How to use different crystal shapes to get the most from your crystal's energy.
Crystals come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. It can be confusing to know what exact crystal you should pick for a particular purpose. What you need to consider is the properties that you want to crystal to possess, how much power you want behind your crystal and how you want its energy to be released. An easy way to look at this is:
A crystal’s COLOUR/TYPE determines its ENERGY
A crystal’s SIZE determines the AMOUNT of ENERGY that it has
And a crystal’s SHAPE determines HOW that ENERGY will be released
When determining which crystal to pick it is best to first choose which properties you want the energy of the crystal to possess. For example, Rose Quartz is best to pick if you are looking to promote love and kindness in your life, and Black Obsidian will help to ground and protect you from negative energies.
When looking at the size of a crystal, bigger is better if you are after more power.
When dealing with a crystal’s shape there are lots of different forms that you can come across. Below is a list of crystal shapes to help you determine how you want the energy to be emitted.
Tumbled crystals are easy to use and are generally inexpensive (depending on which crystal it is). Tumbled crystals are best to use to help create crystal grids (whereby you can create a field of energy) and they are also perfect to use when you need to carry that crystal’s energy around with you during the day as they can be easily placed in your pocket, handbag or bra. Some people also tend to use tumbled crystals to make crystal elixirs or to amplify the energy in a bath. Tumbled crystals tend to emit energy gently overtime into the auric field.
Crystal balls have been used for hundreds of years and are the most recognised form of crystal for divination. Clear quartz and black obsidian crystal spheres are particularly good for scrying…if they are large enough and are genuine.
Crystal spheres have a special way of emitting energy so that it touches all areas of a room and their energy is emitted equally in all directions. The flow of the energy seems to be ongoing rather than in short, sharp bursts like a crystal cluster might give. Crystal spheres are also excellent to use for meditation as they are an ‘attention grabber’. This makes it easier for us to focus during meditation and in turn opens us up to the crystal’s energy. Crystal spheres and balls are best placed in the bedroom or in any area in which energy needs to flow easier.
Crystal points direct energy in a focused and powerful manner. They are especially good to use as an energy holder in crystal grids and can be placed under your bed at night to direct energy towards your auric field. Think of them as water in a water fountain which sprays directly up and then falls back down into the fountain in a beautifully flowing manner. The power of crystal points is direct, focused and strong.
Crystal clusters emit amplified energy throughout a room. They usually have a large number of cluster points on them which means that the crystal’s energy can be sent in different directions throughout a room. Clusters bring harmony into the environment in which they are placed and are particularly good to have in an active area of the house such as a living room or kitchen.
Crystal trees have a fun and ‘happy’ energy to them regardless of the crystal type. Crystal trees are essentially small tumbled crystals placed together on a tree foundation. These small tumbled crystals emit gentle, slow releasing energy into a room and bring harmony into the space. Crystal trees are especially good to place near front doors and entrances as their energy will ‘greet’ anyone who walks in the door. It is also good to place them in an area where natural light shines through onto them so that their energy is amplified slightly.
Crystal pyramids work similarly to crystal points in that they direct energy upwards and outwards. They also have an added advantage over point crystals in that they help to preserve one’s energy when placed above the body. Placing a crystal pyramid on top of your head while meditating will help to infuse your auric field with the crystal’s energy so that the effects last longer.
Crystal geodes and caves act in the same manner as crystal clusters, although their energy release is much slower and not as invasive. Geodes and caves are best placed in bedrooms or living areas where calm is needed. Where a cluster will amplify and throw energy right across a room, geodes and caves will slowly release energy as the people in the room need it.
Crystals are often carved into animal shapes or heart shapes. They are essentially polished crystals and their energy release is very similar to that of tumbled crystals in that they emit energy gently overtime. Heart shaped crystals are good to work with to activate and balance the heart chakra as the heart chakra natural recognises the shape, and animal shaped crystals can help animal spirit guides come through when meditating with them.
Crystal pendulums naturally hold stronger energy than regular pendulums as they are enhanced with the earth’s life-force energy. Pendulums usually have a pointed crystal at one end and are attached to a chain. Crystal pendulums are perfect for chakra healing as they can move with the energy of the chakras and diagnose any imbalanced chakras. Crystal pendulums do hold some healing energy properties but are usually used to diagnose issues rather than treat them as different crystals will have an affinity with different chakras.
Crystal jewellery can come in many shapes, sizes and forms. Whether it is a vial or pendant necklace, a gem cut ring, or a bead or chip bracelet, the concept of crystal jewellery is the same: to keep the crystal’s energy close to the user. Crystal jewellery in all forms is like having a tumbled crystal on you constantly except that you don’t have to worry about them being in your pocket or handbag. Necklaces which fall to the middle of the sternum, where the heart chakra is, allows the crystal’s energy to work with the heart chakra closely.
Scrying dishes usually come in Black Obsidian form and are used for clairvoyance (clear seeing). Crystal spheres can be used instead of scrying dishes, but it is all dependant on which crystal shape you find easier to use for scrying. Scrying dishes are usually bigger than a person’s hand. They are highly polished to help reflect images back to us. Scrying dishes should be treated with the utmost respect (just like any crystal really!) and should have a special place in which it is kept. They should not be used simply as display items otherwise their energy becomes dulled.
Crystal cubes are slowly becoming more popular as time goes by. Cubes can either be formed naturally in crystals or the crystal can be carved into a cube shape. Some crystals which naturally appear in cube form (both rough and naturally polished) include pyrite and galena. Cube crystals bring our energy into the present and ground us, which is why some of the more grounding crystals such as pyrite and galena sometimes naturally form into crystal cube shapes. Crystal cubes have a pulling effect whereby they will pull your energy towards them in order to cleanse and heal the energy before giving it back to you.
Crystal lamps can emit strong energy as light is a great crystal activator. Regardless of whether natural light- such as a candle- or artificial light is used in a lamp, the effect is the same: an all-round powerful energy which creates harmony in a room. Crystals react well to light energy since they have spent so long underground and have a natural affinity with its energy (both physical and spiritual). If you are particularly sensitive to crystal energy and find that too much crystal energy can cause headaches or loss of focus, then it may be best to only use crystal lamps sparingly. If you have worked with crystal energy for a long time then crystal lamps will make you feel at peace and in perfect balance.
Palm Stones & Meditation Stones
Palm stone crystals are flat in shape and usually fit in the palm of your hand. They have the same energy as tumbled crystals in that they emit energy gently overtime in the auric field. Palm stones are easier to place on the chakras during meditation as they are larger than smaller tumbled crystals.
Meditation stones are of a similar size to palm stone crystals. The only difference is that they aren’t flat. Meditation stones usually fit in the palm of the hand and emit the same energy as tumbled crystals and palm stones, although they have usually been selected for their amplified energy or deep colour which makes them a bit more powerful than palm stones or tumbled crystals.
Crystal wands are made from polished crystals. They usually have a polished point at one end, although some crystal wands have a polished point at both ends. Crystal wands direct strong energy towards the area which the point is directed at. For this reason, they are very good to use during crystal healing as you can target a specific area with them. For example, if you had a headache you would simply need to point the wand towards the area on your head which was hurting and hold it there until the pain has subsided. Crystal wands are particularly good at speeding up sluggish chakras.