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It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.

                                      John Burroughs ‘Winter Sunshine.’

The Winter Solstice grid

The Winter Solstice grid, Sea Foam Flint and Celtic Golden Healer. My thanks to Emma Penman and Yulia Surnina for helping with the build.

The winter solstice is the ideal time to lay a grid to revitalize the Earth but this grid can be laid whenever it is needed. You could for instance lay it to bring a stagnant pond back to life or to support a sick tree (Celtic Healer Quartz is excellent for this.) It can also be used for much bigger issues out in the community or environment. A multi-armed Spiral layout sends healing into the environment, and it can be laid with as many arms as necessary (dowse to find out how many are appropriate for your intention). Three or four may be all that are required at the start, but you may want to add further arms with different crystals as the healing progresses. This grid is particularly suitable for leaving in place long-term.

Using the grid: Lay the grid alternately with arms of cleansing stones pointing into the center, and arms of healing crystals pointing outward. Choose a keystone that will transmute toxic energies before returning them to the earth, like Elestial Smoky Quartz or Sea Foam Flint.

Timing: This layout is particularly potent when laid as the earth bursts into new life in the spring, or at new moon, but it can be laid at any time. This particular grid was originally laid on the full moon preceding the Solstice with the Flint taking the energy into the centre for cleansing and the Celtic Golden Healer radiating the energy out, but the polarity was then changed on the new moon following the Solstice to so that the Celtic Golden Healer took the energy into the centre, transmuting and re-energising it and then the Flint radiated the transformed energy out into the surrounding area.

Multi-armed spiral layout

Multi-armed spiral layout.

Background: Lay the grid directly onto the earth.

You will need:

Sufficient crystals to outline the arms (note that the crystals can be widely spaced, as can the arms)

Keystone

To lay the grid:

  • Hold your hands over the cleansed crystals and state your intention.
  • Place the central keystone, restating your intention.
  • Lay a cleansing-crystal arm, with the crystals pointing toward the center.
  • Lay an earth-healing crystal arm, with the crystals pointing outward.
  • Continue laying arms until you’ve laid the number of arms indicated during dowsing.
  • Lay an anchor stone at a distance from the grid to hold the energy steady.
  • Use the power of your mind to activate the grid, restating your intention.
  • Leave the grid in place until its work is done, laying additional arms over time, if necessary.
  • Remember to cleanse the grid frequently.
  • When the grid has completed its work, thank it and gather up the crystals. No further dismantling is required as the energy will slowly dissipate.

Gridkit suggestions: Amethyst, Ammolite, Aragonite, Black Tourmaline, Celtic Healer Quartz, Chlorite Quartz, Desert Rose, Eye of the Storm, Feldspar, Flint, Kambaba Jasper, Granite, raw Labradorite, Preseli Bluestone, Quartz, Rhodozite, Sea Foam Flint, Selenite (which will slowly dissolve), Shungite, Smoky Brandenberg, Smoky Elestial, Smoky Quartz, Stromatolite. (See Crystal Prescriptions volume 3 and The Ultimate Guide to Crystal Grids.)