Crystal shapes matter—here’s what they mean and how to amplify their power


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Not only do crystals come in all sorts of colors (amethyst, rose, aquamarine) and serve different intended purposes (improved sleepadded protectionattracting abundance), but they’re also found in many different shape formations. Just like the colors of the crystals convey unique meanings (since they often signify what type of stone, exactly, it is), crystal shapes also matter. Experts say the structure of a crystal doesn’t change the type of energy it emits, but the shape does affect the way you receive said energy.

“Crystal shapes can help to amplify your intention and your experience with them,” says Heather Askinosie, crystal expert, co-founder of Energy Muse, and author of CRYSTAL365. “Choosing a crystal shape that pairs well with your intention will enhance and magnify your transformation.”

Below, a few experts weigh in to help demystify the different crystal shapes, what they mean, and how to use them. It’s great intel to note next time you find yourself roaming the shelves of a metaphysical shop in search of a new crystal or simply perusing your own crystal collection.

Learn what 7 common crystal shapes mean—and how to best use them.

1. Cubes

If you need some grounding vibes in your life (don’t we all?), a cube-shaped crystal might be the perfect gemstone companion for you. Askinosie says meditating with cubic crystals in your hands can help you connect to the energy of the Earth. You can also place them in each corner of a room to protect the space.

2. Pyramids

Crystal pyramids are said to be powerful for manifesting your desires. “Their strong base acts as an anchor for your intention,” says Amber-Lee Lyons, chakra expert and founder of Chakra Girl. “The apex of the pyramid sends the intention out into the universe. Whether it’s a self-serving stack of cash you want to manifest or to send out love to the collective, pyramid crystals will take you to that next level.”

3. Spheres

“The crystal sphere reminds you that you are a part of the greater whole connected to all the energies in your surroundings,” Askinonsie says. “You can imagine that you are holding the world in the palm of your hand.”

The Zen vibe these magical crystal balls give off also makes them great meditation buddies. Amber-Lee Lyons says adding a small one to your crystal collection that fits nicely in your hand while you meditate can also double as a mini massage ball to relax any tense muscles.

4. Tumbled stones

Consider tumbled stones as stepping stones into the wonderful world of crystals. “Some may call them basic, but I call them practical,” Amber-Lee Lyons says. The small, smooth crystals tend to skew inexpensive and easy to find online or at your local crystal boutique.

But don’t be fooled by their size—these travel-friendly stones are indeed powerful. Amber-Lee Lyons says what’s especially great about them is how mobile they are. You can easily carry them in your pocket or purse, or even tuck them inside your bra to help you connect with the energy all day long. Having one so close, maybe even touching you directly, can act as a reminder of your intention.

5. Crystal points

As its name suggests, a crystal point keeps you sharp and on point. It’s your BFF whenever you need to stay uber-focused on something. Mariah K. Lyons, crystal healer and founder of ASTARA, says to use these powerful points for manifestation purposes. “Write down a mantra, affirmation, or desire on a piece of paper,” she says. “Fold the paper and place the crystal point on top, pointing up. This acts like a pyramid, directing all the energy from the intention on the paper upward into the cosmos and radiating out into the surrounding environment.”

6. Hearts

Heart-shaped crystals are not naturally occurring; they’re cut and polished into this shape, but they still radiate a strong love energy. Mariah K. Lyons says to meditate with a heart-shaped crystal to activate your heart chakra. “Focus your energy and attention on your heart and imagine filling your heart with pure loving light,” she says. “Imagine the light fills your heart and weaves in and out clearing any old wounds and traumas and bringing healing and peace into the heart and body.”

7. Clusters

This is, as you’d expect, a cluster of crystal points in their natural form (and they’re oh-so pretty to look at thanks to their sparkle and mystical vibes). “A cluster is great for bringing unity to a space,” Mariah K. Lyons says. “Place a cluster crystal on your family dining table, living room table, or other communal spaces in the home. It’s also great to place in conference rooms in an office or places where people come together. It helps create a space of open dialogue and community.”

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