was walking on the beach the other day, I went treasure hunting. I love
to pick up pieces of wood, seashells and unusual stones and add them
to my altar or place them in nooks and crannies around my house. Each
of these magical finds tells a story and paints a picture of where it
came from. Stones from a beach are usually rounded and smooth from thousands
of years of being tossed on the surf, carved by the ocean waves. When
I pick up these stones I can sense the gentle rhythm of the waters lapping
over it. I can sense the endless ebb and flow of the tide, a timeless
oceanic knot. When I take these stones in my hands, or admire their
beauty, I learn a little more each time. They teach me to be a little
gentler, to flow with life more, to honor my heart and my feelings.
Healing Power of Stones
have a long history of being used for their healing and curative powers.
From ancient times, practitioners of astrology noted the relationship
of the stars to metals and gems. Each stone has a different character
and personality that can be easily classified in terms of astrology.
When we wear stones, display them in the house or garden, or use them
in ritual, we can access their healing powers. We can pick stones to
heal us on a number of levels. One of the best ways is to pick a stone
that will augment an element that is lacking in our chart, or will balance
and fortify an element that predominates in our chart.
we tend to have a lot of planets in water in our chart (Cancer, Scorpio
and Pisces) then we may want to wear a stone that expresses that water
in a beautiful and balanced way. These balancing stones can be worn
on a regular basis. If, however, our watery nature is making us feel
overly emotional, mired in heavy feelings and “bogged down,” we may
want to wear a more fiery or airy stone (please see Astrology
and Stones Part I: Fire and Air) that will help offset
these tendencies. I usually recommend wearing these remedial stones
on an occasional basis and only when they are most needed. Below is
a partial list of water stones that will help balance that element and
bring out its best qualities.
linked to the Moon:
Coral is not a stone, but the calciferous remnants of a sea creature.
Coral has a gentle strength that is helpful for easing stuck emotions
and relaxing nervous strain. Coral has been used as a protective and
magical amulet by cultures throughout the world. It is especially helpful
for regulating menstrual cycles and encouraging hormonal balance in
linked to the Moon:
This, too, is not a stone, but the calcified creation of oysters. These
beautiful round jewels have been worn cosmetically for ages. They have
an entrancing and bewitching power that helps attract love and prosperity.
Pearls connect the wearer to a softer and more feminine side, one that
can be vulnerable and more open.
Lazuli, linked to Venus and Neptune:
This royal blue stone has an uplifting quality that can dispel depression
and dark rumination. Also known as lazurite, this stone has a healing
quality for the heart, and gently allows for old wounds to fade away
while strengthening that center. Lapis also encourages the psychic nature,
and those who use it will increase their meditative, absorptive and
linked to the Moon:
This stone has a milky, luminous quality to it and has long been used
as a symbol of lunar energy. Because of this, it is especially beneficial
for those with a lot of Cancer (associated with the Moon) in their charts.
This gentle, but powerful stone helps increase a receptive and meditative
nature. Moonstone helps draw forth our magical and psychic powers and
gives us serenity and a warmer, more loving heart.
we tend to have a lot of planets in Earth signs in our chart (Taurus,
Virgo, Capricorn), we can choose a stone that expresses that earthy
nature to its utmost potential. Fire and air stones can be used therapeutically
to offset excesses of earth energy (stuck feelings, melancholy, lack
of energy, etc.). Below is a partial list of earthy stones that will
help strengthen and balance the earth element.
linked to Venus:
This well-known green stone has a strengthening and tonifying energy.
It helps the wearer attract love and prosperity and protects the wearer
from negativity. Emerald’s green color nourishes our heart center and
gently opens our sexual energy. Emerald has a special affinity for Taurean
energy (those with planets in Taurus).
linked to Saturn and Pluto:
(This is also a fire stone.) Obsidian is created when lava rapidly cools.
This intense black stone is very helpful to ground one’s energy, especially
when a powerful transformation is taking place in life. Obsidian augments
the power of the wearer and strengthens their will and determination.
linked to Saturn:
Though not a stone, bones have been used for ages by shamans and
medicine people for their curative and healing powers. There are many
different kinds of bones with different energies, including antlers,
horns and skeletal fragments. In all cases, how the bone was retrieved
is of utmost importance. The poaching and killing of elephants, walruses
and seals is at an epidemic level and the remains of these creatures
should not be worn. Those who use bones (if found properly) will become
strengthened and energized.
linked to Venus:
This brilliant, sky-blue stone has long been revered for its sacred
power by many Native American peoples. Turquoise is a very protective
stone, capable of warding off dark and heavy energy. It also encourages
peace and prosperity in life and strengthens the wearer’s purpose and
willpower. Turquoise helps us manifest our dreams and visions.
finding a stone that resonates well with you, take time to clear its
energy and welcome it into your life. There are a number of ways to
prepare stones for magic and healing. One is to simply soak it in salty
water for a few hours. Another way is to bury the rock outside in the
ground overnight. Smudging with sage or incense helps remove any toxic
energy it may have picked up and helps purify and cleanse the stone.
If the stone is in a ring, necklace or pendant, try wearing it for a
few days and notice any changes taking place. If the stone is not for
wearing, place it in a sacred spot where you can see and feel its energy
daily. Notice what happens in that space over the next week. If the
changes are beneficial, the stone is resonating well with you and can
be kept. If problems and misfortune start to occur, the rock may not
be right for you and should either be buried or returned to the place
where it was found.
are magical and powerful entities capable of transforming our lives.
Make sure you treat them with care and love as you would treat a houseplant.
When they are well tended, stones help strengthen our spirit and protect
us from harm. They become beautiful allies capable of nourishing our
heart and soul.
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