There is literature dating far back into humanity’s past referencing the incredible powers of crystals. To this day you can find an ever expanding mountain of books and websites (like us) discussing the amazing things crystals can do, like clear electromagnetic smog, remove negative energy, ground and protect us, uplift and heal. How exactly do they work? Is there any basis for these claims? To answer, we need to look into two topics: basic crystal systems, and energy.
Basic Crystal Systems
Although outwardly crystals come in a huge array of different shapes, colours and sizes, all crystals are composed of a combination of 27 different mineral elements.
At a microscopic level there are only 6 different forms (“Lattice Structures/Crystal Systems”) that crystals are characterised by. By “forms” we mean the way the matter is arranged. This is what makes Crystals so special and powerful; their internal structure is perfect – it is mathematically precise.
Each system is defined by a combination of three factors:
- How many axes it has.
- The lengths of the axes.
- The angles at which the axes meet.
An axis is a direction between the sides. The shortest one is A. The longest is C. There is a B axis as well and sometimes a D axis.
The 6 different “lattice structures” (internal arrangements) are:
Isometric or Cubic Crystal System
This basic Crystal system has 3 axes of equal length intersecting at 90º angles. Because of the equality of the axes, minerals in the cubic system are singly refractive or isotropic.
These Crystals are extremely stabilizing and grounding. They are excellent for structure and reorganization.
Minerals that form in the isometric system include all garnets, diamond, fluorite, gold, lapis lazuli, pyrite, silver, sodalite, sphalerite, and spinel.
Tetragonal Crystal System
The tetragonal system also has three axes that all meet at 90º. It differs from the isometric system in that the C axis is longer than the A and B axes, which are the same length.
Minerals that form in the tetragonal system include apophyllite, idocrase, rutile, scapolite, wulfenite, and zircon.
These Crystals absorb and transform energy and are excellent balancers and resolvers.
Orthorhombic Crystal System
In this basic Crystal system, 3 axes of unequal length intersect at 90 degree angles.
Minerals that form in the orthorhombic system include andalusite, celestite, chrysoberyl (including alexandrite), cordierite, iolite, danburite, zoisite, tanzanite, thulite, enstatite, hemimorphite, fibrolite/sillimanite, hypersthene, olivine, peridot, sulfur, and topaz.
These Crystals encompass energy and are useful cleansers and clearers.
Monoclinic Crystal System
The previously discussed crystal systems all have axes/sides that meet at 90º. In the monoclinic system, two of the axes, A and C, meet at 90º, but axis B does not. All axes in the monoclinic system are different lengths.
Minerals that form in the monoclinic system include azurite, brazilianite, crocoite, datolite, diopside, jadeite, lazulite, malachite, orthoclase feldspars (including albite moonstone), staurolite, sphene, and spodumene (including hiddenite and kunzite).
These Crystals are useful for purification and perception.
Triclinic Crystal System
This basic Crystal system has 3 axes of unequal length which are oblique to one another (none of them meet at 90 degree angles).
These Crystals integrate energy and opposites, and assist in exploring other dimensions.
Minerals that form in the triclinic system include amblygonite, axinite, kyanite, microcline feldspar (including amazonite and aventurine), plagioclase feldspars (including labradorite), rhodonite, and turquoise.
Hexagonal or Trigonal Crystal System
The crystal systems previously discussed represent every variation of four-sided figures with three axes. In the hexagonal system, we have an additional axis, which gives the crystals six sides. Three of these are equal in length and meet at 60º to each other. The C or vertical axis is at 90º to the horizontal axes, and is usually longer than them.
Minerals that form in the hexagonal system include apatite, beryl (including aquamarine, emerald, heliodor, and morganite), taaffeite, and zincite.
These highly energetic Crystals are especially useful for energy balancing and exploring specific issues.
An Additional Classification: Amorphous
Judy Hall adds an additional classification to the above 6 systems – Amorphous Crystals. Amorphous means that the substance does NOT have an ordered internal structure, so by definition is not a crystalline structure. When we consider an Amorphous category in terms of crystals and minerals, we are referring to mineral composition/s that set so rapidly that no defined structure could form. Energy is able to pass through this system very rapidly as a result – making it an extremely fast-working crystal. Obsidian (volcanic glass) is an excellent example of this category.