Category Archives: Minerals

About Stones: Sunstone

sunstone

Astrological Sign: Libra, Leo
Chakra: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Lore: Sunstone can be used to clear and energize the chakras. It increases vitality, independence and originality, and provides luck in games. In medicine wheel rituals, it is placed at the center for contact with spirit guides. 
Geology: Sunstone or oligoclase is an aventurine feldspar which shows brilliant metallic reflections due to light interference on tiny included hematite or goethite platelets. It is sodium calcium aluminum silicate.
Localities: Norway, Canada, Russia

About Stones: Sulfur

sulfur

Astrological Sign: Leo
Chakra: Solar plexus, Crown
Lore: Sulfur has been used by South American and Mexican Indians in ceremonial healings and is thought to synthesize the four directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky. It eliminates depression, negative thoughts and emotions, and serves as a channel linking the soul with the physical world.
Geology: Sulfur is an elemental mineral with an unmistakable deep yellow color and a hardness of 2. Specimens should be protected from moisture.
Localities: Mexico, California, Italy

About Stones: Stromatolite

stromatolite

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Chakra: Root
Lore: Stromatolite helps free the mind from suspicions built on the past, encouraging invention and discovery. The energy of Stromatolite serves to cleanse the environment in which it rests, and stimulates positive behavior modification in children.
Geology: Stromatolites are fossil algae, sometimes called “picture algae,” that thrived in warm aquatic environments and built reefs similar to today’s coral. The specimens below from England, with their unique pictures created by algae in limestone, are over two billion years old. As well as being the oldest record of life on earth that can be seen without magnification, stromatolites are also the longest living forms of life on this planet. They can be traced back 3.5 billion years to the early Archean eon. The photosynthesizing cyannobacteria that formed the stromatolites’ colonial structures are believed to have been responsible for the creation of the earth’s oxygen atmosphere. They were the dominant life form on earth for over two billion years. Now nearly extinct, modern stromatolites were first discovered in Australia in 1956. They live a precarious existence in only a few localities worldwide. Known locations include the thermal springs of Yellowstone National Park, lakes in Antarctica, and the ocean off the Bahamas.
Localities: England, Utah

About Stones: Staurolite

staurolite

Astrological Sign: Pisces
Chakra: Root, Sacral, Solar plexus
Lore: Staurolite, also known as the “Fairy Stone” or “Fairy Cross” is used as a good-luck talisman. Legend tells that the tiny cross-shaped crystals were formed from the crystallized tears of fairies bearing news of the death of Christ. Staurolite is used to combat stress, depression and addictions, particularly to tobacco.
Geology: Staurolite forms reddish brown to black stubby prismatic crystals, frequently occurring in characteristic cruciform twins in either a Greek or St. Andrew’s cross.
Localities: New Hampshire, Virginia, Russia

About Stones: Serpentine

serpentine

Astrological Sign: Gemini
Chakra: Crown, Root
Lore: Serpentine enhances the meditative state and is useful in the rise of kundalini. Calming in cases of stress and nervousness, it aids in balancing mood swings. It helps to establish boundaries and find inner peace.
Geology: Serpentine forms during the metamorphosis of alkaline igneous rocks. The color may range from olive green, yellow-green, to light green. It is often called “New Jade.”
Localities: Arizona, China, Peru

About Stones: Selenite

selenite

Astrological Sign: Taurus
Chakra: Crown, Brow
Lore: Selenite, named for the ancient Moon Goddess Selene, provides for mental clarity. Like a sharp sword of awareness, it cuts through unconscious assumptions about ourselves and our surroundings. Lovers can trade selenite crystals to help reconcile differences. Selenite activates the aspect of our nature that is true spiritual feeling.
Geology: Selenite, a crystallized form of gypsum, is a hydrous calcium sulfate. It is one of the first minerals formed by evaporating salt water in land locked bodies isolated from the open ocean.
Localities: Chihuahua, Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

About Stones: Ruby

ruby

Astrological Sign: Cancer, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Leo
Chakra: Heart, Root
Lore: Ruby stimulates mental concentration and enthusiasm. Stone of the Sun in ancient European and East Indian cultures, it represents the life force, inner fire, love and passion.
Geology: Ruby is the name for red corundum. It is an aluminum oxide and can range from rose to a dark purplish red color from traces of chromium. It forms hexagonal, barrel-shaped crystals found in alluvial deposits. Ruby is heavy and is mined by panning.
Localities: Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East Africa

About Stones: Rainforest Jasper

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Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Chakra: Heart, Solar Plexus
Lore: Rainforest jasper is the “Stone of Resolution,” helping clear issues of the past and bring the unresolved to completeness. It eliminates distractions and dispells procrastination. It enhances ability in the fields of architecture and construction. Rainforest jasper supports listening as well as all forms of communication. It is calming to animals.
Geology: Rainforest jasper is a spherulitic rhyolite exhibiting shades of green with tan, yellow or blueish “eyes.” Rhyolite is a microgranular form of granite that has cooled quickly.
Locality: Australia

About Stones: Rainbow Calsilica

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Astrological Sign: Cancer
Chakra: All
Lore: Rainbow Calsilica is a recently discovered multi-colored layered stone being used for Zuni fetish carvings as well as beads and cabochon cut stones.
Geology: Rainbow Calsilica is a microcrystalline calcite bonded with the amorphous clay mineral allophane. Silica is also present. It has been described as vein matter or fracture fill formed when a copper push cut into volcanic rhyolite host rock. A stabilization process similar to that used with turquoise has been applied to it.
Locality: Mexico

About Stones: Polychrome Jasper

polychrome

Astrological Sign: Leo
Chakra: Solar plexus
Lore: Worn by shamen for protection, jasper’s solar energy helps in the practice of magic. It brings awareness which allows celebration during periods of isolation.
Geology: Polychrome Jasper is a form of opaque, multi-colored chalcedony which occurs in massive formations. Polychrome Jasper sometimes goes by the name “Royal Savannah Jasper.”
Localities: Madagascar, Australia