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ISBN: 0-9655687-3-3
Released: Apr - 2005
List Price: $16.95

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Vox ID: 257053

Book ID: 1230

Posted: 10.29.2005

WV Impressions: 3,012

If you like gemstones...

Gem and Mineral Lore: Remedies, Magick and Folklore

Author: Rev. Paul V. Beyerl [a Witchvox Sponsor]

Publisher: The Hermit's Grove

Category: gem and mineral magick, spells   Level: All

Known for his enjoyable writing and his decades of experience,
the author of The Master Book of Herbalism brings you a depth of knowledge
covering gems and minerals.

Scientific and mineralogical information ...
Learn about a stone’s composition
Discover what gives a stone its particular appearance and energy...

Stones may be corresponded with planets and
the signs of the zodiac. Reference lists and tables make the appendices a wonderful guide. Use these tables to select stones which can help you become a better you.
Discover the many choices you have available. Birth stones, anniversaries
and much more.

Discover the ‘virtues’ of a gem. The ‘virtues’ are the basic nature of a stone as it relates to one’s life. These are the qualities which can be used to improve our lives.

A wealth of information for discovering the ‘magick’ of each stone, or the ways in which we can use their natural energy to change our self image and affect our reality ...

Includes historical lore, biblical lore and folk lore ...

Covers 77 gems and minerals in detail, from A to Z (Adamant to Zircon)

Information is fully referenced.

This book is a ‘gem’ of its own!

Author's Notes: I do not remember not being interested in stones. One of the wonders of my childhood was the old writing desk in my grandparents’ home. It had a bookcase on the left side which had a framed glass door. In front of the books on the numerous shelves was a collection of natural wonders: a small jar of sand, a stone, a piece of stalactite and other items from the sands and stones my grandparents collected when they drove all the way by auto from central Wisconsin to the Pacific Ocean in California, a trip not easily taken in what I believe was just before World War II.

Today stones are part of our lives. Our gardens are filled with stones. We have a 45, 000 square foot garden. The only grass is in the Dancing Circle and the visitor explores the labyrinth through myriad pebble paths. Creating such large gardens in a region which has been well-glaciated we unearth numerous stones. The largest ones are honored as decorative watchers for the gardens and line the network of paths. They rest upon the tops of six-inch tall blocks of cement (recycled ‘core samples, ’ actually) . The smallest stones (about an inch) we harvest and these are used to ‘pave’ the paths.

When people tour our gardens they take home a stone or two as a ‘souvenir.’ Tumbled stones are regularly added to our Stone Circle after we use them in the healing and prayer work which is part of the Rowan Tree’s gathering each Sunday morning. Sometimes a stone will be tucked into an herb shipment.
Each year more than a hundred people tour our gardens and we invite them to take home a tumbled stone. So often they tell us of their fascination with stones as children, or tell how their children love and collect stones.

We also have our own specimen collection, the beginnings of which date back to the early 1970s when I was so spoiled by the Rochester Lapidary. One collection is of small specimens, stored in glass bottles and labeled. Larger ones are in larger glass containers. There are agates, cut and polished so their colors and patterns are clearly visible to the eye. An uncut, unpolished 166 carat ruby contrasts with a one carat, cloudy (but affordable!) stone from India and a stunning, lab-grown ruby which, while the product of human intervention, provides a specimen I could not otherwise have at hand when I’m teaching. Without the luxury of the lapidaries of my youth today I turn to eBay and our collection grows.

I began formally writing about gems and minerals when living and teaching in Minneapolis. My first published work on gems and minerals was for The Master Book of Herbalism. That book was published in 1984 and I had finished the manuscript as much as two years prior to that. Although its focus was on herbal medicine my love of stones led me to include them as well.
Over the past thirty years I taught occasional workshops in the use of gems and minerals and, before I finished my time in Los Angeles (I lived and taught there for three years, June 1991 - June 1994) I conducted an extensive series of classes. Those classes and the enthusiasm of the students guaranteed that, when we began publishing our monthly journal, The Hermit’s Lantern, I included articles on gem and mineral lore. The first gem column was on bloodstone, published in the September, 1994 ce edition of The Hermit’s Lantern, a monthly journal we publish from our home, The Hermit’s Grove. My underlying agenda when I teach is to promote a love for the wonder of these stones.

Rev. Paul Beyerl [from the introduction]

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