What is "Gridding"?
Crystal grids can be used for many purposes or manifestations. They can be small enough to fit on a table top or as big as your garden. We can use just a few stones or hundreds! “Grid” is the name we are most familiar with but many different paths use crystals set in geometric patterns and call them by different names - Grids, Nets, Fairy Circles, Medicine Wheels, Earth Altars, and Stone Circles are but just a few.
Anyone can use Crystal Grids. You do not have to construct elaborate grids or use elaborate rituals. Grids set up by those adept at channelling energy will hold a charge longer and have to be empowered less often. I do not believe there is one “right” way of making a grid. One should be intuitive and creative. The only real “rule” in making grids is that our intent be clear.
Crystals for Cleansing and Charging your Entire Crystal Collection
A small number of Crystal types have the ability to cleanse negativity from other Crystals. Selenite is one of the very best crystals for this, even better than Crystal Quartz, so it is essential to have a set of these crystals in your collection.
Selenite is one of a very few minerals with the specific metaphysical properties that make it capable of clearing and re-charging other crystals. Not only is Selenite useful for clearing negative or unwanted energies from crystals and stones, it may also be used to effectively clear ritual and ceremonial tools, jewellery, tarot cards, even the surroundings. In addition to a multitude of other metaphysical attributes, Selenite has a calming and uplifting quality similar to Fluorite. Comprised of some of the lightest elements on earth (calcium, sodium, oxygen, and hydrogen), Selenite vibrates to a very high frequency, and for this reason, is an extremely powerful light working tool. In addition, it is a natural form of fiber optic, making it especially useful for transmitting white light, and coloured light. Selenite is a crystalline form of Gypsum. The beautiful Satin-Spar variety is bright white, opaque, and light refractive (light shimmers on its surface). The Gem-Ice variety is crystal clear, allowing it to absorb and emit light. Both forms are exceptionally energetic, and versatile, making Selenite an outstanding tool for use in crystal work. Selenite does not ever need to be cleared. It is self-clearing, and self-charging. It is also important to note that Selenite should never be placed in or near liquid, as it is water-soluble, and will dissolve over time.
A Basic Grid for Cleansing and Charging your Crystals
In this example we are using 4 Pieces of Rough Selenite to place around your entire Crystal Collection. Set aside a peaceful and clutter free space for this. 0 represents the centrepiece. In this example the centrepiece is your entire crystal collection. 1, 2, 3 and 4 represent your 4 Pieces of Selenite. Being grounded and centered when you do this will strengthen the cleansing process. Alternatively you can use Simple Meditation.
A Grid to Send Healing and Protection to a Loved One
To send Healing and Protection to a loved one, 0 (the centrepiece) will represent that person. You can use a photograph of the person. If you do not have a photograph to hand you can use anything that will represent that person, for example one of their belongings, like a Ring or a Watch. If you have neither of these then a simple name on a piece of paper is sufficient. The most important thing is that you focus your intention on the person who you want to send the healing too. The object that you use to do this makes no difference. Using an item that you feel will help you focus on the person and bring that person to mind is what matters.
Select a Crystal from your Crystal Collection, according to its unique Healing Properties. Choose one that is relevant to the person you are sending healing too. So for example if that person is travelling and you want to send protection to them on their travels you can work with Amethyst Crystals. Simply use the same simple grid detailed above and place the Amethyst inside the Selenite Grid. Most people tend to use several of the same crystals at any one time. You can place 4 Amethyst Tumbled Stones inside the Selenite Grid, showering the centrepiece with the healing energy from the Amethyst. Both the Centrepiece (person you are sending healing to) and the Amethyst is surrounded by the Selenite, creating a circle of protection. The Selenite can transmit the energy from the amethyst into the centrepiece, which in this example will send distant healing to the recipient.
Using Crystal Grids to Protect your Home or Space from Negative Energy
Black Tourmaline, which is one of the best Crystals for dispelling negative energy can be used in Space Cleansing to rid stagnant and negative energy.
Black tourmaline, also known as Schorl, is associated with the Root (Base) Chakra, and is excellent for grounding excess energy. It is well known as a purifying stone that deflects and transforms negative energy, and thus is very protective. It can transform and remove negativity from an individual or an environment. It is often used as an Aura Cleanser, and can help one attain higher levels of awareness. Black tourmaline is also used for repelling and protecting one from black magic, and is often said to return the negative spell to the sender. Some claim that black tourmaline deflects all kinds of energy, but my personal experience is that it's not so. It is possible that the black tourmaline's effect of grounding excess energy gives this impression. Black tourmaline has also been used to deflect radiation energy from TV’s and computer monitors. Emotionally, black tourmaline is excellent for dispelling fears, obsessions, and neuroses, bringing emotional stability. Physically, black tourmaline can strengthen the immune system; help with heart disease, arthritis, and gout.
Placement of Crystals for House Gridding
If you are gridding your property, then the centre piece is your house. You can follow the same simple 4 Crystal Grid as detailed above. Place each piece of Black Tourmaline at each corner of your home. This can be on the floor if safe to do so – (Remember small items are a choking hazard for small babies and children), or you can place the crystals on a shelf or window ledge. You can even place the 4 pieces of Black Tourmaline outside your home, or even as far as the perimeter of your garden or grounds. The Selenite can be used in a variety of ways, There is no right or wrong way – Crystals work for the highest good!
Some people choose to place the Selenite and Black Tourmaline together, and some people prefer to place the Black Tourmaline outside the house and the Selenite inside the house as they believe this stops negative energy from entering the house and keeps the positive energy in.