crystals are all about shapes, sizes and chemical compositions which reveal astounding atomic symmetry since they are solids that form a regularly repeated pattern of molecules connected together. Crystals are minerals formed underground from three-dimensional repeating patterns of atoms. A crystal’s appearance depends upon the natural characteristics of its type and the conditions in which it grows. Some take on strange shapes, some are very small and others grow very large, developing over thousands of years.
Crystal Definition –
A collection of atoms that is referred to as the Unit Cell which is repeated in exactly the same arrangement over and over giving them their unique properties: An orderly and symmetrical atomic structure with a definite chemical composition. A definite external geometrical shape bounded by planes and faces. Physical (and optical) properties that vary with the direction (except for the isometric minerals).
What gives individual stones their characteristics?
Different stones have different energetic properties. For example, a Tigers Eye can aid those seeking clarity, while Lapis Lazuli is said to expand our awareness and help us attune to our intuition. Rose Quartz is calming and sometimes referred to as the stone of gentle love. With a little practise and intuition, anyone can interpret the immediate characteristics of a stone. For example, red is the colour of action, and red stones can invigorate and enliven in the same way that the blood in your body gives you life. White or clear stones such as quartz may help you to see more clearly. Purple stones may assist in transformation and change
With a little practice, anyone can interpret the characteristics of a stone. For example, White or clear stones such as quartz may help you to see more clearly. Purple stones may assist in transformation and change. Many of the books available contain lists of crystals and what each one means. The shape of a crystal may also affect its qualities, below is a list of commonly available shapes.
Single terminated wands
These have a single point at one end and a rough or rounded edge at the other. They are used widely in healing, cleansing, and meditation and as jewellery.
Chunks are crystals without notable facets. They can be good for enriching the atmosphere of a room, for holding during meditation or simply carrying in your pocket.
Clusters consist of a group of small crystals that have naturally grown joined together. Clusters can be excellent for enriching a living environment or workplace. Depending upon their properties they can cleanse, invigorate or calm an atmosphere.
Cut crystals are crystals that have been cut and polished into shapes such as pyramids, wands or spheres, which can make them very attractive. If they are well-cut the energy of the stone can be maintained and sometimes amplified.
Tumblestones are small stones, rocks or crystals that have been tumbled over each other many times with increasingly finer abrasive until the sides become smooth and shiny. Many people like to carry a crystal tumble stone around in their pocket to keep the energy of the stone with them throughout the day.
Healing with crystals
Crystal healing is an alternative medical technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments and protect against disease. Proponents of this technique believe that crystals act as conduits for healing — allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy flows out. Crystal healing therapy involves placing gemstones on the body to draw out negative energy. Crystal healing is an alternative medical technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments and protect against disease.
Different crystals have different energies and properties, and between them can affect mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves. Simply holding the right crystal at the right time can bring about a change in our attitude and well-being. You don’t necessarily need to look up the meaning each time you do this. Over time you may acquire a number of crystals – just take hold of the one you feel drawn to.
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