Is one of your favourite stones on this list of 'crystals' that aren’t crystals?
All crystals are made up of a unique crystalline structure, there are seven structures in total.
If a stone does not have one of these structures, it is classified as a ' mineraloid'.
Crystals take thousands of years to form, and their crystalline structure, (similar to our own) plays a large part in how we resonate with their healing abilities.
However there are many stones, that are not crystals, that are AMAZING and very Powerful!
When I first started to work with crystals I was very turned off by the idea with working with 'crystals' that weren’t 'crystals', with the exception of Obsidian, (prejudice and hypercritical I know!) If you are at the beginning of your crystal journey/love affair, please don't be like I was, you will be missing out! Some of the stones on this list are amongst my most adored nowadays!
Keywords: Manifestation, Enhancement of Prayers, Sudden Enlightenment, Stimulates Clairaudience, Kundalini Awakening, Breakthrough, Intensity, Personal Power
Technically 'fused quartz', but I am including this on the list, as Fulgurite is not formed in the same way as other crystals!
Fulgurite is formed when lightning strikes the earth; sand or sillica rich soil. The intense electrical charge of the lightening bolt, is discharged in one small area, and in that instant the temperature is hot enough to vaporize the sand at the center of the strike and melt the material around the edges.
Thus Fulgurite often forms in tube like shapes,like straws.
It is literally a fossilized moment in time!
Fulgurite creates and energetic bridge that links thoughts and intentions with the divine mind.
It is said to prevent cancerous cells from multiplying, and provide EMF protection.
Blow through a Fulgurite tube, after meditating on your intentions, you will feel a tingling sensation on your lips!
Keywords: Warmth, Healing, Ancestral Work, Nature, Elevates Mood, Grounding
Amber is fossilized tree sap, or botanic resins. Not technically even a mineral, but appreciated by nearly every ancient culture in the past, each of which having its own myth and folklore for Amber.
If we think about the steps that create Amber, you could say it is fossilized 'Light Energy'; First created by the synthesis of light by plants and trees, that solidified on top of the earth, unlike crystals that form deep within the earth’s womb below the earth's crust.
It is said to aid those with SAD disorder, and release negative energy.
Amber teething jewellery for mum and baby! There is lots of this on the market give it a google!
Keywords: EMF Protection, Detoxifying, Purifying, Ancient, Mystical, Stress Relieving, Healing
2 billion years old! This dense carbon based stone is the only known, natural material on earth to contain 'Fullerenes' or 'BuckyBalls'. (no space to explain this here, but youtube that! Once you've read the rest of this post of course!) This is one of the most powerful healing stones known to date, not only does it provide EMF protection, that we all need in this day and age, but it helps assist and balance life on all levels; physical, emotional, spiritual.
Shungite chips are available for the purpose of water purification, which has undergone many studies particularly in Russia, and has been proven to eradicate or neutralize any organism inside a human that is harmful. There are also many shungite products availble to slip onto your Electrical devises on the market, just make sure you are buying from a reliable source and its not fake!
Not convinced? Youtube; 'Just how effective is Shungite against Electromagnetic Radiation?'
Try This: Conduct your own Shungite water experiment – get two equal size house plants, give one only Shungite infused water for a month, and one normal tap water – review the difference in growth after 4 weeks.
Keywords: Emotional Healing, Re-balancing, Strengthens Memory, Enhances Cosmic Consciousness
Element: Earth, Water, Storm, Fire (dependent on type)
There is a variety of opal's including the common Opal, Fire opal, Black, pink, blue, yellow and just about every other colour, each giving out its own unique frequencies, but all giving out energy which is of a gentle nature. You could describe Opal as a non crystalline version of Quartz. Technically a Silica Gem that contains 3 to 20 percent water. Formed in layers at low temperatures, which is what helps create the refractive iridescent light that comes off of some opals, and their play of colours within. The name Opal is derived from the Sanskrit name 'Upla', meaning precious stone and later the Greek Word 'Opallios', meaning; to change colour. In folklore Opal is said to aid in childbirth, regulate insulin and treat fever.
Try This: Give your opals a dip in plain water sometimes to help it retain it's lustre, heat, over exposure to sun and dehumidified containers may eventually cause an Opal to crack.
Keywords: Extra terrestrial energy, Transformation, Soul Contracts, Rapid expansion, Star beings
Moldavite is a Tektite. Thought to have been formed 15 million years ago, after an meteorite of impact greater than an atomic explosion, hit the area that is now known as Czechoslovakia.
Some say this melded with material around it, to create this stone, others say it is the direct material that was inside the meteorite. Moldavite holds extremely high vibrations, and should be used in short bursts for beginners. It will help you find your soul path and purpose, and rapidly expand your spiritual path if used properly. Like Fulgurite, “The event that gave birth to Moldavite was one of tremendous power” and therefore will help you take action on goals. It is not well regarded as a mediation stone; some people claim to experience hallucinogenic experience through this practice, but often brings up repressed shadow aspects of self.
Try This: spend time in meditation with Moldavite on your third eye, to enhance psychic abilities, and communications with star beings. Do not do this if you are a beginner! If chest pains occur when using Moldavite remove it from yourself and proximity of you, immediately!
Keywords: Scrying, Protection, Spirit Communication, Absorbs Negativity, Grounding
Element: Earth, Fire
Obsidian is formed when Volcanic Lava solidifies rapidly. Like the others on this list comes in many varieties, that have their own unique properties, such as; Snowflake Obsidian, Gold sheen Obsidian, Mahogany, Blue, and Rainbow Obsidian, Apache Tears are also of this family.
Ancients used Black Obsidian as Scrying Mirrors and made arrows and blades to use as weapons, from this stone, and also for protective talismans and spiritual rituals. It is great for protection on all levels including psychic protection and keeping your own aura free from negative smog.
(Don't) Try This At home: If you really wanted to make sure your Obsidian was real, and not Black Glass, It is possible to heat Obsidian enough that it turns back into its original state of Molten Lava!
Keywords: Protection, Purification, Grounding, Negativity repellent, Magic, Rituals, Calming,
Jet is a variety of Coal called Lignite. It is easily carved and has been used in talismans and jewellery throughout history, its protection against negativity is particularly good at blocking energy with malicious intent, not just general bad vibes from others. It also has a calming and supportive energy, and was used to create 'mourning jewellery', popular in Victorian England.
Said to contain ancient earth wisdom, a great stone to help assist in past life work. Try This: Jet is a great stone to have around the home or work environment if you are an empath, or sensitive to other's emotions. If you find Black Tourmaline or Obsidian ground you too much that it brings down your elevated vibration, Jet, like Onyx has a gentler vibration.
Other popular stones used in healing and and metaphysical works, that are more obviously not crystals, are Pearl's. Which have a great affinity of being connected with femininity, but more interestingly have been used in the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, often crushed to powder and included in pastes and tinctures. Petrified wood, is another great tool in any elemental, or shamanic work, and also in any past life/ancestral work. Additionally slices of petrified wood make amazing bases for crystal grids!
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