THE POCKET BOOK OF STONES: Who They Are and What They Teach

Author: Robert Simmons
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Book Publication: 2015

While rambling about this summer like a rolling stone, be sure and have this handy guide tucked into your pocket. You never know when you’ll chance upon some lovely rocks to add to your collection.

According to Robert Simmons, “every stone has its own inner character…and this book is your invitation to a party that has been going on for millennia but is just getting started.”

This tiny tome is a companion to the larger reference, The Book of Stones, also by Simmons. In a twist of synchronicity, Simmons discovered several years after issuing the book that it was predated by a similar one with the exact same title, written and published by an Arabian alchemist more than 1,000 years ago.

Now revised and expanded, this new edition, originally published in 1952, is small enough to pack with you for that daytime excursion to a crystal store, or a hike through rocky terrain. The handy reference includes an additional 47 new stones, and features lovely photographs and descriptions of each stone’s properties.

The detailed appendix includes a section on how to meditate with stones and an interesting account of a vision Simmons had back in 2012, which he believes is part of the new crystal era we’ve entered. There’s also a stone property index that is divided into two sections – physical and emotional/spiritual correspondences. Those who want to work with stones for their self-healing properties will find this very helpful indeed.

Suzanne Hartmann is currently an MFA candidate at the University of King’s College. She has been awarded the National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund’s 2020 SEAD grant for her MFA project titled Minyō Memories: Celebrating the Postwar Japanese Canadian Community in Toronto.

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