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The Magick of GemStones

Author: StormDancer for Mandala
Posted: August 11th. 2002
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"Learn the energies of GemStones, " was the directive that 'came to me' in the car, leaving the mountains of Tennessee and heading home from a festival eighteen years ago. Working with stones and crystals has been part of my magickal, meditative, and ritual practices since then; all are part of everyday life.

Stones were not an integral part of the tradition I was studying with at the time, and unable to find a suitable book at the local metaphysical shop, I located a lapidary magazine with sources of stone material. After the selection of tumbled stones I ordered arrived, I began to learn by meditating with them.

This method worked well for me: In a quiet place, without interruptions, I chose a stone. I would look at it closely, noting color, variations, particular characteristics, patterns or pictures on or in it. Holding the stone, I would feel its weight, temperature, nooks and crannies. Then I would close my fingers over the rock and meditate on how it felt. Often I would ask, "How do you like to be worked with?" (I prefer the term "worked with" to imply respectful cooperation.) Images or words would float to the surface of my mind, or a moment of intuition or knowing occurred. Whatever happened, I'd write it down, then carry the stone for the next three days, noting any changes of mood, ability, clarity of thought, health, intuition, or psychic skills. I also grabbed an encyclopedia and wrote the physical information - where the stone was on the Mohs Hardness Scale, its chemical composition, place of origin, available colors, etc. After awhile, there were copious amounts of stones and notes around the house!

During the next year's festival I presented a workshop, "The Magick of GemStones." Sitting in a circle, I handed everyone the same variety of stone to meditate with, utilizing the method outlined above. After tuning in to the stone, we all wrote what we felt and experienced. Each time, when we shared our insights, all of us were amazed at how similar our feelings, thoughts, and images were. The similarities reinforced impressions I'd received previously of how the stones liked to be worked with, and helped us all feel more confident in our abilities. Of course, everyone became a steward of the rocks they had gotten to know during the workshop.

Since that time, I found the classic book, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, by George Frederick Kunz (ISBN: 0-486-22227-6) and other excellent tomes. Melody's Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals (ISBN: 0-9628190-3-4 is a must-have, as are Uma Silbey's The Complete Crystal Guidebook (ISBN: 0-938925-00-8), Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (ISBN: 0-87542-126-1), and Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Enlightenment and Crystal Healing I, and II (II's ISBN: 0-943358-30-2). I even desktop published a booklet, "The Magick of GemStones." My family and I have continued to collect rocks - Crystals, GemStones, pieces of gravel, geodes, and fossils - and work with them regularly in a variety of ways:

Individually, stones help us focus on a particular energy, by wearing them or enjoying their presence in our immediate environment. While writing, I may choose a clear Quartz Crystal for clarity or a yellow Fluorite octahedron to help keep creative thoughts flowing. I wear Rose Quartz jewelry if I need assistance in understanding and accepting a situation or if I need to help someone else by providing understanding, acceptance and love. My husband, an active person, is drawn to the calm and healing nature of Bloodstone. Daughter Sarah prefers wine-red Garnet for its integration of the lessons of past experience into present circumstance, and our son Kevin has always found strength of will in Red Jasper. I would take Kevin to Gem and Mineral shows when he was still in a stroller, and every time, he would reach up out of his sight and grab a piece of Red Jasper!

Conversely, although Blue Lace Agate aids verbal communication skills when I'm feeling nervous about personal expression, when I feel it might be best to "put a lid on it" I will not wear or carry it. Therefore, sometimes, what you don't choose to wear, or focus on, has just as much impact as what you do. While many people choose their jewelry to accent their attire, we tend to select the energy we need and dress accordingly!

Stone energies correspond to the Chakras. We find an occasional GemStone Layout over the Chakras helpful in maintaining balance and harmony in Mind, Body and Spirit. Stones can enhance or stimulate the energy of a Chakra, or may be worked with to tone down an overactive Chakra. Chakra Balancing can be done individually, or with one or more facilitators and one "Balancee." Of course, if you don't have stones with you and are familiar with their energies, you can focus the collective energy of the particular stone where needed just by asking for it.

Drawing a stone from a variety of stones whose energy you are familiar with can help clarify a murky meaning of a card in a Tarot reading. I also created a system of divination with GemStones and a casting mat. Each stone has a meaning similar to its energy, with the exception of stones symbolic of old wounds, and pain. Locations on the mat correspond to areas of life correlating to the elements. The system has always provided excellent results. GemStone divination is visually appealing, portable, and there aren't grisly sword and Death cards freaking people out before you can explain them in context. Another benefit to the system is the ability to pick up and move a stone to a different area on the mat. This is a decision, a choice, to instigate change for the good by symbolically making change in the current pattern of life represented by the layout. Although facilitating healing and change by moving or replacing cards in a Tarot reading is also possible, I've found that people are most likely to relate to change within the abstract pattern of the stones.

My athame is actually a wooden wand with a crystal "blade." The handle is a naturally spiraled piece of wood painted with a thirteen-diamond rattlesnake, representing the lunar months. The knife directs energy and helps cut through illusions, much like Tibetan ritual knives.

Various stones grace our living space. The bay window at the front of our house is home to an eighty-pound gray phantom Quartz cluster. In the Life Path Feng Shui area, it represents our desire to grow, learn and transform individually, as a family, and as a group. The majority of 'our' stones are in the Family Room. Amethyst clusters and cathedrals, Crystal geodes, a collection of spheres and massage wands: purple, yellow, clear and green Fluorite; Serpentine; rainbow, black, and silver-sheen Obsidian; Labradorite; Rhodonite; aqua, rose and smoky Quartz; single- and double-terminated Crystals and Clusters, and a friend's collection of large Crystal points. Although some guests attribute the feeling of comfort and well being to our comfy furniture, we know it's all about the energy generated by the mineral side of the family!

On our family altar, nine times out of ten, a Crystal or GemStone represents Earth. We're particularly fond of a Fluorite sphere that resembles Earth covered by wispy clouds. The tenth time, Earth will be represented by salt from Mares, Peru, which is slightly pink due to its origin in a Rose Quartz mine. So, even then, stones are represented.

An early formation of our Group, Mandala, once worked with Snowflake Obsidian and Clear Quartz during a Samhain Ritual. As the ritual progressed it became clear everyone present longed to change locations. By focusing on the polarities represented by the stones, we instigated change for the good of all, harming none. By the next year, we had all moved to homes we were happier in.

After eighteen years, I'm still learning the energies of GemStones, and like all learning, it will be a lifelong process. Their physical and spiritual beauty, healing-energy and presence enhance our learning, creativity, relationships, homes, understanding, and everyday lives. Sometimes stones stay with us a long while; sometimes they don't. Either way, we're couriers. As much as we love a stone, sometimes someone else needs it more than we do. At those times, we say thank you and give it a fond farewell. Like our good friend, Dave said, "We're really all here to open doors for cats and make Crystals ambulatory!"

Trish Breedlove




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Bio: Trish Breedlove is an individual, wife, mother of two and home-school teacher of a thirteen-year-old son. Twenty years ago during an afternoon walk a small boy tricycled to the end of his driveway to ask, "Are you a Witch?" Surprising herself by answering, "I don't know, " she decided to find out. Numerous studies later, including Irish Wicca, GemStones, Tarot, Natural Magick, Herbs, Permaculture, Runes and Integrative Health, the answer's still a heartfelt "Yes!" Trish and husband Edred H. Breedlove co-authored an informational booklet, "Chakra/Rune/Tone, " and a novel, Dancer of the Dead, which blends suspenseful fiction with information about Wicca.




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