GEMS

Articles on gems
The Need

A need must exist. Usually this is a need which can't be satisfied through other means. Attracting love, guarding your home, obtaining housing or other material objects are prime examples. A wish for a relationship, or a desire for a newhome aren't needs. A need is an empty space in your life or a critical condition (such as illhealth or danger) which must be worked on immediately. Magic fills that vacuum or corrects the condition, thereby fulfilling the need.

The Emotion

Along with the need there must be emotion. Emotion is power. "Seeing red" is an example of this-the face grows hot, the heartbeat increases. These are manifestations of power. If you aren't emotionally involved in your need, you will be unable to raise sufficient power from any source and direct it to your need. In other words, your magic won't work. If you need to pass an upcoming exam, for example, but you don't really want to, any magic done to improve your chances will fail. The emotion sets the power free to bring the need into manifestation.

The Knowledge

This is the way of magic-the techniques which we use to arouse energy within ourselves or natural objects, such as stones, and send it forth toward the magical need. The 'knowledge' includes visualization, basics of ritual, concentration and the reality of power. This chapter contains some beginnings of the knowledge. Ifwe have the need and the emotion but not the knowledge of how to utilize these things, we would be like a Neanderthal human contemplating a can opener or a computer. We wouldn't knowhowto use the tools. Once the need, the emotion and the knowledge are present, we can begin to practice magic.

MAGICAL MORALITY

We practice magic to improve our lives and those of our friends and loved ones. Magic is performed out oflove, not hate. It is harmony with nature, not domination. Many people become interested in magic because they think it's a great way to get rid of their enemies. They see magic as a weapon of anger, rather than a tool of love. Power is neutral. Electricity, one manifestation of the power, can be used during laser surgery to save life, or to energize an electric chair to end it. Energy is the same. Our intentions and needs determine its effects on the outside world. Magic isn't (or shouldn't be) an instrument of selfishness, domination, pain, fear, manipulation, ego-gratification or control. On the contrary, it is life-affirming, infused with love, joy, contentment, pleasure and growth. As I've said, if I was ever truly hateful of someone (which has never happened), I'd probably throw a punch their way, rather than a spell. If you stick your finger into a hot light socket, you get shocked. Practice manipulative magic, you get worse. The choice, quite simply, is yours.

YOU OR THEM?

It's best to work magic to cause changes within yourself or your life before helping others. In this way, you11 quickly learn how it works and how best to perform it. This isn't selfishness. Your life is your magical laboratory. Once the experiments have worked, you can apply them to others. Who would trust a magician whose life is in disarray, who is in debt, constantly sick, or emotionally unstable?

VISUALIZATION

You can practice visualization. Close your eyes and see your best friend's face, or your favorite piece of clothing. Understand? Visualization is simply 'seeing' without the eyes. Magical (or creative) visualization is forming similar pictures of your magical need. In other words, we 'see' what has yet to be. In a sense, this visualization is the key which moves the energy toward the goal. Forming and perfecting magical visualizations is easy with practice. If you wish to bring a love into your life, hold a rose quartz and visualize yourself as being involved in that relationship. Even though you can't see the person's face (remember: Magic is not manipulative), see yourself happily with that person. Let the emotion of your need, as well as your need itself, wrap you in its warm embrace; then, 'see'the energy from within you streaming into the stone and then out to do its work. That's magical visualization.

CHARGING STONES

Before using them in magic, stones should be 'charged' or 'programmed' with energy. This is done simply by holding the stone in your projective hand (usually the right, but the left for lefties), visualizing your magical need, and pouring energy out from your body intothe stone. This energy is personal power. It resides within all of us. We can move this energy from our bodies out into stones candles, metals and other objects to help us achieve our magical goals. The movement of this or other forms of natural energy is at the heart of magic. See the power flowing out from your body, through your projective hand and into the stone. Charge it with the energy ofyour magical need-love, money, power, health. When you know that the stone is vibrating with your personal power, the charging is complete. This simple process, performed before each ritual, will greatly enhance the effects of your stone magic.

A bewildering array of stones awaits our use in magic. They come in endless forms, crystalline shapes and colors. Their uses in magic are incredibly varied. stones are storehouses of energies. We utilize these energies in magic to bring about needed change. There are two basic types of energy within stones. These two types contain all the various vibrations found in stones: those that attract love, repel negativity, and so on. These are the projective and the receptive energies. Theyare manifestations ofthe purest forms ofthe universal energies that created everything. They have many symbols. In religion, they are known as God and Goddess. In astronomy, the Sun and the Moon. In humans, male and female.

Here are some more associations:
PROJECTIVE
1) Electric
2) Hot
3) Day
4) Physical
5) Bright
RECEPTIVE
1) Magnetic
2) Cold
3) Night
4) Spiritual
5) Dark

These powers are everywhere within the universe. They are present in our planet and ourselves. In magical thought they lie within our bodies.

One of the goals of the magician is to attain a perfect balance of these twin forces. When they become unbalanced, when one energy is more abundant or stressed, the magician follows suit. An overabundance of projective energy makes the magician irritable, aggressive, angry and overly analytical. Healthwise this imbalance may lead to ulcers, headaches, high blood pressure and other maladies.

Too much receptive energy creates moodiness, lethargy, depression, disinterest and a shutting-out of the physical world. Other possible problems are nightmares, clinging love, lack of employment, depressed immuno-response and hypochondria. When and if you notice an imbalance in your energy make-up, carry or wear stones of the opposite type to bring that force into play.

That gets us back to the stones. The projective stones are those which are bright, outward, aggressive and electrical. They possess strong, forceful energies which deflect evil, overcome inertia and create movement.

Projective stones help destroy disease, strengthen the conscious mind, and imbue their wearer with courage and determination. They are used to promote physical energy, attract luck and bring success. In magic they might be used to add additional strength to rituals. These rocks and minerals are used in two basic ways: to drive off unwanted, negative energies, or to put energies into an object or person.

A woman wearing a carnelian for courage, for example, brings its energies into herself. The same woman wishing to deflect negativity from her body would empower the stone, through visualization, for this purpose. Thus, instead of sending energy into her, the stone sends it away from her. The secret, obviously, is in the visualization. Projective stones contact the conscious mind. They are often heavy or dense, occasionally opaque, and are red, orange, yellow, gold or clear. They may also shine or gleam like the Sun. Examples of projective stones and minerals include ruby, diamond, lava, topaz, and rhodocrosite.

Projective stones are associated with the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Uranus and the elements of Fire and Air. Receptive stones are the natural complement of projective stones. They are soothing, calming, inward and magnetic, promoting meditation, spirituality, wisdom and mysticism. They create peace. These stones promote communication between the conscious and subconscious minds, allowing psychic awareness to blossom. They radiate energies which attract love, money, healing and friendship.

Receptive stones are often used for grounding purposes, to stabilize and reaffirm our Earth roots. Like projective stones, the receptive ones are also used in two basic ways. Lapis lazuli can be used to draw love or, with different empowering, to absorb depression and thus create joy. Receptive stones are found in a wide range of colors-green, blue, blue-green, purple, gray, silver, pink, black (the absence of color) and white (all colors combined). They may also be opalescent or translucent, and be naturally pierced with a hole.

Examples of receptive stones include moonstone, aquamarine, emerald, holey stones, rose quartz, pink tourmaline, kunzite, lapis lazuli and sugilite. They are linked with the Moon, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and the elements of Earth and Water. Not all stones fit easily into one of these categories, but this is a good system to help us relate the stones to their basic powers. Some stones contain a mixture of these energies, like lapis lazuli. Others may have uses which belie this simple classification, so use your judgement in determining their basic powers. Remember, this is a system to be used for our benefit. It cannot be correct 100 percent of the time.

AMBER

To increase prosperity, sew amber and turquoise along with several coins into a coyote skin pouch and bury the pouch in the earth. Wear amber to attract warm, loyal and generous people into your life or carry it with you to lend logic or wit to a difficult situation.




Azurite

Wear azurite against the skin to prduce sensations of empathy, compassion and love.





BOJI STONE

Boji stone balances energy and removes blockages from the aura as well as body. It also cleans, charges, and fills up the holes in the aura.






Onyx

Use onyx when there is a need for protection, self discipline or sexual self control. When you wish to dissolve a relationship, wear onyx crystal close to your heart or present a gift of onyx to the other person.





AMETHYST

It has the power to control all types of harmful behaviour, sharpen the mind, increase the memory and strengthen the immune power. It is able to calm an overly passionate nature.





TIGER’S EYE

It can help us to recognize our personal resources and use our abilities to attain our dreams because it is an excellent stone for developing and encouraging discipline and concentration especially in children. This stone may bring abundance, prosperity and financial independence to the wearer.





SMOKY QUARTZ

A useful stone for dissolving negative energies and emotional blockages.






CITRINE

It is for them who are experiencing periods of instability in their emotional life. There are many gem/crystal such as, Sunstone, malachite, calcite, rose quartz, watermelon tourmaline, aventurine quartz, green calcite, sodalite, aquamarine, lapis-lazuli, purple fluorite, blood stone, opal, moon stone, ruby, and diamond, which are giving a helpful hand to balance the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual level of a human being.