Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic Paperback – Sep 8 2002
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About the Author
Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.
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Summerlands)really hit the mark with this book, and the
only sad thing is that he is not around to review some
newly used/discovered (or new in popularity, I mean)gems,
such as gaspeite, kyanite, labradorite, and spesserite.
I also wish he'd included a few pictures next to each stone,
(there are pictures included in a inset, but not for all
stones reveiwed), which would be difficult to due variations
in stones, but would give the reader some clue as to what to
look for for each, or, for example, that turquoise often has
black inclusions and jade can be lavender, of all colours! I
had thought I was seeing a fake, but now know I missed a rare
opportunity to buy a lavender jade. I also didn't know it came
in white, either. Other than that, given the time period it
was written, I use it as a reference constantly, and hold it as
a "gold standard" for other books of its ilk. A pity he (Scott)
has had to leave the Earth plane, for I am sure there is much
more he had to teach us. This book is a must-have for anyone
interested in gemology or new-age healing and properties of
stones, or even simply those who wear gems as jewelry just
because it looks good! Two thumbs up and as I said, this
book is indispensible to me./'Nuff said.
Scott Cunningham introduced the secrets and powers of over 100 gems and metals in his book. What I find especially pleasing is the 16-page color insert in the middle. The photos are clear and brilliant, very colorful samples of some of the most popular magical gems. Hematite or bloodstone, is one of my favorites. This book revealed the folk name as being "volcano spit." Its element is fire, and powers are healing, grounding, and divination. You will learn magical lore and uses for many stones, but most of all you will be encouraged to use the ones that speak to your personally.
I have a friend who collects rocks wherever she goes, and has a story for each one of them. She even inherited a jar of rocks from her Great Grandmother, a gift that is precious to her. She will love this title. Any rock collector or person who uses stones as a spiritual tool should get this book in their reference collection!
There is NOTHING patently WRONG with the book, it's just not very useful or engaging.
Cunningham did much better work.
Most recent customer reviews
I have gone back to this book so many times. It is a majorly important part of my book shelf.Published 10 months ago by Aella
This entire book could be summarized by a simple table of correspondences between colors, planets, and spheres of influence that would fit on a small 3x5 card. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Mike Rock
When I first began learning about crystals and other gemstones, this was one of the first titles I added to my bookshelf, and it has been an invaluable resource ever since. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Jennifer S. Willis
This is a good magical corrispondance book on stones, metals, and gems. its a good referrance book when you need some information on the magickal properties of a stone or it's use... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by endamist
Cunningham, as usual, has provided a resourceful book that can provide the user with a lot on information about many different stones/metals. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Amazon Customer
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