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Books for gemstone reference & healing attributes

The Crystal Healer is the perfect book if you're new to the world of crystals and gemstones or if you're a pro looking for a simple, handy guide. This book is practical, to the point, and even a little science-y, which I like!

The first couple chapters are well-written on how crystals work and how to use them as pendulums, in grids, on your chakras and elixirs.  

One thing I love about this book is the photos are true to the type of specimens most people will have, so it helps with quick visual identification greatly!  "The Crystal Finder" chapter is arranged by gem color and makes identification easy when you don't know the name of your stone. And with 250 crystals presented, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

If you are familiar with the work of Doreen Virtue, you know her connection with angels is beautiful and powerful.  Her book, Crystal Therapy, is yet another must-have!

While not a book for crystal ID, it covers 94 easy-to-procure crystals and includes a short paragraph about their healing properties.  My favorite part is the "personal message" she includes from each crystal!  For example, Brown Calcite's message is, "Grounding stabilization is my gift. Call on me when activities accelerate and you're overburdened, and I'll assist you with discretion and prioritization." 

The rest of the book mainly focuses on how to put the crystals to use by calling on the angels for help.  At the back of the book, there's a handy group of charts touching on birthstones, feng shui and more.

The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach
By Robert Simmons, Naisha Ahsian

These two books are my go-to references for metaphysical attributes. While The Pocket Book of Stones is an abbreviated version, both books list: 

  • Key words that describe the energies of the stone
  • Chakras they affect
  • The elemental energy they represent (water, fire, air, earth, wind, storm)
  • Spiritual, physical and emotional benefits of using the stone

The Book of Stones (full size) also lists an affirmation with each stone which is wonderful during prayer or meditation.

If you have any other similar books (such as The Crystal Bible, etc...), you'll notice that each author has their own intuitive impressions for the attributes of the stones.  Many will overlap, but some will be different.  The good thing is that they are all correct!  Just remember to ultimately use YOUR own intuitions as a guide for what stones to use for your purposes :)  

Trust those gut feelings! :)

(For more on this, check out Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery: Choosing Gemstones that Delight the Eye & Strengthen the Soul above!)


This author of this book, Shakti Carola Navran, is a talented evolutionary astrologer who started out as a jeweler with a love of gemstones.  That was over 36 years ago--now she offers the culmination of her experience and insight all right here in her book!

Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery is the perfect reading journey for exploring the connections between the planets, astrological signs and the healing power of gemstones. Shakti also gives you insight on how to choose just the right designs and gemstones for your jewelry.

I also offer Shakti's Gemstones for the Soul Profile here on my website.  If you would like an in-depth astrological reading on your "true 14 birthstones", you will love this lengthy and fascinating report.

I just adore this book.  I have several animal companions and many times I have referred to this easy-to-understand reference to use crystals to help boost the healing of these loving little creatures I call my friends! 

Crystal Healing for Animals starts out with a short scientific primer on crystals and how their vibrations contribute to better health.  It also touches on how to care for your crystals, how introduce them to your animals, where to find your animal's chakras, and 6 specific layouts to use for general healing.  

The main part lists 30 common crystals and their healing qualities specific to animals.  It also indicates what chakra the gemstone resonates with.  In the back, there is a simple ailment/crystal directory for quick reference.


Crystal Healing for Animals
By Martin Scott, Gael Mariani

Years back, a friend gifted me a pointy gemstone connected to a short chain--a pendulum.  I had no clue what it was or how to use it. Another friend loaned me this book to help me understand how to use it and now I use my pendulum quite frequently!

If you're new to the world of dowsing pendulums, Pendulum Magic for Beginners is the perfect book to get you started. Dowsing pendulums can be used for so many things--finding lost items, choosing foods and supplements, balancing the chakras, helping you make sound relationship choices, just to name a few--all by accessing your higher intuition.  It does take practice to get accurate answers, but it does get easier and it is a great tool you can just carry around in your pocket :)

To learn more, click the book icon and the product page for the paperback version has an excellent (and huge!) excerpt from the book to pique your curiosity. And if you need one to practice with, check out my Pendulums page and see if one catches your eye :)


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