For many witches, lightworkers, and other practitioners, having beautiful tools is part of their practice– and rightly so! You should love the things you work with, even those that aren’t necessarily being used with aesthetics in mind. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the beauty of cut and polished gems and miss out on what nature offers.
Just because a rock is ugly doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome.
What are they?
They are literally regular rocks from your yard.
Most of them probably contain a bunch of silicon and aluminium. Depending on where you live, they may be igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.
Where are they found?
Outside. Just… Just go pick one up.
What do you do with them?
Regular rocks are fun because you’re not likely to have a whole ton of preconceived notions about what they are or are not capable of. Without a detailed analysis of what type of mineral they are (a fair number are probably just particularly unimpressive quartz), the only knowledge that can be drawn is from things like color, location, shape, and whatever feelings you get from handling or meditating with them.
Found a green, sea-washed pebble? Rad! It is probably great for all kinds of sea witchery.
Found a heart-shaped, palm-sized stone? You have probably found yourself an awesome meditation and emotional healing buddy.
Found a flattish slab of granite? That, my friend, would probably make an extremely great outdoor altar.
I enjoy picking up a rock I’ve found near a body of water, and holding it in my hands while I visualize it taking all of the sticky, unpleasant energetic gunk I’ve accumulated. When it feels full to me, I hurl it back into the water as hard and as far as I can.
One thing you should not do is build a cairn in a public park, especially near a hiking trail. Creating cairns can be a great grounding, calming, meditative exercise, but putting them near trails is a pretty big faux pas– some trails use cairns as navigation tools, and extraneous cairns can be misleading. Be considerate of your fellow trail-goers, and keep the cairns in your yard.
What about their other associations?
Element: Earth. Also probably everything else except air.
Planet: All of them, probably.
Herbs: Whatever your particular stone inspires you to use. Pink and heart-shaped? Try herbs like rose and jasmine. Rounded, smooth, and dark? Try herbs with earthy or watery characteristics.
Astrological signs: Probably also all of them.
How do I care for them?
Cleanse them regularly with whatever method seems the gentlest (for example, it might not be a good idea to clean soft mica with salt water or a vigorous stream), and keep the translucent ones out of the sun on the off chance that they’ll fade. You might want to physically clean durable stones with an old toothbrush in order to scrub off any clinging dirt before you find a home for them indoors.
How can I spot fakes?
It is very unlikely that you’ll find a fake, particularly if you’re looking outdoors. What you may find instead of straight-up rocks are bits of glass, plastic, or ceramic. If you’re of the mind that your tools should be as close to their natural forms as possible, maybe skip those. If not, pick them up and see what you feel! Some old things, like discarded bits of ceramic, have a pretty neat energy to them. Even if you don’t find a use for them as ritual tools, they’re really rad for use in mosaics and mixed media art.