I strongly believe that any kind of tool can become an effective oracle, or lead you to the answers you seek. All that is needed is enough research, to connect with the elements and tools you’re using and letting intuition guide you. When I read the synopsis of The Illustrated Crystallary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Magical Gems and Minerals, by Maia Toll, I knew I would find all three in it.
It seems a long ago when I read about the 22 crystals author Scott Cunningham associated with the Major Arcana, and thought he was the only witch that developed a divination system based on gems. Imagine my surprise when I saw this book and read what it was about. We all know gems and stones can heal your body, mind, heart, and soul, but an actual oracle based on them? I knew I had to read it, and I’m glad I did.
The Illustrated Crystallary offers an introduction to the properties and uses for 36 different gems, along with their oracular meaning, a ritual and reflection as well. Maia Toll gives you enough material in order to work with said gems, no matter if you know just the basics or nothing at all about crystal healing, and also discover a new way to look at them if you have experience in the topic.
Just like with other oracle cards from the author, this one had beautiful illustrations that decorate the pages, along with full-colored images of the cards along with their meanings. I would even say you can give this book to children since how colorful it is. The descriptions are simple, the instructions to use both gems and cards are (pardon not the pun) crystal clear, making this a book to spark interest in any reader.
I liked the simple spreads Maia Toll included at the end of the book, along with the resources for those who would want to dig deeper into the matter. You get to know the basics, but The Illustrated Crystallary is just an introduction to the topic, so make sure to take a look at those. Also, I will be working with the reflections as writing prompts in my private practice since they are my favorite part of the book.
If I had to be a bit picky, I’d say the number of cards bothers me a little, since I’m a fan of even quantities (I’m still getting used to the 78 in tarot decks, in case you’re curious.) However, this obviously doesn’t have anything to do with the effectiveness of the cards and their messages.
If you’re wondering how you can use this book without the cards, you can always get the stones, and if you’re missing one or several, remember that crystal quartz works as a substitute for any gem. Just program it to vibrate in the same frequency of a stone and voilà, it will.
The author has written another useful book that is easy to follow. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced therapist or diviner, The Illustrated Crystallary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Magical Gems and Minerals, by Maia Toll, will become a useful addition to your bookshelf. I would recommend it, especially for therapists, since there is a lot of material concerning healing.
About the Book:
Series: Wild Wisdom
Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Illustrated edition (June 9, 2020)
Expected Publication Date: June 9, 2020
About the author:
Maia Toll has been many things — including a horseback riding instructor, a clinical herbalist, and a university teacher — but being an author is by far her favorite. Her Wild Wisdom series, featuring bestseller The Illustrated Herbiary, The Illustrated Bestiary, and The Illustrated Crystallary, offers a glimpse into the knowings of the natural world and the wilds within ourselves — insights Toll contemplated during her yearlong apprenticeship to a traditional healer in Ireland. When not reading books and “talking” to trees, stones, and her two dogs, she helps to run Herbiary, a multi-city natural wellness and sacred living store she owns with her partner, Andrew. She teaches and blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.