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Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 3/9/2012 to Crystals
Crystals are minerals that form a crystalline structure with its atoms and ions arranged in geometrically precise patterns. Quartz, with its characteristic clear points, is the most common crystal. Quartz caught the attention of many people in the United States in the mid-1980s during the surge of the New Age movement, spirituality, mysticism, metaphysics and other related activities. Note that crystals were already popularly used by other cultures long before they were commercialized by the American shops and establishments that rode the new wave.
Supporting claims of the historical use of crystals were the various discoveries of archeologists who found crystals in graves while they were doing excavations in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Europe. The crystals they found were a variety of gems including amber jewelry, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and garnet carvings of goddesses. There were also some carvings of animals and birds so it was thought that these gems were part of the rituals during the funeral: to serve as protection, to accompany the departed as it journeys to the next life.
In Boyne Valley, Ireland, there is a solar temple called New Grange. It predates both the Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Its construction was such that the Winter Solstice sun aligns with the entrance, illuminating the passage and inside chamber. A shaft of sunlight shines through the roof box constructed completely of white quartz crystals, an amazing sight to behold. Today, admission to this ancient mound at New Grange for the Winter Solstice sunrise is by lottery.
Lapis lazuli (also known as just lapis) was highly prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Lapis was ground and then rubbed into the rulers’ brows to expel spiritual impurities. Believed to provide clear eyesight, malachite was used as ornaments in the pharaohs’ crowns to enable them to rule wisely. The Egyptians also used the precious and semi-precious gemstones and crystals to make amulets, some of which were carved in the likeness of their sacred scarabs.
Halfway across the globe, the ancient Mayans were also using crystals, making mirrors from pyrite. They used obsidian to create sacrificial knives, which they used on captive enemies. The Mayans also held a belief about following the end of the rainbow, except that instead of our proverbial pot of gold, theirs was turquoise, which according to their tradition, bridged heaven and earth.
The Mayan Indians also used crystals in their healing, from the diagnosis to the treatment of illnesses. They believed that upon the death of a good person, his soul goes into the crystals and is transformed into healing energy.
The use of crystals by almost all cultures is anchored on the crystals’ ability to carry energy vibrations. Considering that man is also made from energy, vibration and water, crystals can amplify a person’s own vibrations to foster healing and increase energy level. The presence of crystals is enough to alert the senses. Gazing and meditating upon them helps restore the balance within.
It is believed that the energy needed for basic health, love and prosperity is trapped within the human body, specifically in the energy centers known as chakras. Placing the crystals on these areas makes the quartz or any other crystal vibrate, raising the person’s own vibrations, thereby stimulating the energy in those areas of the body.
Stomach aches, for example, or hyperacidity can be treated using crystals. You can use turquoise, a sacred stone known to absorb negativity. Place it on the lower part of the stomach to neutralize the acid and fix your stomach problem. Do remember to charge your crystal before using it for healing.
Austrian crystals (or Swarovski crystals as they are popularly called) are artificial (man-made) crystals that contain 32% lead oxide to maximize refraction. Light shining through these crystals refract in a rainbow spectrum. To charge your natural rock crystals to be used for healing, lay them down on a spot where sunlight from the Austrian crystal hits. This will transfer energy to the crystal, charging it for use.