Did you know crystals can be used in much the same way as palmistry, the Tarot or oracle cards? Crystal expert Gemma Petherbridge helps us suss out how to make them work
Historically, the practice of using crystals to tell the future had the mysterious name of lithomancy. Its origins are unclear, but some say it was first used in ancient Turkey, while others believe it was popular in pre-Roman times. Others even talk about the practice being used to predict the fall of Troy!
Psychics would keep their stones in a pouch and hold this as they set an intention for a reading. They would then allow their crystals to roll out of the bag and land where they needed to. Where they fell and how the stone grouped together would give the basis of the reading.
Today many still use these beautiful stones for their readings, but the process has been simplified. I personally use over 50 crystals in my readings, but when I started I only had seven tumblestones. I would always suggest starting with the crystals you know something about – ideally you need to know their properties, how to use them and what their colourings mean. Over time you can then add to your collection.
If you are not sure what crystals to use in your starter kit, inside the magazine you can find a guide to the seven I began with, as well as their meanings for your readings.
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