Crystals and stones are sacred magical tools which help us to improve rituals and magic. They are gifts of the Goddess and God. Some ways of Earth Magic with crystals and stones are:
Preparing The Circle
We can use the stones to mark our circle instead of using herbs. We begin and end at the North point, laying 7, 9, 21 or 40 quartz crystals around the circle, either inside the cord or in place of it. The points of the quartz crystals are placed facing outwards for a usual spiritual or magical nature, or facing inwards for a protective nature. Candles can be used to mark the four quarters of the magic circle in place of the large stones, but ring each candle with one or more of the following stones:
- North – Moss Agate, Emerald, Jet, Olivine, Salt, Black Tourmaline
- East – Imperial Topaz, Citrine, Mica, Pumice
- South – Amber, Obsidian, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lava, Garnet
- West – Aquamarine, Chalcedony, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Sugilite
An Altar From Stone
The best way to make an altar from stone is to scour the dry river beds and seashores for a selection of smooth stones. You could alternatively buy from a rock shop. Create the altar with 3 large stones, 2 small ones as the base and a longer flat stone on top. Place 1 stone on the left to represent the Goddess. You could choose a stone of the Goddess.
Place a stone to the right to represent the God, a longer club shaped rock or choose a stone of the God.
Place a smaller stone in between the Goddess and God with a red candle to represent the element fire, and the devine energy from the Goddess and God.
Place a flat stone in front for offerings of wine, honey, cakes, flowers, fruit and semi precious stones.
If you can find a small cupped stone, place to the left of the offering stone and fill with water to represent the element.
Place another flat piece of rock to the left of the offering stone and pour some salt on to it to symbolize the element Earth.
You could place another flat stone in front of the offering stone to use as an incense burner.
Use a long quartz crystal as a wand and a flint or obsidan arrowhead for use as the magic knife.
Place any other tools required on the altar.
All Wiccan spells can be performed with this altar.
Stones of the Goddesses
Stones related to the Moon or Venus, Water and Earth stones should be used. Usually pink, green and blue stones.
- Aphrodite: salt
- Ceres: emerald
- Coatlicue: jade
- Cybele: jet
- Diana: amethyst, moonstone, pearl
- Freya: pearl
- The Great Mother: amber, coral, geodes, holed stones
- Hathor: turquoise
- Isis: coral, emerald, lapis lazuli, moonstone, pearl
- Kwan Yin: jade
- Lakshmi: pearl
- Maat: jade
- Mara: beryl, aquamarine
- Nuit: laps lazuli
- Pele: lava, obsidian, peridot, olivine, pumice
- Selene: moonstone, selenite
- Tiamat: beryl
- Venus: emerald, lapis lazuli, pearl
Stones of the God Usually orange and red stones are used. Stones related to the Sun and Mars, Fire and Air ruled stones:
- Aesculapius: agate
- Apollo: sapphire
- Bacchus: amethyst
- Cupid: opal
- Dionysus: amethyst
- Mars: onyx, sardonyx
- Neptune: beryl
- Odin: holed stone
- Poseidon: beryl, pearl, aquamarine
- Ra: tigers eye
- Tezcatilpoca: obsidian
Throughout the world, people used to build piles of stones to mark a historic event. These cairns had ritual significance. Cairns are places of power. Cairns are connected to the ground and face upwards to the sky to represent the connection between physical and spiritual.
Commonly during outdoor circles, a small cairn of 9 or 11 rocks were fashioned at each point of the Circle of Stones.
Visualize the Power of Stones
Sit in a lonely place where there are lots of stones. Visualize a magical need. Still visualizing, grab a stone. Feel the energy. Place on the ground. Pick up another and visualize the magic need and feel the power of the stone. Place next to the other stone on the ground. Keep visualizing and adding stones to your pile until you feel a vibration from the Earths energy and power within these stones. Place the last rock on top affirming your ritual intent. Place your hands either side of the pile and visualize your energy passing to these stones. Leave your cairn to do its work.