crystal formations

10 Different Crystal Shapes and How To Use Them

TUMBLED

Crystals that have been smoothed or polished from their raw form are usually classified as tumbled stones. They have not been carved into any specific form, but are not jagged to the touch. These crystals are usually more affordable and are good for basic crystal use, including grids, meditation, affirmations, altar work, feng shui or more.

ABUNDANCE

Crystals in an Abundance formation are made up of an elongated quartz crystal with smaller crystals clustered around its base. This is a great stone to attract abundance to your life (hence its name) and is great for acting as a conduit to your wealth and business stones.

NATURAL POINT

Natural points are not necessarily long crystals in a wand-like formation. They are any part of a faceted crystal with a point that has formed naturally, and has not been carved to perfection. These types of stones must be used with caution as the point draws energy to the body (when pointed toward a person) or it draws energy away from the body (when pointed away from the body). These properties make it a great tool for cleansing and healing work.

PHANTOM

The Phantom formation is slightly difficult to find. These crystals have a hazy image within them, although most of the crystal is particularly transclucent. This phantom of ghost within the crystal is said to carry a vast array of information for the past, making it a powerful tool for past-like work and healing. Depending on the crystal that the phantom is found within, additional properties will apply. However, any Phantom formation will be a powerful stone to shake out your skeletons and pave a healthy path for growth.

GENERATOR

A Generator will have six facets (of equal or unequal proportions) that meet into one point. It gets its name for its ability to generate amplified energy, boosting the power of other stones, or the stone it is made of. This type of formation is also very powerful for charging other stones.

GEODE

These stones are elusive because they appear ordinary from the outside. However, when they are opened or broken they reveal a hollow cave with crystals sparkling within. Because of their contained form, geodes have the ability to hold energy within and soften it, allowing it to naturally flow out and disperse evenly. These formations are great for protection or for assisting with healing abusive habits such as alcoholism, drug abuse, sex addiction, shopping addiction, and abusive internal monologues.

RAW

Raw stones are in their natural form and have not been smoothed, polished or altered. Though they are more fragile and can break more easily than other formations, many prefer the look of these stones as they would appear raw in their natural habitat. Like tumbled stones, raw stones are great for all spiritual work and are often quite affordable.

PYRAMID

Pyramids are stones that have been shaped into a point with four equal faceted sides and a square base. These formations are great for warding off negative vibrations or removing blocks within the chakra system. This shape is also a great choice to use in affirmation and manifestation work. The properties of the crystal are amplified in this formation. It is a good choice for healers.

SPHERE

The circle emits energy evenly from all angles, and the Sphere formation is no different. These are powerful formations and are often used in scrying as a tool to peer into the past and future. Because the shape is even from every possible angle, it is believed that light, energy and time pass through it with no rules or hindrances, hence their scrying abilities. They often have flaws or occlusions within them which help with the scrying process, though they can be quite expensive depending on their size.

SQUARE

This formation works well with grounding energies and intentions since its energy is contained and enhanced evenly within the stone. It acts as a foundation to meditation practices and has the ability to transmute negative energy into positive energy. They’re stacking ability makes them great tools for mindfulness and concentration, especially if you’re doing detailed work.

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Ask Ethan: Could you have two perfectly identical snowflakes?

“I know scientists say that no two snowflakes are alike, but I say "how can you definitively know that unless you can see every single snowflake that falls.” Maybe a snowflake in Russia falls [at] the same time as a snowflake in Minnesota and they’re the same.“

When you see a snowflake, what you’re seeing is a thin crystal of ice, with intricate, hexagonally-symmetric features that reveal themselves under a microscope. Although snowflakes come in a myriad of different shapes and patterns, there’s one adage you’ve heard since you were a kid: that no two snowflakes are alike. From a scientific perspective, is that true? What gives snowflakes their intricate structures, and what does it truly mean for a snowflake to be unique? Do we require the exact same branching structure? Can we obtain that if we create them artificially? Do we require identical-ness down to a molecular or atomic level? And how much snow would we need for that to happen?

Come find out the real science behind two snowflakes being alike on this week’s Ask Ethan!

A hobby my friends and I have had for a while is caving. We don’t get to do it very often, because there’s not much in the way of caves where we live: just a few systems here and there that we’ve explored thoroughly, and a couple of abandoned mines, which isn’t the same thing. The rest of them are all blocked off, and it’s useless trying to get into them. Believe me, we’ve been trying since we were kids. We try to get out further afield whenever we can, but it’s difficult for us all the get time off work and money can only go so far now a few of us have families. Sometimes we would gather round and complain that the whole thing was boring, but I don’t think we’ll be saying that any more. Caves are full of surprises, but the kind of thing we were wary off – sudden drops, unsafe structures, etc… it was nothing like what we actually experienced. Or, I suppose, specifically what I experienced.

We were in a system we had been through many times before, and we were so familiar with it that we could travel light. There were a few large-ish caverns down there that we would stop for lunch in, and all we ever needed were the head lamps on our helmets. We each carried some emergency equipment – flares, rope, etc, just in case something wild happened, but nothing ever did. That’s always the way, I think. These things lure you into a false sense of security and then they get you when your guard is down. We won’t be making that mistake again.

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Unusual Tourmaline crystal - Teófilo Otoni, Mucuri valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The crystal of very dark blue-black Tourmaline measures to 8.4cm striated, with a multi faced termination, but the intriguing parts are the four holes through the tourmaline. These could have been created by the tourmaline’s growth around a pre-existing mineral, possibly feldspar, that has since been naturally dissolved away, leaving the novel crystal formation. An unusual find in the world of tourmaline.

Splicers

Splicers are the most common enemy in the first two bioshock games, and are featured heavily in the book. The become more frequent in the story after plasmids go on sale and become popular, thanks to Frank Fontaine and the scientists Brigid Tenenbaum and Yi Suchong. Splicers are citizens of Rapture who have used excessive amounts of a drug called ADAM, and the drug has damaged their bodies and minds beyond repair. The drug, which was discovered by Brigid Tenenbaum, works by exchanging original cells within a subject with new and changing cells, changing people’s genetic structure. The effects of plasmids and gene tonics seem minimal, but technically there is no safe level of ADAM usage. ADAM is a very dangerous drug, being addictive and causing adverse side effects. Some users develop physical deformities, whereas some users (like Sander Cohen) become mentally unstable with few, if any, physical effects. The side effects are different with each individual as different users have different reactions to ADAM. The term splicer is a reference to gene splicing. 

List of adverse effects (taken from the bioshock wiki) :

- Bleeding from eyes, nose and mouth

- Blindness

- Crystal formations on skin

- Cutis laxa

- Death

- Hair loss

- Hair patches

- Hallucinations

- Heterochromia iridum

- Hormone imbalance

- Insanity

- Insomnia

- Jaundice

- Lesions

- Memory loss

- Paranoia

- Rashes

- Shingles

- Spider veins

- Swollen gums

- Syndactyly

- Tooth loss

- Tumors

- Varicose veins

- Vitiligo

The use of Adam and plasmids becomes more frequent once the Rapture civil war starts. Frank Fontaine used ADAM’s addictiveness to make money from Rapture’s citizens, as well as using ADAM to bribe splicers into working with him. He knew that ADAM was highly addictive but still insisted on it being sold. 

In the first bioshock game there are 5 types of splicers. The first you encounter are Thuggish Splicers. These splicers are quite weak and attack with melee weapons like pipes and wrenches. They often attack in groups and later on in the game they are equip with the Electric Flesh tonic, making them immune to the Electro Bolt plasmid. The second splicer type is the Leadhead Splicer. They use firearms to attack, usually using pistols or machine guns. They keep their distance from the player and are harder to kill than the thuggish splicers. The third is the Spider Splicer. These splicers crawl on the ceilings and throw hooks at their enemies, and often run to attack them then retreat by jumping back onto the ceiling. They can be hard to hit due to this and are great at surprising unsuspecting victims. The fourth splicer type is the Houdini Splicer, who use plasmids to teleport and disappear. They usually attack using fire, and disappear after they have attacked the player to have an advantage, though they can be tracked by the clouds of smoke they leave behind. The final splicer type is the Nitro Splicer, and are rarer than the other splicer types. They attack by throwing grenades from a distance. If the player gets to close to them they throw a smoke bomb in an attempt to escape, and when killed they drop a bomb to harm anyone near it. Bioshock 2 adds one more splicer type, the Brute Splicer. These enemies are much larger than the other splicer types, and more powerful too. They attack by ramming into the player, and also by picking up heavy debris and throwing it. They are able to jump huge distances and use this to their advantage. 

Splicers are known for wearing masks to cover their facial deformities.  The theme chosen for the 1958 New Year celebration was a masquerade ball, and thousands of ornate animal-themed masks were created and distributed throughout the city to the revelers. Before the idea of the New Years masquerade party was thought up, the splicers would have worn simple, crude masks, made from pieces of metal and fabric with holes punched through them. The most common mask worn is the rabbit mask. Sander Cohen is known for wearing this particular mask in a black colour.

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never the wrong season by Danielle Nelson
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For spring. Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

astro witch coven au (moonbin)

introduction | rocky | eunwoo | moon bin

  • Astro’s resident Charmer

    • Rocky insists on calling him a Talisman creator but Bin personally thinks “charmer” fits his Very Attractive Face very well

    • He deals with charms and spells and puts them into objects to protect or to curse or to do stupid things like fly around Rocky’s head

  • ½ of the Lil Shit line  

  • I swear to god he’s such a little shit

  • Loves pranking the rest of the Coven

    • Loves charming multiple things to fly around Rocky’s head

      • And it pisses Rocky off so incredibly much

      • Once he made Rocky’s metal ladle fly about a metre above his head for about 10 minutes before Rocky glowered at him and threatened to slip a skin colour changing potion into his drink

      • He put it down pretty quickly

      • Rocky put the potion in his drink anyway as a lesson

    • Loves loves loves pranking Sanha

      • Once he stole a dead beetle from Rocky’s potion ingredients stash and asked Sanha to hold it temporarily while he went to the bathroom

      • But he added a Vibration spell beforehand and just as he left Sanha alone it started twitching

      • Sanha screamed so loudly nearly all his hyungs came running

      • I mean they all laughed but Sanha nearly cried

      • Once also he charmed several crystals with a Shouting spell

      • And put them all near places Sanha frequents like the bathroom and the stairs and the kitchen and whatnot

      • And every time Sanha went near those places it shouted, really loudly, “MJ, JINJIN, CHA EUNWOO, MOONBIN, ROCKY, YOON SANHA, A S T RO” in his ear

      • And Sanha yelped EVER Y T I M E it was hilarious

      • It also got Bin a whack on the head by Eunwoo because “even though it’s hilarious it’s not nice to bully a yoUNG CHILD, I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT” yeah

  • A ridiculously talented charmer Talisman Creator

    • His mum says it’s because he was born under some star or whatever Bin didn’t really listen because he was too busy doing other things

    • But when he was 8 his powers started to manifest very very strongly and his parents had to send him away to a stronger coven to train

    • I mean, his parents run a pretty small charm shop and they’re fairly good with energy and charms

    • But Bin’s magic became hard to control even for skilled witches like themselves he began dispelling excess energy into inanimate objects

    • Once Bin’s dad came home to find his pots and pans dancing around the kitchen and Su A crying because of the sheer amount of noise her brother was making

    • So Bin’s mum sent him away to a family friend

    • Speaking of which

  • Trained under Ravi from the VIXX coven

    • So he joined them when he was 8 and he was the most powerful young witch they’ve ever trained

    • Which is saying something because all the witches there had dealt with at least 3 apprentices each before

    • And the last most powerful witch they apprenticed ended up being part of their coven aka Hyuk

    • Story time

      • So when Bin’s mum brings him in to meet N Bin is really really afraid

      • He’s eight and he doesn’t want to live far away from his family with these strange tall beings he wants to stay home and he wants to run around with Su A and watch as his blue flows through with her lavender

      • And so he goes kicking and screaming to the VIXX coven

      • But when he gets there he sees sparkling, shiny crystals floating around N and he sees how they glow with a soft, pale blue light and his heart immediately aches because he wants to do that

      • And when N places a small Calming charm in his hand he feels the magic running through it and pulsing into his veins and he’s suddenly giddy with the power and peaceful all at once and he knows he wants to make this happen

      • And so he pushes up his tiny glasses and tugs on his mum’s hand and tells her quietly that he’ll see her later because he wants to go with Uncle N (cue N squawking indignantly that he is not An Uncle, thank you very much) to learn how to charm things

      • And his mum just pats his head and tells him with tears in her eyes that she’s proud of him and to behave and that she’ll see him during the weekend

    • But yeah the VIXX members quickly pick up Bin as part of their group it’s so cute

      • He’s apprenticed under Ravi but he takes lessons from everyone

      • I mean, he’s messed up a couple times and sometimes it’s hilarious

        • See: the time Ravi taught him to make a Waterproof charm and made Bin test it out on himself by dumping a bucketful of water on his head and seeing if he stayed dry

        • Hint: he didn’t

        • Which is a story in itself

      • And sometimes it’s alarming

        • When Bin thought he made a pretty good Fireproof talisman and threw the charmed pebble into the fire

        • It was Not Fireproof it was Flammable

        • RIP VIXX’s fireplace

  • Loves 2 sleep

  • No kidding

    • Naps everywhere

    • Anytime

    • As long as he’s not watching over some crystal formation or some energy channel he’s napping

    • He’s a tired baby please forgive him

  • Loves 2 eat

    • Also not kidding

    • Eats everything

    • Anywhere

    • Anytime

    • I woke up at 7am to watch Bin’s eating livestream he was adorable he was so painfully boyfriend please kill me

    • Eunwoo’s often wondered if he’s stored his stomach in a separate talisman or something and that’s why he can eat so much

    • But no, it’s really because Bin loves all and any food

    • But it’s also because he uses a shit ton of energy when he seals spells and charms into different talismans so he snacks all the time and eats a lot at meals

    • He likes to joke it’s him leaving a bit of himself in every talisman he creates but it’s not that much of a joke because it’s kind of true

  • Also loves to flirt

    • I’m kidding really he ‘flirts’ with everyone but he doesn’t really mean to do it????

    • It’s mostly his smile I think he just grins and everyone kind of lowkey falls under his spell

    • Haha see what I did there

    • And when he opens his mouth literally everything sounds flirty

    • (swings by the Seventeen coven to deliver charms to Mingyu)

      • “hey love, how’re you doing?” @ mingyu

      • not even a flirty sentence

      • but he’s grinning at Mingyu and Mingyu has a faint blush spreading across his cheeks

      • “wow uh Nothing Much” mmhmm very coherent Mingyu

      • no lie my roommate was once actually so flustered she actually said this out loud then walked into like 3 people

      • “Oh, and I added an extra crystal in there along with your order, by the way. I had an extra one lying around begging for a Happiness charm.” (adds on a wink) @ Mingyu

      • Mingyu, in his head: “mmasdhfkljsajskdfhlkasjd”

      • Bin: (accidentally has to deal with a glowering Wonwoo)

      • now Wonwoo deals with all the deliveries to the Seventeen coven house in case that one Charmer comes again and tries to flirt with his boy

    • ok but truth the very first time he went to deliver charms with Ken to learn his delivery route was when he was like 10 and Ken deemed him capable of controlling his powers outdoors  

      • and literally nearly everyone fell in love with this boy

      • all the old witches cooed over him

      • even the grumpy potions master over at the Bangtan coven loved Bin he actually smiled at Bin and gave him a piece of candy that Ken checked meticulously for signs of tampering even though Ken’s been going there for forever and he’s never even gotten a smile  

      • literally the most precious child my heart is in pain I love baby Bin

  • Changes hair colour every 2 or 3 weeks

    • Usually it’s a side effect of a spell

    • He’d be using too much energy to do something by accident and the energy would spill over in the atmosphere and dance around the closest living thing

    • It used to be a plant he kept next to the table and it used to sprout randomly coloured flowers but one day MJ swiped it for a blood ritual and it was never returned to him so

    • Now the energy hovers around him and sometimes when he straightens up all the excited energy floats around his head and runs through his hair

    • And you’d just see Bin’s eyes shining in concentration through a blue stream of magic

    • So sometimes you’ll see him in the morning with deep purple hair and in the afternoon you’ll see him with pastel blue hair

    • It throws Eunwoo off sometimes but Eunwoo loves all his colours anyway

    • Sometimes it dances around Eunwoo’s head and all Eunwoo does is lean back from the blue clouds and watch it flow excitedly

    • And sometimes Bin watches him

  • Is so so so incredibly soft for a small bean with a beautiful eyesmile it’s not even funny at this point

    • IT’S SO OBVIOUS TO ALL THE MEMBERS

    • To everyone but Eunwoo tbh

    • I mean the moment he met Eunwoo he was Whipped™ for that man

    • What’s that

    • You want to hear the story of how they met ????

    • Well I guess I gotta

    • Here we go

    • Bin was in the middle of training with Hyuk and Hyuk was trying to teach him a Pain hex charm

    • Which requires a lot of energy by the way since Pain hexes need the charmer to have an evil (? Negative?) intention

    • But Bin’s always discharged his negative energy by pulling pranks on all his members in the VIXX coven

    • So it was really difficult for him to pull negative energy from the air

    • (Hyuk said it’d get easier as it went on because the longer you live the angrier you get at the world but Bin isn’t sure if he wants that to happen)

    • And so sitting with 10 crystals floating around his head and Hyuk sitting opposite him Bin starts to cast the hex

    • Fast forward three hours

    • It’s just the same thing but with more frustration

    • And more light blue energy floating about his head

    • And Hyuk falling asleep

    • Fast forward another 2 hours and Bin’s passed out on the floor with a cut on his forehead because one of the crystals was a bit too zealous in its spinning

    • And Hyuk’s kneeling over him and smacking his face and he’s not moving at all and Hyuk is panicking slightly and he doesn’t know what to do and

    • Next thing they know Hongbin’s levitating Bin out the door and Ravi’s in the car and they’re driving as fast as they can to the nearest Healing house

    • And this was back when Eunwoo was still training with Snuper

    • So Ravi just bursts into the house and Hongbin’s shuffling Bin into the house and all the Healers look up from different spots around the house at the noise

    • And the first one downstairs is Eunwoo and he’s snapping out a thin sheet onto a Healing table so Hongbin can set Bin down and everything is happening all at once and way too fast

    • And Ravi’s talking a mile a minute at Eunwoo about the hex Bin was trying to master and the crystals are circling agitatedly around Bin’s head and Hongbin’s chewing on his lip and trying not to let tears slip out

    • But the more Ravi explains about the hex the more worried Eunwoo gets about this pale boy that’s getting increasingly weaker as time slips by so Eunwoo stares right into Bin’s face and places a single finger on Bin’s forehead because wow if anything, Eunwoo is sure this boy is too beautiful to die

    • And instantly a spark of green runs down Eunwoo’s arm and shocks into Bin and there’s a flash of blue as Bin jolts on the table

    • And suddenly the table is smoking with blue and green magic

    • It’s so heady it sends the two Charm witches reeling and Hongbin and Ravi have to sit down and the witch on the Healing table beside Bin’s blinks sleepily and starts to sit up

    • And suddenly Bin’s eyes fly open and meet Eunwoo’s and wo w

    • Wow

    • Woooooow

    • Bin has to blink a couple times because wow is he dead already?

    • He didn’t even get to say goodbye to his parents

    • Or his sister :(

    • But ??? he can ask this angel to help him tell them, I guess?

    • Wait

    • Do witches go to heaven

    • He’s not sure but he’s pretty sure he’s in heaven because there’s no way this angel belongs in hell

    • Wait

    • The angel’s talking

    • And he looks worried?????? The angel keeps blinking and Bin vaguely starts counting the number of beautiful long eyelashes

    • And suddenly Bin’s ears unclog and he hears Ravi and Hongbin murmuring worriedly and the angel asking him if he’s alright

    • Oh dear if Ravi and Hongbin are here does it mean they were killed too oh God Bin didn’t mean to do this he never meant for any of this to hap-

    • And then he hears Eunwoo say, “Oh thank goodness you’ve woken up, we thought you were going to die…”

    • And it’s the softest thing he’s ever heard wow how can someone have a voice like a windchime????

    • Wait

    • He’s alive

    • He’s ALIVE

    • And the first thing he says is

    • “Are you real? Like, not an angel?”

    • And he watches as the not-angel flushes

    • “Yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”

    • And instantly even with his forehead stinging and his legs weak he props himself up on his forearms and grins through the pain at Eunwoo

    • “Well, did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?”

    • And immediately he feels Ravi roll his eyes and Hongbin smacks him on the back of his head

    • But Eunwoo is smiling and blushing and his smile is so so so beautiful Bin get stunned into silence once more and obeys Hongbin’s hands as he gets laid down once more on the table

    • Until he realises that this particular angel’s method of healing is by touch and he flushes

    • Truly a blessing

    • I guess you could say

    • He was touched by an angel

    • Please shoot me

(dabs) i’m nearly done with finals i’ve got 2 more papers on thursday and friday then i’ll write something short about how Eunwoo recruited Bin into Astro (dabs again)

i hope the answer to the ‘how do fusions know their names’ question is ‘they don’t’ i hope they just have to go up to whatever other gems are around and go ‘what kinda rock do you guys think i am’ i hope we get a scene where rose and pearl ask garnet her name and she just stares at her gems like shit…….i don’t know….. and rose very excitedly thumbs over her shoulder and goes ‘we have all kinds of crystallographic analysis equipment in the ship!’ and then it’s smash cut to rose like staring into some giant electron-microscope looking thing calling out chemical and spectrographic reads and crystal formations and pearl combing through the fine print of some giant computer database while garnet sits there awkwardly with her hand under a scanner going ‘guys you don’t really have to do this we literally met 10 minutes ago’ and they both ignore her and finally pearl slams her hand down on the table and yells ‘GARNET!’ and she and rose get all excited b/c NEW FRIEND HAS A NAME and garnet just smiles because not only has she learned what she is in precise terms but also she has learned the inescapable truth that rose quartz the leader of the rebellion and her terrifying renegade pearl are the hugest fucking nerds in the galaxy