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As you deepen your crystal magickal practices, you may wonder that if one crystal is so powerful, why not use several at once? You’ll be excited to know that you can do that! You can use something called Wiccan crystal grids to harness the powers of multiple crystals at once. They are beautiful arrangements you can use to do more powerful crystal work to manifest your desires.
Wiccan crystal grids are collections of crystals laid out in sacred geometric patterns to focus their energies based on your particular intention. Much like other crystal work, the stones are cleansed and activated.
You can create crystal grids for a myriad of purposes, whether you want to do healing work like enhancing your well being or improving your health, or if you want to bring love or protection into your home.
You will find that Wiccan crystal grids are so much more powerful than work with a single crystal. The grids combine each crystals’ energy to create a union. This union is an energy signature which is quite different than you can find with any individual crystal. Grids can be a great addition to spells where your intention needs a large amount of magickal weight behind it.
There is a lot of variation within crystal grid work. How the grids are constructed, whether to purchase a grid or create your own, how to charge and activate, etc. There is no right or wrong way to do anything, so don’t feel overwhelmed and don’t be afraid of making a mistake. Trust your instinct and good things will follow!
What is a crystal grid?
A crystal grid is a set of crystals arranged in a specific pattern. Patterns drawing from sacred geometry are often used, in shapes like hexagons, circles, and other more ornate variations. The layout of the grid is chosen to maximise and harmonise the energies of individual stones.
By blending the energies together, an incredibly powerful tool is built. The power and energy of your grid is greater than the sums of its parts, meaning the grid is more powerful than the energies of all the individual crystals inside it.
All of the work surrounding the grid– choosing a layout shape, selecting specific crystals, etc, is geared towards your intention. The layout and stones are chosen to work synergistically with your goal, as is the process of activating the stones.
Your intention can be anything that you like and anything that can benefit from a powerful force behind it. Healing and protection are common ends, as are love, spiritual transformation, abundance, and material prosperity.
Wiccan crystal grids can also be used to attract positive energies into your home. You can benefit from a grid if you have anxiety, physical health problems, emotional wounds, spiritual vacancy, or procrastinate on your goals.
Should I buy a kit or make my own?
This is a personal decision up to you. Many witches like to start out with a kit, as it provides everything you need to get started. It will give you a sample layout and crystals to work with. You can then expand later on as needing, acquiring new crystals or creating new layouts.
On the other hand, creating your own grid for the first time is an educational experience which many witches enjoy. This article will give you all the information you’ll need to know to create your first grid. Building your own grid is a great option if you are on a budget as well. Again, there is no right or wrong, just trust your gut!
Determine Your Intention
Before you get into details like grid layout, you must first determine what your intention is for the grid. Why are you making a grid in the first place? What purpose will it serve in your life. Think carefully about this, and figure out a way to state your goal clearly. Here are a few examples:
- “Embrace my control of my life. Stop making decisions in fear.”
- “Speaking my mind boldly and not caring about other people’s opinions.”
- “End my scarcity mindset and living my life in abundance.”
- “Express my love to others on a daily basis.”
Once you’ve settled on an intention which you can articulate, write your intention down. You will be including your written intention with the grid later on.
Feel free to incorporate anything into the physical statement that amplifies its energy or has emotional meaning to you. For example, rather than using a plain sheet of paper, you may write the intention on some special stationary or on the back of a meaningful photograph. You can create a small drawing next to the words or add stickers and other embellishments.
If your intention is something abstract, you can still find photos from newspapers or magazines to serve as representations of your desire. For instance, if you desire more courage, find photos that depict someone in brave situations or with a brave look on their face.
Choosing the crystals that you want to use is a matter of trusting your intuition. You can use multiple crystals of the same type, or a set of completely different crystals. Also keep your intention in mind when choosing crystals, as this will aid you in making your selection.
When selecting stones, first think about the properties for that stone. Also pay attention to the stone’s colour. Does it align with your purpose? Will it bring you closer to manifesting it? Does it help you focus? Next, notice your reaction to the stone. Do you feel a pull? Do you feel drawn to the stone?
Select enough crystals to populate your grid. In addition to stones, you can use other natural items within the grid like stones from a stream, small pieces of driftwood, acorns, a metallic object, etc. As long as the items hold meaning for you or you feel drawn to them, incorporating them into your grid will enhance its effectiveness.
This comes in handy on a budget. Rather than buying a large set of crystals, use only the ones you have handy,and fill in the remaining grid with the other natural items. It can also help if you are targeting the energy of a specific colour. It may be hard to find enough crystals in a single colour to populate the grid, but you may be able to find other items of the same colour.
Generally Wiccan crystal grids are designed around a master crystal. This special stone is usually larger and placed at the centre of the grid. It is the anchor energy source and it amplifies the grid with its powers. Your gut feeling will lead you in the right direction to choose this stone.
Next, you’ll want to choose other stones to surround the master crystal. These crystals can be anything you like but often stones with healing and protective powers complement the master crystal well.
Within your grid, you can use any variety of stones you want. They can be large points or small natural crystals. The stones can be polished, faceted, or rough. They can be any colours you like. You can also experiment to find the right collection of stones for you.
Try one master crystal and see what sense of power you feel. Then try a different master crystal and see what that feels like. There are no restrictions– just experiment and stick with anything that feels right.
As with all endeavours, it’s very important to cleanse both the crystals and your space before you do any magickal work. Cleansing can be done numerous ways, but one easy way is to do smudging with sage or incense. This purifies both the crystals and your space, and won’t damage the crystals. Here are some other options:
- Leave the crystals out under sunlight or the full moon (some crystals may be damaged by direct sunlight, please check your crystal).
- Soak the crystals in salt water (some crystals may be damaged by water, please check your crystal).
- Bury your crystals in salt, sand, dirt, or a potted plant.
- Sprinkle water around your space.
- Place bowls of salt (or sprinkle salt) around your space.
- Place a previously cleansed and charged crystal in your space.
- Cleanse with sound by playing a reverberating instrument like a gong, Tibetan bowls, or a tuning fork.
For an in-depth discussion on cleansing, check out our crystal guide.
Designing the Grid
The shape of Wiccan crystal grids uses something called sacred geometry, which is specific geometric shapes and mathematical proportions which lend themselves to magickal qualities.
Examples can be found all over the world in architecture and design, and they also occur in nature. Think of spiralled seashells, hexagonal honeycombs, intricate snowflakes, and the petals of a flower.
These complex natural designs are actually very simple– they may be complex in scale, but at a closer look they are just composed of the same basic shapes in different combinations. Similarly, your grid can take the basic shapes of nature and combine them in any way you see fit. Here are some of the most common shapes.
Creating Your Shape
As each shape corresponds to a different kind of energy, you can select shapes which have amplifying energies to your desire. A well-chosen geometry can significantly boost the power of your grid, and a poorly chosen one can work against you. In addition to the analytical aspect of the geometry, you should feel some personal resonance with the pattern.
Grids can be very small and simple, or large and complex. You can create your own grid, or use pre-made templates. To create your own, you can use any of the basic shapes in isolation to create a very simple and fundamental grid.
You can also combine them in various ways to make more complex grids. For example, you can draw lines or radials to connect different shapes within the grid. You can break shapes down into smaller shapes, or nesting one shape inside of another shape. Here are some examples:
If making your own, you can draw or print shapes onto a piece of paper, draw them onto fabric, or draw or etch onto a wooden board (this can double as a pentacle plate to keep on your altar).
Set up the Grid
Now that you’ve got a great grid design, you can start setting the grid up. First, choose a location for the grid. You may want to put the grid in a private area where it won’t be disturbed (and you won’t be disturbed while using the grid.) Or, you may want to put the grid in a visible area to remind you of it daily.
Alternatively, you may want to place the grid near something natural, such as near the window, near a water fountain, or near a plant. Some place their Wiccan crystal grids on a dedicated table, and others set it up on a portion of a coffee table, dresser, or shelf.
Place it anywhere that is comfortable to you and there is a large enough flat surface to contain the entire design. Also be mindful of small children and pets when choosing a location. You may also want to align your grid a certain way, for instance facing a certain cardinal direction (North is very common).
In addition to the grid you will be creating, you can also sanctify the area with additional decorations and ornamentation. Natural elements like plants, flowers, leaves, and stones are great, as are other items you may already use at your altar like candles, incense, pentacle, etc.
Next you can start filling your design with crystals. Make the placement of each crystal a small ceremony unto itself. Charge each crystal individually if you feel like it. At the very least you will probably want to charge your master crystal individually.
Spend some time meditating (a minute or two) with each crystal. Take your time and slowly build up your grid, maintaining your intention throughout. You will want to make sure that your master crystal is at the centre of the grid, then place the remaining stones around the grid.
Generally place stones at points where the lines of the grid intersect. You can also place stones at the centre of the geometric shapes, or along the outside of the overall design. Do whatever feels organically powerful to you and maintains a symmetrical balance.
Activate the Grid
Now that your grid is assembled, you can activate your grid. Do you remember the intention we set (and wrote down) earlier? Let’s revisit that. Spend some time pulling up your intention within your mind.
In order to activate the grid, you will directly charge the grid with your intention. If you don’t have your intention front and centre in your consciousness, the grid will be ineffective and weak. By channelling your intentions into the grid, you are enabling them to energize the stones’ own energy.
Find the piece of paper on which you wrote down your desire, and all accompanying items like photographs and trinkets that you collected earlier. Sit down in front of your grid, close your eyes, and relax for a bit. Put yourself into the mindset as though your desire has already been realised. How do you feel? What are you thinking? Really step into that vision to acquaint yourself with what you want.
Now pick up the paper and other items representing your intention. From the paper, read your intention aloud several times. Read it with certainty and emphasis. Take some time to light some incense or a candle if you wish to mark the moment’s sacredness.
Then, fold up the paper and place it and the accompanying items (if they are flat) underneath the centre stone. This will draw the energy of your objectives near the powerful centre stone.
Next, you will trace the grid. You can use either your index finger, a crystal point, athame, or a wand to do this. (Check out my article on making your own wand if you’re interested.) What you are doing as you trace the grid is to draw energy from the universe into you, allowing it to flow, through your pointing, into the grid.
Within the grid, as you point from stone to stone, the energy flows through the path you’ve traced, activating and charging each stone in turn. The stones become energetically connected to each other, and then to you through the master crystal. Finally, after you’ve traced through your entire grid, take a few moments to close your eyes and meditate on what you’ve just done.
Once you’ve completed activating your grid, leave it up as long as you need. Some leave their grids up for a day or two, others a few weeks. As you pass by your grid, take a moment to reconnect with its energy. Pull up your intention and trace the energetic lines across the grid again.
You can create a crystal grid whenever you feel you can benefit from it. Some Wiccans make grids as a regular part of their self care and spiritual practice. Others make grids on an as-needed basis.
Full moons and new moons are common times to create grids. Some Wiccans even create permanent grids. This is a great way to induce a peaceful and soothing setting throughout your home. A grid will keep away negative energies, draw the energies you wish to attract, and brighten up any room.
A simple crystal grid can be made using a basic geometric shape like circle, triangle, square, etc along with a few healing crystals chosen for their particular energetic properties and colours.
A healing grid consists of a geometric design along which healing crystals are strategically placed for their particular energetic qualities.
Crystal grids are charged by pulling up one’s intentions for the grid, channelling those intentions into the master stone, then tracing an energetic path through all of the stones in the grid.
Crystals are put on a grid by looking at the grid’s geometric design, considering the intention of the grid, and aligning the individual crystals’ properties.
Crystal grids work by harnessing the energetic powers of crystals. Rather than working with one crystal at a time, the vibrational energies of each crystal are combined synergistically into a very powerful combined force using sacred geometry.
Crystal grids can be used for healing both physical and spiritual, protection, drawing love, achieving prosperity, attracting luck, and calming the mind.
The purpose of crystal grids is to amplify and focus the energetic vibrations of a set of individual crystals. These are integrated in such a way that their combined energy in the grid is greater than the powers of the individual crystals.