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Stones and Gems

Written and Compiled by George Knowles

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 travelling or going on journeys; they were believed to hold a connective source of power back to the homeland.  (See “Charles G. Leland” and the 'Black Stone of the Voodoos' as an example.).  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 of evil, while others are used for divination and spiritual communication.

Below is a list of stones commonly used for magickal purposes.  For other associations and correspondences see:

IncenseCandlesColoursMagickal DaysTools of a WitchElements and Elementals

Amethyst - 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 - 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 - 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 revitalising and balancing.  Bloodstones are green with red flecks and are associated with the birth sign Aries. 

Carnelian - is a healing stone, it vitalises 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 – 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 smokey 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. 

Garnet - 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.

Moonstone – is a spiritual stone used to draw the aid of the noon’s spirits and the favours of the noon 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.

Malachite - 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  - 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 affect 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  - 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 harmonises 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 symbolise the spiritual light that comes with a balanced mind.

To Be Completed.

Sources

 An Insight into the Magical World of Crystals  

(A pamphlet issued by Rainbow Crystals)

E-mail  richardnjo@rainbowcrystals.fsnet.co.uk

 

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  - By Raven Grimassi

Wiccan World - http://www.WiccanWorld.co-inc.net

 

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Correspondence Tables:

 

IncenseCandlesColoursMagickal DaysStones and GemsElements and Elementals

 

Traditions:

 

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Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology)Esbats & Full MoonsLinks to Personal Friends & ResourcesWicca/Witchcraft ResourcesWhat's a spell?Circle Casting and Sacred Space /  Pentagram - PentacleMarks of a WitchThe Witches PowerThe Witches HatAn esoteric guide to visiting LondonSatanismPow-wowThe Unitarian Universalist Association /  Numerology:  Part 1  /  Part 2 Part 3A history of the Malleus Maleficarum:  includes:  Pope Innocent VIII  /  The papal Bull  /   The Malleus Maleficarum  /  An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum  /  The letter of approbation  /  Johann Nider’s Formicarius  /  Jacob Sprenger  /  Heinrich Kramer  /  Stefano Infessura  /  Montague Summers  /  The Waldenses  /  The Albigenses  /  The Hussites /  The Sun DanceShielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /  The History of ThanksgivingI have a Dream, the 1963 speach by civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King /  Auras by Graham Furnell - Part 1 and Part 2 /

 

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Rituals contributed by Crone:  Samhain / YuleImbolcOstara /  BeltaneLithaLammasMabon

 

Tools:

 

Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron MagickMirror Gazing

 

Animals:

 

Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) /  AntelopeBatsCrowFoxFrog and ToadsGoat / HoneybeeKangarooLionOwlPhoenixRabbits and HaresRavenRobin RedbreastSheep SpiderSquirrelSwansWild Boar /  Wolf /  Serpent /  Pig /  Stag /  Horse /  Mouse /  Cat

 

Trees:

 

In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar.  For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following:  Birch /  Rowan / Ash /  Alder /  Willow /  Hawthorn /  Oak /  Holly /  Hazel /  Vine /  Ivy /  Reed /  ElderAlso see:  The Willow Tree (Folk Music)

 

Sacred Sites:

 

Mystical Sacred Sites  -  Stonehenge /  Glastonbury Tor /  Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni /  Avebury /  Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant /  Ireland - Newgrange /

 

Rocks and Stones:

 

Stones - History, Myths and Lore

 

 Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:   / Apophyllite  / Amber AmethystAquamarineAragoniteAventurineBlack TourmalineBloodstoneCalciteCarnelianCelestiteCitrineChrysanthemum StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / FluoriteGarnet /  Hematite Herkimer DiamondLabradoriteLapis LazuliMalachiteMoonstoneObsidianOpalPyriteQuartz (Rock Crystal)Rose QuartzRubySeleniteSeraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodaliteSunstoneThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble

 

Wisdom:

 

Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakeningThe Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods

 

Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:

 

Murder by WitchcraftThe Fairy Witch of ClonmelA Battleship, U-boat, and a WitchThe Troll-Tear (A story for Children)Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife /  The Story of Jack-O-LanternThe Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) /  The Two Brothers - Light and Dark

 

Old Masters of Academia:

 

Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagoras

 

Biographies

 

Witches, Pagans and other associated People

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Remembered at Samhain

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Abramelin the MageAgrippaAidan A. KellyAlbertus Magnus “Albert the Great”Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” Alison HarlowAmber KAnna Franklin /  Anodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey  / Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite Austin Osman SpareBiddy EarlyBridget ClearyCarl Llewellyn WeschckeCecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey LelandCharles Walton /  Christina Oakley Harrington /  Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) /   Dion FortuneDolores Aschroft-NowickiDorothy MorrisonDoreen ValienteEdward FitchEleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” /  Dr. John Dee and Edward KellyDr. Leo Louis Martello /  Eliphas LeviErnest Thompson Seton /  Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry /  Fiona Horne /  Friedrich von SpeeFrancis Barrett /  Gerald B. GardnerGavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca /  Gwydion PendderwenHans Holzer /  Helen DuncanHerman Slater "Horrible Herman" /  Israel RegardieJames "Cunning" MurrellJanet Farrar & Gavin BoneJessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne John George Hohman /  John GerardJohn Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) /  John Michael Greer /  John ScoreJohannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg /  Joseph John Campbell /  Karl von EckartshausenLaurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis Spence /  Margaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMarie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMatthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General”Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata /  Monique Wilson the “Queen of the WitchesMontague SummersNicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellersMrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-RavenheartOld Dorothy ClutterbuckOld George Pickingill /   Paddy SladePamela Colman-SmithParacelsusPatricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPhilip Emmons Isaac Bonewits Philip HeseltonRaymond BucklandReginald ScotRobert CochraneRobert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /  Rudolf Steiner /  Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” /  Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & DruidsSabrina - The Ink WitchScott CunninghamSelena FoxSilver Ravenwolf /  Sir Francis DashwoodSir James George FrazerS.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” /  StarhawkStewart FarrarSybil LeekTed AndrewsThe Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather /  Thomas AdyVera Chapman /  Victor Henry AndersonVivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna Budapest

 

 

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