Without setting you a chemistry lesson, we will jump straight to a theory which was devised by Michael Gienger.
Michael Gienger (1964-2014) was one of Europe’s most respected experts on crystals and their uses, a field in which he had been active since 1988. He started collecting minerals in 1972, and in 1985 a successful self-treatment with healing crystals inspired him to pursue further training as an alternative healing practitioner. He was trained in shiatsu and completed a two-year apprentice in shamanic healing. He went on to author more than 20 publications, a number of which have become standard works in their field and have been translated into 11 languages.
Crystals can all be grouped into one of seven crystal systems and Gienger believed that the human personality can be divided into the seven crystal types. This can give you a little bit more insight into why you are drawn to certain crystals and Gienger observed that people are naturally attracted to the crystals most aligned to their personality.
The 7 Personalities of Crystal Systems.
The Cubic System – examples: Iron Pyrites, Garnet, Fluorite, Lodestone
This is a system containing all crystals with a cube shaped inner structure. These stones are practical and stable in nature.
The cubic personality type is very organised and structured. The like set routines, plan their time carefully and think logically. They like the familiar, places, people, clothes and so on.
The biggest issue for this personality is their lack of flexibility. They don’t like change or taking chances, or unforeseen events. They can depend too much on their rational mind and ignore intuition. They can cling stubbornly to routines and habits that are outmoded or no good for them.
You would use cubic crystals when you need more order, structure, routine and stability in your life.
The Hexagonal System – examples: Aquamarine, Emerald, Heliodor, Phenacite
Many of the crystals form hexagonal pillars (think of the shape of Honeycombs)
Hexagonal personalities are similar to “busy bees”, they are efficient, hard- working and motivated. They are clear thinkers with high standards. They can set their sights on a goal and work towards it effectively.
They do not like to be diverted or distracted and dislike wasting time. Illness can occur from overwork and too little relaxation. When ill they try and get back to normal to quickly and make themselves worse. They can miss the richness of their life because they are so focused on their goals.
You should use hexagonal crystal when you need to be more efficient and goal oriented.
The Trigonal System – examples: Calcite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Tourmaline
These crystals all have a triangular inner structure, which includes the Quartz family. These crystals are good at balancing subtle energies and stimulating energy flow.
This personality likes a simple, peaceful and uncomplicated lifestyle. They will try to do things in the easiest, most common sense way and will put the least amount of effort in for the maximum results. They don’t like to be rushed or pressured and are good at leaving their work behind them at the end of the day.
They can be lazy and so may take little exercise. They dislike conflict and will avoid arguments, preferring to stay neutral.
Use trigonal crystal when you want to release stress and attain a sense of peace, calm and simplicity.
The Tetragonal System – examples: Apophylite, Zircon, Rutile
These crystals have a rectangular inner structure. These crystals can absorb and transmute negativity.
This personality appears to be organised to the outside world, however they may be acting in the spur of the moment. They like to plan, but will adjust their plans whenever necessary and will drop or modify ideas and goals that aren’t working out. They love the new and dislike routine and repetition. This gives them great scope for self-development as they like a challenge, but others may see them as unpredictable.
They can think clearly however their thoughts are influenced by their emotions, so when their mood changes it is very possible they will change their mind. They can lead a secret double life as their appearance is a statement about themselves which can produce feelings of guilt and shame.
Use tetragonal crystals when you need to be more responsive and change your plans as you go along.
The Orthorhombic System – examples: Topaz, Danburite, Peridot, Sulphur
These crystals form a rhombic inner structure and have a protective quality to them which enables safe cleansing of old patterns.
This personality is normally well ordered and stable. However when they have had enough, or loses interest in a routine or a situation they can change tack suddenly. Hence this personality can change career, walk out of relationships, or move with little or no warning. They quickly settle into their new lifestyle and life becomes stable again, until the next time. They make good listeners and it makes them happy if others are happy.
Orthorhombic personalities may disregard their own wishes and needs for the sake of others, which over time can lead to one of sudden changes of direction, or if their needs are suppressed may lead to depression.
When you need courage to make big life changes reach for orthorhombic crystals.
The Monoclinic System – examples: Selenite, Moonstone, Seraphinite
These crystals are directional stones which can clear obstructions in the energy field.
The monoclinic personality type is intuitive and spontaneous. They prefer flexible arrangements rather than concrete plans. Decisions are made from gut feeling rather than logic and so many find this personality hard to understand and unpredictable. They need a peaceful, supportive environment to flourish.
The demands of modern life can make this personality easily overwhelmed and their self-worth can be fragile and lowered by critical comments from others.
Use monoclinic crystals when you want to go with the flow, tap into your intuition and live more spontaneously.
The Triclinic System – examples: Turquoise, Labradorite, Sunstone, Kyanite.
With an inner structure in the shape of a trapezium, these crystals can be used to access different states of consciousness.
When placed upright, the trapezium is stable with a broad base, when turned upside down it becomes top heavy and unstable. This personality type fluctuates between these two states and so potentially life can be erratic. Days may go fantastically well or feel like an absolute trial from start to finish. Time either flies or drags. Life tends to be live at one extreme or the other.
Use these crystals when you to need to able to access an alternative viewpoint. Some of these are classic Shaman Stones.
Amorphous – examples: Obsidian, Moldavite, Amber, Opal
This technically isn’t a crystal system as the name means “without shape” and applies to stones with no inner crystalline structure. These stones remove rigid ways of thinking and promote self- understanding.
This personality can live in the moment, everything seems fresh and new to them. They are spontaneous and grab new opportunities easily, letting go equally easily. They can be very creative, though usually have far more inspiration than they can manifest physically.
It is important for the amorphous personality avoid feeling tied down as this can make them miserable and apathetic.
Choose amorphous stones when you want to be more spontaneous.