Quartz crystal properties and metaphysical formations
|All quartz crystals have 6 primary properties. They are able to structure, store, amplify, focus, transmit and transform energy, which includes matter, thought, emotion and information. Metaphysical quartz formations possess additional properties based on their geometry, the properties of numbers and other specific features.
The properties of quartz are not confined solely to the metaphysical. The electronics industry widely uses the ability of quartz to precisely structure and control frequencies. In healing and personal development, not dissimilar properties allow quartz crystals to act like tuning forks, gently but powerfully returning our bodies frequencies to a healthier, natural state. Quartz naturally balances and energizes both our gross and subtle bodies. Kirlian photography has shown that holding a small, double terminated quartz doubles the photographable portion of the human aura.
The intrinsic properties of all quartz crystals heals, cleanses, balances and strengthens the chakras, resulting in physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as initiating and strengthening our innate intuitive abilities.
Key crystals are recognized by an indentation on the side or face of a crystal, usually six sided as it's a specific type of growth interference caused by another quartz crystal. They are used to gain access to information from which you are normally excluded. Healing concepts and illusive aspects of ourselves can be unlocked. Useful for healers and intuitive diagnostics.
"Used to unlock the "doors" to healing concepts and those aspects of the self which tend to be illusive. It also assists one in accessing that which is hidden in any situation".
Recognised as a relatively long and slender crystal. They
are an excellent crystal for developing focus, especially in terms of
meditation and intuition. Unsurprisingly, they make excellent wands and being
quartz naturally resonate with the intention of the user.
"The use of laser wands during meditation facilitates the
establishment of a finer communication with other worlds, the crystalline
world, and the inner world of the self.
Laser wands often have unique etching and or/markings upon
them. They were once used in the healing temples of Lemuria, the markings
indicating the records of experiences "they have seen”. It can be used to clear
an area of negativity, to create protective barriers and to beam healing energy
to oneself or another.”
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These extraordinary crystals are often referred to as Lemurian seed crystals, because it is
said that the ancient Lemurians "seeded” them with knowledge to be
retrieved by those with the ability to do so. Lemuria existed in the distant past when humans expressed a highly elevated consciousness, analogous to the golden age, Satya yuga, of Vedic chronology.
Working with these is said to
give an awareness of the consciousness that pervaded Lemurian. They certainly have a distinct, bright and attractive energy.
Lemurian quartz have distinct horizontal striations
(sometimes called bar codes), that often alternate; 3 smooth, 3 striated. They
also often taper towards the point and sometimes form with a pink or golden
shade. Found in a single location, the Sierra Do Cabral Mountain in Minas
Gerais, Brazil, the legend says that they form a grid throughout the earth.
Used in all types of healing, meditation, intuitive and energy work with
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Of the numerous stones used for crystal healing, many of the
most effective and popular contain lithium, a light alkali metal. The most
powerful lithium crystals available are lithium in quartz, as the quartz
further amplifies its unique qualities.
Interestingly, lithium is produced naturally by the brain
when we appreciate a beautiful sunset!
It is used pharmacologically as a class of mood stabilizing
drugs, a neurological effect of the lithium ion Li+, used extensively to treat
bipolar conditions. It is also prescribed as a preventive treatment for
migraine and cluster headaches. Lithium hydroxide is the preferred air purifier
in confined spaces like submarines and spacecraft. Lithium super oxide not only
absorbs carbon dioxide, but also releases oxygen. It is also an excellent
conductor of electricity, has the highest specific heat of any solid element,
therefore used in heat transfer applications, and is the lightest of all known
metals. Number 3 in the periodic table, this is no ordinary substance and makes
up only 0.0007% of the earth's crust.
Lithium in quartz is perhaps the most powerful balancing,
anti-depressant and mood stabilizing stones available.
These are of two types of the prized, beautiful and mysterious Manifestation formation. One is where a crystal that previously bridged into a larger one, has become enclosed. The other where a DT literally grew within a larger crystal. The latter are seriously rare and the choice of the purist. Both are extremely beautiful with unique energies.
From a geometric point of view, they represent a "world within a world". They are used by mystics to help manifest desires on the physical plane.
"The Manifestation crystal is recognized by a small crystal totally enclosed within a larger crystal, and they are very rare. The use of the manifestation crystal requires the inner knowledge that one is a clear and perfect channel, that a pure white light provides the guiding way, and that the purity of the Divine is within the inner self. They can also be used to facilitate artistic creativity, creative thinking, agricultural pursuits, and to increase or decrease any aspect of ones life."
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This is obviously a location not a type, but as a relatively
new find with a very distinctive mood, it warrants inclusion in any quartz
From around 2012 some extraordinary crystals have emerged
from the remote regions of Inner Mongolia by small scale mines and individual
miners. Some of the most unusual, energetic and genuinely mystical crystals
ever to surface. From complex Sceptres to an essentially new quartz type, the
blue-green dual core, Mongolian
quartz will find it’s place alongside the quartz aristocracy of Brandberg,
Tibet and the Himalayas to become a must for those interested in the more
esoteric aspects of crystals and healing.
The dual core Mongolian has a uniquely alternating clear and purple core (seen top-right of the picture). The colour change is not the result of
phantoms, but a hexagonal core that changes colour one or more times, every few
centimetres. The exterior is unique, a blue-green refined elestiation with
a tendency to form sceptres. It is translucent, glassy, "moist" and
possess an otherworldly geometric perfection and satin sheen. The colour is a result of fine
"Hedenbergite when occurring with quartz and amethyst
brings together the qualities of these minerals to produce a dynamic stone for
meditation, healing and for telepathic endeavours.”
Dual core Mongolians contain the properties of
hedenbergite, green quartz, blue quartz, amethyst, sceptres, elestials,
trigonics and record keepers.
Many crystals, Guerrero’s from Mexico for example, have been
named warrior crystals, but none come
close the mood possessed by
Mongolian quartz. Of course the first thing that comes to mind when we think
of Mongolia, are the marauding hoards of Genghis Khan, however this all too
obvious connotation is not the reason many have appreciated this new and
distinctly energetic quartz.
The tendency to form Sceptres, both as the main feature, on
the sides (when formed like candle quartz) and sometimes around the base
combine with other masculine features to produce a crystal with the spirit of a spiritual warrior. Who doesn't need a bit of that these days?
A manifestation crystal is a crystal within a crystal. A
negative manifestation crystal doesn’t refer to energetic properties, but the
"negative” refers to a geological term best understood in terms of photography.
This means that the internal "crystal” is actually hollow. These are often indistinguishable
from "ordinary” manifestation crystals, apart from the occasional presence of a
characteristic indentation on one side and/or a moving bubble.
Little is known or written about them, but they are one of
the most magical (and rare) of all quartz formations. They point to an inner
world and are prized by shaman and mystics.
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The "phantom" is caused by a pause in the crystals growth, leaving a partial or complete "phantom" within the crystal after it continued to grow. This pause in growth can last for thousands of years. The phantom usually appears as a fine white veil, but sometimes as a coloured mineral. The butterfly principle. Growth, apparent inactivity and rebirth. Out of limitation appears something of beauty. These amazing stones help us to see before, after, and the struggles in-between, as part of an evolutionary process. They help to instil a sense of "magic" many of us lost along the way. A valuable stone for the spiritual seeker, clearly showing how the inner is the foundation of the outer, subtle the foundation of the gross, spiritual the foundation of the material.
"These crystals stimulate the recall of ones state just prior to birth; This information can be accessed for each of the beginnings of the life cycle. One can hence, gain information of the multitude of experience/lessons."
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These are gorgeous phantoms, sometimes resembling vast green landscapes in miniature!
"These crystals [green phantoms] have been used to provide access to, and transfer of, information from the purity of the angelic realms. It assists in clairaudient endeavours, affording lucid, distinct, and articulate verbalization of the messages received...They combine the energy of quartz crystals with one of the most healing minerals...Chlorite is one of the most favourable healing stones. Worn, carried, placed within ones environment or used as an elixir, the properties of chlorite are overwhelmingly positive."
"Red phantom quartz crystals additionally contain the properties of limonite, kaolinite and hematite. These crystals are rare.The red phantom is also used to stimulate the first 3 chakras, to combine the energies to produce highly recognizable vitality directed toward creativity, intellectual advancement and intuitive endeavours."
These phantoms often appear as gorgeous, translucent veils - a kind of holographic pyramid. As well as the general properties of the phantom, these posses an ability to instil a sense of wonder in the world around us. Helping us see old situations with new eyes. A wonderful crystal for the mystic and "seer".
In pinnacle quartz the very tip of the crystal is slightly
It helps to open and strengthen the crown chakra and
enhances all forms of intuition and perception.
"Pinnacle quartz opens and activates the crown chakra, and
assists one to channel desire toward the "proper” goals, assisting one to
adjust and to be comfortable in all situations. It further provides for a
smooth transition from the beta state to the alpha level, where extra-sensory
perception is stimulated.”
Rainbow crystals are usually recognized by prismatic fractures producing rainbows of colour within the crystal. Another type is where the contact side of two crystals growing side by side bit not merged as twins form a rainbow.
To see the positive in suffering is easily discussed, but usually achieved with difficulty and hindsight. As always this principle is displayed perfectly by nature, here in the rainbow quartz crystal. Some stress or violence caused fractures within what may have been a "perfect" stone. When the light contacts the fractures, instead of seeing imperfection, we see the mystery of white light separated into the seven colours of the rainbow.
"Rainbow crystals produce the full spectrum of colour, white light of healing and perfection being dispersed into the individual rays of the rainbow; this dispersion facilitates use of the rainbow crystal on any and all chakras... Crystals containing these internal fractures have certain prismatic effects which produce powerful rainbows within the crystal, giving additional energy which is lacking in a "crystal clear" specimen."
The new energies made available by these colours can be used in healing any or all of the chakras.
Recognised by a slightly raised triangle or triangles on the side or face of the quartz crystal. Sometimes the triangles are fairly deep and "3D", though often they are almost flat to the crystal face. These rare formations are said to possess information from bygone cultures, specifically Atlantis.
"Crystals which have small pyramid-shaped marking on one or more facets which designates them as record-keepers. A crystal within which wisdom is stored. It is thought that when one properly attunes with this crystal, the ancient knowledge and profound secrets of the universe can be psychically retrieved. They have been consciously and purposefully programmed by the beings who created the energies which have culminated in the actualization of life on this plane, and by their direct descendants [e.g., the Atlanteans and Lemurians]."
These are recognised by stepping (as opposed to tapered
quartz) that creates a narrowing towards the tip.
They are an uncommon and energetic metaphysical tool suited
to focused meditation, energy work and developing the crown chakra.
"Reverse Quartz Sceptres activate the same properties [as Sceptres]
and further serve to return the healing energy to the user. It can also be used
to induce a state of mind which is free of impressions. It allows one to see
the duality of ones nature, rectifying the negative and building the positive.
It can produce deep silence interspersed with visions of the luminous terrain
of the crown chakra."
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"Rutilated quartz intensifies the power of the quartz crystal. It combines the qualities of quartz with those of rutile and sagenite."
"Rutile, when found within another crystalline form, brings strength with love, ease in transition, growth in all avenues of ones development, calm, reason, and order. Rutile is used for healing and balancing the aura via repelling negative energy. It assists one in getting to the root of a problem. It is a stone for stabilizing relationships, marriages, mental processes, and emotional and physical imbalances."
"Sagenite is a "stone of wisdom". It helps one to be judicious in ones experiences and to gain insight into the inner being without being required to repeat onerous situations. It provides acute mental discernment and enhancement of the practical side of ones nature. It encourages deliberate action via the exquisite art of kindness. Removes "muddy" areas from the aura." Quotes from "Love is in the Earth", used with kind permission.
Recognised by stepping out to a wider head. Those where the
widening is on all 6 sides are considered the best, but even if this doesn’t
occur on all sides, it is still considered a sceptre.
Sceptres are essentially masculine in energy and are best
suited to positive, assertive projections, as opposed to the natural
receptivity of crystals that resonate more with the feminine principle. An
example of where this might be useful would be for a person or situation where
assertion and more personal power was appropriate.
"Sceptres were used in Atlantis and Lemuria in healing
ceremonies and were a symbol of the power of the realm; those who carried or
wore a Sceptre Crystal were in the position of high priest/priestess. The
sceptre brings the spirituality of the higher planes into the healing
ceremonies and focuses the energy deep with the heart of the matter. It is an excellent
configuration for transmission of directional energy.”
Recognized by crystalline structures appearing where a crystal was previously broken.
Having learned to heal itself, these crystals can reveal this knowledge to someone in the process of healing themselves or others. Crystals in general and self-healed quartz in particular are insistent on trying to teach us that nothing is ever too late, or too damaged to reach the state of inherent perfection. Very useful and potent crystals.
"The self-healed crystal, having learned to heal itself, can lend this knowledge to the user and can share the experience of self-healing. One may use the crystal for healing of the self or in "crystal healing" of another person".
"This crystal takes situations, which appear to be devastating, and helps them to fulfill themselves - utilizing the law of the perfect order of the universe and the creativity of natural completion".
A fascinating and extremely rare formation. At some point this crystal was essentially in two pieces but stayed in close enough proximity to re-join.
A slight (occasionally pronounced) change of angle at the fracture point, cloud band and layering over the old wound all indicate
the master self-healed formation, but identification may be difficult for
those not familiar with the formation.
Sometimes a crystal is fractured vertically, a split into left and right. This is also master self healed - vertical master self-healed - and is no less wonderful as the more recognised type. Often the two surface areas that need to heal are far larger making it even more miraculous.
"Another type of self-healed crystal is one which has been broken (exhibiting the break in the horizontal plane, or close to the horizontal strata), with the break being healed and the crystal structure being again complete. This crystal is the master crystal in the art of self-healing".
Skeletal is commonly used as a synonym for elestial, but
while sharing some of its defining and metaphysical properties; it is a
distinct quartz formation. Most elestials are not skeletal.
Skeletal quartz is characterized by geometric depressions
(and therefore raised patterning), which produce pronounced external etching
and internal cavities. These internal spaces combine to give an overall
skeletal appearance. The edges grew more quickly than the faces, so the edges
stand out like the frames of a window. Crystals that grow very quickly often
develop skeletal growth forms.
Skeletal quartz allows for deeper vision, clairvoyance and access to the
inner working of things. It is an excellent stone for the shaman and mystic,
who have utilized its properties for journeying. It possesses the properties of
the elestial and gateway formations.
The presence of sodium in clear quartz creates smokey quartz. While clear quartz (especially that with rainbows) is used on all chakras, the smokey variety, as with all dark/blackish stones is generally associated with the base chakra. It is therefore useful in removing blockages to physical energy in relation to fear and it's foundations. This can often be earlier negative experiences. If these are of a sexual nature, treatment of the base chakra is doubly indicated. However, the varied combinations that smokey's are available in, from elestials to enhydros, must also be considered in determining its effects. This crystal is useful in helping dissolve negative energy produced by the mind. Balancing and cleansing of the meridians and subtle bodies is enhanced. The energy of smokey quartz is receptive and it is a mood elevator. It is said to overcome depression and other negative emotions.It is said to dissolve energy fields which have been generated from negative thought forms, anger and resentment. It is prolonged, intense and gentle in its action on the higher levels such as meditation, simply holding the stone will suffice. Provides for balancing the yin-yang energy. The presence of sodium in clear quartz is said to produce smokey quartz; therefore, according to Melody (Love is in the Earth), smokey quartz can facilitate the regulation of liquids within the body, and can produce a state of equilibrium within the body with respect to mineral supplementation. When there is a distinct delineation between clear and smokey, "the combination of smokey/clear quartz with a very definite separation", "has produced a melding of the properties of smokey and clear quartz. It has also been used to assist one in matters of discrimination and in delineation of those actions required in ones life to facilitate the furtherance of objectives in any situation. The smokey acts to ground the energies of the clear quartz, promoting ease of energy application. This combination has an enhanced energy."
Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from Love is in the Earth, by Melody.