The Illustrated Crystallary
In the ancient world there were three medicine kingdoms: animal, vegetable, and mineral. Following her previous acclaimed volumes on animal (The Illustrated Bestiary) and vegetable (The Illustrated Herbiary), Maia Toll fulfills the call for mineral with The Illustrated Crystallary, exploring the mystical qualities of 36 fascinating crystals and minerals, including gold, silver, copper, amethyst, hematite, mica, smokey quartz, emerald, ruby, and more.
Combining bits of ancient wisdom with her own insights, Toll explores the aspects and energy of each stone and, through rituals and reflections, the life guidance it might offer contemporary readers. Obsidian’s shiny surface and sharp edges reflect the shadowy corners of the self and serve as the tool for cutting them loose. The sky-like color of earthly turquoise provides balance between opposing forces. The stunning illustrations of Kate O’Hara magnify the symbolism of each crystal throughout the book, and are also featured on 36 oracle cards included in an envelope bound in the back of the book.
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“An informative, empowering, and introspective must-read for every witch & non-witch alike!” — Amanda Lovelace, best-selling author of the princess saves herself in this one
“Enchanting, fascinating, and surprising. Maia Toll introduces us to stones as teachers, and invites us into relationship with them so we may deepen our relationship with ourselves. This is the most beautiful, sane, and humane book about crystals I know. What a gift.” — Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light
“In The Illustrated Crystallary, modern oracle Maia Toll hands you her seeing eye. As you scry into her luminous dreamscape, you'll find intimate passages written with humor, wisdom, and the clarity of a sage. This book will center you in a timeless truth: your relationship with Earth will deepen when you listen to Her stories told in stone.” — Sarah Thomas, LAc, founder of the Upper Clarity School of Stone Medicine