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I recently acquire a huge black Quartz crystal, very nice. But, I don't really know how Black Crystals may be used in magic (smoked crystals are used in Tibetan magic).
Protection against demons? Scrying?
Any idea or source? It will be helpful.
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You can use it as a black mirror to do a prophecy. Normal crystal also has some healing powers and protective powers, maybe this has even stronger ones? (haven't found a source of information, but it could be so).
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Volcano Spit:
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, Grounding, Divination

A scrying: In a darkened room, light a red candle. Settle before it and hold a large piece of black crystal so that the candle's flame is reflected on it. Gaze at the reflection and visualize a question. The answer will come to you.


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Ok, thanks.
John Dee's Mirror/speculum/shew stone was obsidian and the representation of Aztec divinity Tezcatlipoca (Smoke Mirror).
Maybe I can go into that direction too.
I found this interesting article by Katlyn Breen (Katlyn Miller?) from Mermaid Magical Arts. One of our beloved sisters in the art.
http://www.widdershins.org/vol2iss2/l9613.htm
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Aztec sacrifices may add some spice.
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I may have some antique Aztec terracottas in my collection...
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http://www.ravencrystals.com/QUARTZ_df_917.html

Native American believed spirits dwelled in rock crystal and would speak to their medicine men. Apache Indians used rock crystals as "good medicine" in many rituals and considered the stone to bear the divine light
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I've also heard of using the "dark mirror" for scrying.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I had a large assymetrical crystal made with veins of red shot through the dark black and smokey object for a Shining Trapezohedron. Great for a Haunter of the Dark Seance
"They are lean and athirst!!!!"
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Dr S. I think it is time we get a look at your collection--?
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Perhaps the Black Crystal needs healing...?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzgVPB5dpgg
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On 2012-02-25 23:35, Balaram wrote:
Perhaps the Black Crystal needs healing...?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzgVPB5dpgg


Yes, that will be the second degree of what I intend to do.
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They used to be white, but they are now black because they have absorbed the tears of the sinners...
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My thinking was along the same line as Todd's.

Instead of absorbing sins, or evil, what would happen if one were to release what is trapped in it?
Yes, the stone may end up clear, white, dust, or income other state, but what of the entity?

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I se the concept of absorbing sins in "psychostasia" (published in Capricornian Tales")
I'm more interested with ethnological or tradional use ose of black crystals.
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May be a tie-in in Austrailia, home of one of the most-valuable gems, the black crystal opal.
From our sometimes-reliable friend Wikipedia:

"Historical superstitions: In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.[17] It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.[17][18] Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein in 1829, however, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation. In Scott's novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott's novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death.[17] Within a year of the publishing of Scott's novel in April 1829, the sale of opals in Europe dropped by 50%, and remained low for the next twenty years or so.[19]

Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw an opal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more since the opal was believed to embody the evil eye.[17]

Opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October or under the sign of Scorpio and Libra."
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Crystal opal is not the same as quartz opal of course. This was interesting--

"There is much myth and lore connected to Quartz...too much to list here, but below is a sampling.

Nearly every ancient culture has revered Quartz. The ancients believed Quartz was actually water from the heavens that was frozen into eternal ice by the gods. In fact, the word "crystal" derives from the Greek word "krystallos" meaning "ice". Oceanic and Australian shamans spoke of Quartz as "a stone of light broken off from the celestial throne".

The Aborigines used the crystals to invoke rain, as did certain Native American tribes. In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Quartz is the most common substance identified with their mystical substance called "maban". Maban is said to be the material from which wise men (called karadjis) obtain their magickal powers. During initiation ceremonies, maban is spiritually "inserted" into the body of the apprentice by the karadji.

The Australian sky god, Daramulun, was long portrayed through art and sculpture as having a mouth full of Quartz, a huge phallus, and carrying a stone axe.

In the creation myths of the ancient Japanese it was believed that Quartz materialized through the breath of the venerated White Dragon. As such, Quartz was regarded as the perfect jewel and came to symbolize perfection or the pursuit thereof. Quartz graced their temples and was also found throughout the temples of the ancient Chinese, Mayans, Aztecs, and many other earlier civilizations situated around the globe.

An ancient Celtic practice, said to restore and maintain health, was to place nine small Quartz crystals in water, boil it, cool it, and then drink the enhanced water for nine consecutive days.

Clear Quartz polished into spheres have long been used as crystal balls for divination purposes. It has been labeled the "Universal Crystal" due to its diversity and abundance of intense metaphysical properties. Clear Quartz is a secondary birthstone for Libra."
Not my research--it is from this site:
http://www.controverscial.com/Quartz%20(Rock%20Crystal).htm
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It is black because it reflects no coloured light...

The crystal radio is of course "proof" that crystals can pick up vibrations in the ether. What of the black crystal was wired up in a radio? What might one hear? And from whom...or what?
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Thanks again, it's really helpful.
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