The Natural State

Arkansas is known as the Natural State, but many people are unaware that parts of the state are known for their natural abundance of quartz crystals. In fact, geologists agree that the two places in the world to find the best quality quartz crystals are Brazil and Arkansas.

The Ouachita Mountains contain an abundance of quartz crystal, especially in Mount Ida, which is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. The quartz crystal is the official state mineral. In Arkansas, Quartz Crystals are often referred to as “Hot Springs Diamonds” which are not to be confused with real diamonds found at Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro.

white quartz crystal

Some Indigenous nations have relied very heavily upon crystals since the beginning of their history; specifically the Cherokee. Every family had several in their home, placed where the sun’s rays in the morning, noon and evening would catch the crystals. Before they got up in the morning, they would consult the morning crystal to see what their duties for the day were. Then, at various times during the day, they would check back again.

Every Native wore crystals on their body, concealed from view. The exception to this were the two chiefs of the villages: the Red Chief (who managed affairs outside the village) and the White Chief (who was the counselor/spiritual leader inside the village) These two people wore large crystals in plain view around their necks. If the Red Chief fell in battle, there was a warrior assigned to retrieve his crystal and bury it deep in the trunk of a tree where the enemy could not use its power. If there were no trees, he smashed the crystal into shards.

The custom of baptizing also came from the Cherokee. They would place seven large crystals in a stream of running water and submerge the people for cleansing and purification.

Also, the Catawba, another South-eastern Nation, used quartz crystals for their arrow heads and spear points. The Navajo are users of crystals, and during the attacks of the rat-carried virus on the reservations, the Navajo Medicine Man put out a call to all the people around the world to work with their crystals for protection, and to drive the virus away.

Obsidian was a prized material for arrowheads and spear points in the West, and was a great trade item for those Natives who had access to it.

Ancient Greeks believed that quartz crystals were petrified ice, frozen so hard that it could never thaw; so they named the mineral krystallos, “ice”. This notion survived all the way up to 1777 and was endorsed by the Swedish scientist Linnaeus. Folk tradition holds that thirst can be quenched by holding a quartz crystal in the mouth, as if it might melt into water.

In fact, the Greeks were closer to the truth than they knew. Crystallization is the same as freezing. Water is the mineral hydrogen oxide, that freezes into its solid crystalline state as 32 degrees F. Molten quartz freezes into its solid crystalline state at 3,115 degrees F.

Roman priestesses of Vesta used quartz crystals to “draw down fire from heaven” to light altar fires, which could be kindled in no other way. The altar fire that consumed the sons of Aaron was similarly engendered by “fire from the Lord” (Leviticus 10:2). Quartz has been used through the centuries for both practical and magical purposes of every kind. Indigenous peoples believe that spirits live in quartz crystals. Christian authorities claimed that they represented the Immaculate Conception.

Modern crystal mystics especially revere quartz, but disagree about its properties. One says that quartz “works directly with the separations of layers of the disconnected mind, attempting to reintegrate the levels of consciousness”. Another says that quartz crystals “are used by the Higher Evolution as fundamental building blocks to set up a measurable grid of a larger harmonic system which allows for different combinations of wave structures to unite and form myriads of gravitational wave combinations which, in turn, react with one another to transmit thought-forms to physical planetary realities”. Or perhaps the grid can be measured by the disconnected mind….