Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shamanic Stone Casting

Good afternoon to all.  Been spending the morning relaxing.  I've been trying to fit more rest into my life.  I'm always so, so busy, and it is taking its toll.  Besides, this heat is knocking me for a energy whatsoever.  I've not even been making it out to the ocean because without going into the water, there is no relief...and that beach is just too darned crowded for me.  Today I thought I would finish up the topic of Shamanic stone casting.  I've been practicing, and I must say, I love it.  

Shamanic stone casting uses a total of seven stones...all of the same size and in the colors of white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.Now, remember, they don't actually have to be stones at all.  Plastic beads will do just as well as long as they are all about the same size.  Semiprecious gemstones are also very popular, and many people who like cystals have their own sets made.

The Yes/No Technique

For this casting, you will use only three stones

White or Clear stone - This is the foundation stone; it is called kumu.
Green stone - This is the yes stone.
Red stone - This is the no stone.
(The green and the blue stones are caled 'eo' or answering stones.  This means that the answer will come from the stone that falls nearest to the white stone, on either side of it.)

Your should relax and begin with breathing technique. Next focus on your question.  You may ask any question that can be answered with a yes or no. Be careful not to ask should questions for this can be very confusing to your ku (subconscious); such questions seem to be less effective. When you are ready, hold the stones in your hand, and toss them out in front of you. Look to see which stone is closer to the white stone (if green then yes, if red then no, if an equal distance then maybe).  Sometimes people are tempted to throw again if they do not like the answer they get.  This is a 'no-no'.  It indicates a lack of trust. 


For open-ended questions you will use all seven stones. The white stone is still the kuma.
White represents the First Principle, IKE = Awareness.  The world is what you think it is. 

Red represents the Second Principle, KALA = Freedom.  There are no limits.

Orange represents the Third Principle, MAKIA = Focus.  Energy flows where one's attention goes.

Yellow represents the Fourth Principle, MANAWA = Persistence. Now is the moment of power. 

Green represents the Fifth Principle, ALOHA = Love. To love is to be happy with.

Blue represents the Sixth Principle, MANA = Confidence.  All power comes from within.

Purple represents the Seventh Principle, PONO = Flexibility.  Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

Begin with your relaxation exercise, and when you are ready  focus on a request for advice. Example questions would be, "What is the best way for me to reach my goal?" or "What is the best way for me to handle this situation?" Now, toss the stones and read the one which is the closest to the white stone. You will use a combination of the prinicple and the key word to derive your answer. 

Instead of asking for advice or a plan you might want to ask questions such as "What is in the way of achieving my goal?"
In this case, you will toss the stones and read the answer from the one nearest the white, only this time read it in its opposite sense:

Red = mental or physical stress
Orange = lack of focus
Yellow = procrastination
Green = anger
Blue = fear or doubt
Violet = rigid thinking 


Picture-casting is one of the greatest secrets of Shamanic divination. For this, you will once again use all seven of your stone. stones. This particular type of divination will require the use of your intuition. Relax; then focus on your question as you toss all seven stones without any regard as to which is kuma and which is eos.  Say aloud, "Give me an image of .... (your question). Toss the stones. Look to see what pattern they make.  What does the pattern remind you of?  The symbol or picture is the answer to your question.  Remember, though, although it is called a picture, the main sense comes from feeling.  While gazing at the stones, try to be aware of what associations or memories come to your mind.  This method may take practice. 

Next we will delve deeper into the seven principles.  This should create a deeper understanding.

"Those who don't look forward, remain behind."--Anonymous


  1. Thank you very much, Mary. I hope you don't mind me cutting and pasting this...? :)

  2. Not at all. Please feel free to.

  3. I am so intrigued by this! I'm passing this along to my bfff as we are having our annual Witchy spiritual retreat in a couple of weeks and I'm thinking of doing this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you Mary- I do not have these stones yet, but I will...someday when the budget allows. Then I will def. be trying to find this blog again. Bless you and stay cool!

  5. Thank you so much for this. I'm going to make notes of the meanings and try this myself! I get so excited when you share this kind of wonderful information!

    Hugs to you - and stay cool!