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Practice an ancient magic that is both natural and powerfulthe elemental Earth magic of crystals, stones, and metals This comprehensive and clear guidebook by Scott Cunningham has introduced over , readers to the secrets of overgems and metals Learn how to find and cleanse stones and use them in divinations, spells, and tarot card readings Discover how to determine the energies and stories contained within each stone, and the symbolic meanings of a stone's color and shape Also included in this classic guide:A page, fullcolor insert, new with this edition Birthstone and jewelry magic lore Tables listing both planetary and elementary rulers of stones, magical intentions, and magical substitutions


10 thoughts on “Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem Metal Magic

  1. Heather Purri Heather Purri says:

    Difficulty Level: Beginner
    No magickal background necessary.

    Pros:
    - It's an occult/Pagan classic.
    I believe this book was written for Pagans in general, and would be useful for Pagans. However, just know that it's written from a Wiccan perspective.
    This book is used by virtually all Wiccans, and is popular with other Pagans as well.
    I highly recommend getting the ebook, so you can quickly find what you need.

    - Written for practitioners at any level.
    Before you get to the encyclopedia part, it starts with an intro to magick for beginners while explaining how to use, charge, and cleanse crystals, stones, etc. Some of the rituals are folk magick style, which don't require much preparation or magickal tools, and are perfect for last minute or emergency spells. Others are more elaborate divination rituals that might appeal more to seasoned practitioners.

    Cons:
    - No in-text citations. Would've been useful for the folklore entries. There's a bibliography though.

    - Lack of visual aids.
    Modern stone/crystal books have a full-color photo next to each stone entry. Since this is from the 1980s, it just has a section with photos lumped together. The stones are listed in order under the pictures, so it takes a little time to figure out which is which, and I doubt the photos cover all of the stones in the book. In short, isn't made for identifying the mystery stones in your collection. You'll have to post a photo online and ask what they are, then use this book.


  2. Anjie Brown Anjie Brown says:

    Fantastic referance book! Well written and informative. I have other crystal books that I love, but this is the first one that talks about the crystal and gems relationships and associations to goddesses/gods, the sun, moon, planets and other celestial beings, as well as their interactions with metals. It discusses using crystals by themselves, together, or as divination tools. Most complete crystal book I've found so far, and I'd recommend it to every one!


  3. Patricia Patricia says:

    Another compendium of Cunningham's that remains useful at all levels of practice.


  4. Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) says:

    Incredible book: easy to read, full of wisdom and knowledge, but also narrated by someone who is enjoyable to listen to. I almost never finish a book in one sitting, but from the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I will be referring to this book for years to come.


  5. Angela Coulter Angela Coulter says:

    This was the very first book I ever purchased about the use of crystals... I bought it about 22 years ago, and I still have it!

    Very simple and practical introduction of crystal use.


  6. Angela Natividad Angela Natividad says:

    One of those resources about which one can say, an oldie but a goodie! Tables in back are handy for regular reference.


  7. Gwyndyllyn Gwyndyllyn says:

    As far as a reference for stones, this is a solid choice. An important text to have on hand.


  8. Lisa James Lisa James says:

    Absolutely my favorite book in this series! Mine is dog eared & well loved!


  9. Lodane Lodane says:

    The 1-5 Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically.

    Caveat: This review is historical/archival in nature. 'Date read' is speculative.

    This book is one of many books I have read about the occult/paganism/witchcraft. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015-2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job.

    Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable. The authors are mentally ill: suffering from 'magical thinking' and delusions. Worst of all, most of them can't write worth a damn.

    Llewellyn Worldwide is the absolute worst on both counts. I wouldn't even trust their overpriced CALENDARS to be accurate.

    These books are also big offenders on the the 'cultural appropriation' front. In fact, they're in the running for worst case ever. So-called 'eclectic witches' steal aspects of other religions and mythology. They make it clear that they don't understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else's bed. The publishers/authors then profit off this, leaving the reader less smart and more broke.

    The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this:
    She's a white, American woman. She dropped out of college to attend massage/cosmetology school. Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday. She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry. To quote Holden from Chasing Amy, Over- or underweight [people] who don't get laid - they're our bread and butter.

    Though a copypasta of it, these books never tell you about hermeticism. They don't prime you to understand hermeticism. Hermeticism, by the way, is also total bullshit. It is, at least, historic -- and seminal in almost all spooky fiction involving rituals or alchemy.

    If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it's a decent example of this type of book. It might have a redeeming feature, like reference material for fictional world-building. Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you... the fix is in, they know it, don't buy this stuff.


  10. Lavender Moon Lavender Moon says:

    This was my first foray into the world of crystals and stones and it’s still one of my favorites, simply because of the correspondences. The topic is so popular today that this might be a simple introduction to the topic, and those wanting to add to their magickal workings will find it helpful.

    Scott Cunningham is one of those authors who usually present good, simple, and easy to understand information. None of it is particularly deep or full of secrets, but you can’t go wrong with his correspondences.