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Kundalini Quartz: The Serpent's Tale



Kundalini Quartz is a unique and unusual rare natural citrine from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Central Africa. 


The quartz is mined from weathered rock by small scale artisanal miners in a very remote locality, with the nearest town being Luena, in the province of Katanga. This lies close to the Zambian border. The region can often flood in the rainy season, making the mine inaccessible for part of the year. Apparently, there is no road access for miles and the only way to transport the citrine from the mines is by motorbike. Conflict and political unrest in DRC adds to the difficulty of getting the natural citrine out of the country. 


Sadly, this beautiful and extraordinary quartz can often suffer from mining damage due to poor mining practices. However, the miners are improving their methods with guidance from supporting trade links, and collaborations with wholesale buyers who work closely with the miners to encourage better mining practices. 


The distinctive formation of the Kundalini Quartz with its split growth, is often termed artichoke growth due to the resemblance of an artichoke head. The quartz often features one main point, surrounded by layers of smaller upward cascading parallel points growing from the sides at the base, and partially enclosing the main crystal. These outer smaller crystals are mini versions of the main crystal and exhibit the same growth pattern. Sometimes, the smaller cascading crystals wrap around the main crystal on a slant creating a spiral effect.The quartz can also have twin points or more, thereby creating clusters. These can be quite striking when all the main points are surrounded by the smaller points, and are much sought after. The thought is that the ‘mother' crystal and ‘daughters’ all grow simultaneously together, and due to lattice defects, possible trace elements, and fast growth, this ‘sprouting’ occurs. 



COLOUR

The colour of the natural citrine can range from really dark smokey through to rich golden yellow to light champagne. Natural citrine has always been a bit of a mystery as to how it gets its colour. It is generally thought that the yellow colour is caused by irradiation, with possible traces of aluminium, similar to smokey quartz. Which makes sense!  Some report that it could be due to traces of iron. So possibly, depending on the depth  and shades of colour, it could be one or other, or both. 


In the case of iron, some of the kundalini quartz does occasionally have goethite on the surface, indicating there is an iron presence, and some quartz will have hematite presence within the smaller points. 


As with all quartz, citrine is a silicon dioxide mineral with a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale. The crystal structure is trigonal. 


Like other quartz, natural citrine kundalini quartz can display master faces, such as channellers, receivers, transmitters, Dows, timelinks, etc,  and other characteristics known to quartz. There are usually interesting inclusions to be seen, as well as phantoms, and there are often rainbow flashes. 



WHY THE NAME

Kundalini Quartz has all the usual healing attributes of natural citrine, which are mentioned later. In addition to these, Kundalini Quartz has its own unique healing properties, which explain the name.


When connecting to the energies of kundalini Quartz, one can experience a stimulation of rising energies, that begin either at the root chakra, sometimes at the