What are Crystal Grids?
A crystal grid is an act of creation and a form of artful meditation. Ancient cultures have long called on the power of crystals and stones to amplify cosmic energy. Throughout history, sacred geometry has been used to create a magical framework in which to shape this energy. A crystal grid is a marriage of these two elements, creating a beautiful method of manifesting dreams, goals, and desires. This ritual art form allows you to focus, amplify your intention, and consciously direct the flow of energy that runs through all things. Grids can be used in healing, meditation, ritual work, and manifesting.
How Crystal Grids Work
There are many methods to draw on the power of Crystal Grids. They can be used as an inward tool for reflection and meditation or as an outward tool for energy work and visualization. As a metaphysical tool, a crystal grid is an intentional arrangement of crystals and stones designed to direct the flow of energy for a specific purpose. As an aesthetic element, crystal grids can serve as a way to honor the beauty of our elegant universe.
Sacred Geometry is often incorporated into the practice of creating crystal grids. The underlying pattern of a grid incorporates elemental shapes that are widely recognized in sacred metaphysics. From Ancient eastern mandalas to tribal medicine wheels, the practice of “gridding” is an age-old process of energy work that has taken different forms throughout history.
Practically speaking, a crystal grid is the arrangement of items, usually crystal and stones, in a meaningful pattern. The specific pattern and objects we use are ones we feel a connection to. Gridding is a way for us to add ritual and focus to our intentions. Even without the element of ritual, a crystal grid can be a beautiful aesthetic creation that adds beauty to our space.
Crystal Grids Store Energy
Many cultures believe that places and objects can store the energy of those who have had contact with it. You may have experienced this if you have ever felt the essence of a sacred place, an old house, or a well-loved toy. Most of us hold on to objects from happy moments in our life simply because those things “feel good”. We don’t need to have any specific memory associated with our childhood blanket or a lost loved one’s clothing for these things to feel somehow comforting to us.
Crystal Grids Transform Energy
In order to understand how crystal grids work, we must first recognize the adage that “Thoughts become Things”. A visual artist understands this concept intimately when they participate in the creative process. First comes an idea. This idea can take the shape of a simple concept, a mental image or a feeling the artist wishes to capture in their work. The artist then chooses the materials they believe will allow this idea to best take shape in the physical world.
Next comes the process of activating those materials through a set of meaningful actions. Throughout this process, the artist uses alchemy to give physical representation to abstract concepts. The end result is a creation that seems to defy the laws of nature by calling something from an unseen space into the physical realm.
The artist’s creation is a synthesis of the ethereal and the physical, something that exists in our physical world, yet transcends simple matter. In this way, an artist is no different from a mage who summons the unseen into a realm we can see and hear and touch.
Creating a crystal grid is an art form that allows you to participate in a very similar process to that of a painter. The chosen pattern becomes your canvas and the selected stones act as your palette. Using the elements of sacred geometry, crystal energy, and the creative process, you open an esoteric doorway. Gridding works as an access point to the universal powers of manifestation, reflection, and transformation.
Crystal Grids Direct Energy
A crystal grid can be used to direct energy toward a person, place, object or concept. Gridding can be used in the same way many people use the act of prayer. Connecting with your grid can allow you to express gratitude, feel a closer connection to the divine, or even direct healing energy toward a loved one who is feeling unwell or in distress.
Your crystal grid is an ideal way to charge pieces of jewelry that can function as a talisman of positivity and protection. This practice can be an ideal house blessing. Clearing the space of old energy and sending feelings of comfort, peace and stability to every inch of your new home.
How To Make A Crystal Grid
You will find that making a crystal grid is a surprisingly easy process after you become acquainted with a few simple concepts. By the time you finish reading, you will have a basic understanding of the core principles behind this mindfulness practice. Let’s dive straight into a step by step look at how to make a crystal grid.
Step 1: Clear Your Space
Clearing your space is the first step in clearing your mind and surroundings before beginning any spiritual practice. Salt is a wonderful energetic cleanser. You may choose to scatter salt over the area you plan to use for your crystal grid before you sweep the area clean. Dusting, and physically cleaning the space you will be using is one way of energetically claiming an area for a new intended purpose. You can also open a window for a few minutes or fan the room in order to dispel old energy.
Step 2: Prepare Your Space
When you prepare your space, you are creating an environment of focus, creativity and magic. If you practice outdoors, you can use a rock or twig to draw a circle around yourself in the dirt. In this way, you are marking the energetic space you will be using for this ritual.
Indoors, you should dim the lights to a comfortable level and turn off any unnecessary electronics such as your phone and television. Decide where you would like to place any materials you will be using for this ritual, like stones, incense, or any other magical tools. You may have a piece of fabric, stone, wood, or paper on which you intend to create your grid. Choose a place for your grid where it will remain safe and undisturbed by daily life.
Step 3: Set Your Intention
Intention is not bound by the limitations of this world, it moves freely through space and time. Building a crystal grid is a way to call this formless energy into focus. In the center, you may place a magnifying crystal such as clear quartz or you may choose to place a symbol of your energy focus. Symbols of your focus can be anything. A photograph of a loved one, a worry stone or necklace to carry with you, soil from the yard of your new home, or even a hand written word or phrase.
Examine your intention. Is this idea the root of the matter? Is there a larger concept that embraces that smaller idea? In considering the larger picture, you may find that “Resolution to an argument” becomes “Consciously building trust and understanding between myself and my partner.” Remember that your grid serves only to amplify and direct the energy held with the strongest feeling and focus. Choose, consciously, the message you want to send into the Universe.
Step 4: Select Your Crystals and Stones
Each type of Crystal and Stone often has commonly associated attributes for energy work. Choose stones that naturally align with your intention. For instance, If you are building a grid for overcoming grief after the loss of a loved one, you may choose stones that have concurrent properties. For grief, you can incorporate the catharsis of Apache Tears, the soft comfort of Rose Quartz, and Olivine’s ability to aid in the healing of trauma.
Through gridding, you are painting a picture of a new reality. Choosing your stones is simply a way of choosing your palette. If you don’t know what attributes are associated with your stones, it’s perfectly fine to use your intuition and choose the ones you feel most connected to. We have also provided a list of common attributes associated with many popular crystals and stones below.
The most common choices for the center of a grid are a crystal sphere, tower, pyramid or terminated crystal (a crystal with a pointed tip). The center of a grid is often described as an area that functions as a sort of cosmic antennae, broadcasting your intention into the universe. The center of your grid can also function as a charging station for magical tools or any symbol of your energetic focus.
Don’t be discouraged by the idea of sourcing the “perfect” crystal or stone for your purpose. A large collection of crystals is not required to begin gridding. A minimum of 5 stones, including the center stone, is a good number to begin with. Ultimately, you can use whatever creative elements are accessible to you at this time. Man-made stones, beads, or even loose coins are all viable building materials for a meaningful grid.
Instead of crystals, you may prefer to use wildflower petals, acorns, or pebbles found on a mindfulness walk. It’s important to remember that manifesting your intention and connecting with your gridding stones is more about you than it is about the material and origin of the stone itself. Although gemstones and crystals can be meaningful conduits of energy, it is your own wellspring of power that fuels any magical tool.
Step 5: Choose Your Pattern
What is sacred geometry? This is a term you will hear often when reading about Crystal Grids. Sacred geometry is a sophisticated and powerful set of numbers. From the smallest particle to the vast reaches of the universe, these patterns are perfect mathematical ratios that make up the fabric of our natural world. The Fibonacci spiral of a seashell and the hexagonal grid of a honeycomb are examples of sacred geometric patterns.
Understanding the complementary relationship between crystals and sacred geometry is an important part of learning how to make a Crystal Grid. Crystal energy amplifies your intention and works alongside the patterns of Sacred Geometry to express your intention in a clear and direct way. There are many grid patterns for you to choose from. You will find a list of sacred geometry symbols as you read further. Choose the pattern that partners well with your intention.
Choosing a pattern, like choosing your crystals and stones, can be an entirely intuitive process. If you want to create a free form grid or mandala for your intention setting, that is completely okay. If you appreciate additional direction for your crystal grid, there are established patterns that have already been associated with various types of energetic work. One simple and very effective grid is a simple five pointed star representing each of the classical elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Aether (or Akasha).
Step 6: Speak Your Intention
You may wish to begin with a brief invocation or prayer, according to your faith, to set the foundation of your focus. Next, speak your intention out loud. The vibration of your voice is a powerful method of calling an abstract idea into the physical world. If you are in an area where you would rather not speak, then you can simply visualize your intention or concentrate on the feeling it creates in your body. Begin to sharpen the focus to bring additional clarity to your intention.
Can you see yourself walking into your new workplace with confidence rather than intimidation? Imagine the way you hold yourself when talking to your coworkers. Take note of small details like what you’re wearing as you sit down at your desk, the tone of your voice as you volunteer to take on an assignment you feel capable of completing. Create texture, definition, and as much detail as you can. Bring the image to life.
Focus is not synonymous with visualization. If you are a person who struggles with visualizing concepts, that’s okay. Setting your intention is a way of honoring your desires and connecting with higher consciousness. Another way to bring yourself closer to your intention is to use your body. Think about the abstract concept of your intention and allow your body to echo the feeling that comes with it.
For instance, feel the relief of seeing a loved one recover from a time of distress. The excitement of, once again, laughing together and enjoying each other’s company. Imagine the thrill of falling in love with your soulmate. Let the electric current and butterflies fill you up to the brim. How does it feel to embrace your partner after resolving a disagreement? Sense the hum of reassurance you feel as their arms wrap around you in renewed warmth.
Step 7: Create your Crystal Grid
If you do not have a drawn pattern, you may mentally draw out an image. For example, If you have chosen a simple five pointed star, you will first place a crystal at each perceived point of your star. Next, you can visualize the places where those lines intersect. Place your next series of stones at those intersection points. Finally, Set the center stone within your grid.
Example: If you are creating a crystal grid for fertility, you will approach each stone with the qualities they possess in relation to that specific intention. As you place the Olivine on your grid, think about new beginnings and the creation of life. Next, connect with your Rose Quartz to welcome the gentle energy of new life and release any feelings of self-blame. Finish your grid by letting Moonstone share the wisdom that your journey is defined by more than this single moment. All things happen in their own time.
As you lay out your crystals, consider the pattern you have chosen and how that symbolism ties into your chosen intention. Like adding colors from your palette, think about the nature of your crystals as you place them on each section of the grid, creating a larger expression. Explore the mental picture of your intended focus in your mind’s eye. Hear and touch your surroundings. It’s as if you are really there. Feel the emotion and power of your intention. Allow the feelings in your body to build and multiply as you prepare to activate your grid.
Step 8: Activate Your Crystal Grid
Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of your crystal grid. To activate your grid, you will now energetically connect all parts of the whole. Channel the flow of energy through the index finger of your dominant hand. You may also use a crystal or a wooden wand. Touch the center object in your grid to begin activation. Next, begin to trace the lines of the grid from stone to stone. Imagine activating a bright glow or a buzzing energy in your crystals as you move to connect each point of your grid.
Remember, as you make your way along the lines of your grid, you are weaving together the individual properties contained within each stone. Take your time linking the energetic field of these individual elements. This is how you will create a magical tool that is far greater then the sum of it’s parts.
Concentrate on your focus and imagine you are trying to send this message to the universe without using any words. Channel this powerful light-energy toward the center of the grid. Finally complete activation by, once again, touching the center object of your grid. As you make this final contact, imagine the building charge within your grid creating a large pulse of energy out into the cosmic Aether. This final point of contact has completed the circuit, giving the center of your grid a powerful surge of energy. In doing so, you have created an infinite ripple effect throughout the universe.
Step 9: Connect with your Crystal Grid
Try different methods of connecting with your Crystal Grid to see what feels natural. A few of the way you can interact with the energy of your grid is through Reflection, Transformation, and Manifestation. As we go over each of these techniques, think about which method best suits your intention. You may find that blending more than one method works best for you.
Crystal Grids for Reflection
When you find yourself at a crossroads, reflection is often the path to perspective. In an effort to shed light on the bigger picture, we are often asked to simply “sit” with our current set of circumstances. The answer always seems to come when we finally let go of the question. It can be difficult to sit in a place of uncertainty without trying to change it or “figure it out”. Let your crystal grid be a temporary home for your thoughts, feelings, dreams and desires. You are giving yourself permission to let go by providing a safe place for these things to live. Trust the process.
Crystal Grids for Transformation
Many people choose to use their crystal grid for personal transformation. Crystal Reminders can help you regularly connect with an important truth or affirmation intended to bring you closer to your ideal state of being. Each morning, take some time with your crystals. Keep in mind that in order to experience growth, it is essential to take the time to fully accept yourself as you are; Light and shadow. Take a moment to feel a deep love and appreciation for all parts of yourself.
When you have fully embraced your current state of being, it is now time to affirm the direction you are moving towards. Imagine what that future version of you sounds like, looks like, feels like. You might say or think words that reinforce that higher vision of yourself. These may be words like “I am communicating my needs kindly and clearly to others”, “I enjoy mindfully eating in a way that nourishes my body”, or “My worth is intrinsic and is visible to those who love me”.
Crystal Grids for Manifesting
Through ritual, we are able to access cosmic energy in an intimate and creative way. There are multiple ways to define “manifesting” as a term. It is a practice that is steeped in ancient spiritual knowledge and there are many different definitions of this time honored practice. Modern manifestation is used to describe the process of using focused intention to catalyze a tangible result in the physical realm. There are many ways to define this process and you may come across different definitions of this time honored practice.
A seemingly mundane example of manifesting in the everyday world involves proven techniques used by elite athletes to significantly improve their performance. Using visualization and affirming language, many athletes attract the end result of their intention by perceiving it as a moment that has already happened. They experience the goal before their feet even begin to move.
Through consciously participating in an act of imagination, you can watch your desired reality take form before your very eyes. Manifesting is not a replacement for required everyday action to reach your goals. However, it is an incredibly powerful step forward into your future. Before you can work to materialize anything in life, you must first perceive your desire as a viable reality. Metatron’s Cube is a perfect pattern for manifesting ideas in the physical world and Olivine is an ideal stone to mark new beginnings.
See yourself living in your new place. Imagine unlocking the front door. What do the trees look like outside your bedroom window? Feel the air on your face as you walk down the street, in a new city, to grab a cup of coffee. What does everyday life feel like in this new place? Bring yourself there with the knowledge that with each new detail, your new reality begins to take form on this plane of existence. Feel your desire unfolding and taking shape as you breathe life into this future form.
Step 10: Close or Renew Your Crystal Grid
If you find you would like your grid to stay up permanently, or for a long period of time, you should maintain your grid to make sure it stays healthy. Physically and energetically cleanse your crystal grid and recharge it about once a month. To recharge an existing grid, you can use a smudge stick or even your breath to blow away stale energy. Take a few moments to concentrate on your intention (revisit step 6).
As you prepare to close your crystal grid, take a moment to express gratitude to your grid. It has given a home to your crystals and created a safe space for your intention. Appreciate the work this tool has done. It has been a faithful companion on your journey toward a higher expression of reality. Once you have given thanks, remove and cleanse each stone before putting them away. Wipe your grid with a gentle cloth to remove dust or debris. You may use Sage, Palo Santo, or your breath to clear the energy from your grid before storing it for future use.
How Do I Cleanse and Recharge My Crystals and Stones?
The safest way to physically clean your crystals and stones is with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Be aware that not all crystals can withstand the same treatments, so make sure it’s safe to get your crystal wet. If you are unable to use water, you may smudge your stone. Sage smoke has been shown to reduce bacteria and kill germs. If you have any doubts about how to cleanse a specific stone, the International Gem Society is a wonderful resource for the care and cleaning of many gemstones and crystals.
Energetically cleansing your crystals and stones will ensure that all of their unique properties remain intact. It is essential to periodically release any energetic impurities that may have been absorbed by your gemstones or crystals. The best way to renew, or recharge, your crystals and stones is through smudging or burying them beneath the earth overnight. Rinse with gentle soap and water. Recharge your crystals and stones on a Selenite plate. You can also recharge your crystals though focused intention. Hold your stone in both hands as you infuse them with positive energy.
Crystal Grid 101
Are you ready to begin creating your own Crystal Grid? Here is some information to inspire your first creation. The tables below are a guide to assist you in selecting your first stones and grid pattern. Try choosing just two or three types of stones to begin building your first grid. As you continue practicing crystal energy work, you will likely acquire a larger variety of crystals and stones with their own special qualities.
Metaphysical Properties of Common Crystals and Stones
Gemstones and crystals have long been considered among the most ideal instruments for energy work and focused intention. Finding a stone that will compliment your work in a specific area is an integral part of manifesting the energy you intend to harness. Crystals and stones can play an important role in amplifying and recalibrating the energy in your environment as well as the energy within. Below, you will find a short list of the metaphysical properties associated with commonly used gemstones and crystals.
|Amethyst||Psychic Attunement, Protection, Divine Nobility, Courage, Clear Decision Making, Deflects Negative Energy, Intuition, Deep Sleep, Sobriety, Remembering Dreams, Accessing Akashic Records, Enhanced Psychic Ability, Balancing Emotional Highs and Lows|
|Hematite||Spiritual and Psychic Protection, Balancing Yin/Yang Energy, Grounding, Courage, Power, Stability|
|Lapis Lazuli||Calms an Overactive Mind, Reveals Inner Truth, Encourages Self-Responsibility, Bonds Platonic and Romantic Relationships|
|Moonstone||Nurturing Energy, Cycles, The Mind, Accomplishment, Unselfishness, Hope, Power, Spiritual Insight, Safe Travel, Ancient wisdom, New Beginnings, Abundance, Happiness, Good fortune, Easy Childbirth, Rebirth, Nurturing, Humanitarianism, Protection, Psychic Ability, Sensitivity, Love|
|Olivine||Positive Manifestation, Birth, Death, Rebirth, Renewal, Cycles, Transformation, Healing From Trauma, Increased Self Worth, Dispels Negative Thought Patterns, Confidence, Overcome Jealousy, Well Being, Harness Power, Grounding, Travel Protection|
|Peridot||Growth, Rebirth, Wards off Evil, Renewal, Purification, Wealth, Relationships, Breaking Negative Cycles, Abundance, Coping with Change, Energy, Overcome Fear, Inspiration, Money, Release Negative Energy, Prevent Nightmares, Promote Peace, Prosperity, Purification, Vision, Sight, Mental Stimulation, Stress Relief, Success, Wealth, Strength|
|Rose Quartz||Attracts Love and Romance, Promotes Forgiveness, Increases Empathy, Soothes Heartache, Embraces Nurturing Energy, Peaceful resolutions|
|Selenite||Purification, Alignment with the Highest Good, Protection, Partnership, Solid Foundation, Dispels Negative Energy, Encourages Psychic Connection|
|Tiger Eye||Equilibrium, Harmony, Confidence, Cool Temperament Amidst Conflict, Courage, Welcoming Change, Psychic Protection, Grounding|
|Turquoise||Protection in Travel, Discourages Martyrdom, Wisdom, Truth, Self-Acceptance, Letting Go of Regret, Opening of a Closed Heart, Restores Humility, Nurturing Energy|
Properties of Ancient Shapes and Sacred Geometry
|Tetrahedron||Represents the physical word and three dimensional space. Outward facing tip of the triangle can be used to direct your focus toward a person, place, or thing.|
|Seed of Life||Creation. Contains the building blocks for existence. A gateway representing infinite possibility.|
|Metatron’s Cube||Contains symbols of all 5 Platonic Solids hidden within it, symbolizing cosmic understanding within the framework of human perception|
|Flower of Life||Fabric of the universe. Contains all possible beginnings and all possible paths.|
|Vescia Piscis||Union of Duality, Union of the heavens and earth, Union of light and shadow, Union of masculine and feminine, Union of Yin and Yang Energies|
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Best Book for Crystal Grids
Crystal Grids Handbook : By Judy Hall
Use the magic of crystal grids to create, heal, and manifest goals and intentions. A condensed version of The Ultimate Guide to Crystal Grids, Crystal Grids Handbook shows you the fundamentals of constructing an effective grid. Learn how to harness the power of sacred geometry to activate and amplify the power of your crystals. Featuring dozens of grids designed by the world’s leading crystal expert, Judy Hall, this truly is the essential quick-reference guide. You’ll find beginner grids based on basic geometric shapes and templates as well as advanced grids for deep healing and transformation. Learn how to select the best crystal for a particular grid or purpose as well as how to correctly set up, activate, and dismantle a grid. This indispensable little volume includes grids for Love, Manifesting prosperity, Career, Healing, Protection and more. Filled with beautiful photos and illustrations, Crystal Grids Handbook is your step-by-step guide for harnessing the magic and power of crystals.
About the Author
Judy Hall is a successful Mind-Body-Spirit author with over 45 MBS books to her credit, including the million-copy-selling Crystal Bible (volumes 1 and 2), Encyclopedia of Crystals, 101 Power Crystals, Crystals and Sacred Sites, The Crystal Seer, Crystal Prescriptions, and The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle. A trained healer and counselor, Judy has a wide experience of many systems of divination and natural healing methods. Judy has a degree in Religious Studies with an extensive knowledge of world religions and mythology. Crystal lore is one of her many areas of expertise. Judy has appeared four times in the Watkins list of the 100 most influential spiritual living writers and continues to conduct workshops in her native England and internationally. Her books have been translated into 16 languages.
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