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 heal, cleanses, balances and strengthen the chakras, resulting in physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as initiating and strengthening our innate intuitive abilities.
Activation crystals are recognised by an inclined window, which is similar to, but less symmetrical than, the
window formation. It is located on either side of the central (main) face. When to
the left it is said to increase left brain function, and when to the right,
right brain function. When referred to as time-line quartz, its properties are considered in terms of past and future. Left is said to give access to impressions from the past, right the
The properties of this activation crystals are closely linked to the window crystal, the only difference being the slight angle of the window. A parallelogram as opposed to the rhombus window crystals. As such its properties are not limited solely to the criteria already mentioned and share many of the properties of window crystals.
Aqua aura crystals are a man-made combination of gold and quartz, but the properties of gold are so positive that even an unnatural combination produces a useful healing stone. Molecules of pure gold are bonded to the quartz by the natural electric charge of the crystal. By natures arrangement, this produces a celestial shade of blue. This cannot be scraped off and permeates the crystal. These beautiful crystals combine the properties of gold and quartz. This allows greater direction to be given to the energy of the gold via the ability of quartz to be programmed. Gold has been called the master healer, symbolizing purity of heart, the perfection of alchemical transformation. Purifying at all levels, the beneficial effects of gold are considerable. Thought forms are enhanced and the heart chakra is balanced and soothed. The primary chakra healing properties are dependent on colour, so aqua aura resonates most strongly with the throat chakra.
"Gold can also help to assuage the overburden of responsibility, to combat feelings of depression and inferiority, to allow one to both understand and dispense with self-reproach and to calm excitation and anger."
As a relatively new crystal from the "Cave of Wonders"
in the Boreal Forest of
Northwestern Ontario in Canada, many of the properties of this amazing healing stone are still to be discovered.
In both appearance and properties, auralite is quite similar to Super 7, though in
auralite Aura X-ray diffraction has been used to identify at least 23 minerals.
The majority of the crystal comprises amethyst, citrine and a rare green quartz
type which form intricate etching and attractive chevron phantom banding. In
larger specimens, they usually have a "red cap” termination.
Auralite 23 possesses the properties of its constituent
minerals plus unique properties resulting from their synergy. It also enhances
and magnifies the energies of other crystals in proximity to it, especially
(but not limited to) those that are in it.
There is some disagreement as to the exact composition (and therefore properties) of
auralite, but all agree it contains at least 23 minerals. One noteworthy point
is that the Gemological Institute of America had never found gold traces in
Titanite, cacoxenite, lepidocrocite, ajoite, hematite, magnetite, pyrite, goethite, pyrolusite, gold, silver, platinum, nickel, copper, iron, limonite, sphalerite, covellite, chalcopyrite, gilalite, epidote, bornite, and rutile.
The properties of each separate mineral are present, as well as specific combinations of two or more minerals and the cumulative, synergistic effect of all 23 minerals.
"If one is fortunate enough to become an Earth-keeper
for a quartz crystal containing gold, the uses are extensive. The properties of
gold and quartz crystal are combined and produce "dynamite"
Auralite enhances healing, personal development, intuition
and all types of energy work. It's chakra healing properties are excellent
as it can be used on any or all of the chakras. It initiates and stimulates kundalini energy, a wonderful attribute for any healing stone.
feels like a dissolving of one’s cares and worries––a release of patterns of
anxiety, resentment, judgment, depression and defeat. As this dissolution
occurs, one feels an upliftment of one’s spirit and an awakening to the
potentialities for a new life. This rising of optimism and new hope is felt all
the way into one’s cellular consciousness. The body itself is awed and made
reverent by the clearing of the veils of illusion and the dawning of the
presence of one’s Higher Self.” Robert Simmons, Stones of the New Consciousness.
Barnacle crystals are recognized as crystals partially covered by many smaller, tiny crystals. They are essentially a type of mini-cluster and share the properties of clusters, one of the very best all-around healing crystals, especially good for chakra healing as the combined energy of the individual points combine to produce an energy greater than the sum of its parts.
These common but effective healing stones have properties related to issues of trust and dependence, especially in relation to the principle of family. Improves physical and intellectual fertility. In terms of chakra healing for physical fertility use on the sacral (2nd) chakra, for intellectual fertility use on the crown (7th) or heart (4th) chakra.
Brandberg, being a mountain range in Namibia, is a location, not exactly a type, but it is so distinct and unique a healing stone that it warrants inclusion in any
quartz properties list. The circular Brandberg mountain range rises out of the
red desert to form the highest peaks in Namibia. The summit, Königstein, German
for "King's Stone", stands at over 2,500 metres.
These mountains have always been held sacred and are famed
for their ancient rock paintings and engravings. The indigenous Damara people named the mountain Dâures, which means "Burning
Mountain". Brandberg is German for "Fire Mountain", because of
its beautiful orange glow at sunset. The Herero people named Brandberg, Omukuruvaro"Mountain of the Gods" and attributed to it many spiritual and metaphysical properties.
Stunning amethyst and smoky "flames", liquid inclusions, negatives, harlequins, inclusions and a lustre to rival any Herkimer. This vast physical variety
is matched by their unrivalled metaphysical properties. Healers and shaman, both indigenous and worldwide, have long used
Brandbergs for chakra healing and energy work of all types. They are wonderfully transformational
healing crystals of unparalleled beauty and energy.
All our Brandberg crystals are direct from local, small scale miners. They dig
only by hand and refill any holes, leaving the sacred mountains undamaged. We believe the properties of crystals mined in this way are at their peak and our long-standing friendship with these miners means we get the finest Brandbergs at the best prices.
"This high-vibration crystal is an indispensable aid for
healing, journeying and for exploring the pure, eternal blueprint that lies
behind existence. It returns a body to
that purity of vibration and intention that came before any imprinting from
earthly incarnations. Emanating infinite compassion to all of creation,
Brandbergs brings about deep soul healing and forgiveness.
This healing stone speeds recovery from illness or accident and is excellent for
house clearing. A smoky Brandberg is the finest tool available for removing
implants, attachments, spirit possession or mental influence and this is the
stone par excellence for transformation or transition.” Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible.
Bridge crystals are recognized as a smaller crystal which is part in, and part out of a larger quartz crystal. When the smaller crystals are relatively deep they are often referred to as "penetration bridge" crystals.
"Bridge crystals facilitate bridging between the inner and outer worlds, between the self and others residing on this planet, and between the self and other worlds... and are quite beneficial when one is working with the aspects of spirituality and with the advanced metaphysical areas, and attempting to share this knowledge with others.”
The properties of this very useful healing stone facilitate passing over or entering what was previously impassable or un-enterable. The essential geometry of the crystal is penetrated, providing access to inner worlds and issues previously inaccessible. Appreciated by shamans and those interested in "journeying" and useful for meditation.
Bridge crystals are useful for improving teaching skills, communication and group cohesion. In chakra healing, they are useful in helping to remove blockages.
Candle, cactus, spirit and pineapple quartz are essentially the
same formation though the latter tend to be stouter crystals. The small terminations
covering the sides of the main, central crystal have the look of a candle covered
in wax drips or the textured skin of the pineapple. Spirit quartz was
originally named by African miners, its gorgeous amethyst shades reminded them
of methylated spirits. For chakra healing this colour specifically resonates with the crown chakra (7th), the delicate pink shades are more in tune with the heart chakra (4th) and the earthier brown and grey tones are useful grounding and base chakra (1st) healing stones. This resonance indicates that the properties healing crystals are dependent not just on type but colour.
These crystals combine some of the properties of
the multi-dimensional elestial and abundance of the barnacle formations. Excellent crystals for information retrieval and meditation and its form, the spiky "shell" also
indicates it’s protective properties and usefulness as a shielding stone.
"Spirit Quartz is the most enchanting crystal that I
have worked with. It has been used to provide for a smooth transition from the
beta to the alpha level, where extra-sensory perception is stimulated. This
crystal has also been used to rectify localized energy disturbances. It acts to
dissipate the disturbance and to replace any disorganized energy with stable,
reliable energy which discourages further disorder."
Cathedral crystals are recognised by their "architectural”
form, which bears a resemblance to multiple towers, like those of a castle or
Their unique metaphysical properties are said to give access to the Akashic records and past
lives. For chakra healing, they can be used on any or all of the chakras, but have a specific resonance with the heart chakra, which being central to the seven chakras, encourages balance. This useful healing stone shares multi-terminations with elestials, which they also share some properties with; these are summarised in the following quote.
"The Elestial quartz crystal is recognized by natural multi-terminations
over the body or face of an etched and/or layered crystal. The Elestial
contains the absolute and ultimate essential wisdom and can provide for the transfer of this insight to the physical intellect via the higher-self.”
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Kacha Stones is the proud miner of Welsh and Irish quartz, Celtic crystals. These relatively rare crystals are ethically hand mined in the hills of Wales and shores of SW Ireland, taking great care to leave the environment undisturbed. After carefully hand cleaning each one, they are stored on the earth or in a natural woodland spring in the Cyche Valley of West Wales to maintain their magical properties. These locations are vividly described in the very oldest Celtic texts, the Mabinogian, as being where King Arthur hunted the White Hart and famous as the gateway to the Fairie Kingdom. We are fortunate to be located in this valley, which offers unique opportunities for considerably enhancing the energies of all our crystals.
Celtic crystals are a valuable link to the ancient and mystical energies of Great Britain, with a mood and metaphysical properties as distinct as that from Tibet or Namibia. Their properties make them especially suited to meditation, shamanism, all intuitive and magical practices and connecting to nature spirits.
The main, front face is large and seven sided. Its opposite, rear face is a smaller triangle. Channelling crystals are an excellent example of how the properties of numbers relate to the metaphysical properties of crystals. Seven indicates wisdom and mysticism. Three indicates understanding what previously appeared irreconcilable, by the introduction of another factor/deeper vision. This vision "surfaces" as the triangle is the manifestation of a surface from a line in geometric progression. The combination of the numbers 7 and 3 always indicates a movement (3) of wisdom (7).
"The channelling crystal provides for a means of channelling and expressing truth and wisdom from both the inner realms of perfection and other worlds. It is symbolic of the student, the professor, the mystic and the seeker of wisdom. The channelling crystals can be used to access the wisdom from "within and without". They can be used to bring forth light and love from the most truthful and knowledgeable portions of the self. Sometimes there can be an encounter with other entities from whom one can learn; always check the information, given by the entity, with the personal inner knowing."
Channelling crystals are one of the most accessible healing stones, are extremely easy to work with and relatively common. Their properties facilitate a connection between our conscious mind and innate wisdom, as well as other planes of existence. The benefits of such an opportunity would be hard to exaggerate. Extremely useful for those who have a desire to develop their psychic abilities. For healers, they effortlessly boost to intuitive insights into what is required, both for themselves and clients.
Clusters are crystals grouped on a common matrix. Where there is no matrix the crystals bridge together. These wonderfully healing crystals encourage a sense of community, creating harmony and removing negativity from its environment, whether that is on a body or in a room. One of the easiest crystals to use for chakra healing. The intrinsic group energy of clusters easily removes blockages and strengthens all the chakras. The same properties make them the first choice for cleansing and activating other healing stones. Clusters sometimes contain many metaphysical formations, their properties all working together harmoniously.
"Quartz clusters serve to bring the "group” energy of the associated crystal to the surrounding environment, enhancing harmony and peace in groups, in the family, and in other social and/or business environments.”
"The quartz crystal is the connection
between the physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. It can be used
to communicate with minerals, plants, animals, and intelligent forces outside
the physical dimension. In early times, when all things were thought to be
parts of greater living consciousness, the quartz crystal was believed to
synchronize the individual and total consciousness with that of the heavens and
Although man-made, the properties of cobalt are so positive that even an unnatural combination produces a useful healing stone. Molecules of pure cobalt are bonded to the quartz by the natural electric charge of the crystal, producing brilliant hues of royal blue, violet and gold. Cannot be scraped off. These incredibly beautiful crystals combine the qualities of cobalt and quartz while allowing for greater direction to be given to the energy of the cobalt via the ability of quartz to be programmed. This is one of the properties of quartz crystals that sets them apart for healing.
The properties of cobalt make it a specific for creativity, both removing blockages to the creative impulse and enhancing creative powers in the many fields they are needed. It is said to lift the emotions and instil a sense of wonder in the creation we are surrounded by, but so often fail to appreciate.
Used in chakra healing it is a powerful third-eye stimulator, promoting not only clairvoyance and all forms of intuition, but it also encourages a deeper comprehension of the things we meditate on. This property makes it an extremely useful healing stone.
This curved quartz formation is recognised as a curvature of the whole crystal, causing it to bend slightly, or more commonly, a curvature of individual sides in an otherwise straight crystal as in the picture. The curvature is caused by excessive amounts of energy being channelled by these crystals during their growth. The earth's crust is 12% quartz (by volume) for a reason, the energetic properties of these wonderful crystals are working long before we find them.
"In the Curved Quartz Crystal curvature is produced during the developmental stages of growth and is a rather rare occurrence. The structure of the curved crystal provides for a continuous (when in one's energy field) alignment of the physical meridians and the nervous system, and the alignment of the physical, emotional, mental, etheric, astral, etc., bodies, singularly and with one another.”
"The Curved Quartz Crystal emanates gentle,
but powerful energy, and can be used to cleanse the aura, promote flexibility
in one's attitudes, and to provide strength to one's decisions. It allows one to
see the inner workings of any situation. It has been used in the treatment of
The properties of this exceptional healing stone allow it to smooth out imbalances in the energy flow of the meridians and subtle bodies, enabling the body to re-establish a healthier, more balanced equilibrium. Its gentle but powerful energy brings balance to all subtle bodies, singularly and with one another, making it a good choice in chakra healing. This benefit extends to the nervous system and is therefore useful in easing tension.
Curved quartz crystals help us see beyond convention and break it appropriately. An uncommon and powerful healing stone with unique properties.
These beautiful crystals are recognised by the tree, plant or moss-like inclusions and
are an excellent healing stone for those working with plants and wanting to gain a
deeper understanding of them. The branching forms are usually
manganese crystals, so these also possess the properties of manganese.
"Manganese is a mineral of bonding, bringing others closer
and activating the energies of cooperation in group efforts. Produces a
grounding effect which balances the emotions and the physical body.”
The picture shows an exceptional tree form, but like with
most formations, far humbler examples contain the same properties and energies.
It shares properties with Faden quartz, in that it aids in
making connections, whether that is in physical healing or helping to access
the higher self. In chakra healing, the usually earthy tones of the dendritic inclusions make it a useful base (1st) chakra stone.
"Dendritic quartz crystals facilitate closeness with nature and
connection to the Earth Mother. It can be used to activate the chakras and to
sustain the opening of the chakras to facilitate purity in the total connection
to the higher consciousness.”
Instead of growing from a matrix, double terminated crystals (floaters) grow from a central "seed", in the same way, quartz is produced for the electronics industry. This produces two points in opposite directions. Remarkable on its own, but these crystals are not only capable of structuring, storing, transmitting and amplifying diverse energies, the properties of quartz in general, but being an independent whole, posses extra properties. It is these properties of energy creation and amplification that makes them so prized as healing crystals.
These relatively common crystals have an overwhelmingly positive effect on health. Simply carry, put under your pillow at night, or place in drinking water to produce a simple but effective gem elixir. DT's are one of the best stones for chakra healing as they can be used on any chakra or touching the coloured healing stones to amplify their effect.
"Double terminated crystals can assist in providing protection from mental and physical harm. Carrying a double terminated crystal can enable one to maintain one's energy shield. Excellent for astral projection and
dreaming - place them under your pillow at night and they can increase and
intensify the dream state. They are also excellent for use in meditation.”
Worn or carried, their properties act without conscious direction, intensifying the aura, providing subtle and physical protection. Ayurveda, the extremely sophisticated medical knowledge of ancient India, understands the aura to be the first wave of the immune system. The benefits of strengthening the aura are more tangible than most would imagine, giving a feeling of having more energy and shielding from unwanted frequencies, sometimes called etheric pollution.
Clusters of double terminated crystals with no matrix, they just bridge together, usually elegantly. They combine all the properties of clusters, double terminated crystals, bridges and any other formations of the individual DT's. A beautiful, powerful, relatively rare and extremely useful healing stone. As with clusters generally, the overall effect is greater than the sum of its parts.
Their unique chakra healing properties make them a must for healers. Simply placing the stone on any chakra will clear and stimulate all 7 chakras. By placing the DT cluster on a chakra and then placing that chakras coloured stone on top, the results are tangibly improved. The properties of any formations of the individual DT's are naturally amplified producing a dynamic results.
Dow crystals are recognized as having 6 faces (as always), with 7-3-7-3-7-3 face sides. A remarkable and rare healing stone, the properties of which efficiently combine the archetypes of 3 and 7 perfectly and harmoniously.
Those interested in numerology or sacred geometry will immediately recognize such a structure as significant. The most symmetrical and balanced of all the crystals, combining the properties of both channelling and transmitter crystals, as well as exhibiting their own unique properties. Dows are the ultimate crystal for balancing energies and are therefore healing to the physical, mental and emotional bodies. In chakra healing, they provide a tuning fork that resonates with each chakra to "remind" it of it's innate harmonious, balanced frequency.
In looking at the qualities of these numbers we can receive much insight into understanding the potency of the geometry of crystals. In music, 7 notes span 3 octaves, there are 7 chakras and white light is divisible into 7 main colours. There are many trinities. 3 primary colours, 3 gunas (modes of consciousness in Vedic philosophy), the "action, reaction and resultant" of the physicist, the past, present and future of time and in Arthurian legend, only 3 knights found the Grail. The easiest way to understand this archetype of 3 in Dow crystals is 1, 2, through. What comes through is the wisdom of 7.
Occasionally, the triangles of Dows are so tiny that they appear not to be there. However, as quartz must have 6 faces and 2 of the 3 seven-sided faces meet where only 5 faces can be counted, it is a mathematical impossibility for the triangle not to be there. Crystal geometries and their resultant properties are never fickle. They are quite literally "set in stone".
"Dows combine the qualities of the
transmitter and channelling crystal. It also provides for a continuous
connective force between the holder of the crystal and "All That Is".
It is the crystal for creativity and service to humanity through spiritual and
mystical pursuits. It allows access to the records relating to each question or
thought and, even without focusing, provides intuitive awareness in all
Elestial crystals are recognized by multi-terminations on the body and/or faces of a layered and/or etched crystal.
An elestial is far more complex, energetically, geometrically and in terms of properties, than a single crystal or cluster. In the analogy of a single crystal being pocket calculator, an elestial is a computer. In their natural environment, they act to direct, focus and integrate the "ordinary" crystals in the work they naturally do in the earth. In their interaction with humans, they appear to be able to integrate disparate perceptions, allowing for a more mature understanding of the area being contemplated. Elestials work to bring that which is needed within the grasp of the conscious mind. They can help us remember our immortality, bringing heart and intellect together to recognize an all-encompassing, intrinsic spiritual unity. The keyword to help understand the properties of these fascinating and mysterious crystals is integration.
"The elestial can be used to stabilize brain wave frequencies and to ameliorate erratic and/or confused thoughts; it can further assist in producing an expanded state of awareness and encouraging energy to speed one toward the light. It assists one in summoning vitality in order to produce advancement towards the eternal brilliance of the spiritual self."
"The Elestial is the "enchanted crystal”, bringing with it the concepts of Siva and the understanding that after a transition from one phase of life, or from the physical body, the newness will be re-installed. It provides the user with "a hug from the wind in the willow”, allowing for flow in change and actualization.”
"The elestial quartz crystal is recognized by natural multi-terminations
over the body or face of an etched and/or layered crystal. The Elestial
contains the absolute and ultimate essential wisdom and can provide for the transfer of this insight to the physical intellect via the higher-self. The elestial can assist in activating and furthering
the activities of the third-eye and can stimulate an increase in abilities
associated with clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.”
Enhydro is Greek for "water within". These crystals contain pockets of pure water, mysteriously trapped for hundreds of thousands of years, before pollution and contaminated water tables were even heard of.
Water has been found in chalcedony, agate and quartz and is usually perceived by the presence of moving gas bubbles. Very occasionally, there are pockets of water with no bubble but a tiny floating inclusion. It is also possible to have water pockets with neither bubbles or inclusions. These can be very difficult to identify as such
In terms of the 4 elements water has traditionally indicated the emotions; earth-body, water-emotions, air-mind, fire-spirit. These exceptionally healing crystals can have a profound effect on our emotional life. Water that cannot move becomes stagnated - as emotions that cannot be expressed stagnate. Enhydros contain water trapped for that may have been trapped for hundreds of thousands of years, but the water has remained clean and pure. This is the primary indicator of the properties of these crystals; protection and purification of the emotional body. In chakra healing, they can be used and any chakra, but have a special resonance with the solar plexus emotional centre.
The ease with which water accepts impressions from almost any source, as shown in the work of Dr Emoto and others, makes these crystals effortlessly programmable. This is one of the most neglected aspects of crystal healing.
"Enhydros also contain life-sustaining energy, initiating adaptability in situations which could, otherwise, become stressful...It is a strength to help other minerals perform in a requisite manner. This mineral can help one to put oneself in the shoes of another, and to recognize and understand the true feelings of that person... The Enhydro assists in metamorphosis and continued change throughout all times, it provides for the concentrated determination of both the acceleration and the ease of reformation of self.....In healing, it is useful to have an Enhydro available; it assists in bringing the body to the state or specified condition that one is attempting to attain."
Etched crystals are recognised
by abrasions and/or intricate indentations, often forming patterns or textures. The properties of etched quartz mean they are often used in meditation. Crystals with more complex patterning can be used for scrying.
"This etched formation has been used to facilitate contact
and the transfer of information from the ancient Egyptian civilizations and
from Lemuria and Atlantis …the markings contain information of experiences in
which they have participated. They also contain information with respect to the
healing methodology which has been proved successful over aeons of time and
throughout the universe. The etched quartz crystal is usually a personal
meditation crystal …will be beneficial to one's personal development and/or will
provide information which will assist one in helping another. The Etched quartz
is usually a personal meditation crystal.”
Faden crystals have one or more milky, "feathery" thread lines, usually running edge to edge through the crystal. This is usually perpendicular to the crystals growth and is unique to Fadens. They are prized as the ultimate "connection" crystal, either with other people, entities, ideas or other dimensions.
Faden lines manifest primarily in tabular shaped crystals. The properties of "tabbies" make them one of the best crystals for psychic development, communication and information retrieval of all types. The combination of the properties of Faden and tabby crystals makes them extremely useful for those with a desire to increase their realms of perception and intuition. The properties of the Faden thread help us establish the connection which is amplified by the tabby.
"The Faden is a stone that facilitates "mending" on all levels. A crystal of connection, stimulating and furthering connective forces between the self and that which is chosen as the recipient. A stone for finding ones complement on the physical plane, serving as a magnetic field to attract one's counterpart and to facilitate an unfathomable energy transfer between oneself and the other."
"Fadens provide for a continuous [when in one's energy field] alignment of the physical meridians and the nervous system, and for the alignment of the physical, emotional, mental, etheric, astral, etc., bodies, singularly and with one another.”
Fairy crystals are clusters of extremely fine, delicate, bright crystals. There is no possibility of getting these beautiful healing stones any other way than by very careful hand mining.
Their unique properties are derived from their often miniature, architectural refinement. Their frequency lifts the consciousness exactly the right amount to help those sensitive enough to perceive our very close neighbours. They appear to emit "fairy" energy because their structural refinement resonates with that plane. Their slender crystals are usually lasers, so they also share the properties of that formation. In chakra healing, they cleanse and dissipate unwanted energies and have a special resonance with the crown chakra.
Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from Love is in the Earth, by Melody.