Crystals, stones, metals. Amethyst for peace. Quartz for power. Silver for psychism.
From the earliest prehistoric times to our technological age we have found beauty, power and mystery within stones. Just as herbs possess energies, so too do stones and metals. With their powers we can change ourselves and our lives. Stone magick is as old as time. It began when the earliest humans sensed some force or power trapped within the stones that surrounded them. Stones were probably first used as amulets-objects worn to deflect negativity or “evil." Later they were revered as deities, offered as sacrifices, and buried for blessings and fertility of the land. Their use is intimately connected with religion, ritual and magick. Stone magick has been forgotten by many millions of people today. The Industrial Revolution and two devastating wars destroyed the insular village life in which the old magick was passed from generation to generation.
Today a new awareness of the magickal value of stones and metals has swept over us. This sudden interest is unprecedented in history, and, like the growing use of herbs in magick, is another manifestation that people are finding their micro-chip lives unsatisfying. Something is missing.
How we look into the past, to an age where the mystic properties of stones and metals were unquestioned, we find answers. Stones, like colors, plants and other natural objects, are magickal tools which we can use to cause needed change. Transformation is the essence of magick, and stones help us achieve this by lending their powers and providing focal points for our own energies.
After centuries of repressive religious structures and deadening materialism, many
of us are awakening to the fact that we have become estranged from the Earth. Executives
toss brilliantly hued gems onto black velvet, studying their patterns for hints of
the future. Secretaries place moonstone and azurite between their brows to strengthen
psychic awareness. Students wear quartz crystal to improve their study habits. The
old ways are once again accessible to all who desire to use them.
Stones and metals are keys which we can use to unlock our potential as human beings. They expand our consciousness, enhance our lives, calm our stresses and infuse our dreams with healing energies.
Skeptics say it's in our minds. magickians say yes, that's part of it. It's also in the stones, in our ritual use of these treasures and in our connections with the Earth.
Stone magick works. It is effective. That's all anyone needs to know to try it out.
In using stone magick we don't turn our backs on technology. No. We use this old magick to improve our hectic lives, to give us deeper understanding and control over them. It attunes us with the powers which created stones, ourselves, the Earth and the universe, thereby adding the missing ingredient to our often sterile lives. When a stone lying in a dry riverbed calls you to pick it up, when a shimmering crystal seems to pull your hand, when a faceted jewel set in a ring captures your imagination, you've felt the old powers of stones.
The magick is waiting. The rest is up to you.