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Pendulum Weight-Stone Shapes

While the tapered point is traditionally considererd a "pendulum" point, pendulum weight-stones actually come in a wide variety of shapes. Below are pictures of the types of shapes found at AYP. You can browse pendulum designs by their shape by clicking on the images below. To learn more about how the shapes behave, read on.


Pointed Egg
Pencil Point


Tapered Point
Other Shapes

Shape Dynamics

Shape is not just about appearance. The shape of a thing will impact how it responds to motion and energy. I like the traditional tapered point as much as the next girl, but honestly, when it comes to pendulums, I often prefer something with a lower center of gravity - like an orb or a teardrop. And since a pendulum doesn't require an actual "point" to show the direction of its movements, you can get great results with all kinds of shapes. Below are some of the shapes you'll find at AYP.

Icosahedron - One of the five Plantonic solids, the Icosahedron represents water and is an essential shape in sacred geometry. As such, it carries in it the secret language of the Universe and acts as a matrix for transmuting etheric and physical properties through the fluidity of nature. Its swing is similar to an orb's (see below).

Orbs - Also called "spheres" or "balls", orbs are round and may or may not have metal caps or pointed mountings. The center of gravity on an orb is right smack at its broad middle, which gives this shape great swing action - meaning it's an eager, easy swinger. Orbs are a great choice for beginners because they're not coy or hesitant in their action. Additionally, if you're looking for the best way to experience the energy of your pendulum's natural stone, the orb shape provides optimal benefit. This shape - the sphere - both receives and transmits energy. Hold a gemstone orb in your hand and it will receive your energy, transmute it (based on the gemstone's energetic properties) and offer it back to you in a transformed state.

Ovals - Ovals are basically elongated orbs. The center of gravity on an oval is not quite as apparent as it is in an orb and thus doesn't not swing quite as assertively as the orb. Shiva Lingam stones are an example of the oval shape. This is a sacred stone of inner transformation and rebirth. The oval shape of the Shiva Lingam represents the male aspect of creation.

Pointed Eggs - This shape is essentially a hybrid of an orb and a point and it's one of my favorites. There's an inherent gracefulness about the pointed egg and it has a nice easy swing to it.

In Dolphin Dreams

Pencil Points - These look like a shape that nature would have cut, if she had a stone saw. A Pencil Point mimics the shape of naturally occuring single or double terminated quartz crystals. Pencil points make beautiful pendulums, though they don't swing as easily or as high as some of the other shapes. The center of gravity in a pencil point is so well distributed that it can take longer for it get momentum into its swing and is recommended for more advanced users for this reason.

Spirals - These are stones that have a spiral cut to them, though their overall shape varies. Symbolically, the spiral represents for movement, progress, healing, direction, momentum, centering, expansion, awareness, connection, and cosmic energy.

Stacked - The "stacked stone" is one of my favorite design innovations. I take multiple stones disk or orbs, connect them into a unified weight-stone that's unlike anything else. With more surface exposed, the stacked stone lets you see and experience more of the weight-stone's natural beauty. The unique layering of the stone disks/orbs and sterling silver elements creates a strong, well balanced swing.

Tapered Points - This is shape that is often considered to be a traditional pendulum "point". It's what most people think of when they think pendulum. A tapered point is wide at the top and some have a neck. It tapers down from the widest point of the stone (its "shoulders") into a point at the bottom. Some tapered points are faceted (with 6, 8, 12 or more facets) and some or completely smooth with no facets. The tapered point has a nice easy, medium swing to it. Some people prefer a tapered points because it actually has a "point" (though to be honest, a point isn't necessary to read the direction of a pendulum's swing).

Teardrops - This shape is the opposite of the pointed egg. The narrow part is at the top and the fullest, widest part is near the bottom. It is the shape of a droplet of water and has a low center of gravity. Teardrops are typically easy swingers as momentum in this shape is a lot like a wrecking ball - built to maximize momentum and swing.

Other Shapes - This is any shape not otherwise cataloged above. It can include carved inverted stupas, freeform, pyramids, etc..


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