"THE POWER OF MAGIC
Magic isn't mere superstition – it is the foundation of the experimental sciences that the modern world values so highly. Without magic we would not have medicine, astronomy, literature and drama, chemistry, mathematics, music, mythology, and perhaps even religion itself. Magical formulae constitute some of the oldest writings, and it could be argued that the alphabet – even the recording of knowledge itself – is a form of magic. Magic isn't just a set of practices and beliefs; it is a way of looking at the world. The view that the natural world was animate, alive with magical forces interpenetrating the substance of the physical and metaphysical realms, governed ancient life and death. Crystal workers today still interact with the animate forces, the living beings within crystals.
The word magic comes from magi, the wise men and women of Persia and Babylons, but has its roots in the Sumerian work imga meaning "deep" or "profound." Magic was a way of manipulating the everyday world and attracting the favor of the gods, but also, as anthroplogist Robert Ranulph Marett tells us, "a higher plane of experience... in which spiritual enlargement in appreciated for its own sake."
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT CRYSTAL FOR YOU
Finding the right stone for you is the key to attuning yourself to crystal power. You'll probably start by searching for a crystal that holds the power you want to manifest. Or, one of the stunning pictures in this book might catch your eye. But where do you go from here? What if you have no idea which crystal is right for you?
Use your own magical power of attraction! Put out the focused thought: "I find exactly right crystal for me, now." Go into a store (SPELLBOUND SKY) and run your hands through a basket of crystals. One will "stick" to your fingers, or you'll relish the feel as you pick one up. This is the crystal for you. You may already have the right stone in your collection. Wherever you find your crystal, make sure you purify (PALO SANTO, SAGE, SUNLIGHT, MOONLIGHT, EARTH) and empower it before use. When choosing a crystal, remember the biggest and flashiest is not necessarily the best for your purpose...
It is not the outward beauty of a crystal that indicates its power, but rather what it does for you. A rough lump of raw rock may be more powerful than a faceted gemstone, no matter how seductive the latter may be."
- JUDY HALL
(CAPITALIZED SUGGESTIONS IN PARENTHESES ARE FROM ME.)