Precious gems, crystals, certain metals, etc have been used as amulets or Talisman since nearly the beginning of time. The Magical Properties of Stones can be divided into two main categories. The first category is ACTIVE. This is the YANG or the MALE. And of course, equally important is the PASSIVE, the YIN, and the FEMALE. Neither is considered to more powerful than the other, since we need both equally to maintain balance and harmony.
In the first category, ACTIVE, the colors that are associated with it are red, orange, yellow, yellow green and gold. The correspondences here are to fire, heat, warmth, Sun. Each of these used as a color of healing would have certain associations to parts of the body.
To make use of the stones: Carry them with you, on your person, if possible, preferably beginning when the moon is waxing. You could make a necklace, bracelet, pendant, keychain, etc and attach the stone to it. You could also carry it in your pocket.
Nature totems, which includes stones are said to lose their effectiveness if you do not handle them. Use them, handle them, warm them with your breath. When the time comes that a stone no longer works, pass it on to someone else, or return it to the earth.
Red stones are associated with the blood stream and the heart. It has been used to heal wounds or stop bleeding. It also aligns subtle bodies. It is associated with love and compassion. It enhances the imagination. People that suffered from anemia or lacking energy used to wear red stones as amulets. You can use this stone in defensive magick. Use it to send negativity that was directed at you back to the original sender. Red is said to increase mental processes and forms a barrier against dangerous desires and whims. Also a great all-around good luck stone. The pink stones fall under the red shades category and are associated with love and beauty. A pink stone can make a powerful love drawing amulet. It is also great for soothing the mind, body, and emotions. It can give the body extra strength when needed. It has also been used to increase beauty, especially the skin and complexion. It is associated with the SOUTH, and MARS.
Yellow is associated with the mind and healing or speaking. It aids in mental growth and helps with increased speed in learning. It also enhances the bodys' healing energy, diminishes self-destructive tendencies, and helps to raise self-esteem. Lightheartedness, cheerfulness, hope. Warming, energizing. Attracts abundance. Heightens visualization and communication abilities. Great for aid in writing, public speaking, travel. A protective stone, and good for healing, especially disorders of the stomach, nervous system, and skin. Back in history, Yellow was used to arouse the person or calm the nerves. The East and Mercury.
Orange being the combination of red and yellow symbolizes drive and cleverness as well as shrewdness in business and personal dealings. It aids in the ability to see through plots and intrigues. The color peach, falls under the shades of orange and this is an all-around good luck stone. Peachy colored stones are useful in spells to increase feelings of self-worth or personal power. This stone attracts success, and is a good protection stone. The southeast and Jupiter.
Gold has been associated with the Sun and its' curative powers. It is said to aid in the enhancement of brain functions. It can give a person a more positive outlook on life. Besides enhancing the emotional body, it strengthens the will. Helps one's ability to work with others harmoniously. Some of the stones are the TIGERSEYE and CATSEYE as well as the PYRITES (Fool's Gold). Sun stones are generally beautiful, but flashy and are wonderful for protection against all types of danger. It is useful in divination, promotes wealth and prosperity, increases energy flow throughout the body, and is a great help during illness. Tiger Eye can strengthen your convictions and create courage and confidence.
Copper influences the flow of blood. It also supplies strong energy to both the body and the mind. It is said to aid metabolism and helps detoxify body. An aid for exhaustion and sexual imbalance. Aligns physical and emotional bodies. Raises self-esteem. Copper is a strong conductor of energy.
On the PASSIVE side we have the softer colors.
Blue stones are used for cooling fever and calming the mind. It is said to aid in inducing sleep. Blue stones were believed to cure high blood pressure, sooth pain and aid with abscess or infection. It is said to enhance the clarity of the mind and aid creative self-expression. Calms nerves, reduces fluid retention. Aligns the body, mind and spirit. Stimulates psychic abilities, clarity and inspiration. Also associated with loyalty and a soothing love. Balances the physical, emotional and mental health. It also helps to banish fears and phobias. Inspiration, peace, calmness, love. The West, Taurus and Virgo.
Green Stones are said to strengthen the heart, liver, kidneys, immune system, nervous system. Green is an earth color and is a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. It aids in the alignment of subtle bodies, enhances dreams, meditation, and gives us deeper spiritual insight. Represents the divinity within us, prosperity, love, kindness, tranquility, balance, healing, patience. Green is a strong emotional balancer. It aids in releasing anxiety and fear. Other qualities include: clarity, modesty, courage, justice, wisdom. Peaceful and nurturing. Dispels negativity. Healing affinity will correspond to particular color of stone.
Purple or violet is a combination of red and blue and it is associated with mysticism and the spiritual realm. It enhances right brain activity, is a powerful blood cleanser and energizer. Helps mental disorders. It calms and prevents explosive tempers as well as induces sleep. Other qualities are its' ability to cut through illusion and enhance psychic abilities. It has calming, strong protective qualities. Healing, divine love, inspiration, intuition. Purple was also used as a cure for the cold. This is my birthstone color. The amethyst is said to keep one from becoming drunk. It is associated with the Southwest and Neptune or Pisces.
Brown stones give consolidation and a bringing together of plans. It counteracts restlessness and giddiness. It is a stabilizer of the mind and a giver of direction. Brown stones influence friendships, special favors, and aid in healing animals. It cleanses & protects the astral field; draws out distortion on all levels; It aids against hyperactivity & excess energy; grounding. It was associated with the North and Capricorn.
White stones were used as purifiers and to remove poisons. Their magickal purpose is to aid in gaining affinity with the higher self and the soul or etheric body. White contains all the colors of the rainbow and it enhances the full spectrum of energies in body/mind/spirit. Associated with abundance, innocence, purity, faithfulness. A Master healer. Stimulates brain functions. Amplifies thought forms. This full spectrum energy activates all levels of consciousness and dispels negativity in one's energy field and in environment. It receives, activates, stores, transmits and amplifies energy. Excellent for meditation and magickal work. It has been loosely associated with the Moon.
Black stones are said to offer protection and strengthen physical and etheric bodies. They are energizing, revitalizing. Black enhances personal magnetism, optimism, will, courage. It is slightly grounding. This is also the stone of abstract thinking, and self control. Seriousness is a characteristic associated with these stones. The black stones are associated with Saturn. One of my favorite stones is the HEMATITE. I have one hanging on the bedpost right over my head. It is a wonderful stone for grounding and centering yourself. It is also said to be useful in healing, and can draw illness out of the body. Its silvery, mirror-like surface is good for divination, especially scrying. This stone seems to me to fall in between the blacks and the silvers.
Silver aids in healing as well as magical protection. It is also attributed with increasing psychic ability and intuition. It is said to influence change in people as well as instill a person with adaptability. Silver enhances mental function, aids circulation, strengthens blood, physically and etherically. It is said to relieve stress. Relates to the moon, subconscious, female aspect.It is strongly associated with the Moon.