By Michael A. Krapek  28”X20”, 3/21/12.

Drawing commissioned by Master Crystal Skull artist Leandro Souza adapted form a dream he had detailing the discovery of the Giant smoky quartz crystal he charged with the AKATOR mystique.

©2012, Leandro Designs em Pedras Ltda.

(except for use on my website and facebook as a teaching tool.)

Meeting Leandro Souza

I became introduced to the works of Leandro Souza via a trade for one of his 5” crystal skulls in 2011, and ended up friending him on Facebook.  The 2012 Tucson Gemshow season started and I was invited to his display at the Riverpark Inn.  Upon entering his suite, I was mystified by the hundreds of crystal skull carvings.  I asked to trade an original drawing for one of his works. Later his assistant and fellow skull adventurer, Dutchman Ivo Fuykschot, returned with a counter offer to trade for a custom image specific to Leandro’s request.  I excitedly agreed!  The following day I found out the details of the dream Leandro had regarding the discovery of the giant crystal skull known as AKATOR.  He showed me a small sketch he had made in his journal of the dream, the only visual I had to go on from his story.  With his Portuguese accent, Leandro (and Ivo translating) told me the story in their best English:

The Dream

Leandro told me he had this dream of searching for and finding the giant crystal in the Peruvian Amazon, hundreds of kilometers west of his home of Governador Valadares, Brazil.  Realizing Akator is historically identified as the legendary lost pyramid city of the ancient Ugha Amazon,* I listened intently.  In telling the story Leandro presented a small journal, the sketch within said it all, but the real meaning behind his extraordinary vision didn’t hit me until I began drawing the image myself.  Within the forest, there buried in the jungle density, were thousands of crystal skulls, mixed with virgin rock crystal.  Leandro said these were watching him from all corners, witnessing the liberation of his giant from the canopy of the ages. He told me he dreamed he placed the finished crystal skull AKATOR in his small boat, guided by a spirit skull in front, leading the way, and the Blessed Virgin, larger than life, sitting guard behind him, protecting his vision.  There was a blinding tunnel like rainbow of light in front of him, enveloping the guide skull, and piercing the jungle thicket  This dream produced a wondrous effect within my imagination, and I began photographing the crystal skulls in the suite, then a posed shot of Leandro, rowing a folding chair with a broom:


When I began the drawing I found myself engaged in the vision, and I had the same dream, placing myself within the boat alongside Leandro, like a little bird.  (I usually dream the dreams of the images I make, finding myself in faraway places and times...The Mayan court, or the ruins at Newgrange.)  Within the dream I noticed two important things that I later remembered when awake.  The first is the element of the Blessed Virgin, she is there as a dream guide and portal opener, someone who is always present in such dreams of inspiration, and stays behind to close the dream portal.  The second was the color and nature of the rainbow tunnel.  This is the conduit we travel on within our dreams, the zephyr, or zuvuya.  This is also called the “rainbow bridge” but science has named it the Einstein-Rosen Bridge.  It is the Shaman’s link between this world and the dream world, the conduit between what the Maya call the Tonal and the Nagual.  Leandro used his smaller crystal skull, I call her Isator, as the guide in his dream, because he is dedicated to their legacy. 

Crystal skulls are the keepers of dreams:

The Reality

Leandro told me he found the crystal and retrieved it as the dream foretold.  What a journey this must have entailed.  From the Crystal skull’s Oracle** deck record, AKATOR’s raw crystal was found in 1999, and carved in 2002.  It took him 6 months to carve the AKATOR image out from the raw smoky quartz rock crystal.  (Quartz is very hard, a 9 out of 10 on the MOHS hardness scale.)  AKATOR is huge, beautiful, loaded with clouds, stars and crosses and clefts, has a huge energy envelope, weighs 144kg.** or 350 pounds, and has a six figure price tag.  Leandro says the crystals tell him how to carve them.  As with all people I’ve met who are living the dream, it is focusing our Intent that makes it so.  Power in dreams is given with thought, through the dream hands.  There are no tools needed in dreamtime, but I saw them there anyway, a shovel, and supplies on the floor of the boat. 

Leandro himself is a brilliant spirit, we are made of light inside our dreams.


When Leandro Souza charged me with the duty to execute his vision, he gave me the life sized crystal skull I call ISATOR as payment, telling me I would need her as a guide in making the image.  He told me she was his guide to find AKATOR.  He was so right, I used her light to help me understand the truth of these enigmatic mind expanding silicon based life forms, and to draw the image of the dream as he intended. 

She now sits on my night-stand charging my dreams, and remembering everything...

General musical, film and written inspiration, and credits:

“Fortune Seller” by YES. Open Your Eyes :

”They say that time is like a river that flows, and where that river ends nobody knows...”

*Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls. by Morton and Thomas.

**Crystal Skull’s Oracle, 52 card deck, by Patrice Marty.

The Chronicle of AKAKOR by Karl Brugger.

Prints of this work will be available through Leandro Designs, in 2013.

Visit Leandro’s website: <www.leandrodesigners.com.br>

Email: <leandro.pedras@hotmail.com>

As part of my research on the effects and uses of piezoelectric quartz skulls,

I remind the reader to visit my pages: “Crystal Skull”, “El Habla Calavera” and

“The Revealing Science...”

to learn of the Megalithic Trinity:

Piezoelectric Silicon


Mono-atomic Gold

Left: Leandro Souza

and Giant AKATOR

Right: Life sized Isator

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