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The Legendary Crystal Skulls

Native American, Mayan, Aztec and many other indigenous cultures tell us of the legendary 13 crystal skulls that are believed to be scattered throughout the world and possess important information for humankind. It is prophesied that when the 13 skulls are reunited, this significant event will mark a transformational turning point for humankind. But it will only happen if the human race is developed enough to receive this information.

Most crystal skulls that have been found are carved from whole quartz crystals and are either clear, smoky, or colorful in appearance. The skulls vary in size, shape, and refinement with technique and are thought to originate from ancient Mesoamerican cultures.

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Indigenous Spiritual Points of View

Pueblo Spiritual Advisor Patricio Dominguez: “The crystal skulls are complete depositories of knowledge and each skull contains a particular specialist area of information – like a living library [each skull is like one volume in a set of encyclopedias]. And the people who will in the future be able to 'read' the crystal skulls will only be able to extract all the knowledge from the skulls once they are all assembled together…

Of course, the knowledge that is going to come out from the skulls is quite unimaginable to our current minds. But that it is definitely going to come out at a certain time is already foregone. It has been prophesied. But whether we humans then use that knowledge for good or for our own destruction is really down to our preparations."

13th generation Quiche Maya spiritual leader Grand Elder Don Alejandro Cirilo Oxlaj Perez, head of the National Council of Maya Elders: "The prophecy says now is the time of the awakening. This is your job now, to awaken. The Vale of the Nine Hells is past and the Time of Warning has now arrived. It is time to prepare for the Age of the Thirteen Heavens. The time of 12 Baktun and 13 Ahau is fast approaching, and they shall be here among you to defend Mother Earth. The prophecy says, 'Let the dawn come. Let all the people and all the creatures have peace, let all things live happily', for the love must not only be between humans, but between all living things.”

The Mitchell-Hedges Skull

One of the better known crystal skull mysteries involves the Mitchell-Hedges skull, discovered in 1924. Frederick Mitchell-Hedges claimed his daughter, Anne, found the skull in Mayan city of Lubaantun but critics allege that it was planted there by Mitchell-Hedges. This heavy and perfectly carved natural quartz skull is anatomically correct and looks like it wascreated with modern-day tools but there is no evidence to support this. To date, nobody has been able to prove that the Mitchell-Hedges skull is a fake.

No matter how, the process was clearly sophisticated, even by more modern standards of creation, and its conception is a mystery, since quartz has the tendency to shatter. Said to have psychic amplifier abilities and can transmit information through the quartz crystal, it is unknown where the Mitchell-Hedges skull quartz came from, although it is similar to Californian quartz. Determining its origins is made even more difficult because quartz does not age and is formed in various geologic settings.

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The skull is said to do many things: induce trances, cause some people to go insane in its presence, emit strange smells and mysterious sounds manifest images of the past and future and even create a fire if the light is just right. It was likely used for healing and has supposedly cured people of deadly diseases.

Knowledge is also said to be imparted from the Mitchell-Hedges skull through channeling. Some channelers say that inter-dimensional beings created the skull. It has also been claimed that the skull was not made by anyone's hands, but channelled into being by thought alone, which makes it a thought-form. Others claim that the skull tells us explore the oceans because evidence of a previous culture is there and that the feeling of separation that humans suffer is the source of all problems in our world. It also claims we are our messing with our world through radiation and atoms and that this is causing all the weather, climate and axis issues.

Another theory about the Mitchell-Hedges skull is that it might have been rescued before the destruction of Atlantis or that it hails from extraterrestrials, who may have had much more sophisticated tools. Either that, or the extraterrestrials showed the Aztec people how to carve this amazing skull. It’s hard to say if this could be true, but it is interesting to think about the skull’s mysteries.

Faked Crystal Skulls?

It is possible that many of the crystal skulls found in the world were faked. During the 1800s, the public was very interested in acquiring pieces from ancient cultures, so it is possible that many of these items were made to meet that need and sell to whomever wished to own them. Unfortunately, crystal skulls have never been found at an officially documented archaeological site but that could be because archaeologists had not yet begun to use more scientific methods at that time. It would be difficult to replicate the Mitchell-Hedges skull even with today's tools, but the others could be fakes. Whether you believe in the crystal skulls or not, that's up to you.


Judith Joyce. 2010. The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal: Abductions, Apparitions, ESP, Synchronicity, and More Unexplained Phenomena from Other Realms.

Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas. 2012. The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls.

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