This "cluster" is used like a point or even a generator.There are four notable energy functions of quartz crystals, and these functions can be adapted to a great many uses. In section 3 you will learn about these four energy functions, and further down this article in section 4 you will discover how to perceive the energies of any stone or crystal.

3 : Primary Energy Functions

Quartz is used to enhance your meditation, prayer, healing and magic. It amplifies and focuses energy, and can be used to move, direct or alter energy. This makes them an excellent tool for distance healing. Crystals are also particularly well suited to storing energy or "programs".


Quartz will amplify all energies, especially thought forms. It will activate many levels of consciousness and can be used to enhance or develop mental and psychic powers.

Focus & Direct:

You can direct energy through a crystal to help focus the energy. This is particularly beneficial in stone healing layouts, for protective wards and ritual wands or other magical tools. Crystals will also help you retain mental focus for meditation and concentration.


Some stones may already contain recorded information, but you can program or charge your quartz crystal with specific energy, so long as it is attuned to the inherit energy within the stone.  Every stone has its own personality, so try to select one that is in harmony with your intent.  In section four below you will discover how to do this.


Quartz crystals will help synchronize and harmonize the energies of multiple people or other stones. Healing layouts and group working are enhanced.

4 : Perceiving Stone Energies

Hold your stone or crystal in the palm of your hand to sense its energies.Clear your mind and open yourself to the subtle energies around you. Look at your stone and get to know all of its visual, physical characteristics.  Spending time holding your crystal will help you unlock its secrets.

  1. Practice intentional breathing or circular breathing as you've learned in other classes here in the PaganPath Academy.  Briefly:  focus on your breath, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  While inhaling, feel the air filling your lower lungs first allowing your lower abdomen swell, then fill your upper lungs allowing your chest to rise.  Exhale through your mouth in reverse, collapsing your abdomen first, then emptying your upper lungs while your chest falls.
  2. Hold your stone in your receptive hand as you've discovered in the Witchcraft & Wicca course in the PaganPath Academy.  If you aren't sure which is your receptive hand, just try one and then the other.  Usually the hand you write with is your projective hand and the other is your receptive.  You may find it easier to sense energies with your eyes closed.
  3. Reach out to sense the energy of your stone. You may feel a pulsing, tingling or temperature change in your hand. You might not feel anything in your hand and that is okay too! Sometimes you may feel a stone affecting a different area of your body. If you are holding an amethyst and sense a tingling on your brow, or feel the impulse to place the stone over your third eye area, do so! Experiment and sense to discover the secrets held within each individual stone.  You may not sense anything on your first attempt, so try again at a later time.  Sensing the energies of stones is more about allowing than it is about forcing.  Relax, clear your mind and don't "try" too hard, just let yourself slowly feel the energy the stone has to offer.

You will be drawn to certain crystals and stones that resonate with you or with your needs. A stone you once thought to be "sleepy" might awaken for you when you are in need of its special gifts.  Being around stones and crystals will help you become more attuned to their energies and you will quickly develop a knack for using them as tools in many areas of your life.

References & Resources

Circular Breathing entry at Wikipedia

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When compressed, molecules align to different polarity.Before technological advances enabled us to create optically clear materials, quartz crystals were used for telescopes, watch covers and microscopes. Even with astounding scientific advances, quartz crystals are still widely utilized for many purposes.

Quartz crystals exhibit an amazing characteristic known as piezoelectricity. When a quartz crystal is compressed, it becomes electrically charged (positive charge on one side, negative on the opposite side) and electrical current is able to pass through the crystal. You have probably used a crystal's piezoelectric properties when using a lighter.

Quartz crystals oscillate at a precise rate even under various temperatures, making them perfect for accurate time-keeping and technological applications. Most digital quartz watches use this precise oscillation to maintain their accuracy. Electricity from the watch battery passes through quartz and oscillates at a precise rate or frequency. For every certain number of oscillations, the gears turn to indicate that a second has passed.A simple amulet made with one piece of cord.

Magical & Energy Uses

Amulets are usually a protective charm – often a single natural item like a stone. Talismans are often created out of several objects such as a pendant, or can be a single natural item like an amulet. Talismans may be charged with any of a wide variety of energies for protection, fertility, prosperity, etc. The terms amulet and talisman can be used interchangeably, but it is nice to know the technical differences.

I have found a few of these on the beach in Northern California's Lost CoastEngagement rings and class rings are good examples of talismans, whereas holed stones or hag stones are good examples of amulets.  Hag stones or Holed stones are naturally occurring stones that are pierced or have a hole in them.

Quartz crystals can be used as amulets for focus, protection and increased energy; or combined with other materials and charged to make a talisman for any magical need.

Crystals are used medicinally, either ground or made into elixirs, but you must use caution! Some stones are toxic, so know your chemistry.

An energetic stone with tourmaline crystals inside clear quartz crystal.Quartz crystals have an almost unlimited number of uses for healing, energy work and magic as explored in 3 : Primary Energy Functions.

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When Silicon and Oxygen form the molecule SiO2 it is called silicon dioxide or silica.  We are all familiar with silica in its non-crystalline forms such as sand or glass. Volcanic rock such as obsidian (as shown in the picture below) contains a high amount of silica, however silica in crystalline form is quartz.

Quartz crystals were formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, long before human civilization and were perfectly formed in the earth.  Although naturally faceted, many crystals in New Age shops and magic stores have been polished, faceted by machines or altered in other ways.

Note the conchoidal fractures.The extraordinary properties of quartz crystals are physical as well as metaphysical. Every molecule of SiO2 inside your crystals looks just like the whole crystal – as within, so without. Therefore a crystal is a macrocosm of its internal arrangement of molecules.

Quartz crystals have six sides that angle off to six triangles that them come to a point called a termination. Some crystals have three smaller triangles and three larger triangles that come to a termination. Some terminations may be a point, or even a razor like edge.

Chipped points function just as well as “perfect” crystals, because even without their termination point, every molecule inside a quartz crystal is arranged to focus energy to that point (present physically or not).

When one end of your crystal is rough or “broken” is usually means that it grew out of a group of crystals, or a cluster. Like members of the same family, crystals from the same cluster will resemble each other. When crystals grow closely together, their molecules will sometimes grow into each other, creating interesting shapes and energies.

A whole family!Many crystals are more white or cloudy opposite their termination, and occasionally you will find crystals that are terminated on two ends, known as double terminated. In most of the premium digs in Arkansas in the U.S. these are called Arkimer Diamonds - giving a nod to the well known double terminated quartz crystals found in Herkimer, New York and called Herkimer Diamonds.

Also known as a Herkimer or ArkimerEvery crystal you find is unique. Like a snowflake, it is exceedingly rare (if not unheard of) to find two crystals exactly alike. Each one has its own properties, personality and uses. The quartz family contains other members:

Purple quartzAmethyst: various shades from deep purple to pale lilac. Prevents excess, increases understanding and self-awareness, opens intuition.

Citrine: yellow, lemon, gold or even root beer shades. Creativity, energy, uplifting.

Smoky Quartz: yellowish to brown or gray – transparent or opaque. Grounding, protection, shielding, balancing, dispels negativity.

Agape*, Melody Stone or Super Seven:  A unique stone that combines amethyst, smoky quartz, clear quartz, rutile, goethite, lepidochrosite & cacoxenite. Very healing, affects all chakras, enhances all forms of psychic skills and spiritual connections. High energy, balance, harmony.

Tourmalated Quartz: Quartz is included with tourmaline – usually black or green strands. Aligns crown and root chakra, good for travel, balance, astral projection. Keeps a charge well and needs less cleansing than most stones.

Note the gold strands running throughout the crystal.Rutilated Quartz: Quartz is included with rutile (TiO2 or titanium dioxide) – usually gold strands or fine hairs running throughout the crystal. Increases energy, focuses will power, helps harmonize a wide variety of perceptions and insights.

Rose Quartz: Pink shades, usually found in mass rather than individual crystals. Composed of micro-crystalline quartz. Heals emotions, self-love and self-acceptance. Dissipates negativity, anger, tension and frustration.

Three tumbled rose quartz as happy as can beAventurine: Green, mica inclusions, also in orange, blue and yellow. Increases opportunities and perception. Aventurine is often used for luck, but they simply help you take advantage of opportunities, or perceive opportunities as they arise.

Blue Lace Agate: Light blue sometimes veined with white. Encourages peace, aids psychic skills, increases eloquence and creative expression.

Fire Agate: Looks somewhat similar to fine carnelian, bridges sacral & heart chakras. Energy, passion, creativity.

Moss Agate or Dendric Quartz: Clear or white with green inclusions (usually hornblend) resembling moss or trees. Protection, emotional and mental balance, harmony – especially with natural surroundings.

Carnelian: Orange-red and usually semi-translucent. Focus, concentration, uplifting, energizing, protection.

A blue, blue-green or blue-gray form of Tiger's EyeCat's Eye, Tiger's Eye & Hawk's Eye: Included with strands of mineral aligned so that when it is cut and polished it shows a reflection across the stone. Found in gold, red and blue or blue-green colors respectively, each with their own special characteristics. Protection, perception and clear thinking, discovering truth, luck.  Like Aventurine, eye stones are often used for luck, but they simply help you take advantage of opportunities, or perceive opportunities as they arise.

Chrysoprase: A delightful green-apple color. Motivation, uplifting, will power, patience, understanding, balance, appropriate emotional expression.

Bloodstone or Heliotrope: Dark green & red. Stimulates energy, removes emotional blocks, grounds heart chakra, very healing, balances heart chakra.

Can be light amber in color, to gray or brown or even opaque black!Jasper: red, brown, black, white – many varieties often spotted, striped or swirled. Balancing, handling emotional stress. Color often indicates use – red for root chakra, yellow or picture jasper for spleen or solar plexus.

Picture Agate & Picture Jasper: A stone that has been cut to display its banding to look like a landscape picture. Increases left/right brain connection. Imagination, visualization.

Petrified Wood: Various colors, sometimes with wood grain. Grounding, reaching goals, connecting with natural environment, removing obstacles.

Ametrine: A blend of citrine and amethyst along with their properties. Stimulates intellect, balancing, releasing negativity and prejudice.

Other Cryptocrystalline Quartz:

  • Shiva Lingam or Lingham – a river stone carved like an egg, sometimes with slightly flattened ends. Fertility, sexual balance, energy. Usually from the Narmada river, one of India's seven holy sites.
  • Onyx & Sardonyx: Striped form of chalcedony with parallel bands of silica minerals and morganite, often carved to create cameos. The parallel bands are very distinguishing, as agates have more chaotic banding. Self-control, courage, controlled expression. Black onyx used much for protection.
  • Chalcedony: Uplifting, balancing, promotes good will, brightens mood.

References & Resources

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Learn to work with the energies of crystals and stones.This is the course index for the Working With Crystals & Stones class.  Your studies will be easier if you go through each lesson in approximately the order.  New lessons are announced in the Academy Owl Newsletter.

 1: What is Quartz Crystal?
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2: Quartz Crystal Uses
Before technological advances enabled us to create optically clear materials, quartz crystals were used for telescopes, watch covers and microscopes.... Read More...

Discover Quartz Crystal Energy: 3 & 4
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