Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
The God in the Stone: Gemstone Talismans in Western Magical Traditions
This paper will explore the perceived connection between gemstones and celestial potencies in particular magical currents in the cultures of the West, and the ritual use of gemstone talismans, amulets, and jewellery to invoke, persuade, learn from, or merge with celestial potencies. Underpinning this magical use of precious and semiprecious stones is the idea of correspondences or sympathies between the divine and the mortal realms, most emphasised through the significance of colour - itself understood, in certain currents of thought, to reflect the importance of sight as the organ of perception of the soul and the bridge to the intermediary world of the imagination in which the forms of gods, daimones, and angels can be envisioned through the mediation of those material objects with which they bear the strongest visual resemblance.
Citation: Liz Greene, 'The God in the Stone: Gemstone Talismans in Western Magical Traditions', Celestial Magic, special issue of Culture and Cosmos, Vol. 19, nos. 1 and 2, 2015, pp. 47-85.