Crystals have long been believed to hold magical powers. Although I don’t believe they were used in folk magic very much they are extremely popular today. Each crystal has its own unique and individual magical property and that can be tapped into for your spell work. Whether you just sit and hold a crystal and visualise your desire. Or place crystals around the home or work place to bring positive energy in or take negative energy out, they are extremely useful. I often place crystals at the base of a candle when I am working with candle magic or add small crystals to medicine pouches and witch bottles.
Another favourite of mine is to work with crystal grids, these can be any size you want (also dependent on how many crystals you own) even a small grid of four or five crystals will work well. I also like to add in feathers, pebbles, shells, herbs and tarot/oracle cards to my crystal grids.
A crystal grid is a geometric pattern of crystals, each one charged with intent and adding its own power to the other crystals in the grid.
First, you need to decide what your intent is for creating the grid. They can be created for just about any purpose. Make sure your intent is clear and specific because you don’t want the ‘power’ wandering off in unspecified directions…
You can draw out a sacred geometry pattern to work from or print one from the net. But I prefer to work intuitively, whatever way works best for you. A hexagon is a decent shape to start with but you can also use triangles, squares, circles, stars, a spiral or the infinity symbol.
I start with the centre stone, this creates the key point or the power stone. This stone is the amplifier or the connector for the whole grid. I like to use a larger crystal as the centre stone, whilst this isn’t essential it does seem to ‘conduct’ the power more efficiently.
Don’t feel you can’t create a crystal grid if you can’t afford to buy a big crystal, even if you only have a small selection of tumble stones you can still create an effective grid.
How many surrounding stones you use is up to you and the size of grid you want to create. I also like to charge each stone with the intent as I place it. Start with a basic design and see where your intuition takes you – there is no right or wrong.
Follow your intuition
To choose the crystals for your grid you can go with your instinct or look up the meanings or even just work with the colour that you feel is right for your intent. You can also add other items into the grid such as business cards, photos or items of jewellery. You can add more than one ‘ring’ of stones around your centre stone, each new layer will increase and amplify energies. Go with your intuition, what stones you have and the amount of space you have to work with. I recommend you put your grid in a safe place where it won’t be disturbed by pets or small children. You may only feel that the grid needs to be left up for an hour or two, but you might want to leave it in place for days or weeks – getting everyone to step around a 4 foot crystal grid in the centre of the living room probably isn’t practical…You might like to light candles and incense as you create the grid as well.
Once your grid is all set up you need to activate it. Some people like to use a specific crystal or metal wand to activate each stone in the grid, personally I just use a quartz crystal point, but the choice is yours as to what you use (and what you can afford) a well-aimed finger works just as well. Once you are all set up take a moment to calm and centre yourself, then say out loud your intent, it might just be a statement, an affirmation or, if you are poetic, you could say it in verse.
As you state your intent point your activation wand/crystal or your finger at the centre stone and visualise energy coming up from the earth (or down from the sky) through your body, down your arm and out through your hand into the centre crystal (you don’t need to make actual contact with the crystal) then move your wand from crystal to crystal around the grid linking the energy beam from one stone to the next repeating your intent as you go.
Once you have linked all the stones take an overall look at the grid and visualise your required outcome. Then ground yourself and let the grid do its work. You should instinctively know when the grid is done and when you can dismantle it or you may feel that it needs longer and requires recharging later, if it needs recharging just repeat the activation sequence again. Don’t ignore your grid, I am not suggesting it will need recharging every day but take some time every few days just to take notice of it and re-visualise your intent.
If you chose to place other items in your grid they will charge nicely with the energy and in the case of jewellery, these can be taken out and worn, thereby carrying the energy from the grid with you.
If you have the room you can create a crystal grid large enough for you to sit in, this is wonderful for re-energising yourself.
When you do take a crystal grid apart don’t forget to cleanse all the crystals you used.
Taken from Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms by Rachel Patterson
Publication 27th July 2018
“A spell can be worked in many ways from a simple pointing of the finger to a complicated ritual involving lots of herbs and crystals and of course any variation in between. As a Kitchen Witch I do prefer to keep things simple so I will be sharing my Kitchen folk magic spells with you but also delving into all different types of spells, how you put them together, how to work with them and what you need.
There are a lot of things in the universe that we don’t understand. When something is meant to happen, it will whether you cast a spell or not. But you can help it on its way by guiding and encouraging it and maybe even tweaking events a little too. What will happen for sure is the boost of confidence and happy buzz you will receive as you cast the spell. You also get the positive vibe that you are putting something into action.”
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