An  Introduction to Clear Quartz Crystals.

The absolute essential, Most all-purpose crystal of all time.   Any  other kinds of crystal must be identified by name. When someone just says crystal, quartz is the crystal they mean.
This is the real deal, not cut glass imitations (though those are part of    fung shui, Energy medicine and some color healing work.) One quartz crystal is not enough. Though one may often be plenty. Individual quartz points with a single termination/point are the most worked with.
Each crystal whether a single point or a cluster  is an individual with its own story and mission. One crystal  may move through the hands of many people and share information and energy  with each and for each have a completely unique sharing.  One single crystal  may give one person an instant of joy, of discovery  one person the promise of abundance, another   a vision that  may explain to that person their own  history  in terms of eternity  then pass to a child to offer laughter and calm,  may then be held in passing by some one who needs and receives healing , then move to another child  and awaken  her gift of seeing and hearing the spirits  teaching one the value of gifting along the way and  another of science and form, then be given to comfort the grieving  at  a deathbed   and from from there move on to gift and bring light and healing or meditations focus to many other.  All the crystal that have come out to be among  us  may have as many and more stories and missions and healings to share.

The crystal most used in crystal healing is quartz. Sometimes called frozen light, quartz crystals form of silicon dioxide under heat and pressure.
Quartz has both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties which
means that the polarity of quartz crystal will change when subject to pressure or heat as well as when held.  Piezoelectricity is that quality by which electricity and sometimes light is produced by compression. Many cultures and spiritual traditions have used crystals in ritual, often striking them to produce flashes of visible light.

Pyroelectricity is that quality of an electrified state or polarity which is produced by variation in temperature.  To scientists, engineers and communication specialists quartz crystal is a key component in radio, radar, sonar, television, watches, and computers. Quartz can transmit and receive, amplify, focus, project and store energies.  They are the most versatile of stones. They are used in healing, in meditation, in manifestation, for protection and communication on all levels. They can work on every level for spiritual, physical, emotional mental healing.

Clear quartz crystal or rock crystal is found all over the world and is among the most common minerals on Earth. The natural crystal formation is six sided or faced. Quartz can be used for any crystal purpose and can substitute for other crystals. Single and double terminated and tumbled quartz are probably the most used forms for crystal work.  Clusters are also used a lot. Clusters are two or more crystals joined together in some way as bunches of crystals.  There are many different variations in the growth and faces of quartz crystals and many specific variants are used in specialized ways.  

Single terminated crystals have one six sided point on one end and primarily direct energy in one direction.
In most healing techniques the point of the
crystal is pointed toward where you want to send energy. To increase energy in an area you point the tip of the crystal in to the center of your treatment area.  To remove energy or for cleansing you may point the crystal away from the center.  There are other traditions where the point is used for both projection and reception of energies.  Single point crystals are used to charge chakras, disperse negative energy and for work of many kinds.
Virtually all crystal work can be done with single termination
crystals. Most people who work a lot with crystals will want to have a number of these in various sizes.  Single point crystals are often worn as jewelry or carried as personal stones.

Double terminated crystals have a point on each end. They are multi-functional, energy moves outward in either direction or in both directions simultaneously.  These natural crystals may have grown in soft clay or as part of a cluster.
The naturally formed doubly terminated crystals are
usually considered to be more effective than crystals which have been carved into a double terminated form. The carved double terminated crystals are often used as healing wands and for massage. Double termination crystals are used to open a line or channel of energy between two chakras or points and to exchange energy or enhance communication between two people or organizations.  They are often used in dream work, astral travel, journeying and to enhance meditation and visualization. They are also used for protection and help to maintain energy shields and filters. They are also sometimes used as tools for moving, removing and  transforming energies from one location or condition to another .

Clusters are groups of crystals. The termination's may go in many directions.  Often they emerge from a joint matrix or base.
The crystals reflect light and energy back and forth to each other. They have a strong cleansing and healing vibration.

They can be used to clear energy in rooms and to assist family and group activities. They are often used as a focus or symbol for group healing and meditations. They can help harmonize the individuals in a group. They can be used to facilitate organization of multifaceted activities such as studies, writing or business plans. Other stones and crystals can be cleared by resting on a cluster and clusters have been used to activate and enhance the energy of other crystals.

Male / Female
Much crystal is milky white at the base and gradually gets clearer toward the tip.  Some crystal is as clear as water or cut glass. Other crystals are milky white and opaque.  The clear crystals are often classified as Yang or Male crystals and said to represent action, power, force, strength and creativity.Milky white crystals are often classed as Yin Or Female crystal and said to represent receptivity, love, communication, negotiation and sensitivity. A crystal with both clear and milky is believed to represent a balance of the active and receptive energies. Most crystal seems to have a combination of clear and milky crystal. The Male / Female quality of the crystal is not really of particular importance for most forms of crystal work.
Some people feel that the clearest crystals help with mental clarity
and rational thought and that the milky crystals promote intuition and sensitivity but I have not found that the difference if any is significant for most work.

Rainbow Crystals are those which have veils or fractures within them which reveal rainbows.
These are very uplifting crystals which promote joy and inner peace and are often used as meditation crystals.
Veils and inclusions are often present in crystals these are said to represent the ability of life
to transform stress and trauma to light and beauty some of these crystals can be profoundly healing of emotional and mental pain and sorrow.

Tumbled quartz which is polished to smooth out the configuration or water tumbled quartz which is naturally smoothed also has many uses often it is placed as the center stone in sections of crystal layouts or used as a meditation or seer stone.
The energy is projected
from the entire surface of the stone so the energy might be sensed as more diffused or gentle .

 Other members of the quartz family and uses for special formations of quartz, many methods of using quartz and information about colored quartz crystals  is discussed in several different articles in this site.

Colored Stones, Quartz family    Crystals workshop 1 index

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