It is my pleasure to welcome my dear friend and editor, Whitney, as a guest author on this blog! Whitney was one of the first woo-woo babes I ever met who seemed so . . . normal. She didn't know it, but befriending me unlocked my inner woo-woo and gave me a sort of permission, or example, of exploring all this " weird spiritual stuff" without becoming, well, a weirdo. She also taught me how to walk a labyrinth during a time in my life that I really needed that kind of magic, so I have a lot of admiration and respect for her. Without further ado-- here's Whitney!
Hello DIVINA Babes! I’m super excited to be a guest blogger today! Darla asked me to write a little bit about crystal divination. I’ve been into rocks, stones, minerals, you name it, since I was very young. I used to collect rocks out of the gravel in our driveway, and today I have a large collection of rocks and crystals. Recently I went to a rock show with my family, and came home with two (!) amethyst geodes. (Because clearly, one just isn’t enough!) For the sake of this article, I'll be using the terms crystal, stone and rock interchangeably.
If you’re interested in crystals and what their purposes are, divination is a great way to jump in. Each crystal has its own meaning and purpose, and this can give us insight into our own life path. The first step in crystal divination is to collect several stones/crystals, start with 10 or so.
I use crystals for many reasons: confidence, healing, anxiety, direction, decoration and feng shui. If the day is going to be a tough one, I’ll pocket a crystal on the way out the door as a reminder to seek clarity in trying situations. If I know I’ll need some assistance, I’ll wear a carnelian stone. If I need protection or feeling threatened, I’ll wear my turquoise ring. I keep amethyst in my wealth corner of the house, and rose quartz in the love corner of my home, and I use a Himalayan salt lamp for dispelling negative energy.
Now, stones come in several categories so we’re about to go back to fifth grade for a sec, here - surely you remember your friends igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary? These are the main types of stones, crystals, minerals and rocks we’ll be working with.
Igneous rock is formed when molten magma or lava cools and hardens. Examples include rhyolite, basalt and obsidian. Metamorphic rocks and minerals are transformed earth materials which have been subjected to heat and pressure over time, deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Types of metamorphic rock include slate, marble, schist, calcite and garnet. Sedimentary rock is formed when material collects in bodies of water or at the Earth’s surface. Types include quartz and feldspar.
So, you can see that all rocks, minerals and gemstones are formulated differently - this gives them different attributes physically, but also in use with the mind and body. Each one is unique. Further treatments such as heat, carving or chemicals can also change the composition of these stones - this is why natural stones, raw or tumbled, are best.
Next, I’ll go over the crystals I personally keep on hand for divination and then I’ll walk you through the steps of crystal divination. The following metaphysical definitions are based on information from The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall;and www.crystalage.com — resources I highly recommend for crystal enthusiasts!
Crystals I Personally Use For Divination-- An Evolving List
Lapis lazuli - This is a metamorphic rock, and was used in earlier times to create ultramarine pigment. Not sure if you have lapis or sodalite? Look for the tiny veins of gold and you’ve got lapis! This is a protective stone, but also encourages inner truth, honesty, clarity and creativity, and helps remove emotional bondage.
Quartz crystal - Listed as a prime factor in igneous rock, it is the product of such rock that cools over eons of time. It is also found in sedimentary rocks. Clear crystal quartz, as I am using, has a slew of uses. The main idea is that it is the most powerful healing and connection stone you can use. If this comes up in your draw, get grounded and connected, stat!
Hematite - A sedimentary mineral, it is mined out of iron ore. This is a stone that “supports timid women” and enhances confidence. It also signals and helps balance the body and inclinations to overindulge. Other areas this stone helps with - legal situations, mathematical and tactical subjects and the blood.
Aventurine - A form of quartz, this metamorphic rock often displays a shimmer of mica within its pale green color. There are several colors of this stone, but the green in particular helps with harmony and health in the heart, dissolving negative emotions and settling nausea. Also good for attracting wealth!
Jade (Jadeite) - This is a metamorphic rock, which can come in a number of colors. Mine happens to be lavender, and the meaning of that particular color helps heal emotional trauma and bring inner peace. Also good for setting boundaries.
Tiger’s Eye - A metamorphic rock, this one has fun gold and brown stripes in its tumbled form, and is generally found in jewelry as a cabochon. This stone assists with integrity, grounding, clarity of intention and distinguishing thoughts of want vs. need. Generally a stone of upholding one’s true abilities and faults.
Turquoise - This stone occurs in sedimentary and metamorphic rock, and is a stone of protection and strength. This stone also provides for inner calm, connecting the mind, body and spirit, and shields against electromagnetic smog and pollutants.
Snowflake obsidian - An igneous rock, I have had this stone for a very long time, since I was in grade school. Black with specks of white, this stone is helpful in becoming centered, recognizing negative mental thought patterns and regain mental balance and understanding.
Jasper - This amber-red stone was given to me long ago, so it has special meaning. This particular stone, an aggregate of sedimentary chalcedony and quartz, helps clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution, and absorbs negative energy. It also is a healing stone and encourages healing of one another. The red jasper I have is used specifically for bringing problems to light and providing insights, and also for dream recall.
Amethyst - A type of quartz, this stone is formed in basalt as a geode. Amethyst is a super useful stone, almost on the level of clear crystal quartz in its abilities. Generally, this is a stone for calm and focus, in addition to healing the body of imbalance. Another good stone for dream recall, this also helps fine-tune thinking, decisions, thought processes and insights.
If you need stones, look around your house, or go to a bead or rock store in your area. Once you acquire or find stones you like or that speak to you, rinse in cold water to cleanse and recharge them, or you can dredge in salt or leave them in the full moon light. Then store them in a box or bag for divination. I keep mine in a fabric drawstring bag.
Reading The Stones:
So, you have all the stones you need, everything is clean and ready to go, and now you want some divination, am I right?
Much of crystal divination works like other types - it’s all in how you ask the question. The stones can’t tell you what you should do - they can only shed light on the situation at hand. I usually ask the following: “What should I know about ____?” I place that question firmly in my mind, and then draw one or more stones.
You can also do a past, present and future draw, and ask, “What should I know about the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow?” Recently I did a pull on this, and drew the following, pulling the answer to my question from the metaphysical meaning of the stones:
“What should I know about the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow?”
Past: Turquoise - This was interesting, because I had been struggling with a few things and this stone talks about releasing old vows or inhibitions - namely, fear. This reminded me of the old question I used to ask myself - if you weren’t scared, what would you do?
Present: Quartz crystal - This sent me the message that I needed to conserve energy, and think more about my spiritual purpose, instead of just the daily grind. I was tired for a reason, and it was because I was out of balance. This was a reminder to ground myself and be in the present moment.
Future: Amethyst - Focus, new ideas, decision-making, setting realistic goals. I’ve been working on financial and project goals, and this was a reminder to make these goals doable with other commitments, as well as time for rest.
Remember to bring the question firmly into your mind before you pull your stones. Because each crystal has its own meaning and purpose, the insight you find in each will be unique to your situation. Remember to keep your daily divination notes in your DIVINA journal to reflect on later!
Whitney Carnahan is a writer, reader and crystals enthusiast who collects typewriters in her spare time. She blogs at tinycountercooking.blogspot.com.