Types of Crystals
When people talk about crystals, they are usually referring to clear quartz, the most common form,
which is often called the "grandfather" of the mineral kingdom.
Quartz crystals represent the sum total of evolution on the material plane.
The six sides of the quartz crystal symbolize the six chakras, with the
termination point corresponding to the crown chakra: that which connects
one with the infinite. The base of the crystal is their root or foundation
with the Earth. Frequently quartz crystals are cloudy or milky at the bottom
and become more clear at the top, or point. This also symbolizes a growth
pattern in which the cloudiness and dullness of consciousness is cleared
as one grows closer in union with the Higher Self. Within clear quartz
crystals are usually found inclusions, or clouded areas. Sometimes these
resemble galaxies and in a sense they are, for "As above, so below."
The most common type of clear quartz crystal is the single, six sided length
of mineral. Six natural facets join sharply together to form the terminated
apex. The crystal is supported by six sides and grounds the light force
at the base. These, too, are likely to be cloudy at the bottom, and clear
at the top, sometimes reflecting rainbows or prisms within, with inclusions.
Occasionally the crystal will be completely clear all the way through,
reflecting its advanced state of growth toward perfection and complete
A quartz cluster is a natural conglomerate formation of three or more single
terminated quartz crystals joined in a massive rock matrix. A quartz crystal
cluster can have as many as 100 individual quartz points or terminations,
or it may have only two. These clusters share a common base. They represent
the evolved community, each member being individually perfect and unique,
yet sharing a common ground, common truth with the others. In clusters,
all units join together to reap the benefits of living, learning and sharing
in an advanced society. The individual crystals reflect light back and
forth to one another, and all bathe in the combined radiance of the whole.
A single terminated crystal is formed when the six faces of quartz join together to form
a point on one end. When both ends of a crystal join in this manner, a
double terminated crystal is formed. These double terminated points are
useful in that they have the capacity to draw in energy as well as radiate
energy from either end of the crystal. By uniting the energies together
in the central body of the crystal, a double terminated crystal can then
project that unified essence out from both ends. These crystals are complete,
and have reached a state of perfection. Instead of growing out of a hard
rock surface where single terminations are formed, they grow in the center
of softer clay. They know no limits or boundaries, and have grown to completion
on each end. The double terminated crystals teach that it is possible
to be balanced in the dual expression of spirit and matter.
A tabular crystal appears somewhat flat. This is because two of its six
vertical sides are each at least twice as wide as any of the other four.
This crystal may be either single or double terminated. The wide
flat faces can be used as a sending and receiving board for telepathic
healings and communication. It is said that these crystals are very strong
and powerful. It is believed that this type of quartz crystal configuration
is excellent for balancing any two elements chakras, or people.
One more unique form of quartz crystal is the Herkimer Diamond. This is
a higher vibration or octave form of crystal. These crystals are only found
in one place in the world: New York. They are brilliant, usually double
terminated, may with small black fleck of androxylite. Many also have rainbows.
They are small but very powerful. Herkimer Diamonds are considered to be
the catalysts of the quartz family. They have the potential to initiate
deep inner transformation of the self.