Crystals in Wicca

Including the consecration of a new crystal
The notes from the workshop given at the Halloween Festival 2001, Queen Mary's College, London by Sorita & David Rankine.

The material is David Rankine©


Introduction

Once you have purchased a crystal, you may wish to consecrate it, ready for use in ritual. A simple consecration ritual is given below, but do feel free to modify and adapt this to your own preferences. If you are working indoors, the altar should have some natural object or symbol of nature on it, such as a stone (particularly a hag stone, which represents the Earth Goddess), flowers, feathers, corn, etc. An outdoor altar needs very little, as nature is all around you.

Requirements

  • Sea salt (or a suitable consecrated crystal) & water (not tap) in small bowls
  • Candle (red is good, or beeswax)
  • Incense or joss (a strong purifying scent like frankincense or sandalwood is good) and censer
  • Suitable oil (depicting spirit)
  • Piece of silk or other bag for storage if crystal is not to be worn
These items should be set up on the altar ready.

Consecration

Start by having a ritual bath, allowing yourself to dry naturally.

When you are ready ground yourself with an appropriate centring exercise.

Cast the circle in your preferred manner.

Call on the elements in turn at the appropriate quarter (starting with Air - East and moving round clockwise through Fire - South, Water - West to Earth - North) and ask for their blessings and energy.

Call on the Goddess and God in turn in whichever aspects you know them best (it is preferable if possible to call on aspects which match from the same pantheons, such as Isis and Osiris, Kali and Shiva, etc) and ask for their blessings and energy. If you work with other entities such as e.g. angels, power animals, spirit guide, call on them at this point and ask for their blessings, energy and guidance.

Pass the item through the incense smoke (if it is a large crystal you may move the censer around it and blow smoke over it as well as you do this), saying:

"I purify and consecrate you with the power of the element of Air."

As you do this visualize winds blowing over the crystal, removing any impurities or unwanted energies which may have accumulated around the crystal.

Pass the crystal through a candle flame, saying:

"I purify and consecrate you with the power of the element of Fire."

As you do this visualize fire caressing the crystal around its edges, burning away any impurities.

Sprinkle the crystal with water, saying:

"I purify and consecrate you with the power of the element of Water."

As you do this visualize water flowing over and around the crystal, washing away any impurities.

Sprinkle the crystal with salt, or touch the already consecrated crystal to it, saying:

"I purify and consecrate you with the power of the element of Earth."

As you do this visualize the crystal being surrounded by the earth, which absorbs any impurities.

Anoint the crystal with oil, saying:

"I purify and consecrate you with the power of the element of Spirit."

As you do this visualize the crystal being imbued with gold light.

Thank and say farewell to the God and Goddess, or whichever beings you called on.

Thank and say farewell to the elements (in reverse from North anti-clockwise through to East).

Open the circle.

Write up the ritual in your diary. You may wish to wrap crystals which are not being left on an altar in silk, to preserve the charge on them.

The Goddess in Three Phases

Maiden
Amber, Chalcedony, Diamond, Emerald, Jadeite, Kunzite, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Quartz, Zircon.
Mother
Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Fluorite, Garnet, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Prase, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Rutile Quartz, Turquoise, Zoisite.
Crone
Coral, Glass, Hagstone, Jet, Kyanite, Moonstone (Black), Nephrite, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline.

The God in Three Phases

Horned/Green
Amber, Aventurine, Heliotrope, Nephrite, Peridot, Staurolite, Turquoise, Zoisite.
Solar
Citrine Quartz, Diamond, Orange Calcite, Ruby, Sapphire, Sodalite, Spinel, Topaz.
Underworld
Agate, Haematite, Magnetite, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz.

Attributions to the Hours of the Day and Night

  Hours of the Day   Hours of the Night
1 Zircon 1 Smoky Quartz
2 Emerald 2 Hematite
3 Beryl 3 Malachite
4 Topaz 4 Lapis Lazuli
5 Ruby 5 Turquoise
6 Opal 6 Tourmaline
7 Peridot 7 Sardonyx
8 Amethyst 8 Chalcedony
9 Kunzite 9 Jade
10 Sapphire 10 Jasper
11 Garnet 11 Lodestone
12 Diamond 12 Onyx

Attributions to the Days of the Week

Monday Moonstone, Pearl, Quartz
Tuesday Star Sapphire, Red Coral, Ruby, Emerald, Jasper
Wednesday Star Ruby, Cats Eye, Amethyst, Magnetite
Thursday Cats Eye, Emerald, Sapphire, Carnelian
Friday Alexandrite, Amethyst, Diamond, Emerald, Cats Eye
Saturday Labradorite, Sapphire, Turquoise, Diamond
Sunday Sunstone, Ruby, Topaz, Diamond

The material in the document is David Rankine© 2001 and are extracts from his book 'Crystals - Healing & Folklore' published by Capall Bann.

For more information and articles written by Sorita & David Rankine please visit http://www.avalonia.co.uk


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