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« Topic Start: February 10, 2011, 05:20:28 pm »

Title: The Crystal Bible
Author(s): Judy Hall
Publisher: Walking Stick Press
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN: 1582972400
ISBN-13: 978-1582972404
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Beautifully illustrated, The Crystal Bible offers a comprehensive guide to crystals, their shapes, colors and applications. With informative descriptions and an easy-to-use format, it is an indispensable practical handbook for crystal lovers and users everywhere - both beginner and expert alike.

The book's directory format and beautiful, full-color photos ensure that the crystals are easily identifiable. Descriptions, which accompany each of the crystals, provide all the information on their appearance, worldwide distribution, attributes, actions and healing properties. All the major and less known stones currently available are contained inside, including those only recently discovered. A comprehensive index cross-referencing crystals to applications, aliments and conditions make this book a vital reference for all crystal users.

Judy Hall has been using her extensive collection of crystals in her healing and divination work for almost thirty years. She has written 18 books, including the best-selling Illustrated Guide to Crystals, The Crystal User's Handbook, The Illustrated Guide to Astrology, The Zodiac Pack and The Art of Psychic Protection. She lives in Edmondsham, England.

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« Reply #1: February 10, 2011, 09:19:55 pm »

Title: The Crystal Bible
Author(s): Judy Hall
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I have this book. It contains a lot of information regarding chakras and medicinal information. But it contains very little information on magical lore. For example, if you are looking for stone that help you with your kidney, or back problems then this is the book for you. But if what your are looking for is a book for stone to attract wealth and love, then you are better buying another one. Don't take me wrong. The book touches on things such as astral traveling and psychic work. Check it out before you buy it.
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« Reply #2: February 11, 2011, 02:59:22 am »

I have this book. It contains a lot of information regarding chakras and medicinal information. But it contains very little information on magical lore. For example, if you are looking for stone that help you with your kidney, or back problems then this is the book for you. But if what your are looking for is a book for stone to attract wealth and love, then you are better buying another one.

Agreed.  It's a handy reference, but that's about it.
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« Reply #3: February 11, 2011, 09:46:07 am »

Title: The Crystal Bible
Author(s): Judy Hall
Publisher: Walking Stick Press
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN: 1582972400
ISBN-13: 978-1582972404
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I was really disappointed when I bought the book. The size of the book threw me off, entirely. I was expecting a regular sized book, but instead, I got something that's about the size of one of my son's cardboard children's books. It didn't have the information that I found helpful in my Cunningham version of this book. It had more to do with chakras and metaphysical than just a simple: here are stones that will help you and here are ones that won't. I really don't like that every entry I've read has some little asterik next to something. The only thing that I found really beneficial was the discussion about cleansing and charging stones. That's about it, though.
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« Reply #4: February 15, 2011, 12:19:28 pm »

But if what your are looking for is a book for stone to attract wealth and love, then you are better buying another one.

I think the book touches on those topics, but because the book covers such a wide array of topics, it does not go into the depths some readers may be seeking.  I think it's a great intro book for that reason.

I really don't like that every entry I've read has some little asterik next to something.

The asterisk means that term can be found in the glossary in the back of the book.
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« Reply #5: February 15, 2011, 12:57:41 pm »



I have this book.  I like it, but someone had warned me to be careful with it, the info was pretty good, but there were several stones mis-represented, meaning she had pictures of one stone and it was actually a differant one.  So I was told to double check to make sure the pictured stone is correct.  I don't have the book with me at the moment or I would give an example of the stones I was talking about.

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« Reply #6: February 16, 2011, 10:43:27 am »

The asterisk means that term can be found in the glossary in the back of the book.

No, I understood that part. It's rather irritating that in EVERY entry I have to shoot to the glossary to figure out what the heck she's talking about.
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« Reply #7: February 16, 2011, 03:39:19 pm »


I think this is the book I have from her.
First I need to say, that Judy Hall is not a very known author in Germany.

When it comes to rocks and stones (well, crystals Wink) the names to refer to are Ginger, Holst, Kühni.

The book is nice, but in comparison to one of the above mentioned authors it almost seems fluffy.
The information about the stones themselves are scary superficial.

If the author lists under the appearance of the crystal things like: small, big, sometimes tumbled, I have to ask WTF?

I expect a at least somewhat scientific information about the origin and the composition of the crystal in question.

The book is a nice addition, but I rely on the books of Ginger for mineralogical information and the book of Kühni and Holst for a good collection (they even mention Melody, who is as far as I understand a very known author in the US) of effects.

(BTW, I do not expect magical information from a book about Healing Crystals - tho' those areas overlap sometimes, for magical stuff, I'd look into a magic book.)

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« Reply #8: February 16, 2011, 04:42:27 pm »

No, I understood that part. It's rather irritating that in EVERY entry I have to shoot to the glossary to figure out what the heck she's talking about.

Ah, I see.  I'm already familiar with most of those terms so it hasn't been so annoying for me.  I do think she could have just asterisked each term just once though, after that it's just redundant!


The book is a nice addition, but I rely on the books of Ginger for mineralogical information and the book of Kühni and Holst for a good collection (they even mention Melody, who is as far as I understand a very known author in the US) of effects.

I searched Amazon for Kühni and Holst but didn't come up with anything.  Do you by chance have a link?
I've heard good things about Melody too.  That's next on my shopping list.  Smiley
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« Reply #9: February 16, 2011, 06:23:25 pm »

I've heard good things about Melody too.  That's next on my shopping list.  Smiley

Melody's book is OK, but has NO pictures, which I find supremely annoying.  (I think there is a second book that has the pics.)  It also does not provide much scientific info about the stones it discusses -- like hardness, crystal structure, etc.  I know a lot of people use it, but it's definitely not my favorite.

The other problem I have with Melody's book -- and others, too -- is that my experiences with a lot of the stones are very different from what she describes.  This just illustrates the point that people react to stones (and vice versa) differently.  So what works for one person might not work for another.

The book I've found that is most in line with my own experiences with and reactions to stones is The Book of Stones (by Simmons and Ahsian).  That annoys me too, though, because I don't like the website that is associated with the book.  It's one of the sites that promotes "Azeztulite" (which is a trademark name for a very common quartz).  I *think* this company is the one that started the Azeztulite scam, but I'm not sure.  They're definitely perpetuating it.  Which, I guess, just goes to show that it's important for anyone who works with stones to have some understanding of geology.

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« Reply #10: February 17, 2011, 05:53:59 am »

The book I've found that is most in line with my own experiences with and reactions to stones is The Book of Stones (by Simmons and Ahsian).  That annoys me too, though, because I don't like the website that is associated with the book.  It's one of the sites that promotes "Azeztulite" (which is a trademark name for a very common quartz).  I *think* this company is the one that started the Azeztulite scam, but I'm not sure.  They're definitely perpetuating it.  Which, I guess, just goes to show that it's important for anyone who works with stones to have some understanding of geology.
Argh, argh, argh, argh!!!!!!  I don't mind "lab rocks", whether syntheses of existing stones or new creations (though I get irked by the hype and retconning that often surrounds the new composites), but coming up with and trademarking a name so you can pretend a common stone is something more unique is... well, a scam, as you and Wiki said.  <spits>

I'm with you 110% about the importance of having some understanding of the geology - the extra 10% is because I rely more on what any particular rock says about itself than on what traditional metaphysical associations say, so for me the geological info is the way to know more than what the rock says.  (Rocks can say, "this is the kind of work I can do/like doing," even if it doesn't match tradition, but I've yet to meet one that can tell me its chemical composition.)  But even aside from that, I'm a huge fan of knowing the science and scholarship of things (from the utility to astrologers of knowing their astronomy, to learning what the historical/archaeological record says about the deities one works with).  Metaphysics without physics is mental cotton-candy, and leaves one wide open to con games.

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« Reply #11: February 17, 2011, 07:35:41 am »

I searched Amazon for Kühni and Holst but didn't come up with anything.  Do you by chance have a link?
I've heard good things about Melody too.  That's next on my shopping list.  Smiley

Well, they are German authors... so I am not sure how much of their work is available in English.
I know that Gienger is.

Quick Amazon.de/com check says no Kühni/Holst, but here are the results for Gienger.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gienger&x=0&y=0

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Well boo, is there a single great book on crystals out there??  I thought about buying The Book Of Stones, but didn't because of the trademarked BS they promote.

Well, they are German authors... so I am not sure how much of their work is available in English.
I know that Gienger is.

Quick Amazon.de/com check says no Kühni/Holst, but here are the results for Gienger.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gienger&x=0&y=0

Wish I had kept up with my German studies... 4 years of study, but 14 years later I can barely remember any of it! Wink

Thank you for the link. Smiley
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« Reply #13: February 17, 2011, 01:09:41 pm »

Wish I had kept up with my German studies... 4 years of study, but 14 years later I can barely remember any of it! Wink

I used to own Cunningham's version of the crystal/mineral books. It seemed okay.
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« Reply #14: February 17, 2011, 01:26:50 pm »

Well boo, is there a single great book on crystals out there??

If there is, I haven't found it yet.  And I've been looking for a long time.  (And I have a geology background -- that's what my BS is in.)

But it makes sense that there isn't a single book, because -- metaphysically speaking -- everyone reacts differently to various rocks, and the stones themselves can vary from specimen to specimen.

I have Melody's book, Hall's book, Simmons/Ahsian's book, and Geinger's book (on Tana's recommendation).  I've spent a lot of time comparing them, and there are very few stones that all four books agree on, in terms of their metaphysical properties.  (The only one that comes immediately to mind is amethyst, which I think they all recommend as a general healing stone.)  I've also looked through a number of "crystal healing" sites and found the same wide variations.

As I said upthread, I've found that my personal reactions tend to be most similar to the info in the Simmons/Ahsian book.  But it's take me a while to figure that out.

The moral of the story, I think, is that you have to learn your reactions through trial and error, rather than relying on an author.

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