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Tidbits On Crystals – Jet & Amber



Traditionally, Witch’s necklaces were often made from a combination of jet and amber. Although they are usually listed with gemstones, neither of them is actually a stone.

Jet is fossilized wood and amber is fossilized resin. They are both very, very old, which may be part of their mystique. In fact, amber is said to be the oldest form of adornment worn by humans, and beads made out of the resin have been found in graves going back as far as 8000 BCE.

Amber is a clear yellowy orange, and jet is a glossy black. Together, they represent the god and goddess, and they are reputed to increase the magickal power of the wearer. They are both used to absorb negativity and increase health.\

Everyday Witch A to Z
An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake


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Let’s Talk Witch –

Witch in the Woods

Incorporating Crystals into Your Life

So you’ve acquired a new crystal, and cleaned, cleared, and charged it.

Now what?

It’s very unlikely to just start working magic in your life without any effort on your part.

In order to learn to use the energy of this gift from the Earth, you need to get acquainted with it. This can be accomplished through a variety of different practices. Start where your intuition tells you to, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

After awhile, you’ll develop your own ways of relating to your crystals and stones, and they will become simply part of your daily life.

The first way of getting to know your crystal is to simply hold it in your hands, as you may have done when selecting it from the shop. Sit with it for a few minutes with your eyes closed, and just notice the sensations in your body and mind as they arise. If you have a regular meditation practice, incorporate crystals into it by either holding them or placing them near you as you meditate. Some stones are particularly well-suited for meditation, such as ametrine and just about any variety of quartz. These stones can help you clear your mind as you strengthen your connection with them.

Another easy way to develop a relationship with your crystals is to place them strategically in your living space. Many Witches keep crystals on their altars or elsewhere in their sacred space, and you can also simply place them in areas of your home that feel energetically “flat” or are otherwise in need of “sprucing up.” You can find plenty of information on crystal placement using a feng shui approach, and/ or experiment on your own.

Some Witches prefer to keep their magical stones in a soft velvet or silk pouch, keeping them only for use in ritual and spellwork. This does keep the stones protected from exposure and any unwanted energy in their surrounding environment.

However, if you can, try to leave your crystals in plain view, at least for awhile after you’ve acquired them. The more you see them, the more you remember them, which helps you keep growing your connection with them.

You may still wish to keep a select few stones put away for spellwork only, but if you have none in your immediate environment, it can be easy to forget that you have any at all, which can lead to missed opportunities to enhance your life.

Finally, wear and carry your crystals as much as possible. Many crystal retailers sell wire pendants that you can place your favorite stone in, and of course many stones are available as jewelry in the first place.

You can also keep crystals and stones in your pockets, your purse, anywhere that keeps them close to your body at all times.

Be careful not to scratch them— many stones are actually quite softer than you might imagine, so avoid carrying stones in the same pocket as your keys or any other object tht can damage the surface. Cloth pouches are also handy for this reason, and are also usually available where crystals and stones are sold.



Wicca Crystal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, with Simple Crystal Spells (Wicca Books Book 4)

Lisa Chamberlain

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Various Crystals and Their Healing Properties

Various Crystals and Their Healing Properties


There are many crystals which can be used in magical workings. This is a brief list of some well-known ones which you may like to use. The list also gives some of the correspondences that are most often used in healing spells in particular. This is because it is much easier to charge a crystal with healing energy as tangible evidence within the physical plane of an intent. Many people do not wish it to be known that they are using healing energy on behalf of others, and this is an easy way of doing so unobtrusively.


As you become more practiced in spell making, you will discover for yourself that certain crystals resonate for you more than others.


A member of the quartz family, it is a general healer, especially good for the self-esteem.


A crystalline quartz, it helps with creative thinking and is also a protector against blood diseases, grief, neuralgia and insomnia. It is said to deal with drunkenness.


A clear silicate, it is good for the eyes and helps against nerve, throat, liver, and stomach troubles.


A dark green quartz flecked with red jasper, bloodstone strengthens the will to do good.


A translucent red or orange, carnelian makes the voice strong and is helpful when dealing with rheumatism, depression and neuralgia.


A form of crystalline quartz, citrine may bring greater control over the emotions and help blood circulation.


This dark green precious stone is a silicate. It improves the intellect and memory and may also help with insomnia.



This is the name given to a group of gemstones of varying composition, ranging from a deep blood red through to orange. It protects against depression and helps with self-confidence and self-esteem.


Nephrite jade is a silicate with a green colour. It is beneficial when dealing with kidney complaints.


A mixed type of quartz that can occur in various colours. It improves the sense of smell and helps liver, kidney and epileptic problems.


A mixture of minerals having a deep blue colour, it often contains particles of ‘fool’s gold’. This is an ancient stone and is useful for heart and vascular conditions.



A silicate, this stone has a milky sheen, the best stones containing a blueish colour. Moonstone gives inspiration and enhances the emotions.


A type of agate often coloured jet-black and highly polished. It helps with concentration and is an important healing agent in certain ear diseases.


A hydrated silica, opal helps in lung conditions.


A colourless pure quartz, it is an important healing stone and helps improve intuitive powers.


A translucent quartz, this sparks the imagination and calms the emotions.


A precious stone, ruby is an oxide of aluminium coloured red by chromium. It improves mental ability.


The same composition as ruby but is usually a rich blue colour due to traces of iron and titanium. The stone of friendship and love, it gives devotion, faith and imagination.


An attractive crystalline which has a smoky grey to black colour, smoky quartz is used to give good luck.


A quartz mineral, tiger’s eye is worn for clearer thinking.


A complex silicate, tourmaline attracts inspiration, goodwill and friendship.


An opaque stone given blue-green colour by copper, turquoise is a good protector, and so is an ideal stone to give as a gift.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Preparing for Crystal Magic

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Preparing for Crystal Magic


Generally, the instructions below assume that you have already cleaned, cleared, and charged your crystals for use in magical work. Remember that charging is best done right after clearing, and this process is best done as close to the actual spellwork as possible.

However, since many of the most effective methods for clearing and charging take a few to several hours, planning ahead will be important. Most of the workings below involve an additional charging for the specific purpose of the work, though you may be able to “double up” and streamline this step if you’ve just cleared the crystal before using it in your spellwork.

It’s always important to remember to believe in and respect the effects of magic. If you are in a state of doubt about the effectiveness of a particular spell, you are almost certainly weakening, if not obliterating, the potential power of the work being done.

If you are unclear about your purpose when performing the work, you may get unexpected and / or inconvenient results. For example, you might work a spell for increased abundance, and then receive a promotion at your job that you really don’t actually want due to the extra pressure.

That’s why it’s always best to add two “conditions” to any spellwork: with harm to none and for the good of all.

Specifying your intention in this way ensures the best possible results. “Harm to none” means that no negative effects will befall anyone inadvertently as a result of the Universe realigning reality to meet your request, while “for the good of all” ensures that what you’re asking for is also truly in your best interest, as well as the best interests of anyone else who may be involved in your situation.

Of course, it is definitely ill-advised to perform spellwork that would attempt to harm or even manipulate another person. The three-fold law of Witchcraft states than any work you do will come back to you three times over, so make sure you’re working for positive results only!

Even so-called “love spells” performed with a specific person in mind often tend to backfire, blocking rather than creating a connection between the spell caster and the object of his or her desire. In fact, it’s best to avoid working magic on another person’s behalf without first obtaining permission.

Finally, be sure to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for magic.

Spells worked in a hurry without sufficient time to get in the right frame of mind are unlikely to be successful. Take time beforehand to clear your mind of any mundane distractions. Try meditating, taking a hot bath, doing some yoga, or any other way to wind down that you prefer.

Likewise, avoid working spells when you are emotionally agitated— particularly if you are angry or upset. Take some deep breaths and wait until you’ve calmed down. If you’re not mentally and emotionally clear, then you’re not spiritually clear either, and this will have a weakening effect on your personal magical power.

If you’re new to spellwork, you may find that any noticeable effects from magical workings are subtle at best. It takes time to learn how to truly connect with yourself as a power source and to focus that energy effectively as you send it out into the Universe. Don’t be discouraged! All practitioners of magic have to spend time developing and strengthening their skills. So practice, persist, and don’t be afraid to experiment with these and any other magical workings to see what works best for you. And of course, you can always invent your own spells! The ideas below can provide you with a template as you branch out on your own path of magical discovery.


Wicca Crystal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, with Simple Crystal Spells (Wicca Books Book 4)

Lisa Chamberlain


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Crystal of the Day for November 17th is

Crystal of the Day

Amazonite was named for the Amazon river.

Hardness: 6 to 6.5                          
Specific Gravity: 2.56-2.57                                  
Chemistry: KAlSi3O8                                         
Class: tektosilicate                             
Crystallography: conchoidal
Cleavage: characteristic cleavages are perfect and distinct intersecting at approximately ninety degrees 
Fracture: conchoidal                                   
Streak: none                                 
Luster: vitreous

Amazonite is the birthstone for the month of December

Healings: Amazonite is said to alleviate muscle spasms and to help normalize calcium levels in the body. It is used to calm ones nerves. Often used as an elixir. An elixir taken 3 times a day is said to reduce calcium deficiency. It is also used for nervous system disorders.

Workings: Amazonite is used in reverse- negativity spells. It enhances creative expression and enhances self worth.  It is called the “Hope stone” because it inspires confidence and hope.
Amazonite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: Amazonite is used with the Heart and Throat Chakras in order to enhance ones communication in regards to love situations. Amazonite aligns the astral bodies and is used to dissolve energy blockages.

Foot Notes: Amazonite is most easily recognized by its color, cleavage, and occurrence. 
It is said to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Amazonite is the rare green variety of microcline, which is the low temperature pure potassium end member of the alkali feldspar group. Amazonite is found in the United States (notably in Amelia Courthouse, Virginia), Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, and Namibia.
Author: Crick
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Gemstone of the Day for November 10th is Garnet

Gemstone of the Day


Hardness: 6.5-7.5                                                     
Specific Gravity: 3.5-4.2
Chemistry: Ca3Fe2+2(SiO4)3           
Class: Silicates           
Crystallography: Isometric – Hexoctahedral
Cleavage: None                  
Fracture: Conchoidal                        
Streak: White                        
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)

Garnet comes from the Greek word “Granatum” which refers to the color of the pomegranate seed.

Healing: Garnet is known as a Healing stone. It is used to purify and cleanse the body and/or spirit. It’s healing abilities work on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. It stimulates the pituitary gland, relieves rheumatism and arthritis pain.

Garnets were believed to protect one from poisons.

Garnets are also known as a Stone of Commitment.

Workings: Garnet is used to protect homes from fire and lightning, heal snakebites and food poisoning, protect people from nightmares, and warn of danger. Garnet is also believed to promote true love. Astrological signs of; Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. Vibrates to the number 2. Its energy is projective and it is ruled by the planet Mars. The element is Fire.

Chakra Applications: Garnet is used to draw negative energy from the chakras.  Stimulates both the Base and Crown chakras, thus energizing the body.

Foot Notes:  Birthstone for the month of January. Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary.Garnets belong to the isometric crystal class, which produces very symmetrical, cube-based crystals. They are double silicates; one of the metallic elements is calcium, magnesium, ferrous iron, or manganese and the other aluminum, ferric iron, or chromium.
Garnet occurs in many different kinds of rocks ; in metamorphosed impure limestones, in basic igneous rocks, in granite rocks, in schists and other metamorphic rocks as well as in igneous rocks. Garnet jewelry has been found that date back to the Bronze Age (3000 BCE).
Garnets can be found in the U.S. (Arizona), South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania .
Author: Crick
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Gemstone of the Day for November 3rd is Benitoite

Gemstone of the Day


Benitoite is named for its occurrence near the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, California.

Hardness: 6 – 6.5        
Specific Gravity: 3.6        
Chemistry: BaTiSi3O9, Barium Titanium Silicate                
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Hexagonal; bar 6 m 2           
Cleavage: poor       
Fracture: irregular                    
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous

Healing: Benitoite is used to treat disorders of the blood and to ameliorate excessive bleeding. It is also used to expedite the healing process.

Workings: Benitoite is used for astral traveling and connecting with other-world beings. Benitoit is worn to enhance feelings of emotional sensitivity, empathy and understanding. It aids in instances of telepathy. Benitoite is used to help one overcome one’s fear of water. 
Benitoite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Benitoite is associated with all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Benitoite is a rare blue barium titanium silicate mineral, found in hydrothermally altered serpentinite. Benitoite is thought to have been derived during a phase of low temperature and high-pressure metamorphism which relates to a blueschist metamorphic facies. The elements that comprise benitoite are thought to have been mobilized from the host rock and deposited in a late stage cooling of hydrothermal fluids in veins fracturing the wall rock of serpentine.
Author: Crick
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Crystal of the Day for October 19 is Sapphire

Crystal of the Day


                     (Sapphires may be all colors except red. If it is red it is called a ruby)

     The name Sapphire comes from the Sanskrit “sanipriya” (dear to the planet Saturn).

Hardness: 9              
Specific Gravity: 3.9 – 4.1                 
Chemistry: Al2O3 – Aluminum Oxide
Class: Corundum                     
Crystallography: Hexagonal                      
Cleavage: none
Fracture: uneven, conchoidal                              
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous

Healing: It is said that wearing a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat. Sapphire is used to treat blood disorders such as excessive bleeding and to thicken vein walls. Sapphire is the most effective healing stone for the nervous system. It also aids in regulating the function of the thyroid gland. 

Magical Workings: Sapphire is used to dispel bad feelings and to enlighten one’s mood, it is a crystal of harmony and peace.
It is often called the “Stone of Prosperity”. Sapphire is an excellent stone for meditation. Star Sapphire is used as protection from the evil eye.
The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love.
Yellow Sapphire attracts wealth and brings prosperity to the home.
The Black Sapphire provides centering, protection and grounding.
The White Sapphire is an extremely protective gem.
The Indigo Sapphire enhances psychic awareness. It eliminates negative energies from the aura.
The Green Sapphire improves internal and external vision and helps you to remember dreams.
India considered it to be the stone of Saturn, and believed it to be a portal to the heavenly realms.
Sapphire is thought to be one of the stones on the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Sapphire is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Libra and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number of 2, though Sapphires of different colors will vibrate to different numbers.

Chakra Applications: The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love. It opens and heals the thyroid and the throat chakra and has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous system.
Yellow Sapphire is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra.
The Black Sapphire is associated with the Base Chakra.
The Pink Sapphire clears emotional blockages bringing peace and unconditional love. It is associated with the Heart chakra.
The White Sapphire is associated with the Crown chakra.
The Indigo Sapphire is associated with the Third Eye chakra.
The Green Sapphire is known as the “Stone of Fidelity”, and stimulates the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a 45th Anniversary gemstone.
Sapphire is the non-red variety of corundum, and the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. Many Sapphire deposits are the remains of metamorphic or igneous veins of granite and marble weathered away into stream beds and mountain valleys.
An ancient Persian myth tells of a giant blue sapphire that Mother Earth rests upon, and that the sky is the reflection of this massive blue crystal.
Author: Crick
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