Feldspar usually considered to be a Lunar Stone. Feldspar encourages the gifts of clairvoyance and clairaudience (the ability to hear spirits). A useful stone when you are working to develop any psychic power, Feldspar is most effective when used in conjunction with regular psychic exercises. Keep a couple of pieces in a charm bag along with a silver Moon trinket to see your abilities increase.
Flint a very hard but brittle, glassy, grey or black stone. Magically it represents the powers of elemental Earth and Fire and has been used for thousands of years to create sparks for fire lighting. Prehistoric man knapped flint into axes and arrowheads and these relics, especially the delicate and beautiful arrowheads, have been known for centuries as 'Elf Shot'. Can be used to banish anything you want removed from your life such as illness, addiction, or ill wishes. Cuts through fear, enchantments and the bonds that tie you to the past. Can be used as a protective 'weapon' when undertaking a dangerous spiritual quest or astral journey.
Fluorite is one of the most powerful stones for creativity and mental powers. It is renowned for giving a clarity of vision that is wonderful for art, creative writing, astral travel, meditation, scrying and most magical work. It is very protective and keeps the bearer safe on dangerous paths, whether they are in the real world or the magical realms. Lessens the fear of ridicule or failure while also boosting confidence and belief in your talents. Brings inspiration, originality and beauty to any artistic or creative project. Fluorite awakens the intuitive senses that are used when working with crystals and it is one of the easiest stones for a beginner to get a 'feel' for. When worn on the third eye it helps to enhance mental capacity, intellect and the power of concentration.
Galena is associated with the powers of elemental Earth. Gives confidence and helps you to develop a sense of inner strength and power. Balances and strengthens energies to create a state of being where your spiritual, physical and mental powers are working together harmoniously for your benefit. Healing to the heart, lungs and circulatory system.
Garnet closely associated with the powers of elemental Earth and Fire, Garnet is a stone of passion and courage. Long believed to be a favourite stone of Dragons, it draws on their protective powers and helps the bearer communicate with them and learn their great secrets. Natural, unpolished Garnet is not a pretty stone, but it symbolises the awesome energy of raw, untamed magic and is ideal for spells and rituals where you need to draw on high concentrations of power. Sacred to the Goddess Isis, Garnet was believed to be solidified drops of her blood. Wearing the stone brings you under the influence of the Mistress of Magic and helps you to pass between the worlds with ease. Renowned as a stone of illumination and revelation. Stirs the blood and wards off depression. Empowers magical regeneration and gives the stamina and strength to see a long, complex spell or project through to the end. Garnet can be used to help anyone who uses metal, including farmers, ironmongers, smiths, soldiers, surgeons, jewellers and craftspeople. Provides fertility, abundance and prosperity. Garnet establishes and activates the connection between your root chakra and the Earth, helping you to draw on the Earth's vast power for healing and empowering yourself.
Geode seems at first glance to be a plain, rather dull looking piece of rock. Look inside though and you will find a secret treasure trove of sparkling crystals. Every geode is uniquely beautiful and they make a wonderful focus for meditation, scrying and spirit journeys ~ gaze into the crystal studded interior of a Geode for long enough and you will feel yourself being drawn into it. Magically Geodes symbolise hidden treasure and inner beauty. They can give you the confidence and knowledge to allow your hidden talents and gifts emerge and blossom. Can be used in spells or charms to make your most secret wishes and dreams come true.
Goldstone usually brown (black and red Goldstone is also available) and shimmering with pin-pricks of golden light, there are at least two different types of Goldstone available. One is a form of dyed Aventurine and the other is made from glass but both seem to work equally well in spells and pouches. Because it is not a naturally occuring stone Goldstone symbolises human ingeneuity in the search for wealth and beauty and can be used in any magic to develop your latent talents and use your own ingeneuity to improve your lot in life. Used in rituals to gain wealth, power, honour and riches. Can help bring you honour and public recognition or to move into the limelight in your chosen field but be warned - this is not a stone for the shy and self-effacing! Also helpful in keeping your feet on the ground and not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed or bigheaded about your newfound fame.
Goshenite is the name given to pure Beryl which contains no chemical impurities and is therefore colourless. Magically this is a very powerful stone which can be used to reveal other people's secrets, find out when they are lying to you, see through illusions and break any spells that are designed to confuse or mislead you. It can also be used in spells to protect yourself from malicious gossip and ill wishing.
Gypsum there are three varieties of Gypsum that have been used for carvings and jewellery since ancient times. Alabaster is the fine grained, translucent variety, Satin Spar is fibrous with a pearly lustre and Selenite is a transparent, colourless crystal form. Gypsum is very soft and can be scratched with your fingernail. Use in magic to increase your felxibility and make you more adaptable. Can be used to lessen the fear of change and help you cope with upheavals and problems. Gypsum teaches us that change is not 'bad' or something to be feared but is an opportunity to learn and grow stronger.
Haematite is the gem form of iron, in the same way that Diamond is the gem form of carbon. It is a very powerful stone of magical energy that contains within it the combined essences of elemental Earth and Fire. It is often used in magic to release a sudden burst of power, for example at the conclusion of a spell. Breaks through any barriers that may be holding you back such as fear, inhibition, guilt, worry or self-doubt. An excellent stone for absorbing and grounding negative energy, it can be used to stop poltergeist activity and psychic disturbances. Helps recovery after childbirth or surgery and can be used in magic to make sure the surgeon's knife is swift and accurate. The name Haematite is from the Greek 'Haimatites', meaning 'Stone of Blood' because when it is cut or ground it gives off a red dust that runs like blood when mixed with water. This is iron oxide (rust) and the dry powder is called Red Ochre. It has been used for thousands of years as a pigment for cave painting and also to colour tombs and the bodies of the dead. The blood red colour symbolises life energy and Haematite has long been used in funeral rites to ensure a safe journey to the Underworld and a favourable reincarnation. When used in healing it is a powerful blood cleanser and purifier. It augments and balances the flow of energy in the body and is believed to be particularly useful when practising astral travel or out of body projection. It can be used to ground high spiritual and magical energies, dreams and visions into physical reality. Creates a powerful connection with the Earth and is a useful stone for anyone who is becoming 'spaced out' by meditation or magical work.
Hawk's Eye is a Shamanic stone which is helpful to anyone undertaking magical journeys, astral travel or any difficult spiritual task. Helps you to understand and accept death and change and learn to 'go with the flow' rather than fighting these inevitable happenings. Soothes grief and helps to bring acceptance that all things must die and that death is not the end, but rather a new beginning. Used in magic to connect with your past lives, Ancestor Spirits or the Mighty Dead (the spirits of priests, priestesses and magic users who have left this life). Encourages you to trust your inner wisdom and intuition. Brings a spark of creativity to any project that you are undertaking and helps you to remember that everything you create is a gift to the Gods.
Heliodor is a form of golden coloured Beryl. Use in magic to increase your confidence and self-belief. Heliodor is especially useful to anyone whose self-confidence has been damaged by other people as a result of abusive relationships or bad experiences. Meditating with the stone can awaken your 'inner flame' and help you to remember that you are special and unique and have an important role to play in life.
Herkimer Diamond is a form of Quartz that has become popular nowadays as a healing and metaphysical crystal. Enhances dream states and helps you remember your dreams more clearly so that you can learn from them. Encourages astral travel. As a healing stone it is renowned for its ability to cure the symptoms of stress and pollution. It is reputed to draw toxins out of the physical body and help to increase your ability to heal yourself. Helps you to develop self-love and self-respect and increases your ability to give unconditional love to others.
Hiddenite is a very rare, emerald green coloured form of the mineral Spodumene. It occurs almost exclusively in the rocks of Hiddenite, North Carolina. On its own it is extremely rare but it is sometimes found as tiny crystals growing with Kunzite (another gem form of Spodumene) and the two stones together are considered to be very powerful for healing and magical work. Hiddenite is used to help your self-development, increasing your psychic power and magical knowledge. Sometimes known as the Stone of Evolution, Hiddenite is believed to help humans to evolve into more spiritual beings. The stone can also help you to communicate with deities and spirit guides and to understand what your purpose is on Earth in this lifetime.
Iceland Spar' is the name commonly given to Calcite when it forms in clear, naturally 'double refractive' crystals. Double refractive means that when light enters the crystal it is bent twice before exiting again ~ if you look at a page through Iceland Spar the image you see will be doubled. Because of this property it is used magically to double the power of any spell or charm bag. Helpful also for opening doors of opportunity and increasing the number of 'lucky' chances you are presented with.IoliteIolite is the stone of Witchcraft. Also known as Cordierite and Water Sapphire it is a transparent, pale blue purple stone. Enhances all magical powers when worn and if you keep a piece with you then over time it will subtly increase your occult powers and psychic sensitivity. Improves visualisation skills and creativity. Aids your concentration, focus and dedication to learning and helps to ensure that all your newly found knowledge stays in your head and leads to increased wisdom. Sacred to the Mother Goddess. Increases your appreciation of feminine power, magic and spirituality and helps you to draw that power into your own life. A protective and nurturing stone that will help you to recognise your own unique talents and develop them in ways that will better your life.
Iron Pyrite also known as Fool's Gold, Iron Pyrite forms in natural crystalline nuggets with a deceptive golden sheen. Use for any type of magic where things are not as they seem, such as casting enchantments, glamouring, seeing through the spells and intrigues of others and reading between the lines. A very useful stone for anyone who is gullible or easily decieved. Enhances eloquence and the ability to speak your mind without fear while also helping to increase tact and diplomacy. Gives the knowledge of when to speak out and when to stay silent. In healing Iron Pyrite is used to purify the bloodstream and is useful for disorders of the lungs, respiratory tract and digestive system. An excellent stone for grounding, very calming and empowering for people suffering from stress and nervous exhaustion. Enhances your natural connection to the Sun and helps you to channel the powers of healing, confidence and success into your life. Teaches you to understand your instincts and desires so that you can act with reason in even the most heated situations. Helps to balance your masculine and feminine nature so that you can achieve wholeness.
Ivory still turns up quite often in jewellery and carvings. Please do not wear it and do not encourage anybody else to wear or buy it. Do not buy old or second hand pieces of Ivory either ~ this can inflate the demand for faked 'antique' items. Magically it is supposed to protect the wearer from injury but there are many other stones that can be used for this purpose and in our day and age I think it is far better that the elephant or rhino wears it for protection from us!
Jacinth supposed to make the wearer irresistable and fascinating to others, especially if the stone is set in gold. Increases eloquence and the powers of persuasion. Jacinth has long been renowned for its powers to protect against illness, especially plague. Use magically to increase your charm and help you to influence others to do your will. If you are writing an important letter place a piece of Jacinth on it for three hours before you post it to ensure that your words are well received by whoever reads it.
Jade has been sacred in the Far East for thousands of years as a symbol of immortality. In Chinese mythology the Moon Hare made an elixir of immortality from crushed Jade and eating off Jade dishes was believed to ensure a long, prosperous life. Jade is used to attract and communicate with Dragons and a piece of Jade would make a wonderful offering to them that might help you to gain their favour. A sliver of Jade can be put in a bowl of water or underneath a crystal ball to bring visions of Dragons when scrying and sleeping with the stone can bring magical dreams. Usually thought of as green, Jade can be any shade from white through to deepest green and yellow as well. Magically Jade helps you to break unwanted links with people or places that you have outgrown. Jade is renowned as a stone of prosperity and it is said that if you handle a piece every day your wealth will increase. Can be used in spells and charm bags to draw material wealth and also to increase your sense of self worth and personal power. Boosts courage, brings good fortune and health and protects from misfortune and accidents. Jade helps to sharpen concentration and increases your understanding and ability to memorise intellectual knowledge. Can be used to help you make the most of a period of study or to give you the confidence to express your knowledge clearly and keep your audience's attention. In physical healing Jade is reputed to be excellent for kidney problems and also helps the heart, larynx, liver, spleen, thymus, thyroid and nervous system. It is believed to strengthen the body and immune system, giving good health and longevity.
Jasper there are many types of Jasper, all with their own unique powers. All forms of Jasper are associated with the power to break a drought. A dish of Jasper filled with water should be placed on a windowsill to draw rain. It may be difficult to find a dish of Jasper so you could always use a consecrated clear glass bowl filled with Jasper stones. This spell can also be used to end an intellectual drought, for example be rid of writer’s block or a fear of failure that is holding you back from being creative. All Jaspers protect from nightmares and strengthen the mind against depression and negative thoughts. They help to increase self confidence and independence and ward off mental or psychic domination by others. Can help you to break free of an oppressive situation or abusive relationship but use the stone with caution. Only use it for these purposes if you are sure that you want your life to change because it can have powerful and sometimes unexpected effects! Green Jasper is an excellent general healing stone and balances the energy of the healer, making them more effective and helping them to bring intuition to bear on diagnosis. It is especially useful for constipation, ulcers, intestinal problems, bladder and gall bladder complaints. It encourages the gift of clairvoyance. Yellow Jasper is used for healing the endocrine system, tissues, skin, pancreas and sympathetic nervous system. It helps to balance the body's energy and focus the mind on everyday tasks.
Jet is not actually a stone. It is a fossilised organic substance very similar to coal and in fact Jet and coal are created from the same materials in the same way. The best way to tell if you have found Jet is to use it to draw a line on hard stone. If you draw a light brown line you have Jet and if you draw a black line then you have found coal. Jet is common in prehistoric burials and is associated with powerful women, Queens and Priestesses. Represents the power of the Goddess and the mystery of the night in which the silver Moon is Queen. Can be polished to a high sheen with brass polish (and a bit of elbow grease!) and flat pieces of Jet make excellent magic mirrors that can be used in scrying and divination to gain Underworld knowledge. Jet was popular in Victorian times as a stone of mourning. Wear it in honour of the Mighty Dead or to speak with Underworld deities. Helpful for those who find it hard to make firm decisions. Increases shamanic powers, especially the power to travel between planes. According to an early writer Jet has eight virtues – it protects from storms and lightning, prevents poisoning, defends against sorcery, banishes demons from any home in which it is kept, an elixir given to one possessed by the ‘hateful fiend’ will reveal this and release them, a potion of it will restore health, the same potion restores a ‘smooth body’ and whosoever takes the potion is immune to snakebite. Sacred to Cybele, the Mother goddess of Greek and Rome ~ hold a piece of Jet in your hands and you can ask her for a favour.