Illustrated Crystallary Book by Maia Toll
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 gold, silver, copper, amethyst, hematite, mica, smokey quartz, emerald, ruby, and more. Combining bits of ancient wisdom with her own insights, Toll explores 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 colour of earthly turquoise provides balance between opposing forces. The stunning illustrations of Kate O'Hara magnify the symbolism of each crystal throughout the book, and are also featured on 36 oracle cards included in an envelope bound in the back of the book.
About the Author
Maia Toll has been many things - including a horseback riding instructor, a clinical herbalist, and a university teacher - but being an award-winning author is by far her favourite. Her Wild Wisdom series, featuring The Illustrated Herbiary, The Illustrated Bestiary, and The Illustrated Crystallary, offers glimpses into the wisdom of the natural world and the wilds within ourselves - insights Toll contemplated during her year-long apprenticeship to a traditional healer in Ireland.
About the Illustrator
Kate O'Hara is a freelance illustrator currently based in Reno, Nevada. She received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, in 2014. Her work combines intricate nature drawings with decorative hand-lettering and rich colour schemes.
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