Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Natural topaz crystals can grow to an impressive size, as you can see from this photograph taken in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum-- a good place to get lost for hours admiring all the fine crystals and cut gemstones held in one of America's premier museums. Yes, that's a natural crystal-- although you can also see some humongous faceted topaz in the same place. Wowsers.
Throughout most of time and history, the stone honored as gem grade topaz was the golden or peachy-golden stuff known as Imperial Topaz. If it comes by its color naturally, it can be a very pricey stone. However, as it happens, a lot of Topaz grows naturally as a large, clear stone that can be treated to take on other colors. For whatever reason, blue Topaz took off as the most popular color some decades ago-- and I'm betting that most of the Topaz you see even today will be the blue stuff. In fact, you can often find faceted blue Topaz at some very reasonable prices for setting in jewelry.
As a result, most of the Topaz I've worn and worked with comes in two categories.
*Uncut natural crystals-- I have a small number of natural Imperial Topaz crystals not quite clear enough to be cut as gems and several more large, crystal clear "white" Topaz crystals that cost so little I may experiment with cutting them myself one day.
*Faceted topaz set in jewelry-- blue and teal Topaz pieces set in yellow or white gold
According to most gemstone folklore, Topaz is a particularly powerful birthstone for November or Scorpio babies. However, the golden tones of Topaz (Imperial Topaz and its close relatives like American Golden Topaz) can be used to attract wealth and a prosperity mindset no matter what your star sign might be.
So which do I prefer to use in my prosperity workings? To be honest, I see no reason to choose. I use them both. I frequently wear the blue Topaz, while I prefer to use the golden or clear Topaz crystals in gemstone grids or as pocket pieces. But, if I was forced to choose, I will admit that I seem to feel a little more "magick" vibrating from my Imperial Topaz crystals. They seem to know that they're truly something special.
One of my favorite crystal magick books is Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, & Metal Magick" because he collected so much folklore from different traditions and kind of tossed them all in a bucket where you could find and experiment with them for yourself. He suggested that you get an equal number of Topaz crystals and Tiger Eyes. Purify them and then "empower" them with your purpose of drawing wealth. Put them around a green candle. Let it burn while visualizing the wealth coming to you.
An even easier but related technique that I tried was to put three or four Imperial Topaz crystals and three or four tumble polished tiger eyes in a small satin or felt bag that I could wear in my pocket. This technique allows me to forget that the crystals are working for me, so that my conscious mind can get out of its own way and let the magick do its thing.
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Imperial Topaz photo by Karen Neoh under a CC by 2.0 license
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
|Green Aventurine by Mauro Cateb via Flickr under a CC 2.0 license|
The pebbles have endless uses as pocket and medicine bag stones, and I think that's by far the most traditional use of this prosperity stone -- at least in Louisiana.
I also love to make and use them as card protectors in gambling games like poker. This is one stone that isn't afraid of the rough-and-tumble of the material world.
|One raw, three polished Green Aventurine card protectors by Amethyst Qu|
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
|key on Arkansas quartz by Amethyst Qu|
From time to time, there is a debate loud in the land about whether or not we need to have a magickal sacrifice to do magick. And I shake my head and wonder why. Because the debate always seems to degenerate into a loud yelling match between those who do and those who don't think you should be able to perform a blood sacrifice to do the work.
I'm going to suggest that sacrificing a chicken or a dove is not a sacrifice of any real significance that is going to achieve anything of importance. I am sorry if I offend someone's culture. That isn't my intention. But at the end of the day, when you sacrifice an animal, what have YOU sacrificed?
Exactly nothing. You've risked nothing, you've sacrificed nothing.
Where is the magick in that?
I believe that the only real magickal sacrifice comes when you, the practitioner, has something at risk. And I think what we need to sacrifice isn't a chicken or a dove or a black cat. I think it's our own ego.
And here's where crystal magick comes in. If you're a very logical person, you may find it difficult to sacrifice your sense of logic long enough to pick up a crystal and let the magick work.
You are afraid of looking silly. Of feeling silly.
I honestly believe that one of the reasons the ancient magick works is because it is so counter-intuitive in our logical modern world. If we can bring ourselves to step away from our ego -- if we can allow ourselves to be a little silly -- then suddenly magickal things can happen. We've opened a new channel for the magick.
I hinted at this a little in my previous blog post on Penny Magick. The white satin suit had to get covered in mud for Stuart Wilde to do his prosperity magick. It's silly. It's goofy.
But it's memorable. It gets you out of your day-to-day.
And that's the point of magick. It has to BE magick. It has to lift you out of yourself.
A chicken is sacrificed every time you make fried chicken. There's nothing magickal about that. But if you're a person who is super conscientious and always trying to do the right thing and maybe you're a little anxious about it -- and plenty of us are EXACTLY that person -- then a little stepping away from trying to maintain the dignity is a real sacrifice.
A real sacrifice that I believe will pay real dividends.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Don't laugh. Rockhounds will inspect all of their gravel -- even their driveway and garden gravel -- in hopes of finding their newest treasure. Even if you don't have a driveway or a garden, you may have a hidden treasure right there in your goldfish bowl. If you've already read Crystal Cash: Fast Easy Money Magick Using Popular Stones, then you know that's how I got started.
I get the impression that a lot of aquarium gravel is just cleaned-up scrap from lapidary shops or quarries -- the tiny bits of crushed stone that aren't useful for jewelry or other designs. So they end up being polished in a huge tumbler and sold for something like a dollar or two a pound at the Dollar Tree or Big Lots.
As it happens, Quartz is one of the most common minerals found on the earth's crust. In fact, there is only ONE more common mineral, Feldspar. So the odds are high that your gravel has some quartz pebbles in it. Sometimes it's just white milky Quartz. And sometimes it's one of the beautiful color variations, like Amethyst (purple quartz), the classic crystal clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz (brown to black), or Green Quartz.
All of these variations on the theme of Quartz have been used in stone magick for literally thousands of years. Both clear Quartz crystal and Green Quartz are highly honored in gem folklore for their use in drawing money and prosperity, or changing your luck for the better.
Maybe it's time you gave that little bag of gravel from the dollar store a second look. You never know what you might find.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
|Pebbles from Lake Erie by Amethyst Qu|
But it isn't always easy.
Ever try to sit down and meditate when you're crazy with worry? Didn't work very well, did it? You need something to focus on that's outside of yourself.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
|Diamond Hill Smoky/Amethyst Cluster photos by Peachfront Press|
|Detail of giant Diamond Hill cluster by Peachfront Press|
Note: The particular cluster in the picture may be for sale but only to someone who can arrange to pick it up in southeast Louisiana. It is too heavy to ship. But if you'd like more information, please contact Elaine Radford at Peachfront Press.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
|Foreign coins photo by Amethyst Qu|
|Photo credit: Japanese coin by IvanWalsh.com via Flickr under a CC 2.0 license|
There's a more challenging exercise in coin magick out there based on the old saying, "See a penny pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck." There's a guy called Stuart Wilde who pretty much wrote the classic essay on his experience with this. Here a Penny, There a Penny.
He preaches that if you want to draw more money into your life, you have to be open to take the money the universe sends your way. So if you see a penny on the ground, you're supposed to pick it up instead of sending the universe the message of, "Eh, I don't need that."
You know the concept of the magical sacrifice? Sometimes what gets sacrificed is your dignity. Wilde's story involves a white satin suit in front of the opera house on a muddy day while the friends in the limo look on in astonishment at this dude chasing down a penny in the gutter. Definitely worth the read.
Anyway, for a few years, I practiced picking up pennies as a way of being mindful that the universe is trying to throw money at me. One day a light bulb went off in my head. You only have to pick up the penny. If it makes you feel cheap to hold onto the penny, it's OK to put it right back down for the next person to take it.
Try it. I think you might like the results.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|Copper & Calcite photo by James St John via Flickr under a CC 2.0 license|
|Old copper pennies photo by Nic Mcphee via Flickr under CC 2.0 license|
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I talked a lot about Green Moss Agate in my book Crystal Cash: Fast Easy Money Magick Using Popular Stones (Exploring Crystal Magic Book 1). But there's another stone, Crazy Lace Agate, that I've done a lot of work with on the physical plane. I wasn't ready to talk about it in my book, because I haven't done enough metaphysical work with it. But I've done a lot of work with it in my polishing and art projects. And I've been getting some questions about it. So let's talk. All photos on this page courtesy Peachfront Press.
It's hard to put exactly into words what Crazy Lace is. It's usually more of a banded (and sometimes orbed) Chalcedony, usually from northern Mexico, that comes in a variety of distinctive colors and patterns. Yes, there are whites and greys. But there are also pinks, reds, browns, and golds. Sometimes there are a few pieces that are translucent -- I have some Crazy Lace that's truly a pink and white candy-colored Agate. Often it's a more opaque material and the beauty comes from the patterns you find within.
Here is a gold Crazy Lace Agate sphere from the Peachfront Press personal collection. The material came from Chihuahua, Mexico, possibly the La Fortuna mine. Please note that Peachfront's photo is copyrighted and used by permission. Ask before you republish it elsewhere. This item is not for sale.
I'm rather cautious with suggestions for metaphysical crystal work until I've tried them out. But I do know that patterned Agate and Chalcedony has a long-standing history of being associated with wealth and power. I've been happy with Green Moss Agate for my money-drawing purposes, but I should probably branch out a little and give my Crazy Lace Agates their shot. At this time, I've been using it mostly as an inspirational material for my art. I'll be honest. For me, it's one of those stones that grabs me with its personal beauty. But it makes sense that surrounding yourself with beautiful things is a great way to feel wealthy. And, by the law of attraction, if you feel wealthy, you can draw more wealth.
I'd be thrilled to hear about other people's experiences with this stone. Tweet me Follow @AmethystQu to share your stories.
For now, let's visit the photo album. Here's a collection of polished baroque Crazy Lace Agates in brown, pink, red, and white/gray:
Here's a nice hand specimen with a more typical pattern:
Three pieces of brown Crazy Lace Agate -- two polished cabs and one tumbled wire-wrappable:
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Arkansas Quartz comes in many forms. Here's a light smoky--
Here's one with some speckled inclusions, I call this cluster "freckles"--
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I talk a lot about this stone in my book Crystal Cash: Fast Easy Money Magick Using Popular Stones available now at Amazon. But if you want a quick taste, here's an easy way to use Green Moss Agate to help draw money. It's a pretty basic law of attraction thing. If you're worried about money, you feel poor, and if you feel poor, you draw more lack.
So I like to focus on the beauty of the stone to get out of my own way. Green Moss Agate has a long association with agriculture, the source of all wealth in ancient times. Want to feel a little more prosperous? Fill a bowl with Green Moss Agates and meditate on your stones from time to time. Look at all that green and feel a little richer than you did before.
It's a lot easier to attract prosperity when you feel like you're already prosperous.