Natural Stone Shapes
Natural Stone Shapes
The shape of a stone is just as important to its magickal value as the colour. Stones and crystals occur naturally in all different shapes, they either grow like that or are shaped by the elements.
Stones formed into familiar shapes by natural circumstances are thought to be more powerful than those artificially shaped. Some stones that are collected for their shape are holey stones (stones with naturally occurring holes in them), Shiva lingams, Apache tears (stones in the shape of a tear drop found in Arizona), Ammonite (sacred spiral fossil) and bogi stones (a round stone of which there are males and females). These are just some of many interesting shaped rocks, of course any common rock can form in a recognisable shape; a rock shaped as an ‘L’ is considered to be a lucky talisman.
Round stones symbolize the receptive power of the universe, the mother goddess and the female reproductive system. You can use round stones to represent a female in a healing ritual for example. They are also used in love spells or any attraction spell and are also used for psychic development. Crystal balls are useful for scrying because of their receptive nature.
Long thin stones symbolize the phallus, they have directive energy, useful when directing energy towards a goal. This shaped stone is also useful for protection; hang it on the front door or place in front of a mirror. Shiva-lingams are a great example of a naturally occurring long thin stone. They are only found in the Narmada River in the Central Western part of India. These stones have been sacred to the people of India from ancient times to now; they are a symbol of divine creation. The shape of the lingam represents the masculine creative energy dormant and the markings represent the blood of the female and the seed of creation, it is a balanced stone, this is why it is so sacred. This stone is used in an important ceremony to the Hindu religion honouring and making offerings to the lord Shiva where milk or water is poured over the lingam.
Egg shaped stones are used to stimulate creativity and fertility, they are useful in fertility spells, women used to carry around small ones to promote conception. Plant a big one in your garden to promote growth.
Square stones represent the earth, prosperity and abundance. They promote stability and grounding. A pyrite cube is perfect for any working of this type. The gold colour also promotes wealth and abundance.
Stones with a naturally occurring hole in them are sacred to Odin and the mother goddess. They are a receptive stone and have many tradition uses. Some of these include: hanging them on a bedpost or tied on a red ribbon above the bed to prevent nightmares; this magick is still used today, holy stones were worn around the neck as a protective talisman. To assist in a person’s recovery from illness, charge the stone to absorb the disease. Cleanse the stone in salty water after each treatment and repeat the process once a day if necessary.
Another power of the holy stone is giving the ability to see the other world. Peer through the stone on a moon lit night and you may see ghosts or spirits.
The shapes of stones should not be discounted because there are many things you can learn about a stone from its shape.
Brad & Saskia