Kynes is member of the Order Of Bards, Ovates and Druids as well as a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner who has a deep love for the natural world. This is evident in all of her work and extends into this, an investigation into the world of mineral wisdom.
Crystal Magic is comprised of two specific parts. In the first Kynes investigates the basics of crystal work. This includes a look at a history of the popular usage and science behind crystals.
She then offers specific advice on selecting stones; including their sources and types, as well as advice on how to prepare stones for spiritual use. She also advises the reader on how to use crystals in magick; including methods on how to charge them, use crystal brides, apply them in divination, as well as including information on the significance of birthstones and their connection to stars and planets.
In part two of her book Kynes catalogs nearly 100 different gems, stones, and crystals. These range from common types such as agate, hawks’s eye, and hermatite, through to lesser know ones such as phenacite, staurolite, and epidote.
Each stone has a section of the book dedicated to information about it its history and occult associations. It closes with a list of magical correspondences, list of deities, and a mineralogical glossary.
I have previously been greatly impressed by several other titles by Sandra Kynes in her ‘Magic for Pagans and Witches’ series and this title forms a valuable addition to her earlier works.
What is most immediately striking about this particular book is its sheer quality of production. Printed on high-gloss paper this has enabled its accompanying photographs – both illustrative and code-ups of gems and minerals, to be shown in the highest possible resolution. And goodness me, the photography included in this book is truly stunning.
Each of the stones, and the book does feature some of the less-common varieties of minerals, is displayed along with descriptive text that outlines some fascinating details regarding its usage, history and even some geological data, all of which adds greatly to an understanding of their role and function in practical spiritual work.
However, what shines out more than anything else is the sheer sense of beauty that is found in the natural world and the book portrays a sense of wonderment that can be found at the heart of all magickal work. For this reason I found the book as inspiring as it is informative.