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