Shapes of Crystals
In choosing a crystal it is helpful not only to consider the
particular characteristics of the stone itself, but also its
shape. 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
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
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
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.
A heart is one of the most special symbolic shapes, for it
reminds us of the power of love. To give someone a heart as a
gift is a way of saying that your own heart is open to them.
Hearts make beautiful additions to crystal arrangements or on
an altar. If you like the idea of putting stones on your body
when you meditate hearts are both symbolically powerful and,
unlike some rolling stones, stay where you put them.
Hearts also make ideal crystal shapes to program for your
heart's desire. Programming is a way of charging a crystal with
the energy of your wishes and dreams.
See our article on
programming for more information.
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 .
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
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. Some find that holding a sphere while they
meditate helps them to release worry and take them to a deeper