Crystals and Magick
"Stones are gifts of the Earth. They are manifestations of the universal forces -- of 'Deity', 'Goddess', 'God', 'Fate' -- which created all that is, all that was, and all that has potential of being.
The Earth is one tiny part of a vast energy network. Though once created by it, our planet now contains its own vibrations. Some of these powers, and their manifestations, are shaded and formed to be beneficial to us.
Stones are magical batteries which contain and concentrate the Earth's energies. Many are thought to also be affected by, or at least symbolic of, the planets and luminaries of our solar system. Others have long been associated with far distant stars.
Stones, like herbs, colors, metals, numbers and sounds, aren't inert. They may sit quietly in the earth for millions of years, or rest on a shelf where we placed them last week, but they are active, powerful tools possessing energies which can and do affect our world.
Stones are gifts from the Earth which we can use to improve our lives, our relationships and ourselves. Many are readily available and inexpensive, while others can be gently collected from the ground itself.
Stone magic is built upon simple ideas and has direct results. Using a stone in magic brings its influences and energies into play .Directing those energies is the magic.
The powers within stones are available to all. Use the Earth's treasures wisely, and they'll bless you with all that you truly need."
Scott Cunningham - Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic
Magick is not the control or domination of the forces of nature but rather the attuning of ourselves into harmony with these forces. Magick should not be used frivolously. Nor should it be used out of selfishness, domination, pain, fear, manipulation, ego-gratification, control or revenge. It should be life-affirming, filled with love, joy, hope, contentment and peace.
There are 3 basic things necessary for all magick including crystal or stone magick:
The Need - A real need must exist and should not be confused with a desire or a wish. Usually a need is something which cannot be satisfied by other means. A true need is an empty space in your life or a critical condition such as ill health which needs immediate attention.
The Emotion - Emotion is power. If you are emotionally involved in the need, you will be better able to raise sufficient power from any source and direct it to your need. The emotion will set the power free to bring the need into manifestation.
The Knowledge - This is the techniques you use to raise the energy from a source such as stones and send it to your need. This includes visualizing the need and the requested solution, the basics of your ritual, your concentration on what you are doing and the awareness of the power you are drawing upon. Knowledge is the "tool" of your magick.
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