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DOUBLE TERMINATED CRYSTAL - energy which flows in both directions

This week we’ll discuss the metaphysical properties of Double Terminated quartz crystals; what they are, how to determine if you have one, and how to work with their unique energy. We discussed crystal Clusters in an earlier post. We mentioned at that time that there are some crystals which don't grow on a matrix, they basically grow from a "seed" of silicon dioxide in clay. That is what we'll discuss in this blog post: Double Terminated crystals.

double terminated pointsDouble Terminated crystals have a termination on both ends. The point or end of the crystal is called the termination. It is confusing to refer to a single crystal as a “point” and to also call the end of a single crystal the “point,” so we call the pointy end a "termination".

Sometimes Double Terminated points may almost appear to be in a "ball shape" because the sides are so narrow in relation to the terminations.

Below is a picture of this type of Double Terminated crystal. I have drawn lines to indicate the sides versus the terminations:

squatty double terminated crystal

As I mentioned earlier, Double Terminated crystals grow from a “seed” molecule of silicon dioxide in clay and grow outward in both directions. They are not formed on a matrix. The energy in these crystals flows in both directions as well. In single terminated crystals, the energy is directed from the base (bottom) and out the top (termination). Based on the growth pattern, crystals with two "pointy ends" (Double Terminated crystals) don't have a base or bottom as such, and the energy may be directed (flows) both ways.

To imagine this, picture an arrow. Here's a graphic to illustrate direction of energy flow based on growth pattern:

Double Terminated crystal energy flow

Even though they have two terminations, usually there is one end that feels like the “top” and one that feels like the “bottom.” Naturally Double Terminated points that are exactly the same on both ends don't have this "top" and "bottom" feeling, but they are rare. Single terminated crystals (those which have broken off a matrix) are sometimes polished to have two terminations, but they will have the energy of a single terminated crystal (energy flowing from what used to be the bottom out the top).

Double Terminated points may occur as single points or they may be clustered or grown together. As with all crystals, they may also have characteristics other than just being Double Terminated. To revisit some configurations which we have previously discussed, here is a picture of a Double Terminated crystal with Barnacles and one with Bridges:

Double Terminated Barnacle and Bridge

Remember the Dolphin crystals from last post? Here is a Dolphin crystal that is also Double Terminated.

Double Terminated Dolphin

When might a person choose to work with a Double Terminated crystal versus a single terminated crystal? Double Terminated points send as well as receive energy, so they promote psychic ability and dream recall.

They are also used for balance. Detail of directional crystals in crystal grid

Double Terminated crystals are useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions.

I like using them in healing layouts or grids because of the bi-directional energy flow.

In the photo grid example, there are two pink, double ended arrows on the two Double Terminated crystals. The other crystals are single terminated, and the arrows (energy) is directed primarily one way.

A person could choose to work the energies of crystals when casting circle, for example. Single terminated points would need to be placed end to tip, all facing one direction. Since the energy is being directed out only one side, you would (at minimum), want one at each quarter and cross quarter for the most benefit. There would also be the decision to have them facing deosil or widdershins. Double Terminated points, on the other hand, since the energy is being directed from both ends, could be placed at each quarter. Since the energy is projecting from each tip (termination), the area the energy is being directed is in effect doubled. Also, the decision about directionality of the flow is left to the crystals.

Don't let the arrows and energy direction confuse you, however. All crystals (both single and double terminated) are capable of both sending and receiving (there is no "stop valve" inside which prevents the energy from flowing both ways)... It is just helpful to remember that the energy is most focused or directed in the direction of the terminating end. The differentiating term would be flow (all crystals allow energy to flow) versus direction (energy may be more easily directed out the terminations).

A further (visual) example would be this: One might hold a single terminated crystal in their hand and point (direct) energy to a source... ZAP! (think crystal wand). On the other hand, one might hold a Double Terminated crystal in their hand to direct energy outward, while at the same time, accepting a return of energy inward.

Today we’ve learned that:

    • Double Terminated crystals grow from a "seed" rather than breaking off a matrix.
    • The energy in Double Terminated crystals flows in both directions like a double ended arrow.
    • The crystals may form in "single" points or may grow in clusters of Double Terminated points.
    • Double Terminated crystals promote psychic ability and dream recall.
    • They are also used for balance.
    • Double Terminated crystals are useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions, such as healing layouts of grids.

I hope you have enjoyed this discussion about Double Terminated quartz crystals; what they are, how to determine if you have one, and how to work with them. Next time we’ll discuss Dow or Trans-Channeler quartz crystals.

Here is a recap of the past posts featuring the metaphysical configurations and links to where you might find these various crystal configurations if you decided you might like to work with them:

DOUBLE TERMINATED CRYSTALS (Useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions) purchase Double Terminated crystal   read blog post

DOLPHIN CRYSTAL (To encourage teaching in a loving, fun, joyful way, or alternately, to assist one to enjoy learning) read blog post

CURVED CRYSTAL (To assist with flexibility “go with the flow” or to cleanse or brush your aura)  purchase Curved crystal    read blog post

CLUSTER CRYSTAL (Raise the vibration in an environment or to assist with group dynamics)  purchase crystal cluster    read blog post

CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY CRYSTAL (Raise your vibrational frequency or access Akashic Records)  purchase Cathedral or Lightbrary    read blog post

CHANNELER or CHANNELING CRYSTAL (To access higher wisdom, guides, other-world beings)  purchase Channeler    read blog post

BRIDGE or INNER CHILD CRYSTAL (To help Bridge between worlds or help to access your innermost self)  purchase Bridge or purchase Inner Child    read blog post

BARNACLE QUARTZ CRYSTAL (Wise energy; ‘new souls’ attracted to ‘old soul’ energy)  purchase Barnacle    read blog post

See you next week for Dow or Trans-Channeler crystals.

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Genn John lives in Arkansas near the “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World”. Since the early 90's, she has been a practicing eclectic witch, incorporating such paths as Crystal Wisdom, Wicca, Buddhism, Reiki, Shamanism, Light Language and more. Genn has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.


  • Peggy Frye
    Peggy Frye Thursday, 26 February 2015

    I have a question. I just recently (in the past two days) started to read your blog. I have never worked with crystals before. I do have one that I put on the table when I do tarot readings, more as "show" for the people I'm reading for. Even though I'm quite sensitive to energy I've never had any experience with crystals at all....probably just never opened myself up to it. I recently came back from a conference were there were many vendors who had real crystal balls....I thought, wow, that would look cool when I read (much more so than what people expect - a clear glass ball). So I started to look at them and felt an immediate pull to a particular globe. When I picked it up it was vibrating in my hands and I knew I needed to take it home with me. I've been feeling quite a personality in this ball, feelings as to what it wants (right now just to be left alone wrapped up in a knit afghan on a bed - almost like it's sleeping!). does the fact that the crystal has been shaped into a globe change the energy of the crystal. Any tips on how to work with this...since it obviously wants to be with me....what do I do?

  • Genn John
    Genn John Thursday, 26 February 2015

    Hey Peggy! Thanks for the question... It's a great one! I'm really happy to hear that you were able to connect with this sphere... The energy is different from points in directionality only (not strength, as you have witnessed)... Here's a blog post about spheres which will explain it in depth: rather than repeating it all here. As for how to work with your new friend/teacher/partner... Do just what you're doing. Spend time with it, listen to it, talk to it. If you have a "feeling" you should do this or that (wrap it in an afghan on the bed for instance), trust that feeling, it is most probably the Crystal Person talking to you (directing you). In other words, trust your instincts. The more time you can spend bonding with it, the more you will recognize when it is communicating with you. ASK it how to work with it. it will tell you! There are many posts on my blog about crystals and how to connect, if you start with this blog post , there are "breadcrumbs" at the top of each post leading to the next (this is my personal blog, you can also read them on this blog if you go backwards in the archives)... whichever you prefer. Most of your questions should be answered there, and if not, please feel free to ask! I am always happy to answer new questions or to offer clarity or to explain what has already been discussed in a way that makes more sense to you. Please keep in touch on how you progress, and until then, enjoy your new friend!!

  • Peggy Frye
    Peggy Frye Thursday, 26 February 2015

    Thank you - very informative blog. I certainly have a real crystal ball (my husband is a geologist and is envious)'s actually amethyst about the size of a large orange (must have been a big crystal!) It took about half of my conference spending budget....but there was no way I wasn't going home with it. I will have to get my other crystal out and figure out what type it is (smokey quartz - one I found on a hike - about 6 or 7 inches long) and see if I can connect with it as well. Now I feel as if I've been ignoring it and want to make amends. I will continue to read, listen to my sphere and keep you informed.

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