Why are crystal shape meanings important?
Crystals have all sorts of meanings and uses. When working with crystals, it is important to note that not only is the material of the stone important, but also the shape of the crystal. A crystal’s shape can affect its benefits and abilities, affecting both how the crystal emits energy and how the user absorbs it. Therefore, when considering what type of crystal suits your needs, it is important to pay attention to the shape and not just the material.
Palm stone/worry stone
Palm stones are uniformly circular or oval. Worry stones are similar, but tend to be slightly smaller than palm stones and have a thumb indentation on one side. The size of these stones makes them ideal for holding during meditation or while you sleep. They feel good in the hand and are generally reassuring.
Palm and worry stones also make good fidget objects. They give you something to flip in your hands, and this effect can be especially helpful if you choose a crystal made from a material that calms fear or anxiety. These easily fit in a pocket or pouch, allowing you to carry the crystal’s energy with you throughout the day.
These crystals are often similar in size to palm stones but, as the name suggests, are heart-shaped. Heart crystals connect to the heart chakra and radiate loving, gentle energy that instills a sense of peace and harmony. This is a good form for those who are extremely sensitive to energy as it has a softer impact than other forms. Heart shaped crystals are also great for healing the heart chakra and can support many of the same uses as a palm stone.
Points or towers usually have flat bases and six to eight sides. A crystal of this form may have been created entirely by carving, or it may happen naturally that only the base is cut and polished. The energy of the tower/point flows upward and outward, concentrating the energy above and immediately around the crystal.
Towers and points work well in the centers of crystal grids because they sharpen the intentions and energies of the crystals around them. You can place a tower or point in any corner of a room to create a flow of energy. Meditating while holding a point or tower will help you release blockages and bring your energy back into a state of flow. Reach for turrets and points when you need to channel and focus energy.
Spheres are uniform, round crystal spheres that emit energy equally from all points. This evenness makes them a balancing influence. They can also provide a boost of playful energy if you set that as your intention. Placing a sphere in the center of a crystal grid produces a smoother and more even tone. Spherical Crystals can also be used for scrying and Crystal Gazing, and they can help you open yourself to the messages of the Universe. You can also use a ball to massage tight or sore muscles, relieve physical pain and release trapped energy.
Cleaning crystals are particularly powerful in spherical form. Holding an orb while meditating helps you bring balance into your life and connect with a greater universal energy. As these crystals radiate their energy evenly outward, they act as a bridge between you and the energy around you, promoting a sense of wholeness.
Pyramids have a flat base and four triangular sides that converge at a point. The broad base provides grounding energy while the pointed tip serves as a sharp focus. Pyramid shaped crystals help align the chakras from crown to root, attuning you to your higher thinking while staying connected to the earth.
When pyramids are placed in the center of a crystal grid, they add their unique dual energy to the mix, which is useful when you want to stay grounded but still want your grid to have a specific focus. Additionally, meditating while holding a pyramid can help you channel life force energy that grounds and stabilizes the body, while focusing on the top of the pyramid during meditation can aid in manifestation.
Cubes are all corners and flat sides. As such, cube-shaped crystals emit energy at their corners similar to that of a point or tower, but their sides have stabilizing energy like the base of a pyramid. Cube-shaped crystals are assigned to the root chakra and are therefore very suitable for grounding. You can meditate while holding a cube, or you can place cube-shaped crystals in the corners of a room to ground the room.
Magic wands come in a few different varieties. They may be pointed at one end and rounded at the other, rounded at both ends, or pointed at both ends. In addition, their sides can be multifaceted like those of a tower, or they can be completely rounded.
These details change the energy of the wand. Typically, however, rod-shaped crystals direct energy out of their tip(s) or their rounded ends (if they don’t have a tip). Also, wands are typically used for healing purposes. They can be used to look for energy blockages in the body and flush energy through those points or chakras. Just note that before doing any healing work with a wand, you should take the time to become familiar with its specific energy.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, wands are also common in rituals. Using a wand as a writing instrument facilitates manifestation and affirmation. Meanwhile, holding a wand while meditating can help you draw out negative or blocked energy so that you can expel it through the wand’s tip.
Clusters are a grouping of crystal points. As such they have a very strong vibrational energy. The larger the cluster, the stronger the energy. They are great for replacing the negative energy in a room with positive energy. They can also help increase your energy capacity and determination. Meditating in front of a cluster can make it easier for you to get in touch with your intuition. You can also use a cluster as a jewelry holder, which adds aesthetic value in addition to cleaning and charging all of the crystals in your jewelry collection.
Tumbled stones are often the most accessible and available form of crystal. They are small and polished smooth, making them less expensive and easier to store and display. As such, tumbled stones are great starters for a crystal collection, as you can often get quite a few without investing a lot of money or space. This allows you to experiment with many different crystals to see what energies you resonate with. Like palm stones, tumbled stones are great for carrying in a purse or pocket so you have a crystal’s energy close at hand for the day.
Learning the meaning of crystal shape
Choosing crystals based on both their material and their shape will make it easier to find one that suits your needs. If you’re not quite sure what you want or need from a crystal, look for the shape or shapes that you’re drawn to. This may be your intuition’s way of informing you of your energetic needs.
Notice the different energies you feel from crystals of different shapes. As you increase your knowledge, you will be able to use your crystals with increasing precision.
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