Hi Empyreanknight - I just wanted to tell you I totally identified with everything you wrote in that first post! While I've been a member here for many many years I don't come on often - or I come a lot for a while then I'm gone again. So by now I should be a tarot expert but no, not so much. Still love it though - and after years and years of dabbling in it, I finally, recently, am at the point where I can do readings (tho I don't charge). Although mainly, I just enjoy the tactile and visual (and even aural!) experience of playing with the cards and asking myself questions just to force myself to think about deeper stuff going on with me. But I digress... What I really wanted to say is that because of tarot I too begin to get interested in crystals, and then like you, I too went hog wild and bought a whole bunch in a short amount of time!
Note, when I say hog wild, I mean HOG FRIGGIN WILD. To be fair, I found some cool small and huge rocks and clusters in our basement from previous owner (stashed in the crawlspace!) as well as in my grandparents' old house, but most of the real crystals and associated stones came from me using a...wait for it...CREDIT CARD. How ridiculous is that?!! I mean I feel like I have to have some weird ceremony with the crystals just to wash off the guilt and shame of having spent so much on them, all within about a month!! (not including the ones from around the house - including taking some of my kids' rocks that they didn't seem to mind my "borrowing") It's like the crystals are tainted now because I shouldn't be spending so much money! And I mean we're supposed to get them as gifts, combined with having "aha surprise moments" over the years in which we spot a magical rock and pick it up, etc etc. Nope not me - I just took my glutenous, impatient self all around town to all the cool rock and crystal and metaphysics shops and got it all mostly done in under a month!
I used the Crystal Bible and just decided early on I was going to treat it like a journal and just mark it up like crazy so I took a pen and marked off every issue or symptom I was interested in for me or loved ones, in the index. From there, I went and read about each crystal and dog-eared the page and then underlined every word or phrase about it that struck me as relevant to my (or loved ones) life. Then I made a short list above the picture on each crystal's page that I was interested in, jotting down the main attributes, and THEN I made a list in the back of the book of which ones I wanted, so I wouldn't be constantly flipping all over the place. Finally, I brought the book with me whenever I went to one of these shops. I started with palm stones or worry stones so I could just lie in bed at night and feel comforted by it and such stones would help me fall asleep right away. Then - much as I didn't want to go down the shopping-for-a-crystal-grid-and-all-that-that-entails rabbit hole, I did. So I ended up getting all kinds of little crystals for that purpose! And now, drum roll... this:
I wonder if it's a midlife crisis. Hey at least I'm not cheating or buying a new car, right??!
...and I've barely begun to use them!! And can you see in the pics the cool old tiered jewelry box I found in my family's old house? I took out the silly old costume jewelry (there are boxes and boxes of that stuff in our family's home) and filled it with stones and crystals!!
It's as if it was meant to be, I tell myself!! Hahaha. I mean they fit perfectly and there's still some room for a few more if I really needed it. But I really don't feel like I need much more.
So, we're in the same boat - I'm just in sane and you're not (most likely). I feel better knowing someone's gotten really into it as I have, so thanks for that - thanks for this thread!