&bc1It seems that every time I go to a bookstore there is a new crystal healing book out, but some are disappointingly similar to others. Here are some of my tried & tested favourites.
My absolute favourite crystal book is the Book of Stones, by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian. The photography is good and I love the way both authors write about the crystals. Personally I have learned a lot from them and it is the first place I turn if I have a new stone. Some of my students use the book as guidance, opening it 'at random' for a stone and theme for the day. This is a very spiritual guide to crystals and a must have on any crystal lover's bookshelf.
Sue and Simon Lilly are the Principals of ICGT, the Crystal Therapy training school I belong to. I recommend any of their books to my students for their down to earth practicality. Their latest is simply called Crystal Healing and contains many useful layouts that are easy for anyone to try.
You can read my full review here.
Sue and Si also wrote The Essential Crystal Handbook,. This makes an excellent pocket sized reference book. The photographs are attractive & helpful. Crystals are organised by colour, which is handy if you have a crystal in front of you & don’t know what it is. Similar stones are listed to help you identify a crystal that may look quite like another- a handy feature. Each crystal is discussed in terms of identification & care, magic, healing functions and practical ideas. Students and practitioners of crystal healing will find some of the technical information helpful too- including chemical composition, hardness, lustre & crystal system. This is a very neat little book, easily transported with you on crystal buying expeditions.
A better known reference book is the best-selling Crystal Bible by Judy Hall. This is another practical guide to crystals & again its smaller than average size enables you to carry it around. Most of the information can be gleaned from other guides, however having it all pulled together is useful. Stones are organised alphabetically. The attributes of stones are discussed, followed by their healing properties.
Judy has followed her success with the Crystal Bible to release the Crystal Bible 2 containing some of the more unusual and more recently discovered stones.
Crystal Power, Crystal Healing by Michael Gienger is a recommended read for my students. Gienger has an interesting slant on crystal healing, grouping people by personality traits into the seven categories of crystal structure. He also includes more information on geology and chemical composition than the other books I’ve mentioned. The lovely thing about this book is the excellent photography. Each crystal is beautifully captured on black photographic plates. Gienger gives information under headings of Minerology, Mythology, Healing- which is split into the effects crystals have spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically, and Application. He also includes chemical composition, crystal system, formation, mineral class and colours. My only bugbear is that being translated from German seems to have mixed up the alphabetical order, so that some stones are out of place, for example Emerald turns up in the middle of stones beginning with S! This isn’t really a beginner’s book, but great for someone wanting to extend their knowledge.
For those that tap into the most esoteric end of Crystal Healing there is the trilogy by Katrina Raphaell. These are certainly not beginner’s books and some of the information is so ‘out there’ that you need to be very open-minded to accept it. However these books contain the more mystical use and application of stones that many find fascinating. She is a particular authority on the quartz ‘Master Crystals’ which are special formations of clear quartz, believed to have specific esoteric properties.
No discussion of Crystal Healing books would be complete without reference to Melody. Her Love is in the Earth series documents an impressive number of crystals. I do look things up in here and she does cover stones that are out of the ordinary and not found in other guides. For beginners this is part of the problem- many of the stones are very rare or specific to a certain area & you are unlikely to come across them. A friend who runs a crystal shop dreads people coming in clutching a Melody book & saying, “I’ve found the perfect crystal for me,” as it is often something he has never even seen! Added to this there are no pictures in the first & most comprehensive book of the series, so you’ll have to get the pictorial supplements too, or look them up elsewhere. That said there can’t be many professional healers who don’t have Melody on their bookshelf and mine has been so well used over the years that the back cover has fallen off!