This week we’re going to discuss Imprints and Keys. Remember we talked about Growth Interference last week, and that it is caused by the introduction of another mineral to the crystal during its growth. Keys and Imprints are caused by crystals being in close proximity to one another as they grow.
A Key is created when a crystal pokes into another crystal during its growth. To the left is a visual example of how they are created: Take a crystal, and stab the top of the point into a cylinder of clay (surrogate for our crystal in this example) and then remove the crystal (pictured is actually a round object, but pretend it is a crystal). The impression left in the clay is the Key. Sometimes Keys have a pointy bottom and sometimes a flat bottom. Pictured to the right is an example of a pointy bottomed Key in a crystal. This would be caused by the tip end of another crystal penetrating the original crystal as it grew.
Now take the same crystal (assume it has a flat base) and press the base into the clay, instead of the tip… this pressing will create a hexagonal shape like the picture to the left. (This crystal actually has both a flat bottomed and a pointy bottomed Key. The pointy bottomed is that notch in the top right of the crystal, the flat-bottomed is the hexagon beneath it.) To call them “Key” seems like a misnomer, really, because it is actually more of a key HOLE in shape, but they are called Keys, none-the-less.
Crystal is hexagonal (six-sided), so Keys are normally six-sided like the one pictured left, but not always. Sometimes the portion of the crystal that is smashing into the other crystal (the clay in our prior example) isn’t aiming head on so all six sides aren’t in contact or part of the crystal making the impression is half on and half off the crystal receiving the Key so there may be three, four or even five-sided Keys, but the traditional (textbook-perfect) example would be six-sided. Here are some pictures of Keys, both textbook perfect and not:
Imprints are areas of indentations which are larger than Keys, and often alter the shape of the crystal. They could also be called a partial Key. Imprints are caused not so much by another crystal poking INTO a crystal as Keys are, but rather more that two (or more) crystals are growing in proximity to each other and sort of crowding each others’ growth. Here are some pictures of Imprints:
And here are some Imprints which alter the body shape of the crystal:
To make the terms Key and Imprint even easier to understand, take an example of a smoothly iced cake. The cake will be the crystal receiving the Key or Imprint, and our hand will be the crystal causing the Key or Imprint. A Key would be a pointer finger poking straight into the icing (either shallowly or deeply), and an Imprint would be a palm or edge of a hand laying onto the icing.
You will be able to tell it is an Imprint and not simply damage to the crystal because there is almost a fingerprint inside the Imprint which occurs as the crystal grows. Here is a picture of a Key and an Imprint side by side, so you can see the difference between the two and also the characteristic “fingerprint” type marking inside the Imprint:
So, what are these Keys and Imprints useful for? Key crystals are good to help you unlock answers to questions you may have. You can access them in different ways. You may gaze into them during meditation, or simply close your eyes and enter the energy of the crystal, imagining it opening and see what answer you get to a question you may ask. I like to put my thumb or finger into the Key as I meditate on the question. There are many different ways, use your intuition for the best way!
Imprints show how something is affected by outside influences. The original structure adapts to its environment as outside influences change its shape or form. This allows for growth and change, while still maintaining its basic inherent truth and beauty. I like to meditate on this and see how it applies to my life and circumstances. It makes me feel softer and more loving toward perceived flaws I may have.
Remember when we discussed that Growth Interference, since it is caused by the introduction of another mineral, represents how outside influences (non-human) such as illness, cause the adaptation. In Imprints and Keys, it is crystal on crystal, so I see this as more human/relationship oriented.
Sometimes Keys and Imprints have beveled edges like the picture to the right. These bevel-edged crystals have a softer energy than traditional Keys. Ask the crystal for help in determining the best way to work with it. I find myself rubbing the beveled areas and feeling the energy that presents.
So, as you can see, there are many different ways shapes and indents may appear on a crystal, created in different ways and presenting in a wide range of sizes, shapes and forms. (In these cases, Growth interference, Keys and Imprints). In working with any of them, the most beneficial method is to sit with the crystal and experience its special energy as an individual. While they may appear similar, they are all different. However they present, I find the energy of these shapes thrilling. As for how to work with them, use your intuition, the Crystal People will help you to figure out how to best work with your particular crystal. It will vary as much as the crystals themselves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion of Keys and Imprints. Next week we’ll talk about Included Crystals.
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:
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 Included quartz crystals.