Crystal Gridworks 101 (or Crystal Gridworks for Dummies)

by Vivian Hadleigh on December 3, 2014

How to create your own vortex

Crystal cluster 1

Easy, exact instructions for constructing your very own souped-up, geometrically precise
Star of David meditation space/crystal grid

I’ve been using crystals since the mid-80’s, and have constructed, experimented with and experienced all kinds of crystal gridworks based on sacred geometry, including some pretty elaborate rooms and other structures. Pyramids, merkabahs, whole rooms constructed for specific healing modalities, crystals laid out along a copper screen for a healing bed, and much more.

B&W star_of_DavidBy far the most powerful gridwork I’ve ever experienced is the simplest to create: the Star of David. If you use well-matched crystals and a geometrically precise layout, you will literally feel the power like a breeze the minute you sit or stand in the center. And the longer you leave it in place (but keep the crystals cleaned!) the more powerful the vortex becomes.

In fact, if you use double-terminated instead of single point natural crystals, the power both expands and concentrates at the same time, spreading the energy and power through the room and out into the rest of the space surrounding it.

The Star of David is a geometric, visual representation of “as above, so below,” and to my mind, that’s where it’s true power is derived…from the intersection and entwining of above and below. Look at the image above: a downward-pointing triangle (above) interlocked with an upward-pointing triangle (below). Earth and sky. Masculine and feminine. Within and without. Spirit and matter intersecting and blending and feeding each other. It’s also similar in energy and expression to the Taoist yin/yang symbol.


Sri-YantraAlso, in addition to being an important symbol of the Jewish religion, the Star of David is related to, and possibly a grandchild of the Sri Yantra, or Yantra of Creation, which has been important in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions and since the earliest Vedic times. Considered the most powerful and mystical of all yantras, it symbolizes the creative principle of the Universe, and the continuous, interlocking and interdependent expansion of all realms of creation from the central source, or bindu.

Building your grid

The power’s in your crystal selection. And in precise geometry (which isn’t as hard as it sounds).

Keep in mind you’re not drawing a Star of David, but creating a layout enabling your crystals to make one. What you’ll end up with looks more like a circle or flower than a Star of David. How you lay the crystals out creates the Star.

Also, unless you’re really good at assembling things, I highly, highly recommend you do this one step at a time and not read ahead. It’s far simpler to do than to read about. And keep referring back to the Star of David illustration at the beginning if you have trouble visualizing.

  • rainbow crystal on moss agate cropped 1First you’ll need a selection of 6 natural, unpolished, single-point quartz crystals, preferably at least 4-5” long, of about the same weight and power…



  • mini star of david 2 cropped…and, preferably, with an affinity for each other. Like litter mates, although this affinity can usually be created through exposure. Here’s my set of babies all from the same mine in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They’re small enough (around 1″) to make a great mini-grid for activating, programming and powering up larger crystals and clusters.
  • double terminated with window cropped 2If you really want a blast, use all matched (see next bullet point) double-terminated crystals. Blastoff!


  • Also, if you can’t find “littermates,”  it’s best if you have all six crystals “live” together for at least a month or two. If you’re good at sensing energies, ask each one if it wants to work with the rest of them.


protractor yardstickSecond, make sure you have a protractor  and a yardstick.



Third, get a square or geometrically round cloth (round makes it easier to lay out your exact Star of David geometry) which you won’t mind marking up. A round or square mat or heavy cloth like canvas will work best.

  • Make sure it’s big enough to sit in cross-legged, or in a chair if you prefer, with room for all the crystals in a circle around you. Which means it’s pretty big, because the flat sides of the square have to be far enough apart to accommodate both person and crystals. The dear friend who tested these instructions ended up, after trial and error, getting a round yoga mat and used masking tape as well as a marking pen to lay out the grid.

Fourth, mark out the grid as follows: Using the yardstick, draw a line between one corner of your square cloth or mat and the one directly across, or straight across the middle if you have a round cloth or mat. Don’t connect the other corners; it’ll mess you up. Just the single line for now. This is the first cross-section of your Star of David.

  • Measure the distance between the corners or, with a round mat side to side, and mark the exact center of your cloth right on that line.
  • Put your protractor’s flat bottom line on the line you just drew all the way across (not just the flat edge or the protractor, but the line which connects the 180-degree marks). Place the exact center of the protractor on the center mark you just drew.
  • Put a mark on the cloth next to both 180-degree marks (which are on the corner-to-corner line you just drew) and on both 60/120-degree markers on the curved side of the protractor. 60/120 means that most protractors have the degrees marked out on both sides of the curve, in opposite order. So one time the 60 is on the outer edge and the 120 inside, then the opposite on the other side.

Now place the flat 180-degree line of the protractor on the same corner-to-corner line, but with the curved side in the opposite direction.

  • Do the same thing at the 60/120-degree marks.

Next step, draw a line connecting the first two 60/120 degree marks directly across from each other, and through the center mark, connecting the two that are furthest apart.

  • Remember, you’re not making a triangle, but marking where you will place the crystals to create a harmonic pattern which, once you set it up, will resonate not only from one crystal point to the one opposite it, but also along the lines of each Star of David triangle if you lay them out correctly.
  • Repeat with the other three opposed pairs of points.
  • You’ll end up with a circle made up of 3/6 lines (depending on how you want to count them, from the center, or point to point) radiating out like a flower from the center mark.

Measure the distance from the center of the square you marked earlier to the edge of your round mat, or, if you’re using a square cloth, the edge of one of the flat sides, not the corner.

  • Put an x or other visible mark at a point far enough in from the edge you selected to leave room for one of your crystals, but far enough out to accommodate your bottom & knees, or your chair and feet.

Next-to-last step:

  • Measure the distance from the center of the square to the point you marked.
  • Go to each of the lines you drew connecting opposite crystals, measure the same distance from the center, and put a mark. You’ll mark the lines on both sides of the center, so you’ll have 6 marks.

Final step:

  • Place your crystals with the points facing the center (if they’re double-terminated, check with each to see which termination they want to have pointing inward).
  • Place them in this order: first on one set of alternating points, so you’re laying out one triangle of the Star of David, and then creating the second triangle the same way, points in.
  • I recommend deciding ahead of time (and marking on your cloth) which will always be the point of the upward-pointing triangle and always begin at that place.
  • I usually go left to right each time.
  • Although I’ve never tried it, right now my guidance is suggesting that I (and you) try laying out the crystals for the “feminine” or upward-pointing triangle right to left and see what happens to the energy.

You have now created a Star of David crystal grid for your meditations.

Now, sit in your circle and take off into inner space!

Some added hints:

  • If you have pets you might not be able to do this, but if you leave the grid out all the time, and use it regularly, the power will just increase and spread throughout your home or classroom.
  • About once a month, clean all the crystals energetically and physically (salt and water bath, 24 hours under sun and moon, or full moon or new moon if you’re after a particular kind of energy. Although in my experience the Star of David energy is a bit more solar.
  • You could also try putting one triangle of three out under a full moon and the “feminine” three under the new moon in the same astrological sign/month.

Questions? Confusion? Use the comment section below, and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

For the care, feeding and powering up of your crystals, for your gridwork and other uses, there’s lots of great info in my ebook:

Using Crystals: an e-Pocket Guide

The first chapter of Using Crystals is here on the blog.

And many thanks to my dear friend author C. B. Williams for serving as instructional guinea pig!!

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Cammy Williams December 3, 2014

Thank you for this! Even “scattered-read-every-other-word-me” can figure this one out. I did have to slow down a bit to get it done right. But step-by-step was the way to go. Now I’ve got my grid for my crystals.

Vivian Hadleigh December 3, 2014

Check out the link to your books at the bottom! Least I can do for your vital guinea pig contribution!

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