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Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook Paperback – December 31, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; First Edition edition (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713726776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713726770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

About the Author

Michael Gienger is one of the world's most respected experts on crystals and their uses. He lives in Germany.

Customer Reviews

And photos are so beautiful that because of his book and its photos I bought so many crystals and minerals.
Leilaray
I recommend this book as an essential resource to anyone interested in deepening their relationship to crystals.
Melrose
It combines scientific information and metaphysical information, is easy to understand and has great photos.
Elemental 1

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167 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Adriane Bovone on February 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Michael tells first off that this book is based on personal experience; he is not simply compiling information from other written sources. His reverence and study of where the crystals come from is profound. He dispels the "magic" of crystal effect by helping a reader to understand what a crystal is/what its nature is/what its relation the the whole of earth is so that respectful use of its healing properties can be used conscientiously, specifically, and subtly. He encourages empowering healing responsibility of the reader by asking them to listen primarily to what they hear from the stones; not just to take what he says about them. And best of all he honors the power of all stones be they chips, polished, faceted, untouched crystals, small, large or mountains; he does not require fussy rituals or very specific forms of crystals for them to be effective though he does acknowledge how these may enhance a desired effect - again do what's right for you. I find most of these aspects to learning how to use crystals frustratingly absent in all of the many other books on the subject that I have come across. His explanation of what is actually taking place in our material existence is eloquent and empassioned and reveals the true mindblowing magic of crstals.
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2000
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This book is very complete, written in an intelligent and graceful style, and logically indexed for ease of use. Mr. Gienger presents a well balanced mix of minerology, mythology and spiritual/healing properties for more than 90 crystals and gemstones, ranging from the formation of crystals to suggestions for various healing uses. The outstanding crystal photographs are themselves worth the price of the book. It's not only a wonderful reference book, it's a great read. The section on "Discovering the connection between crystalline structures and lifestyles" is fascinating and unique. Without question, this is the one book on crystals that I will use most often.
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138 of 141 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2001
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After working with crystals and stones for nearly a decade and either owning or reading newly every crystal book around, I nearly fell out of my seat when I read this brilliant work. Finally, someone has come up with original information that is both pragmatic and accurate. It is not yet another warmed over text with the same information on the same topics, over and over and over again. This book explains the energies of the various scientific elements - something I have *never* seem before, as well as detailing the energies of the different crystalline structures and their chemical classifications. Aside from that, he provides wonderful information on the way each stone forms which can give us even deeper insights into the stones. I consider myself extremely knowledgable on the subject, but this work is a brilliant addition to the body of knowledge we have on stones. I give the greatest thanks to this author for such a powerful and useful contribution! May you always find the light within you so you may see the light around you.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By rocknymph@hotmail.com on September 28, 1999
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This is a very comprehensive and complete guide to gemstone and crystal healing properties. Michael Gienger gives a good overview of the creation and formation of gemstones and crystals. He has taken the scientific information available and applied it to the overall function and properties given to particular colors and types of stone. His principles and theories of the effects of minerals on humans and animals is persuasive and is very interesting reading for those in the spiritual community. He has absolutely stunning color photographs and easy to understand physical,spiritual,emotional and mental applications and descriptions. This is a good book for those that are into the details and are serious about crystal and gemstone therapy and mysticism.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kim on November 17, 2000
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This is the first book that I obtained regarding crystals and their properties. It is one that I would rate at the top of the chart for info. I find comfort in it's pages for the basic needs regarding this vast topic. It goes deep enough for the beginning practitioner. The awesome colour pictures are very beneficial for identifing stones received as gifts.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Venus A. Rachal VINE VOICE on September 5, 2005
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This is an excellent reference for crystal collectors, particularly those who are interested in the metaphysical properties of minerals and gemstones.

What makes this book unique is that it incorporates several elements into one volume. Many books that I have encountered describe crystals with the assumption that you know what they look like or they have pictures and geological data but do not describe the use of crystals. This book does all of these things.

There are colored photos and, when possible, more than one version of a crystal is depicted so that you can see what the different forms look like. If you are new to the study of crystals, this is an invaluable resource because it helps you to identify crystals through pictures and through its mineral properties, so if you are a "rock hound" you can still get a lot of benefit from this book.

The only detriment to this book is that it doesn't include more crystals! It covers many of the popular gemstones like amethyst, quartz, hematite, and agate, so you will still get great use out of this book. I only wish it was twice as long so that more minerals could be represented.

I also am also glad that this book is readily available on the internet as it took me a long time to find this book in the bookstore. Though it is spectacular, I haven't seen it in many mainstream bookstores, so when you see it, get it, in case you don't see it again!
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