Walking with the Stone Spirits
I’m a stone freak! Seriously, ever since I was a child, I loved picking up rocks, pebbles, stones – any rock that caught my attention. I’ve always recognized exceptional magic in stones. They speak to me.
I wish I could capture the sparkling mica in this stone (above) with my camera. I’ve tried numerous times but can’t capture the raw beauty of this rock as seen with the naked eye.
I keep this stone on my desk, where it transfuses my writing notes with its magical essence.
Here’s another stone that I keep on my altar. To me, this stone looks like a crow flying through the air. Once again, there are tiny reflective crystals in this stone that speak to me of the magic from the ancestors. Crow and the skull represent my ancestors, and they have become an integral part of my work.
These stones have become my witch stones, representing natural magic that I connect with on my walks here in Colorado.
Yeah, But What About Your Crystals?
I have an excellent collection of crystals that I keep in a “crystal” dish on my altar. I do meditate, holding one or the other of my crystals. But, I feel a different kind of energy flowing from the crystals, that I don’t feel from the local rocks. I’ve wondered about this difference for some time.
When I stumbled across this article: “The Toxicity of Crystals and Ways to Practice Real Stone Spirit Magick,” on Patheos, it all suddenly made sense.
Maybe I was picking up on the energy from the people who mined these crystals working under deplorable circumstances. That never occurred to me before, and really made me think. Finding a crystal in its natural habitat would, therefore, be a more favorable situation, but not always a likely way to fill out your crystal collection.
Cyndi Brannen, a witch and spiritual teacher, a trained energetic healer, psychic, and herbalist shares:
Learn About Stone Spirit Witchery
“Witchcraft is both an art and science. Geology and mineralogy speak to the scientific side of stone spirit witchery. Learn the basics about the different type of rocks and delve into the crystalline structure if you’re so inclined. Those structures correspond to various sacred geometric shapes which is fascinating. Piezoelectricity refers to the electrical currents found in many stones. The mineral composition of stones can be related to planets and deities. For example, the granite that is ubiquitous where I live is classified as plutonic rock, so named after Pluto himself. There’s a correspondence with associated currents that I can use without spending a penny. There are some great books about crystal magick, including those by Nicholas Pearson.”
“Let the Stones Find You”
Patheos: The Toxicity of Crystals and Ways to Practice Real Stone Spirit Magick
“Working with stones that occur naturally where we live is one way of practicing real stone spirit magick. Associated with this approach is just being more in tune with your local natural world. Open up to the possibilities around you. Get yourself outside, set an intention, and call out to the spirits of the land to share their treasures with you. Observation, one of the most important parts of witchcraft, is required. Don’t miss those stones that want to get to know you because you’re not paying attention. Purchasing second-hand stones is a great way to give a spirit a welcoming home. This also works the other way: sometimes stones will disappear on their own. It’s important to contemplate why.”
Suddenly, my love of stones became clear to me. This energy I picked up on when I held the stones was a gift from the land spirits. It was my connection to the land that I called home. The rocks also acted as an intermediary between me and nature. I love it when the light bulb finally turns on and burns brightly!
My love of rocks and stones is also reflected in my love for my Rune Stones. I would love to create my own set from pebbles I find from my walks. It’s a tall order… but, I’ll give it a try.
I feel like I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Connecting with the land and recognizing that everything contains a spirit is part of my faery craft path. Something tells me that if we keep our eyes open and our hearts pure, the rocks we find along our way will whisper their secrets to us.