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WOTC Extra – A Brief Guide to Using Crystals & Stones

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A Brief Guide to Using Crystals & Stones

Here you’ll find a convenient list of commonly used stones with their traditional magical uses and a little folklore.

AMETHYST (Quartz) The name comes from the Greek A-methystos, meaning ‘not tipsy’. This powerful stone is connected with the third-eye chakra, and as such it is used on anything that relates to spiritual awareness, from aiding with meditation and tranquility, to attuning the bearer with the higher self and strengthening intuition and psychic power. It is also used to aid with prophetic dreams and divination. Other myths involving amethyst say it is a stone used to rid oneself of poisons. It carries a negative ion, which attacks poisonous positive ions, making the air around it more “breathable”. It also aids in overcoming addiction, and it’s been used since ancient times to guard oneself against drunkenness.

AVENTURINE GREEN (Quartz) This stone is considered to be a gambler’s talisman as and is considered a “lucky” stone by many. Traditionally used to aid development of intuition, creativity, physical, emotional & intellectual flexibility. It’s also thought to help promote growth, optimism, determination, prosperity, abundance, relaxation, recovery, enthusiasm and tolerance. Aventurine was revered by the ancient Tibetans. They used it to represent the “eyes” in sacred statues, thus symbolizing increased divinatory powers.

BLUE LACE AGATE: A beautiful graceful stone with blues and whites, lifting you up to unbelievable highs and giving you a feeling of wide open spaces and blue skies. It helps you reach a state of higher awareness and interact with spirits from the invisible worlds around us. A stone of awareness that facilitates reaching high spiritual places. Traditionally used to promote peace, patience inspiration, creativity and tranquility.

CARNELIAN: Stone of protection. Returns negativity to sender and helps protect against fear. Aids sociability, promotes confidence and positive thought. Is good for stabilizes all energies, spiritual, mental and physical.

Metaphysical Properties- Carnelian is one of those stones that should be in every healing kit. It is wonderful for working with the second chakra; creativity, reproduction and stability. Carnelian encourages curiosity and enthusiasm and is warm and energizing. Some like to use Carnelian to relieve their fear of death, while bringing an acceptance of the cycle of life. A good motivator in business, aids positive life choices, and dispels apathy.

CELESTITE: Also known as Celestine, it is thought to contain angelic or celestial properties. It offers a gentle but strong uplifting energy that will raise one’s awareness and is considered to be an essential stone for connecting with spiritual realms or astral travel as well as aiding in dream recall. It is effective in strengthening psychic abilities, mental capacity for inspiration, creativity and discipline. Used to open the third eye to higher dimensions.

Note: Celestite is a soft stone that is easily scratched and its color fades if exposed to sunlight.

CITRINE: Stone of radiance. Instills an inner glow of love, confidence and happiness. Promotes mental and emotional clarity, lifting the spirit and soul creating alignment within you. Citrine is helpful for directing creative energy into the physical body. Some find it helpful in building self-esteem. This crystal is an invaluable aid to the digestion of all emotions.

Metaphysical Properties- Citrine has been called “the merchant stone.” Assists in acquiring wealth and to maintain the state of wealth.
FLUORITE – Rainbow: Stabilizes and dispels chaotic stress in one’s life. It can be used to increases perception and assist seeing the positive and negative of relationships. Clears air of psychic clutter.
GARNET: Stone of grounding and inner strength. Calms anger, assures love and faithfulness. Enhances internal fire, energy and vitality, imagination, self-esteem and will power. Garnet can be used to remove negative energy from your chakras. It will assist one to balance the flow of energy around the body. You can also use this to help one to love themselves and others.

HEMATITE: This is a wonderful stone for preventing worry because it helps you to become more grounded (at ease). Hematite is also used for protection of oneself and their home. Some like to carry a small tumbled Hematite stone with them when they feel the need for protection from negative energy.

HOWLITE: A white gemstone with grey veins for good luck. Also calms, comforts and aids sleep. This stone inspires and helps achieve artistic projects & goals. Also stimulates imagination to draw new ventures and ideas into your life. Relieves stress, anger & pain,
aids artistic endeavors/ projects and helps contact your spirit guide.

MALACHITE: Absorbs energy, draws emotions to the surface, clears and activates the Chakras. An extremely powerful metaphysical stone, known as the “stone of transformation” and is used for deep energy cleaning. Malachite amplifies energies of all kinds, both positive and negative. Said to be one of the most important healing stones, Malachite helps the user acknowledge, draw out, and discharge negative energy, including old emotional patterns, past traumas, and suppressed feelings.

MOONSTONE: Partially translucent with a milky sheen reminiscent of moonlight. Color shades include variations of earth tones: creams, peach, sand and pearly gray colors.

Moonstone is widely used for focusing on Lunar or feminine energies. Traditionally connected with promoting feminine health as well which makes it an important component of any medicine bag. A great stone for nurturing intuition and insight. Moonstone helps us to connect with all the different cycles we experience in life. Both men & women find Moonstone to be very soothing and use it to help relieve stress and aggression, bringing balance to the emotional body. Moonstone can also be used for good luck and safe traveling.

Working with the Third-Eye and Crown Chakras, Moonstone connects us to divine inspiration, and channels it into our own intuition. Working with Moonstone encourages introspection and judgment, yielding easier decision making. Moonstone also enhances one’s emotional vision, bringing greater creative ability, and freedom of expression. These properties are also enhanced by Moonstone’s ability to open one up to increased synchronicities, that we often cannot see due to our being wrapped up in our daily routines. Moonstone can also offer increased patience and allowing, so those newly found synchronicities can flow into our lives unimpeded.

MOSS AGATE: A beautiful stone with mottled, moss-like inclusion. It can aid in communication with nature spirits, natural energies and Gaia. Also used to help get into touch with earth and enhance plant growth.

PERIDOT was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature. Peridot is a stone of lightness and beauty. Used in a necklace, peridot is a protector against negative emotions. In old Folk Lore Peridot was thought to have a healing effect on the gall bladder and liver.

PYRITE: Another highly protective stone, blocking or shielding you from negative energies of people, places and things. Some like to use Pyrite to stimulate the mind, recalling information when you need it the most. Good for those of us who can be forgetful.
Many people say Pyrite is good protection against illness. This high energy stone is good for a caregiver or healer during their work.

QUARTZ (CRYSTAL): Known for its healing abilities. It helps one to clear their mind and focus on what is needed. It helps to connect you to the physical plane with the universal plane energies. It is also considered a conductor of energy.

RAINBOW MOONSTONE: A stone overflowing with feminine wisdom and Goddess energy. It has a reflective calming energy, which helps to strengthen intuition, psychic perception and brings balance and harmony to all. The Rainbow effect invokes a spectrum of light, and helps bring a feeling of cleansing and uplifting energy. It has been said to have the power to help aid in granting wishes.

ROSE QUARTZ: One of the most popular metaphysical stones. Known as “The stone of unconditional love.” Rose Quartz opens the heart to all forms of love and acceptance. Raises self-esteem and teaches one how to both give love to others and receive love to oneself. Rose Quartz eases guilt and balances emotions, lowering stress and bringing peace.
Known for its romantic properties. Rose Quartz can be used to attract love or to add trust and re-commitment to existing relationships. Helps bring passionate love back into being. Rose Quartz emits a calm, peaceful loving energy. May also help release unexpressed feelings about others.

The comforting and soothing energy of Rose Quartz can be used to balance the Heart Chakra and allows release of pent-up emotions and grief to help heal “emotional” wounds and soul trauma. It is often used to help heal a broken heart and aids in the power of forgiveness. Use Rose Quartz to bring calm and harmony during times of increased stress or crisis.
In old folk lore, Rose Quartz was used to encourage a beautiful complexion and thought to prevent wrinkles and help reduce weight.

SMOKEY QUARTZ: This stone works slowly and gently, while emitting high levels of energy. It is considered one of the more powerful metaphysical stones and is ideal for grounding, stabilizing and healing. Used to stimulate and purify the Root Chakra, and expanding consciousness into the physical body. Smokey Quartz is an essential part of any crystal collection, and is a must for the medicine bag.

SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN: Traditionally, snowflake obsidian is a stone of peace and tranquility. It helps to gently bring hidden imbalances to the surface, and may quietly reveal unhealthy patterns in your behavior that you might want to adjust. It can help you find balance in life, especially during times of change. Some use for spiritual protection, purifying, dissolves fear, shock, trauma, pain, tension and energy blocks.

A beautiful stone of light & dark Blues, often with White patches or veins.

Physical and Metaphysical Properties: Sodalite is believed to have grounding properties and may be good for those who over- react emotionally. Sodalite strengthens the power of mind over body. Calms and clears your thoughts and feelings, teaching awareness and promoting more rational and wise thinking. Helpful to someone in need of enhancing their intuitive abilities.

SODALITE: Said to promote companionship and can help form unity and fellowship within a group. Can also be used in group settings where cooperation is needed. Helps one speak openly and gain more confidence.
Enhances communication and creative expression. Stimulates truthfulness and alleviates fear. May also prolong physical energy and endurance.

Sodalite is thought to help those encountering difficulties in their life, as it can bring unhealthy ingrained patterns to the surface to be released, revealing underlying causes to one’s problems. Using Sodalite consistently by meditating with it or possibly sleeping with it under the pillow may help bring productive dreams. Sodalite is connected with the Throat and Third eye Chakras. Slightly sedative and is great for deepening meditation.
Folk Lore: Thought to aid both the metabolism, the immune system and is also believed to help regulate blood pressure and stabilize the thyroid.

SUNSTONE: This stone was associated with the Sun during the Renaissance because of its sparkling orange-gold hue. It was used by magicians to call upon the influences of the sun. It is a protective stone.

Symbolically, Sunstone is linked to Moonstone. Carry the two stones together to bring the influences of the Sun (Healing, Protection, and Success) into harmony with those of the Moon (Love, Peace, Spirituality). Placed before a white candle, Sunstone is thought to spread protective energies throughout your home.

TIGERS EYE – GOLDEN: Promotes balance, strength to get through difficult phases of life; relieves doubt and bestows decision making; vision and clarity. This stone has the properties of both the Earth and Sun. This can be used on the Solar Plexus Chakra to help open it. It is helpful with eye, throat and reproductive system disorders.

UNAKITE: Traditionally used to promote balance of the emotional body, higher spirituality. Allows us to release past burdens and move ahead with life.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Working With Crystals & Gemstones

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Working With Crystals & Gemstones

 

Over the centuries various Gemstones, Crystals and certain rock formations have held a great mystical appeal to humans. We have found beauty, power, and mystery within stones. Our ancestors knew and understood the spiritual, magical and healing properties of gemstones and crystals, but that wisdom was nearly forgotten over time. In the past, the mystic properties of stones were unquestioned. They were commonly used in magical rituals to help focus the mind and attune the user with the powers that created the Earth and everything on it. Today a few still associate various stones with the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Some of the more common associations are listed below.

Element of Earth – Traditional Stones Include: Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Agate, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, Jasper, Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, Peridot, Quartz, Salt (all types)

Element of Air – Traditional Stones Include: Opal, Tiger Eye, Citrine, Topaz, Turquoise, Diamond and Zircon

Element of Fire: Traditional Stones Include – Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Garnet, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Red Tourmaline, Ruby, Sunstone

Element of Water: Traditional Stones Include – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Moonstone, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Topaz, Celestite, Chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Lapis Lazuli, Pearl, Sapphire, Sodalite, Sea Salt

 

Wicca A Beginner’s Guide to Casting Spells: Herbal, Crystal and Candle Magic (Living Wicca Today Book 3) Kardia Zoe

 

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Crystal of the Day for June 22nd is Lazulite

Crystal of the Day


Lazulite

(Color: dark azure-blue to a bright indigo blue)

Hardness: 5.5 – 6
Specific Gravity: 3.1
Chemistry: (Mg, Fe)Al2(PO4)2(OH)2, Magnesium Iron Aluminum Phosphate Hydroxide
Class: Phosphates
Crystallography: Monoclinic; 2/m
Cleavage: distinct in one direction
Fracture: uneven
Streak: pale blue to white
Luster: vitreous to dull

Healing: Lazulite is used for treating disorders of the thyroid, lymph glands, pituitary and the liver. Lazulite is used to overcome compulsive behavior patterns.

Workings: Lazulite is often used as a “worry” stone. It is an excellent grounding stone and is used for meditation. Astrological signs are Sagittarius and Gemini. It vibrates to the number7.

Chakra Applications: Use Lazulite to balance the Brow Chakra.

Foot Notes: Lazulite is a blue, phosphate-based mineral containing magnesium, iron, and aluminium phosphate. Its name comes from the arabic for heaven.

 

 

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Gemstone of the Day for June 14th is Raspite

Gemstone of the Day

Raspite
 

Named for Charles Rasp (1846-1907), German-Australian prospector, discoverer
of the Broken Hill ore deposit.


Hardness: 2.5 – 3                
Specific Gravity: 8.4                         
Chemistry: PbWO4
Class: Anhydrous Molybdates and Tungstates (Sheelite group)                 Crystallography: Monoclinic – Prismatic                    
Cleavage: perfect               
Fracture: conchoidal                    
Streak: yellow white                    
Luster: Adamantine


Healing: Raspite is used to heal sprains and strains and to ease pain from bruises.

Magical Workings: Raspite is used for inner reflection and to discourage dishonesty within oneself. Raspite is assocaited with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: No known applications.

Foot Notes: Raspite is a rare secondary mineral occurring in the oxidized zones of tungsten-bearing hydrothermal base metal deposits. It was discovered in 1897 CE at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
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Gemstone of the Day for June 13th is Galena

Gemstone of the Day

Galena

(Color: lead to silver gray sometimes with a bluish tint)

Galena comes from the Greek word “galene”, lead ore

Hardness: 2.5+
Specific Gravity: approximately 7.5+
Chemistry: PbS, Lead Sulfide
Class: Sulfides
Crystallography: isometric
Cleavage: perfect in four direction forming cubes
Fracture: uneven and rarely seen because of the perfect cleavage
Streak: lead gray
Luster: metallic to dull

Healing: Galena is called a Stone of Harmony. Excellent for use in grounding. Galena reduces inflammation and increases circulation of the body. Used to increase the assimilation of selenium and zinc.

Do not use as an elixir.

Workings: Astrological sign is Capricorn. Vibrates to the master number 22 Use during meditation.

Chakra Applications: used to align the chakras

Foot Notes: Galena is the most important ore and the principal source of lead. It is found throughout the world. In the United States it is found inMissouri, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Utah as well as in Australia, Canada, England, France, and Mexico. Galena specimens tarnish when exposed to air becoming dull in luster. Galena from certain regions is rich in silver.

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Gemstone of the Day for June 9th is Flint

Gemstone of the Day

Flint

Hardness: 7
Specific Gravity: 2.65
Chemistry: SiO2 silicon oxide
Class: Silicates
Crystallography: none
Cleavage: None
Fracture: Conchoidal
Streak: colorless or greenish
Luster: Waxy, dull

Healing: Useful when severing emotional ties. Used in the treatment of kidney stones, skin lesions, lung disorders and indegestion.

Workings: Flint is also known as Elf Shot, Thunderstone and Faery Shot. It is used to keep faeries away. Flint is also used as a protection amulet. Its energy is projective. It is ruled by the planet Mars and its element is Fire. Use in protection and healing spells. Astrological sign is Scorpio. Vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in connection with the Third Eye Chakra, especially during thought transfers.

Foot Notes: Flint is a granular cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, typically dark in color. It is a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony Flint is found in many localities throughout the world. Flint and chert nodules occur typically in limestone and chalk.

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A Little About October Birth Symbols

  • October Babies

    “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Zodiac: Libra until October 22 and Scorpio from October 23

    Gemstone: Tourmaline, Opal
    Tourmaline is available in many colors — and many stones are bi-color or tri-color, containing multiple hues. It is often referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow,” and signifies love and friendship. Opal means “precious jewel.” Like the tourmaline, it’s often multi-hued, and it signifies faithfulness and confidence.

    Flowers: Marigold and Cosmo
    The marigold brings a message of undying love. The other October bloom is the cosmo, which symbolizes peace and serenity.

    Tree: Rowan, Maple, Walnut

    FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#11

    October’s birth flower is the pumpkin bloom. Just kidding—it’s actually the marigold. Marigolds are often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient. The other October flower is cosmo, a symbol of order, peace, and serenity.

    FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

    October Birthstone – Opal

    The Opal is the birthstone of October. The name, “Opal”, means “to see a change in color” and might make one drift off to daydreaming and envision a rainbow following a summer rain. Ancient monarchs treasured the opal mainly for its protective powers. Thus, they were set in into their crowns and worn in necklaces. The opal dates back to prehistoric times and according to Arabic legend, fell from heaven in a flash of lightening.

    The Latin word, “opalus”, means precious jewel, and that it is. It contains up to thirty percent water and must be protected from harsh chemicals and heat. If not, they can cause the opal to dry out and may lead to a loss in its luster and cracking. It can also be broken very easily and must be guarded from any knocks or blows. The opal is made up of a non-crystallized silica, that can be found near the earth’s surface, typically in areas where geothermal springs once existed. Opal is mainly found in Australia, where ninety-five percent of the world’s black and white opals are mined. They are also found in Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

    For centuries, before time was even recorded, the discovery of precious gems within the Earth’s crust inspired many. With each discovery, humans believed that there was a cosmic connection and energy emitted from these gemstones. As time went on, they became symbolic of certain times within the year. The calendar we are all familiar with today, the Gregorian Calendar or Western Calendar has a stone symbolic for each month of the year. For those offering these gemstones as gifts to their loved ones, they have been believed to possess magical or healing powers, or sometimes seen as a gift offering protection. Each of these precious stones are unique not only in their compositions, but their energies and strengthening powers.

    The gift of an Opal symbolizes confidence and faithfulness and can be used to ward off nightmares. They have even been ground and ingested for healing properties to treat issues relating to the eyes. It has also been gifted to those going into battle for protection and utilized to ease child birth. It symbolizes hope, loyalty, happiness, innocence and purity. It should be stated that the most common of all opals, recognized by its pearly iridescent hues of aqua and baby blues and pinks, should be given as a gift to only those born in October, otherwise they can be a token of bad luck. However, lucky for other lovers of the October birthstone opal, the opal ranges in many colors and shades from all over the world. Another form of opal known as fire opal is transparent of orange and red colors with flicks of yellow, but the most valuable are that of the black or gem opals, which showcase one or more colors against a background of black.

    Other Symbols of October:

    October Flower:

    The Candula. It is usually associated with grief, sorrow and despair.

    October Birth Trees:

    The Rowan, Maple and Walnut. The Rowan tree will guard against enchantment, and was also used in the art of metal divining. The berries of the Rowan tree feeds birds during long winters and have a pentagram shape. This shape is an ancient symbol of protection. Due to the berries shape, it is no surprise that it has also been referred to as the “Witch Tree”.

    Famous People Born in October:

    Zac Effron- October 18, 1987

    Kate Winslet- October 5, 1975

    Suzanne Sommers- October 16, 1946

    Susan Surandon- October 4, 1946

    Jeff Goldblum- October 22, 1952

    Charlton Heston- October 4, 1923

    Usher- October 14, 1978

    Peter Tosh- October 19, 1944

    – See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/october-birthstone-opal/#sthash.V5WcHD17.dpuf

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Gemstone of the Day for May 14th is Diaspor

Gemstone of the Day


Diaspor

(Color: greenish-grey, colorless and yellow)

From the Greek word “to scatter,” referring to the mineral’s easy disintegration in the blowpipe flame.

Hardness: 6,5 – 7
Specific Gravity: 3.3 – 3.5
Chemistry: AlO(OH)
Class: Oxides
Crystallography: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: good
Fracture: Brittle – Conchoidal
Streak: white
Luster: Vitreous – Pearly

Healing: Diaspor is used with AIDS patients as well as assisting in the treatment of Parkinson disease.

Workings: Diaspor is an excellent facilitator for recalling of dreams. Try sleeping with it under your pillow. Also good for use in meditation when you are seeking answers to questions. Used in astral projection. Useful when used in communication spells of all kinds.

Chakra Applications: Diaspor opens and energizes the heart chakra. Also energizes the Crown chakra, thus enhancing comprehension of ones surroundings.

Foot Notes: A component of bauxite (aluminum ore). Diaspor is found as a thin, flattened crystal formation. Diaspor is found worldwide.

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