Synopses & Reviews
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.
The Illustrated Herbiary Collectible Box Set and
The Illustrated Bestiary Collectible Box Set
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
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 and non-witch alike!" Amanda Lovelace, best-selling author of the princess saves herself in this one
About the Author
Maia Toll has been many
things — including a horseback riding instructor, a clinical herbalist,
and a university teacher — but being an author is by far her favorite.
Her Wild Wisdom series, featuring bestseller
The Illustrated Herbiary,
The Illustrated Bestiary, and
The Illustrated Crystallary, offers a glimpse into the knowings
of the natural world and the wilds within ourselves — insights Toll
contemplated during her yearlong apprenticeship to a traditional healer
in Ireland. When not reading books and "talking" to trees, stones, and
her two dogs, she helps to run Herbiary, a multi-city natural wellness
and sacred living store she owns with her partner, Andrew. She teaches
and blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com.
Kate O'Hara is an illustrator and artist currently based in Reno, Nevada. She received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts. Her work combines intricate nature drawings with decorative hand-lettering and rich color schemes. When she's not illustrating she's usually outside exploring with her dog Ned.