so that you can become comfortable with your sexual nature and fully enjoy the pleasures of the flesh. Healing for PMS, endometriosis, sciatica, pelvic and reproductive disorders. Believed to help prevent miscarriage and assure a speedy birth. Helps you to make the most of your talents and focus your physical energy to create change in your life. Balances the mind between spiritual meditation and the need to put insights into action and do something constructive with your powers.
Cat's Eye A shimmering white stone that is not unlike Moonstone in appearance. Develops clairvoyant powers. Grants insights into your own unique gifts and talents to help you develop your magic as well as you are able to. Can be worn to help encourage your intuition when practising any form of clairvoyance, divination or psychic exercise. Benefits those troubled by insecurity and lack of confidence by helping them to appreciate and develop their own inner strength.
Celestite Celestite is a powerful healing stone that works by soothing away tension and anxiety and helping to ease the symptoms that are caused by stress. Helps to quieten the mind, soothe away worries and focus your thoughts. Very helpful when practising any form of meditation or relaxation exercises.
Cerrusite Creates a strong link with elemental Earth. Helps the over-imaginative to keep their feet on the ground. An excellent stone to work with when indulging in flights of fancy or imagining new plans and projects as it helps you to see the practical side of your ideas and foretell where problems may lie. Meditating with the stone can also give insights as to how these barriers can be overcome. Helps to strengthen concentration and memory when meditating and find ways to make your dreams become grounded in solid reality.
Chalcedony Both Chalcedony and Jasper are rocks made up of microscopic grains of Quartz. The difference is that Chalcedony is formed from parallel fibres of Quartz and Jasper from tiny grains like sugar. Chalcedonies are generally banded and translucent: Agate, Onyx, Bloodtsone and Carnelian are all types of Chalcedony. All Chalcedony is renowned for its ability to fight depression and despair. When you feel that you can't go on Chalcedony helps you to see the light at the end of the tunnel and gives you the strength to keep going until you pull through. A very comforting stone when dealing with sorrow anmd regrets ~ whisper your pain to a Chalcedony and then leave it in a bowl of water in the Moonlight to see your grief washed gently away.
Chalcopyrite This sriking, irridescent rock is also known as 'Peacock Ore' because of its shimmering, metallic colours. Associated with elemental Fire it holds within it the power of the star-lit sky and the knowledge that every distant point of light is a fiercely burning Sun. Used magically for weather control to create rain and harness the power of storms. Helps you connect with the elemental Fire that burns within you so that you can overcome doubts or worries that are holding you back from being the person you know yourself to be. In healing it provides stamina and energy and is good for the muscles, heart, lungs and nervous system. An excellent stone to work with when beginning a course of physical exercise or trying to improve your overall fitness.
Charoite A rare dark purple stone found in the Charo River in Siberia. Charoite is a powerful source of transformation. Can be used magically to dispel negative energy, transform bad luck to good and replace nightmares with pleasant dreams. Enhances memory and past life recall. Helps you to learn practical lessons from the mistakes of the past. Gives you the courage to follow your own individual path and to rely on your intuition and inner wisdom for guidance.
Chiastolite Also know as 'Fairy Crosses', Chiastolite is a rare and mysterious stone within which the natural crytsalline formations create a cruciform (cross shaped) marking. The stones are believed to be powerful amulets for good luck and are also used for elemental balance and self improvement. The stones have long had a strong link with the Fair Folk. Call on their aid while you hold the stone, show them the cross and they will help you achieve your goals.
Chrysocolla Associated with elemental Water, Chrysocolla is a powerful stone when working with any emotional issues. Balances the emotions and provides comfort when distressed. Alleviates the blackness of depression and despair, helping you see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. A useful stone for those who are affected by comfort eating or other emotional problems. Relieves tension, fear and guilt and can be very healing for those who have suffered the traumas of addiction or abuse. Amplifies energy and can be used magically as a 'prayer stone' ~ whisper your dreams to the stone then put it outside overnight under a full Moon to see your wishes come true. As a healing stone it is especially good for PMT, mood swings and stomach cramps. Reputed to ease labour and childbirth.
Chrysolite A Solar stone, strongly associated with the power of elemental Fire. Can help you to gain physical comforts such as wealth and fame while maintaining a balance with the spiritual side of your nature. Prevents you from becoming lost in gross materialism or blinded by greed. The light of the Sun burns away the shadows of the Moon, and therefore Chrysolite can be used magically to drive away nightmares, terror, illusions and spells cast against you.
Chrysoprase A stone of elemental Earth. Can be used magically to increase love and friendship and bring the gift of good companions into your life. Also helpful when trying to contact Nature Spirits, Guides or magical animals. A powerful stone for healers, Chrysoprase increases the power available by allowing you to connect with the vast energies of the Earth. The stone has a special link with the Dragons of the Earth and if taken as an elixir or added to a charm bag will help you to communicate with these fabulous beasts. A special talisman for anyone who has to struggle long and hard against overwhelming odds to gain a goal they know to be worth fighting for. Develops perseverance, determination and single-mindedness. Encourages eloquence and quick thinking, making it a powerful charm for anyone involved in legal battles or in a situation where they need to cast spells of illusion or deception for their own protection.
Citrine One of the most powerful healing stones. Citrine works on the heart, kidneys, muscles and stomach and helps to heal gangrene, infection and blood disorders. The stone raises the spirits of people who are ill, boosts their immune system and aids their recovery. Probably the best stone to use for depression and a lack of physical energy. Helps overcome lethargy, obesity, comfort eating, grief, guilt and depression. A Solar stone, its bright sunny power can bring hope and energy even to those who find life impossible to bear. It is believed to help combat the side-effects of electrical energy that we are all surrounded by nowadays. Spiritually it cleanses vibrations in the atmposphere and can purify room used for magic or healing. Brings conflicting energies into balance and helps integrate the physical and spiritual aspects of your nature. Helps to transform dreams and visions into physical reality. Encourages love, new beginnings and hope.
Coral Sacred to Sea Goddesses such as Aphrodite and also to Medusa, who it is said stained Coral red with her blood. Enhances any sex magic or spells for passionate love. All coral can be used in love magic but the deeper the colour the more passionate the results. Pale corals can be used to ensure a passionate relationship tempered by friendship and emotional compatability. Coral is an ancient and powerful fertility charm, worn as an amulet by the Romans and especially favoured by childless women. Symbolises female wisdom and the wise blood of menstruation. Coral holds the power of elemental Water and can help connect with that element or communicate with the magical beings of the oceans. Used in spells for magical concealment it can hide your works and desires or can be used to reveal the magical workings of others. It reveals secrets, especially the deep secrets of your own mind. Helps to overcome fears, phobias and doubts and to understand your deepst, darkest shadows. Protects from storms, tempests, lightning, spells, enchantments, 'assaults of the Devil' and many other perils, both natural and supernatural. A very powerful protective charm for children. A necklace of Coral hung on the crib of a new-born baby will drive away any evil and bring the child under the protection of the Goddess.
Cuprite Cuprite is the name given to Copper Pyrite. It seems to be an opaque, grey, metallic crystal, but when held to the light it reveals a deep, translucent blood red colour. A stone of female strength and power. It symbolises the womb of the Earth from which all life and creativity spring and like the Earth it holds the potential of life, death and rebirth. Powerful in any magic of self discovery. Helps you to go within and enter the Void, the great nothing from which everything comes into being. Used for meditation, contemplation and prayer. Helps those brave enough to seek inner knowledge and try to understand their deepest feelings. Cuprite has strong links to the Moon and menstruation and can be used to help you attune to your monthly cycle and learn to use the power available to you at that time. A stone of the darkness, solitude and silence from which creativity and vision come. Helpful to those who find it difficult to be still and silent. Teaches you to listen to the quiet voice of the Universe and draw on your own inner knowledge.



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Desert Rose Desert Rose is not technically a stone. It is formed when lighning strikes sand and liquidises it. The melted sand then solidifies into beautiful, flower-like crystalline forms. Because it has been created with the massive power of a lightning strike it can be used magically to bring vast, fiery energies to any spell you are working. Desert Rose must be used with caution. The power than it holds can be overwhelming and if not used with care it can have disastrous or unforeseen consequences ~ like using the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nutshell. Breaks down barriers and melts away any fears that are preventing you from progressing. Burns away doubts, increases confidence and belief in your abilities. A very powerful stone when used to transform a situation, but again you must be very careful how you proceed. The power of this stone is not subtle and you may find that you lose control of the ways in which your life is being transformed.
Diamond Diamond has always been a very popular stone, even though it is only in the past few centuries that modern cutting techniques have revealed its full glory. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore raw Diamond as a talisman that bestowed honour, courage and daring. The high regard they had for the magical power of the stone is obvious, because unpolished it is quite an ugly rock. The hardest known stone, Diamond is unchangeable even by fire and because of this it is an age-old symbol of permanence and the immortality of the soul. Magically represents the power of love and all strong emotions. Enhances strength, wisdom, pride and confidence and helps us strive for purity and perfection. Used in spells to gain fame, influence and power it is the perfect stone for those who are tired of hiding their light under a bushel and long for the recognition they feel they deserve. Used magically it can be very powerful for these matters, but be sure that you can deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight and that you will be drawn to the attention of the rich and powerful for the right reasons! Combats sorcery, possession, negativity and self-doubt. Releases those possessed by demons (whether they be magical or psychological. Often classed as a Solar stone it also has an affinity with Mars and its greatest powers are released when it is used in conjunction with iron, so add a little Pyrite, Haematite or Lodestone to any Diamond charm bag or spell.
Diopside Also known as 'four-ray star' because when cut and polished it exhibits a beautiful star of reflected light that shimmers on the surface of the stone. Although Diopside rock is fairly common it is sledom found in gem quality. Usually deep green to almost black in colour. Use when meditating to unlock the secrets that you hold deep within you and to reveal the mysteries of magic to your conscious mind.
Dioptase The stone of forgiveness. Helps overcome the conflicts and pain caused by past experiences that have not yet been forgiven or resolved, and through recognising this it helps you to forgive (yourself or others) and move on with your life. Encourages growth by helping you to release yourself from the 'roles' you play in life and be the person you really know yourself to be. Raises self esteem and heals the damaging effects of lack of self love, anger and resentment. An excellent stone for meditation, contemplation or any work that requires you to look deep within yourself and understand your true nature.
Dumortierite Dumortierite was only discovered in the 19th century. It is a rare, deep blue stone believed to be ruled by Uranus. Very protective, especially against the most powerful and concentrated of magical attacks. Helps to turn away curses, unexpected waves of magical power and the sort of highly organised and focussed attacks that would come from a group working against you. It ensures that the energy it deflects is sent back to its source and can be used magically to ensure justice against someone who has used their magical powers unethically - but be sure that your motive is pure when you use it or it may well turn that force back on you! Encourages creativity, imagination and revolutionary new ways of thinking. Causes strange coincidences, sudden change, transformation, unexpected happenings and sometimes anarchy and mayhem.



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Emerald Represents Time and the astral planes. Most of us have trouble living in the magical moment of ‘now’ because we are so busy brooding over the past or dreaming about the future. Teaches us to focus our attention in the present and live every moment to the fullest, making the most of the gifts we have. Working with the stone can remind us how to move through Time with ease, allowing us to work more powerfully on the astral realms, access the Akashic Records and meet with the beings that inhabit other worlds. Sacred to Venus, Emerald is used in many love spells, especially to encourage faithfulness or bring back a straying lover. It is said that the stone will crack or fade if your lover is unfaithful. In love and sex magic it encourages passion and arousal and releases inhibitions. As a talisman it protects against violence, abuse and rape and is powerful for healing the trauma of such attacks. Worn by a woman who has passed the menopause it helps her to develop her psychic and magical powers. In Egypt Emerald represented resurrection and in many cultures it was buried with the dead to ensure safe passage and a fortunate reincarnation. Increases your intuitive and prophetic powers, memory, eloquence and communication skills. Develops strength and wisdom and brings happiness, good fortune, friends, creativity and energy. Wearing the stone or drinking the elixir will help you get the best results from any psychic or magical exercises.

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