This mysterious and cloudy variation of clear quartz has an alluring vibration that’s difficult to ignore. If you find yourself drawn to phantom quartz, it’s usually a tell-tale sign that you’re ready for some deep emotional healing. After all, our intuition acts impulsively based on our subconscious thoughts. Even if you aren’t fully aware of why you need something, you should always trust your gut.
Read on to delve deeper into the phantom quartz crystal meaning and learn how you can use it in your daily life to facilitate the release of withheld emotions.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: This stone has one of the most unique appearances of all crystals. That’s because this stone is actually made up of two crystals—the primary growth and secondary growth. Like us, phantom quartz goes through different phases of growth. It begins developing as one stone, and then pauses as the growth of a new stone begins. When the secondary growth stops, the primary growth begins again and eventually envelopes the other crystal. This is what gives phantom quartz the appearance of having one stone “haunting” the other. Hence it’s ghostly name!
HOW IT HEALS: Phantom Quartz is all about growth. It helps guide your footing forward even when you feel lost in a transition stage of your life. Often we don’t notice our personal growth until we reach a point where we can pause and reflect back on the road we’ve traveled. Phantom quartz brings clarity to your journey, so that you can be more aware of the signs that the universe is giving you and understand which direction you need to continue in. As stone of transition, phantom quartz can relieve the stress, anxiety, fear or regrets that accompany major shifts in your life. Much like physical growth, emotional and spiritual growth can cause growing pains. These manifest as worries that your new direction is wrong or not going to pan out like you want it to. They may even convince you to turn down opportunities that you’ve earned, and compel you to tread back into comfortable territory. Instead, forge ahead with the calming, motivating energy of phantom quartz.
Phantom Quartz Meaning
Phantom quartz ranges in color from clear to cloudy. The clearer it is, the more easily its properties can be felt, and the more expensive it becomes. However, phantom quartz does have a distinguishing feature that makes it easier to tell it apart from regular clear quartz.
To earn the ghostly name of phantom quartz, the crystal must have been interrupted during its growth. This interruption creates concentrated mineral deposits that look like specters within the stone. These holographic images are what give phantom quartz its unique healing properties. It also means that no two phantom quartz crystals are the same.
Some shamans refer to phantom quartz as the light stone, symbolic of the light within us all. According to Toltec wisdom, every organism on earth is a light being, all stemming from the same source and all intrinsically connected. However, our light, which is just as bright from one person to the next, is clouded and almost impossible to see with the human eye. This creates a false idea of separation and makes us feel disconnected from the world. Phantom quartz’s light is easy to detect and reverses this effect. It strengthens our bond with all living things.
Phantom Quartz and the Chakras
Phantom quartz is a supremely spiritual stone. It activates the seventh chakra, otherwise known as the crown, or the Sahasrara. This is the energy center responsible for filtering in divine wisdom from higher realms of consciousness.
Phantom quartz is said to enhance intuition and facilitate a connection with your spirit guide. Follow its sage advice to manifest the life you desire. It may come in the form of sudden innovative ideas, or if you can get into a trance-like state, then it’s possible to be able to physically see, touch, and talk to your guide. Some spiritual teachers have theorized that your spirit guides are your infinite self—essentially you after transcending the human experience.
To open your crown chakra with phantom quartz, try a chakra-healing meditation.
Meditating with Phantom Quartz
If you have a flat phantom quartz stone then you can sit up straight and balance it on the crown of your head. If you have a different shaped stone, or this just makes you feel uncomfortable, then feel free to lie down, placing the crystal just behind the tip of your head instead.
If you do choose to lie down, then ensure that you don’t do it in your bed. This is because you naturally associate the bed with sleep and lying down there could convince you to nod off. Whichever position you choose, stay calm and quiet. If a thought arises, acknowledge it, but don’t expand upon it. Let it go just as it came. If you catch yourself getting carried away with a thought, don’t worry. Again, acknowledge it and continue.
A lot of people prefer to focus on their breath so that they have something to regularly return their awareness too if they find it drifting. If this sounds like something that will help you, then, by all means, go for it!
The idea is to let go of past traumas by disassociating with the ego. The ego attempts to perpetuate itself by defining itself based on select memories and beliefs and trying to replicate them in the future. If you can stay present, then you can let go of these emotions that the ego clings onto. Expect some mild discomfort; these emotions are necessary for the ego to exist in its current form. Phantom quartz helps to alleviate this somewhat.
Enjoy having some time for yourself, where you don’t have to worry or plan, you don’t need to talk to anyone or even think. You can just be. Stay present and mindful. Remember that you are here right now in this current moment and can never be anywhere else.
Do this practice for as long as you wish. Don’t set a timer as it can bring tension and make you apprehensive. Just stop when you feel it’s time. Ideally, do it for at least ten minutes every morning, but don’t stress it if it’s less. Make it part of your routine and you’ll feel yourself spiritually awakening before you know it. If you want to speed the healing of the crown chakra then try doing fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes at night.
You can also meditate with phantom quartz for a variety of different purposes. It’s one of the greatest stones for releasing withheld emotions. If you find yourself fatigued for no reason, there’s a good chance that you’re harboring something that wants to get out.
- Consider where you are in your life.Think financially, socially, romantically, etc.
- Consider if you have any regrets.Maybe you wish something turned out better than it did, or you aren’t quite sure how you ended up where you are. Maybe you don’t have any regrets, but there’s a niggling feeling that you can’t quite place. Does everything feel right or is something missing?
Intention-Setting with Phantom Quartz
One of the best things about phantom quartz is that, like all quartz crystals, it’s easy to program. It accepts intentions as if you were giving an obedient dog an order. It has an innate desire to please you, so when you’re around this crystal, your thoughts are amplified. Always keep them positive.
Follow the meditation methods above but instead of thinking about your position in life, recite your intention. Phrase it in a positive and present way. Speak as though your wish has already been fulfilled. For example, if you intend to attract more love from those around you, you could say something like:
Other Phantom Quartz Benefits
Phantom quartz is renowned for its ability to bring balance to the body. As a crown chakra crystal, part of its job is to regulate the flow of energy from the root to the crown. In doing so, it naturally brings harmony to the subtle energies. It’s said to stabilize the yin and yang, making you more aware of your partner’s needs in a relationship.
Thought to cure headaches, phantom quartz is often used by spiritual healers to bring extra energy to the afflicted area and relieve pain. This is especially true if the headache has come on because of staring at a screen all day.
In times long gone, phantom quartz was often mistaken as ice. Not purely based on appearance, however, this cloudy crystal can bring your temperature down if you have a high fever. Place a smooth phantom quartz stone under the sole of each foot to cool you down.
If you find yourself drawn to phantom quartz, then these tips and techniques are worth keeping in mind