Crystals 101: Healing by Mineral Formation

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Crystals 101

Class 5: Healing by Mineral Formation Type

A crystal’s mineral formation type directly informs the way in which a crystal can be used to energetically heal. Crystals reflect our natural state—that of balance and wholeness—and are able to influence us specifically because of the process through which the crystal itself has been!

We know what crystals are, how they form, how they are classified, and how they can energetically impact our bodies. If you missed any of the previous Crystals 101 classes, catch up using the links below before continuing.

Crystals 101 Class 1: What Are Crystals?
Crystals 101 Class 2: How Do Crystals Form?
Crystals 101 Class 3: The Seven Crystal Classifications
Crystals 101 Class 4: Crystals and Sympathetic Resonance

Freshly mined mega quartz crystals; mineral formation type: primary

Freshly mined mega quartz crystals; mineral formation type: primary

How Mineral Origin Impacts Crystal Healing Properties

As I always say, crystals are solid examples of that perfection which already exists within us. Let’s go back to geology for a moment.

Igneous Rocks/Primary Mineral Formation Healing Properties

Igneous rocks and primary minerals are the first types of solid substances that form from the earth’s magma cooling and solidifying. Now, the base substance comprising the magma determines what CAN be formed, but the variable factors of pressure, heat, space, and time determine HOW the potential is realized.

Crystals don’t change WHAT we are, but they can influence how our inner potential unfolds. Igneous rocks and primary minerals support learning processes. They are useful for life’s challenges with new beginnings, new ideas, and learning experiences. Since they, too, are the first minerals that form, they help us symbolically with our own growth processes and dis-eases that may arise in those circumstances.

Keywords: learning, beginnings, starting, birth, growth

Examples of Crystals in the Igneous Rocks/Primary Mineral formation class: agate, the quartz family (clear crystal, rose & smoky), amethyst, aventurine, apophyllite, aquamarine, calcite, carnelian, citrine, chalcedony, fluorite, kunzite, labradorite, moonstone, tourmaline, obsidian, onyx, fire opal, peridot, prehnite, pyrite (small cluster form), ruby, sapphire, sardonyx, emerald, sodalite, sunstone, sugilite, topaz, zircon

As always, the photos link directly to the crystals at my shop.

Crystal yoni eggs, crystal spheres, and raw quartz points and clusters; primary mineral formation

Crystal yoni eggs, crystal spheres, and raw quartz points and clusters; primary mineral formation

snowflake obsidian; primary mineral formation

Snowflake Obsidian; primary mineral formation

Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine - all in the same family! primary mineral formation

Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine – all in the same family! primary mineral formation


Secondary Rocks/Sedimentary Mineral Formation Healing Properties

Secondary rocks and primary minerals form through environmental weathering. They occur after being moved about and dissolved by the wind, rain, rivers, sun, heat, cold, and all other external influences. As such, they directly reflect how we humans are impacted with regard to our environmental influences.

Similarly to these stones, we become like what is around us. Watch young toddlers; they have an absorbent mind. Our environments include the home, daycare, schooling, training, the workforce, our relationships, children, family, society at large, and even our nationalities or other groups to which we subscribe.

Talk to any adult about their “issues,” and most of them will inevitably stem back to childhood experiences. Our youth was where we learned what “normal” was (whatever that is), and how to operate and SURVIVE within our environments.

Often, as we grow, many of our core beliefs from childhood are no longer relevant or useful as we become independent adults. Still, many of us carry our environmental influences with us until we do the inner work to integrate and dissolve the patterns.

Sedimentary rocks and secondary minerals can help us to recognize and dissolve the environmental shaping we carry which no longer serves. Just as a mountaintop mineral may get caught up in a babbling brook and be carried to a different quarry miles away to form something new, these types of stones can help us gain a new perspective. These crystals can help us to thrive despite our environmental issues, whether it means dissolving our childhood baggage or working through circumstantial conflict occurring in the present moment.

Keywords: environment, dissolve, learned behavior, external influence, perspective shift

Examples of Crystals in the Sedimentary rocks and Secondary Mineral formation class: aventurine, azurite, amber, boji stones, blue lace agate, bloodstone/heliotrope, calcite, chalcedony, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, jasper, malachite, mookaite, moss agate, opal (classic, green, & pink), pyrite (precisely shaped cubes), rhodochrosite, turquoise, fossilized/petrified wood

moss agate; secondary mineral formation

Moss Agate; secondary mineral formation

Bloodstone; secondary mineral formation

Bloodstone; secondary mineral formation

Red Snakeskin Jasper; secondary mineral formation

Red Snakeskin Jasper; secondary mineral formation

Metamorphic Rocks/Tertiary Mineral Formation Healing Properties

Metamorphic rocks and tertiary minerals are formed when existing stones and elements transform beneath the earth’s surface and form new substances. Due to the magmatic heat, they are constantly tested for their strength and durability. In their process of transformation, that which cannot stand the internal heat and pressure is changed into something new from the inside out.

Working with these types of crystals and stones can test the aspects of our lives that need transformation.

All too often, we hold onto things—dead-end jobs, draining relationships, bad habits, poor living situations—because we are used to them and they give us a feeling of security. Even when we know on a soul level what we want to do, we resist change because it takes us beyond our comfort zones. When we finally wrap up that relationship or quit the crappy job, we often look back and recognize that we “should have” left a long time prior, but ignored the soul urges for fear of the unknown.

Metamorphic rocks and tertiary minerals stimulate self-reflection and inner transformation process. When we are in tune with ourselves and pay attention to the universal signals, we can let go a lot easier. The heat and pressure WILL come; what parts of us are able to withstand? By trusting the metamorphic process, that which no longer serves is easily burned off and melts away to open the door to a new way of being.

Keywords: transformation, letting go, inner work, metamorphosis, purposeful life

Examples of Crystals in the Metamorphic Rocks and Tertiary Mineral formation class: charoite, chrysoberyl, diamond, kyanite, unakite/epidote, garnet, hematite, jade, lapis lazuli, marble, moldavite, ruby, sapphire, serpentine, emerald, tiger’s eye, tiger iron, zoisite

Tiger's Eye; tertiary mineral formation

Tiger’s Eye; tertiary mineral formation

Unakite; tertiary mineral formation

Unakite; tertiary mineral formation

Bloodstone; tertiary mineral formation

Bloodstone; tertiary mineral formation

Visit The Age of Eleven for a spectacular variety of crystals and gemstones, raw, polished and tumbled, loose and also fashioned into powerful handmade metaphysical jewelry with meaning.


About mizChartreuse

mizChartreuse is a writer, urban shaman and rebel creator of The Age of Eleven, an international lifestyle brand dedicated to recognizing the mystical in everyday life. She owns The Crystal Pyramid Room, a metaphysical center in Chicago.


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