While crystals and stones are sometimes regarded as more “new age woo” than traditional magick, I’ve always felt that they have just as much of a place in my practice as herbs, water, or anything else that comes from the earth. Admittedly, it’s probably also why things like colored or aura quartz, opalite, or goldstone don’t really resonate with me– I’m not even that much of a fan of polished or faceted stones. I like them raw and rough.
I use charged stones a lot. One of the easiest ways to employ them that I’ve found is to tuck them into a potted plant, or nestle them into a garden. Rather than charge a new stone today (since it’s something I do pretty much all the time), I’d like to show some that I placed recently:
That’s a rough quarts point and a tumbled nephrite jade. Nephrite jade is good for placing at the corners of a garden to encourage plants to grow, and quartz is a good stone for pretty much anything. Green stones, as a rule, are good for encouraging plant growth but it’s vitally important to know the mineral composition of the stones you use– malachite, for example, can leach copper into your soil and harm your plants. If you aren’t certain, varieties of quartz, agate, or obsidian are almost always safe to use.
Since cacti are pretty bomb-ass protective plants, I’ll probably sneak a piece or two of obsidian in with them once they’re a bit bigger and in a larger pot. I’m still not entirely sure what I’d like to give my aloes– some prasiolite? A stone charged to help with healing? Aloe vera is spiky, succulent, and medicinal, so the possibilities are pretty numerous.
Do you use crystals with your plants? What are your favorites?