Stones of Power

In the Andean shamanism, there is an ancient tradition of using stones of power. These special stones are repositories of special information, and can be used as healing tools. If you are like most people, you have probably collected pretty or unusual stones as you walked the woods or the beach. We all feel the pull of stones, even if we can’t explain our affinity for them. It is even possible that you may have a stone of power and not know it.

Here is a listing of some of the characteristics of special stones of power. Find out if you might have a Dreaming stone, a Doorway stone, or a Guardian in your home or yard:

The following are some of the recognizable physical attributes of stones of power:

A spiral or circular projection indicates both a charging stone and an extracting stone. You can “charge” people’s energy bodies by using this stone, or extract heavy energy from their energy bodies with it.

A smooth stone of any shape that is composed of obvious layers, especially circular ones, is a good meditation stone. It can also help ground and center anyone with an excess of disharmonious energy. Simply have that person hold the stone and imagine or intend that he is releasing all his negative energy into the stone, or run it through the person’s field to draw it out. Rinse the stone in water or touch it to the earth to release the negative energy from the stone when you are done working with it and before using it again.

A stone with a natural hole all the way through it is a powerful guardian and teaching stone that may hold many powerful secrets and reveal many of the mysteries of life. Use it as a dreaming stone as well, allowing a powerful dream or desire to slip through the hole into consciousness or into the manifestation in the physical.

A stone with square or rectangular lines on it is a doorway stone, and it can be used to help you shift to higher levels of awareness and refined perception, manifest new possibilities, release resistances, and allow blocked energy to move freely again.

A stone that has three almost identical markings–three protrusions, three “doorway” lines, three layers–is a three-worlds stone. It can be used to harmonize your abilities to work with the energies of the three worlds. It also represents the three stances of an Andean mystic–love, physical work and strength of will, and wisdom grounded in experience–and so can help you harmonize your abilities in these three areas of life.

A triangular stone can be a three-worlds stone or one that mystically connects you to the apus–the spirit of the sacred mountains.

A stone that has a face in it, whether human-looking or otherwise, can be a teaching stone or a guardian stone, providing very specific instruction or protection. If the stone is in the shape of an animal, insect, or bird, connect with the energies and symbolic disposition of that creature to acquire those characteristics in your own life or to transmit those qualities to others as you use the stone on them.

Adapted from Masters of the Living Energy, by Joan Parisi Wilcox (Inner Traditions, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Joan Parisi Wilcox. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Masters of the Living Energy, by Joan Parisi Wilcox (Inner Traditions, 2004).


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Love it thanks.

Dale Overall

Fascinating and intriguing information. Love stones, especially small and colourful ones. Have one with a hole in it but it is likely put there by someone else but it is a light grey stone with shimmering flecks of white, perhaps quartz. Will look at other stones which are naturally shaped.

Tracy P.
Desmond A5 years ago

Great article by the way, thank you.

Tracy P.
Desmond A5 years ago

Funny, I just went to the Museum of Natural history yesterday with visiting family and my favorite place is the GEM section. You can run your hand along these beautiful enormous stones. The place is dimly lit and the lights are centered on the stones. There is a very tranquil feeling in the main room. I loved going barefoot as a kid, jumping rock by rock by the brook in our woods. Feeling the stones. Looking for different shaped stones along the side of the road as I walked into town. What a magical time that was.

Sam M.
Sam E M5 years ago

That's very interesting. We have a basket full of stones collected over time which we'll take a closer look at with this article in mind. Thank you, Annie. :)

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

Great information. Very good to know, I'll start taking a closer look at stone when I walk along the beach or riverbeds.

R Anna B.
Renata B5 years ago

Good article, thanks.

Andrea Ornelas
Andrea Ornelas5 years ago


Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

interesting, thanks