When Sue and Simon told me they had written a book on Preseli Bluestone I immediately requested a copy. It is unusual in the crystal world to find a book devoted to a study of just one stone; the only other I have come across is Moldavite: Starborn Stone of Transformation by Robert Simmons. Perhaps it is because we have so many crystals to choose from that we are like children in a sweet shop; we want to taste them all! I do think spending time with a single type of stone can be very interesting however and produces a deeper, unfolding understanding of that stone’s energies. This book is the culmination of the Lilly’s research into Preseli Bluestone.
The fascination with Preseli bluestone is inextricably linked with the ancient history of the British Isles. Bluestone is a dolerite, found around the world, it’s not a rare or precious gemstone, but like other stones Preseli bluestone carries the energies of its place of origin, which is special indeed. The source, as its name suggests, is the Preseli Hills in Wales, which even in these times remain wild and unspoilt. It is available either ‘spotted’ with white blotches of feldspar or unspotted.
Bluestone’s most remarkable and enduring use has been at Britain’s famous ancient monument, Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Around 2,500 BC something very special about this particular stone inspired our ancestors to make the Herculean effort required to quarry and transport enormously heavy blocks of bluestone from West Wales to England. It wasn’t a shortage of more locally available stone, the sarsen stones were brought from a much closer quarry, therefore it must have been the bluestone they specifically required.
Sue and Simon discuss the myths, legends and theories about the creation of Stonehenge. Why was this stone so special to our forbears? One angle I had not considered was the importance and symbolism of colour. Now that Stonehenge is weathered it appears impressive, but grey. Back in its earlier times the rocks would have shown their colours much more distinctly, particularly when wet, which is often enough in our climate! The colours of the stones would have contrasted with each other and with the white chalk on which Stonehenge is built. We also know that the directions and the movement of the Sun across the heavens were very important in the alignment of stones at Stonehenge. The bluestones were brought from the far west, seen to be the place of the setting sun and the direction of our ancestors.
The Lillys move on to explore the healing properties of Preseli bluestone. Although folkloric beliefs regarding its potency still exist amongst some who live near the Presilis it hadn’t been brought into the consciousness of British crystal healers until Sue and Simon were approached by Preseli Bluestone Limited, who own limited quarrying rights to the stone, requesting an exploration of its healing potential. I remember the excitement back in 2005 when Sue and Simon brought some samples of this ‘new stone’ into class. I can’t actually recall why I was in attendance that day, but I can remember the buzz around the stones!
When I look at my bluestones I am reminded of the native flora and fauna of the British Isles. There is an understated quality about much of our natural history. We don’t tend to have the startling and eyecatching colours that you find in some parts of the world. Bluestones, like our house sparrows, are muted, yet the more you look the more beautiful they become. There is a depth to them and the colour itself is enigmatic; it might be called bluestone, but it often has a greenish hue.
The final section of the book contains bluestone nets for you to try. Your first job will be to source Preseli bluestone, available from limited outlets. As well as stones available from Preseli Bluestone Limited and direct from Sue and Simon I found Lost Stones who work the bluestone on their land using sun and water power. I have sourced less expensive tumbled bluestones, suitable for the nets in this book. For those on a budget an alternative to buying multiple stones is to purchase just one. The Lilly’s provide instructions for making a gem essence in the book. The bluestone essence drops can be added to cotton wool balls in place of the stones, as it is the energy of the bluestones you need and the essence carries the energy.
Since I received the book I’ve been trialling the various nets, both personally and for my students and clients where appropriate. The Lilly’s have found that bluestones are especially suited to past life work and the reclamation of lost energies, which is important at this time in our evolution. I firmly believe that to be healed we need to become whole again and integral to this is the ongoing process of ‘re-membering’ your Self which I’ve been working on and leading others through for years now. There is no ‘quick fix', you need to have patience with the process, but we have our stone allies to support us, ready and willing to help.
I have noticed that those who have Earth healing as part of their life purpose seem to take very readily to bluestone. One of my advanced students came to study with me on a one to one basis with me over a week. We included a bluestone net each day. She got an incredible amount from them and is a complete convert to their energies; her personal bias is the healing of trees, not people. I’ve found bluestone to be gently grounding and reassuring, which seems to be exactly what we need in this time of rapidly changing energies on the Planet. They are ‘friendly’ stones that want to work with us to connect humankind back to the cycles and heartbeat of Mother Earth. It feels like their time has come...again!
I’ll let the Lilly’s have the last word:
If one were to try to sum up the ‘virtue’ of Preseli bluestone in one phrase, one could say that it anchors body, mind and spirit in an expanded horizon of awareness.