I have a special talisman that helped create my family. It is a quartz “family” that I’ve owned and meditated with for many years. As you can see in the picture below, it has a daddy, mommy and two children . This was the perfect amulet to help manifest the family of my dreams. It is a very meaningful treasure to me. I found it before I met my husband. I would literally hold it while meditating and visualize the perfect family. A short while later, voila! I met my husband and had two amazing children.
The term “crystal” can be a bit confusing as sometimes people are referring to quartz in general, not crystals per say. It can also be used to refer to man-made “crystal” which is glass with a certain amount of lead added to it such as the famous Swarovski crystal, or the “crystal” glassware newlywed couples received as gifts in the old days. The name “rock crystal” emerged in the Middle Ages to differentiate it from colorless glass. The Greeks called water-clear crystals krystalos, hence the name “crystal.” The name “quartz” comes from Old German, but its origins are unknown.
“Rock crystal” or clear quartz is the colorless, transparent variety of quartz. Quartz is made up of silica dioxide, the most common mineral in Earth’s crust after feldspar and ice. Metaphysically, quartz is used for power, communication and cleansing. It is found worldwide, but the best specimens are found in Arkansas, Brazil and Madagascar. Colored quartzes include amethyst, citrine and rose quartz. The color in these quartzes is caused by various elements such as iron and manganese.
Quartz crystals are fascinating. Each crystal is unique and has its own personality. To me, crystals are self-actualized stones. I always like to use this as a metaphor for achieving and maximizing our own human potential. Crystals stand apart from the massive form of quartz in that they have achieved the distinct physical shape and characteristics of a crystal, exhibiting six faces and one to two terminations. Quartz crystals display varying characteristics in their formation that correspond to specific healing properties: self-healed, abundance, window, record keeper, soul mate, phantom, double terminated, etc.
In my next blog, part 2, I will discuss some of the different formations of quartz crystals and their healing properties, so stay tuned.