rarity of form

Crystal Terminology

Originally posted by fullmagicthings

Below is a list of helpful terms to know when working with gems and minerals. It includes terminology on various crystal shapes and forms. Terms specific to mineral shapes have “(form)” next to them for ease of reference.

Abundance (form): An abundance crystal consists of one long quartz crystal with many small crystals clustered around its base. Its function is to attract wealth and abundance.  

Adamantine Luster: A particularly brilliant shine as shown by a specimen such as a diamond.

Amorphous (form): Amorphous crystals, such as obsidian, have no particular shape. Energy flows rapidly through and amorphous crystal as it has no rigid internal organization.

Aura: The subtle bio-magnetic sheath that surrounds the physical body, providing a protective zone that extends for about 18 inches to 3 feet from the body and contains information about a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state of being. 

Aura Crystal: A crystal specimen, usually of the quartz variety, that has been coated with metal (i.e. gold, titanium) in a vacuum chamber resulting in an iridescent sheen.

Ball (form): Balls are usually shaped from a larger piece of crystal and may have planes or flaws within them. They emit energy in all directions equally. 

Barnacle (form): A barnacle crystal has many small crystals covering a larger crystal. 

Bridge (form): A bridge crystal grows out of another larger crystal. It assists in bridging gaps and bringing things together.

Carat: The standard measure of weight for precious stones and metals. A carat is equal to 0.007 oz (0.2g).

Cathedral Quartz (form): Cathedral quartz may appear to be composed of several convoluted pieces, but these are in fact all part of the main crystal which has multiple terminations with at least one point at the apex.

Channeler (form): A channeling crystal has a 7 sided facet at the front of the termination and a triangular face on the opposite side. It channels healing energy or information from higher sources. 

Cleavage: The way a mineral or rock breaks along a certain plane, or in a certain direction.

Cluster (form): A cluster has many points bedded, but not necessarily fixed, into a base. The crystals may be small or large. 

Companion (form): A companion crystal has two crystals entwined and partly growing in each other, or a small crystal that grows out of the main crystal. 

Cross (form): A cross formation has one crystal at right angles to another, usually larger crystal. 

Crystal: A naturally occurring substance whose atoms are arranged in a regular manner. 

Crystal System: The systems in which crystals are grouped based on their symmetry. There are 6 crystal systems: cubic, monoclinic, triclinic, trigonal/hexagonal, orthorhombic, and tetragonal. 

Diamond Window (form): Flat faces at the top of crystals are called windows. A diamond window is large and connected to the apex and the base.

Double Terminated (form): A crystal with two naturally faceted ends. 

Dull Luster: A shine that reflects very little.

Earthy Luster: A non-reflective mineral luster.

Egg (form): A crystal cut in the shape of an egg. 

Elestial (form): An elestial has many natural terminations and folds over a multilayered crystal. 

Etched (form): An etched crystal that looks as though hieroglyphs or cuneiform writing has been inscribed on its faces. 

Faces: The External flat surface that make up a crystal’s shape.

Fault Line: An inner flaw or break in a crystal that refracts light and appears to divide the crystal into sections. 

Fluorescence: The optical effect whereby a mineral appears a different color in ultraviolet light than in ordinary daylight. 

Fracture: The distinctive way a mineral breaks.

Friable: Minerals that easily crumble are referred to as friable.

Gemstone: A mineral, usually crystal-like, which is valued for its color, rarity, and hardness.

Generator (form): A generator crystal has six facets meeting equally in a sharp point. 

Geode (form): A geode is contained within an outer form. When opened, it is hollow with many crystals pointing inward. 

Geologist: A scientist who studies the Earth and its structure and composition.

Gridding: The placing of crystals around a building, person, or room for protection or enhancement energies.

Habit: The general shape of a mineral.

Inclusion: Any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation, often producing a rainbow.

Iridescence: A play of colors that looks like oil on water that occurs when light reflects off internal elements of a rock or mineral. 

Layered (form): Plate-like crystals such as lepidolite are referred to as layered. 

Luster: The way in which light reflects of the surface of a mineral.

Manifestation (form): One or more small crystals are totally enclosed by a larger crystal. 

Matrix: The bedrock on which crystals are formed.

Metallic Luster: A shine like that of polished metal.

Mineral: A naturally occurring solid with specific characteristics, such as a particular chemical composition and crystal shape.

Mineralogist: A scientist who studies minerals.

Mohs Scale: A scale of hardness used in classifying minerals. It runs from 1 to 10 using a series of reference minerals, and a position on the scale depends on the ability to scratch minerals rated lower.

Occlusion: A mineral deposit within a crystal, which usually shows up as cloudy patches, spots, or a ghostlike image depending on the color of the material.

Opaque: A substance or material that does not let light pass through it.

Ore: A rock or mineral from which metal can be extracted

Phantom (form): A phantom crystal appears ghostlike within the body of a larger crystal. 

Pleochroic: In a crystal, appearing to have two or more different colors or shades of color, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. 

Point (form): Points may be natural or artificially shaped. A single crystal point has a faceted pointed end and the other end tends to look ragged where it has been separated from a cluster base. 

Prism: A solid geometric figure with a set of faces parallel to one another.

Pyramid (form): A crystal with four sides on a base, but the base itself may be squared off if the crystal is natural (i.e. apophyllite) rather than artificially shaped.

Record Keeper (form): A record keeper crystal has clearly etched pyramid shapes on its side or sides. 

Resinous Luster: A shine like that of resin.

Scepter Quartz (form): A scepter quartz is a large central rod around one end of which another crystal is formed. 

Seer Stone (form): A seer stone is a natural, water polished stone that is cut to reveal an inner world. 

Specific Gravity: The ratio of a mineral’s weight compared to the weight of an equal volume of water.

Square (form): A square crystal consolidates energy within its form. It’s useful for anchoring intention and grounding. 

Streak: The color of a mineral’s powder. It is less variable than the color of the mineral, so is a more reliable identification tool.

Striation: One of multiple, usually parallel grooves or scratches on a rock surface, produced by abrasion associated with glacial movement, stream flow, a geologic fault, or meteoric impact.

Tabular (form): A tabular crystal has two wide sides resulting in a flat crystal which may be double terminated. 

Transmitter (form): A transmitter crystal has two seven-sided facets with two perfect triangles between them. 

Tumbled (form): Refers to stones that have been polished in a large drum with grit, resulting in a smooth and often shiny stone.

Vitreous Luster: A shine like that of glass.

Vogal Wand (form): A crystal with specially created, indented facets with specific angles down the sides of a quartz wand. 

Wand (form): A crystal in the shape of a wand, either naturally occurring or artificially cut. 

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Revised 30 September 2017


Aaaallllllrighty, the interest in the Dragon!AU was big enough for me to go ahead and do a couple of doodles for it, and given they’re my favorite ship and, as always, one of the main pairings in the AU, I started off with Twilight and Rarity!

For a very brief rundown of the AU: Twilight Sparkle is a bright scholar and is sorta famous for her work as a Monster Slayer. She’s one day contracted to hunt down and kill one of the most dangerous and rarest creatures known in the world: a dragon. But, her encounter with said dragon sort of turns her world upside down.

This is probably the tallest and built I’ve ever made Twilight in an AU aside from good ol’ Bodyguard!AU, from which I took some cues from. :3 She’s far more taken to her father’s side of the family and, like her brother, she grows to be pretty tol. Service in the name of Queen Celestia and Princess Luna is a long-standing family tradition/career among the Sparkles and in this AU, Twilight doesn’t stray too far from that calling. Not technically a soldier but she could serve as one, her job primarily revolves around containing, relocating, or slaying hostile creatures of the… well, unordinary caliber (including cockatrice, chimeras, manticores, draugr, werewolves, vampires, star spiders, so on). Twilight much prefers studying and learning about the creatures she hunts over killing them, but sometimes it honestly can’t be avoided. While she’s studied dragons and listen intently to the stories her mentors tell, Rarity is the first time Twi ever encounters a living dragon.

As for Rarity, given that dragons are sought after for several things (their scales/pelts, teeth, horns, treasure, or simply something to kill), she keeps to her territory high in the mountains and, if she ever needs to interact with civilization, takes on her pony form. Rarity is forever fascinated by the lives of normal beings and tries to immerse herself as much as she can without getting caught, but pony fashion in particular has really caught her eye. So much so that she often spends some of her vast trove of gold on supplies so she can make dresses herself. The fashion is probably the primary reason why she likes being in her pony form so much: she gets to wear the outfits. Despite her admiration for normal beings and their vast cultures, she isn’t naive; she knows just how dangerous it can be, no matter how good a disguise her pony form may be, if someone recognized that she were a dragon. As such she isn’t so quick to trust anyone, including other dragons (some of which who’ve taken up selling or killing their own kind for their own greed). She is the primary caretaker of her baby sister, Sweetie Belle, and the young orphaned drake Spike, both of which she’s extremely protective of because dragon youngsters are by far the most valuable.

Aaaaand that’s all I have for now? Feel more than free to ask me any questions if you’d like, and let me know what ya think. Thank you for taking a looksie and keep a lookout for more of this AU! c:


Mod: Well, this seems like a good way to start October. XD

THIS IS NOT CANON and is not going to be canon as far as I know at this point. XD But DANG it ended up being REALLY FUN to make! I took a look at the Nightmare Forms of Luna and Rarity and tried to follow the basic design schemes - sclera colored the same base as their eye color, existing colors but leaning towards a much darker look, altered cutie mark. The briefcase didn’t feel serious enough for a spoopy sleek evil form, so I faded the briefcase to an outline and made the halo prominent. The explanation for this is that his Nightmare Form loses sight of the true joy of salesmanship - hard work, helping ponies by giving them quality product, the satisfaction of a job well done - and is focused only on the end goal, the profit (the ‘gold’). Basically, Nightmare Pitch would be focused on greed and profit at all costs. Definitely not something the real Salespitch would want to see himself descend to.

I actually liked the lineart on this so much that I went ahead and made it his “official” alicorn look, too, with a bit of a color swap:

And just for fun, here is the original lineart:

Lookit this handsome dude. And no, he’s still not becoming an actual alicorn, don’t go getting excited. XD

Sorry for the plethora of short posts, I hope you are enjoying them! I have another longish one I hope to start soon but those always take me a while, and in the meantime I like to answer as many questions as I can. This was SUPER fun, though, and only took me a few hours to draw/ink and then about three hours to color both. Hopefully we’ll have another post up in a week or so!

That’s all for now. God bless, and have an awesome day!


Thanks for the Asks, Anon and @reversalmushroom!

blazeneko  asked:

does Twilight befriend Rarity before or after she finds out she's a dragon? if it is before, does they start dating before Twi finds out, if so, does Rarity show Twi, to like save her sis and Spike, or to get Twi to quit the hunt or something? sorry, i just love this idea, more then any other idea <3

After; Twi was contracted to kill Rarity by Fluttershy’s parents because they suspected Shy was abducted by a dragon. They’re only… kinda right; Shy was taken by Rarity, but only because Shy was too weak to return home after an incident (of which you can read HERE). Long story short they had a tussle, Shy stops it, they have one of the weirdest conversations Twilight’s ever had in her life, and they come into some sort of agreement. I think it’d be interesting if that agreement was supposed to be the last time they see each other, but then… Twilight runs into Rarity in her pony form in town, and that’s the encounter that truly jumpstarts an uneasy friendship between them.

Elemental Profile: Neon

Neon is the tenth element on the periodic table. It has ten protons and electrons, and, though fairly common in the universe, is very rare on Earth.

On the periodic table, it falls into the group of noble gases, the right most column, or group. The noble gases are all odorless, colorless gases that are extremely nonreactive or chemically inert. This is because the outer valence electron shells of these gases are already filled and neon doesn’t need to bond with other atoms to get a full set of electrons.

Neon is a monoatomic gas, meaning it usually exists as individual neon atoms. This is especially true because it is a noble gas and does not bond easily with other molecules.

The reason for neon’s rarity is that it doesn’t form compounds to fix it to solids, and is highly volatile.


Zodiac Flower Signs

Each of our birth dates are associated with a type of flower.



An invasive flower that overcomes any obstacles for its growth. It is bold and audacious amongst the rest of the flowers, with an abundance of energy that is hard to ignore. 



A refined and classy flower that allures its admirers into poetry and metaphors. Its daring flare of a design is worn by everyone for what it stands for. A flower that is rooted in history due to its endurability and resilience.



Popping up here and there amongst other flowers teasingly with undeniable charm. It spreads far and wide for all to enjoy. An elegant beauty that is hard to fathom.



An intuitive and perceptive flower to its surroundings. A sensitive flower that heals and nurtures. Meant to be grown in a warm and sympathetic environment for it to flourish. 



A highly confident flower that stands strong in the face of adversity. Full of warmth and heart that feelings of joy are inspired around them. A flower that demands your undivided attention. 


Morning Glory

Pristine, clear and filled with purity of spirit these flowers grow where they are planted. They can be very organized in their growth and provide many medicinal benefits to the weak. 



The ultimate classic flower representative of love. It represents equality and balance of emotions with its hidden depths. The flower is an ode to beauty itself.



A flower of depth and many layers. It never ceases to surprise with each blossom. A flower despite its amorous nature, is clear and honest in its growth and is never blatantly ostentatious. 



A dreamy, bold and sensitive flower that symbolizes success, sweetness and good wishes. It is celebratory of esteem and self and the liberation to be oneself without apology.



Simplistic and a thoughtful flower that are actually strong-willed in their nature. Flowers that are given to cherish families and friends and are great at bringing people together. A dependable flower.



A curiously unique flower that is a rarity in its form and beauty. It both appeals and confuses with its eccentric nature. An almost inventive creation of a flower that never ceases to be a mystery. 


Water Lily 

A reflective and transcendental flower with beauty seeming to sprout from the unknown. They are deeply perceptive and psychic and seem to absorb the energy around them. It is easily swayed with atmosphere around it. 

Healing with Beryl

Color: Pink, golden, yellow, green, white, blue

Appearance: Prismatic crystals, may be transparent and pyramidal, all sizes

Rarity: Readily available in most forms but may be expensive

Source: US, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Norway

Healing: Beryl aids the organs of elimination, strengthens pulmonary and circulatory systems, and increases resistance to toxins and pollutants. It treats the liver, heart, stomach, and spine, and heals concussions. Beryl is a sedative stone. As an elixir it can be used to treat throat infections. 

Position: Place as appropriate or use for scrying. 

(Source: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall)

I crossed paths with some rare fungi this summer and fall, homeslices.

One of them was not rare per se but rather in rare form. Battarrea phalloides (the Scaly-stalked or Desert Stalked Puffball) is a really bizzare, unique fungus. The spores are elevated on a tall, woody (but lightweight), and often shaggy stipe. This all emerges from a universal veil, and the spore mass often retains a whitish remnant of that tissue on top.

The species if fairly uncommon to rare throughout most of coastal California, but can be abundant and reliable in certain localities of preferred habitat - shitty soils, usually under pine, Brazilian Pepper, and Myoporum trees.

I encountered this one while on a walk with my Rad Host Melina, and her dogs while I was staying in north Oakland this summer. It may be the tallest Battarrea ever recorded. It was truly impressive.


Roger Federer - An Education

Andreas Seppi defeats Roger Federer 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5(5) in the 3rd round of the Australian Open (first and last photos taken by me)

I have been attempting to come up with the words for this post for four days now, but no miracles have occurred and I remain speechless in the most literal sense of the word. 

I was in Rod Laver Arena to witness Roger Federer’s earliest exit from the Australian Open in eleven years. It is a something I have struggled very much to accept, and something I certainly will not forget. 

At this point in Federer’s career, I am more and more beginning to look at tennis as a very lucky platform. Federer’s platform to inspire; where every match is an education, in tennis, in life. As for this match, I learnt that my intentions for Federer are often what I would see as selfish; I now watch him because he is a very big point of light in what I view as a mundane life. He is not only a constant inspiration, but a necessity. I would be screaming a lie if I ever said my interest in Federer was not unhealthy. So what is it in Federer that drives such a raw, emotional and passionate following from masses of people?

I seem to always ask this question and will probably never have an exact answer, but through observation I have learnt that it is human nature for people to gravitate towards the exceptional. Every person enjoys seeing something they have never seen before, something rare. In Federer, that rarity comes in many forms, which is what makes it so easy to become a fan - at first it is curiosity, then it becomes obsession.  

A loss like this breeds the full range of emotions, but what stands out the most to me is astonishment. On the day of, as I was exiting Melbourne Park there was something like a hum of disbelief around, I looked up a big screen to see the scoreline for Federer’s match, “Andreas Seppi def. Roger Federer  6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5(5)‘ and the text that followed, ”… but it was 'just a bad day’ and an inspired Andreas Seppi". And for now, I think that is a good place to move on from.

nothing annoys me more than when a guy on a dating site, or at a bar, or any social gathering really tries to tell me “i saw ur trans but its ok i dont mind.. ;),” or “u r? i’d let u suck my dick…” or the ever popular "wow ur a tranny?? ur rly cute wow..“

not because of how insulting calling me a tranny, or assuming that i’d love to suck your dick is, but because the majority of these men who obviously lack common sense or a basic sense of respect for others think that i would sleep with them at all, or that i’d be interested even if i was cisgender. believe it or not, women actually have preferences for their partners in general.

as conceited as this may sound, you are not entitled to me, or my body because you find me attractive. you messaged me, and nine times out of ten i don’t find you attractive as it is. i don’t find you interesting. you are not doing me a favor by ”looking past“ what i am just far enough into the future to see me sucking you off because i was never interested in you, and you never had a chance. if anything, i am doing you the favor by acknowledging your bullshit at all.

please understand that being trans is not something that makes me desperate. it isn’t something that causes me to instinctively want you simply because you asked. in my experience meeting various transgender people in my life we are some of the most interesting, and experienced people you’ll ever meet. we go through things most of the population never will, and that can make us different in some of the best ways. 

please understand that we’re unique, and whether or not you want to assume that diversity in itself makes us a pariah, at the end of the day there are much fewer of us that want you than the other way around. rarity in it’s simplest form is valuable, and we’re worth much more than your frequent, and spontaneous arousal.