ANSWER - As you have mentioned, you are more drawn to crystal/stone healing than the Pagan and Hedge witch path your family follows, and that is totally ok, as not everybody follows or believes in the same paths as others do. Crystal healing is a very big subject within lots of different paths of witchcraft, as we all use crystals within ort castings or healings etc…so it's not a totally ‘out there’ choice to want to work solely within this bracket so to speak. I have a very close friend of mine who is a witch but he also only works with crystals and healing (reiki) and that works for him. He doesn’t do any casting etc like I do or anything but is a still a witch.
There are lots that can be done with crystals and stones. I use them pretty much every day within my life and some of the times without even realising it! As for wondering what ‘path’ you would come under if you only worked with crystals and stones….does it really matter? I mean, not wanting to cause any offence or anything…but a witch is still a witch no matter what he or she uses or what tradition they say they follow!
Being a witch is NOT determined by the tools we use, or the spells we cast, or the clothes we wear etc….being a witch is inside of us.it is our choice. It is our path to travel down in life, and nobody else. Just because your family may all follow one path…that doesn’t mean you have to. You can just as easily walk down the path beside theirs and still be happy. I don’t follow any set path…I do what feels right for me.
Witchcraft is quite personal when you think about it. It uses our energy. It uses our inner intentions, our inner dreams, desires etc. so for me, I would say don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about putting a label on it. If you want to work with crystals and stones only…you go right ahead! Your ‘calling’ as it were could be just that….being different isn’t always something bad, and clearly the fact that you don’t feel the same about your families path as they do, is testament that you are heading towards the path you are meant to be on.
Research as much as you can about crystal healing and ways to incorporate them into your life. Read as many books as you can get your hand on. And most importantly…get out there and start using crystals! Buy as many as you can….visit witchcraft shops and spend time with the crystals and see which ones call to you (this is a fun way of finding what crystals you need to use at that time. I do this with my boys and they love it! Is so much fun!). Crystal magick is very powerful and very important, as there is literally a crystal for everything! So this is a very exciting and interesting path to head down (I have been practicing since I was a little girl and I am still learning about all the different crystals out there and their uses).
Just enjoy learning about your gifts and how to use them….also…what more of an excuse could a girl need to buy herself some more pretty crystals? Lol.
I hope this helps you some. Please don’t hesitate to email again if you need anything else.