TAKING A BREATHER – A Reminder About Crystal Names & Descriptions

This week I decided to postpone the post about Golden Healers (til maybe late week?). Surprisingly (to me) there was a LOT of controversy about the post on Feminine, Masculine and Yin/Yang crystals… I thought it would be a good idea to revisit why we are going over these different names and what they really mean. I have already addressed this in an earlier post but I think it’s sometimes a good idea to go back.

Without further ado, I’m just going to cut and paste the post I wrote on this topic from July 2013:

Determining Types of Quartz Crystal Configurations

Soulmate quartz crystal

Soulmate quartz crystal

Within the general topic of quartz crystal you will notice that there are different names for the various shapes that the crystal takes. If you are like me you may have come across conflicting information. Not grossly conflicting, but perhaps different names for the same shapes or different shapes for familiar names. This can be very confusing, especially if you’re new to working with crystals. Keep in mind, all crystal is inherently healing, high vibrational and positive in aspect.

I want to go out on a limb here and say that you can probably expect to find differing opinions on names and naming configurations. I say this because I have, the more I experience. The main thing I want you to come away with from this post is that it really doesn’t matter. If your definition of a couch is 2 sections and someone else says a couch must always have three sections, not two, it doesn’t necessarily make them right and you wrong. It would be too confusing to describe the details here, but just in the past week I have encountered this both in a person to person discussion and also upon reading a website. Both times the person was adamant that their description was correct and other descriptions incorrect. There are many, but two good examples of crystals with a bit of controversy regarding  descriptions/definitions are Soulmate crystals and Gas Phantom crystals. We’ll discuss these separately at another time.

Picture of Gas Phantom quartz crystal

Gas Phantom quartz crystal

Because I have coming up on 20 years of experience working intimately with crystals, I have encountered many different variations and possibilities that sources may present (though not all, to be sure!). Because of this background, it wasn’t confusing or upsetting to me. However, I imagine if I were new to crystals it would be daunting and exasperating at best. Just keep in mind as you journey along, this will happen.

It is also worth saying that what I relay to you from my experience doesn’t make what I say absolute, and what you may have learned in a different way, wrong. I don’t expect, believe or even desire that everyone must see things my way. What one person calls Barnacles, another may call Babies. It’s all semantics anyway.

My crystal guide Venus has explained it to me in this way: All crystal comes from and is connected to what she calls the One… My understanding is that the One is a crystalline energy that is the Source of all crystals. So it would be comparable to God or Spirit (All That Is) but different. Since they are connected, all crystals share the same innate abilities. This is the reason that you may have a crystal shape that is traditionally good for astral travel that you use successfully for healing or vice versa. Remember the example from a few blog posts ago? It was about the car mechanic that taught you math… that you may successfully learn math from someone other than a math teacher. Because they are all connected to the crystalline consciousness (the One), all the varied and different configurations share the potential ability of the next. The crystal itself (the crystal that you can touch and hold) is just the VEHICLE for the crystalline energy or sentience… just as our human bodies are the vehicle for our souls. They are at the same time both separate and inseparable.

It is good to know the names of configurations and how to determine which is which. Knowing this will help because we will have common terminology for comparison and will also help to narrow down which crystal may provide the most help with a particular issue. Imagine it this way: it is true you can use a pencil, a ball point pen, a crayon or a paintbrush to write or express something. However, you would select a ball point for a signature and a paintbrush to fill in a wide area and so on. If you had to, you could use the paintbrush for a signature and the pen for filling in the area, but the most effective way would be to choose the appropriate shape for the task at hand. So it is helpful to know which shape of crystal has the greatest potential to help in order to fine tune your experience working with the Crystal People.

I hope this has been a good reminder about why we’re discussing these common terms each week and to remember that none of them are absolute or THE ONLY correct name or description. If you do have questions about different terms, please feel free to comment below or email me, whatever works for you.

Next time we’ll get back on track and discuss Golden Healers as promised.

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:

GENERATOR or MERLIN CRYSTALS (For precise, direct, focused energy)  purchase GENERATOR or MERLIN    read blog post

FEMININE, MASCULINE & YIN/YANG CRYSTALS (An anatomy lesson) purchase FEMININE    purchase MASCULINE    purchase YIN/YANG      read blog post

FAIRY FROST & MIRROR FRACTURES (To connect us to Nature Spirits and to care for Mother Earth) purchase FAIRY FROST crystal    read blog post

FADEN CRYSTALS (For astral travel or connecting) purchase FADEN crystal     read blog post

E.T. CRYSTALS (Access otherworldly beings or boost distant healing) purchase E.T. crystal     read blog post

ETCHED CRYSTALS and SACRED SIGILS (Surface features with special energies.) purchase ETCHED crystal  purchase SIGIL crystal    read blog post

EMPATHIC CRYSTALS (To bring out and amplify compassionate feelings.) purchase EMPATHIC crystal   read blog post

ELESTIAL or ELESTIATED CRYSTAL (To connect with angelic energies.) purchase ELESTIAL crystal   read blog post

EIGHT-SIDED FACE / GROUNDING CRYSTALS (Any time you need to refocus and ground.) purchase EIGHT-SIDED FACE or GROUNDING crystal   read blog post

DRUSY (To assist with ideas or thought forms ready to spring forth and grow such as thoughts or dreams, desires or wishes.) purchase DRUSY    read blog post

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

DOUBLE TERMINATED CRYSTALS (Useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions) purchase DOUBLE TERMINATED 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

CURVED CRYSTAL (To assist with flexibility “go with the flow” or to cleanse or brush your aura)  purchase CURVED crystal    read blog post

CLUSTER CRYSTAL (Raise the vibration in an environment or to assist with group dynamics)  purchase crystal CLUSTER    read blog post

CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY CRYSTAL (Raise your vibrational frequency or access Akashic Records)  purchase CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY crystal    read blog post

CHANNELER or CHANNELING CRYSTAL (To access higher wisdom, guides, other-world beings)  purchase CHANNELER crystal    read blog post

BRIDGE or INNER CHILD CRYSTAL (To help Bridge between worlds or help to access your innermost self)  purchase BRIDGE or purchase INNER CHILD    read blog post

BARNACLE QUARTZ CRYSTAL (Wise energy; ‘new souls’ attracted to ‘old soul’ energy)  purchase BARNACLE    read blog post

See you next week for Golden Healer quartz crystals.

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About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at www.arkansascrystalworks.com, or her blog at www.crystalgenn.com. To connect: email - genn@arkansascrystalworks.com, facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasCrystalWorks, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

One Response to TAKING A BREATHER – A Reminder About Crystal Names & Descriptions

  1. Margot Losionek says:

    Perfectly said Genn. It really is all semantics anyway, and different names for different energies don’t change the properties of a crystal. For me, it’s best to work with the Crystal and understand it’s energies, regardless of what term describes. Thank you for your clear and wise words.

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