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Smoky quartz is kind of my jam. It has been for awhile — while a lot of metaphysical and magickal guides say that clear quartz is an all-purpose stone, I have a much deeper affinity for smokies.
For the most part, my collection consists of regular smoky quartz. I have a couple pieces of rutilated smoky quartz (quartz with needles of rutile in it), but they’re all various shades of light to medium gray and brown. Morion quartz is a bit different. Unlike regular smoky quartz, morion is very, very deep brown to nearly black. It forms under the same conditions as other smoky quartz, but ends up being very dark and opaque. Like other forms of colorful quartz, prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade the color.
Magickally, it’s sometimes considered a more potent variant of smoky quartz and therefore useful for grounding and protection. Others consider it a universally powerful stone. I’m most likely going to use this one as an altar stone and meditative focus.
Okay, now on to the fun part.
Rather than a crystal point, this is a section of crystal that broke off long ago. While laying broken, it became the foundation for what looks like an entire city of tinier crystals. I guess it’d be considered a type of “barnacle” or “trigger” quartz, but some of these crystals are rather large and very well-formed. There are crystals growing through each other, one tiny one that looks almost like a bit of fairy quartz, twin crystals, and one forming on its side that looks double-terminated. It’s a really beautiful piece, and there’s no way a picture or two can do it justice — it really requires some serious inspection and contemplation to take in all of the details. I love it!
Like my other big smoky that features in a lot of my photos, this crystal came from Bliss Crystals on Etsy. While I do enjoy being able to pick my own from a brick and mortar shop or gem show, I’ve never gotten a disappointing stone from them.
Do you work with morion? What has your experience been like?