Learn About Lightworker’s Guide to Crystals Part 1 :
Quartz Crystals: Spiritual Tools of Ancient Civilizations
***This is the first of many chapters to come from a new book by Satya Center Editor Curtis Lang , which will cover the science and the mysteries of crystals — their structure, their chemistry, their geological origins, their metaphysical and mineralogical properties, and the many ways they are used in technology, healing and meditation. We hope you will enjoy this survey of the magical world of quartz crystals — and healing gemstones.***
The English word crystal comes from the Greek word “krystallos”, meaning ice, from ‘kruos’, meaning cold. The Greeks found quartz crystals high in the frigid Alpine mountains, and as the historian and naturalist Pliny the Elder explains, ancient Roman scholars believed that quartz crystal was ice that had frozen so hard it would never thaw.
In his encyclopedic work ‘Naturalis Historia’, Pliny, also known as Gaius Plinius Secundus (c. 23’79 A.D.), says that quartz crystal is ‘a substance which assumes a concrete form from excessive congelation. At all events, crystal is
only to be found in places where the winter snow freezes with the greatest intensity; and it is from the certainty that it is a kind of ice, that it has received the name which it bears in Greek.
The Romans of Pliny’s age ‘ the age of Nero — valued quartz crystals immensely, for their beauty and for their healing properties, which Roman physicians found to be enhanced when the crystals were exposed to sunlight.
Pliny says, ‘I find it stated by medical men that the very best cautery for the human body is a ball of crystal acted upon by the rays of the sun. This substance, too, has been made the object of a mania; for, not many years ago, a mistress of a family, who was by no means very rich, gave one hundred and fifty thousand sesterces for a single basin made of crystal.
This health conscious Roman matron must have been serving her family water which had been stored in this very expensive crystal basin. Such water was believed to have restorative properties.