Magickal Correspondences and Properties of Stones

Throughout history, people have attributed certain qualities and properties to gemstones. Some stones have been considered lucky, others harbingers of misfortune. The Old Testament of the Bible contains references to amethysts as stones of spiritual power. Soldiers in ancient Rome wore bloodstones for protection. Sometimes the color determines a gem's correspondences. For example, sapphires are associated with the deep blue sea. Other connections stem from long-ago practices involving gems. Jade, which contemporary magicians use in prosperity spells, was traded by the early Egyptians and used as a form of money.

Hebrew legends tell that the emerald was one of the four stones presented to King Solomon (along with lapis, topaz, and carbuncle). These stones represented his authority and wisdom. In Egyptian and Greek mythology (as recounted by Albertus Magnus), emeralds were originally discovered in a griffin's nest.

Much of what modern witches know about the magick of gemstones is rooted in antiquity. As early as four thousand years ago, hieroglyphics described the use of gemstones for medical purposes. The best-known early literature on the subject is The History of Jewels by a thirteenth-century philosopher named Albertus Magnus. The following list describes the generally accepted magickal uses for numerous gems.

Gemstone

Magickal Uses

Amber

for physical and psychic protection

Amethyst

for meditation, enhancing and remembering dreams, calming emotions, increasing psychic ability; it ranges in color from deep purple to pink

Apache tears

a type of obsidian that many witches carry for luck

Aquamarine

for clarity and mental awareness, encouraging spiritual insight, stimulating creativity

Aventurine

to attract wealth or abundance

Azurite

for dream magick, to promote harmony

Bloodstone

for healing, strength, courage, and physical protection

Carnelian

to stimulate passion, sexual energy, courage, and initiative

Citrine

for clearing vibrations from other stones and crystals, to banish nightmares and improve psychic abilities

Coral

to attract love or increase affectionate feelings; enhances self-esteem, calms emotions

Diamond

to deepen commitment and trust, especially in a love relationship, to absorb and retain energies and vibrations, for strength and victory

Emerald

to aid clairvoyance and divination; to promote healing, growth, mental and emotional balance

Fluorite

to strengthen the conscious mind and mental skills

Garnet

for protection, to deepen kindness, to relieve depression and alleviate fears

Hematite

for grounding, to help stabilize emotions

Jade

for prosperity, longevity; to enhance beauty and health

Jasper

red jasper is good in love spells to stir up passions; brown jasper is excellent for healing purposes; poppy jasper breaks up blockages that prevent energy from circulating through the body

Lapis lazuli

for opening psychic channels, dealing with children, stimulating the upper chakras; ancient Egyptians used it to charge power meridians on the planet

Moldavite

to energize psychic talent, quicken spiritual evolution, open the upper chakras; moldavite is regarded as an extraterrestrial stone because it resulted from a meteor collision with the earth nearly 15 million years ago

Moonstone

to enhance the vividness of dreams and dream recall, to calm emotions

Obsidian

one of the favorite stones for scrying mirrors; sacred to the patroness of witches, Hecate

Onyx

for banishing and absorbing negative energy, grounding, and stabilizing; to help break deeply ingrained habits

Opal

for protection, to encourage psychic ability and visions, to attract love

Pearl

to strengthen self-esteem, for balance in love relationships, to increase femininity, to enhance happiness

Quartz (clear)

to retain information, to amplify the energy of other stones, to transmit ideas and energy, for psychic awareness

Quartz (smoky)

for endurance, to hold problems until you are ready to deal with them

Rose quartz

to attract love and friendship, for emotional healing and balance, to amplify psychic energy

Ruby

to stimulate the emotions, passion, love; to open your heart to divine love; to boost vitality

Sapphire

to increase spiritual knowledge and connection with the Divine, for wisdom, insight, and prophetic vision; star sapphires provide hope and clarity of purpose

Tiger-eye

for abundance, self-confidence, the freedom to follow your own path

Tourmaline

green and black tourmaline are good for cleansing, healing, and absorbing negative vibrations; pink and watermelon tourmaline attract friendship, love, and fulfillment; use them to transmit messages and energy

Turquoise

for protection, healing, prosperity; to ease mental tension and emotional anxiety

Amber isn't really a stone; it's hardened resin. According to lore, amber came from the tears of a setting sun, and as such it's still considered a solar/fire stone. Witches also use it in healing magick, to capture disease in the same way as it once captured insects.

Stones are usually available in a wide range of qualities. A large or gemquality stone isn't necessary for most spells. Use your intuition and let yourself be drawn to choose the right stone for the job.

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