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shelikes2read
09-08-2010, 09:05
I'm curious as to why minerals carved into the shape of a skull seem to be so popular. I'm presuming there's a demand for them as there certainly seems to be a large supply of them from various sellers of crystal products.

They stand out all the more since it's not like there are other shapes out there that are in such vogue (well, other than spheres). And while some carved skulls seem to be made to mimic real life as much as possible in appearance, there are others that seem almost like cartoon characters. Some of the ones I'm seeing on here (http://stores.ebay.com/BONNIES-CRYSTALS_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm) remind me more of smiley emoticons than an anatomically correct skull. (Then again, who wouldn't mind having a real-life ":D" to look at once in a while?)

Anyway, I'm just curious as to why skulls seem to be such a popular carved mineral figure, especially in the near-absence of just about any other kind of sculptured shape besides spheres.

WinterRose
09-08-2010, 09:10
I think it's because they're fairly easy to sculpt, to be honest!

cardlady22
09-08-2010, 10:02
It's all the legends that keep stirring people's interest! :grin:
http://www.crystalskulls.com/13-crystal-skulls.html
http://www.skepdic.com/crystalskull.html

AJ
09-08-2010, 10:07
The last Indiana Jones movie featured them

Le Fanu
09-08-2010, 10:17
All things goff are back again.

(And some of those healing wands on that seller you linked were positively obscene... :| I had to look away... The way they curved...)

Briar Rose
09-08-2010, 11:17
Maybe they are fairly easy to sculpt with tools, but what about the ones that were found deep in the woods with NO marks on them(when magnified for detail)? Now that is something HUGE. And particular Crystal skulls are said to give healing, atunement, and alignment to those that touch them.


http://www.crystalskulls.com/


And they remind us that, we are not of our bodies. It's only a vessel.

shelikes2read
09-08-2010, 11:40
All things goff are back again.

(And some of those healing wands on that seller you linked were positively obscene... :| I had to look away... The way they curved...)
Yeah, some of the wands kind of made me go :bugeyed:, too. They leave a bit less to the imagination than I expected.

thorhammer
09-08-2010, 11:43
All things goff are back again.

(And some of those healing wands on that seller you linked were positively obscene... :| I had to look away... The way they curved...)
Yes! OMG I think I blushed :eek:

Personally, I recognise the properties of crystals as entities for healing. I own quite a few in either natural or polished form. But I flat-out refuse to acknowledge that carving a rock into a skull shape enhances its healing ability. That sounds like utter claptrap to me.

So says the ceremonial magician and Tarot reader, yogi and reiki practitioner.

I have lines. This is one of them.

\m/ Kat

hunter
09-08-2010, 20:43
I thought people were mostly using them for ancestor altars.

http://www.brujonegrobrujeria.com/page/page/3602817.htm

gregory
09-08-2010, 20:53
I think - because they are pretty. Sure - loads buy them for "real" reasons - but there are a lot of people out there who like pretty thing, let's face it.

Now the ones found in woods and so on - yes, that would be special. But the huge popularity they have I think is something more mundane.

214red
09-08-2010, 21:00
i think people can see that it has a mouth and can visualise it speaking easier then a ball, thats the only explaination i can see...i personally cant use them, they make me laugh

Le Fanu
09-08-2010, 21:19
aren't they just copies of those seriously historical ones found in excavations? (Mexico? Peru?) It's like letting us buy cheap copies of Cartier brooches. Crystal Skulls have a truly mystical provenance and these are just mass-produced copies for us to have a little something mystical in our lives.

ncharge
10-08-2010, 00:35
I'm curious as to why minerals carved into the shape of a skull seem to be so popular. I'm presuming there's a demand for them as there certainly seems to be a large supply of them from various sellers of crystal products.

They stand out all the more since it's not like there are other shapes out there that are in such vogue (well, other than spheres). And while some carved skulls seem to be made to mimic real life as much as possible in appearance, there are others that seem almost like cartoon characters. Some of the ones I'm seeing on here (http://stores.ebay.com/BONNIES-CRYSTALS_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm) remind me more of smiley emoticons than an anatomically correct skull. (Then again, who wouldn't mind having a real-life ":D" to look at once in a while?)

Anyway, I'm just curious as to why skulls seem to be such a popular carved mineral figure, especially in the near-absence of just about any other kind of sculptured shape besides spheres.

Oh, I don't like any of the skulls in her shop. All of my skulls were carved by Raven (http://www.ravensroost.net, or http://stores.ebay.com/Crystal-Skull-Head-Quarters) or Skullis (http://www.skullis.com/). These are the most lifelike skulls I have found.

Frankly, they are addictive. Meditation with a skull seems more powerful than meditation with a wand or sphere of the same type of crystal. I also use them for witchcraft - they mark elemental corners or become the foundation of a special spell. They also seem to have a life of their own - they communicate better than non-skull crystals. It is easier to tap into the crystal properties. They also seem to have more personality. Basically, I like them.

BodhiSeed
10-08-2010, 08:15
I have a collection of crystal skulls, all small-sized. I don't think they have any special powers, I just like them:D. I also don't think of them as "goth" - I don't care for vampire or other goth/dark decks, so there is no appeal for me there. I have meditated with some, with interesting results, and I use them on my mesa altar. I often hold them when I'm having a bad day, and wonder/ask what my ancestors' advice would be for me. Usually the message is something like, "Nothing is as bad as it seems. Things change. Don't take everything so personally." Perhaps the reason I enjoy them has to do with the spiritual path I walk (shamanic) or maybe it is just that they are polished crystals and are beautiful...

Ncharge, Raven's skulls are exquisite! Maybe when I win the lottery I might be able to buy one of hers.;)

gregory
10-08-2010, 18:36
I have a collection of crystal skulls, all small-sized. I don't think they have any special powers, I just like them:D.
Thanks for verifying my theory !!!! :)

hunter
10-08-2010, 21:24
Some of the small Skulis skulls are about $30.00

http://www.skullis.com/categories/Realistic-Skulls-1.html

I've thought about starting an ancestor altar. What would be a good stone for an ancestor altar skull?

BodhiSeed
10-08-2010, 22:52
Hunter, I think any stone you are attracted to, your ancestors would appreciate. Which ones are you drawn to? That is the one I would look for...
I think our ancestors are just thankful for us remembering and honoring them...

Sophie
10-08-2010, 23:00
I do a lot of work with my ancestors, and I never thought of using crystal skulls for that. A real skull might be a good prop - as well as serving as a memento mori, of course - but to be honest, burning a candle for your ancestors and honouring their paths by getting to know them is probably just as powerful as using skulls. It's just a matter of taste. Some people like them. I guess some people just use them for decoration too. If I were ever to see one that grabbed me, I might buy it, though I doubt I'd use it for ancestral work.

ncharge
11-08-2010, 02:17
Some of the small Skulis skulls are about $30.00

http://www.skullis.com/categories/Realistic-Skulls-1.html

I've thought about starting an ancestor altar. What would be a good stone for an ancestor altar skull?

Bloodstone is specifically used to open a link and communicate with ancestors. Quartz is good for anything. Other than that, I would say any stone that connects you to people (herkimer) or the past (picture jasper, rosetta jasper) or the more primal, old earth stones like lavastone, petrified wood, calcite, selenite, and obsidian.

Dizzybliss
11-08-2010, 02:22
THis is definitely interesting to follow

BodhiSeed
12-08-2010, 00:55
The more I think about my skulls, the more I realize the greatest gift they give me is a gentle reminder of impermanence and nonattachment.

Sophie
12-08-2010, 03:02
The more I think about my skulls, the more I realize the greatest gift they give me is a gentle reminder of impermanence and nonattachment.
:)
I thought of that too...memento mori. Like those beautiful paintings by old masters showing a young woman or man, holding a skull. Wise.

Chiriku
15-08-2010, 06:15
Fantastic question, OP!

I only recently found out that there was a thriving market for small carved crystal skulls and was as surprised as you were.

I had grown up knowing about the historical skulls and reading about their tenure in museums around the world. And then, in high school, I read a work of fiction in which a group of witches find a "lost" historical crystal skull...but in that book, the skull was a conduit for evil and dark power and was described in very frightening terms.

Ever since those days, I've always thought of them faintly negatively and was surprised to see them so widely available on eBay for the modern consumer.

All of the ideas here are great, but the one that really appeals to me personally is the memento mori aspect.

My friends and relatives would never "get that" though; friends would think I was descending into a Goth morbid funk, and my uber-religious family would accuse me of being a Devil worshipper.

Lillie
15-08-2010, 07:07
aren't they just copies of those seriously historical ones found in excavations? (Mexico? Peru?) It's like letting us buy cheap copies of Cartier brooches. Crystal Skulls have a truly mystical provenance and these are just mass-produced copies for us to have a little something mystical in our lives.

There are no seriously historical ones.

There is no evidence of any of them (including the Mitchell Hedges skull) being older than a couple of hundred years.

Probably carved in Bavaria in the 1800's.

But I think they are cute.

I'd like a big one.

But some of them are so funny looking, there are the weird smiley ones and the long jawed ones and the ones that look like they are wearing welding goggles...

Cute though. If I ever find a nice one cheap I'll get it.

hunter
15-08-2010, 07:21
I'm thinking maybe red jasper.

punchinella
19-08-2010, 10:46
There is no evidence of any of them (including the Mitchell Hedges skull) being older than a couple of hundred years.
But there are the Jericho etc. skulls . . . although who knows what exactly they mean?

http://www.pbs.org/howartmadetheworld/episodes/death/skulls/

http://www.utexas.edu/courses/classicalarch/images1/jericho_skulls.html

If I were to aquire or use a crystal skull (which at present I feel no need to do) the skulls of Jericho would not be far from my mind, since I find this aspect of human prehistory particularly fascinating.

ETA: A little earlier, in this part of the world, people used to bury their dead right inside their (round one-room, if I remember correctly) houses with the heads sticking up out of the ground. In response to the original question--maybe crystal skull collecting today exists for some of the same reasons that families left the heads of their deceased loved ones sticking up through the floors of their living rooms, and, later in the same region, exhumed skulls seven or so years after burial and plastered over them to create sculptures of the heads of the individuals whose skulls (I presume) they were.

???