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 Introduction to Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal Gem and Metal Magic

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PostSubject: Introduction to Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal Gem and Metal Magic   Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:38 am

Crystals, stones, metals. Amethyst for peace. Quartz for power. Silver for psychism.

From the earliest prehistoric times to our technological age we have found beauty, power and mystery within stones. Just as herbs possess energies, so too do stones and metals. With their powers we can change ourselves and our lives.

Stone magic is as old as time. It began when the earliest humans sensed some force or power trapped within the stones that surrounded them. Stones were probably first used as amulets-objects worn to deflect negativity or Iievil." Later they were revered as deities, offered as sacrifices, and buried for blessings and fertility of the land. Their use is intimately connected with religion, ritual and magic.

Stone magic has been forgotten by many millions of people today. The Industrial Revolution and two devastating wars destroyed the insular village life in which the old magic was passed from generation to generation.

Today a new awareness of the magical value of stones and metals has swept over us. This sudden interest is unprecedented in history, and, like the growing use of herbs in magic, is another manifestation that people are finding their micro-chip lives unsatisfying. Something-magie-is missing.

In my sixteen-year journey into the world of shamanism and magic I've become convinced that, at one time or another, every aspect of human existence was governed by magic. Over the centuries we've lost most of this wisdom, but tantalizing fragments remain.

Persons with no interest in magic may think that wearing birthstones is lucky, that pearls are said to bring a bride tears, and that the Hope diamond is cursed. They may not know why they think such things, but they do.

Hwe look into the past, to an age where the mystic properties of stones and metals were unquestioned, we find answers.

Stones, like colors, plants and other natural objects, are magical tools which we can use to cause needed change. Transformation is the essence of magic, and stones help us achieve this by lending their powers and providing focal points for our own energies.

After centuries of repressive religious structures and deadening materialism, many of us are awakening to the fact that we have become estranged from the Earth. Executives toss brilliantly hued gems onto black velvet, studying their patterns for hints of the future. Secretaries place moonstone and azurite between their brows to strengthen psychic awareness. Students wear quartz crystal to improve their study habits. The old ways are once again accessible to all who desire to use them.

Stones and metals are keys which we can use to unlock our potential as human beings. They expand our consciousness, enhance our lives, calm our stresses and infuse our dreams with healing energies.

Skeptics say it's in our minds. Magicians say yes, that's part of it. It's also in the stones, in our ritual use of these treasures and in our connections with the Earth.

Stone magic works. It is effective. That's all anyone needs to know to try it out.

In using stone magic we don't turn our backs on technology. I'm not about to give up electricity and the other benefits of our age.

No. We use this old magic to improve our hectic lives, to give us deeper understanding and control over them. It attunes us with the powers which created stones, ourselves, the Earth and the universe, thereby adding the missing ingredient to our often sterile lives.

When a stone lying in a dry riverbed calls you to pick it up, when a shimmering crystal seems to pull your hand, when a faceted jewel set in a ring captures your imagination, you've felt the old powers of
stones.

The stones, the magic is waiting. The rest is up to you.


Source: Scott Cunningham Encyclopedia of Crystal Gem and Metal Magic (Introduction)
Copyright © 1996 Llewellyn Publications

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