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From amethyst to obsidian, Basic Witches author Jaya Saxena explores the multi-faceted meanings and history behind eleven popular crystals in this relatable personal essay collection. Highly prized for their beauty, crystals can take the shape of jewelry, household objects, and an array of self-care products. But it’s the ideas they stand for that draw people to their raw From amethyst to obsidian, Basic Witches author Jaya Saxena explores the multi-faceted meanings and history behind eleven popular crystals in this relatable personal essay collection. Highly prized for their beauty, crystals can take the shape of jewelry, household objects, and an array of self-care products. But it’s the ideas they stand for that draw people to their raw forms. Like astrology, tarot, and modern witchcraft, crystals help practitioners understand themselves and the wider world around them. In this collection of sharply observed essays, Jaya Saxena reflects on—and challenges—the ideas associated with eleven popular stones, including unconditional love (rose quartz), happiness and success (citrine), balance (amethyst), self-care (black tourmaline), purity (pearl), imposter syndrome (pyrite), toxic positivity (carnelian), change (opals), traditional concepts of marriage (diamonds), presentation versus identity (obsidian), and death (amber). The result is a deeply personal book with universal appeal, exploring how we assign meaning and power to crystals in order to give meaning and power to our lives.


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From amethyst to obsidian, Basic Witches author Jaya Saxena explores the multi-faceted meanings and history behind eleven popular crystals in this relatable personal essay collection. Highly prized for their beauty, crystals can take the shape of jewelry, household objects, and an array of self-care products. But it’s the ideas they stand for that draw people to their raw From amethyst to obsidian, Basic Witches author Jaya Saxena explores the multi-faceted meanings and history behind eleven popular crystals in this relatable personal essay collection. Highly prized for their beauty, crystals can take the shape of jewelry, household objects, and an array of self-care products. But it’s the ideas they stand for that draw people to their raw forms. Like astrology, tarot, and modern witchcraft, crystals help practitioners understand themselves and the wider world around them. In this collection of sharply observed essays, Jaya Saxena reflects on—and challenges—the ideas associated with eleven popular stones, including unconditional love (rose quartz), happiness and success (citrine), balance (amethyst), self-care (black tourmaline), purity (pearl), imposter syndrome (pyrite), toxic positivity (carnelian), change (opals), traditional concepts of marriage (diamonds), presentation versus identity (obsidian), and death (amber). The result is a deeply personal book with universal appeal, exploring how we assign meaning and power to crystals in order to give meaning and power to our lives.

49 review for Crystal Clear: Extraordinary Talismans For Everyday Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Isaac R. Fellman

    I loved this. It's an autobiography of Saxena's private search for meaning, but with a lightness of touch that avoids all the potential traps of that idea. Beautiful balance of chatty and erudite. I loved this. It's an autobiography of Saxena's private search for meaning, but with a lightness of touch that avoids all the potential traps of that idea. Beautiful balance of chatty and erudite.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    This was a wonderfully insightful book that looks into more than just crystals and what they can do for you. The author bares a lot of her soul in these passages as she looks into meanings of different stones along with times in her life that she felt drawn to each rock. I've become fascinated other the past few months by how others have been introduced to the world of crystals and I loved reading about how Jaya became involved in the world of crystals. She looks into the history of the use of cr This was a wonderfully insightful book that looks into more than just crystals and what they can do for you. The author bares a lot of her soul in these passages as she looks into meanings of different stones along with times in her life that she felt drawn to each rock. I've become fascinated other the past few months by how others have been introduced to the world of crystals and I loved reading about how Jaya became involved in the world of crystals. She looks into the history of the use of crystals through the centuries and exploring why the crystal industry is currently booming. It seems many of us are looking for more spiritual help in our wellbeing. The book is full of fascinating facts on different stones, alongside great quotes, illustrations and all showed off on soothing shaded colour pages! some of the stones she features are carnelian, citrine, black tourmaline etc and I enjoyed finding out more about each stone and their meaning and uses. Her crystal stories would often take her off on different tangents and that made for a really interesting read finding out her thoughts and opinions on a wider variety of subjects. It touches on politicial, social and sexist issues alongside imposter syndrome and help with positive thinking so it was a really well rounded book - a little bit of everything! Even the muppets get a mention and that's always fine by me to see them included! This book has given me a little more of an insight into various crystals, alongside Jaya as a person and I found it a really fascinating and inspiring book! My thanks to the team at Quirk for the advanced e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Literary Savage

    This book had all the excitement of finding something you want to learn more about. I've always been a rock collector and interested in these types of things, I just haven't go around to researching it. Then this book fell onto my lap at work and it feels like fate. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars and not 5 is because the author occasionally went on these tangents that I guess were related to the rocks/ crystals. I got a little lost on how they connect at times. Other than that, I really This book had all the excitement of finding something you want to learn more about. I've always been a rock collector and interested in these types of things, I just haven't go around to researching it. Then this book fell onto my lap at work and it feels like fate. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars and not 5 is because the author occasionally went on these tangents that I guess were related to the rocks/ crystals. I got a little lost on how they connect at times. Other than that, I really enjoyed this and will be continuing my research into crystals.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    Beautifully written and researched, weaving social commentary and personal stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Athena Abood Brown

    I really enjoyed this book. A philosophical read for anyone.

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