Distinctive deep purple, (amethystine) with “cactus” structured crystals.
Only recently discovered in South Africa around 2001. Cactus Quartz has quickly become a favorite among rock hounds. Its crystal structure is unique and distinctive from the rest of the quartz family forming a candle shaped crystal that has a faceted termination point that looks like the tip of a cactus and is surrounded by groups of smaller druse around the base or covering the entire candle shaped crystal. It is found only in the Magaliesberg Mountain region of South Africa. Some people also refer to it as Porcupine Quartz. though I am most fond of Spirit Quartz.
A nice example of secondary pale lilac and orange druse crystals that completely cover the primary
pale lilac candle shaped crystal. Hematite inclusions are responsible for the orange color.
Just like the rest of the quartz family, cactus quartz is comprised of silicon dioxide, has a trigonal crystal system and has a Mohs hardness of 7.0. The color ranges from pale lilac to a deep purple known as amethystine. After feldspar, quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust. The most common constituent of sand in inland continental settings and non-tropical coastal settings is silica, usually in the form of….quartz! Over 70% of the land we walk on is comprised of quartz or other silicates in one form or another. The other major varieties of Quartz are Adventurine, Agate, Amethyst, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Citrine, Dumortierite Quartz, Jasper, Milky Quartz, Onyx, Rock Crystal=clear quartz, Prasiolite= green quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Smokey Quartz and Tiger’s Eye.
Pale lilac cactus quartz with some tinges of orange and red that is caused by hematite inclusions.
Multifaceted spirit quartz is like a community within one stone, helps to heal group issues, family concerns, easing communication and conflict. Because of its unique structure it is multidirectional and multifaceted allowing the energy to radiate out in all directions and for this reason is perfect for meditation or family rooms….hmm maybe even a conference room. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for Pisces and is the Fire element.
It activates all of the chakras, bringing them into balance creates a feeling of stability and peace.In crystal healing layouts it can be used over the top of the head at the crown chakra or between the feet to align and balance the energy field. Use in home to promote peace and harmony. It is very cleansing to the aura and is believed to repel negative energies. It is a compassionate stone facilitating personal transformation on all levels. This is the perfect go to stone for mediation.
Spirit Quartz meditation:Here is a little exercise you can try, place a piece of cactus quartz at the crown chakra and one at the earth star chakra and hold a piece of clear quartz in each hand and relax for 10 to 15 minutes, you can even set a timer if you feel that you need to. When you get up, write down any emotions, physical sensations or thoughts that came up for you.
My experience with this particular meditation was a sense of profound peace. When I got up I felt refreshed and recharged. Feel free to contact me and let me know what your experience was at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on our Facebook page, Celestial Earth Minerals.