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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals
 
Your eyes will adore The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals by Florence Megemont  (Healing Arts Press, 2008), an English translation of Megemont's 2003 French-published book.  The vivid, gorgeous photos of each gem and crystal turn these minerals into...well, I can only call them rock stars!  Just looking at these celebrity portraits gives you a sense of their inherent characteristics--through shape, texture and color--and clues about how to work with them. 
 
The bulk of the book is a directory of gems and crystals, including some I'd never heard of (like andalusite, iolite, meerschaum, nephrite, sunstone, orpiment, tanzanite) and some that rarely or never get mentioned in other manuals (like kunzite, labradorite, mica), giving this guide unique value.  Megemont's directory details each item's chemical composition, range of colors and hardness, density, geographical areas of principal deposits, etymology and general characteristics, therapeutic uses and zodiacal correspondences.
 
There's a section on the proper maintenance and storage of your gemstones and crystals, as well as one ennumerating ways to access their power as amulets, talismans, jewelry, elixirs, healing wands and more.  You will learn a kind of stone feng shui to liberate good energy in your house or apartment. Megemont correlates gemstones to the chakra system, the zodiac and to a variety of physical ailments (from acne to whooping cough), psychological imbalances (from agitation to Tourette's Syndrome) and spiritual concerns (from Balancing the Energetic Body to Strengthening Your Evolutionary Power). But what's particularly lovely about this book is that it will surely encourage you to work your own experiments with these beautiful stones and learn the personal teachings they hold for you.
 
For more information about The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals, click here.
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