Before tea leaves, there were crystals, offering guidance and signs of possibility. Let these 10 stones open you up to a landscape of creativity and inspiration.
Crystals have been used for thousands of years for divination and inspiration. In Ancient Greece, crystals were cast onto a board as a kind of dice or held in the hand to invoke assistance of the spirits. Many board games, crystals, and polished-rock crystal mirrors, which could well have been used as oracles, have been found in early graves. And a beautiful dodecahedron rock crystal with symbols on each of its facets that could be rolled for an answer was found in an ancient Greek cave.
Crystal balls have been consulted throughout history. And a source from the 6th century BCE tells us that the emerald gives knowledge of the future. But divination, or the practice of using signs, offers guidance—it does not tell you what to do. Crystals point to choices and possibilities. They give answers that can be interpreted in several ways. When you receive an answer, remain open to all possibilities.Belief in the power of stones continued well into the Middle Ages.
There have always been skeptics, though. When first-century Roman geographer Pliny the Elder wrote a treatise on stones, his intention was to ridicule the beliefs concerning crystals. However, he inadvertently informed us just how common and wide-ranging their uses were. “The abominable falsehoods of the Magi … have gone far beyond providing an alluring substitute for medical science,” he wrote in Natural History. Pliny’s comments perfectly mirror what someone unattuned to crystals today says when faced with glowing accounts of what they can offer. The fact remains that it is precisely because crystals take you out of everyday reality that they are so valuable and are able to open you up to a landscape of creativity and inspiration.
How to Use Crystals as Oracles
The following is an excerpt from my Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle, which was the fruit of extensive research into the history of crystals. It is a useful way to work with stones if you don’t have any on hand. The superb photography helps you connect to the energies of the mineral kingdom and develop your own intuition. Each card has a self-understanding insight and a divinatory meaning to assist you in navigating your soul path.
To receive clear answers from the crystals, focus on yourself and your highest good as you ask clear, open questions—and not too many of them. Seek understanding and clarity rather than rigid answers.