first wrote about the lightning strike quartz and identified why these
wonderful Spirits were so marked although she wasn't the first to experience the phenomenon. From a
scientific perspective, I understand what happened – quartz is piezoelectric
meaning that it actually generates electricity when under pressure. That's why they use quartz in watches and
other electronic items. When the
pressure builds, the electricity has to discharge and it cause this
characteristic zig-zag in the quartz. I
also understand that lightning discharges near the crystal beds will do this as
well – same principle. These are rare
Spirits and truly are one of profound change.
My first lightning strike quartz actually HAPPENED to me. I had a particularly intense meditation and at the end, I went to set the crystal on the table as I got up. The room was dark and as I reached for the table, there was a flash of light and an audible pop and I felt a piece of the crystal hit my palm! This was many years ago and I'd never heard of lightning strike quartz, so I thought the crystal was ruined! There was a gash running nearly her whole length, all cross-hatched. She was extraordinarily hot too! I emailed a friend and she explained what had happened ... and my quartz was far from ruined. She is one of the most intense crystals that it has been my privilege to know – and she is a perennial meditation favorite!
Some lightning strike quartz exhibits fresh lightning paths, often singly or in successive ripples. Others has more ancient markings that have healed through the eons. The energy of the two is different as well ... the "fresher" ones are more for working with traumic and dramatic change where a result needs to happen in a hurry. There is a rapid clearing and a more intense energy movement that isn't for some people.
The healed lightning have softer, more suffuse energy. These are crystals more for healing where the effect needs to be slow, peeling off the layers like the skin on an onion. These crystals are far better for dealing with change of deep-seeded issues where an "instant" result would have a negative effect on the person. These are wonderful for reworking old and useless beliefs, childhood trauma and past life carry-overs.
Whichever type you choose, welcome and embrace the change for it will help to bring enlightenment!