Utilizing the power of stones is a great way to augment your magic, both in your spellwork and your muggle world. You can wear a particular stone as jewelry, carry it in your pocket, or display in a place of prominence and allow its energy to permeate the area.
Choosing which stone to use can be daunting since there is a myriad in which to choose. Things to consider are their planetary and elemental associations, as well as your own intuition. Another perspective that is often overlooked is how the stone was formed. Was it formed on the Earth's surface by the sedimentation of minerals and other particles ( sedimentary), by the heat and pressure deep within the Earth (metamorphic). Was it formed by solidifying magma (igneous), and if so, is it plutonic (formed within the earth), or volcanic (formed on the surface)? Does the rock contain high amounts of metal (ore)?
Other types of classification for stones and minerals are:
- Moh's Rating - Measured on a scale from 1 to 10, the Moh's rating tells you the hardness of the stone. A diamond, rated a 10, is the hardest stone in the world. Talc, the softest form of stone, is rated a 1. This is good information to keep in mind when storing your stones, or if you plan to carry them around with you. Harder stones can scratch or otherwise damage softer stones if you are not careful!
- Specific Gravity - Specific gravity is the ratio of density of a substance compared to the density of fresh water at 39° F. At this temperature the density of water is at its greatest value and equal 1 g/mL. Since specific gravity is a ratio, so it has no units. An object will float in water if its density is less than the density of water and sink if its density is greater that that of water.
- Refraction Index - When light passes from one density or type of material (air) into another (the gemstone), it is bent or "refracted." The amount, or degree, that the beam of light is bent will be determined by the density difference between the air and the gem. The measurement used to quantify the amount that a light beam is bent in a given material is known as its "refractive index" (R.I.).
- Lustre - Describes the way light interacts with the surface of a mineral or gemstone. It can be described with several terms.
The links above will help you answer some of those classification questions and provide general magical uses for the stones.
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