Today we’re going to talk about Growth Interference which is a condition in which a crystal changes shapes as it grows due to the presence of another mineral which acts as an obstruction. These shapes might be squares and triangles, and more often than not, it looks like a buzz saw was taken to the crystal. Sometimes there is a little bit of mineral left in part of the crevasses.
Here are some crystals with the buzz-saw type of Growth Interference:
And here’s a picture of the mineral still present in the buzz-saw shapes:
Some Growth Interference presents in square shapes and not in the typical buzz-saw fashion. Following are some examples of the square-shaped Growth Interference:
To visualize how this square-shaped Growth Interference occurs, imagine taking a piece of clay and a Lego, (“let go of my leggo!” wait… what??) the clay represents the crystal and the Lego represents the other mineral. To begin, stick the Legos all over the clay (crystal) and leave them there. Imagine that you have expanding clay (crystal) and as it grows, it simply forms itself around the Lego (mineral). Eventually, the Lego disintegrates, melts or falls out on its own accord over time due to changing temperatures or other variations in circumstance. The clay (crystal) is left with characteristic indentations left by the mineral, and that is called Growth Interference. In the case of the “buzz-saw” type, the mineral grows in a different shape, but the premise is the same.
The photo on the left has large, very deep squares, the one above has smaller squares. Sometimes it appears on the side of a point (above) but they also might occur on the base, on a cluster, (left).
Growth Interference is similar to Keys and Imprints. We haven’t yet covered Keys or Imprints (that’s next week), but the difference between them and Growth Interference is that in Growth interference there used to be another mineral in those spaces and in Keys or Imprints it was another crystal. Because of this, I think of Growth Interference representing how we can adapt and grow around a certain situation, and then if the situation no longer serves, it leaves, but not without leaving a mark. Since the Growth Interference is caused by non-crystal shapes, I apply that to things which alter us which aren’t so much due to human interactions (as in relationships), but more like illnesses, accidents, or non-relationship interference. The word “interference” by its usual definition implies something unwanted or “bad”, which really isn’t accurate. Try to think of “interference” as “something which alters”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad occurrence.
To work with a Growth Interference crystal, one might meditate on the situations which caused interference during ones growth, realizing that the situation probably did change us (as the shape of the crystal is changed during its growth) but that we are still inherently beautiful and worthy of love and that ultimately, we are still in one piece. Oftentimes, as in the Growth Interference crystals, we are left with very interesting shapes and spaces which add depth and character.
Today we learned that
- Growth Interference may occur in buzz-saw shapes or triangles or squares
- An interruption in the crystal structure occurs due to the presence of another mineral during the growth of that crystal.
- Growth Interference represents how we can adapt and grow around a certain situation and then when the situation no longer serves, it leaves, but not without leaving a mark.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion of Growth Interference crystals. next week we’ll talk about Imprints and Keys.
Here is a recap of the past posts featuring the metaphysical configurations and links to where you might find these various crystal configurations if you decided you might like to work with them:
GROWTH INTERFERENCE (A Lesson in Adaptation) purchase GROWTH INTERFERENCE
DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER CRYSTALS (For divine balance, and a connection with the self and Universal Truth.) Note: Dow crystals are rare, and I don’t always have very many of them. Sometimes the ones I have are Dow by count (7-3-7-3-7-3) but have one large 7-sided face (present as a Channeler) or two large 7-sided faces and one small 7 (present as a Transmitter). If you order one, I will let you know at time of purchase what I have available. purchase DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER crystal read blog post
DOLPHIN CRYSTAL (To encourage teaching in a loving, fun, joyful way, or alternately, to assist one to enjoy learning) read blog post
See you next week for Imprints and Keys on quartz crystals.