Crystals: An Introduction
Crystals have long been used as a means of foretelling the future, and they have also been renowned for their healing powers. Dating back to a time when humankind first wondered if gemstones possessed some type of magical power, crystals became a divination tool of great power and accuracy that harmonizes both the mind and body.
Guided by their own observations and a good deal of human curiosity, the Babylonians were the first to experiment with crystals and their wisdom has been passed through the ages to us.
Crystals are known for the therapeutic effect that they have on us and on our lives. All living creatures have an electromagnetic field surrounding us, and crystals, because of the nature of their geometric structure, respond to that electromagnetic field. Particular Crystals have an affinity with certain parts of the body and different types of people’s energy.
Another use of crystals is crystallomancy, a branch of divination, commonly known as “scrying into crystals”, which has been practiced for thousands of years. Scrying is often done into a polished crystal surface, which may be either flat or spherical. Although scrying can be done in just about any reflective surface, from crystal to metal, from a liquid surface of oil, ink or water (hydromancy) to soap bubbles, (Nostradamus would scry into a raised bowl of water), the use of crystals themselves is much more advisable.
In order to scry into crystals, you should focus your gaze on the center of the crystal, not on its surface. Then, try looking through the crystal as if it were a mirror upon the astral world. The first thing you may see are clouds that change color. Eventually a mist will spread outwards from the center of the crystal to reveal images. When you scry for visions, sooner or later you will achieve communication from the spirits. There are two main kinds of visions that may occur — symbolic and literal. Symbolic visions need to be interpreted
Important crystals and their symbolic meanings:
AMETHYST - the healer from antiquity, healing for the soul, body and mind, it enhances psychic abilities and it has the universal vibration, enabling the holder of the crystal to be connected to it.
CALCITE - teaches us the importance of allowing new energies to flow through us. That it's all right for us to break the barriers of old beliefs. A multi-use crystal, calcite increases the power and effectiveness of a project about to be undertaken, increases one's psychic protection, good for meditation.
CITRINE - enhances the body’s healing energy and is good for mental focus and self esteem, wards off fear forms that are generated from others’ suggestions.
SELENITE - may be used as a tool in accessing your past and future lives by gently rubbing the stone. It is also of benefit to the spinal column and skeletal system.
CLEAR QUARTZ - used to implement psychic and mediumship qualities, connecting with the Universal source of knowledge. Clear quartz is the mirror of the soul because it reflects and radiates that within us that is divine. It activates all levels of consciousness.
ROSE QUARTZ - very calming it helps clear stored anger. Replaces negativity with harmony. It is the bringer of love in its many forms- romantic and otherwise. Wear it to attract love, give it to someone as a symbol of your love or appreciation.
SMOKY QUARTZ - A filter and trap for those negative thoughts and emotions that are everywhere present. Smoky Quartz also helps process and release that which is no longer needed.
TOURMALINE - Integrates and harmonizes left and right brain activity which enhances the person's psychic and medium ship abilities, aids in balancing the whole person and the psyche.
OBSIDIAN - Among the ancient Aztecs, Obsidian was sacred to the Sky God Tezcatlipoca. It is a great crystal for grounding the physical and for protection. Used as a scrying tool to help the psychic unfocus from the physical and venture inward to receive information.
A crystal skull is a model of a human skull made out of clear quartz crystal. A modern legend claims that there are 13 crystal skulls worldwide, of which five have actually been found, which have mystical powers and are of ancient origin. New skulls carved from crystal are made and sold regularly.
People who believe in the psychic power of crystal skulls say that the skulls are a center of radiant psychic energy and have the power to increase happiness and improve people's lives just by being held, handled and spoken with; others have suggested that crystal skulls can be used like just like any other crystals, to aid divination.