Compendium of Crystals
Magickal uses: protection, fertility, wisdom, regeneration, divination, karmic healing, connecting to deities
Elemental signature: all
Astrological signature: Aquarius, Virgo, Gemini
Goddess archetypes: Earth Mother, Crone
Formation process: sedimentary
Among the fossils, ammonite is peculiarly enchanting for its spiral shape. Ammonites are the fossilized remains of extinct mollusks resembling the modern-day nautilus. They are found in many locations around the world, with a variety of mineralizations replacing the original organic tissue. Those preserved in soft clays usually retain the nacreous luster of the original mother-of-pearl in the shell. The spiral of this stone has long been considered sacred to the Goddess.
Virtually all fossils have made their way into myth and magick in cultures around the world. Ammonite, whose coiled shape is reminiscent of that of a snake, has been variously known as snake-stone, serpentstone, ophite (from the Greek ophis for “snake”), and draconite (named for draco, or “dragon”). In a classic example of sympathetic magick, ammonites were thus believed to counteract the venom of reptiles, avert the gaze of serpents, and enable one to handle snakes without fear of being bitten. Serpents are also symbols of the Great Goddess, and her worship throughout the world has included snake-related imagery.
The serpent is a symbol of fertility, and these fossils were accordingly used for enhancing fertility in livestock and aiding human conception. Since snakes are also representations of wisdom, immortality, and regeneration, ammonites took on the same characteristics. In truth, the serpent or dragon reflects the underworld aspects of the Earth Mother. Across the body of the Earth are etched the sinewy currents of chthonic energy--the ley lines or dragon lines. Like a spiral staircase, meditating with ammonite draws the attention inward and downward, helping one to descend into the realm of the subconscious mind. This stone helps us reach the underworld via meditation, astral travel, and dreamtime journey. Once there, we can call upon the assistance of the Queen of the Underworld--the Dark Goddess--for healing and transformation.
The fossilized ammonite is a potent karmic healing stone. It can be used for past-life awareness as well as for healing deep-seated patterns we may carry from previous lifetimes. It brings renewal and hope. Like the unfurling of fiddlehead ferns, the coiled ammonite brings the promise of new life. Its spiral form is the cosmic dance of life-death-rebirth, the rhythm of the Great Mother’s heartbeat.
Magickal uses: purification, courage, communication, clairvoyance, protection, peace, illumination, stress relief, healing
Elemental signature: Water
Astrological signature: Moon, Neptune, Venus, Pisces, Taurus
Goddess archetypes: Ocean Goddess, Great Mother
Formation process: igneous
Aquamarine belongs to the beryl family, a mineral species composed of beryllium aluminum silicate. Aquamarine occurs when beryl has traces of iron, and its color range includes blue to green. This gemstone is named for its color, which evokes images of seawater. Aquamarine is deeply connected to the energies of the ocean. Fishermen and sailors once carried this gem to ensure safe passage upon the sea. Its clarity and color represent the ocean, and it can be used to connect to goddesses of the water, such as Yemayá, Sarasvati, Ezili (or Erzulie), Tefnut, Amphitrite, Thalassa, Tiamat, Oshún, and Salacia. Use aquamarine to petition these goddesses for their help in ritual, or meditate upon it to dive into their mysteries. In meditation aquamarine can take us into the depths of the soul, as if plunging deep into the sea to find sunken treasure. Once there, it helps bring light to our innermost struggles.
With aquamarine’s illuminating properties, where once you may have experienced stagnation, there will instead be light. It is like stirring mud-laden waters in a stream; at first things may become more turbid, but the murkiness eventually flows away leaving clean water in its wake. In a similar fashion, aquamarine brings clarity and illumination through its mechanism of release. As we let go of stagnant patterns, there is room for peace, courage, and connection to the Divine Mother. Aquamarine nourishes us with her blessings while encouraging us to let go of our pain and struggles.
In kabbalistic lore, aquamarine is associated with the sefirot Binah, meaning “understanding.” Binah is credited with exhibiting a feminine energy, and it is sometimes equated with Shakti, the creative forces of the Divine Feminine. From this perspective, aquamarine helps one to tap into the raw creative fuel of the universe and use it for magick, manifestation, and healing. The crystal structure of aquamarine, which reveals a pattern similar to the flower of life, points to the same symbolism. The flower of life is a figure composed of overlapping circles; in sacred geometry it is used to express the first act of creation and original information system of the universe. Aquamarine allows us to reach beyond the experience of individuation and incarnation to tap into the work of the Divine Mother. By attaining the spiritual perspective that this confers, aquamarine, in turn, endows its owner with psychic talents, such as clairvoyance or prophetic dreams.
All beryls, including aquamarine, have long been associated with magick and witchcraft; they have been the favored medium for crystal balls for centuries. Aquamarine lends itself to a variety of magickal uses, including purification, enhancing intuition, healing, and protection. It can be made into a gemstone elixir by sitting in water overnight, preferably under the light of the full moon; afterward, add a pinch of sea salt to preserve the energy of the liquid. Aquamarine elixir can be sprayed to clear the energy of a room or ritual space; anointed on the body or added to the bath to purify oneself before ritual or spell work; or a few drops can be placed under the tongue or in drinking water for more physically focused clearing. Drinking water infused with aquamarine is especially helpful for detoxifying on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.