Articles and Information on Crystals and Healing
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 also 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. 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. 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 crystal 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 have 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.
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 a 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 the 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.
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.
Crystal 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.
Crystal balls are 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 formation, 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.
The cathedral formation 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 formations are extremely large.
Cathedral formations 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 formation.
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 a cathedral formation makes itself known every two thousand years to aid the evolution of consciousness by raising thought to a higher vibration.
A cathedral formation can be programmed to bring about a better world.
A channelling formation 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 formation 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 formation 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 formation 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 a larger crystal.
Stabilising you within yourself, the cross formation, opens you to the multiplicity of worlds and facilitates spiritual study.
This formation removes energy implants and clears and activates any chakra.
The flat faces at the top of a crystal are called windows.
If a windows forms in a diamond shape, some large, some small, they facilitate 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 window formations provide a doorway 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 formation 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 formation 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 formation crystals are man made through cutting and polishing larger crystals into the desired shape.
Egg formation 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 formation has many natural terminations and folds over a multi-layered crystal.
It has a gentle 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 formation 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 formation 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 skillfully 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 formation 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 optimises healing energy.
It aids focus and clarity of intention.
A generator cluster formation is very large with many 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 a vug of volcanic rock. When the crystals don't fill the entire space but line the inside then it is called a Geode.
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 formation has a dominant face which is five sided, with a tall sharp point rather like an 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 men who want to get more in touch with their feelings.
It can also assist highly sensitive adults and children to stabilise their nature.
An Isis formation crystal is beneficial for anyone who is facing transition, especially to the next world.
Natural long point