In the ancient world there were three medicine kingdoms: animal, vegetable, and mineral. Following her previous acclaimed volumes on animal (The Illustrated Bestiary) and vegetable (The Illustrated Herbiary), Maia Toll fulfills the call for mineral with The Illustrated Crystallary, exploring the mystical qualities of 36 fascinating crystals and minerals, including amethyst, hematite, mica, smokey quartz, emerald, ruby, and more. Combining bits of ancient wisdom with her own insights, Toll illuminates the aspects and energy of each stone and, through rituals and reflections, the life guidance it might offer contemporary readers. Obsidian’s shiny surface and sharp edges reflect the shadowy corners of the self and serve as the tool for cutting them loose. The sky-like color of earthly turquoise provides balance between opposing forces. Stunning illustrations by Kate O’Hara magnify the symbolism of each crystal and are also featured on 36 bonus cards included in an envelope bound in the back of the book.
Also available: The Illustrated Herbiary and The Illustrated Bestiary
About the Author
Maia Toll is the author of The Wild Wisdom series, including The Illustrated Herbiary, and The Night School. After pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and a master's at New York University, Toll apprenticed with a traditional healer in Ireland, where she spent extensive time studying the growing cycles of plants, the alchemy of medicine making, and the psycho-spiritual aspects of healing—and studied at The University of Michigan and New York University. She is the co-owner of the retail store Herbiary, with locations in Asheville, NC and Philadelphia, PA. You can find her online at maiatoll.com. Kate O'Hara is an illustrator and artist. Her work combines intricate nature drawings with decorative hand-lettering and rich color schemes. She received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts. Clients include Cirque Du Soleil, Crabtree & Evelyn, Serif & Affinity Designer, Hasbro Toys, and more. She is currently based in Reno, Nevada.
“In The Illustrated Crystallary, modern oracle Maia Toll hands you her seeing eye. As you scry into her luminous dreamscape, you'll find intimate passages written with humor, wisdom, and the clarity of a sage. This book will center you in a timeless truth: your relationship with Earth will deepen when you listen to Her stories told in stone.” — Sarah Thomas, LAc, founder of the Upper Clarity School of Stone Medicine
“Enchanting, fascinating, and surprising. Maia Toll introduces us to stones as teachers, and invites us into relationship with them so we may deepen our relationship with ourselves. This is the most beautiful, sane, and humane book about crystals I know. What a gift.” — Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light
“Toll’s poetic and practical prose offers a gentle invitation into the world of crystals for those who dabble and, for more serious readers, new ways of thinking.” — Kelley Knight, author of Spells for the Modern Mystic
“An informative, empowering, and introspective must-read for every witch non-witch alike!” — Amanda Lovelace, best-selling author of the princess saves herself in this one