Crystal of the Day
Common in mountainous regions, veins of milk quartz can be seen threading their way across exposed and eroded rock surfaces. Reflecting light from great distance, this stone has been used to enhance sacred sites for thousand of years. The stones we buy and use today retain this aura of sanctity.
IDENTIFICATION AND CARE
- Some coloured varieties of common quartz, have distinct names – for example, the pinky-brown “strawberry quartz.”
- Milky quartz is usually massive, but fully grown crystals also occur.
- Symbolizes the energies of the moon
- Represents purification and cleansing
- Harnesses the power of light
- Clears blocked energy gradually
- Gently releases difficult emotions
- Disperses negative thought
- Calms an overactive mind
- Helps to ease us into the universal flow.
Qualities like chemical make-up structure, shape, hardness and lustre focus the energies of crystals in certain ways, but colour is the key to how a crystal heals.
We appreciate colour as an adornment, forgetting that it represents a real force – the level of energy in light. This energy stimulates the brain, altering the way we think and feel as well as our physical well-being. Our reaction to colour is instinctive and cannot be controlled. But if we learn the effects of each colour, we will begin to understand why we are drawn to some stones more than others, which will help us to choose the right crystal for every situation.
Many crystals appear in more than one colour. This is because some samples may contain a few extra atoms of an uncharacteristic element that slightly distorts the internal lattice and changes the colour we perceive.
Gem experts discover the true colour of a crystal by a streak test. This involves scraping the crystal across an unglazed ceramic tile to leave a fine dust of particles, revealing the crystal’s underlying colour. The streaks of smoky quartz, violet amethyst, yellow citrine, rose quartz and green aventurine, for example are all grey-white – exactly the same as for clear quartz.
Basic colour qualities
Black – grounding
Brown – enabling
Red – energizing
Orange – releasing
Yellow – organizing
Green – balancing
Blue – communicating
Indigo (deep blue) – cooling
Violet – integrating
Pink – accepting
White – cleansing
Clear – clarifying