If you haven’t heard of spirit quartz, perhaps you have heard it called by one of its alternate names: cactus amethyst, barnacle amethyst, pineapple amethyst or porcupine quartz. Discovered around the year 2001, it is an unusual type of purple colored quartz that owes its color to ferrous iron impurities. It is only found in South Africa, in the Magaliesberg Mountain region, and consists of a single crystal that terminates in a faceted point and is surrounded by hundreds of similarly shaped but smaller crystals.

 

In the metaphysical world, spirit quartz is considered to be a crystal of alignment and harmony. All of the tiny points surrounding the central, candle-shaped crystal are said to amplify the energies given off by the main stone. This crystal is described as “a hundred-voice choir singing in harmony” by Naisha Ahsian in the Book of Stones. Spirit quartz is believed to radiate a high vibration energy in every direction, spiritually uplifting anyone in its vicinity and aligning chakras, auras, meridians and the entire physical body. Placing it in the home may facilitate bonding between family members, particularly after a new member (such as foster children, adopted children, or young relatives) has joined the family. Many claim that its mere presence soothes sibling rivalries and eases jealousy and resentment stemming from the merging of step families. If you participate in a collective activity or work in a service-based occupation, keeping spirit quartz with you or wearing in set in jewelry on a regular basis may lend a productive harmony to the group, stimulate team building and prevent group members from becoming worn down by budgetary or administrative restraints. You may also consider keeping one of these crystals as a companion if you are feeling left behind and in need of comfort, as it is said to provide understanding and solace. After death, it is believed to help steer the soul through the afterlife and deliver it into the loving hands of those who will welcome it home. In addition to these general attributes offered by all spirit quartz, each of the four naturally occurring forms– citrine, amethyst, smoky, and white quartz– provide their own special benefits. Combinations of these four forms can also occur within a single specimen.

 

In the world of physical healing, spirit quartz has been used by crystal healers to clear and detoxify the body (which in turn makes treatments longer lasting and more effective), treat congenital deformities requiring surgery, and address skin problems such as cysts, growths, scars, melanoma, allergic reactions and more. It is also commonly worn and kept as a fertility charm by those who experience difficulty in getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy, as it is believed to treat issues related to the testes, fallopian tubes and ovaries. In healing layouts, spirit quartz is said to cleanse and enhance the energy of other stones.