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Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"Well-crafted, historical, honest, and enjoyable reading are the best words to explain this excellent book. One of Dunwich's finest books." -- ghostvillage.com
A great reference book... This book goes on my reference shelf where I suspect it will get a good workout. -- John Gilbert, tarotinstitute.com/reviews/gemstone.htm
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Crystals have been my hobby for over thirty years and I have quite a few crystal and gemstone books. This was book a disappointment. I do admit I am much more of a mystic, and not at all a wiccan. I do not cast spells, so my basic philosophy varies greatly from the author's. However, I do have two authors, that write along those magical lines, that I love and will recommend: Cassandra Eason and D. J. Conway (especially her "Crystal Enchantments, A complete Guide to Stones and Their Magical Properties"). Dunwhich's Guide seemed to be compilation of basic materials I came across not even in books, but in the little business-card sized info sheets that shops include with the purchase of various stones. There was very little original material; she borrowed from Melody,and other sources. She includes something I really do like-- Scott Cunningham's Stone Tarot. If you haven't come across it, it is a method of using gemstones to represent the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. However, you can also find this in Cunningham's book. Dunwich does address holey stones or hag stones, and describes crawling through a stone to seek relief of various illnesses, but she doesn't make mention of England's Men-an-tol, the ancient holed stone attributed as a healing stone pilgrims went to pass sickly children through, or that it is large enough even for adults to crawl through. Very beginner level basic info. I will be selling this back to Amazon.
But it wasn't until I read this book that I really understood the history, power and importance behind gems.
This book teaches us about the lore and mythology of gemstones, as well as their current use in the magical life. Dunwich covers how to properly cleanse and charge your stones, how to identify what stones make the best amulets, the healing properties of each stone, how to create spells and rituals involving the use of gemstones, and so much more. She even includes numerous charts of gemstones and their various magickal correspondences, which serves as both a great guide for the beginning practitioner, as well as a wonderful reference for anyone already working with gemstones.
There is so much in this book that I didn't know about gems, including the many kinds of divination utilizing gemstones, many of which date back to antiquity. I also enjoyed reading about the curative powers of dozens of gemstones, and which ones to use for specific purposes of acquiring love, wealth, well-being and spiritual insight. There is a chapter on how to create your own spells and rituals, with many wonderful examples both ancient and modern, as well as lessons on making gemstone elixirs with powerful healing properties.
I was most fascinated by Chapter 9, CURSED STONES, in which the author tells about the Hope Diamond and the Koh-i-Noor diamond, and their legendary histories as dangerous objects of human desire. I also really enjoyed the following chapter, THE LORE OF GEMSTONES, where I learned something totally new and intruiging about each and every gemstone, many of which I own and now understand the magickal properties of. This book really made me go to my jewelry box with a whole new insight and understanding of what precious gems I did own, and how I could better utilize them to bring new prosperity and well-being into my life.
Dunwich's writing style is simple and easy to follow, and the author even goes the extra step to provide additional resources for seeking out more information on gemstones, witchcraft and magick, including a great bibliography. This book is really a fun read, and a priceless resource for any witch, pagan, or practitioner using gemstones in their magickal rituals, but it is also a lot of fun for people with a passing interest in gems that want to know more about these mystical objects.
GEMSTONE SORCERY is delightfully readable because it's packed with fascinating stories about gemstones, such as the curse of the blue Hope diamond. It's rare to find a book that is as much fun to read as it is informative; GEMSTONE SORCERY is a rare gem, indeed!
-- Cynthia Sue Larson
author of AURA ADVANTAGE: How the Colors in Your Aura Can Help You Attain What You Desire and Attract Success