Published March 2024  •  Read Time: 11 minutes
Lemurian Quartz are well-formed Quartz points with horizontal striations on at least one face.  These striations are easily visible and have a distinct texture that can be felt when stroking a finger down the length of the crystal.  Most Lemurians are colorless, but they can gold, pink, or smoky.  Lemurian Quartz from Brazil were the first to be explored metaphysically.  Since then other deposits have been found around the world with these lovely markings.  Energetically, they encourage us to open our minds and hearts to a great perspective.  They invite us to ponder Big Questions and to do our part to protect the Earth and bring about world peace.

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Lemurian Quartz Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Lemurian Quartz is a powerful tool for personal and global transformation.  While other Quartz has a neutral energy that can be used for any purpose, Lemurian Quartz has a very focused energy meant to change our perceptions and raise our vibration.  It enlarges our view of space and time, revealing the secrets of our ancient past and how it impacts who we are today.  It reminds us that one day, we too will be ancestors and we have a responsibility to do good by our far-future descendants.  When working with this stone we realize that we are all One and that each individual is a precious equal in the Great Wholeness.  This inner knowing is not just a spiritual cliche, but rather a mighty call to action.  Lemurian Quartz charges us to do our part to protect the earth and to bring about world peace.  This can mean practical actions like recycling, reducing, and reusing, rather than endless consuming.  It can mean refusing to engage in the political polarizations of anger and fear, and instead remaining focused on building, sharing, and caring.  It opens us to new ways of thinking and challenges any outdated beliefs that hold us back.  Lemurian Quartz reveals that this lifetime offers a chance to reach for Enlightenment and to work to build Heaven on Earth.  It is a fantastic tool for sensing meridians and other energy connections across the Earth and in between people

Metaphysical Properties Clear Quartz
Chakra All
Element Storm
Numerology 4
Zodiac All

Emotional Healing Properties

Lemurian Quartz has an exceptionally high vibration that is sweetly attuned to the power of Love.  While most love stones focus on self-love, romantic love, or love for those in our immediate circles, Lemurian Quartz invites us to taste a larger portion of what is possible with love.  It bids us to love humanity and all the many beings that share this planet with us.  It ignites within us a personal fire and power that we can use to uplift, to bring balance, and to nurture.   Lemurian Quartz encourages us to to love those that are different than us and far away from us, even those that might even seem unlovable or unimportant, because we are all connected.  It teaches us that what impacts one has the possibility to impact all.  When we love, we open ourselves to new experiences and ideas.  When we love, we are able to evolve more quickly and joyfully.  When we love, we raise the vibration not just for ourselves, but for everyone.  Lemurian Quartz reminds of a simple but profound truth: a rising tide raises all boats.

Mental Healing Properties

Lemurian Quartz encourages us to ponder the Big Questions.  How do we take care of our inner spiritual connection, while living in a fallen world?  How do we care for others as we care for ourselves? How do we care for the good sweet Earth, as though it were our own body?  How can we maintain a sense of unity, while also remaining delightfully unique as individuals?  Lemurian Quartz points us towards the Thinkers and the Doers among us.  It encourages us to pay attention to the best healers among us, the quiet activists who are busy doing rather than talking, and slowly but surely changing the world for the better.  How can we help them?  How can we learn from their example? Lemurian Quartz also encourages us to pay attention to the cutting edge of science.  In particular, it points us towards theoretical physicists who are exploring multidimensions and interdimensional ideas like String Theory.  Even if we don’t fully understand the math, it asks us to listen to the musical rhythm of these big ideas.  Lemurian Quartz hopes that we will learn from the best thinkers among us and encourage them in their work.  On a personal and pragmatic level, if we need to distinguish more clearly between science, metaphysics, and pseudoscience, Lemurian Quartz can be a wonderful tool.

Physical Healing Properties

Lemurian Quartz is an excellent talisman for the brain in particular and for holistic wellbeing in general.  It reminds us that all parts of our physical body are interconnected and that we must take good care of our individual parts as well as the whole.  It also reminds us that our emotional and physical bodies are also interconnected, each one influencing the other.  Like other Quartz, Lemurians are Master Healers that can be used to support any condition and to amplify the energy of other stones.  It would be a lovely talisman for anything involving the brain, including both developmental and acquired neurodiversity.  It would also be fantastic for whole body healing, for example when cancer is threatening to expand to other parts of the body and we need to get major medical intervention.  If we are scared of the medical interventions, Lemurian Quartz can help us to stay calm and do what needs to be done to prioritize our future health even if that means we have to experience temporary discomfort in the present.

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Lemurian Quartz Mineralogy

Where does Lemurian Quartz come from?

Quartz is found throughout the world in many mines, but rarely in large deposits.  Lemurian Quartz is a typically a Clear Quartz with horizontal striations on the prism faces.  These striations can be found on Quartz in any location, however most Lemurian Quartz come from mines in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Mining and Treatments

Lemurian Quartz is mined in Brazil, typically in association with Amethyst, Tourmaline or other valuable minerals.  They may be mined artisanally or on a small scale.   The distinctive lines on Lemurian Quartz are a natural marking created during its formation.

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Mineral Family

Lemurian Quartz is a Silicate mineral.  Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedra – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a silicon atom in the center and oxygen atoms at each of the three corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form a wide variety of minerals and rocks.  There are six main groups of silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar.  The Quartz family has two main main groups, macro-crystalline and micro-crystalline.  The macro-crystalline minerals form large well-shaped crystals that are often transparent, while the micro-crystalline only form microscopic crystals and are always opaque.  Most Lemurian Quartz are colorless Clear Quartz, but they can also be pinkish, yellow, or smoky.

Clear Quartz’s energy works well with its family – other macrocrystalline Quartz minerals.  Try it in combination with AmethystAmetrineCitrine, Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.

Lemurian Quartz Formation and Crystal Associates

Quartz crystals are created when liquid magma from a volcanic eruption cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals.  If no trace elements are present to change its color, the silica acid becomes Clear Quartz.  Lemurian Quartz are easily identified by their horizontal striations that may be seen on one or on alternating faces.  These striations are easily seen with the naked eye and have a distinct texture.  At one point, the striations were thought to be caused by external pressures and changes in temperature during the growth process.  The current scientific consensus is that the striations are created by the convergence of two crystal faces along the z-axis.  Quartz points are formed by a combination of triangular prisms and rhombic pyramid shapes.  On rare occasions, a prismatic face can grow into a rhombohedral face, and this collusion leaves a horizontal line on the prismatic face.  If the two faces continue to grow, the lines will be repeated up the length of the crystal.

Lemurian Quartz’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Aquamarine, Chlorite, Fuchsite, Imperial Topaz, Kunzite, Petalite, Rutile, and Watermelon Tourmaline

Mineralogy Lemurian Quartz
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Typically colorless, can also be pink, yellow, or brown
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Pale yellow, white, or blue (short and long wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.7
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Lemurian Quartz

The term “Lemurian crystal” was first used in the 1990s by Katrina Raphaell, a crystal intuitive and author.  Raphaell founded The Crystal Academy of Advanced Healing Arts in 1986 and was one of the first modern crystal healing teachers.  Her first book, Crystal Enlightenment (1986) was the first text to describe “Record Keepers” crystals.  These are crystals, usually from the Quartz family, that have distinctive raised triangles on their surface.  Raphaell teaches that these triangular markings are a sign that the crystals had been programmed with special knowledge by the ancient Atlanteans before the fall of their civilization.  Lemurian Crystals are a type of Record Keeper, but instead of having raised triangular marks and messages from Atlantis, these crystals have raised horizontal lines, similar to a bar code, and are connected to the civilization of Lemuria.

The idea of a place called Lemuria was first theorized in 1864 by Philip Sclater (1829-1913), an English zoologist studying biogeographic regions, or eco-zones.  These are land areas separated by oceans, mountains ranges, or deserts that act as natural barriers to migration.  The plants and animals that live in each biogeographical region are therefore distinct from those in other parts of the world.  While studying these regions, Sclater noticed that the African island of Madagascar shares several zoological traits with the Asian subcontinent of India – despite being separated by the Indian Ocean.  Sclater theorized that perhaps there had once been a land bridge that connected the two areas that was now submerged.  He called the theoretical continent, Lemuria, after the lemurs in Madagascar’s forests and the lemur fossils found in India.  His scientific theory was eventually discredited in the mid-20th century by plate tectonics and continental-drift.

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Katrina Raphaell

The idea of Lemuria was appropriated by the Russian-American mystic, Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891).  She was a prolific writer and one of the founders of Theosophy, a modern religion which ushered in many “new age” ideas.  In 1888, she published The Secret Doctrine, the Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy.  In this book she detailed “Root Races” or stages in human spiritual evolution.  The first and second Root Races were purely spiritual beings.  The third and forth Root Races were highly evolved beings that lived on the lost continents of Lemuria and Atlantis.  These advanced civilizations were described as having complex knowledge systems and technologies that have since been lost or degraded.  The fifth Root Race is our own time period.  While, the sixth and seventh Root Races are expected to evolve in the future.  In her description of the Lemurians, Blavatsky claimed that remnants of this Root Race still roam the earth, and can be found in Australia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Seven years later, Frederick Spencer Oliver (1866-1899) further developed the mystical ideas of Lemuria in his book A Dweller on Two Planets.  He claimed that survivors of Lemuria were living in a luxurious city called Telos under the mountain of Mount Shasta in northern California.  Occasionally, the Lemurians, dressed in white robes, would come to the surface of the mountains and be seen by or interact with modern humans.  This story was further expanded in the 1930s and has been enthusiastically embraced by several religious groups that developed in the decades that followed.  These groups are typically a new age mixture of spiritual practices that include indigenous, Christian, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions.  Mount Shasta is famous for sometimes having lenticular clouds, low-hanging clouds that often look like flying saucers.  Unsurprisingly, Mount Shasta has numerous reports for UFO sightings and Lemurians are sometimes thought to be extraterrestrials, ancient aliens who “seeded” our planet so that human civilizations could arise.

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Lenticular clouds above Mount Shasta, California, USA

Yet another twist arose when James Churchward (1851-1936), published The Lost Continent of Mu: Motherland of Man which described a lost civilization somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.  Like Blavatsky, he claimed to have access to hidden and ancient knowledge, and that Mu was another name for the lost civilization of Atlantis.  Since that civilization is more commonly believed to be in the Mediterranean or Atlantic Ocean, the lost continent of Mu was soon fused with the idea of Lemuria.  Today, most people who believe in Lemuria claim that it was in the Pacific Ocean, rather than the Indian Ocean.

In the 1990s, Lemuria Quartz from Brazil was channeled for the first time and brought together many elements of the Lemurian stories.  The crystals were channeled by Raphaell and some of her student-teachers during a healing crystal retreat in Kauai, Hawaii.  The highlight of the retreat was the opportunity to mediate with some new crystals whose energies hadn’t yet been documented.  When working with the Lemurian Quartz, they sensed a “powerful group of beings” that were eagerly awaiting a chance to connect with human minds.  The beings revealed themselves to be entities that existed during “the natural seeding of star systems” and that they had planted these special crystals on the Earth shortly before the fall of the lost civilization of Lemuria.  The crystals were programmed with a frequency “of oneness, of unity, of every individual part being equal and no better than any other part and the necessity for love in order to evolve.”  Some of the Lemurians left the surface of the Earth for other star systems.  Others went into the inner Earth, where they continue to care for our planet and are responsible for allowing the Lemurian Crystals to surface in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Their purpose is to help us humans connect with the oneness of everything in the multidimensional universe.  One Lemurian Crystal connects to all Lemurian Crystals, and to all energy in the inner and outer worlds.

Additional References:

  1. Raphaell, Katrina.  “Lemurian Seed Crystals” in The Crystal Buzz International Newsletter, 12 (1994)
  2. “The Lemurian Influence” recording from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy printed in The Sedona Journal of Emergence (June, 1993)

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