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Crystals, Stones, Minerals and Gems

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Collection Display Cabinet

The Healing Power of Crystals

     Recently I have become fascinated by the idea that certain elements, compounds and minerals retain metaphysical or spiritual properties. I feel that there is plentiful scientific evidence that supports this theory, and also years of human experience from people all over the world.

     It is science fact that each specific crystal has its own unique chemical make-up and atomic/subatomic structure. Current understanding of quantum mechanics and subatomic particle theory suggests that being in the presence of crystals, stones, minerals and gems actually helps to restructure your own subatomic structure by emitting beneficial energy.

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     Throughout my research into crystal types and varieties, I have come across plentiful high quality photography. I became interested in looking at and photographing my own energetic crystals at a microscopic level.

     The following photos were taken with a Motic DS-2 100x microscope. I ran them through a quick filter regimen that includes minor adjustments to contrast and vibrance to compensate for the crummy camera and draw out some of the color I could see with my naked eye through the microscope eyepiece. I'd like to stress however that my edit were all minor, and standard across the board from photo to photo - the brilliance and breathtaking beauty revealed is all natural.

The Dope Fiends Amethyst Point 100x magnification

Amethyst Point      

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Amethyst Cluster at 100x magnification

Amethyst Cluster     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Citrine Crystal Polarization at 100x magnification

Citrine Crystal Point Polarization     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Smokey Quartz 100x magnification

Smokey Quartz Polarization        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Clear USB Tabular Quartz Polarization at 100x magnification 

Cosmic USB - Clear Tabular Quartz Polarization        

 

     Because the microscope camera I was using was several generations behind the laptop operating system I was using, I wasn't able to catch the entire view field that could be seen with the naked eye. In some cases however, I took meticulous care to be sure and align the camera correctly to capture certain inclusions and light refractions that I felt exemplified the type of beneficial energy I was looking for.

The Dope Fiends Comics Labradorite Stone at 100x magnification                    The Dope Fiends Comics Labradorite Stone at 100x magnification

Labradorite Specimen 1     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Labradorite Specimen 2 100 x magnification 

Labradorite Specimen 2       

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Mica Virgo Stone at 100x magnification

Mica     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Black Tourmaline 100x magnification

Black Tourmaline     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Rutilated Quartz at 100x magnification

Rutilated Quartz     

 

Using Crystals With Intention

     I have discovered several different ways to use crystals intentionally to achieve a desired goal or effect. The work of Japanese physicist Matsaru Emoto observing the formation of ice crystals using intentionally charged water molecules is conclusive evidence that subatomic structure can and is influenced by intention.

     I have taken that theory to use in my experimentation growing mono-ammonium phosphate crystals, and have energetically inspired the growth of the following crystal, which is about 1.5mm long, seen here at 100x magnification.

 The Dope Fiends Mono-Ammonium Phosphate crystals at 100x magnification

Mono-Ammonium Phosphate Crystal - Intention Crystal Growth Experiment     

 

     Another way of using crystals with intention is to align your stones and gems into a crystal grid. Crystal grids are a great and non-permanent way to utilize the energy of your stones to help you achieve a certain outcome.

     Recently I have been developing a series of grid templates based on fractalized sacred geometry. 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Grid Template

The Dope Fiends Comics Florine crystal at 100x magnification

Fluorite Crystal Point     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Fluorite, Galena and Pyrite at 100x magnification

Fluorite, Galena and Pyrite Cluster     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Fluorite, Galena and Pyrite Cluster 100x magnification

Fluorite, Galena and Pyrite Cluster     

 

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Chrysoprase crystal at 100x magnification

Chrysoprase Wand with Nickle Deposit     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Jade Pendant 100x magnification

Jade Pendant     

 

 The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Fire Agate 100x magnification

Fire Agate        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Brecciated Jasper 100x magnification

Brecciated Jasper        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Goldstone 100x magnification

Goldstone        

 

     Sometimes stones can be energized and grid aligned by man-made means on a differential scale ranging from tiny pebbles to mountainsides. I am speaking of petroglyphs and geoglyphs here. From ancient cave carvings to the alignment of monoliths at Stonehenge, man's investment of stones with his own energy has a history dating back to the dawn of human civilization.

The Dope Fiends Comics Stone Cairn at ITMON

The Dope Fiends stone hearts natural heart versus carved hearts                    The Dope Fiends Comics heartstones carved blessing stones

 

Cleansing Crystals

     My preferred method of cleansing and energizing my crystals is an intention ceremony that I perform during a full moon. The sun's rays are too strong for crystal charging and may bleach some stones like amethyst if left in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.

     Moonlight delivers a nice clean and safe means of directly soaking your gems and crystals in the healing energy of the solar system. I also like to smudge my crystals using sage and pine and by shaking a rattle or rainstick.

The Dope Fiends Comics House Quartz candlelight charge in the full moon 

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Moon and Candles

 

     During the ceremony, I try to take each crystal and capture as much moonlight in it as possible, admiring the reflections and refractions of light as they glimmer and shine with wholesome energy.

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Quartz Wand capturing moonlight

 

The Dope Fiends Crystals House Quartz Moon reflection

 

Crystals and the Dope Fiends Comics

     In the Totality of the Dope Fiends' universe, crystals play an important role. To begin with, Myam Agh'Naton, the protagonist has a crystalline DNA structure that manifests itself in the crystals that grow out of his chest and the backs of his hands. Myam and his family are members of a people known as the Fiutire. They are the penultimate form of evolved being in that their DNA is holographically encoded with all possible knowledge, and boundless energy. 

     Myam's friend Driah Ryes is a member of the Fallowing. It transpires that the Fallowing are a people who have evolved from a plant based life form, and as such retain the ability to break-down and digest minerals in their raw inorganic state.  Driah, as the chief priestess of the Fallowing has the ability to gain certain properties and abilities from the stones she eats that directly correspond to that stone's specific vibrational frequency. 

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The Dope Fiends Comics Aragonite Crystals at 100x magnification

Aragonite    

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Purple Crackle Quartz

Crackle Quartz - Purple Dye Treatment     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Blue Crackle Quartz 100x magnification

Crackle Quartz with Iridescent Inclusions - Blue Dye Treatment     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics crackle quartz 100x magnification

Crackle Quartz - Clear     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Chalcopyrite Stone 100x magnification

Chalcopyrite or "Peacock Stone"     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Chrysocolla 100x magnification

Chrysocolla      

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Amazonite stone 100x magnification

Atlantisite composed of Serpentine with Stitchite Inclusions     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Rainbow Moonstone 100x magnification 

Rainbow Moonstone     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Rose Quartz 100x magnification

Rose Quartz     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Ulexite 100x magnification

Ulexite or "TV stone"        

Indoor Crystal Gardens

     To help re-energize and charge small crystals and stones in-between cleansings I like to keep mine in an indoor crystal garden. Crystal gardens can be an attractive and easy to access storage options.  For my crystal garden, I chose a geometrical glass case I bought at Hobby Lobby, with a layer of crushed rock/sand at the bottom.

The Dope Fiends Comics Indoor Crystal Garden Sacred Geometery

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Garden

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Garden

     The sculpture in the background of the flowering tree with the bird skull was purchased from my new acquaintance and awesome fellow El Paso artist Rob Stevens of Rob's Fantastic Art.

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystal Garden with Rob's Fantastic Art original sculpture

 

Extra-Ordinary in the Ordinary

     Even seemingly ordinary everyday stones and rocks reveal their true luster and power when viewed at high magnification. My mom recently took a trip to the bosque (forest wetlands) where she picked up these three rocks that caught her attention.

The Dope Fiends Comics Bosque Rocks Minerals and Crystals

Here they are at 100x magnification starting from left to right. 

Bosque Rock 1 - The Dope Fiends Comics 100x magnificationThe Dope Fiends Comics Bosque Rock 2The Dope Fiends Comics Bosque Rock 3

 

     By using the zoom function on my iPhone, I was able to get the type of shots that reveal a planetoid in miniature. Although I don't know the composition of these Bosque rocks, it is easy to see the correlation between minerals at their smallest size and the entire universe. It seems even grains of sand can be solar systems in microcosm.

Planet or Crystal?

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Snowflake Obsidian looks like the planet Mercury

Mercury or Snowflake Obsidian     

 

 The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Tiger Iron looks like the planet Venus

Venus or Tiger Iron?

 

 

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Lapis Lazuli looks like the planet Earth

Earth or Lapis Lazuli?    

 

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals The Planet Mars or Red Jasper at 100x magnification?

Mars or Red Jasper?

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Carnelian Planetoid looks like the planet Jupiter

Jupiter or Banded Carnelian?     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Tree Agate looks like the planet Dagobah

Dagobah or Tree Agate?        

 

Solids vs. Stripes

     One of the most common, but also most beautiful stones available are agates. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The process of formation for an agate is usually a sedimentary time lapse of layers, and you can see that the strata form interesting and colorful patterns.

     These specimens were picked out of landscaping around town. You should always keep your eyes peeled for rocks that stand out to you. (and even if you swipe someone's landscaping, say a blessing or leave a small piece of quartz in it's place.)

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Huaca Agate 100x magnification

Huaca Agate     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Huaca Goldfish Agate 100x magnification

Goldfish Huaca Agate     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Huaca Agate 100x magnification

Huaca Agate     

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Blue Lace Agate 100x magnification

Blue Lace Agate

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Tree Agate 100x magnification

Tree Agate     

 

Zooma-zooma-zoom!!

     Using a different microscope that has powers of 4,000x, 10,000x, and 40,000x magnification, I was able to capture these images with my iPhone and the microscope eyepiece. The quartz crystal I photographed at high magnification is shown here next to a penny for actual size comparison.

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Quartz Fragment Size Comparison

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Quartz Fragment at 4,000x magnification

Quartz Fragment at 4,000x magnification        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Quartz Fragment at 10,000x magnification

Quartz Fragment at 10,000x magnification        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Quartz Fragment at 40,000x magnification

Quartz Fragment at 40,000x magnification

 

      Pretty cool huh? Here are a few more stones and crystals at the 100x zoom!

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Septarian 100x magnification

Septarian        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Aquamarine 100x magnification

Aquamarine        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Sodalite 100x magnification

Sodalite        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Rainbow Aura Quartz 100x magnification

Rainbow Aura Quartz (Quartz with Titanium Coating)        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Rainbow Aura Quartz 100x magnification

Rainbow Aura Quartz (Quartz with Titanium Coating)

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Rainbow Aura Quartz 100x magnification

Rainbow Aura Quartz (Quartz with Titanium Coating)

 

Crystal Photography is Fun and Beautiful!

     I hope that you enjoyed this crystal page and the microscope photography I have taken. I feel that the emanations of light that result in such amazing displays of color, reflection and refraction are evidence of the crystals' innate powers emanating out into the cosmos. 

     If you feel inspired to take you own microscope photographs of crystals, I'd love to compare images and stones! 

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals SMokey Quartz 100x magnification

Smokey Quartz        

 

The Dope Fiends Comics Crystals Smokey Quartz on Microscope Stage

Smokey Quartz on Microscope Stage - Ready to Shine!