By knowing the properties of different shapes of crystals, such as geodes and points and being aware of the potential of particular facet shapes, will help you to harness the unique power of crystals, especially the myriad forms of quartz. Some forms occur naturally, while others have been cut to shape. Some of theses man made shapes mimic those found naturally - many large clear or smoky quartz crystals are cut into tall pillar crystals for use as decorative items or healing tools. Special quartz facets that occur very rarely in their natural states can be recreated so that they become more widely available. Crystals rarely occur as perfectly symmetrical balls, but for centuries Quartz, Obsidian and Beryl crystals have been carefully shaped by hand as scrying tools. Seers gaze into their depths to ascertain the future. Although balls have another function; they emit energy equally in all directions into the environment.
Quartz based crystals in particular have naturally occurring facets at their tips. There are usually six facets, which equate to the six chakras from the base to the third eye, with the termination point representing the crown chakra and its link with the infinite.
How a crystal grows is significant in crystal lore. Quartz crystals that are cloudy at the base and become clearer as they reach the tip represents the potential for spiritual growth. A crystal pillar or large point with flaws or occlusions can point to a traumatic or wounding period in life that needs to be cleared away for the consciousness to evolve. Quartz crystals that are totally clear are symbols of alignment with cosmic harmony. Keeping one of these crystals with you, will align your spiritual energies to the spiritual realm.
While specific facet shapes are most obvious on large crystals, even the smallest quartz point may have a window formed out of the facets. A left facing parallelogram window shape will take you back into the past. A right facing parallelogram window shape will take you into the future. A differently contoured window will help you to channel or to transmit healing energy over long distances. There are record keeper crystals that hold the wisdom of the ages engraved on their sides. Meditating with these crystals accesses universal knowledge. A soul mate or tantric twin crystal attracts and holds onto true love.
If the crystals has rainbows showing inside, it is a sign of joy and happiness. Rainbows are caused by thin fractures within the stone. A rainbow crystal can be used to alleviate depression. Enhydros are crystals that contain bubbles of liquid that is millions of years old. They are a symbol of the collective unconscious that underlies and unties everything.
Each crystal shape has a specific use in healing. Wands sharply focus energy and may stimulate points on the body or draw of negative energy. Crystals with terminations at both ends help to break old patterns and can integrate spirit and matter. A crystal egg detects and corrects energy imbalances. A single point focuses energy into a beam, a square consolidates it and a sphere emits energy in all directions.
An abundance crystal consists of one long quartz crystal with many small crystals clustered around its base. Its function is to attract wealth and abundance into your life. It is best positioned in the wealth corner of a house or business, the point at the furthest rear left of the front door or a doorway to a room.
Amorphous crystals, such as Obsidian, have no particular shape. Energy flows rapidly through an amorphous crystal as it has no rigid internal crystalline structure. They are strong acting and instant in their efffect
An ancestral timeline crystal has a very clear flat ledge going up from the base of the crystal toward the apex. it frequently has a fault line showing where exactly the family pain is located and how far back into the ancestral line it goes. Attuning to this crystal brings the source of the family disease to the surface so that it can be healed and the healing can then be sent back through the generations to a point before the disease manifested. This transforms the whole family line, sending its benefits forward into future generations.
Aperture crystals appear in two forms gateway and key.
The gateway crystal has a cup shaped depression within it that is large enough to hold liquid. Gazing into the liquid centre provides a gateway to other worlds and enables you to travel through past, present and future. It is and excellent stone for preparing crystal water or essence that aids spiritual vision and psychic faculties.
The key crystal has an indentation in one of its sides, which narrows as it penetrates the crystal. This indentation is usually, but not necessarily, three of six sided. It provides a doorway to unlock parts of the self that are normally kept hidden or to access hidden information of any kind. Meditating with a key crystal reveals what is being hidden from you, especially by your subconscious mind, sweeping away illusion. It is and excellent tool for letting go of anything that holds the soul back and for tie cutting.
Balls are usually shaped from a larger piece of crystal and may well have planes or flaws within them. They emit energy in all directions equally. Used as a window to the past or future, they move energy through time and provide a glimpse of what is to come or what has been, this is a practice called scrying.
A barnacle crystal has many small crystals covering or partially covering a larger crystal. The larger crystal is said to be the "old soul" whose wisdom attracts the younger crystals. It is a useful crystal for meditating on family or community problems and for people who are employed in service industries. It provides a cohesive group energy that enhances common purpose and promotes working together. It is said to be an extremely comforting crystal after the loss of a loved one.
A bridge crystal is a crystal that grows out of another, larger crystal. As its name suggests, it bridges gaps and brings things together. It can be used to join the inner and outer world, the higher self with the ego, or yourself with another. It is helpful for public speaking, especially when trying to communicate new ideas.
Cathedral quartz is a cosmic computer that contains the wisdom of the ages. It is a light library, holding a record of all that has occurred on earth. Many of the cathedral Quartz are extremely large. Cathedral quartz may appear to be composed of several convoluted or seperate pieces, but these are in fact all parts of the main crystal which has multiple terminations with at least one point at the apex. The light library can be accessed by meditating with a cathedral quartz. It aids attunement to the universal mind and acts as a receptor and transmitter for group thought, which is raised to a higher vibration through contact with the pure energies of the crystal. It also provides access to the Akashic Record. It is believed that cathedral quartz makes itself known every two thousand years to aid the evolution of consciousness by raising thought to a higher vibration.
Cathedral quartz can be programmed to bring about a better world.
A channelling crystal has a seven sided facet at the front of the termination and a triangular face on the opposite side. As its name suggests, it channels healing energy or information from higher sources and then assists in expressing what is learned. Channelling crystals can facilitate trance channelling but should only be used by those who are experienced in such matters.
A cluster has many points bedded, but not necessarily fixed, into a base. The crystals may be small or large. Clusters radiate energy out to the surrounding environment and can absorb detrimental energy. They can be programmed and left in place to do their work. They are especially useful for cleansing a room or other crystals, in which case the crystal should be left overnight on the cluster.
A companion crystal has two crystals entwined and partly growing in each other, or a small crystal that grows out of the main crystal. Occasionally, one crystal will totally surround another. Companion crystals are nurturing and provide enormous support, particularly during difficult times. They can help you to understand a relationship better and to recognise how one partner can best support the other.
A cross formation has one crystal at right angles to another, usually larger crystal. Stabilising you within yourself, it opens to the multiplicity of worlds and facilitates spiritual study. This formation removes energy implants and clears and activates any chakra.
Flat faces at the top of a crystal are called windows. Windows may form in a diamond shape, some large, some small, which facilitates clarity of mind and the organisation of information received from different levels of being. Gazing into a diamond window takes you deep inside yourself or enables you to read information for someone else.
A true diamond window is large and connected to the apex and the base, but even small diamond windows can assist the balance between the spiritual and the material worlds, facilitating living in everyday reality while at the same time being connected to a greater reality. Diamond windows provide a door way into other levels of being and a deep connection with the self. They reflect the inner state of being and causes of disease and can help to find a missing person's whereabouts or surroundings if a strong enough picture of the person is projected into the centre of the diamond window.
Double terminated crystals have definite points at both ends. Some are natural and others are artificially shaped. A double termination radiates or absorbs energy from both ends simultaneously, channelling it in two directions at once. A stone of balance, a double termination integrates spirit and matter and can provide a bridge between two energy points. These crystals are useful in healing as they absorb negative energy and break old patterns, which can assist in overcoming addictions. They can also be used to integrate previously blocked parts of the self. Placed on the third eye chakra, double terminations can enhance telepathy.
Egg shaped crystals confine and shape energy and can be used to detect and rebalance blockages in the body. The more pointed end is a useful reflexology or acupressure tool. They make excellent hand comforters when used in times of stress and are ideal when used with your meditation practices.
An elestial has many natural terminations and folds over a multi-layered crystal. It has a gently flowing energy that removes blockages and fear, balancing the polarities and opening the way to necessary change. Sustaining and comforting, it is helpful in overcoming burdens and in connecting to the eternal self. This crystal can take you into other lives to understand your karma or deep into yourself to give an insight into the spiritual process at work.
An etched crystal looks as though hieroglyphs or cuneiform writing has been inscribed on the faces of the crystal. Used when meditating, this crystal takes you back to the ancient civilisations to access wisdom and knowledge of past lives. It can be extremely useful in attuning to spiritual training and initiations carried out at the time, re-awakening inherent skills and healing abilities. It is said that an etched crystal is a personal crystal and should be used by one person only but, it can skilfully guide another soul consciously to access their own past knowledge. It is especially helpful in past life therapy when going to a time before disease or destructive emotional patterns set in, so that you can feel what it was like to be without these heavy burdens, thereby facilitating recovery of the state of inner perfection.
A single generator crystal has six facets meeting equally in a sharp point. Large or small, this powerful crystal is the optimum shape for generating energy. A generator crystal optimizes healing energy. It aids focus and clarity of intention. A generator cluster is very large with may long points, each of which can be programmed for a specific purpose. A generator cluster brings a group together in peaceful harmony, each person can have a point programmed specifically for them. It is extremely useful for generating healing energy and is often placed in the centre of a healing group.
A geode is contained within an outer form. When opened, it is hollow with many crystals pointing inward. Geodes hold and amplify energy within themselves. Due to their rounded, cave like shape and numerous terminations, they diffuse the amplified energy, softening the energy but not neutralising it, allowing it to flow out slowly if required. They are useful for protection and aid spiritual growth. Geodes assist in breaking addictions and are beneficial for an addictive or overindulgent personality.
The Isis crystal has a dominant face which is five sided, with a tall sharp point rather like and arrowhead. This crystal is extremely useful for healing anything that is broken - body, mind, emotions or spirit. It can be used to integrate spiritual energies into the emotional body, bringing in more balanced and joyful emotions, and to ameliorate over-identification with the suffering of others. This crystal can take you deep into your own heart for healing, insights and acceptance. Helpful for mend who want to get more in touch with their feeling nature, it can also assist highly sensitive adults and children to stabilise their nature. An Isis crystal is beneficial for anyone who is facing transition, especially to the next world.
Layered or plate like crystals, such as Lepidolite, are helpful for working on several levels at once as they spread energy out in layers. Their energy can assist in getting to the bottom of things.
A life path crystal is a long, thin, clear quartz crystal with one or more absolutely smooth sides. This crystal accesses your life purpose and helps you to go with the flow and follow you bliss, leading you to your spiritual destiny. This stone teaches you to follow what your soul, not your ego, wants.
A manifestation crystal is a rare and precious thing. One or more small crystals are totally enclosed by a larger crystal. When you are absolutely clear as what you want to manifest, this crystal will aid you, especially if it is carefully programmed. If you have any ambivalence or confusion over what you want, or are asking for purely selfish reasons, the crystal cannot work. The manifestation crystal can also be used to stimulate creativity and original thought, promote visualisation and invoke planetary healing. It is an excellent crystal for group work and functions to its highest purpose when programmed for the good of all.
Natural Long Point Crystal
This crystal focuses energy in a straight line. It is often mimicked in purpose made crystal wands. It is used extensively in healing or ritual work. It will rapidly transmit energy if pointed toward the body, or draw it off if turned away. For more information on healing crystal wands click here.
An occlusion is usually formed from a deposit of another mineral within a quartz crystal such as chlorite. It is a cloudy spot or patch depending on the mineral. Minerals may also be deposited on an external face and show through when viewed from the other side. An occlusion radiates the energy of the mineral, focused and amplified by the surrounding quartz.
A phantom crystal appears ghost like within the body of a larger crystal. Owing to the method of its formation, a phantom has absorbed learning over eons of time. Putting the past into perspective, it points the way toward growth and evolution and is helpful in overcoming stagnation. Each has a specific meaning , depending on the type of crystal. For more information on phantom crystals click here.
Many crystals have points, some large and some so small that they can hardly be seen with the naked eye. Points may be natural or artificially shaped. A single crystal point has a definite faceted, pointed end and the other end tends to look ragged where it has been separated from a cluster base. A single crystal point is often used in healing. Pointed away from the body, it draws energy off. Pointed toward the body it channels energy inward.
A pyramid shaped crystal has four sides on a base, but the base itself may be squared off if the crystal is natural rather than hand shaped. Naturally occuring pyramid shaped crystals, such as apophyllite, amplify and then tightly focus energy through the apex and are suitable for holding manifestation programs. Pyramids can also be used to draw off negative energy and blockages from the chakras, replenishing them with vibrant energy. Man made pyramids are available in an abundance of materials. They enhance and focus the inherent properties of the crystal.
A record keeper crystal has clearly etched pyramid shapes on its side or sides. Sometimes these shapes are separated, so that the face is covered with triangles, others show only one, and some are grooved around each other in a chevron pattern. These crystals are often, but not necessarily, clear quartz. They symbolise the perfect harmony of mind, body, emotions, spirit and the all seeing eye. Record keepers hold the imprint of all that has gone before and are portals for spiritual wisdom. Discrimination and integrity are needed when working with a record keeper. Placed with a triangle on the third eye chakra, this crystal can be meditated with to access the personal or collective past or re-attune to your own wisdom, and to facilitate insights for evolution. Record keepers are an excellent way to explore your inner self. They can act as a catalyst for growth and aid in removing obstacles to progress.
A sceptre quartz is a large central rod around one end of which another crystal has formed. Sceptre quartz can also be found in a smaller form in which the quartz rod has a distinctive ridge and a wider top, and as a reversed sceptre in which a small crystal or opaque point emerges from a larger bases stone. Sceptre quartz is used as a meditation tool, to link into the wisdom of the ages and facilitates channelling high vibrations. Generating and amplifying energy, sceptre quartz is an excellent healing tool, as it directs healing to the core of a problem or to the centre of the subtle bodies. Disease is dissolved and the energies restructured at the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual levels of being as appropriate. It is particularly useful where energy has to be transmitted in a specific direction. Legend has it that these stones were used as a symbol of spiritual authority in Atlantis and Lemuria and that they have re-emerged to bring crystal power to the present day. These crystals can be used for fertility problems and to balance male and female energies.
Reversed sceptre quartz transmits healing energy, cleanse it, and then return it to the healer. They free the mind from false illusions and bring it to a point of stillness.
Other crystals may be found as sceptres. Long and delicate natural selenite wands are sometimes attached to another crystal to form a powerful healing tool that resonates at a high frequency and imparts deep wisdom and ancient knowledge. A selenite sceptre can be used to cut out diseased or damaged parts of the etheric blueprint that carries the imprint of past life wounds from the physical or emotional level and that have impinged on the present life body.
A seer stone is a natural, water polished stone that is cut to reveal an inner world. This is an excellent aid to scrying as it shows past, present and future, and can take you deep into your own inner self. It is also said that you can program a seer stone to take you back to a specific time frame to access its knowledge.
A self heal crystal has many small terminations where it has been broken above its base and has then healed the break by laying down fresh crystals on top. A wound healer, this crystal has an impressive knowledge of self healing, which it is happy to share. It teaches how to heal and become whole again no matter how damaged and wounded you may have been.
Sheet quartz is laid down as a clear, flat layer, often between two crystals. It provides a window into other dimensions, facilitating communication, and it accesses the Akashic Record. It can be used to contact relevant past lives and to go deep within the self. This crystal encourages the fullest use of psychic potential, stimulating the third eye chakra and enhancing visualisation and spiritual vision. Used in meditation, it takes you to a place where answers can be found.
Soulmate (Tantric Twin)
A soulmate crystal does exactly what its name suggests, draws a soulmate to your side, although this soulmate may not be a sexual partner. Soulmate crystals or tantric twins, are a pair of crystals approximately the same size growing from a common base, joined together along on side but with distinct and separate terminations. Tantric means " union of energies". Soulmate crystals are beneficial for all kinds of relationships. The closer they are in size, the more harmonious will be the partnership.
These stones have a powerful message concerning the bonding of two people into a close and intimates relationship. They teach how to be unique and separate, while united in equal partnership. To be in a successful union, you need to be comfortable with yourself. It not, you will project your unresolved issues onto your partner. Tantric twins help you truly to know and accept yourself. As a result, interdependence and a deep intimacy with another person is possible.
A twin crystal of unequal sized sections is useful when woking on a reationship such as mother-daughter, father-son, employer-employee. It helps more unconditional love to manifest in the situation and brings the two peopl into greater harmony.
If you are fortunate enough to find a tantric twin crystal that has vivid rainbows across the intersection, then your relationship will be particularly harmonious. You will find a true soulmate. Place your soulmate crystal in the relationship corner of your house or bedroom which is the farthest right from the doorway.
A true tantric twin crystal has two absolutely identical crystals aligned side by side. It is an excellent stone for two people working together as equals, whether spiritually or materially. They can also be used to harmonise and integrate the different levels of self. A double terminated tantric twin is the perfect stone for ascension - raising your vibration, it brings the higher self into line with the souls purpose.
A spiral crystal has a distinctive twist down its axis and is beneficial for maintaining balance at any level. It draws universal energy into the body and anchors it during meditation. This crystal can stimulate the ride of kundalini through the chakras, clearing any energy blockages that impede the rise of kundalini energy.
A square crystal consolidates energy within its form. It is useful for anchoring intention and for grounding. Naturally occurring square crystals such as fluorite can draw off negative energy and transform it into positive.
A tabular crystal has two wide sides, resulting in a flat crystal which may be double terminated. Many tabular crystals have notches in them that can be rubbed to activate the information contained within the crystal. Energy flows freely through a tabular crystal, which offers little resistance. It removes confusion, misinterpretation and misunderstanding and is an excellent aid to communication at all levels, both inner and outer. It is said that a tabular crystal is the finest tool for communication with other realms. In healing, a tabular crystal links two points, bringing about perfect balance, and they can be used to enhance telepathy. This crystal activates other crystals.
Time Link (Activator)
Time link or activator crystals can be found in two forms, right and left. From the unique helical atomic structure of Quartz, a small window is formed that either tips the face of the crystal either to the right or the left. This formation teaches that time is an illusion that we use to organise our experiences while on earth but that, in reality, there is no time as we know it. An activation left crystal takes you into the past to explore other lives and the spiritual dimensions, and an activation right crystal takes you to and apparent future or futures, showing that the future is what we make it. Some crystals will display both an activation left and an activation right.
A matched pair of activator crystals is and excellent tool for synthesising the left and right hemispheres of the brain and can be used to heal disorders on different sides of the body, especially those caused by brain damage or dysfunction - a left activator treats problems on the right side of the body, and a right activator treats problems on the left side of the body. Activators can also be used to align the chakras, the right activator treats the chakras when laid on the back and the left activator treats the chakras when laid on the front of the body.
A trans-channelling crystal combines the channelling and transmitter crystals. I has a rare formation of three seven sided facets, between each of which is a perfect triangular face. This is said to be a highly creative crystal, which is dedicated to the service of humankind and which can access the highest personal and collective wisdom, bringing intuitive awareness into any situation.
A transmitter crystal has two seven sided facets with two perfect triangles between them. They can be used to send long-distance healing or for energy or thought transmissions. Linking to the purest possible vibrations, they open the intuition and attract wisdom and communication from higher realms.
Wands are traditional healing tools for shamans, healers, and meta-physicians. The magic wands of myth and legend, they are believed to have been used by highly evolved crystal healers of Atlantis and many practitioners today believe that wands from those far-off times are surfacing once again, complete with their powerful programming.
Wands have the ability to focus energy tightly through their tip. Most wands are artificially shaped but naturally formed. Long pointed crystals such as the powerful laser quartz are excellent healing tools. The healing ability of wands is vastly expanded when programmed with intent. When using a wand, it is important consciously to allow universal healing energy to flow in through your crown chakra, down your arm to the hand holding the wand, and then into the wand where it is amplified and passed into the patient. Using your own energy for this purpose is short-sighted and inefficient, as you will become weak and depleted and need healing yourself.