Bridge or Inner Child Quartz Crystal – Revisit

We’re going to revisit all the quartz crystal types, condensing the information to just a few items to make remembering easier.

This week we’re going to revisit Bridge or Inner Child quartz crystals. First, what are Bridges?

metaphysical description crystal bridgeBridges are crystals which penetrate a larger crystal. They are located partially in and partially out of another crystal. When they are larger they are called Bridges, when they are smaller, they are called Inner Child crystals. They both function the same way, and the naming is just semantics, really.

There is a long blog post on this, posted previously, here. I will try to extrapolate on that information rather than repeating it.

HOW DO ACTUAL BRIDGES HELP US?

To figure out what characteristic energies a Bridge or Inner Child crystal might have, simply ask yourself questions about actual bridges. How do bridges help us?

photo credit burwood bulletin dot org

Usually we use a bridge when access is difficult without a bridge.

What exactly do I mean?

If a bridge is spanning a creek, we could usually still cross the creek without using the bridge. However, without the bridge to help us along, it would be much harder to cross.

Let’s walk through it. In this case, let’s imagine a creek at the bottom of a 10 foot embankment, the creek is 20 feet wide and the other side is 10 feet as well.

First we would have to find a place where we can get down the side of the embankment. Next we must find an area on the creek that the water is low enough for us to cross, and finally we have to find a way back up the other side.

During all of this, we are possibly sliding in mud, certainly getting our feet wet and watching for snakes and other dangers. It is certainly taking a lot longer to get to the other side than it would if we had a bridge.

Now imagine the same crossing with a bridge:

photo credit burwood bulletin dot org

BRIDGES ARE ABOUT CONNECTING

With the bridge there, we can simply walk across. The bridge connects us easily from one side to the other.

In the prior example, the crossing was fairly simple. Ten feet down, twenty feet across, and another ten back up the other side. What if the span was much larger, such as the Grand Canyon? A distance like this would seem almost insurmountable!

A person might not even attempt to connect one side to the other at the prospect of crossing without a bridge. By the time you crossed you might have forgotten what you were trying to connect and you would completely lose your perspective of being on the other side.

Bridges don’t just help make things easier and quicker to connect, they also give the added benefit that we have a different perspective as we cross, as well. Let’s explore that.

BRIDGES AFFORD US A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

We are above the creek, so we’re slightly removed from the in-your-face aspect of the actual crossing. We can cross, but remain unattached to the nitty-gritty and it keeps us from getting embroiled in the muck and crossing. We still enjoy the sound of the creek and the feel of the cool air rising.

From the center of the bridge, we are free to stop, suspended in air (or time). We are at a perspective where we can see both upstream and downstream and both ends of the bridge. It gives us a wider perspective of the situation.

Because we can also still see and access both ends of the bridge, we can easily go back and forth between this side and that.

HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO BRIDGES ON CRYSTALS?

This is how Bridge crystals work almost identically to actual bridges: First we choose what it is we want to connect (where we need connection).

For example, are we looking to bridge between ourselves and another person, between ourselves and our Higher Self or between ourselves and our inner child? Are we trying to understand another person’s viewpoint or connect with them more deeply?

The applications and possibilities are endless. Rather than bridging to another person, consider “bridging” yourself to a goal – such as losing 10 pounds or quitting smoking. Use your imagination!

Once we have decided, the energy of the crystal can help us to bridge directly to the Other (where ever we decided we want to connect). We don’t have to slog through the steps of getting there (like climbing embankments, wading creeks, etc). This is where the connection occurs.

AVOID THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

Another benefit is that Bridges take the guesswork away. You are on one end of the bridge, your destination is on the other. You don’t have to navigate unknowns such as embankments, crossing points or extraction.

Additionally, on your way, you are allowed a wider perspective of how you each got to where you are.

For example, in the case of accessing our Higher Self… how would that look? Where is your Higher Self? It’s hard to imagine how to get there when you don’t know where there is!

With Bridges, you don’t have to navigate the embankments or crossing, you simply jump on and start walking, knowing you are connected to the other side via the Bridge. It’s almost like magic.

WHAT ABOUT INNER CHILD CRYSTALS?

We’ve talked about Bridges, but what about Inner Child crystals? Remember, Inner Child crystals are simply smaller Bridges. It is still a smaller crystal embedded partially in and partially out of a larger crystal.

Whether a crystal is called a traditional Bridge or an Inner Child will primarily depend on the energy presented and the person’s preference in naming.

They work the same, they are just smaller, and the energy typically is more subtle and gentle. Bridge crystal and Inner Child crystals are basically the same.

Still, you are connecting and gaining a different perspective with the crossing.

IN SUMMARY

To sum up, whether you are working with a large Bridge or a smaller Inner Child,

  1. Bridge crystals help us to connect,
  2. Bridge crystals help us to access places which might be much more difficult to access without the Bridge and
  3. they also allow us a different perspective, seeing both sides from the neutrality of the middle.

Here is a mandala of Bridge and Inner Child crystals from CRYSTAL MANDALAS: (Learn about crystal by COLORING!) Volume 1:

I hope you have enjoyed revisiting Bridge (and Inner Child) crystals and that this recap has made understanding how to work with them a little easier to grasp.

Would you like to work with a Bridge or Inner Child crystal? Check out these Bridge and Inner Child crystals at Arkansas Crystal Works.

Stay tuned next time and we will revisit Cathedral or Lightbrary quartz crystals.

QUARTZ CRYSTAL WORKSHOP April 13-16, 2018 Fayetteville, AR

Here’s a two month heads-up so you can start planning your trip to Arkansas!

Join me in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Ozark Research Institute’s Dowsing & Alternative Healing Convention this April. There will be speakers all weekend and a vendor’s area with all sorts of awesome offerings. I’ll be doing crystal readings and will have crystals and books available. What am I covering in my workshop?

SELF-HEALED Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals by Genn John

SELF-HEALED Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals by Genn John

“Metaphysical Properties of Quartz Crystal, Simplified!”

Have you ever wondered about the many different types of quartz crystal configurations and found yourself at a loss on how to know where to start? There seems to be so much information to figure out and to remember, it can be overwhelming.

The metaphysical configurations to which I am referring are names such as Record Keepers, Barnacles, Inner Child, Fairy Frost, Key, Growth Interference, Grounding, Isis Face, etc.

There are over forty different commonly found configurations of clear quartz crystal. There are even more if you add in the less-commonly found. Most books or websites list ten or more characteristics for each configuration. And to add to the confusion, nearly all crystals will have several of these different configurations in a single point.

For example, I have a (simple and not unusual) crystal here by my computer that is a Double Terminated, Tabular crystal with Record Keepers, Imprints, Barnacles, Self Healing and Lineation. This is a fairly straightforward crystal and it has seven configurations! Complex crystals would exhibit many more than seven.

If you looked each configuration up in a typical crystal book (or online), you would likely find up to ten different qualities for each of those configurations. Simple math reveals that is up to seventy different possibilities for this fairly simple crystal. What!?

If you are confused (or overwhelmed) when you are presented with this information, you’re not alone. Believe me, I was confused in the beginning, too. I wondered if I would ever get it!

RAINBOW Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals by Genn John

RAINBOW Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals by Genn John

The good news is that there is an easy way to figure out and remember which crystal configuration helps with what. Lucky for you, I have spent the last 20-plus years condensing this mass of information down into easily assimilated, bite-sized pieces!

Join me in a workshop I will be presenting this April (13-16, 2018) at the Ozark Research Institute’s Dowsing & Alternative Healing Convention in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In this hour and a half talk I will present the most popular configurations of clear quartz crystal (we will discuss over forty configurations, as time allows) and I will demonstrate easy ways to remember their unique properties. Working with crystal shouldn’t be confusing, overwhelming or complicated.

Here’s a link to sign up and read about the other presenters and to register for the weekend: http://www.ozarkresearch.org/Site/convention.html

Register before February 28th for Early Bird Discounts.  I hope to see you in April!

Is it Necessary to Identify The Crystal Type?

This blog post is in answer to a great three part question about crystals with more than one prominent type. Specifically, 1. is there generally one type (configuration) through which a crystal prefers to connect? 2. How would it be best to identify this? and 3. Is it even necessary to identify the crystal type to connect? The question reads in full:

I have a lovely crystal which recently chose me that I am trying to identify its type so I know best how to relate and connect with it. It appears to be both an old soul and a several different types in one; it also contains cookeite. My question is two actually; when a crystal is a combination of multiple configurations/ types, is there generally one which it prefers to connect through and how would it be best to identify this? Second, is it necessary to even identify the configuration to best connect with a crystal? Thanks in advance to you and Venus for any assistance and guidance!

These are great questions. Following are the answers in (Venus’ words) when I asked her these questions:

Is there generally one type (configuration) through which a crystal prefers to connect?

The answer, in short, is, not really.

The users’ specific intent and need is the more important topic.

The types or names of the different configurations really just help us to focus our intent and tweak the light (or energy) a bit. Since each crystal has access to The One, and thereby can access all information equally, it really isn’t necessary to identify the crystal type.

When identifying the type does have benefit (to the person working with the crystal) is to help the person focus the intent.

For instance, if a person wants to access information specific to them they might choose to work with a Record Keeper crystal.

Now, every crystal (Record Keeper or not) can help a person access this knowledge through the connection to The One. However, a crystal with Record Keeper markings tweaks the energy a bit (like a filter) and also serves as a focal point for the user. It may boost the belief of the user, knowing they are working with a Record Keeper, so they may feel more confident in the knowledge they are receiving.

How would it be best to identify this (specific crystal type)?

Venus continues:

In crystals with more than one type or configuration, one might choose any one of the different types on which to focus.

Here’s an example:

You may choose to work with a crystal which is Tabular which has a Key and Barnacles, Lineated sides, Record Keepers and an Inner Child Point. Each of these types focuses a different energy. Let’s look at each separately.

image of example crystal tabby, barnacles, keyTabular crystals are good for communication (they look like a tablet).

Keys help unlock answers to questions you might have or help you to gain access to areas which were previously blocked from you.

Barnacle crystals are typically wise and have “old soul” energy.

Lineated Sides may be used to open the crystal to receive more information as you work with it.

Record Keepers can help you access knowledge specific to the user (like accessing the Akashic Records).

Inner Child points help to connect inner to outer, or help to access your inner child or inner self.

Depending on the specific need of the user, any one of these features may be focused on, or all of them, each at a different time. If there is a type that is particularly prominent in this crystal (for instance if the Key is very large or deep), a person might be drawn to work with that feature first.

However, the crystal might be worked with in all of these areas, each taken separately. One type isn’t more important than the other.

Sometimes a specific type on a crystal (the Key for example, or the Record Keeper) may seem to “call to” a person (may seem to be the more important feature). This is actually the crystal broadcasting stronger to a person in that area because that particular type is of issue to the PERSON, not the crystal. Do you see?

So in summary, the most important area to be identified is the user’s current desire or intent.

Is it even necessary to identify the crystal type to connect?

Venus concludes:

No, in truth, it isn’t necessary. As stated before, it can be helpful to the person, to help focus the intent. But to the crystal, it makes no difference.

We don’t see ourselves in separate categories as you do. Meaning we don’t see our parts as separate from one another. Either the different types (categories) in each crystal or as each individual crystal being separate from one another. We see ourselves from the wider perspective, as whole rather than as parts.

That being said, we do see why it is helpful for you to identify the different types in your current dimension with the workings of your consciousness. We do not judge this as better or worse, more or less desirable.

Simply know that we are here to work with you and help raise your consciousness in any way that works best for you. If identifying specific types or categories helps, do so! If you notice a particular type or category to be more prominent, that is usually the crystal recognizing the need in the user and amplifying that aspect.

Wow. Always great information. Thanks, Venus!!

If you have further questions or would like clarification in any area, comment below. I love to hear from you!

Metaphysical Properties of Quartz Crystal Explained (via Crystal Guide “Venus”)

A word from Venus (Crystal Guide) describing the metaphysical properties of quartz crystals.

channeler quartz crystal“While the crystal configurations and shapes which have been named by many are a good way to generally categorize these configurations, it can be misleading, because people may think that if a shape or structure implies this or that (via the name or description), that magically, simply by obtaining one of these specially named crystals, the desired outcome will be achieved.

This is not how it works, however, (much like there is no “magic pill” for things such as weight loss). The work must be done on the person’s part, because within this human experience is built in the concept of free will. We (the Crystal People or your Guides, Angels, etc) are not going to cause these changes without your input and full cooperation. We know this would rob you of the fun of playing the game, which is the reason you incarnated!

Imagine for a moment that a CD of the Encyclopedia Britannica was sent via time travel into the past, prior to the time when there was a way to access the information – a time when there were no personal computers. Some people would deny even the remotest possibility that an entire set of encyclopedias could be on this flat shiny disc. Perhaps some of the people know about records and record players, so they are able to entertain at least the possibility that this could be true. They might read the description on the front, and having heard of the encyclopedia Britannica, and by applying what they know about records and record players, their disbelief might be suspended. However, simply suspending this disbelief doesn’t magically grant access to the information on the disc.

cluster quartz crystalBelieving that different crystals can magically produce any given result without proper interaction from the user would be as silly as one of the people from the past strapping the disc to his or her head expecting to access the information on the disc.

So, while it IS true that the different metaphysical descriptions can indeed produce the desired result described, the crystal must first be put into use by the “player” to access the potentiality (the “player” in this case is the person wishing for the desired result). To unlock the “magic” of the crystal requires input from the person. The crystal simply helps arrange the puzzle pieces which are already within the user, then it is up to the user to interpret the picture and rearrange it until it suits the desired outcome.

So, without the CD player, computer or boom box, the information on the CD can’t be accessed. I think that is why so many people who really aren’t “into” metaphysics think that people who ARE into metaphysics appear to be a little nuts. Without applying the METAphysical part of the equation, a non-metaphysical person might assume we think that simply obtaining a certain type of crystal will provide the end result. For example, a Time Link to the Future crystal magically catapulting us into the future or a Soulmate crystal presenting us with Prince or Princess Charming without any effort or interaction on our part (which we understand isn’t the case).

The translation or application of each metaphysical configuration occurs WITHIN the person. Break it down further and the answer is in the description: META (higher, beyond) PHYSICAL (having to do with material things, things which you can touch, etc). The “magic”, if you will, in these crystals, is beyond the physical. It is the translation of the sound wave into music or the words of a poem into emotion.”

BARNACLE QUARTZ CRYSTAL – REVISIT

We’re going to revisit all the quartz types, using some drawings from my Crystal Mandala books (in which I have drawn a mandala of each type of crystal, condensing the information to 4 to 5 items to make remembering easier).

This week we’re going to revisit Barnacle quartz crystals. First, what are Barnacles?

barnacle quartz crystal

Barnacles are small crystals attached to a larger crystal. They almost appear to be glued on. They aren’t penetrating the larger crystal (in which case, they would be called Bridges or Inner Child crystals).

barnacle quartz crystal

barnacle quartz crystal

Barnacles may be large or small. They may appear as thick patches or may be scattered intermittently. Most often, barnacles are located on one plane or only half of the crystal (like moss growing on only one side of a tree). Other times they may appear to be scattered on nearly all sides.

However they are found (small or large, many or few), barnacles on a crystal will signify to you that the crystal on which they are attached most likely has old soul, ancient energy and probably has knowledge to impart. Certainly this is true of all crystals, but crystals with barnacles have an extra emphasis on this type of energy.

I have seen barnacles called “babies” in some descriptions from other sources, however I see babies usually as one or two larger crystals standing at the feet of, or attached to, a crystal with a parental energy.

There might just be a few barnacles on a point, or they might almost completely encrust the point and look like jewels. Almost always, these crystals emit a very Old Soul, ancient feeling.

Here’s an infographic on Barnacle crystals:

barnacle quartz crystal

Metaphysically, the larger crystal is the “Old Soul” and contains the wisdom and trust that attracts the smaller crystals (babies or new souls). I usually find that these Old Soul crystals with barnacles are helpful to us in the way that a loving human grandmother/father or great grandmother/father would be (imagine the Oracle from the Matrix movies). They help us to see things from a wider, deeper, wiser perspective. I think of the description of a crystal with barnacles not so much as a description of the barnacles themselves, but of the energy of the crystal that attracts or grows barnacles.

barnacle quartz crystal

You can find this Barnacle Crystal Mandala in CRYSTAL MANDALAS: (Learn about crystal by COLORING!) Volume 1

CRYSTAL MANDALAS:  Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Barnacle

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YIN/YANG QUARTZ CRYSTALS – Physically, What Makes a Crystal Yin/Yang ?

CRYSTAL MANDALAS: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Yin/Yang

CRYSTAL MANDALAS: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Yin/Yang

The last couple of posts, we have been reviewing Feminine and Masculine crystals. Before we finish the three part series by talking about Yin/Yang (part Masculine, part Feminine) crystals, first a note:

As always, whenever I mention Masculine or Feminine in regard to crystals, people tend to flip their lids! This time was no exception. It would seem that in our societal complex right now, anything to do with “gender” is triggering knee-jerk reactions in people. If you find the use of these terms in relation to quartz crystal offensive, please take a deep breath and allow me to explain.

“Masculine” and “Feminine” are two of nearly FIFTY descriptions of types of quartz crystals. I am simply describing a type (Masculine equals clear, Feminine equals cloudy). These are not terms I made up or assigned to crystals, I am simply explaining names which have been assigned to types of quartz crystals and have been around at least the twenty years I have been doing this.

If you aren’t of the school that believes that crystals are sentient beings (they are) then simply suffice it to say that when someone describes a crystal as physically “Masculine” they are referring to a CLEAR crystal. If they describe it as physically “Feminine” they are referring to a CLOUDY or MILKY crystal. It also bears mentioning that I am talking ONLY about quartz crystals here. Not other types of crystals and gemstones.

So, if you are reading this, and your eye starts to twitch because you think I am assigning gender roles to crystals, I am not…

Physically, we’re talking about clear versus cloudy. That’s it. Energetically, Masculine versus Feminine is another story entirely. It has less to do with how they present physically and more to do with what type of energy with which they present. OK? OK! Moving on!

This blog post will be pretty short and sweet since we have covered both Feminine and Masculine crystals previously. Remember, just as with humans, simply because a crystal presents as Yin/Yang, Feminine or Masculine in appearance “anatomically”, it absolutely DOES NOT mean that it will also be “energetically” Yin/Yang, Feminine or Masculine. This is an important point. Just as with humans, many crystals masculine in appearance (clear) have feminine energy and many crystals feminine in appearance (cloudy) have masculine energy. Still with me?

YIN/YANG CRYSTALS

Some crystals are an equal mix of both Feminine and Masculine, these crystals are called Yin/Yang. Lots of crystals are dense at the base but are more Masculine than Feminine, so these aren’t normally called Yin/Yang. There are also crystals which would be described as a mix of Masculine and Feminine top to bottom (meaning an even distribution of clarity and milkiness throughout. This type isn’t normally called Yin/Yang either. I typically call a crystal Yin/Yang if it is as close to 50/50 as possible (top half masculine/bottom half feminine), or sometimes 40/60 either way as long as there is a really strong area of demarcation where the masculine and feminine meet.

Here is a picture with some examples of Yin/Yang crystals. Notice how clear they are at the top and how milky they are at the bottom and that there is an obvious area where the two meet:

YIN-YANG crystals

So, it’s pretty basic. Yin/Yang crystals are half and half Feminine/Masculine. Not so hard! Basically that’s it for the anatomy lesson!

REVIEW, PHYSICALLY

Feminine = cloudy or milky

Masculine = clear

Yin/Yang = half cloudy and half clear.

REVIEW, ENERGETICALLY

Energetically speaking, we’re talking about if a crystal presents with an energy which would be described as Feminine, Masculine or Yin/Yang:

Feminine crystals might help us (both men and women) to get in touch with our feminine nature. They have a soft, yet deep, mysterious energy. Yin in nature, Feminine crystals are intuitive, nurturing and receptive. The energy is more diffuse. If the energy were compared to a light, it would be described as glowing (coming from all directions evenly).

Masculine crystals are helpful when you need to get to the point; they have a sharp and direct energy. Yang in nature, Masculine crystals are more action-oriented and the energy projects rather than recedes. The energy of Masculine crystals is more focused and linear. If its energy were described as a light, it would tend to be a high power flashlight or even a laser pointer (directed out the end in a focused beam).

Knowing that Yin/Yang crystals have an equal measure of masculine to feminine contained in them, they are good for attaining and maintaining balance.

SUMMARY

In this set of three blog posts on “anatomy”, we learned that:

  • Feminine crystals are called “cloudy” or “milky”.
  • Masculine crystals are called “clear” or sometimes “water clear”.
  • Yin/Yang crystals are half feminine and half masculine with an obvious area where the two meet.
  • Just because a crystal presents as feminine or masculine doesn’t guarantee that its energy will match its anatomy.
  • Energetically feminine crystals help to connect us with our feminine nature and are have soft mysterious energy and are intuitive, nurturing and receptive.
  • Energetically masculine crystals help you get to the point. Their energy is sharp and direct and they are more action-oriented with projecting energy.
  • Yin/Yang crystals help us to maintain a balance of masculine to feminine traits/energies.

I hope you have enjoyed this discussion about the anatomy of Feminine, Masculine and Yin/Yang quartz crystals.

MASCULINE QUARTZ CRYSTALS – Physically, What Makes a Crystal Masculine ?

CRYSTAL MANDALAS: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Masculine

CRYSTAL MANDALAS: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Masculine

Last blog post we discussed Feminine quartz crystals, today we’re going to revisit Masculine quartz crystals. As with our discussion of Feminine crystals, we’re talking about what a “Masculine” quartz crystal looks like. In this first part, we’re discussing whether a crystal is called Masculine by features only, not by energy.

In the past I have called this an “anatomy lesson” because basically we’ll be discussing whether a crystal presents physically what has been described as Masculine. (In the next post we’ll revisit Yin/Yang quartz crystals.)

I have described whether a crystal is described as Masculine (e.g. has “man parts”), is described physically as Feminine (e.g. has “lady parts”) or presents physically as Yin/Yang (e.g. as a mix of both). Because it is pretty short and sweet to describe the LOOK of a Masculine crystal, I will also cover the energetic possibilities at the bottom of the post. Remember, just as with humans, simply because a crystal presents a certain way (masculine or feminine) in appearance “anatomically”, it absolutely DOES NOT mean that it will also absolutely be energetically feminine or masculine. This is an important point. Just as with humans, many crystals masculine in appearance have feminine energy and many crystals feminine in appearance have masculine energy.

We’ll start with the physical description of MASCULINE crystals:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Very clear points are described as Masculine. They may be optically clear, or they may have some Fairy Frost (the wispy inclusions inside a crystal). The base of a Masculine crystal may be dense with frost, however if more of the point is clear than cloudy, it is described as Masculine. But as I mentioned above, remember not to have preconceived notions, energetically speaking. Just because a point is Masculine by description doesn’t automatically mean it can only present masculine energy (the same is also true for crystals described as Feminine).

Very clear crystals are often described as “water clear”. Here is a picture with some examples of Masculine crystals which would be described as water clear. Notice how very little Fairy Frost is present, just a few wisps here and there (the crystal in the far left has a Phantom):

masculine crystals

You will find that most crystals are part Feminine and part Masculine, a little bit more of one than the other, but not fully either. These would be described as “mostly Feminine” or “mostly Masculine”. Here’s an example of that:

feminine and masculine

The crystal on the left would be described as “mostly Feminine” and the crystal on the right, “mostly Masculine”. I’ve drawn on the photos to show the areas which are described as Feminine or Masculine. I didn’t mark them as well, but the little dark areas in the crystal on the left (the mostly Feminine crystal) are the Masculine areas, the lighter areas on the crystal on the right (the mostly Masculine crystal) are the Feminine areas.

ENERGETIC CHARACTERISTICS OF MASCULINE CRYSTALS

Now, let’s talk briefly about crystals which present as energetically MasculineWhether or not a crystal presents as Feminine, Masculine or Yin/Yang physically, energetically speaking, here is what you might expect from an energetically Masculine crystal:

Masculine crystals have a sharp and direct energy, and are helpful when you need to get to the point. Yang in nature, Masculine crystals are more action-oriented and the energy projects rather than recedes. The energy of Masculine crystals is more focused and linear. If its energy were described as a light, it would tend to be a high power flashlight or even a laser pointer (directed out the end in a focused beam).

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE?

Many people have a preference or are drawn to primarily Masculine, Feminine or even Yin/Yang crystals. You may have a preference that you weren’t aware of. You may tend to gravitate naturally toward one or the other. I personally am more drawn to the look of Masculine crystals and the feel of Feminine crystals! Do you find that you have a preference or that your preference has changed over the years? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

This concludes our discussion of Masculine crystals, next time we will wind up this three-part “anatomy” lesson and talk about Yin/Yang crystals.

FEMININE QUARTZ CRYSTALS – Physically, What Makes a Crystal Feminine ?

CRYSTAL MANDALAS:  Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Feminine

CRYSTAL MANDALAS: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystal by Genn John- Feminine (click on image to order book)

Today we’re going to revisit Feminine quartz crystals, with the distinction that we’re talking about what a “Feminine” quartz crystal looks like. We’re discussing whether a crystal is called Feminine by features only, not by energy.

In the past I have called this an “anatomy lesson” because basically we’ll be discussing whether a crystal presents physically what has been described as Feminine. The next two posts we’ll revisit Masculine and Yin/Yang quartz crystals. I have described this is whether a crystal is described as masculine (e.g. has “man parts”), is described physically as feminine (e.g. has “lady parts”) or presents physically as Yin/Yang (e.g. as a mix of both).

Because it is pretty short and sweet to describe the LOOK of a Feminine crystal, I will also cover the energetic possibilities. Remember, just as with humans, simply because a crystal presents as feminine or masculine in appearance “anatomically”, it absolutely DOES NOT mean that it will also be energetically feminine or masculine. This is an important point. Just as with humans, many crystals feminine in appearance have masculine energy and many crystals masculine in appearance have feminine energy.

We’ll start with the physical description of FEMININE crystals:

Feminine crystals are described as “dense” and “milky”. The concentration of density in a Feminine crystal varies from nearly opaque Fairy Frost to solid white, milky quartz. Traditionally, quartz crystals which are white, rather than clear, are called milky. My assumption is that since clear crystals are often described as water clear, then cloudy or densely white quartz crystal is often called milky (because it looks more like milk than water). If you talk to a person who doesn’t ascribe to naming the metaphysical aspects of quartz crystals, if you are looking for a crystal which appears Feminine, you would ask for Milky quartz. Quartz Matrix is milky in appearance, so any chunk of white quartz crystal is called milky quartz. When asking, then, you might end up with a chunk of quartz, so to further specify, you would ask for a Milky quartz point or cluster (group of points).

The presence of tiny air bubbles is what causes quartz to appear milky. The veins of Arkansas crystal are milky, so most (but certainly not all) of the crystal in Arkansas has at least a milky base (if a crystal breaks off above the matrix, there might not be any milky nature or Fairy Frost present. Because of the presence of these teeny (even microscopic) air bubbles, milky quartz can be “softer” or broken more easily than very water clear quartz. Don’t misunderstand, though, it isn’t significantly softer. It tends to break more easily, not so much because it is significantly “softer” but the molecules of air bubbles make fracturing easier.

When talking about crystal matrix, which is most often milky in appearance, it makes me also think of the feminine property of giving life. That the matrix is the base from which the crystals spring (or grow), so it further helps explain why milky crystal is called Feminine.

Here is a picture with some examples of Feminine crystals. Notice how densely white (milky) they are:

feminine crystals

Most crystals are part Feminine and part Masculine, a little bit more of one than the other, but not fully either. These would be described as “mostly Feminine” or “mostly Masculine”. Here’s an example of that:

feminine and masculine

The crystal pictured left is mostly Feminine (cloudy or milky) in appearance, with some Masculine (clear) at the termination and down the left side. The crystal to the right is mostly Masculine (clear), with a Feminine (cloudy or milky) base.

Basically that’s it for the anatomy lesson.

Feminine = cloudy or milky

Now, let’s talk briefly about Feminine crystals energetically. Remember that a clear crystal (Masculine in appearance) might have feminine energy. Just as with people, it’s best not to make assumptions based solely on appearance. For example, I often find this to be true with crystals which have an Isis Face (5 sided face). Whether these crystals with an Isis Face are Feminine or Masculine in appearance they often have a strong feminine energy.

Feminine crystals help us (both men and women) to get in touch with our feminine nature. They have a soft, yet deep, mysterious energy. Yin in nature, Feminine crystals are intuitive, nurturing and receptive. The energy is more diffuse. If the energy were compared to a light, it would be described as glowing (coming from all directions evenly).

In order to work with a Feminine crystal, (provided it is energetically feminine, not just physically) one might choose to meditate with it, enjoying the energy of feminine nature which may present as soft, nurturing, creative, life-giving, or Yin. One might also create a grid out of Feminine crystals to hold the vibration of feminine energy. Jewelry might be made of out of a feminine crystal so that the energy could be carried intimately throughout the day, or a small point kept in a pocket or purse for the same result.

I hope you have enjoyed this discussion about the anatomy (and physiology) of Feminine crystals, next week we’ll revisit Masculine crystals.

HELP! WHICH CRYSTAL TYPE SHOULD I CHOOSE!?

crystal meditationThere are a LOT of different crystal configurations from which to choose. I’m not talking about different KINDS of crystals (such as amethyst, rose quartz, etc) I’m talking about only the different TYPES of clear quartz crystal here. Specifically, the different shapes in which it presents, each with slightly different metaphysical and healing energetic properties. Shapes, such as Barnacle, Bridge, Double Terminated, Extra-Terrestrial, Faden and Growth Interference, just to name a few. I’ve written a series of 4 books with drawings of each type, and in those, I covered forty-six different types. FORTY SIX! And those are just the most commonly found… there are actually a few more!

With that in mind, let’s talk again about how these metaphysical characteristics work. I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating in case you missed the earlier blog posts.

I have been doing a lot of meditating on this, and asked my crystal guide, Venus, for clarity, primarily in how to describe this concept of Metaphysical Descriptions to you. Following is information received from Venus over a period of days, and quoted is where she popped in as I was compiling my thoughts.

VENUS: While the crystal configurations and shapes which have been named by many are a good way to generally categorize these configurations, it can be misleading, because people may think that if a shape or structure implies this or that (via the name or description), that magically, simply by obtaining one of these specially named crystals, the desired outcome will be achieved.

This is not how it works, however, (much like there is no “magic pill” for things such as weight loss). The work must be done on the person’s part, because within this human experience is built in the concept of free will. We (the Crystal People, or even your Guides, Angels, etc for that matter) are not going to cause these changes without your input and full cooperation. We know this would rob you of the fun of playing the game, which is the reason you incarnated!

Imagine for a moment that a CD of the Encyclopedia Britannica was sent via time travel into the past, prior to the time when there was a way to access the information – a time when there were no personal computers. Some people would deny even the remotest possibility that an entire set of encyclopedias could be on this flat shiny disc. Perhaps some of the people know about records and record players, so they are able to entertain at least the possibility that this could be true. They might read the description on the front, and having heard of the encyclopedia Britannica, and by applying what they know about records and record players, their disbelief might be suspended. However, simply suspending this disbelief doesn’t magically grant access to the information on the disc.

Believing that different crystals can magically produce any given result without proper interaction from the user would be as silly as one of the people from the past strapping the disc to his or her head expecting to access the information on the disc.

So, while it IS true that the different metaphysical descriptions can indeed produce the desired result described, the crystal must first be put into use by the “player” to access the potentiality (the “player” in this case is the person wishing for the desired result). To unlock the “magic” of the crystal requires input from the person. The crystal simply helps arrange the puzzle pieces which are already within the user, then it is up to the user to interpret the picture and rearrange it until it suits the desired outcome.

So, without the CD player, computer or boom box, the information on the CD can’t be accessed. I think that is why so many people who really aren’t “into” metaphysics think that people who ARE appear to be a little nuts. Without applying the METAphysical part of the equation, a non-metaphysical person might assume we think that simply obtaining a certain type of crystal will provide the end result. For example, a Time Link to the Future crystal magically catapulting us into the future or a Soulmate crystal presenting us with Prince or Princess Charming without any effort or interaction on our part (which we understand isn’t the case).

VENUS: The translation or application of each metaphysical configuration occurs WITHIN the person. Break it down further and the answer is in the description: META (higher, beyond) PHYSICAL (having to do with material things, things which you can touch, etc). The “magic”, if you will, in these crystals, is beyond the physical. It is the translation of the sound wave into music or the words of a poem into emotion.

soulmateSo, how then, do we actually put this into practice? What if we are looking for a specific crystal and don’t have any idea where to start?

I get this question a lot, and my broad answer is always “go with your gut”. Look at the crystals available to you, see if any of them resonate strongly with you. I always start with the picture (or the physical crystal itself if you are looking in person). If the crystal’s energy grabs me by the picture presented (or the crystal itself), then I will read the description (or look to what “type” it is). Sometimes the description will confirm the reason I am drawn to this particular crystal, other times it is a nice addition but doesn’t necessarily speak to or explain the reason I am drawn to it. Here’s the good news: The reason you are drawn to a crystal isn’t as important as the fact that you were, in fact, drawn to it! For WHATEVER reason. If you are drawn to a crystal, 99% of the time it is the Crystal People speaking to you. Listen!

Faden crystalIf this is just too unstructured for you and you really want more concrete directions, to narrow it down a little bit, sometimes you can reverse engineer your need. Meaning, if you know you are looking to work with a specific energy (let’s pick “Astral Travel” for an example), then you can narrow down the playing field by looking for a crystal which specifically helps with working with this energy. So, in the case of Astral Travel, a Faden Crystal works well.

I can hear you asking, “But how do you get to the place where you know which type is good for what application?” It’s a good question. There is a lot of information out there and it can get confusing! Books, of course, are a handy reference. Not to keep pushing my books, but in the series of Crystal Mandala drawings I made, I intentionally only included, at most, 3 or 4 different things a certain configuration might help with. Most crystal books suggest a long list of 10 to 15 things that each configuration MIGHT help with, (which they absolutely can) but to be honest, my mind shuts down at about number 3 or 4. So when I was just starting out, I often ended my search feeling confused and overwhelmed, which is where I think a lot of you might be at times.

Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals, Volume 1: CATHEDRAL

Crystal Mandalas: Anatomy and Physiology of Quartz Crystals, Volume 1: CATHEDRAL

In the Crystal Mandala books, which ARE coloring books, (but are NOT meant ONLY for coloring)! I painstakingly created a mandala for each of the 46 different types of quartz crystal metaphysical configurations. Here’s a good definition of what a Mandala actually is from the mandalaproject.org: “A mandala is… An integrated structure organized around a unifying center creating unity.” and “Flowers, the rings found in tree trunks and the spiraling outward and inward of a snail’s shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern. Wherever a center is found radiating outward and inward, there is wholeness–a mandala.” In these Crystal Mandalas, I have drawn a representative example of each type of configuration and minimized your work by condensing the information specific to each type.

If, after #1 “going with your gut”, or #2 “referring to books or other written information” you are STILL not having any luck in picking out just the right crystal for your specific need, and if you feel too overwhelmed even trying, one other way you might select a crystal is to ask a person who has intuitive ability for their help – most especially someone who has the ability to speak with the Crystal People on your behalf. I do this in what I call my Ask Genn offering. I go to the Crystal People with your specific need in mind and the proper crystal will present. In the Ask Genn, I go even further by diagramming your crystal, writing down the characteristics specific to that crystal, and also give a reading, much like a tarot reading, from that crystal. I will write a blog post on this soon.

So, in a nutshell, there are actually as many ways to select your crystal as there are people doing the selecting, but three simple ways suggested here, are to:

  1. GO WITH YOUR GUT and choose the crystal to which you are drawn (whatever the reason!)
  2. REFER TO BOOKS, blog posts or other written information
  3. CONSULT WITH SOMEONE who may intuitively select a crystal or crystals on your behalf, preferably someone who is experienced in speaking with the Crystal People

Hopefully this has helped clarify any confusion or questions you may have had about how exactly we expect these different metaphysical properties to apply to how we work with our Crystal Friends. If you have questions or comments, please share them below. I am always willing to listen, happy to answer and interested in hearing about your experiences! The main thing to remember is however you choose your Crystal Friend, you can NEVER go wrong! Until next time, have fun in the selection process!

CRYSTALS AND SIZE – IS BIGGER REALLY BETTER?

crystal digging in ArkansasI’ve had this question more than once, so thought I would address it here… What do you do when you buy a crystal online, but when it arrives, it is much smaller than you expected? Will it still work?

Obviously if you are looking for a crystal for jewelry or to fit in a certain place (say a desk or coffee table), size might matter. In this way, convenience and use play a part in the question of size. But, energetically speaking, is bigger really better? Does a large point put out more energy than a small point?

Certainly, by mass alone, a 500-pound single crystal point is going to exude more energy than a tiny jewelry point, but this is not to say that the smaller points don’t have comparable energy or enough energy to matter. Comparatively speaking, a small crystal might have the same energy as a large point.

does size matterFor example, an ant can move ten to fifty times its body weight. Using that gauge, you can see that ants are stronger than humans, ounce for ounce. A small point may be stronger than a large point in the same respect; some very small points are deceptively powerful, meaning that bigger in size doesn’t always mean better. Also, it is easy to put a small point around your neck or in your pocket. Wheeling a 500-pound crystal around in a wagon would get tiring after a while, don’t you think?

Depending on the crystal, its use and your need, a small point can be every bit as helpful to you as its larger cousin. The old adage is true about not judging a book by its cover (or an item by its size). So if you can get around the notion that bigger is better (we’re a society of bigger! and more!), and connect with your new crystal without preconceived ideas (no matter the size), you may find that it has much more to offer than you expected.