A recent blog post about polished versus natural (unpolished) crystals sparked some questions and a brief discussion about spheres with my friend jack.
Q: Where is it that the energy moves through a sphere that would be cut from the middle of a larger point? Would it still have the original flow?
A: Great question! There’s not really a “directional” energy flow in a sphere. The nature of a sphere (physically as well as in sacred geometry) is basically flow in all directions (movement: getting the ball rolling). Imagine the energy from a sphere as you would the light coming off a globe of light (think light bulb without lampshade or cover versus a flashlight, which is directional).
Q: So since crystal spheres are created, not natural, does creating them allow the energy to release in all directions by design?
A: Well, some crystal spheres are cut from a solid piece (hence the reason they are so costly). There might be a directional grain like in wood, but the energy is going to come out all over. Imagine the grain in wood. If the energy came out at the tip of each grain where it is cut, because it is a circle, it is going to have a cut grain on every surface, and the energy would come out all over, you see?
Q: I have a rose quartz sphere that was cut from a chunk and I didn’t know how that worked in reference to the blog and the talk of direction of energy in reference to polished points.
A: Yeah. Usually the points are going to have a basic directional flow, and spheres are going to have more of a glow. Imagine the same principle about the energy redirection which occurs out of an artificially placed termination in a polished point. In a sphere, there IS no termination, so the energy rolls… Hence the reason the energy from spheres tends to be more diffuse, less directional, but still strong. (If you missed the post about polished versus natural points, here is a link: http://wp.me/p3hMTi-5h.)
Q: What about big chunks of, say, rose quartz that have been cut and polished into spheres? Is the sentience of the larger piece then split into smaller pieces? And is the sentience still intact or is that like having babies, where a piece of you moves on and develops it’s own mind while the original mind stays intact?
A: Well, the sentience in crystal all comes from one main source, so technically there really is no “individual” or “separate” like we think of it and how we see ourselves. Do you follow?
Q: I guess the human idea of individuality doesn’t particularly apply to all beings and all things. It’s like a person looking through a gem. The eye sees many but the mind is one.
A: Yeah. It’s like the light coming through the gem is the sentience. The sentience remains even if you smash the gem. Group consciousness. The many are the One and the One is the many.
Q: What about glass spheres? Is there a way to determine if the sphere is glass or crystal?
A: Sometimes what you THINK (or are told) is a polished quartz crystal sphere (it may even be labelled as quartz crystal) is actually glass. Often you will see spheres for sale called “Cherry Quartz”, “Strawberry Quartz” etc… They may be very convincing, but these are not actual spheres made from a solid piece of quartz crystal.
A real giveaway in the case of Cherry or Strawberry “Quartz” is the color. (Quartz crystal doesn’t come in these colors). However if you don’t know this, two determining factors you can go by are price as related to size and the presence of bubbles.
An affordable (say under $50) large sphere billed as quartz crystal is almost always glass, or reconstructed quartz, not crystal (meaning not cut from a larger crystal). Obviously, there may be exceptions to this, for example, an authentic quartz sphere that an individual is selling at an affordable price because they may not know the value of what they have. This would be rare (certainly there would not be more than one for sale at this price).
The second giveaway is the appearance of bubbles. If you look inside of the sphere and there are tiny (or large) bubbles, it is glass or man-made.
On the other hand, if there are no bubbles or wispy inclusions, a low-priced, perfectly clear, flawless sphere is most certainly going to be glass or possibly lab-grown or reconstructed crystal. Obviously there are exceptions to these rules, these are just basic guidelines.
One example of a flawless crystal ball cut from a single piece of crystal is in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA. I have seen this large sphere, and it is a sight to behold! Below is a picture of it. I can’t imagine the size the original crystal had to be to create a sphere so large and perfectly flawless.
So, as you can see, there are exceptions. But a flawless crystal ball isn’t going to be priced at $29.95.
If you have the desire for a very large sphere (for scrying or just for looks), a quartz crystal sphere which is cut from a solid crystal may be WAY out of your price range (I know it is mine). In these cases, a large glass sphere is perfectly acceptable. I have one I got in Mexico and I love it! It is full of bubbles and reminds me of fairies. Just because it isn’t quartz doesn’t mean it is of no value or is useless as a tool. For an affordable, clear, ‘flawless’ sphere, consider one made of reconstructed quartz.
I hope this discussion cleared up the subject of crystal balls or crystal spheres and helps you in future purchases.