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    This really is a unique and special formation.. not only for its rareness but also for its beauty and usefulness.

    Fluorite Included Quartz: These crystals come from Miandrivazo, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar and were found in 2004. They first appeared for sale in Tucson in 2005. To date it has been a one time find with no more being found since. The Fluorites are blue/purple with mostly an octahedral habit some showing cubic modifications. The crystals themselves are mostly cloudy which makes the Fluorite hard to see at times. The crystal shown below is natural and considered to be very clear for this find. For this reason specimens can be found which are polished which truly show the Fluorite in an incredible light. I prefer working with the natural specimens however. The picture below includes three closeups of the Fluorite inclusions.

    This Quartz holds all the properties of Fluorite and Quartz combined. It represents mental achievement and helps facilitate exploration. It helps one concentrate and helps one see past illusions or deceptions. It brings order to chaos and encourages ideal health as well as emotional and intellectual well-being. It helps with soul retrieval work as well as out-of-body work. It becomes a partner for your spiritual journey and helps in keeping you on the path through meditations.

    Chakra: Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart

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    NOTE: I've expanded the information on regional quartz on page 2 post 20. Things in Africa have changed over the past several years which in my opinion warrents seperating the locations... whereas before I had lumped Quartz from Orange River, SA, Branberg, Nambia and The Congo all together I think the time is right to speek about each locale as an individual seeing Quartz from these three locations is more and more showing unique qualities. Along with this mining techniques are also evolving which should be taken into account when working with these... also updated China

    With Orange River Quartz becoming more and more important within the metaphysical community I thought I would include a picture of a typical specimen from here showing classic inclusions of Hematite as well as other materials. This piece really reminds me of the colors of fall and shows that even as the world turns within at this time of year it still contains some of its most vibrant and beautiful energies.

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    Tessin or Tessiner Habit Quartz: Tessin habit resembles a kind of merlin tip but without true faces. All the sides come together in a common termination but the sides and faces blend together imperceptibly giving the appearance of one continuous angle from base to tip. They were originally found in Tessin Switzerland hence the name. Now one can find them coming from all over the world but very nice ones showing interesting castling and some uncommon coatings come out of Romania. The one pictured below is from Switzerland and shows the classic shape.

    These crystals make great keys and can be used to unlock most anything. Often it is the imprints of other times and other crystals which are discovered as well as things hidden deep within the spirit. This being the case they make fantastic journeying crystals. The smokey variety assist in grounding along the way and also supply an anchor for the return journey thus making them a valuable all-around tool for journeying. They assist in delving into all mysteries and opening the doors to find answers to these mysteries.

    Chakra: All

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    Ajoite Quartz: Ajoite is one of the rarest minerals to be found on earth. It is mostly found associated with massive Quartz and rarely found included in Quartz Crystals. It is found in very few locations worldwide and included crystals come only from Messina, South Africa.

    Ajoite Quartz produces a melding between the heart and throat charkas which allows us to speak from the heart. It brings peace and joy to our surroundings, circumstances and environment. It brings peace to one’s self regardless of circumstances or surroundings both on body and in mind. It stimulates acceptance and understanding and enhances creativity and communication. Ajoite Quartz can be used to eliminate hostility, anger, prejudice and jealousy. It is really quite difficult to remain hostile when in the presence of this Quartz. It symbolizes the awareness of everything and represents the purity of not only the earth and everything on it but also everything within the universe. This quartz should not need cleansing and can be used to cleanse other stones.

    A note on these crystals: Unfortunately, due to the rarity of this mineral, these crystals are outrageously expensive. The Crystal shown has three very small inclusions which are hard to make out in the picture. It normally shows as a blueish green cloud. Crystals with larger inclusions which are easy to see run into the thousands of dollars for specimens a few inches in size.

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    Journeying Quartz: This type of quartz shows many glyphs on one or all of its faces, especially the main face, which comprise many patterns including but not limited to landscapes, animals, trees, plants, etc.

    These crystals were used by Native Americans in North, Central and South America for journeying when seeking answers to life questions both for the individual as well as for the community. This was by no means a universal practice amoung Native American tribes but it was practiced by enough to find its way throughout the Americas. This truly is a Shamanic Crystal.

    A note on this formation: Some of the nicest and most intricate specimens come out of the Mt. Ida area of Arkansas. The one below is a good example from this locale. The main face shown in this crystal shows wonderful cloudy mountainous patterns not all of which can be seen.

    Chakra: Third Eye

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    Himalayan Golden Enhydro Quartz: These truly are unique crystals which get their name from the golden liquid they contain. This liquid is actually a form of oil which was trapped within the crystals hundreds of thousands if not millions of years ago. The crystals themselves have a Herkimer shape and come from the Indian side of the Himalayas.

    These crystals are as unique as they are rare. The high vibration of their energies can be utilized to help clear, heal and help perfect our emotional bodies. They contain a sustaining energy which helps us overcome stressful situations and also help in clearing our consciousness of fears. It is clear, even in mainstream medicine, that emotional health is inseparable from physical health. This Quartz directly affects our emotional bodies to help clean and heal our physical bodies and as such becomes a very valuable healer. The golden yellow color represents purity and perfection. It also links these crystals to the solar plexus chakra and as such helps to open and active it. Its energies help to smooth extreme energies to make them more manageable and helps in smooth transitions. It encourages spirituality. These crystals are ancient energy keepers and as such help us in gaining wisdom. This is another crystal which rarely, if ever, needs cleansing.

    A note on this crystal: These crystals are extremely rare coming from just a few locations. As such they tend to be expensive. If you are interested in coming across one of these specimens I would suggest that when you find one you buy it as long as the price is reasonable. They are not readily available and are not seen for sale often.

    Chakra: All

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    Morion Quartz: Morion Quartz is a dark to black form of Quartz found in several places around the world. What distinguishes it from Black Quartz is that instead of having carbon inclusions it gets its dark color from natural radiation deposits. Through the ages the radiation darkens them but they are not radioactive at all.

    These crystals took large doses of radiation over the years and transmuted it into a protective color. For this reason they are stones of transmutation, protection and grounding. They aid in healing in a unique way. Many of us after a prolonged or severe illness think we will never be as healthy as we were before we were afflicted with it. This stone teaches us that not only can we overcome the illness but we can be stronger and healthier after if we learn from it. This is one of the best stones to carry with you through a healing process. Some consider this to also be a warrior stone. Its energies can be daunting to start but as one learns from it it becomes a valued companion on ones journeys throughout life.

    Chakra: Base

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    Super Seven Stone: Also known as Melody’s Stone this type of Quartz is found only in Minas Gerais, Brazil. What makes this stone unique is that it contains the energies of seven formations, Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Clear Quartz, Rutile, Goethite, Lepidochrosite, and Cacoxenite. Each stone does not need to contain all seven formations but the stones which do are extra special. You can find these mostly as tumbled or cut stones. Natural masses as well as crystals are available with good crystals being the rarest as many show minor damage. The crystal below contains all seven.

    Much has been written about this type of Quartz. Along with containing the energies of all seven formations it is excellent for enhancing all types of psychic abilities. It is also a stone which retains its energy and clarity and never needs cleansing. Super Seven works well in healing both the mind and the body of any diseases and is capable of balancing and energizing all charkas. It is a stone for healing the Earth and allows you to see intellectual and spiritual truths while increasing self-awareness and understanding. On a personal note I find this stone to have a cornucopia effect. It reminds us that, no matter what, our lives are full of riches. It helps us recognize these and teaches us to use these for the utmost fulfillment of our lives. It also teaches us that we are all unique individuals and in our own ways can contribute much to not only make our lives better but also the world around us. Melody’s Stone teaches us that although we do not possess everything not everything is needed to live a fulfilling and happy life.

    A note on these crystals: This stone has recieved a lot of "hype" within the metaphysical community. I was surprised when working with it that most of the connections made by others were not made by me. My learnings from this stone involved what I wrote about the cornucopia effect and everything after that point. Working with this stone will not be for everyone but if you are drawn to it keep an open mind and try not to carry too many impressions about this stone from others into the work. You may be pleasently surprised.

    Chakra: All

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    Drusy Quartz: Although many associate Drusy Quartz with Spirit Quartz I truly feel this is “limiting” this form of Quartz so as such I think it deserves its own place. Drusy Quartz is classified as any mineral formation which is covered by hundreds if not thousands of tiny Quartz Crystals. This includes Quartz Crystals covered with other Quartz as in Spirit Quartz but it is not limited to this. Drusy Quartz can cover almost any mineral and as such it incorporates these energies into its own.

    These can be some of the most beautiful pieces of Quartz one can find and work with. Along with harmonizing the other mineral’s energies with its own it is also very helpful in energizing the Aura and promoting creativity. It promotes teamwork by making one realize that many can accomplish more than the individual. It teaches us perspective, not only our own but also to be tolerant of others even though we do not agree. And it teaches us that in any healthy relationship it is better to harmonize and work with each individual’s strengths to create a greater whole rather than one trying to smother or control the other.

    Chakra: Crown, Third Eye, Heart

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    Dendritic Quartz: This type of Quartz shows “plant-like” mineral growths within the Quartz. Although most often found in mass quartz which is then cut and polished for resale sometimes it can be found within Crystal formations. In either case it is still relatively rare. The specimen pictured below also contains several scepters one of which can be seen towards the lower right edge of the picture.

    Dendritic Quartz facilitates closeness with nature and a connection to the Earth. As such it can be used in all Earth workings and is an excellent stone to bring Earth energies into your environs, both home and work. In both cases it instills a sense of easy and comfort. This can, at times, be the perfect remedy for work tensions when freedom of mind is needed to find solutions. It can help bring awareness to Earth issues and help us remember the fragile beauty nature holds. Dendritic Quartz can also help in “planetary” regression work to help us see and understand different times of the Earth throughout its history and from its perspective.

    Chakra: Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral

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    Garnets on Quartz: This is a relatively new find out of China. This Quartz is sometimes referred to as "The Stone of Commitment & Devotion". It is known to stimulate both the crown and base chakras thus helping to supply or initiate a free flow of energy throughout the entire body. It transmutes and/or desolves negative energies into possitive energies and promotes mental, physical and emotional stability. Along with this it also helps in enhansing the imagination and creativity, clearing emotional blockages, and setting and achieving goals. Even though these are crystal formations they can be used to both direct energies in a specific direction as well as radiate those same energies in all directions.

    The specimen pictured below is unique in the fact that the quartz is clear. 99% of the specimens one finds these days are dark smokey in color with very few being lighter smokey and next to none being nearly clear.

    Chakra: All

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    Sheet Quartz: This type of Quartz is very similar to Tabby Crystals but it is much thinner which gives it the appearence of a sheet of glass. This formation is definately not common. In all the years I have been working with Quartz I have come across 4 pieces including the one pictured below. It is actually much clearer than the picture shows.

    Some consider Sheet Quartz to be the ultimate natural scrying object saying it acts as a window into different worlds. Also used as a regression tool it allows us to access different times. Sheet Quartz is considered a protective crystal acting as a shield to ward off and reflect negativity. This is done in an active way by sending the negativity back to its source so this is by no means a passive crystal. For this reason some care should be taken while working with it. As a grounding crystal it allows us a secure base from which to work and from which to initiate life goals or any other projects. When one feels oneself starting to "stray" off course of our goals or paths this Crystal allows us to regain a firm foothold on the path reminding us of our original goals and objectives. In this way it becomes a great "foundation stone".

    Chakra: Third Eye

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    Ametrine: Ametrine is the name given to Quartz which contains both Amethyst as well as Citrine. Although it does occur naturally much of what is on the market is manmade. Natural occurrences of this material are rare and finding it on the market is rarer yet. Pictured below is a natural specimen from Brazil.

    Ametrine possesses all the properties associated with both Amethyst as well as Citrine. Along with this it aids in meditation, relieves tension, disperses negativity and helps to eliminate prejudice. It brings serenity, strength and mental stability and provides balance between all emotional states as well as states of being. It helps in accepting physical change and helps repair DNA/RNA. It is a very quick acting stone making it ideal for healing work, especially when working on self esteem issues.

    Chakra: All

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    Red Quartz: This is a fairly common type of Quartz which gets its color, in most cases, from Hematite inclusions or coatings. Being found in many locales also means that properties vary slightly between finds. Look as well varies greatly based on if the Crystal is coated or included as well as the amount of Hematite present and the locale it was found. Below I will discuss Red Quartz which comes from the Orange River in South Africa. This is one of the more common types and seems to share many properties with other Red Quartz from different locations.

    Red Quartz combines the properties of Quartz and Hematite. It can be used to stimulate the first three charkas and to combine these energies. At the same time this Quartz helps ground you and helps one in accepting one’s life path. It helps one think more clearly to make better decisions by reaching a state of emotional clarity. It also helps in self-realization and acceptance. Red Quartz allows one to dissolve and transform negativity into positive energies.

    Chakra: Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, Base

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    Smokey Amethyst: Found mainly in Brandberg Namibia this is a fairly rare type of Quartz. The Brandberg mountain range is the highest in Namibia and is considered a mystical place. All Quartz from this region holds unique properties but here we will limit our discussion to Smokey Amethyst. Unfortunately, due to demand, the price of Quartz from this location has skyrocketed over the last few years.

    Smokey Amethyst Crystals contain all the properties of both Amethyst and Smokey Quartz. Along with this these make great meditation stones allowing one to reach deeper realms while remaining grounded. They can be used for scrying and astral travel work. This is a stone for emotional healing on all levels and allows one to reach and maintain a centered and well balanced life. It is a stone for searching out inner mysteries and helping one find spirit guides of all kinds. These crystals tend to take a while to reveal their secrets but the effort is well worth it.

    Chakra: All

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    Shocked Quartz: This is extremely rare and hard to come by. Shocked Quartz is a form of Quartz that has a microscopic structure that is different from normal quartz. Under intense pressure (but limited temperature), the crystalline structure of quartz will be deformed along planes inside the crystal. These planes, which show up as lines under a microscope, are called planar deformation features (PDFs), or shock lamellae. Shocked Quartz is associated with two high pressure polymorphs of Silicon Dioxide: Coesite and Stishovite. These polymorphs have a different crystal structure than standard quartz. The pressures and temperatures required to create Shocked Quartz can only be reached by two known processes. The first is through a nuclear blast and the second is through an Earth impact. Volcanic forces are not great enough to create Shocked Quartz. The specimen below is known as Wabar Glass, a form of Impactite (See thread on Impactites/Tektites for more information on this material). The white area within the box is Coesite (Shocked Quartz) and is also sometimes referred to as insta-rock due to the suddeness of the creation process. This specimen is extremely small with the insta-rock portion being no more than 1mm in size. (On a side note… this is one of my favorite types of impactites. It reminds me of the alien nest site and the surrounding tunnels from the movie Aliens.)

    To my knowledge Shocked Quartz has never been discussed within the metaphysical community. It is a stone of transformation and as such is helpful for anyone undergoing magor life changes. It teaches us that metamorphosis is a part of life and although we are never sure of the outcome life continues. It is a stone of death and rebirth. It teaches us to accept change and accept different things and people by showing us most of what we fear is due to ignorance and with knowledge this fear quickly fades away. It teaches us to open ourselves to change and to not become stagnant. Anyone undergoing a magor life change of any type would find comfort in having a piece of Shocked Quartz within their surroundings. Even the most drastic of changes seem to come about more smoothly when this material is present. Using it in meditation during trying times allows one to keep stress to a minimum.

    Chakra: All

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    Several people have asked me about Kundalini Quartz. Just to clarify, this is the name given by some to Natural Citrine from the Congo. With this in mind I have updated Citrine to include the information on Kundalini Quartz. (see Citrine on page 4 of this thread) The piece pictured in that post is a piece from the Congo.
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    Firefly Quartz: This is the name given buy some to a new find of Quartz out of Brazil. They contain sheets of Brookite with radiating plaits of silver Rutile coming off them. If one looks closely one can see flecks of red Mica floating within the Crystals hence the name “Firefly Quartz”.

    Brookite plays a huge factor in activating the higher Chakras. Many times when handling these Crystals you will feel a surge of energy that starts at your toes and continues up through the top of your head. Add to this the Rutile “antennas” and these Crystals become powerful communicators with other dimensions, realities and beings. They are useful in creating higher levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness. The Mica inclusions permit a level of introspection you have probably never achieved and the colors clearly link you to Earth and its many variations of life and the interconnectedness between it all.

    The picture below has two insets/closeups of the cluster. The upper shows the "Fireflies" as well as a Brookite sheet with radiating Rutile. The lower inset shows a thin stem of Rutile with radiating silver Rutile. The pictures do not do justice to this piece.

    Chakra: Crown, Third Eye, Heart

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