Whether or not you believe in the healing power of quartz crystals, their stunning beauty is indisputable and their charm is undeniable. You may choose to use them for energy work or simply to look at them with amazement. Either way, they take you out of your daily routine and remind you of the eternal cosmic realm. The result is that the state of your mind becomes clearer, stable, and solid like them.
Of course, simply having these crystals will not change your life or the way you see the world. That requires deeper work with plant medicine. However, having them in your home, a working space, mediation or yoga studio, ceremonial space or massage room, can serve as a reminder to be present – your life is just a brief moment in the vast Universe, and whatever you do should be done consciously and with awareness to elevate you from merely existing to actual living. Natural beauty is Eternal, and can be used for healing and an expansion of consciousness.
Theophrastus on Stones, a treatise written in the fourth century B.C., speaks of stones that “give birth to young.” This refers to certain kind of quartz crystal that the ancient Greeks believed were pregnant, and the mineral matter on the inside was in the process of being born. This associative thinking seems to be the result of observing geode-like formations consisting of an outer shell with quartz crystal nucleus that appeared upon breaking the shell. Such embryo-containing crystal formations of the highest quality are available from us for purchase and shipment worldwide.
Other ancient writers give the name “eaglestone” to these geological phenomena. Gaius Plinius Secundus (AD 23/24 – 79), called Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher who wrote the encyclopedic Natural History. He spent most of his spare time studying, writing, and investigating natural and geographic phenomena, and he suggested that these unique formations were so-named because they were found in eagles’ nests, and the eagles were unable to hatch their young without the aid of these stones. Consequently, eaglestones were worn in the ancient world as amulets to prevent miscarriage. Such stones have been worn for the same purpose in certain European countries in modern times.
Amethyst has been mentioned in ancient literature and texts from various cultures. Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst was a spiritual stone that brings calm and balance to the mind. In the Bible, it is one of the twelve gemstones in the breastplate of the High Priest, also known as the Garment of Guidance, whose purpose was to invoke Divine direction when doubts rose in the community.
Ancient Egyptians also used amethyst in jewelry and carvings. In ancient Chinese culture, amethyst was believed to have healing powers and was used to treat a variety of ailments. Medieval Europeans believed amethyst had the power to protect against evil and bring clarity to the mind. It was also used to decorate religious objects and was sometimes worn by Catholic bishops as a symbol of piety.
These are just a few examples of the many references to amethyst in the ancient world. It has been used and revered by various cultures throughout history for its beauty and perceived spiritual and healing properties. Some practitioners of traditional and indigenous healing have considered amethyst a powerful, spiritual geode that can purify the mind and clear negative thoughts and emotions. These are often used in healing ceremonies or integrated into protective talismans and other spiritual objects.
In some belief systems, amethyst is said to enhance spiritual awareness and promote a deeper connection to the divine. It is also believed to have a calming effect, helping to balance the mind and emotions. Some people believe that placing amethyst under a pillow or in the sleeping area can induce lucid dreaming and enhance the ability to remember dreams. Even though beliefs and practices can vary among different shamanic traditions and cultures, the stubborn fact of amethyst’s unique and charming beauty remains intact through time.
Amethyst is often found together with agate, a type of microcrystalline quartz that comes in a variety of colors and patterns and striking designs. Like amethyst, ancient texts and literature throughout history have mentioned agate. Various cultures have revered both agate and amethyst for their beauty and perceived spiritual and healing properties.
The ancient Greeks used agate to cure a variety of ailments. Ancient Egyptians believed agate to have protective powers and often used it to make seals and amulets. Archaeologists have found many examples of agate jewelry and carvings from ancient Egypt. The Bible lists agate as one of the twelve gemstones in the foundation of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation. The ancient Chinese believed agate to have the power to bring good luck and prosperity. It was also used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits and to protect against negative energy. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, agate was used to balance the body, mind and spirit.
Agate is also used in divination and scrying. Scrying is the process of looking into a medium such as glass, crystal, smoke, water, reflective stones, fire, or coals to see meaningful images, faces, or other visions. The word scry comes from the word descry, which means "to catch sight of," or "to see something unclear or distant." Agate is said to be able to help people see things that are hidden or that are yet to come. It is also said to help people to see the truth in any situation, to reveal secrets, and to assist in making difficult decisions.
Holding these quartz crystals in your hand is like holding a galactic fractal, a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. Although looking at the universe via a powerful telescope is fascinating, holding one of these pieces in your hand can give a rise to a similar feeling, as though you are staring at the galaxy through a clear night sky. These geode-like crystals are mini-mirrors that reflect the enormous celestial formations consisting of cosmic dust. Order your nebula-like crystals from us today and enjoy its eternal beauty at home.
Crystal balls have been used for fortune-telling for millennia. Pliny the Elder referred to the use of crystal balls by Druids as “crystallum orbis” and, later, as "orbuculum." Druids were the ancient Celtic governing class whom the Church declared to be sorcerers, and even though crystallomancy was forbidden by the Catholic Church for many centuries, its practice survived and reappeared during the Renaissance. This was largely the doing of John Dee, who was an alchemist and natural philosopher who believed in astral communication via the gazing into polished crystal balls. The late Terence McKenna spoke on this subject in one of his lectures, revering John Dee as an authority on medieval magic.
The practice of crystal gazing is also described in the Picatrix, an ancient book on magic and astrology originally written in Arabic and later translated into Spanish and Latin in the twelfth century. It contains information on a variety of magical practices, including the use of crystal balls for divination and other purposes.
According to the Picatrix, crystal balls can be used for scrying, divining the future by gazing into the ball until the scryer (the gazer) sees images or visions. It states that the best time for scrying is at night, that the scryer should be in a quiet, dark room, and that the ball should be held in the left hand while placing the right hand above the ball. The Picatrix also suggests that crystal balls can be used for healing and protection by placing them in the room of a person who is ill or by carrying one as a talisman. They can be used in rituals to invoke spirits or angels.
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Roma people (gypsies) migrated in great numbers from northwest region of India to Europe. With their tradition of fortune-telling, they have adapted crystallomancy in their practice of divination due to a wider acceptance of the crystal by Europeans.
Whether you believe that the visions arise in the ball and show the future, or allow the scryer to communicate with unseen realms, or endows one with the powers of clairvoyance, or perhaps it has some kind of a trance-inducing quality that allows the mind to relax, which might be followed by visions or insights, or you remain utterly skeptical, the practice of crystallomancy is at least 2400 years old and perhaps even older. It survived through millennia alongside with consciousness-altering plants, which were terrifying to some and loved by others throughout history. Interestingly enough, crystals are often present on shamanic altars worldwide and accompany plants with which they serve for healing and guidance.
That being said, unless a person is trained in divination, mediums such as polished crystal, mapacho smoke, or coca leaf, which indigenous people in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon often use for this purpose, cannot provide insight. These abilities and skills are transmitted from generation to generation and remain silent to the uninitiated.
Our Ayahuasca healer, Don Juan, whose brief bio you can read on our Ayahuasca page, is one of these people. He employs coca leaf for psychic reading, which we do prior to the Ayahuasca ceremony in order to focus the energy of the medicine on the specific area shown by the coca leaf. Being myself a sceptic of scrying and divination for a long time, I changed my take on it many years ago after I met Don Juan, and I myself had glimpses of the future which came true, which I share in my books.
The idea to engage this subject and make these beautiful crystals available to people came to me during one of our Huachuma ceremonies. I immediately implemented it following the vision. Huachuma is an energy potentiator and a key to unlocking the energy fields hidden in ancient structures and rocks. These crystals come from caves and deposits of South America, where they generate their own light and dance with an underground rainbow in total darkness – a quality we all need to acquire in metaphorical sense.
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