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Crystal Grids

There are very few “rules” with regard to grids. Grids can be used for just about anything you feel a need to use them for. They can be of any size or shape and any sort of crystals can be used. The two main things to consider when setting up a grid are the space needed and what center stone to use … the center stone is more important as it directs the energy flow within the grid.

If you’re in tune enough with the energies of crystals, just sitting quietly and thinking about what you want to accomplish should bring one or more to mind pretty quickly. If you aren’t comfortable trusting yourself yet, you can always look up the issue or stone properties in order to choose which crystals to use.

The basic idea is to set out one or more type of crystal in the grid pattern with a center “master stone” to orchestrate the energy flow. The center stone needs to be programmed with the intent of the grid. The outer stones can be programmed as well, but it isn’t necessary. To program a stone, sit quietly with it in your hands and visualize the outcome you want from the grid. You can also give it clear directions regarding the specific flow of energy in the grid if desired (I’ve done this with healing grids placed for my fish tanks and it works well).

Once the grid is “up and running”, you may find that after a few days something seems “off”. It could be that the stones are just worn out and need to be replaced. You may also need to swap them out with different stones to complete the task. In my experience, this is common with healing grids. Someone once described it to me like this: When you visit the doctor, they may give you an antibiotic to get rid of an infection. But once the infection is gone, there may be other issues present that need to be resolved, perhaps an upset stomach. By changing out the crystals, a new set can help complete the secondary healing … but the center crystal will remain with it’s original programming. You just give it a quick “update” when you place the new set.

To set up a grid for healing or protection, I find it works best to lay the stones out on the perimeter of the area you’ll be working with. As an example, for a protection grid on a house or apartment you could place stones in the extreme corners of the property with the center stone next to an interior wall (where it won’t be disturbed). A grid for healing or to aid with sleep can be laid out around your bed with the center stone underneath the middle of the bed.

You can also use grids to help companion animals with healing.  Some animals are better than others at sitting or lying still and those that will tolerate just hanging-out can be helped by sitting in the middle of a grid for short periods of time.  They can also be fed a drop or two of a crystal elixir (but don’t use alcohol as a preservative if you intend to give it to a pet) either directly or in their food or water.

When it’s not practical to set up a large grid, a small grid on a table will work. These are especially useful when you are doing a grid for someone else, but the grid will be in your space. As I said earlier, there really aren’t any hard and fast rules and whatever feels right to you will be effective.

While a single type of stone can be used, I usually end up using at least two different types. And I prefer clear quartz as the center stone because it plays well with all the others and accepts programming very quickly. Just start with a “clean” set of stones (cleansing them of previous energies if needed) and make sure the space where you are setting up the grid has been cleared as well. I like to smudge with sage because it’s quick, easy, and very effective.

Once everything is ready, place the outer stones, program the center stone with the intent of the grid, and then place the center stone. It’s not unusual to feel a small electric charge when you place the center stone. I’ve had that happen with every grid I’ve set up. I’m including some pictures of a few grids to show what it is I’ve been rambling on about. 😉

This is an example of a healing grid. Green fluorite is a wonderful stone for healing. Rose quartz is the stone of universal love. It’s a great stone to add in healing grids as it will add some wonderfully soothing energy to the mix. The center stone here is a double terminated clear quartz. I like using the double terminated crystals because they allow the energy to flow through them in either direction.

Healing_Grid

This next grid is one I might set up if I wanted to get rid of a block and increase my personal or creative energy. The zincite is awesome at getting rid of energy blockages and carnelian is a terrific stone for bringing in energy either physically or for creative purposes. Again I’ve used the double terminated quartz here.

Fire_Grid

I don’t usually use a grid for meditating, but if I were going to I’d do something like this. Celestite is a great stone for communicating with guides or angels (for those who work with them) and it helps to clear the aura too. Aqua aura is an excellent communication stone and can help focus intense energies. For this grid I’ve used a clear quartz pyramid to collect and focus the energy of the grid. I’ve also added some small selenite spars to enhance the effect of the aqua aura stones.

Meditation_Grid

Next up is an elemental grid. This sort of grid would be useful during ritual or working with the elements during meditation. It might also be something someone might keep on a permanent altar. In addition to the stones for each element, I’ve added some small clear quartz points to allow the grid energy to flow in all directions.

Element_Grid

This last grid is one that I keep on my water altar. These seven rhodizite stones came to me as a set. The woman I got them from said she couldn’t separate them and they definitely want to be together. Although these stones are tiny (the large one in the center is maybe 3mm in diameter) they pack a huge punch. They have an extremely high vibration rate and clear out all sorts of blockages. Since that particular altar is near the center of the house, these little guys help maintain a calm environment for everyone in the house.

Rhodizite_Grid

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Crystals: Use and Care

Do you love crystals but aren’t sure what to do with them?  Or perhaps you’re just curious and don’t know much about them? I have a page listed in the menu under the header photo where I briefly discuss some of the properties of commonly available crystals but here I want to discuss some of their uses and how to care for them.

I’ve literally got hundreds of crystals sitting around my house … almost every horizontal surface of the house (except the floor, bed, and kitchen table/counters of course) has crystals on it. Most of the time they sit there, happily sending out their soothing energies, but we do put them to specific use from time to time.

In addition to the spheres, clusters, pyramids, and other shapes we have here, I work beads made from these crystals into jewelry, car charms, window hangings, and other baubles.  I have crystals in my office too.  Now they’re used to help with my Reiki sessions, but even when I had an engineering job I was surrounded by them.

Using crystals:

So what can crystals be used for?  Honestly, just about anything.  Here are some of the things I do with crystals:

  • Carry them to benefit from their energy all day.  Chose one or more small stones to help with a particular issue and place them in a small bag.  It doesn’t matter what the bag is made of … I’ve used organza, velvet, linen, and cotton.  You can then carry the bag with you or place it somewhere appropriate.  I have one in my truck for protection from accidents.  I put it together after I was rear-ended a number of years ago and haven’t had even a close call since … and that’s no small feat the way some people here in Southern California drive!
  • “Worry stones” … these are small, flat stones that can be carried or just held.  They usually have one surface that is slightly concave that’s perfect for rubbing with a thumb.  As the name implies, when you’re stressed or worried you simply hold the stone and rub away to your heart’s content.  It helps get rid of some excess energy and the contact with the stone is soothing.
  • Wear them as jewelry.  The great thing about incorporating crystals into jewelry is that you can mix and match to suit your needs for each day, just wear something to help deflect negative energies, or to help keep your chakras clear and balanced.
  • Hang them near your doors and windows to help prevent negative energies from entering your home.  I didn’t know this when I first decided to hang some crystals in my windows and doorways, but there are some cultures (I know of a few Native American tribes for sure) that will use crystal helpers to keep negative energies from entering the living space by placing them in openings.
  • Meditate with them.  There are a number of ways to meditate with crystals.  The easiest is to just hold or sit with (or near) a crystal or two.  Any stone can be a helper, but I find that either a stone to help calm the mind or one that helps to connect with other energies in the Universe are particularly beneficial in meditation.
  • They can be a fabulous scrying tool … just staring into the crystal and getting lost in the internal fractures and planes allows the logical side of the brain to focus while letting the subconscious side have a chance to tell us more directly (at least more than it does with dreams) what we need to know.
  • You can also “interview” a crystal by sitting with it and asking it questions.  No, they don’t really “talk” to us, but most people can glean impressions that feel like emotions that don’t belong to us.  Even my hubby (who claims to be completely oblivious to any energies) can frequently get a “feel” for gender or age from a crystal.  For those used to dealing with higher vibration energies, a vision or brief scenes from the crystal’s past may come through.
  • If you are into baths (as opposed to showers, I’m not suggesting anyone go without bathing!) you can take a stone in with you (assuming it is a stone that can tolerate water).  The water will actually pick up the energy patterns of the stone and amplify it.  Use caution though … I once dragged a clear quartz sphere into the tub with me and ended up so amped I was bouncing off the walls for 4 hours!  Oops
  • Chase away the “electronic smog” generated by televisions and computer screens.  I set out unakite and covelite in front of any television or computer I will be around … both are wonderful at deflecting and absorbing the excess energies radiated by all types of screens.
  • In addition to jewelry for humans, crystal beads lend themselves perfectly to hanging on a pet’s collar … or even making a collar from them for your cat or dog.  When we had a dog going through (and recuperating from) radiation therapy, I made her a “collar” of bloodstone, carnelian, and smoky quartz to help dissipate the effects of the radiation.  Just as with people, the uses of crystals for pets is pretty much limitless and whether one or two crystals are hung from the collar or a whole collar is made, the animals benefit from the crystal energies just like we do.

Crystals that are especially helpful:

On one of our vacations I decided that I needed to set aside some crystals as an “Emergency Kit”. I have them in a craft box as it’s handy storage (and easy to grab) so I can take them with us when we travel since I don’t have access to all those I keep at home when we’re on vacation.  I chose the stones listed below because they pretty much cover a wide range of ailments and emotional issues. Most are pretty easy to find and all that is needed are one or two of the small tumbled pieces.  A small reference book, like Judy Hall’s “The Crystal Bible” to keep with it is helpful too.

Crystal “First-Aid Kit”:

Amegreen Dumortierite Pink Chalcedony
Amethyst Flourite Prassiolite
Astrophylite Garnet Quantum Quatro Silica
Azurite Green Heulandite Quartz
Blue Aragonite Infinite Rainbow Moonstone
Blue Tiger Eye Kunzite Red Tiger Eye
Blue Pietersite Labradorite Snowflake Obsidian
Bronzite Larvikite Sodalite
Carnelian Magnesite Sphene
Celestite Melody’s Stone Stichtite
Charoite Moldavite Sugilite
Citrine Ocean Jasper Sunstone
Danburite Obsidian Tiger Eye (gold)
Dravite Turquoise

Charging crystals:

When giving a crystal a specific “job”, it’s helpful to first charge the crystal with that intent(some people call it programming).    Just sit with a calm mind while holding the crystal.  Next, visualize or think about what you want the crystal to do for you.  I know that sounds pretty simple, but it really is that easy.  The crystals are very good at picking up on our energetic signature and thoughts modify our energy in a manner they can interpret.  Once they’re ready to go, just put them to work.

Cleansing crystals:

When crystals are used for a specific purpose, in many cases they will need to be cleansed periodically to get rid of negative energies they’ve collected.  And it’s usually a good idea to cleanse new crystals when we bring them home.  This isn’t always the case though, so if it makes you feel uncomfortable thinking about cleansing a crystal, don’t worry about it … the stone may not need to be cleansed.  Some stones (like quartz, black tourmaline, and turquoise) never need cleansing.  There are a number of ways stones can be cleansed:

  • Hold the stone under running water
  • Soak the stone in salt water for a little while
  • Set the stone on a quartz cluster for at least a day
  • Leave the stone sitting in the light of a full moon overnight
  • Bury the stone for at least a week
  • Smudge the stone using sage or incense

Not all of these methods are appropriate for all stones, so make sure and check if there is any question … especially with regard to water.  Angelite, selenite, malachite, and sunstone should never be held under running water nor soaked in salt water (or fresh water) and another method should be chosen for those stones.  Ideally you can interpret what the stone wants and give it what it needs.  Trust yourself … if it “feels right” it probably is.

Recommended Reading:

If you’re wanting additional (and a lot more detailed) information, these are books that I highly recommend:

The Crystal Bible, The Crystal Bible 2, and The Crystal Bible 3 by Judy Hall
The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian
Love is in the Earth by Melody and Julianne Guilbault

 

I’ll do another post or two on some additional crystal uses.  For now though, I hope I’ve given enough information to at least let folks get comfortable working with crystals.  They really are marvelous helpers.

For Educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by any medical authority or
the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
 

© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2011-2014