Monday, 25 April 2016

Review: The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle


I do love crystals. The main problem with using them in the practise of witchcraft and magic is that it can be expensive to get more than a basic few. Here are the details of a lovely boxed that help you get over that issue.

The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle is a versatile set of cards depicting 50 different crystals and comes with a small book explaining how to use them for healing and divination. It is by Judy Hall, who is the author of famous books including The Crystal Bible series and the Crystal Prescriptions series. Judy has also appeared three times on the Watkins Bookshop Spiritual 100 List of the most spiritually influential living people of the 21st century.

The edition of The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle I'm reviewing is an updated version of one that came out a few years ago and was a best-seller. The new edition features a 120-page full-colour handbook and 50 crystal oracle cards, which is 10 more than the earlier one.

The cards all have lovely photographs of real crystals against a black background. They are absolutely ideal for someone who wants to learn how to use crystals for healing, divination or magic, but doesn't have access to lots of real stones and can't afford to go out and buy them. Some of the crystals depicted are rare - such as Preseli bluestone - which even a keen amateur is not likely to own.

The idea is that you can use a card instead of a crystal and get pretty much the same effect. I'm going to be honest here - I don't think using a printed card, even one with a very good photo on it, is *quite* the same as the real thing, but it is certainly better than nothing. The high quality photographs certainly help you visualise real crystals being present, learn about their symbolism and meaning, and practise using them.

The book explains in succinct and easy terms how to use crystals for healing - by placing them (or the cards) on your body or around it - and how to use the cards for divination. It offers several layouts, or "lattices", for different types of questions you might want to ask. You can also, of course, just pick a card for the day.

My hubby and I have been using the cards over the past couple of weeks and we experimented by first picking cards at random, shuffling and choosing one face down; then going through them face up and picking the one that appealed to us most each day. We found that the face-up method seemed to work best for us and gave us something that was most appropriate whenever we tried it.

The set's RRP is just £14.99 - pitched at the right level for a gift or for a starter set for a beginner.   Personally, I would recommend getting another book or two at the same time if you seriously want to learn about crystal healing. Apart from The Crystal Bible and Crystal Prescriptions, two books to think about are and Earth Blessings: Using Crystals for Personal Energy Clearing, Earth Healing and Environmental Enhancementand Hay House Basics: Crystals.

Publisher Watkins's press release about the Crystal Wisdom Oracle Deck says:
Crystals have been used for divination since ancient times. Their powerful intrinsic energies can serve as mirrors to reveal your true path and link you to the part of yourself that is all-seeing and all-knowing. Created by best-selling crystals expert Judy Hall, The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle will connect you to your higher, intuitive self, providing insights into your past, present, and future.
Draw a card from a shuffle for an immediate insight, or spread the cards according to the author’s "lattice" designs for more in-depth readings, each one suitable for a different type of enquiry. Five card suits reflect the vibrational frequencies of the crystals within them, and allow you to conduct divinations at various levels, from the material to the spiritual. The cards themselves can be used for healing in place of the actual crystals, making this deck extremely accessible and effective. 
Superb, specially commissioned photography captures the essence of each of the 50 crystals shown on the cards, on a black background mimicking the traditional black scrying cloth used for divination. This gives users access to rare crystals as well as many popular ones. Perfect for anyone drawn to the beauty and healing energy of crystals, this Oracle shows you how to call upon them, even in card form, for life guidance and self-knowledge, and to utilise their healing properties to bring your body back into balance.
You can order the Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle Kitvia Amazon.

Links and previous related posts
Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle Kit
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/06/review-crystal-bible-v2.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/08/pagan-eye-austin-osman-spares-scrying.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/06/extract-crystal-prescriptions-2-by-judy.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/02/review-hay-house-basics-crystals.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/10/review-crystal-tarot.html
http://www.watkinspublishing.com/

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