He Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

This blog is part of our “She Said, He Said…” series, where both Stacie and I explore the same topic at the same time.  We write without the input of the other, believing where our opinions overlap and differ can both give their own insight.  My guesses for her choices are at the bottom, along with a link to her blog.  If you are unfamiliar with crystal grids, please check out:

 Crystal Grids and the Seed of Life Templates

Sarva mangalam (Sanskrit, “May all be blessed”),

Christopher

1: Quartz for Efficiency:  Quartz is both readily available and associated with so many metaphysical properties that it is often dismissed as common.  However many of its qualities are especially well suited for gridding like setting intentions, clarity, and balancing the entire chakra system, which supports the inner work that corresponds to the grid’s goals.

Further nothing is believed to direct energy quite as efficiently as quartz.  A point, sphere, and rough chunk each produce a different “feel”.  The most successful grids are those whose energy field corresponds to their intention, determined in part by the shape of its components.  For example, a sense of evenness for peace, sharpness for meditation, density for protection, etc.  Because clusters , ” elestial quartz”, and double terminated quartz, including “Herkimer diamonds”, all have themes of balancing individual parts within larger systems, they may also help all the stones in a grid harmonize.

2: Metal for Conductivity:  Metal is believed to both transmit and retain spiritual charges very effectively, just like it conducts electricity.  Grids may incorporate specimens, minerals rich in a particular metal, or man made products like dishes, metal leaf, or coins.  Jewelry is especially well suited as a center stone and often combines gemstones and metals.  It may then be worn as a talisman, incorporating the energies into your subtle body, or even linked to a running grid as a carry piece.

Individual metals have their own additional metaphysical properties, ultimately derived from their association with different planets: Sun: gold, Moon: silver, Mercury: mercury and all alloys, Venus: copper, Mars: iron, Jupiter: tin, and Saturn: lead.  For example, copper’s connection to abundance, love, and sexuality were all originally traits of Venus.

3: Lodestone for Problem Solving:  Lodestone is the naturally magnetized variety of the mineral magnetite.  Most popular stones in the metaphysical community are beautiful.  Lodestone is heavy, metallic, and gray instead, often covered in iron filings to reveal its magnetism.  Despite its humble appearance, it is incredibly potent.  Lodestone represents both the power of attraction, calling in abundance, love, and business opportunities, and repulsion, pushing away what no longer serves our highest good.  Historically it was given the qualities of Hercules like empowerment, problem solving, and overcoming obstacles.  Lodestone signifies our efforts for change and the root intention of most grids is resolving an issue.

Like most gray to black stones today, lodestone is associated with the Root Chakra, grounding, and manifestation.  Because of its magnetism it is thought to connect to both the electromagnetic and subtle bodies of the Earth.  Therefore lodestone carries the signature of the master grid that all crystal grids invoke, the ley lines and vortices of the planet itself.

4: Garnet for Durability:  Most of garnet’s metaphysical properties derive from the carbuncle, a name used historically for several dark red to reddish black gemstones.  The word comes from the Latin carbunculus, meaning “a little coal”.  People believed the carbuncle glowed like a hot charcoal, symbolizing fidelity, vitality, and spiritual understanding.  Today garnet is still used to “tend the spark of life”, from the passion in a relationship, to physical well being, and the efforts required to meet a goal.

Garnet’s association with staying power makes it a good support for the long term effectiveness of a crystal grid.  Just like individual stones need to be periodically cleansed and reactivated, grids will break down over time.  The addition of garnet may support their longevity.  The name garnet comes from the Latin granatum, “a pomegranate seed”, after the small size of many of its crystals, typically red in color. Garnet has taken on the symbolism of the fruit.  Because its tough rind protects a large number of juicy seeds inside, it represents abundance, productivity, and options on the material plane for something to develop.

5:  Kyanite for Clarity of Intent and Energy: The mineral kyanite is typically light blue.  Its name comes from the Greek kyanos, meaning “blue”.  Because the throat chakra is represented in a similar color, the stone has taken on its qualities in modern stone books.  Kyanite represents clarity of thought, understanding, and communication.  Its bladed shape also suggests the spinal column, associating it with both balancing individual chakras and aligning the entire subtle body.  The most successful grids are those created with clear intentions and maintained energetically for a long time.  Just as kyanite is said to maintain the chakras and nadi (Sanskrit, “current, energy channel”) within the spiritual body, it may strengthen the placement points and geometric lines that serve a similar function within a grid.

I guess that Stacie will choose rose quartz, quartz, salt, ruby, and emerald.  Here is her blog:

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

Wow.  I was pretty close.  I just chose the materials she goes for first when putting our own grids together.  I would second all of her choices but especially salt, which is so much more versatile than people expect.  To read more about salt, check out my blog:

The Metaphysical Properties of Salt (Halite)

©2014, Christopher Lee Matthews, Enter the Earth

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

I’ve been wanting to write about the most universally useful stones to have handy for gridding purposes for awhile now.  These are the stones that I could use in almost any grid, regardless of the grids intended purpose.

#1: Rose Quartz:  My absolute number one.  I could add rose quartz to any grid for any reason because it brings the energy of “love” to the table.  There is no intention that isn’t made stronger through the inclusion of love energy.  Love protects, expands, nurtures, guides, connects, and so on.  If you want to set up a grid and have a specific purpose, but don’t know what to select, grab rose quartz first.  In fact, my favorite Reiki grid, a simple 7-stone grid of a single rock energy, would be plain ole rose quartz.  All you need is love.  Word.  Plus, pink is my power color.  Rock on.

#2 All Other Quartz:  The quartz family, in general, is universally helpful.  In fact, we should do an informational blog about which quartz variety is helpful for which issues.  Quartz amplifies intention and can be excellent “technical workers” in a grid to help expand the energy field out further, or to create a tighter vortex at the center.  The more quartz, the better.  Buy them in sets of 6 as often as possible.

#3 Rubies:  I love rubies in a grid.  Rubies are somewhere between red and purple, so they add a grounding element to a grid without canceling out higher vibrational themes.  Rubies also add strength and vitality, momentum, if you will, to the other stones.  They tend to be small, but potent, and can work the “super sneaky” position in a grid well without taking up more prominent positions, which are better to reserve for stones that weave very specific energies to address a need.  I also like them flanking the outside stones in a grid, so a set of 12 is nice too.

#4 Salt:  Salt rocks.  If you are setting up a cleansing or protection oriented grid, it doesn’t get much better than throwing salt into the mix.  Also, no matter what the theme of a grid, salt is a “technical worker”, meaning that it helps the grid to work better or be stronger.  In this case, salt keeps the grid itself running more smoothly and for longer periods of time because it keeps the energy within the grid nice and clear.  The  more clear, the less friction… the less friction, the longer the energy field of a grid remains running.  You can add salt by building a grid on top of salt, like a zen garden, or buy getting chunks that actually take up a layer within the grid itself.  I like all salt, but Himalayan salt is likely the easiest to procure in little chunks.  If I was going to do a serious protection grid, I might use the black Hawaiian salt as the base.

#5 Red Jasper:  I kicked emerald off my top 5 list in lieu of red jasper.  I actually like a particular rock called “Starry Jasper” which is red jasper with hematite and pyrite.  It’s not always easy to find that, however.  Red jasper is strengthening and adds a layer of enhanced integrity to any grid, as well as a grounding element.  However, I can add it to almost any grid because red jasper is good at helping us release what is no longer serving us.  In other words, it helps us to release patterns, perceptions, and energies that hold the vibrations of an unwanted or maladaptive outcome or pattern of behavior.  It’s difficult to bring in something “new” if you are still fighting internal patterns which are not in resonance to what is new.  So, there you have it… red jasper.

My guesses for Christopher’s list: rutilated quartz (special mention), all quartz, meteorite, shungite, copper or some mineral that is colored by copper.  ((I know he kicked my butt on this one.))

Christopher’s List

OK, I clearly got wiped on this one.  I absolutely agree about the lodestone, we can plop that stuff in just about anything.  Garnets, love them, but I think I must resonate to rubies more so.  Kyanite, also love it, but I associate it with cleansing, de-cording, communication, and Archangel Michael related stuff, so things perhaps more specific than a stone I would plop into any intention.

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“She said, He said”
~Metaphysical Style~

Yep, we’re a huge department of two people. 🙂  Our nicknames from our co-workers are “The Wizard” and “Woogy Mamma”.  The names are fairly representative of who we authentically are, for the most part.


Our similarities are many, our differences are complimentary.  We do tend to fall into yin/yang roles when we work together, so when we do create new tools or new combinations from the raw materials provided to us, we end up with a very well rounded product.  The same is true for when we create workshops together, do crystal whispers, or really… when we do any kind of work.  Together, we bring more to the table than either he or I could do alone.

Christopher and I wrote about ourselves on the website’s “More Information” section , so I can just leave the links to those specific stories here:
About Stacie
About Christopher

We also used to write on our own blogs, which are still up and and running and you can find those here:
Stacie’s Metaphysical Corner
The House of Daedalus

At this point, we’ve decided to share one blog on the website and do a bit of a “He said, She said” format, or rather, “She said, He said”.  Christopher thought I should go first, being female and all.  Sweet boy.

We both have our specialties, favorite tools, and perspectives.  He’s like a super genius about geology and traditional methods, plus he’s clairvoyant as heck.  I’ve got mainly a self-taught, lots of play time with materials kind of  background, with a kinesthetic or tactile sensitivity.  It’s stunning how often we are in agreement, but when we are not in agreement, there is something quite fun about why.

There is very fertile ground within our differences of opinions.  It shows us both new information and expands our perspectives, and I think it might be helpful to our readers as well.  So, we thought it would be fun to explore the similarities and differences of our perspective on this blog, to discuss what resources we would use for a particular issue, and why.

We also thought it would be fun to come up with our suggestions independently, without showing our information to each other before we wrote for ourselves, and then seeing which one of us was better at guessing what resources the other selected.

I have to admit… for the first blog about “The Most Universally Helpful Gridding Stones”, he kind of kicked my butt.

So, onward!

Love, Light, & Chocolate,
Stacie