What does a broken crystal mean? Why did it break, chip or crack? Has it lost its healing properties? Is there really a meaning or message and what should you do with the broken pieces?
This is a common question I am asked and there are a number of reasons why a crystal can break or crack. Before we look at any spiritual meaning behind this I think it is important to look at how and why crystals can break from a physical and scientific perspective.
Crystals are fragile items so I think it is important to remember this before jumping to any conclusions. I have lost a few crystals over the years, mostly through dropping them or knocking them over (yikes!).
How & Why Crystals Break or Crack
Bumps & Bangs
If your crystal broke or cracked because you dropped it, banged it or during travel, I personally do not think there is much of a significance to this. The only message I think is here is that you need to be more careful with your crystals.
If you find you often drop things or bump into things, it can be a sign that you are ungrounded. Perhaps breaking something physical is a message to be more present and centered in your physical body. We are not much use here if we are not grounded. I have a grounding meditation here I like to use if you’re interested.
Tip: To protect crystals that you carry in your pockets use a bag. Get a quality thick drawstring bag or pouch to keep them in.
Hot & Cold
If your crystal has been exposed to extremes of hot and cold it can appear to break or crack for no apparent reason. The heating and cooling can cause a split in the internal flaws. It is important to look where you kept the crystal. Crystals near doors to outside your home, near a window, radiator, AC unit are at high risk of this.
Many crystals contain natural flaws and fractures which are weak. This is common with crystal Clusters, where crystals can come loose. You will not often be able to see these, they are also very common. These crystals can break, chip or crack over a period of time just through regular use and movement or any of the above reasons. Raw unpolished stones are the most likely to be affected but even tumbled stones can be affected especially if made from fragile crystals (see below).
There are many crystals which are very fragile. They crumble, shed, pieces fall away with touch, movement or water cleansing. Common fragile crystals are Celestite, Tourmaline, Kyanite, Selenite/Satin Spar, Desert Rose, Aragonite and many Quartz crystal clusters with small crystals. This is the nature of the mineral and has no mystical significance. The only way to avoid this is to have then sat in a glass display box like a mineral specimen and never touch them…
Water Cleansing Damage
If you’re familiar with my work you know I don’t recommend using water to cleanse crystals. Water can permanently damage many minerals. A running tap or water from a stream can damage any fragile crystal or any type of crystal clusters. Water cleansing and why it is a risky way to cleanse your crystals is covered in my article here.
Spiritual Meanings Behind Broken Crystals
There is no way for me to know exactly why this happened to your crystal, there are natural reasons I have given above. Only you know the condition of your stone and how it has been treated. The purpose of this article is to help you decide what caused it and if it may be a message for you. Please read the entire article and make your own mind.
I think that if a crystal breaks for no obvious reason there could be some significance to this. If your broken crystal is a protective stone such as Black Obsidian, Tigers Eye, Lapis Lazuli or Smoky Quartz for example it may have just protected you from some strong negative energy.
There is no need to worry, just be grateful. Any negative energy has been cleared away. If you want to know more about protective crystals please see my detailed guidebook Psychic Protection Crystals.
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Other Types Of Crystals
The other way you can look at this is to understand that the crystal wished to become more than one crystal. As long as the crystal is not completely shattered you may be able to rescue the broken crystal parts and find them a new home? You could keep one piece and give away the others freely.
If the crystal is shattered completely or no longer usable then most consider this that the crystal completed its job in its current form. You might feel you want to return the pieces to the Earth or use them in other ways I will share below.
Crystal Statues & Carvings
If you break a carved crystal in the shape of a Power Animal, Ascended Master, God or Goddess such as Buddha or Quan Yin then you can’t really give anyone half of the statue.
As it did not wish to be used as two or more separate pieces I would say that this is a sign that the spiritual being associated with it has saved you from some negative energy or even dissolved some bad karma. Another hidden blessing. After cleansing, you could repair the statue or decide to return the crystal to the earth. See my ideas below.
What To Do With Your Broken Crystals:
1 . If the edges are sharp you may be able to smooth them down with sandpaper but check they are not toxic crystals.
2. Cleanse the crystals of any negative energies they may have absorbed.
3. You could use the broken crystal pieces as separate crystals.
4. Perhaps you could give some of the broken crystal pieces away.
5. You could bury the broken crystals in your garden. Try near plants or trees. They love crystals.
6. Put them in plant pots or use as drainage stones in the bottom of a plant pot.
7. Visit a place out in nature, a sacred site or place that has meaning for you. Bury the pieces here.
8. Fill up a clear glass bottle or jar with the broken pieces and place it by a sunny window!
What About Cracked & Chipped Crystals?
If your crystal gets a chip or cracks after it was dropped or damaged in some way, it is still useable or wearable. Crystals do not lose their healing properties from this.
Please don’t judge the crystal because it is not ‘perfect’ in your eyes. A Warrior Crystal is a crystal point that is covered in chips and damage and a highly healing and protective crystal.
If you’re okay with the damage to your crystal, then you should continue to use it. If you feel this could be because of some negative energy then cleanse it. Problem solved.
What have you done with your broken crystals? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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