The Crystal Seer
by Judy Hall
Power Crystals for Magic, Meditation & Ritual
Hardback, 176 Pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
While the title of this new books sounds a fantasy series I’d like to read, I came to read Judy Hall’s new book with glee.
She is one of my favourite writers about crystals and “magic, meditation and ritual” sounded right up my alley! I was positively giddy to read this book.
I must firstly congratulate the author on her fine work, yet again. Yet this book would not be what it is (which is glorious) without Timothy Samara, and John Van Rees, Jr.
The layout and design in this book are pleasing and easy to access, thanks to Timothy. The photography of the crystals is nothing short of stunning. John Van Rees Jr seems to be able to capture the light and essence of the crystals while maintaining their distinct qualities.
This means that you can see the colours and shades of the stone, the refractions and texture exceptionally well.
The table of content is crisp and clear, and easy to follow.
The introduction speaks about connecting with the stones and crystals (I believe she called it empowering and dedicating) which is almost exactly how I was taught to “awaken” and program crystals back in the day. She is ever knowledgeable and respectful. In this section she has a diagram of a body and Chakras, including more than the usual standard seven, which I was pleased about as many writers use main Chakras to mean all Chakras.
As always, Judy Hall mixes what I know with what I don’t. She uses folklore and lovely ancient quotes to embellish her work without making it fussy. There are crystals you have heard of and even someone who is rather well read will not have seen. This is a running theme in Hall’s work being a rather amazing predictor of the trends that cycle within the crystal community. I can’t help but feel the focus for the crystal business, once focused on Afghanistan and Iraq for its wonderful stones is looking other places. Certainly India, Mediterranean, and the Americas seem to be more sharply brought in focus. This means exciting things for us rock loves with new, and new variations of crystal coming to light.
It was a quick read, that being my only grip. While each crystal gets its own meditation or placement on or around the body to meditate with, I did feel I could have had more. The folklore and spell idea suggestions were well and good but I would have loved more, perhaps with ritual context.
I’d have quite liked a part two. That said, I know I am going to buy this book to sit happily next to her other books, and I look forward to seeing the new crystal trends unfold.
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