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Article INdex: How Do I Know I am Buying a Real Vogel?

How do I know I am Buying a Real Vogel crystal?

By Bill Hurley

Vogel refers…to an AUTHENTIC, genuine, real, true Vogel Crystal Healing Wand... Used in the Vogel Healing Techniques. Imi-con…refers to an imitation, counterfeit, poorly cut, "trying to be a Vogel", usually double terminated crystal.

Am I qualified to answer?... I believe so... You see...

I am one of about four people IN the crystal business that actually knew Marcel and only one of possibly two { again IN the crystal business } that studied his healing techniques ( if there are others out there, please say hello ). Spending many days with him under the trees at Joy Lake in the early 80's, later a short time at Psychic Research Inc. and occasionally consulting with him until his passing in 1991. All others, it seems, learned what little they know about Marcel and his healing techniques from the web or by reading a booklet written by a "student of a student."

I see many of the "imi-cons" on the web. In the 80's, when I started in this business, they were actually, just called double terminated crystals and of course still should be. That's all they are. One can tell from their shape and aura, energy is barely flowing through them. A healer has an obligation to use only the best crystal tools available. An "imi-con" certainly is not in this category.

I have hesitated in posting this page for several years. In this business, many are hesitant to speak up and say "Hey, that is not right" or take a stand against the baloney floating around, because they hear "Oh.. you are not spiritual" or "Why are you so negative?". Well, not needing anyone's validation, I am past being concerned. Too many sincere, wonderful and searching people are being misled. I'm saddened every time someone comes in my store, all starry eyed, happy, walking on cloud nine, thinking they have purchased a Vogel and then, after seeing and experiencing a real one, realize they only have an imitation. Many people, hearing how wonderful a Vogel is, really want, and perhaps need one, knowing it can change their lives. And then by a dealers design or ignorance, gets only a counterfeit.

Now that is sad!!!!

"Vogel crystal" is NOT a descriptive term used to describe the general shape of a cut stone. Nor is it a term used to describe a particular cut.

The term "Vogel Crystal" is named after Marcel Vogel. He pioneered the precisely cut/shaped quartz healing wand. It is designed and used to release trauma from the present and past, using techniques developed by him in the late 70's and early 80's. It is not only the cut or shape of the stone that makes it authentic. It is the healing techniques, philosophy and value of love Marcel taught. These cannot be learned from the web or a small booklet. The teachings and knowledge go much deeper, becoming a way of life. Using a genuine Vogel, will reveal an understanding of many things to the user that can not be taught or even explained.

It's a simple fact: 95% of the crystals sold as “Vogel cut” or “Vogel Crystals” are only polished single/double terminated crystals and not a Vogel in any way. Anyone using the term Vogel to describe the shape, cut etc. of a stone is obviously not informed. How does this happen?... Two reasons...

1. Most dealers honestly do not know or understand what a real Vogel Healing Wand is. Most have never seen one. Although, I do have a large number of dealers and store owners "checking out" my store and web site, looking for ideas and sources. ** See bottom.** They think any polished, double terminated stone is a Vogel. Sorry, "polished and/or double terminated" does not a Vogel make. These same people also think "Vogel" is a term used to describe a particular cut or shape of a stone. This, of course, is totally wrong and ignorant.

2. Other dealers realize referring to a crystal as a "Vogel crystal" gives the crystal a much higher perceived value, making it easier to sell at a better price. They are just taking advantage of the Vogel name. This is truly sad. Marcel Vogel advanced crystal knowledge way beyond his years. We will be studying his ideas for decades to come.. Even now, almost two decades after his passing, people are still discovering "new ideas" Marcel proposed years ago. So, this disrespect of Marcel Vogel's knowledge and gifts, and misrepresentation of all of his embodied lineage, tells one much about the dealer.

Dealers, if you continue to sell "imi-cons" calling them Vogel's, after reading this, do you not fall into the 2nd category?

So, how are some of the ways you can spot a real Vogel? Remembering nothing is sure in this world, here are some indicators:

1). LAPIDARY….All "imi-cons" are cut overseas. Why? Cheap, unskilled labor. The working conditions can be horrendous. These conditions definitely have a negative effect on the crystal. Think about it... cutting and shaping quartz is very labor intensive. The only way polished crystal can be sold for a low price is if the polisher has little talent and receives little pay. This is after working a long day, hopefully wearing a mask {quartz dust can be deadly... like volcanic dust in the lungs} under terrible working conditions. Demand for beautiful and accurate polished crystal is very strong. Talented/skilled cutters can not bother with low priced work. Watch the dealers eyes as you ASK where the stone was cut.

2). PRICE.....A Vogel is "working art". The cutter/artist has spent decades perfecting his craft. And like the best artist, there is a huge demand for their work. Tremendous talent and understanding of a stone is necessary to correctly cut a balanced Vogel. Expect to pay a fair price for this working art. However, a 1986 price list from Psychic Research Inc. (Vogel's organization) shows the prices I charge, to have changed little over the years.

A mentor once said to me, "Bill, never argue over the cost of your magical tools".... You will understand this when you hold a Vogel in your hands and are transported to other dimensions.

3). VISUAL....A Vogel crystal has a glow that seems somehow to come from within. When you are ready for one and find it, you become very excited and desperate to hold and touch it. So, hold the crystal, feel the Love, power and unlimited potential. It is one of the most solid and happy things you will find on this planet. Open your heart chakra to it, feel your hearts love expanding and being returned by this marvelous crystal. Wow!!!! Talk about the pulsing of Spirit. Once you have experienced the real thing, your heart will know. After over two decades of working with Vogel crystals I can just glance at a stone and know it's pedigree. The physical cut of the stone may be correct, but the aura or love energy must also shine through, to make it a genuine Vogel.. A real Vogel sparkles with an almost overwhelming, warm feeling of love. Just like a warm, bouncing, tongue drooling puppy, that is overjoyed to give you love.

4). DEALERS KNOWLEDGE.... A big one. Does the salesperson speak with knowledge about Vogel crystals and Vogel healing techniques? Can s/he show you how to use the crystal? Must s/he refer to a pamphlet written by a "student of a student"? Perhaps their knowledge comes from the web. Do they even know who Marcel Vogel was? Ask them about their relationship with Marcel. Did they study with him? As I mentioned, amazingly enough, only myself and possibly one other person, currently dealing Vogel crystals, actually studied Vogel healing techniques with Marcel. Do not hesitate to ask or pursue answers until satisfied. After all, you are spending hundreds of dollars on a crystal that will change your life as well as be a marvelous friend and assistant.
If it's not authentic... well don't worry, it will soon be available at a local discount store, just as the plastic power bracelets were a few years ago.

5). MATERIAL....True Vogel knowledge begins to show here. You see, a healing wand, to be used in the Vogel Healing Technique can only be made with a quartz stone. The best are clear, smokey or citrine. Amethyst and rose quartz contain too many impurities. This is because of the cohesive way energy flows through quartz. That's it, period. If a dealer sells any other stone as a Vogel, well... it is up to you to decide if he falls into category 1 or 2.

6). ESOTERIC.....That which cannot be named etc. etc.......Time and again expert cutters have claimed "I can cut a Vogel", and try, but no matter how accurate the angles or quality of stone, two necessary ingredients are still missing...and these two ingredients are.......Ah well, obtain your own Vogel, sit with it, and all will become clear.

Healers.... your clients, as well as yourself, deserve the best. Never settle for anything less.

Ok... enough.
As always, it is your choice and your walk.
Look, compare...and always...always....go with your heart.... THAT is what matters.
If you are ever in Mt Shasta please stop in and say hello.
Have a Joyous Journey!!!!!!!!!!

** This practice continues to amaze me. It is so weak and out of integrity. How can one expect to be a success in anything, chasing the ideas of others? The successful owner/dealer is busy making their own path, relying only on themselves for survival. One would think this business to have many leaders. In reality, there are very few leaders and many followers.

Bill Hurley, owner of Crystal Wings in Mt. Shasta, Ca., was certified in 1985 by Marcel Vogel. He occasionally gives seminars and does private sessions.

Bill may be reached at 530-926-3041, or by e-mail, crystalwgs@jps.net.

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