Warm greetings to all!
Congrats again to the talented folks who joined in on last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Creative Crafting
After putting talents to the test and creating wonderful things, it is time to look at another kind of treasure- a sparkly and well-loved tool for witches and healers around the world.
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
Using Crystals for Magick
From children’s rock collections to glorious tourist attractions, from the tools of crystal healers to the priceless royal jewels- stones have a vast array of purposes and are well-loved by many
For witches, crystals have an immense variety of uses and are a key element in magickal craft. There are as many uses for crystals as there are crystals out there- that is to say, one whole heck of a lot!
Each crystal has a unique set of properties and characteristics that align with different intentions and types of magick. Incorporating compatible stones in your spellwork is sure to give your casting a boost!
This challenge is about studying and applying the many uses of crystals in your unique magickal practice
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
STEP 1 : Working with Crystals
Here are a few ways you can incorporate crystals into your magickal practice:
Learn about a new crystal
For those new to crystals and not sure where to get started- the best place to begin is starting slow. Try to find one stone that appeals to you and learn a lot about it. Having a favorite go-to stone is a great foothold into the world of crystals!
Here are a few accessible and easy-to-work-with choices that are great for beginners:
Obsidian / Volcanic Glass (Obsidian Guide)
Tiger’s Eye (Tiger’s Eye Guide)
Clear Quartz (Clear Quartz Guide)
Share your favorite crystal
Is there one stone in your collection that really resonates with you? Consider sharing your knowledge and expertise with the coven! You may help others to connect with a crystal they’ve never heard of before or find new uses for an old classic.
[Picture from @Marissa’s guide to beautiful Orgonite/Orgone ]
Show off your crystal collection
Are you a crystal enthusiast with a gorgeous display? Feel free to share inspiring pictures of your treasures- any arrangements and ritual work are welcome! Point out your favorites and consider talking about different ways you use your collection.
[Gorgeous display shared by @Roxanne in Displaying Crystals]
How do you display your crystals? has some great set-ups for inspiration!
Charge 'em up
Crystals can become tired with extended use- just like the witches that use them! Charging crystals under the moonlight is a wonderful way to reinvigorate them with energy and imbue them with the magickal properties of the current moon phase .
For more advice, check out Crystal Charging
Cleanse your crystals
Some types of crystals absorb negative energy- keep you safe. But all the negative energy accumulates inside your crystals and can eventually be detrimental. To keep your precious stones in good shape, it is a good idea to cleanse them from time to time.
Visit Cleansing and Charging Crystals- Your Favorite Way? and Physically Cleansing Crystals for more ideas.
Use a crystal grid
Crystal grids are powerful tools for harnessing and direction the natural energy in crystals. Different grids use different stones to manifest various kinds of magick.
Here are a few for you to try:
Make crystal jewelry
Witches who are still in the broom closet or are witches on the go will find that wearing crystal jewelry is a fantastic way to keep your craft close and portable without anyone raising an eyebrow. See the discussion about this in Witchy Jewelry in Public?
[@Janelle’s gorgeous bead collection shared in Creative Crafting: Beads and Charms]
Check out your local craft store or thrift shop (or find a bead seller online) to get some lovely beads to craft crystal jewelry!
Casting with crystals
Here are a few spells and rituals that draw on the energy of crystals:
STEP 2 : Share Your Experience
No matter how you choose to tackle this challenge, you must share your experience!
Please write about the crystal(s) you used/learned about
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums. If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
This challenge will be open for 6 DAYS
To join in, please share your experience by 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time) on Tuesday, November 24th!
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice
If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to a moderator.
For those new to challenges, know that these activities are designed to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
May your crystals dazzle and delight, taking your magick to new heights and deeper depths