An article by Joshua Shapiro
                     Co-author of the Book,
            "Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed"
               Sandra Bowen & F.R. 'Nick' Nocerino.

Today the topic of quartz crystals is a hot item! You will find
books about crystals in almost every bookstore (even non-
metaphysical ones). There is a great battle occurring between
holistic doctors/healers and the traditional medical profession
about whether crystals can actually be effective in facilitating
some form of healing. However, the intention of this article is
to go beyond what has been publicly shared on this topic and
discuss one of the most amazing uses of quartz by the ancients --
the Crystal Skulls.

What are we referring to when we say a Crystal Skull? A Crystal
Skull is a piece of quartz crystal shaped in the form (or
approximating) of a human skull. There are two types of skulls
that exist, those which have been carved in a known process by
contemporary craftsmen, thus called contemporary skulls and
others which have been discovered in or near ancient ruins, known
as ancient crystal skulls. The most interesting of these skulls
are the ancients one which are human size or larger. In working
with these ancient crystal skulls, we find an incredible energy
generally linked to the artifact and many strange physical

The places where the human sized ancient crystal skulls have been
found is Indian ruins (Mayan, Aztec, etc ....) in Mexico or
Central America with unsupported rumors of some skulls being
discovered in South America. Thus far, four types of quartz
skulls are known including clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz
and smoky quartz. The contemporary carved Crystal Skulls have
been manufactured in Mexico, Brazil, Germany & Nepal and there
are many local crystal stores which sell some of these skulls.
The ancient skulls not only have baffled our scientists (when a
skull was available for research) regarding how they were made,
but have a great deal of psychic phenomena occurring around them.

For example, several of ancient skulls have been brought to
Hewlett-Packard, located in the San Francisco area which has one
of the best scientific and crystal research laboratories in the
world. The scientist their were hard pressed to explain how a
primiitve culture (because the skulls are known to be at least
several hundred years old and as we believe, much older) could
have carved crystal into such precise shapes and especially
against the natural axis of the crystal.

Crystal is a substance that has a perfect symmetry of how its
molecules align. When a carver cuts crystal, if they attempt to
carve against this axis, the crystal shatters. Even with our
elaborate laser equipment, it would be very difficult to create
such Crystal Skulls as are be uncovered and do so against the
axis. This does not even begin to address the strange phenomena
that occurs in the presence of an ancient Crystal Skull.

What Crystal Skulls are known today? The most famous Crystal
Skull is called the Mitchell-Hedges Skull. It is an almost exact
copy of a human skull, totally clear as glass with two pieces
including a movable jaw. It was found in the ruins of a Mayan
city called Lubaantun, in Belize in 1924, by Anna Mitchell-
Hedges, on her seventeenth birthday. Her father, famed explorer
F. A. Mitchell-Hedges, who was leading this expedition (funded by
the British Government), was looking for evidence of lost
Atlantis. At first they found the top part or cranium of the
skull in what appeared to be an altar room. Three months later
they found the lower jaw nearby. The natives went into a frenzy
when the skull was first brought out. Mr. Mitchell-Hedges did not
have the heart to keep this sacred object from the Maya so he
gave it back to the natives. In 1927, when the expedition was
ready to leave, the Head Mayan Priest presented the Crystal Skull
back to them in gratitude for the food, medical supplies and
clothing that the expedition had provided for his people. It has
been in their family ever since. In the past, Anna Mitchell-
Hedges has had the Crystal Skull on display at several New Age
conferences around the United States. Also, she has allowed
private appointments to see the Crystal Skull in her home (now in

Two other Crystal Skulls that can be seen on public display at
times, are the British Crystal Skull, in the Museum of Mankind in
London, England and the Paris Skull, in the Trocadero Museum in
Paris, France. Both of these single piece skulls were found by
soldiers of fortune in Mexico in the late 1890's. They are both
cloudy clear quartz and neither is as intricately carved nor as
precise as the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull. In 1936, a report
by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britian published
in their journal called "Man", compared the British Skull and
Mitchell-Hedges Skull, since they are somewhat similar in size
and shape, trying to decide which Crystal Skull was created first
and which was a copy. Arguments were presented in the article for
both possibilities and no conclusive decision was reached.

In our book Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed" we discuss
several other skulls which are unknown to the public. I would
like to just briefly mention them here in order to bring the
reader up to date on what is known so far. In 1979, co-author Mr.
Nocerino was contacted by a Mayan Priest in Mexico and was able
to work with another clear frosty skull for four months with over
30 researchers. They called it the Mayan Crystal Skull because
many of the psychic impressions received depicted scenes from the
Mayan culture. It is not as human-looking, with circular
indentations in the temples and is one piece. At present, its
whereabouts are unknown. In 1982, the same Mayan Priest brought
to the United States the Amethyst Crystal Skull (a purple colored
quartz) which is currently held by private owners in San Jose,
California. This skull is similar in style to the Mayan Crystal
Skull but slightly smaller. Both of these skulls were brought to
Hewlett Packard for research and also found to be cut against the
axis of the crystal.

 During the Second World War in France, Mr. Nocerino saw another
clear Crystal Skull known as the "Light of Christ", that was
clear and one piece, held by a secret society. In the late 1940's
near the Guatemala-Honduras border, he saw a rose quartz skull
including a separate movable jaw that was an almost exact copy of
the style of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull except this skull
was slightly bigger and very well guarded by local natives. He
has also seen two other Amethyst Crystal Skulls, one in Marin
County of California and another in Mexico which was buried in a
tomb dated ninth or tenth century.

There is also a report of another clear skull with a movable jaw
existing in Peru kept in secret by the Peruvian Government. We
have also heard through a spiritual teacher in Peru known as
Willaru,that he saw a Crystal Skull with one of the Indian tribes
in the Northern Part of Peru. He said this skull was perfectly
formed, clear quartz, one piece but had a blue coloring in its
eyes and on the top of the head. He felt this skull had great
knowledge and could be used for healing. The Indians who guard
the skull, did notunderstand what it was but felt it was a sacred

Even after our book was published additional crystal skulls have
surfaced. In 1988, the Parks of Houston, Texas, begin to share a
large frosty clear quartz skull that weights 18 lbs. The name of
this skull is the Texas Crystal Skull or the Parks call the skull
"MAX". The Parks inherited this skull from an American who was
trained as a Tibetan Monk and used the skull in his center to
help heal people. In appreciation for the support he received
from the Parks, he gave them the skull when he died. The Parks
are open to have people come to visit them and the skull. "Max"
has been on display at a number of New Age and UFO conferences
(next one is in Colorado in March/April 1995) in the U.S. Lastly,
the Parks are working with a spiritual channel who is receiving
telepathic communication with Max and speaks a strange language
(possibly a Space Language). They are creating activations,
activating the energy grid in certain places in working with Max
in the center of their circle.

When I was in Las Vegas, during some lectures to promote my book
in 1989, I met an elderly gentlemen named Jose, who was born in
Mexico. He told me that he had a small clear quartz skull that
had Mayan Symbols on it. He had this skull since 1942 and found
it in a Mayan ruin when his class from school was at this sight
for a field trip. He claimed that after the skull came into his
possession every dream and desire he had for his life was
fullfilled. I had a chance to work with this skull in the summer
of 1989 and found that it indeed had a powerful energy. Jose died
in 1993 and the whereabouts of this skull are not known at this
time. Jose told me that a small amethyst skull was also found
next to his and that a friend in Mexico had this skull.

In April of 1991, I was in Los Angeles to participate in a local
conference and speak about the Crystal Skulls. I have a friend
Eric, who is the owner of a beautiful crystal store in this area.
He had a booth at the conference and told me that he had received
a crystal skull from Central America and the person who was going
to buy was in town. He permitted me to meet this new owner and
see the skull. This skull is a one piece smoky quartz skull that
has a pointed head and the teeth come to an overbite. So when the
new guardian saw this skull for the first time, was my first
time. The guardian has decided to call the skull "ET" (since the
skull looks a bit extraterrestrial). I did have an opportunity to
meditate with the skull and definitely felt it was an ancient
one. Additionally the guardian of this skull came to visit us in
Christmas of 1992 (in the Chicago area), and we were able to
actually live and sleep with this skull for four days. We brought
the crystal skull to the Bahai Temple in Wilmette and meditated
with it in the main chapel where the Bahai services are held.
This was quite powerful. The last incredible incident during this
visit was bringing "ET" together with the famous "Mitchell-
Hedges" Crystal Skull, that was in Valparaiso, Indiana, about 90
miles from Chicago. It was a powerful experience to be in the
presence of two ancient crystal skulls, both which were
discovered in close proximity to each other and I felt, not
strangers to each other at all.

Lastly, through Michael Lightworker, who is an extraordinary New
Age Networker in North Carolina (USA), we heard of a Peruvian
Shaman named Willaru. Michael met Willaru in Peru during one of
the metaphysical tours that he conducts to this special land. We
asked for Michael to send us some articles done on Willaru ( see
"An Inca Prophecy" ) and my wife Vera, contacted Willaru to be a
guide for her own metaphysical journey to Peru in 1993. Vera
discovered from Willaru that he had seen a crystal skull in the
northern part of Peru that was held by the Campa people, living
quietly in the jungle. When my friend Gloria, showed Willaru some
photos of various ancient crystal skulls (as see went with Vera
to Peru in 1994), he said that the skull he saw was similar to
"ET" as it had a pointed jaw. He described this skull (speaking
in Spanish to Vera over the phone and Vera translating for me
into English) as a single piece of clear quartz with blue in the
eyes and on the top of the head. The Campa brought the skull out
to him, to see if he knew what it was. He only felt it had great
healing energies and sacred knowledge. This is the first
confirmation we have had of a crystal skull in Peru although I
keep seeing a clear blue skull in my mind's eye somewhere in the
vicinity of where Willaru saw this skull.

What type of unusual phenomena has occurred around the Crystal
Skulls? First, I would like to share a few personal experiences
with the ancient Crystal Skulls I have seen. I was in the
presence of the Amethyst Crystal Skull in April of 1983 and the
Mitchell-Hedges Skull in May & June of 1986.

One of the psychic or inner gifts which I have discovered and
seems to come naturally, without effort, is the ability to feel
or sense energy/vibration. When I first came in contact with each
of these skulls, I felt as if they were quiet or as if there was
absolutely no energy within them. After seeing the Mitchell-
Hedges skull, I discussed this experience with one of the other
co-author of my book, Sandra Bowen. Sandra had worked with Mr.
Nocerino for three weeks of intensive research with this Crystal
Skull in November of 1985. At this time, she had a totally
different reaction from mine as she instantly connected with the
skull and felt tremendous energy around it. Thus I concluded that
this skull could conduct totally different sessions with
individuals around it at the same time. Apparently, when one
first begins to work with a Crystal Skull, there is a period of
getting acquainted. Now, if I am in the presence or even see a
picture (or a mold, in 1993, we came in contact with a person in
Chicago who had a cement type mold of the Mitchell-Hedges Skull
and I still felt an energy with this) of either of these Crystal
Skulls, I immediately feel a connection and a great deal of
energy around and inside of me. I begin to receive mental images
of places and people of which I am not always certain what it
means. Also I receive tremendous insights into myself, universal
knowledge or an intuitive understanding of spirit and a feeling
of being charged. I know within my being that I have worked with
the Crystal Skulls in prior lifetimes as I will inwardly hear
suggestions of how to activate and work with the skulls.

Some people who have been in the presence of the Mitchell-Hedges
Crystal Skull have told the owner that they received a healing of
some form or found that their psychic abilities became expanded.
Other people have fallen into a trance while being with this
skull. But the most dramatic phenomena which occurs around the
Crystal Skulls, which is a very special part of my co-author, Mr.
Nocerino's research, are the holographic images which appear
inside of the crystal skulls when they are activated through a
combination of color, light, sound or human energy. Some of the
scenes that have appeared within the skulls are UFOs, Big Foot,
Unicorns, flying people, mermaids, dolphins, whales, mountains,
other Crystal Skulls, alien beings, forest, caves, etc ... To
this date, no one is quite sure of the exact process which
manufactures these pictures. Even when any of the co-authors have
done public lectures sharing the crystal skulls through slides
and video, there are always people who see images inside of the

Just exactly how many Crystal Skulls are there? In this article
we have discussed more than ten ancient human and sized and
shaped skulls. However, it is the general consensus among the
researchers that many more skulls exist and will be coming out in
the near future and also that there may be multiple sets of
thirteen skulls that work together. As we view each of the
different Crystal Skulls that are known, we see that there are
some which are very similar in shape and size and perhaps belong
to one specific group of thirteen whereas others of a different
shape could be in a another group of skulls. Some of the skulls
appear to be an attempt to duplicate the more ancient ones. If
one studies most of the world's major religions, the concept of
thirteen comes up repeatedly. For example in Christianity there
is Jesus and the twelve apostles or what about the twelve tribes
of Israel and their priests, the Kohans. It has even been
speculated that our solar system once had thirteen planets, one
of which was destroyed (Maldek, a planet between Mars and Jupiter
which is now the asteroid belt between the two planets) and two
others which we have yet to discover, one possibly beyond Pluto.

What are the Crystal Skulls? The most productive research we have
done on the Crystal Skulls to obtain such answers involves using
psychic procedures. This is because Carbon 14 dating does not
work on inorganic objects such as quartz crystal and our
scientists are still unclear how the skulls were made. In other
words, we have interviewed and received reports from people who
have either been in the presence of one or more Crystal Skulls
and given us their psychic impressions or from various spiritual
channels. These channels have received information from a variety
of sources including dolphins, extraterrestrials or multi-
dimensional beings who talk through them. From the synthesis of
their information, I would like to share with the reader the
following conclusions. However, as was discussed in the first
book published about the Crystal Skulls, done by Richard Garvin
(1973), there are numerous theories which have been given through
these sources and very few which completely agree.

We believe the Crystal Skulls are a form of computer which are
able to record energy and vibration that occur around the them.
The skull will pictorially replay all events or people who have
come into contact with them (i.e. - they contain the history of
our world). Just as our modern computers can receive or send
energy/information from similar types of machines, so too can the
Crystal Skulls send information amongst themselves. We believe,
as the ancient legends describe, that the Crystal Skulls can and
have been used for healing. They played a key role in many
cultures who saw the skull as the Godhead. We have also found a
very strong link with extraterrestrials and feel that Space
Beings either brought these skulls to our world or gave us the
techniques to fashion them. We believe that the holographic
images of UFOs and Aliens that are displayed in the skulls and
have been observed by various researchers and sensitives adds
support to such a theory.

If the Crystal Skulls were not brought by extraterrestrials then
certainly we must conclude their have been civilizations much
more technologically or spiritually advanced than our own today.
We have had several channels suggest the skulls were created in
Atlantis or Lemuria. That the Crystal Skulls could have
originally been a human bone skulls that were changed to crystal
through the power of the mind. Also, that the skulls are
connected to the people who live in the Inner Earth. This idea
presents the theory that our earth is Hollow with a small central
sun at its core and openings at the poles. Gravity, which is
located at the center of the Earth's crust, 800 miles thick, hold
objects and people to the inner or outer surface. Supposedly, 13
master Crystal Skulls hold the genetic coding of Twelve Inner
Earth Tribes and the thirteenth or central skull represents the
family of these tribes.

I personally feel that the Crystal Skulls are not only here to
share ancient knowledge and wisdom, but to assist in awakening
our race to higher spiritual laws and understanding of itself.
They are announcing that many of the ancients tools are coming
back now because the planet is ready to use them again in a
harmonious way. The Crystal Skulls are a tangible sign that
indeed a Golden Age is fast approaching our world. They are
inwardly calling those who have worked with them in past
lifetimes and will help to activate the inner divinity and higher
knowledge within these individuals.

There is a great deal more we could say about the Crystal Skulls
but for now, this must come in some future article. If any of the
readers have additional information about the Crystal Skulls or
an experience they would like to share, please feel free to
contact us at the address listed below. Also, we would be happy
to answer any questions as well.

Thank you and Blessings in the Light of the New Age,

Joshua Shapiro


This article was written for a local New Chicago Age publication
called New Spirit in November of 1988 and in conjunction with a
lecture offered through the center who published this magazine.
Article has  been updated in 1994/95. Please see contact
information below  if you are interested in our book, "Mysteries
of the Crystal Skulls Revealed", 1989)

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