There is literature dating far back into humanity’s past referencing the incredible powers of crystals. But how do crystals actually work?
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1. INTRODUCTION
In this lesson, we are going to learn about the crystal lattice. This will help us answer the question “How do crystals work?”.
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. Is there any basis for these claims?
2. BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS
In LESSON ONE, we discussed the geological terms for crystals, rocks and minerals. Additionally, we learned that atoms arrange themselves in a very precise, orderly fashion to make the elements we find on earth. And elements, in turn, make up minerals.
As they grow, they have a set, distinctive way of locking new atoms into that precise, orderly pattern to repeat it again and again. And in perfect conditions, they are able to repeat that pattern long enough to form beautiful crystals that we can see.
These perfectly ordered building block patterns are the key to how crystals work.
3. THE CRYSTAL LATTICE
The crystal lattice, very simply, is what we call the pattern that the atoms arrange themselves in to make crystals. Outwardly crystals come in a huge array of different shapes, colours and sizes. But inwardly, there are only SIX lattice structures (also called systems) found on all of earth!! So in all the ways atoms could join together to form elements, in all the thousands of minerals, the atoms only arrange in one of six different patterns. Isn’t that incredible?
This is what makes crystals so special and powerful; their internal structure is perfect – it is absolutely mathematically precise. And as you know from lesson one, it takes a perfect set of conditions to form a crystal.
Three factors define each crystal lattice system. The factors all relate to their axes.
An AXIS is a real or imaginary line on which something rotates, or a straight line around which things are evenly arranged. An example of an axis is an imaginary line running through the earth on which the earth rotates.
THE 3 FACTORS DEFINING A CRYSTAL LATTICE SYSTEM:
 How many axes it has,
 The lengths of the axes, and
 The angles at which the axes meet.
When it comes to the crystal lattice systems, there is a set way the axes are defined. The shortest axis is always labelled A, while the longest axis is always C. In between those lengths is the B axis. Furthermore, sometimes there is a fourth axis, labelled D.
4. THE 6 CRYSTAL LATTICE SYSTEMS
Let’s have a look at the 6 patterns that crystals can form in. Each pattern (lattice system) has geological properties. This means specific points that define it. In addition, they have metaphysical properties, which means energetic properties (how they work with energy). In the next lesson, we will go deeper into understanding energy and how crystals work with energy to help us. For now, let’s get a basic idea of the “mechanics” behind it.
1. ISOMETRIC OR CUBIC CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 3 axes
 All axes are the same equal length
 They intersect each other at 90º angles
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Extremely stabilizing and grounding
 Give structure
 Help with reorganization
The Isometric Crystal System (also sometimes called the Cubic System) is a crystal system that has 3 axes. They are all the same length, and they intersect each other at perfect 90º angles. This equality in all directions is called “isotropic”.
These crystals are said to be extremely stabilizing and grounding. In addition, they are excellent for structure and reorganization.
Examples of minerals that form in this isometric system include: all garnets, diamond, fluorite, gold, lapis lazuli, pyrite, silver, sodalite, sphalerite, and spinel.

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2. TETRAGONAL CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 3 axes
 Axis A & B are the same length, axis C is longer than them
 They intersect each other at 90º angles.
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Absorb energy
 Transform energy
 Balancing
 Assist with resolving issues
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.
These crystals are said to absorb and transform energy and are excellent balancers and resolvers.
Minerals that form in the tetragonal system include apophyllite, idocrase, rutile, scapolite, wulfenite, and zircon.

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3. ORTHORHOMBIC CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 3 axes
 They are all different lengths
 They intersect each other at 90º angles.
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Encompass energy
 Cleansing & clearing energy
 Protective
This crystal system also has 3 axes, but they are all of unequal length. Like the above systems, they intersect each other at 90 degree angles.
These crystals are said to encompass energy, and are useful cleansers and clearers. Furthermore, they can offer protective energy.
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, and topaz.

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4. MONOCLINIC CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 3 axes
 They are all different lengths
 Two axes (A&C) meet at 90º angles
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Purifying & refining energy
 Perception
 Decision making
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.
These crystals are said to be useful for purification, refining energy, and decision making. Furthermore, they can aid perception and insight.
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).
5. TRICLINIC CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 3 axes
 They are all different lengths
 None of them meet at 90º angles
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Integrate energy & opposites
 Multidimensional
 Astral work
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 are said to integrate energy and opposites, and assist in exploring other dimensions. In addition to that, they are also excellent for astral work.
Examples of minerals that form in the triclinic system include: amblygonite, axinite, kyanite, microcline feldspar (including amazonite and aventurine), plagioclase feldspars (including labradorite), rhodonite, and turquoise.
6. HEXAGONAL OR TRIGONAL CRYSTAL SYSTEM
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has 4 axes (6sided crystals)
 Three are equal in length and meet at 60º angles
 The fourth axis is vertical, and is at 90º to the 3 horizontal axes. It’s usually longer than them (labelled “C”).
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Highly energetic
 Balancing
 Laser focus
 Exploring specific issues
All the crystal systems discussed so far show every variation of foursided figures with three axes. But this next system has an additional axis. This gives the crystals six sides.
Of these four axes, three are of equal length and meet at 60º to each other. The final axis, the “C” or vertical axis, is at 90º to the horizontal axis. In addition, it is usually longer than them.
Crystals in this system are said to be highly energetic. Furthermore, they are especially useful for energy balancing, laser focus, and exploring specific issues.
Examples of minerals that form in this hexagonal system include apatite, beryl (including aquamarine, emerald, heliodor, and morganite), taaffeite, and zincite.

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5. MINERALOIDS (AMORPHOUS)
GEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
 Has no internal lattice structure
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
 Extremely fast working
To recap from lesson one: Depending on how they formed, minerals can either be classified as “crystalline” or “amorphous“. It’s just a fancy way of saying the element/s formed into a crystal (i.e. the atoms repeated their pattern over and over in perfect conditions to make a visible crystal), or didn’t (conditions changed and they got squished together, making what’s called a “conglomerated mass” or “conglomerate” for short).
But some minerals never crystallize, they are always amorphous no matter the conditions. These minerals are called ‘mineraloids‘.
It is said that energy is able to pass through mineraloids very rapidly – making them extremely fastworking.
Examples are amber, pearl and obsidian.

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6. IN SUMMARY: How DO Crystals Work?
Well done! You’ve made it to the end of lesson two in our beginners crystals course.
In summary, you now know that a crystal lattice system refers to the mathematically precise arrangement of atoms, and that there are only 6 different patterns the atoms ever form, to make all the different crystals in the world. These six systems are defined by their axes, and have specific metaphysical properties ascribed to them.
Finally, there is a group of minerals that have no crystal lattice system, which is called an “amorphous” formation.
So, HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK? It’s all down to this: their incredible crystal lattice system. Find out more in the next lesson!
…UP NEXT
In the LESSON 3, we’re going to learn about ENERGY. You will learn how the basic building blocks of crystals (their atomic structure) affect energy, store it, change it, and more!
CRYSTALS COURSE FOR BEGINNERS: LESSON 3