One of our longtime tour guides, Ciji, is a crystal healing practitioner. She carries crystals with her for a myriad of reasons and uses, including protection.
Ciji has reported feeling super negative energy near the cistern, located in our cellar basement, for a few weeks. She's been getting lightheaded, dizzy spells, and headaches.
On Thursday, August 3rd, 2023, she placed a piece of Black Tourmaline in front of the cistern during her pre-tour cleaning. The Black Tourmaline crystal stone meaning is connected to its deep pitch-black color. Because of its dark coloration, this stone has an intense energy and an ability to absorb negative energy without compromising its own energy. Because it can absorb negativity, it can both protect and cleanse you and your environment. Like most protective crystals and talismans, it is said that they will break once they've reached their capacity for absorbing bad energies.
Ciji's first tour came at 8:30pm. During that tour, she found her crystal had been kicked away from where she had put it and broken clean in half. The cistern is not an area with foot traffic outside of the tours. Staff would have no reason to walk over there, so it's improbable that someone had accidentally stepped on it, and it's very difficult to break crystals on your own.
This is the second time that one of Ciji's crystals has broken at Shakers.