What’s the Deal with All the Crystal Piles?
If you’ve read THE CASE OF THE MISSING MASCOT, you may be wondering what the deal is with the piles of crystals teen sleuth Sherlock Shakespeare encounters twice during her investigation. If you haven’t read it yet, the answer to that question won’t spoil anything about the case.
Either way, today we’re diving inside the book to give you the info Sherlock doesn’t have as she searches for the school’s missing mascot.
In the book…
As Sherlock enters a room that she’s searching for information on the mascot’s location, she notices what she describes as little piles of rocks in the corners of the room. She also notices that more of these strange object are hanging on the pull chains of the ceiling fan. She doesn’t know what they are during the two scenes she encounters them, but she doesn’t think much about them. After all, she is working against the clock to find Champers before Homecoming.
But since you aren’t up against that same deadline, you may’ve wondered why anyone would keep rocks in the corners of a room. Especially in two separate places. I mean, it’s not like you see this every day.
Unless you’re hanging out at my house, that is.
In real life…
In certain circles, all those (mainly) pretty colored rocks are referred to as crystals, even when they’re more opaque in appearance than crystalline. Gemstones like diamonds, rubies and sapphires also fall under this label. What Sherlock didn’t realize she was looking at was a crystal room grid.
A what? I’ll back up.
Here’s the deal: All crystals have a certain vibrational energy to them that is unique to that particular stone. Some people are able to sense–or physically feel–this energy. Placing one or more crystals in the corners of a room creates the perimeter of the grid. It’s also common to have a crystal in the center of the grid, though I’ve seen functional grids that lack this central component.
Why would anyone do this?
Basically, people create room grids–or grids for the whole house–as a way to change the energy they experience in the space. For example, chrysocolla and aquamarine are stones that have calming energies (at least for me). If I’m working in a high-stress environment, I might create a grid with these stones to calm down the space so that I’m not a giant ball of nerves every time I sit down to work. And since I work at home, I don’t have to explain the random rocks positioned around me.
In other cases, some people are highly sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies. For these people, spending too much time in a room filled with electronic equipment can create a jittery, almost paranoid feeling. Gridding a room with crystals known to absorb EMFs can make it a little easier to function around electronics. (Even if the NSA is watching you through your webcam.)
Personally, I keep a length of black and blue kyanite between me and my laptop. It’s kind of nice not to totally fry a computer within a year. But I digress.
Back to the book…
And there you have it, my friends…the resolution to the mystery of the little rock piles. It’s a 100% legit thing that people do in real life, not just something I made up to make the suspect seem even quirkier or add interest to a scene that would otherwise revolve around rifling through someone’s underwear drawer. And, if you’ve read the book, you know this is totally something this suspect would do.
If you’re interested in learning more about crystals, go to the search engine of your choice (*cough* Google *cough*) and search for “metaphysical properties of…” and the name of whichever crystal you want more information about. Author Judy Hall has also written several books on the properties, lore and uses of crystals, two of which I keep in hard copy on my own bookshelf.
***Have you run across something a little strange in any of my books that you’d like to get more information on? Leave me a comment, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Who knows. Your question could be the subject of our next Inside the Book installment.
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