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  From Beyond the Rainbow's Newsletter

In this issue of Living with Crystals I address some of the questions people frequently ask about crystals, particularly the questions they ask about the relationship of a crystal's shape to its characteristics.

These are questions I've asked myself in the many years that we've been buying crystals, both for myselves and for, first, my realtime store, and for Beyond the Rainbow. In making my choices I've been guided by both personal experiences and those of customers.

None of what I've written here is intended to be the last word on the qualities of particular shapes. Nor is it intended to discourage you from experimenting. Your particular relationship with a crystal is always the most valid source of information.

Terminated Crystals

Generally speaking, I and many others have found that in terms of intensified and directed energy there is no more powerful shape than a natural termination (point) such as are found in quartz, amethyst, citrine, and smoky quartz, among others. This is because a termination centers and focuses energy.

They are very useful for programming because when you put the energy of your intention into them they focus it; you might say they point to your goal.

They are also very helpful in breaking up energy blockages. One of the things you can do in a crystal healing/meditation is to rotate a quartz point over an area which feels congested.

If you don't know about a congestion from feeling it you may know it exists because of an imbalance in your life. For example, if you have difficulty in feeling self-esteem this is a third-chakra blockage. To work on this (among other actions) you could rotate a quartz point in a clockwise direction over the navel/solar plexus area. Doing this can be more effective if you place a citrine in this area.

Holding a termination in your hand when you meditate will help you to focus on meditation.

The most common form for a crystal point is a simple termination. Variations include double-terminated points (points at both ends) gemini (twin) crystals, tabular (flat) points, window crystals (with a diamond shape on the point), and channeling crystals. There's an article on these variations at


The energy of a pyramid is generally less intense than of a terminated crystal. Although it comes to a point the angle of this point isn't as narrow.

Probably the most important function of a pyramid is to draw spiritual energy through the point and to ground it at the base. It helps to blend spiritual and physical energies.

This is especially helpful for people who fear that a sudden influx of spiritual energies will leave them feeling ungrounded and disoriented. Because a pyramid grounds these energies this is less likely to happen.

To gain insights about a particular blockage you can place a pyramid on the appropriate location of the physical body. For example, to understand the emotional roots of an illness you might place an aventurine pyramid on the heart area. Visualize awareness and healing flowing through the point of the pyramid and spreading throughout the heart chakra.


The shape of an egg is less focused than that of a pyramid. It does come to a rounded point, but doesn't have a flat base.

Historically, the egg symbolizes fertility, and a fertilized egg eventually becomes a living being. When we translate this into spiritual terms we see the egg shape as symbolizing the first stage for the realization of our goals and dreams.

For example, if you are feeling vulnerable and perhaps low in self-esteem and want to change this you could meditate with a hematite egg. Meditate, holding the egg in your hand (I find that eggs have a special, comforting feeling.)

Imagine the situations (or people) which arouse vulnerable feelings in you. feel the energy of hematite encircling you like a shield or armor. Ask what you can do to change this situation, how you can be different. See yourself responding to the situation or person in an appropriate way (for example, by being assertive). Visualize yourself being this way until it feels real and powerful to you.

Repeat as needed.

You can also program your egg for the results you have envisioned. Please see the article on programming at

After you've programmed the egg you can continue to meditate with it. You may find that it's even more helpful.


The sphere represents completion, fullness, the realization of all possibilities. It has no beginning or end.

To carve a sphere one must cut away a mass of crystal which can be as much as ten times the finished creation. A sphere symbolizes all that we need to release in order to reach the realization of our own innate perfection.

In feng shui, the ancient art of creating optimal energy flow in an environment, disharmony is created by sharp angles and edges. In that context a sphere is the most harmonious form possible. Because of its balancing energy it is ideal to place in the center of a room (called the T'ai Chi). It's also the perfect centerpiece for a crystal arrangement or for an altar.

Because it has no beginning or end it can place us very much in the here and now. I find that holding a sphere while I meditate helps me to release worry and take me to a deeper state.

I also find that gazing at the rainbow in calcite spheres or the pattern of light in tiger's eye and labradorite is a wonderful way to go deeper into meditation—or to simply appreciate the beauty of a special stone.

I would like to thank the crystals who helped me write this article: a labradorite pyramid, a tiger's eye egg, and a green calcite sphere.

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Spheres and eggs are at

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