Recently I had a question about a term I have been using, namely, “Sidekick”.
It occurred to me that I have been using this term when describing crystals for many years but never thought to define it officially, either in a blog post or the descriptions page.
The reason I never defined Sidekick as a term or proper name, is that I have always used the term when the feature didn’t fit into any other category (more on this later).
Over the years, it turns out that “Sidekick” has become a category all it’s own.
WHY CREATE THE TERM SIDEKICK NOW?
By definition, I call a feature a Sidekick when it doesn’t fit into the other categories already defined (more on this coming up).
There are so many names already established for the different nuances of a crystal, I was reticent to add yet another by creating the term Sidekick as its own definition. I really have been using it as a catchall term. However, as it turns out, I have used the term enough that someone finally asked me for more information about what it is.
Besides being a catchall term, over the years, I have discovered that the name Sidekick also comes with a specific energy. We’ll talk about that soon.
A SIDEKICK IS SIMILAR TO, BUT NOT...
First of all, a Sidekick can be very similar to a Dolphin, a Soulmate or Twin, a Bridge and a Cathedral or Lightbrary. Typically, if the feature didn’t fit close enough into one of these other categories, I would place it in the Sidekick category.
Over time, I have seen the term Sidekick become its own category. So how do you know which is which?
- A Dolphin is more separate from the main crystal, riding alongside, but smaller.
- A Soulmate or Twin is also more like two separate crystals, joined, but of a more similar size to each other.
- A Bridge is mostly separate from but penetrating into the main crystal (not merged into it as one like with a Sidekick).
- A Cathedral comes closest to the Sidekick definition, surprisingly. What sets them apart is with a Cathedral, there are many merged points. With a Sidekick there is just one or two at most.
BY DEFINITION, THEN, WHAT AM I CALLING A "SIDEKICK"?
A Sidekick is a merged point, but not a complete point without sharing the main body of the larger crystal.
This sometimes presents as a very flat partial crystal, kind of merged into but also sticking out of the larger point.
They sometimes run the length of the main crystal, sometimes they poke out the end of the termination, sometimes they hug the base.
Because the presentation varies so greatly, it can be confusing.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER, AND IS IT IMPORTANT?
It’s a good question. I have written a whole blog post on this where Venus weighs in on this topic. Rather than re-writing it here, I will redirect you to check it out. It is still posted on crystalgenn.com, (click here), I haven’t gotten it moved over to this blog yet.
Here’s a snippet of what is addressed in the other blog post: IS IT NECESSARY TO IDENTIFY THE CRYSTAL TYPE? 1. is there generally one type (configuration) through which a crystal prefers to connect? 2. How would it be best to identify this? and 3. Is it even necessary to identify the crystal type to connect?
That being said, it can sometimes be helpful to know what you are identifying, and in the identifying, you can use clues from the name to help you pin down the energy brought by each configuration.
WHY NAME THIS PREVIOUSLY UNNAMED FEATURE "SIDEKICK"?
The reason I went with the name “Sidekick”, is because without the main crystal, it really doesn’t have an identity ON its own. It’s not whole or complete without the main crystal. However, it does have an identity OF its own (if that makes sense).
For example, arguably someone like Robin wouldn’t be Robin without having first been “attached” to Batman… Or Tonto to Lone Ranger ETC. They are most usually only found and associated alongside the “main” character.
Of course, now, Robin and Tonto are icons in and of themselves, but originally, they were just forever attached to the “star”. Always there or selflessly supporting the main character. Important but secondary as supporters.
Hence, the term “sidekick”.
WHAT KIND OF ENERGY DOES THE SIDEKICK OFFER?
Just like with a Hollywood sidekick, the Sidekick crystal is important to the main character, too.
The crystal Sidekick helps, supports and lends energy to the “main player”.
It is always there, ready to leap in and lend a hand. Whether that be a boost of energy or amp up.
Whatever the main crystal is being called on to do, the Sidekick is there, ever-ready to assist.
I also like the feeling I get in seeing the Sidekick. It makes the crystal seem like it always has a friend or helper, forever attached.
THERE ARE MANY PRESENTATIONS OF A SIDEKICK
With all crystal categories, there is a general parameter with wiggle-room to see into which category it fits.
There is the crystal that fits the textbook definition 100% and then there are many that are a little bit like “this” and also a little bit like “that”.
Remember, just as it is with all crystal features, this category isn’t hard and fast.
I’m not a fan of “rules” or “absolutes”. Trust yourself and your intuition. Something can present as BOTH one thing and another (or “none of the above”).
Because of this, I like to give you a general idea with broad strokes. Certainly, there is the “ideal”, but you will find that all crystals don’t fit the “ideal” (or textbook definition).
This is when you take the energy into account combined with what your intuition is telling you it is. It might be a little bit “Dolphin” and a little bit “Sidekick”. Does it have more Dolphin energy or Sidekick energy?
With time and experience you will be better able to determine what feature fits into which category.
HERE'S A GALLERY OF POTENTIAL SIDEKICK PRESENTATIONS
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fleshed-out description of the “new” term, Sidekick.
If you have comments or thoughts, I’d love to hear them! As with any of my blog posts, you’re welcome to weigh in.
I look forward to reading your comments!