Ground and Sage

Crystals 101

Explaining crystals to the newcomer always makes me think of the song Do-Re-Mi from the musical, The Sound of Music.

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start… 

(For those of you younger than me, you probably have no clue what I’m talking about!  And for those of you ‘of a certain age, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about!)

For starters, crystals have been cherished and revered since ancient times.  In fact, the oldest crystal was discovered in Western Australia.  It was a tiny fragment of Zircon found in Sandstone which dated to be roughly 4.4 billion years old!

Throughout history, crystals have been used in meditation, channeling, and healing.  As well as in experimentation and technology, and let’s not forget – for adornment.

All crystals come from the earth and can be found on every continent.  The term crystal is often used interchangeably with the words stone, rock or mineral.  Whether you say crystal, stone, or rock, they are all minerals.  Each mineral has its own properties, and will exhibit one of five crystalline structures.


The five crystalline structures are 3-dimensional (3D) and consist of atoms or ions.  These 5 structures are called platonic solids and are polyhedrons.  A polyhedron is made up of flat faces, straight edges, and sharp corners.

ALL crystals (minerals) take on one of the following forms:

  1. Tetrahedron  ⇒  Crystal example:  Apophyllite
  2. Hexahedron  ⇒  Crystal example:  Pyrite
  3. Octahedron  ⇒  Crystal example:   Fluorite
  4. Icosahedron  ⇒  Crystal example:  I haven’t a clue (some form of Garnet, perhaps)!
  5. Dodecahedron  ⇒  Crystal example: Garnet


Without going down the rabbit hole too much…

I mention this because this is where things become interesting, metaphysically speaking!  The 5 platonic solids are considered to be a part of Sacred Geometry.  You may have heard this term before, but may not know what it means.  Essentially, Sacred Geometry is where certain geometric shapes and proportions are ascribed symbolic or sacred meanings.  It is associated with the belief that God is the ultimate geometer of the world, and everything aligns and functions as intended.

You will see the 5 geometric shapes (platonic solids), along with the Golden Ratio – an important Sacred Geometry proportion – throughout nature and in man.  For example, the spiral shape of a seashell or the pattern of a pinecone, each relate back to Sacred Geometry principles.  In man, you can find Sacred Geometry in the workings of the inner ear or along a strand of DNA.  You will also find Sacred Geometry in the design and construction of religious temples and structures, like the Egyptian Pyramids.

It is this fixed geometric pattern and proportion within crystals that enables crystals to retain, transmit and receive energy.  


Physicist Albert Einstein said, “All matter is energy, and energy cannot be created nor destroyed – matter can only change its form”.  As an example, take H2O.  H2O can be a solid (ice) – a liquid (water) – or a gas (steam).  It is the molecular vibration that changes the form of H2O, but not its substance.

Everything is essentially energy & vibration.

Since crystals are matter – and all matter is vibratory energy – crystals have the ability to effect change.  Energy in results in energy out, so to speak.

Quartz – The Master Healer

Quartz crystal is an important mineral in the metaphysical community, as well as the scientific community.  Quartz is a great example of the power of crystals.  Quartz crystal is a piezoelectric mineral.  This means it has the ability to create an electrical charge or alternate current under mechanical pressure or stress.  An example would be the quartz crystal inside a wristwatch that enables the watch to keep time. 

Quartz is one example of how minerals are utilized in science, technology and engineering.

Metaphysically, crystals have the ability to filter, amplify and transmute energy. 
Pretty cool, huh?

In addition to a stone’s crystalline structure, another significant aspect of crystals is their COLOR!
Crystals form in all the colors of the rainbow!

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet

I like to remember these colors by the acronym ROY G. BIV – the color guy!It is remarkable how a stone’s color aligns with specific energy centers in the body to aid & facilitate healing. Stay tuned for my next blog post:  The Color of Crystals.  Where I’ll talk about the correlation between crystal color, the seven energy centers of the body, and the role crystals play in healing.

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