I recently finished reading Wicca Crystal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, with Simple Crystal Spells by Lisa Chamberlain. Here is my review for the book & audio-book.
This book is a very general guide to crystals in magic – an introduction and overview of some of the most important things to know in using them. While it does cover some specific healing uses, this is not the focus of this book. What it does offer is information on how to select, care for (cleanse/clean/clear & charge crystals), a list of the most common and popular crystals to use for magical work, and then a series of basic spells one can use crystals in including crystal elixirs and how to combine herbal & candle magic with crystals.
It is important to note that this book is not actually specifically Wiccan. There is very little actual Wiccan material in this book. Therefore, I say even if you’re not Wiccan this text is accessible to you.
The audio-book version of this book is read by Kris Keppeler. Kris’s narration was at times over expressive and at others dull and boring. There were a few times where she stumbled over her words, which distracted me momentarily. Perhaps I am so used to audio-books from companies specializing in audio-books, but these little slips were a bit bothersome. Honestly though, I think this is a book that is far more useful just in its written format due to the spells and crystal descriptions. This would make a good reference texts that one goes back to, and that’s hard to achieve in an audio text.
As mentioned in the premise, this book offers a lot of information, even though it is a short text. By reading this book, you can hope to gain information on:
- the history of crystals
- some of the theories (briefly explained) on why crystals might work
- the difference between crystals, stones, and minerals
- how to clear/cleanse and then charge crystals for magic or healing
- some of the most commonly used crystals that are easily collected in local shops and online, including their properties, elements, signs, and uses
- basic crystal spells including elixirs, baths, small rituals, talismans, and so on
For someone who has collected crystals for a long time, this book did offer a lot on the magical end that I was really unaware of. Recently, I’ve been feeling compelled to learn how to work with crystals and so this is part of why I chose to read this book. Somehow, I had always known to clear/clean my crystals, but I admit that I did not now the importance of charging them for healing and ritual work.
I had always just assumed that the crystals being clear was enough and that their energy would be more than enough. This was such important information. It was little tidbits like this throughout the work, including things like toxicity of certain crystals, that was really valuable.
I certainly feel more well prepared to use crystals in my home, healing, and magical work.
In the end, I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5.
- A simple, straightforward book not over-encumbered by extraneous expositions
- Comprehensive list of basic crystals to collect
- Good overview material on the topic including important safety information
- Quick, practical magic
- Would like advanced magic