Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children

Updated on September 25, 2017
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I enjoy exploring ideas about who we are and why we are here, and I'm pretty sure at least one of my kids is a 'crystal child'.


I’m not a great supporter of labeling children. Whether it be according to ability, disability, characteristics, or whatever. I was very careful to avoid categorizing and classifying my own children, preferring them to find their own place without being hampered or nailed down by labels. Therefore, I use the terms described here cautiously, and I exhort you to do the same. By all means, if you identify yourself or your child in any of these ways, that’s fine, but be judicious about how you talk to others about it.

A few years ago I would have sniggered at the idea that children come in ‘flavors’ like indigo, crystal, and rainbow, but I’ve had reason to change my opinion. Several reasons.

We started hearing the term ‘Indigo child’ a decade or so ago. My own mother was convinced that my mercurial-tempered daughter was an indigo. I was equally convinced that she wasn’t. The characteristics of an indigo child didn’t fit her at all. Not only that, having been born in 2001, she was outside of the date parameters for indigo children. So I read a little, dismissed it, and then forgot about it.

Fast forward and I’ve been writing about divination, psychic topics, and psychic energy for several years and, during my research, I happened on a site dedicated to star children and light workers. I’d heard of light workers, but never star children. I was intrigued. As I read more, I discovered that star children included indigo children (cue some deep sighing from me), crystal children, and rainbow children. However, when I read the description of a crystal child, I knew instantly that it applied to my girl. I began to look into star children in more detail, and this is what I found.

What Is a Star Child?

Firstly, it’s important to know that a Star child is no more special than any other child. They are not more or less likely to be successful, or wealthy, or be healthier than their peers. Star children simply display certain characteristics that identify them as such. The colors were originally assigned because of the dominant colors that showed in their auras or energy fields. Indigos show a heavier preponderance of dark blues and purples. Crystal children have a clearer, more transparent aura and Rainbows, as their name suggests, shimmer with varying colors.

Star children seem to arrive in waves—it began with the Indigos, or so it is said. I wonder whether it has always occurred and whether we have always had waves of ‘different’ children who have a particular influence or impact on their generation? The Indigos began to have children and these babies also seemed a be a little different—they were identified as Crystal children. Now they are growing up and the third wave arriving now in the first part of the 21st century are the Rainbow children.

Star children tend to be outliers, they are leading edge. They push the boundaries of acceptability that were laid down by previous generations. Eventually, their traits and characteristics become the norm. Then the next waves arrives and the boundaries are smashed again.

Crystal children are often musical
Crystal children are often musical

The Arrival of the Indigo Children

The Indigos first started to appear in the late 1950s, although most were born in the 1960s and 1970s. One thing they often have in common is that their parents were the hippie generation, the first ‘live and let live’ adults. The parents who gave their children more freedom than previous generations. This is why I think that there were ‘waves’ of Star children prior to the Indigos. Each generation paves the way for the next.

Indigos are rebels. They are intolerant of unfairness. They smash down the old traditions in favor of no traditions. They are the rockers, the fighters, the protesters, the warriors. Indigos were feminists, anti-war, anti-politics anti-everything. They tore down the old order, tried to break up the establishment, and just caused trouble.

Characteristics of Indigo Children

  • Strong willed and stubborn
  • Have problems with authority
  • Intuitive, often psychic
  • Creative and unafraid of trying something new
  • Lacks patience, often gets frustrated
  • Despite being a rebel, they need clear boundaries and structure while growing up
  • Can be insecure
  • Often diagnosed as ADD, ADHD

The Crystal Children Come Forth

Crystal children began to be born around the 1980s to approximately 2010, though some are still being born at this time. There is never really a definitive time for Star Children to be born. They appear where and when they are needed to effect change.

The Crystals tend to share a physical trait and that is that many of them have large, luminous eyes that almost seem to gaze into your very being. My own daughter has eyes of an indeterminate color—sometimes they are brown, and at other times they are green with a tinge of indigo. They are deep and mesmerizing. When she was born, people would often remark that she seemed to be an ‘old soul’.

Crystals are pure of spirit and very connected to the earth. They are the huggers and the healers. They are in-tune with their own energy. They are teachers and facilitators. They have come to teach compassion, tolerance, patience, and gentleness. As babies, they are very sensitive, which is why they might be mistaken for Indigos. They often hate noise and sensory overload. Sometimes they are ‘late developers’, which just means that they have other means of communication. Occasionally they will be described as being ‘on the spectrum’.

Characteristics of Crystal Children

  • Are usually born to an Indigo adult
  • Touchy-feely, emotional
  • Make decisions based on intuition and feelings
  • Often have allergies and sensitivities
  • Enjoy solitude
  • Make lasting friendships
  • Are good counselors and mediators
  • Are often musical
  • They connect with young children, animals and the vulnerable
  • They put comfort well above fashion
  • Often have to leave high-energy, crowded places because they feel overwhelmed
  • May be gay or bi
  • They have an affinity with water
  • Are healers or have a calming presence
  • Sometimes labeled as being ‘on the spectrum’ because they are so self-contained.


Here Come the Rainbow Babies

Just as we are getting used to the Crystal children, along come the Rainbows. Rainbow children’s mission is to heal and re-balance humanity and the planet. They are able to reflect our distorted values back at us, thus they are revealers of the truth. Rainbow children are usually seen as ‘different’. There are not too many of them around just yet so we will all be getting to know them over the next decade or three.

Rainbow children have a higher vibration than the rest of humanity. They will be the ones who bring gender fluidity; refusing to be categorized or contained. We are told that they are ‘new souls’, who have never incarnated previously, yet they arrive almost completely spiritually evolved.

Rainbow’s are usually the offspring of Crystals, so they will have at least one parent who ‘gets’ them. However, the rest of society, even Indigos will have difficulty coming to terms with the new world that the Rainbows are ushering in. There will be a lot of resistance to their visions and actions.

Rainbow Children Characteristics

  • Often appear to be in their own world
  • Are loving and generous
  • Sweet, but will a will of steel
  • Brave and able to withstand hardship
  • Often have to care for others
  • Likely to be telepathic
  • High energy, both physical and psychically
  • Large eyes, similar to Crystal children’s
  • Late to start speaking, sometimes three or four years old
  • Gender-fluid; everything-fluid
  • Don’t care what people think of them.

Share Your Opinion

Are you an adult Indigo? Do you have an opinion on these Star children. Is it a ‘thing’ at all? I’d love to hear what you think.

© 2017 Bev


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      Oogbar 4 weeks ago

      Ehh, experience with people who have ASD can be confusing. I for one have known I've had it since I was 4, my mother knew since I was 1, some don't know untill they are 14-18-22. Many can be extreamly rude, but for rare few who have known, they do tend to be kind, and watch what they say, like a hawk.

      To get a true feel for the whole ASD field would take a life time, due to all the interesting little quirks, and such, and the stark contrast in personalities can be very confusing.

      Thinking on it now... you'd need a whole page for ASD, itself, sooo... nevermind. Lol

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      Bev 4 weeks ago from Wales

      I didn't forget, Oogbar, I just thought it would be inappropriate, especially as I have no expertise in that field.

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      Oogbar 4 weeks ago

      I've actually read something pretty close to this, and I've always felt trapped between "first generation Indigo" and "second generation Indigo/Crystal child". My father, unfortunately is an indigo, and I've shed some painful light for him, on his own father... they have not talked to each other in 4 years now.

      You also forgot to add in the Asperger's spectrum disorder (Asperger's syndrome for those who heard of it in the 80's-90's) as a potential trait... but aside from that, things seem spot on.

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      Bev 7 weeks ago from Wales

      You're welcome, Lily.

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      Lily 7 weeks ago

      I’m a rainbow and I thank you for posting this it cleared things up for me

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      Bev 7 weeks ago from Wales

      I agree, Madgrench. Humans have been renaming and reassessing all kinds of different things throughout time. Classifying ourselves is more of the same.

      Wu Tang? Hip hop?

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      Madgrench 7 weeks ago

      I think we are just adding new names to an old process of inevitable evolution of thought and humanity. This is an ancient trope. Each new generation has a different way of dealing with it's present circumstances. Usually we see the way our predoceseors dealt with the world flawed in one way or another, so we vow to approach things differently. We hope for a change and a new outlook for our children to take hold of. Yet they will inevitably see our perspective flawed. This cyclistic process has occurred countless times and will continue to do so. We can decide to name each generation whatever rock or spectrum of light we wish but the process will continue. The only constant is change and being prepared for that inevitability is all we have attempted or can be expected to do. Wu Tang is for the children...

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      I would think so, Thalia. Especially as I believe we are not individuals, but energy 'poured into' a physical body. Energy is infinite so the possibility of new incarnations is likely. As new ones come in, old souls take a loooong rest. Well, that's my theory :)

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      Thalia Jasmin 2 months ago from Italy

      This is the first time I read about this topic. I'm open minded, so I don't say they don't exist, but I think I've never met one of them. But, it seems logic to me. They are born in times of change, and they bring change to the world. I like that. It's fascinating the part about the part that says that rainbow children are new souls who never reincarneted. Is that a thing? I've always thought that souls are the same since the beginning of time. Is it possible to new souls to be born?