At about the same time that I was learning to do Reiki healing, I came across a book called “The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls” by Chris Morton and Ceri Louse Thomas.  I was fascinated with the subject matter of the book, which outlined the power of crystals and the mystery and controversy surrounding the crystal skulls that have surfaced in various places around the world.

Little did I know that the book would have me ordering a modern crystal skull for myself and sending me on a quest to see a life-size one for myself.  These intricately carved crystal skulls, although macabre in looks, have amazing energy and my own little moonstone skull, which fits neatly into my hand, is now an integral part of my meditation practice.

According to ancient native tribes, crystal skulls have healing and prophetic properties that could reveal the mysteries of creation and the future of the world.  No-one knows where they came from or who made them, but at a time when the world is focusing on the imminent approach of the year 2012, legend has it that if thirteen sacred skulls are reunited they could prevent catastrophes predicted for this time.  Crystal skulls have connections with both the Mayans and the Aztecs (and possibly Peruvians) and are hallowed by the native tribes who act as their guardians.

On a visit to England in 2008 I was lucky enough to be able to visit the British Museum where there is a magnificent specimen on display.

Unfortunately this skull has been found to be a fake in that it was proved to be a modern production, unlike others that were found in Mexico and Central America, which are thought to be over one hundred years old and some that are classified as ancient – having been created between 1500-2000 years ago.

With no visible tool marks to indicate how they were made, ancient tribes claim that they were either brought to earth by supernatural beings, left over from long lost civilizations (like Atlantis or Lemuria) or made with some technology that is unknown to us.

Crystal skulls first made their appearance towards the end of the 19th century and  both the French Museum and the Museum of Man in London each had one on display at the time.  They were acquired from  Soldiers of Fortune – when the French occupied  Mexico – who obtained them from sites around the country.  Apart from those found in museums today, many private individuals and native tribes have old and ancient skulls.

In 2008 Harrison Ford acted in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, in which the skull was portrayed as exhibiting paranormal phenomena.  If it did nothing else, perhaps it also made folk  more aware of these incredible objects.

A short article like this cannot possibly do justice to a subject as vast as this, but I hope that I have whetted your appetite to do more research on the skulls.  There is a wealth of information to be found on them on the internet and I highly recommend the book “The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls” that I mentioned earlier.  And if you’d like a skull of your own, there are thousands that have been carved in the past decade for the modern market.



Jane is an avid birder and nature enthusiast, whose deep love for travel, camping and exploring the natural world knows no bounds. Assisted by her nature-loving husband, Rob, a skilled photographer, they form a dynamic duo dedicated to visiting remote and breathtaking landscapes. With their camera lenses as their creative instruments, they capture the beauty of birds and wildlife, all while advocating tirelessly for conservation.

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