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Your Quick Guide to Crystal Shapes, Meanings, and Uses

Your Quick Guide to Crystal Shapes, Meanings, and Uses

Healing crystals are cut into many different shapes and sizes imaginable. This is not done purely out of aesthetic reasons. True, lapidaries polish a Blue Lace Agate into a tumbled stone to display its exquisite whilte bands blending beautifully with its pale blue base.

But more than that, turning it into a tiny stone that you can hold in the palm of your hand lets you instantly tune into its soothing energy.

This is why shapes matter in the grand scheme of crystal healing. The form, structure, and texture of a crystal all make or break your experience with it.

But how?

How Shapes Shape Your Experience with Your Crystals

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Like how different stones convey different meanings and healing properties, crystals come in various shapes to serve various purposes. While it doesn't boost or diminish a crystal’s healing abilities, shape affects how you receive the energy and how you use it.

Shapes are classified as natural and man-made.

Natural Shapes

Raw, natural stones form underneath the Earth and they occur in different shapes. Due to weathering and exposure to water, wind, and other elements, the shapes of these stones change over time.

Unpolished crystals extracted straight from the mine also come in various shapes depending on their internal crystal structure. This fixed structure is determined by the ordered arrangement (i.e. lattice) of atoms, ions, or molecules present in the crystal. The crystal structure also dictates how the crystal will grow.

There are 6 main crystal systems that inform the shape of a crystal:

  1. Triclinic
  2. Monoclinic
  3. Tetragonal
  4. Orthorhombic
  5. Cubic
  6. Hexagonal
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Quartz has a hexagonal crystal habit, while pyrite has a cubic crystal structure. Emerald grows into individual hexagonal crystals. Topaz has an orthorhombic structure so it forms prismatic, tabular, and stubby crystals.

It is said that the crystal's stable lattice structure enables the crystal to carry healing energies and frequencies. Their powerful energy influences other bodies of energy around the crystal.

This is why crystal healing practitioners believe that crystals work effectively in raising low vibrations and refilling depleted energy in people, objects, and spaces.

The crystal systems result in the formation of the following natural crystals popularly used in healing, meditation, and even decoration:

1. Roughs

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These are naturally occurring rocks and minerals composed of assorted minerals. They are classified into three categories depending on how they were formed: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.

Roughs may look similar but they vary widely in their chemical, physical, as well as thermal properties.

Raw rocks and minerals are a top choice among tumblers and collectors, especially the rare ones that exhibit unique colour patterns and inclusions. They are also used in creating jewelry pieces, craft making, decorations, grids, and zen gardens.

2. Crystal Clusters

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A cluster (also called druze) is a group of crystals that formed or grew together. It can grow on the surface of rocks or minerals, or along the interior cavity of a geode. It consists of several crystal points embedded in one base.

Clusters can either be tiny or huge “ some are less than an inch tall while others can be more than one foot.

They are commonly used in energy healing. With its multiple points, one crystal cluster is believed to release vast amounts of positive energy into a space.

In the world of feng shui, this natural wonder is placed in different parts of a home or office to absorb negative energies. Clusters can also be used as decorative materials.

3. Crystal Points

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A crystal point is the sharp pinnacle or end of a crystal. It can either be on one or both sides. In technical terms, crystal points are called ˜terminations.' All crystals, large and small, can have a single or double terminations.

Points on a crystal that resulted from natural processes are called natural points. They are often a result of mining or weathering. Rough, untouched crystals may have a single or misshapen point.

However, some natural crystals don't contain any points at all. So they are shaped and polished either manually or through a machine to give them terminations and to enhance their appeal. Thus, polished crystal points are made.

Both natural and polished points are used as energy tools in crystal rituals. They are beneficial in radiating light, manifesting intentions faster, and releasing positive energies.

4. Geodes

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Geodes are spherical to irregularly shaped rocks that look like the usual rock on the outside but tell a different story on the inside. Interiors of geodes are made of beautiful contrasting clusters of minerals (commonly Quartz, Calcite, and Agate) in a variety of eye-popping colors. They can be as small as a few centimeters (vugs) to several meters in length (cathedrals).

Geodes are so marketable in the jewelry and gemstone industry. Tiny ones are worn as jewelry, while sawn and polished ones are used as bookends or decors.

5. Crystals on Matrix

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Raw crystals can grow embedded in a rock or mineral. When they are extracted, the host material may still be attached. There are also cases when the host material also occurs within the crystal itself. When the host material becomes part of a crystal, the material is called a matrix.

Depending on the rock or mineral, a matrix can improve the hardness and durability of a crystal. It also increases the beauty and appeal of the crystal.

It is rare to find a crystal that has blended spectacularly with its matrix. So a crystal on a matrix that displays a great combination of colours is more desirable and likely costs more than your average crystal specimen.

Crystals on matrices are used in healing and decoration.

Man-Made Crystal Shapes

Carving crystals into different shapes enhances their healing properties. It amplifies their energies and allows you to use them in any way you want.

Most carved crystals are fashioned using the principles of sacred geometry. Sacred shapes and symbols work like codes that facilitate awakening and forge a rich connection with the divine realm. During meditation, they help create pathways to the divine realm.

Overall, sacred geometry provides healing, harmony, unity, and balance to people, objects, spaces, and environments.

9 Common Man-Made Crystal Shapes and Their Uses

Man began fashioning rocks and crystals into a wide array of shapes millions of years ago. Here are the most widely used shapes throughout history and how to use them:

1. Tumbled Stones

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Tumbled stones are small and meticulously polished pieces of rocks and minerals. They are made by placing rough rocks in a machine called a rock tumbler where they are tumbled for several days (along with abrasive grit) until they're smooth, shiny, and pleasing to the eye.

Because of their enthralling beauty, these eye candies run a whole gamut of uses in accessory making. Tumbled stones are used for jewelry making, crafts, and decoration. People make bespoke bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories out of them.

Tumbled stones are widely used in alternative medicine, energy healing, meditation, and ushering luck. Some people make a hobby out of owning and collecting unique specimens.

2. Spheres

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Spheres (popularly known as crystal balls) can be made from different types of crystals. They are formed from a massive crystal that is cut into a polyhedron, then grinded into a rough sphere.

Afterwards, the sphere is placed in a polishing machine where it undergoes an extensive polishing process with the use of increasingly fine abrasives.

The earliest use of crystal balls traces back to the first century. For millions of years, crystal balls have primarily been used by psychics, mediums, and soothsayers (an old English word for speaking the truth) as a tool for fortune telling, scrying, and clairvoyance.

Spheres are also popular for their ability to stimulate the flow of positive energy in chaotic environments. They also assist in uplifting a person's energy field, thereby improving their wellbeing.

3. Eggs

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Crystal healers believe that egg-shaped crystals are a powerful tool for people who desire to start a new chapter in life. They bring about ˜miracles' and ˜magic' that smoothen transitions and complete transformations.

Eggs also represent fertility and robust life force. If you're looking to preserve your youthfulness and enliven your sexuality, crystal eggs are beneficial for you.

4. Hearts

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When it comes to appeal and healing properties, nothing is as powerful as heart-shaped crystals. It is the right crystal to work with to augment a range of intentions including love, passion, happiness, and enthusiasm. The crystal heart supplies the needed energy to realize these intentions.

All heart-shaped crystals are said to have the ability to cleanse, unblock, and energize your heart energy field known as the heart chakra.

5. Platonic Solids

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The Platonic Solids help address internal and external problems by tapping on the power sources of creation and manifesting a new life. These are the cube (also called the hexahedron), the octahedron, the tetrahedron, the icosahedron, and the dodecahedron.

As you work with the solids, you allow yourself to become the channel of energy through which a new and better reality will take place. The solids are said to liberate you from your present problems and help you transition to your evolved state.

Think of them as switches that you flick to activate a new reality.

6. Generators

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Generator crystals are the most popular type of a polished crystal point. These crystals can be clear, cloudy, or both, and can contain inclusions or rainbow-like iridescence. Like their name implies, Generator crystal points generate massive amounts of powerful healing energies.

They have a pyramidal or conical shape, with six equilateral sides or faces that meet at the tip of the termination. Generators are made of different types of crystals, but Clear Quartz is the most popular crystal generator.

They are typically used as an energy tool in crystal rituals. In many cases, these crystal points are used to amplify the energies of other crystals, radiate light, manifest intentions more effectively, and release positive energies to people and environments.

To tap into their powers, Generators are held during meditation sessions or placed in certain parts of a room that need energy cleansing. People also use them as the centre point of a crystal grid, or a geometric arrangement of various crystals to combine their powers.

7. Skulls

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Crystal skulls are among the most sought-after crystal shapes in the New Age. While they may look peculiar at best and creepy at worst, these cleverly crafted crystals are thought to deliver life-changing benefits.

Crystal skulls are also known for enhancing psychic powers. The vibrational energy that skulls release are believed to be similar to the electromagnetic waves of the brain which are responsible for thought processing.

As a result, people who meditate with crystal skulls derive insight and knowledge. Some people even report experiencing premonitions and psychic visions in the presence of the skulls.

8. Wands

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Crystal wands are a vital tool in spiritual rituals. Since ancient times, shamans and metaphysicians have been using wands for healing, cleansing, and purification.

Made of a variety of materials, crystal wands are said to have the ability to focus or direct energy through their tips in one direction.

Crystals can occur naturally in a cylindrical or wand-like shape. But many commercial crystal wands today are shaped and polished by artisans. A wand can be pointed on one end and round on the other.

It can be long or short. It can also be shaped to be pointed or rounded on both ends. Some wands can be wider at one end and tapered at the other.

Different stones have unique energies and properties, so you may need to use more than one wand to invoke different kinds of healing.

9. Pyramids

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A pyramid catches energy from the universe through its apex and stores this energy in its core. It has a square base and four triangular faces that represent the four cosmic elements namely air, water, fire, and earth.

Pyramids are believed to generate a massive energy vortex that has the power to heal, rejuvenate, and purify people, objects, and surroundings. This sacred shape can also raise intentions and vibrations.

Many crystal healers believe that among the greatest benefits of the pyramid is that it can widen your consciousness. It even opens your eyes to the changes occurring in your body at this present moment, allowing you to better cope with them.

Gemstone pyramids also assist with increasing your vibration and frequency.

How to Choose the Shape That's Right for You

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The list of shapes above isn't exhaustive and there's still PLENTY of others we haven't covered in this article. Given the vastness of crystal selection, how do you know which shapes to use?

Whether it's natural or carved crystals you want to work with, always go back to the very reason why you want to use it. Is it for emotional healing, mental clarity, heightened consciousness, or attracting abundance?

Picking a stone that calls out to you (or pulls at your emotion and/or matches your energy) is also a way to go. But even if you're doing this based on intuition, remember to understand the stone, its form, and properties. Then see if it aligns with your needs.

Here are other things to keep in mind when choosing crystal shapes:

  1. Learn about the energetic properties of the crystal you're interested in. This is most helpful when you're not familiar with the crystal but are strongly drawn to it.

  2. Look at the shape. Find out if the shape amplifies the healing and metaphysical benefits the crystal material already possesses.

  3. Ask yourself: Does the shape allow you to work with the stone the way you want to? If you want to carry the crystal anywhere, a tumbled stone might be best for you because you can easily fit it into your pocket.

Skulls, spheres, and pyramids are ideal for display on your desk or altar. Crystal generators are great as a central crystal for your grid, whereas healing wands are suited for group healing and massage.

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Disclaimer: There is no scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of mineral stones and crystals in treating ailments. All information published here is purely for educational purposes.

Scientists attribute the œhealing impact to the placebo effect that takes place when using stones and crystals. Holding stones and meditating with them is said to trigger the release of feel-good hormones (endorphins and dopamine) in the brain.

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