Crystal Color Folklore

by Cass and Janie Jackson

White/Clear Crystals

Small quartz crystals were thought by the Japanese to be the congealed breath of the White Dragon. The Greeks believed that quartz was permanent solidified ice, while aborigines thought it was made of falling stars.

Early Britons gave quartz pebbles the name “star stones” and believed them to have healing powers, particularly if they were collected from a stream or running brook.

An ancient Indian legend suggests that pearls were dewdrops that fell from heaven and were caught by shellfish. The Arabs shared this belief, claiming that this event occurred in April, while the Hebrews thought that pearls were the tears shed by Eve when she was expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Purple Crystals

Greek legend has it that the god Bacchus was annoyed with mor­tals and vowed to have the next human he encountered torn apart by his tigers. En route to pray at the temple of Diana, the young girl Amethyst was the next mortal Bacchus met. When the girl screamed to Diana to protect her, the goddess turned her into a pillar of quartz. Overcome by remorse, Bacchus poured a liba­tion of wine over the stone—thus producing the purple color by which amethyst is traditionally known.

Lepidolite is known as the peace stone and is said to provide the owner with a guardian angel. It is thought to have a particu­larly strengthening effect on women.

Red Crystals

Red stones are sometimes considered to possess particularly strong powers. Star rubies—that is, crystals with inclusions form­ing the shape of a star—are particularly venerated in the Orient. The spirits attuned to the star have names that translate as Faith, Hope, and Destiny and are thought to bring good fortune to the owner of the stone.

Blue Crystals

Lapis lazuli was regarded by the Ancient Egyptians and the Sumerians as the Stone of Heaven and sacred to the gods. The hair of the god Ra was said to be composed of the crystal. In Christianity the stone was used to symbolize the purity of the Virgin Mary. It was also believed that when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses they were written on tablets of this blue, gold-flecked stone.

A cardinal’s ring is always a sapphire, as decreed by Pope Innocent III, because “this stone possesses qual­ities essential to its dignified position as the badge of Pontifical Rank and a Seal of Secrets.” Solomon was thought to use the stone as a means of communicating with God. It is probable that many references to sapphire in ancient texts are actually referring to lapis lazuli.

Green Crystals

There are innumerable green crystals, but jade has always been regarded as one of the most precious. In fact, this crystal comes in a wide variety of colors but it usually identified with green. The stone has been used in China since Neolithic times and was believed to be the solidified semen of a dragon. In South America, jade was sacred to the goddess of storms, Chalchihuitlicue, while the Aztecs and Mayans used it for funeral masks.

In ancient cultures, peridot was often mistakenly regarded as an emerald. It has always been used for making amulets and talis­mans and was thought to be effective in turning around difficult situations. Early Christians regarded it as the stone of the Apostle Bartholomew, representing truth and miracles.

Pink Crystals

Rose quartz has always been regarded as a gentle stone, produc­ing tranquility, love, and reconciliation. It is known to have been in use since at least 2500 BC. The Romans and Egyptians used powdered rose quartz in cosmetics in the belief that it could pre­vent wrinkles and produce a flawless complexion.

Rhodochrosite was treasured by the Incas because they believed that it contained the blood of their ancestral rulers. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Inca rose. It is said to hold the power of Venus and to strengthen the ties of love.

Yellow Crystals

Citrine was at one time the blanket description for all yellow stones. It has also been known as Brazilian topaz, false topaz, and a variety of similar names. Legend has it that this crystal was used on Atlantis as a power­ful healing tool, particularly connected with the sun. In fact, the citrine is often known as the sunstone and is known to reject any form of negativity.

Norsemen and Vikings believed that amber was formed from the tears of the goddess Freya, when Odin left her to travel the world. The Greeks had similar beliefs, but their claim was that amber represented the tears of the Heliades when Zeus has turned their brother Phaeton into a poplar tree. Yet another tearful explanation for this crystal came from India where it is thought to be the fossilized tears of birds. The ancient Romans had other ideas, believing that amber was formed from lynx urine—though Sudine, writing in 240 BC, referred to amber coming from a lynx tree.

Orange Crystals

In Ancient Egypt, the carnelian—known as the “Blood of Isis”— was thought to provide protection during astral travel. This was achieved by staring into the crystal after placing it in front of a lighted candle. Placed on the throat of a mummy, a carnelian amulet engraved with the 156th chapter of the Book of the Dead was said to ensure rebirth into the after-life. The famous “Eye of Horus” carnelian amulet, said to offer protection against the evil eye, is still popular in many parts of the Middle East.

Brown Crystals

Tiger’s eye was used in Ancient Egypt in at least 3000 BC and was sacred to Ra, the sun god. It was also used as eyes in the statues of various Egyptian and Assyrian gods. The Egyptians believed that this crystal enabled the owner to see anything and everything, even through walls and behind closed doors. Roman soldiers carried it into battle to ensure their courage. In Japan, it was thought to guarantee longevity, as the tiger was supposed to live for 1,000 years. The Indian belief was that tiger’s eye created wealth and prevented the wearer from losing money.

Smoky quartz has long been believed to be a protection against bad luck, particularly in the Alpine regions. It can still be found carved into the shape of a cross and hung on bedroom walls to repel evil. This particular form of quartz is said to help the wearer cope with problems and negative situations.

Black Crystals

In South America, both the Aztecs and the Maya regarded obsid­ian as sacred. The Aztec’s sacrificial knife was made from this Mayans often used this crystal to make magic mirrors consecrated to the god Tezcatlipoca. John Dee, the English Elizabethan seer, is reputed to have had a similar mirror. In North-Central California, boys and girls endured an initiation ceremony, which included being stabbed with obsidian knives. The crystals known as Apache Tears are actually obsidian; the name originated with the belief that the earth wept whenever an Apache warrior was killed.

Sardonyx was used in India and Persia to protect against the evil eye, in addition to making the wearer invisible if the stone was carved in a particular style. In Christianity the crystal sym­bolized the Apostles James and Philip, representing their honesty and sincerity. For the Romans, sardonyx was sacred to Mars, the god of war. In the Middle Ages it was worn to protect against grief and to increase confidence. According to St. Hildegard, the devil hated the purity of the sardonyx and would flee from it.

Excerpted by Crystals, Plain & Simple by Cass and Janie Jackson


Cass and Janie Jackson are professional writers and educators. They live in the United Kingdom.

Our November Titles Are Here!

Happy Reading!

The Hero Is You

Kendra Levin

“Levin’s myth-inspired strategy should prove inspiring for first-time writers.” – Publishers Weekly

“The title says it all. Every writer faces a journey that wends through a nettlesome labyrinth of challenges and obstacles. It takes a hero to leap into the uncertain terrain of a new creative venture, conquer self-doubt, and persist across the craggy lands found in all creative projects. Kendra Levin’s wise, encouraging words provide guidance every step of the way to help every writer realize their creative goals.” ―Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and Co-founder of 100 Word Story

“If you want to take your writing to the next level, buy this book…now!” –Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sperry, The Book Doctors and authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

“Kendra Levin helps writers step to the plate in this much-needed guide to the brave writing life.” –Eric Maisel, Coaching the Artist Within

“The goal of certified life coach Levin’s book is to aid writers in developing a deeper understanding of story structure, a grasp of the archetypes that make up a hero’s journey, and a composition process that will help them feel more in tune with themselves and their voice. Levin guides readers through the labyrinth of the creative endeavor known as the “hero’s journey”―a quest for identity and wholeness. Guidelines require writers to ask questions, explore their vulnerabilities, and seek mentors. Exercises and quizzes move authors toward self-examination. VERDICT This guide would serve as a valuable text for writers’ groups or beginning classes on the craft.” –Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal, July 1, 2016

“Smart, perceptive, and inspirational advice.” —Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Only as Good as Your Word

9781573246880Imagine having your own personal mentor—someone encouraging yet honest, supportive yet empowering, who could help you set and achieve your goals, turn your moments of doubt and fear into sources of strength, and discover what you’re truly capable of when you’re at your best.

Kendra Levin is that mentor. And with this book, she’s here to help you do the best writing of your life—and live your best life while doing it.

Using a fresh new approach to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal Hero’s Journey, Levin reveals how to be a hero in the narrative of your own process. She weaves together wisdom drawn from her years as a life coach for writers and an editor at the world’s biggest publishing house with behind-the-scenes stories from a panoply of best-selling authors and career entertainers. With over thirty exercises designed to help you reinvent your creative process from the inside out, this book will show you how to:

  • Identify your biggest challenges and render them powerless
  • Start a project that you love—and stick with it
  • Design a structure for writing regularly

Whether you’re a first-time writer with a brand-new project or a seasoned pro, you’ll reach the end of this book feeling fulfilled, inspired, and ready to mentor the next writer on their creative journey.

(Conari Press)

The Key of Solomon the King

S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Foreword by Joseph Peterson

9781578636082A magical grimoire of sigils and rituals for summoning and mastering spirits, The Key of Solomon the King is the most famous, or infamous, of all magick books. It has influenced everything from the revival of magick and the Western Mystery Traditions (tarot, alchemy, astrology, etc.) to fictional works such as Lovecraft’s The Necronomicon.

Purported to have been penned by King Solomon himself, the book provides instruction for incantations, rituals, and sigils used to call upon and control spirits and demons. Those practicing magick have used it extensively through the centuries, but its true origins and purpose have been lost in the mists of time.

No library of the contemporary occult student or practicing magician is complete without this tome. It remains a standard of esoteric lore by which others are measured. This edition includes a new foreword by noted esoteric scholar Joseph Peterson.

(Weiser Books)

Tarot for One

Courtney Weber

“Courtney Weber is one of a new generation of Tarot authors who are making the cards fresh and relevant to today’s world. Filled with real life examples, this book is almost like being in class with Courtney or like joining her in a fun and insightful conversation. She answers questions about the reading process as soon as (or just before) they arise in my mind. It’s an updated Tarot for yourself packed with exciting new ideas and perspectives that I’ll certainly be using.” —Mary K. Greer, author of Tarot for Your Self and Understanding the Tarot Court

“Most tarot readers agree: reading tarot cards for others is a snap compared to reading for yourself. Remaining objective is hard, especially when you are emotionally invested in the outcome. Thanks to Courtney Weber’s Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, you’re not going to struggle any longer! With smart exercises, clever spreads, easy-to-understand interpretations and tons of examples, Weber provides the perfect framework for getting out of your own way and uncovering clear, unbiased answers. If you love tarot and have always wanted to be able to read your own cards, this invaluable guide belongs on your shelf.” —Theresa Reed, author of The Tarot Coloring Book

9781578635955Courtney Weber has been teaching Tarot and speaking at Tarot symposia around the country for a decade. In response to the numerous requests she has received over the years, Weber created Tarot for One, a personal workbook and resource guide designed to help form interpretations directly applicable to self-readings.

In Weber’s clean, clear style, this book explores the Fool, the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, as well as what she calls the tough cards, reversals, practice spreads, and next steps. She includes common associations as well as extensive exercises to unlock readers’ own interpretations for connecting personal journeys with the archetypical Tarot. Readers will learn to let the voice of the Tarot come through without overlaying too much of their own “stuff” during a reading.

Tarot for One includes dozens of original Tarot spreads and layouts, which have been repeatedly proven both fun and effective in Weber’s classes and workshops. It also contains tips on finding a deck, honing a Tarot practice, and avoiding common self-reading pitfalls. This is the essential guide for your personal journey with the Tarot.

(Weiser Books)

Crystals, Plain & Simple

Cass and Janie Jackson

9781571747570From time immemorial, crystals have been used for healing, and legend has it that long ago, people knew how to store information inside these precious stones. How does their incredible magic work? Through this clear, practical guide, discover the many ways crystals can cure physical, emotional, and spiritual problems, divine the future, and enhance psychic powers. See which ones work best to aid meditation and visualization, clear a room of negative energy, promote creativity, or foresee the future. There’s advice on buying, purifying, and charging the stones, crystal folklore, and a breathtaking gallery rich in information.

Other topics covered include:

  • Crystal legends and folklore
  • Healing with crystals
  • Crystals, colors, and chakras
  • Birthstones
  • Growing your own crystals
  • Crystals through the zodiac
  • Crystals for anniversaries

A splendid book for the curious and for beginners on the crystal path, Crystals, Plain and Simple is a book that entertains, enlightens, and informs.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)

Reincarnation, Plain & Simple

Krys and Jass Godly

9781571747600From ancient roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Greek philosophy to more modern conceptions of rebirth found in popular culture, the notion that the soul can be reborn is a prevalent belief that continues to fascinate. That fascination inevitably results in a number of questions, including:

  • How does our day-to-day life impact our future existences?
  • Who were we before we were born?
  • How do we find out about our previous incarnations?

This practical guide attempts to answer these questions and much more. The Godlys provide step-by-step instructions for accessing information about our previous lives and explore the four main methods of learning about past lives:

  1. Recession
  2. Psychic readings
  3. Regression
  4. Spontaneous recall

They also explore how reincarnation can clue us in to reoccurrences of relationships, lingering memories, and even health problems.

This is a refreshing and simple introduction to a topic that has intrigued seers, sages, and mystics for centuries. It entertains, enlightens, and informs.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


10 Reasons Why People Are Passionate About Crystal Skulls

by Judy Hall

Do you wonder why some people are so passionate about crystal skulls? Well, from personal experience, I can tell you that the higher consciousness that inhabits the skulls expands human awareness and raises the vibrations of the planet.


They are portals to the past

Crystal skulls access the Akashic Record and trace the journey of your soul through myriad existences, in and out of earthly incarnation. They help you to recognize what is important and what may be let go. Crystal skulls also assist in retrieving lost parts of your soul and reintegrating these. Contracts made with other souls before incarnation may be no longer valid. Or, they may be an inappropriate carry-over from another life. The skulls convey you to the source of the contract to renegotiate or cancel an agreement. They also help you to reframe your ancestral history.

They are portals to the present.

Crystal skulls facilitate accessing your soul’s purpose, and reveal the soul-learning behind events and experiences that would otherwise be deemed to be traumatic or soul-destroying. The skulls help you to recognize, and remove, out-dated programming that stands in the way of actualizing your true potential. Under their guidance, you are more likely to take the lifepath that is appropriate for you.

They are portals to the future.

Time does not exist for the crystal skulls and the Akashic Record is a plane of endless possibilities. Skulls assist you to move forward through time to seed a better future for yourself, or to check out options.

They are portals to other dimensions.

Different planes of existence vibrate at different rates, interpenetrating each other but normally invisible to a lower frequency. As the skulls vibrate at a higher frequency, and yet have a deep connection with the Earth through the crystal matrix from which they are carved, they provide an anchor for higher vibrations to be assimilated into the earth plane.

They heighten intuitive and metaphysical abilities.

The skulls assist in channeling, insight and connecting with other realms. They communicate with departed loved ones and wise elders – and extraterrestrial races and star beings.

You can use them for self-healing.

With the assistance of the crystal skulls, you can heal yourself physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. As with all crystals, the skulls hold a ‘perfect blueprint’, a purer vibrational frequency with which you entrain to bring yourself back into energetic balance.

You can use them to heal others.

Healing can be channeled to other people through the skulls by direct contact or by projecting the energies of the skull towards another person no matter what the physical distance between you.

They help to heal the Earth.

The skulls activate dormant energies within earth’s energy lines and detoxify and heal the Earth’s meridian grid.

They offer guidance and wisdom-sharing.

The skulls offer a much wider perspective than is available from the confines of Earth. Their stated aim is to assist the evolution of humankind.

They can assist with shamanic journeying.

The crystal skulls effortlessly convey you into other worlds and other dimensions, assisting shamanic and higher consciousness travel.

Work with one skull – or several – under the guidance of my Crystal Skulls book and you’ll soon discover for yourself what these amazing beings have to offer.

Meet George. He appeared to his new keeper in a dream. Next day, they met at my crystal skull workshop.
Meet George. He appeared to his new keeper in a dream. Next day, they met at my crystal skull workshop.

A trained healer and counselor, Judy Hall has been psychic all her life and has had experience with many systems of divination and natural healing methods. Judy has a BEd in Religious Studies, with an extensive knowledge of world religions and mythology, and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University. Her specialties are past life readings and regression, soul healing, reincarnation, astrology and psychology, divination, and crystal lore.


A Q&A with Judy Hall, author of “Crystal Skulls”

Are you interested in learning more about Crystal Skulls? Read on for a great Q&A with Judy Hall!

Are the skulls just a New Age fad?
Indeed not, they’ve been around for thousands of years. But the time has come for them to share their wisdom, regardless of whether they are ancient skulls or not. They do want to usher in a ‘new age’ of expanded consciousness.

How did you come across them?
In 1976 in the Museum of Mankind in London. A life-sized flawless crystal with more than a tinge of blue about it reached out and grabbed me. Its mesmerising eyes were alive with intense intelligence. It was a truly awesome experience. I gazed into it, watching an ancient civilisation going about its daily business. I thought I stood there for a few minutes, it turned out to have been almost two hours. I had been seduced. But it took another forty years for me to begin to collect skulls. I’d met several over the intervening years. The lovely skull-keeper Edwin Courtney introduced me to his huge collection in the faded grandeur of a ballroom in a decrepit Bolton hotel. They lifted the gloomy atmosphere, but didn’t grab me. It took a visit to Glastonbury, the home of all things magical, mystical and downright weird, to get me hooked. Now I have an ever growing collection.

What is their history?
It goes right back into prehistory, often as actual skulls that were plastered and painted, or as stone heads. But jade and other crystal skulls have been found that date back to the Stone Age. the Olmecs (1200–400 BCE) commonly carved huge stone heads and skulls in all kinds of stone including rock crystal (quartz). The skull sizes range from small pendant beads to larger than life sculptures. Although many are carved from stone, gem-quality jade skulls are also known from the first millennium BCE. In ancient China examples of jade skulls go back as far as the Neolithic era examples being found from between 4000 to 6000 BCE that can be up to life-sized. They were also carved in quartz and amber—which was highly prized in the ancient world as a medicine and was carried along a well-established trade route from the Baltic.

Does it matter whether they are genuinely old artifacts or not?
No, it doesn’t because it’s a separate consciousness that takes up residence in the skull that is communicating. That consciousness can just as easily access a new skull.

How can someone work with a new skull they have bought?
Once a skull has been cleansed (all crystals need to be cleansed before use), they can be used for healing, insight, guidance and wisdom-gathering. Some skulls arrive with a being already in residence, but others need to be activated and the being invited to communicate. But it’s important to check out that this is a being with high consciousness, not just some random entity that’s looking for a home. The skulls can be held or placed on your body. It depends on what is needed. Often holding one in your hands or looking into its eyes is enough. My book details many applications and ways of accessing the skulls. It’s important to choose the right kind of crystal skull so there’s guidance on doing that, too.

Lastly, any strange facts you’d like to share?
It is said that one ancient crystal skull that is at least 1,500 years old recently changed hands for over $1m. It had been kept in a bank vault in San Jose, California, for many years and, perhaps not surprisingly, remains there. It is a very dark purple amethyst and was reputed to have sat on the desk of the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. The President was of Mesoamerican-Mixtec ancestry. Ami reappeared in 1979 when a Mayan shaman priest, Francisco Reyes, purchased the skull, which was sent to the United States. In 1983 Ami was put up as collateral on a loan that was not repaid. It was acquired in 1985 by a group of businessmen who have now sold it on.

A trained healer and counselor, Judy Hall has been psychic all her life and has had experience with many systems of divination and natural healing methods. Judy has a BEd in Religious Studies, with an extensive knowledge of world religions and mythology, and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University. Her specialties are past life readings and regression, soul healing, reincarnation, astrology and psychology, divination, and crystal lore.