54 days to Halloween? Fantastic!
Ahem, so you probably know, I’ve been doing the Pagan Youtube challenge this year and I thought I’d share this topic with y’all. I’m up to week 28. 🙂 I know, I am perpetually behind. For week 28, the topic was do you use crystals? I’ve read books about them (or at least one book–Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystals, Gem, and Metal Magic.) and unfortunately most of the rocks and gems in there I’ve never been able to collect, either because I can’t afford it or I can’t find it. Humph.But I’ve dropped a few into my stories, from time to time, for instance in the Antique Magic series my character, Beryl’s name came from the crystal beryl, and she collects them. You’ll see them in her house in the background, if nowhere else, no doubt. 🙂 I have other characters who do (in works in progress and books I’m not sure any one will ever see–probably for good reason!).
So, in a nutshell, yes, I do use them. I have a whole video on the subject of crystals here, if you’d like to see it.
Like anything else in this challenge, though, I have to add the qualifier to the question ‘do I use them’ with yes…sort of. Why ‘sort of”? Well, I don’t have a huge collection of shiny crystals. Aside from the ones you’ll see in the video, I have a clear quartz crystal around here somewhere that I got as a necklace …. donkey’s years ago (as my grandmother would say) but I don’t wear it. I also have some beautiful crystal earrings that have a faery attached. I don’t wear those often either, if only because they’re heavy. But I look at them every day when I pick up my necklace. Does that count? 🙂
And a few other things that I mention in the video. What I have most of, or what one might call my working crystals comprise a small collection. A rose quartz you can see I use to (1) charge my tarot and oracle cards here:
There’s also one I forgot to add to the video: a purple aura crystal that I don’t use a whole lot, but I like the color (colors, I should say :)). More than that, I just have a collection of rocks.
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