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Abalone

Abalone is a shell that has been used for centuries in jewellery and carvings. Sometimes nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers.  This unique shell embodies all the aspects of the water, including love and beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace. 

 

 It is said to be useful for handling and calming emotional situations and is very soothing to the mind/body. When working through any emotional situation, have abalone nearby as it is believed to be beneficial and promotes cooperation.

Chakra: Solar plexus, heart and third eye.

Folk Remedies:

Abalone has been used for arthritis and other joint and muscle disorders, the heart and digestion

Feng Shui:

Use in the centre area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and a sense of peace.

Hardness: 2.5

Actinolite

Actinolite is a shielding crystal, especially on the psychic level.  It is powerful in expanding the energy bodies especially when used with sheen obsidian. Connects to all that is developing a higher awareness and balances the energies of the; body, mind, spirit and physical. 

It is a powerful tool in facilitating ‘inner development’ enhancing self-esteem (by removing negative feelings especially those of isolation that can hinder moving forward), self-worth and visualisation. It is a perfect tool in creating grids.

Chakra: Heart

Folk Remedy:

It is said to strengthen the immune system (especially after trauma), aid in liver and kidney function

Hardness: 5.5-6

Chemical Composition: Ca2(MgFe)5Si8O22(OH)2, Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate

Black:

It links strongly to the root chakra. Cleansing the energies of and protecting this chakra area and ideal for removing stagnant energy and anything that is outworn or outgrown.  Perfect for shielding against negativity especially negative thought patterns and for breaking cycles of negative self-talk.

Chakra: Root

Actinolite Quartz:

Combines the energy of Quartz with that of Actinolite, it gives direction and focus especially if there is a sense of having lost ‘ones’ direction in life.  It will assist in pointing out the most constructive path and highlighting the right time.  It also teaches us the value in what we may perceive as a mistake, showing us the important lesson and growth gained. 

It is said to be of benefit for detoxing and metabolism.

Witches Finger: (Zambia)

These may have a combination of white Actinolite, Tremolite, Rutile or Mica in Quartz.  Witches fingers are said to be powerful in shamanic and earth healing and in stimulating flow of Qi/Ki energy.  Good in cord cutting and healing after ties are cut.  It is also beneficial in grids and auric shielding.

Said to be beneficial in chronic or sever illness.

Other Useful Information:

Toxic (may contain asbestos), should be handled with care do not use water for cleansing and not recommended for elixirs

Adamite

Adamite is said to blur the boundaries between your heart and mind, allowing them to work together towards conscious outcomes. It provides inner strength when dealing with emotional issues and helps you to communicate your feelings. It provides you with courage to step into the unknown, helping bring prosperity through business and helping you to attain material objects. It also inspires fresh, often left field thinking, which allows you to try new things.

Chakra: Throat, Heart and Solar Plexus.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to be of benefit for; throat, mouth, ears, breathing, lymph, lungs, heart, thymus and endocrine glands.

Feng Shui:

Place in cash register or prosperity area for a business.

Hardness: 3.5

Chemical Composition: Zn2AsO4OH

Contains copper and other trace elements making this toxic is in water, do not place in water to make gem water.

Other Useful Information:

Toxic (contains some arsenic and  copper), do not make elixirs or cleans in water. 

Agerine

A Powerful energy generator, it provides strength in speaking and living in your ‘truth’ allowing you to be who you truly are, heightening personal convictions and integrity.  It dispels the effects of group pressure and in self-acceptance with no need or demand to conform.  Concentrates positive energy in an area to interact with all who are present; revitalising, metal stimulation, and concentration of healing energy of other minerals and unity in group efforts.

It is said to assist in facing your Karma with strength and integrity.  It can be used to remove emotional blockages, allowing reflection on personal attitudes, opinion, conceptions and to accept the state of sufficiency.  Shields against psychic attack, repairs auric field and said to be beneficial in relationships.

Chakra: Crown, heart, and root.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for immune system, metabolism, liver, gall bladder, spleen, muscles, and bone.

Feng Shui:

Place in the centre of the house, room to enhance the energy of that space and to raise the vibration. Aegirine is perfect for the centre of a healing space to enhance the healing energies of that space.

Hardness: 6

 

Chemical Composition: NaFe3+Si2O6

Afghanite

Afghanite is a rare blue stone from Afghanistan, often seen in white matrix. It is calming and soothing, reading the akashic record, soul retrieval, multi-dimensional journeying and brings guidance from the highest source.  It will work at the pace needed by the individual working with it.  It is said to benefit problem solving by gaining clarity, empathy, group harmony and telepathic communication as well as beneficial in resolving conflicts and instilling peace.

Afghanite is ideal for getting back into a state of ‘flow’ and allowing the universe to assist in resolving issues.

Chakra: Third eye, throat, crown, soma and alta major and soul star.

Folk remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for issues associated with the throat. Also, general aches and pain, headaches, migraines and depression. 

Hardness: 5.5 – 6

Chemical Composition: (Na; Ca; K)8(Si; Al)12O24(SO4; Cl; CO3)3 ²H2O

Agate

Agates are grounding stones and are one of the oldest stones use for good luck. Agates bring balance of physical/emotional aspects, helping to raise consciousness and build self confidence. Agate enables the person wearing it to choose their friends carefully. Used to avert from lighting and stormy weather (physically and metaphysically), agate brings prosperity. It is a protector of children. This stone helps us to have patience, and allows for inner peace. Use agate as a gazing tool for divination and meditation. It is said to harmonise male and female energies known as yin and yang energies.

Folk remedies:

Agate has been used for fertility for centuries. It is believed to prevent miscarriages and alleviate discomfort during pregnancy. It is a cooling stone used for stomach, colon, liver, spleen, kidneys. Used for centring, taking heart and maintaining blood sugar levels. This is why it is so helpful for dizziness, headaches and impaired balance, anorexia, lymph nodes, Restores nerve feeling and healing after injury/burns.

Feng Shui: Agate is used primarily anywhere to help bring change. Used in the centre for balance, health and grounding and in the West for children, in the Southwest (as a pair) for fertility and in the East for community and family.

Hardness: 6.5 -7

Chemical composition: SiO2

Agate - Banded

This is a stone for grounding and centring the energies, for self control, grounding, resilience, quiet power, grounding, invisibility, peace and anxiety. Black agate is considered a receiving stone and is used for calming, soothing, inward meditation and reflection. When used for Chakra healing and balancing, Black Agate represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally, when using black stones at the Root Chakra, they bring us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

Chakra: root/base

Agate - Blue Lace Agate

‘Natures Comfort blanket’ – I call it this because of its soft enveloping and comforting energy.

Helps to focus on the inner source of love within you that transforms and heals all wounds, it is soft cooling and calming aiding in restoring peace of mind. Contains the qualities of flight, air, movement, and grace, it is highly inspirational when working with the inner self. Neutralises anger it helps restore calm and peaceful emotions.

Chakra: throat also works with heart, third eye and crown

Folk Remedies:

 

It is said to strengthen hereditary skeletal structure, outward manifested growths, Arthritis, strong throat healer, released shoulder and neck problems and enhancing self expression.  It is also said to be highly beneficial to the lymph and immune system and heightens sound therapy.

Agate - Blue Lace Holly / Blue Lace Chalcedony

It is said to increase your intuition, opening up to higher consciousness whilst grounding the information into the earth realm so it can be applied in the ‘human existence’.   It is soothing and calming especially for cluttered or busy minds, assists in releasing repressed traumas.

Chakra: Higher crown, third eye, throat and heart

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for headaches especially those radiating from the third eye, dementia, jaundice, heart and liver.

Agate - Botswana

This agate is often gray and waxy in appearance and is strongly recommended for fire-fighters, people who smoke, and for anyone who comes in regular contact with excessive amounts of heat or smoke. Helpful for anyone who wants to quit smoking.  The stone has sometimes been called the “change stone” as it aids in accepting change/transformation in a positive way especially in situations that may be painful without it. It can also be of benefit in release of repressed emotion and can be helpful in overcoming addictions and other self-destructive and compulsive behaviour patterns.

Folk remedies:

 

It is said to be beneficial to the circulatory system, the skin, and the brain, soothing depression and a pleasant side effect may be giddiness. It is said to bring a sense of comfort and is of benefit for those who are grieving. It is also said to be beneficial to the nervous system and helping rid the body of toxins as well as in the healing of broken bones.

Agate - Crazy Lace

Crazy Lace Agate is a balancing and protecting stone (particularly emotionally protective), bringing laughter as well as absorbing emotional pain. It can be used to help with decision making by balancing the physical, emotional, and mental so that it is easy to make decision, helping one stay focussed. It is also believed to ward off the “evil eye.”

Folk Remedies:

Crazy Lace Agate is said to be excellent for increasing stamina and energy, and is good for skin disorders such as acne, eczema, beneficial for the endocrine system and the heart.

Agate - Dendritic (Tree Agate)

Dendritic Agate is a variety of Chalcedony, so will have the healing properties also.

Sometimes known as the stone of ‘plenitude’, it brings abundance and fullness to life in all areas. It also has affinity for plants and is said to benefit yield of crops and growth of house plants.  It helps calm and balance the environment creating a peaceful space. It creates a deep earth and nature connection. This agate has a slow effect and takes time to be fully effective. It helps centring especially in times of instability and confusion.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to treat skeletal disorders, reverses capillary degeneration, stimulates the circulatory system, and relieves/eases pain, beneficial for nervous system conditions such as neuralgia. Can be used to overcome Geopathic stress or black ley lines.

Agate - Fire

It is a stone of creativity, individuality, courage, and self-empowerment.

It teaches you to harness and shine to the world you inner God or Goddess.  Where you step fully into your power and develops; self-assertiveness, self-power, self-belief, inner strength, creativity, positivity and courage to follow your path and be true to yourself without being swayed by others views.

Like all agates, it has protection energies, can aid memory, including recall of past lives and is said it can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one’s desires, and brings good luck and it also helps stabilize energies in the home.

Comes in varying shades of orange, brown, blue, or green and has a strong connection to the energies of the earth so has strong grounding properties and can be beneficial for meditation. Induces a feeling of relaxation and as such aids you to examine and deal with problems in a calm and safe manner. Helps take the edge off difficult experiences. It is recommended for dentists, optometrists, and those in the healing profession.

Chakra: Root/sacral

Folk remedies

It is said to help alleviate problems of the stomach and endocrine system, heal open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.

Agate - Moss

Moss agate gets its name from the moss like Dendritic inclusions in these stone, as its name suggests it gives a strong connection to nature.  It is said to attract wealth, a stone of abundance.   Improves ego and self-esteem, emotional balance and strengthens positive personality traits whilst releasing fears and stress.  It helps us see the beauty that surrounds us, it is said to be a midwives aid and of benefit during labour.  It is also said it is of benefit in agricultural uses promoting growth in new crops.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to speed up recovery, and cleanses and detoxifies the body, as an elixir is of benefit when applied to the skin for skin disorders/infections, also said to bring optimism and trust.

Agate - Snakeskin

It is said to connect to the south on the medicine wheel and that it is a shape-shifter.  Used in shamanic practice and development it is said to assist in travel without being seen in the spiritual upper and lower realms.  It is believed to being joy and light lifting emotionally. It assists in activating and raising Kundalini energy.

Chakra: Root, earth, sacral and root.

Folk Remedies: 

It is said to be of benefit for depression, worry, psoriasis, hearing and stomach.

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Agate - Tree

As the name suggests it links closely to the environment and is an earth healing crystal, it can be used in earth healing grids to support the flourishing of plants and trees.  Connects to elementals (nature spirits) and enhances a harmonious connection with living things (communication with trees and plants).   Protects when in the wilderness and gives a sense of security.

It is also said to benefit; self-esteem, self-worth, strength, perseverance, protecting against negativity, overcoming challenges and identifying karmic lessons, and bringing vitality and energy without over stimulating.

Chakra: Crown, Root, and Earth

Folk Remedies:

It is said to benefit the immune system.

Agate - Turitella

This agate is recognised by the fossilised sea creatures and snail markings in the stone. It can be carried as a protective amulet. Turritella agates are among healing stones called “record keepers” and can be used to attain knowledge of past events in history. It is also like some of the other agates a stone that can open up communication with the plant and mineral world making this an earth healer.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to be soothing for the stomach and can stimulate proper gut transit, calming and grounding. It is also said to be of benefit for; colon, gastroenteritis, IBS, wind pains, pancreas, circulation, emotional security and energy, lymphatic system, balances sexual energy, sight, varicose veins, strengthens aura and acts as a shield, , natural talents and channelling.

Agrellite

Agrellite is a rare crystal from Canada.

It is said to be of great benefit for those experiencing writers block. It is a good crystal for highlighting attempts to control others and supports independence and self-respect in both parts.  Assists in breaking self-sabotage cycles and in acceptance of your untapped potential it assists in growth and moving forward. 

Chakra: Crown and soul star

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for; immune system, receptivity to radionics, bruises, skin, inflammation, and chemotherapy.

Hardness: 5.5

Chemical Composition: NaCa2(Si4O10)F

Ajoite

This is most commonly found in phantoms within crystals and is rare and unusual to be found as crystals on their own and when they are found in crystals they may be the main mineral however often other minerals such as hematite, limonite and papagoite may also be present.  Ajoite is often found in Quartz which is emotionally very supportive especially for women.

Ajoite assists in connecting with ‘all that is’, it enhances creativity and is good for connections within relationships on all levels.  It is beneficial in past life healing and will assist in gaining an understanding the reasons for past life situations and releasing old karmic wounds and implants.  It is also said to be particularly beneficial for releasing Atlantian and Lemurian implants and the associated karma that you may have been carrying.

It can also be used to eliminate hostility and it can also be used to eliminate anger, abrasiveness, jealousy, prejudice or any other negative attribute you could imagine.  It also facilitates forgiveness.

It connects profoundly the heart and the throat centres assisting in speaking that which is in one’s heart.  It brings a deep sense of joy and inner peace and assists in finding joy within one’s situation/circumstances/environment/surroundings. It connects strongly to Gaia energy and will also enhance connections with angels and with spirit and encourages the communication of any wisdom gained by these connections to others on the earth plane. 

It has a strong feminine energy from the Goddess which stimulates forgiveness, and aids healing of karmic wounds from past lives. It can be used to facilitate automatic writing.

Chakra: ,Soul star, Crown, Throat, and Heart.

Feng Shui;

Ajoite brings peace and harmony to a space if placed in the centre.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for; Depression, menopause, anger, and hormonal balance.

Hardness: 3.5

Chemical Composition: (K, Na)Cu7Al(Si3O86 – 3H2O

Other Useful Information:

Toxic (contains aluminium and copper), do not cleanse in water.

Alexandrite

A rare formation of green Chrysoberyl that has is known to turn red in artificial light. It was named after a Russian Czar and is a symbol of royal power.  It is a strong guardian stone, said to intensify dreams (lucid dreaming and dream recall), enhances manifestation and said to bring luck in matters of the heart and relationships.

A stone of courage, assisting in facing challenges without fear and assists in seeing both sides of the picture by which giving a greater sense of perspective.           Enhances will power, self-esteem, self-worth and teaches the ability to experience true joy and beauty, bringing with it positive inner transformation. Alexandrite is ideal for centring and in enhancing and developing an appreciation of the interconnectedness with all nature as well as balancing male and female energies.

Chakra: Heart and Root

Folk Remedy:

It is said to benefit for; glands, inflammation, neck tension, spleen, pancreas, liver, reproductive system and nervous system.

Hardness: 8.5

Chemical Composition: BeAl2O4 a type of Chrysoberyl

Other Useful Information:

Contains Aluminium

Almendine

See Garnet

Amazonite

It is a form of feldspar so has these properties in addition to;

Soothing and pacifying aggression eases calms fears and worries.  If placed over a door to bring in new business, wonderful for entrepreneurs and those in sales. It is said to have a powerful filtration action making it beneficial for Geopathic stress, and absorber of microwaves and mobile phone emissions.

This is a great stone for communication, confidence and leadership and is said to reduce self-damaging behaviour, increases self-respect, grace, self-assuredness with communication. As an elixir it is beneficial to all levels of consciousness.

Chakra: heart, solar plexus and throat.

Folk remedies:

Amazonite is believed to affect the throat, thyroid, thymus, nerve and Brain paths by gently soothing the brain and nervous system. It is also believed to be beneficial to balancing metabolic processes, muscle spasms, tooth decay and osteoporosis.

Feng Shui:

Amazonite is used in the Northeast area for self cultivation, in the Southwest area for partners and relationships and for dispersing negative energy in any room.

Hardness: 6-6.5

Chemical composition: KalSi3O8 potassium aluminium silicate

Other Useful Information:

Contains Aluminium

Amber

This is a fossilised resin which is most commonly gold to yellow brown (however can also be green or red) it has electromagnetic properties (rubbing a piece of amber with a cloth, will build up an electric charge that makes it attract small items such as wood shavings, paper and straw). Due to its origin it is a powerful grounder, and deeply connected to earth energies.

It is an energy transmuter absorbing negative energy changing it and releasing it as positive energy.  It is said to be a powerful protector, to bring good luck to warriors, detox and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and other people’s energies.  It has an emotionally balancing and uplifting property which can be beneficial for depression and suicidal thoughts, bringing about a positive mental state. Amber is said to aid memory which makes it a good stone for studying. Amber is used for past life work, scrying and divination.

It cleans the aura, assists in bringing our higher vibrations in order, dispersing negative energy and clears the surrounding environment. Amber is the stone, which brings about altruism and great wisdom. Amber is known to attract luck, love and inspire change as well as improve wisdom.

Chakra: Solar plexus opens the crown chakra, (green – heart, Red – heart, sacral)

Folk remedies:

Amber is a powerful healer that draws out “dis-ease” through its detoxifying efforts. It revitalizes tissue, therefore making it a great “stone” for wound healing, weight gain, believed to treat goitres, brings mental clarity, mood balance and confidence. Therefore, helps with stomach anxiety, kidney, gallbladder, spleen, spine issues, central nervous system disorders, brain, and memory loss and cell regeneration. Make an elixir with this stone to apply to all pain issues. Amber is known to stimulate metabolism and treat skin disorders. It is also a good stone for treating asthma, and allergies.

Feng Shui:

Amber is used in the Centre/Health position to encourage good health and create balance and calm. Use it in the Northeast area for self cultivation and wisdom, in the Southwest area for partners, love and relationships (use in pairs) and for dispersing negative energy in any room. Use it in any room to also attract change into your space.

Hardness: 2- 3

Chemical composition:  C12H20O

Amblygonite

Powerful stone of creativity especially within the arts (holding and/or meditating with it is said to enhance talents).  It brings joy and emotional balance with a soft nurturing energy that supports and comforts.  It assists in reconciling dualities and energetically will align and aid energy to flow in the chakras.  Amblygonite is also said to be beneficial for; encouraging empathy, thoughtfulness, self- worth, as well as enhancing a sense of ‘knowing’.  It is a good shield against electromagnetic smog from electrical appliances.

Chakra: Solar plexus, higher crown and aligns all chakras

Folk Remedies:

Said to be of benefit for; hyperactivity, headaches, bones, irritable bowl syndrome, stomach, digestion and stress.

Feng Shui:

Place in centre of a space to bring tranquillity and harmony.  Also ideal if made into a grid for calmness and tranquillity.

Hardness: 5.5-6

Chemical Composition: (Li,Na)Al(PO4)(F,OH)

Amethyst

Balancing stone calming or stimulating as required (balances highs and lows of emotions), it is protective and yet expansive helping to open intuition and psychic gifts. It is an energy transmuter that absorbs negative energy and releases it as calm positive energy.

Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting, improving dream recall. Wear when sleeping or when awake to reduce anger, impatience, and nightmares. Amethyst contains the grounding colour of red with the energy of blue, which is expanding, spacious and flow of peace. Crossing this threshold is the lesson of humility, which Amethyst can teach us. This stone can show us how to let go and trust; surrender so that you may see beyond the cycle that consumes your attention; give it all up, so that you can receive more; and bow, that you may become a part of the greater whole. Amethyst is considered a Master Healing stone.

Chakra: third eye and crown chakra

Folk remedies:

It is said to aid sleep, boosts the immune system and relieves physical/emotional pain or stress and blocks Geopathic stress.  Amethyst is said to strengthen the cleansing organs, the circulatory system and blood, the immune system, and body metabolism, as well as ease headaches, eyes, scalp/hair, pituitary, pineal and blood sugar balance.

It is beneficial for addictive personalities; helps in sobriety, as well as alcohol, food, sex and other addictions. It soothes the nervous system and assists in the transmission of neural signals. Helps you feel less scattered and more in control of your faculties. Memory skills and motivation improve. Goals are clearer, more realistic, and easier to achieve. However, you must use this stone cautiously with subjects who have paranoid or schizoid tendencies. Beneficial for those who meditate, useful in dispelling rage, anger, fear, and anxiety, and is a good stone for clarifying and remembering dreams.

Feng Shui:

Amethyst is used primarily anywhere to help bring change. Used in the Southeast direction, in the Centre for balance and spirituality and in the Northeast for wisdom.

Hardness: 7

Chemical composition: SiO2 with Mn and Fe (Silica dioxide with manganese and Iron present that creates the purple colouration)

Ametrine

A natural combination of Amethyst and Citrine, please see both for full details.  Stimulates the intellect beyond worldly aspects, brings peace and tranquillity, during meditation helps attain higher states more quickly, helping to clear the mind.  Clears negativity from the aura, releases blockages.

Chakra: solar plexus, crown and third eye.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of particular benefit for those who have had long standing illness due to its ability to give insight into causes of “dis-ese”.  Powerful cleanser, boosts the immune system, aids the autonomic nervous system, heals chronic fatigue syndrome, tension headaches, stress related conditions and releases blockages.

Hardness: 7

Chemical Composition: SiO2 (minor iron impurities cause ametrine’s colours)

Ammolite

This is a fossil that is said to represent full coming full circle and knowing a place for the first time. It is said to activate personal empowerment and spiritual will, transmuting negative energy into a flowing positive spiral of energy. A powerful karmic cleanser and stimulates the flow of Ki (QI, chi) energy.

Chakra: Third eye, solar plexus and root.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to aid overall wellbeing and longevity. Also said to be of benefit in; osteomyelitis, depression, labour pain, cell metabolism,

Feng Shui:

Places appropriately can bring wealth, health vitality and happiness to the home whether placed in wealth, health corners or in the centre. In business premises it can be used to promote business dealings, ostitis and tinnitus as well as supporting the inner ear, cranium, lungs and limbs.

Ammonite

Ammonite is a fossil and as such has a strong connection with the earth; it is a stone of protection. It provides for insight and it helps to assist one in seeing the “whole picture”, gives stability to its user.

Chakra: Sacral

Folk Remedies:

Believed to ease birthing pains and bring relaxation. It helps to remind us to keep breathing, due to its circular design.

Feng Shui:

Ammonite is believed by Feng Shui masters to be associated to the scales of the mythical creature “Chi Lin” Therefore, it is said to be a powerful wealth stone and brings prosperity, grandeur and illustrious sons, similar to the potency of the Chi Lin.

Amphibol Quartz / Angel Phantom Quartz

See Quartz Section

 

Andalusite

Chiastolite is a variety of Andalusite.

Andalusite is sometimes called ‘The Seeing Stone’ as it is used to calmly see the parts of one’s character without bias and similarly can be helpful in seeing the different sides of a problem, and for use in scrying.  It is beneficial for lucid dreaming and also dream work and dream recall and thus gain an understanding of the deeper meaning of your life.  It imparts the knowledge of being serene and focused and if one is ready to listen with openly free of judgement it will reveal hidden wisdom.

It is said to enhance memory and recall, brings chivalry as well as moderation and balance.  It is ideal for meditation and centring. It can be used for journeying however advised to use this in guided journeying to begin with.

Chakra: Solar Plexus and heart.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for; eye problems, calcium deficiencies, AIDS, water retention and stress.

Hardness: 6.5 – 7.5

Chemical Composition:Al2SiO5 = Al(6) Al(5)OSiO4

Andescine Labradorite

See Labradorite

Andrite

See Garnet

Angel Aura Quartz

See Quartz

Angelite

This stone is excellent at balancing, polarizing and aligning the physical body with the aura or ethereal network, it is also known as the stone of “awareness” for the new age. It is very calming and its shade of blue refreshes the eyes and spirit. This crystal helps us to be in touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant communication with other humans, opens psychic channelling. 

Angelite helps in self expression, communication and allows us to speak our mind, helping us to become more assertive. It is a highly soothing stone that has a calming and soothing effect in children that are overactive or have anxiety.

Angelite is often used for psychic connection to oneness with the Universe, the angelic realm and for spiritual guidance. Angelite is utilized for heightened sensory awareness, which also makes it great for astral travel. Angelite helps us to see paths to surmount challenges. It dispels anger, renews connections with Universal knowledge, and reduces the “upstream struggle” during new endeavours.

Chakra: Throat

Folk Remedies:

Angelite has been used with great results for atrophy of the Thymus. It is used for relieving throat inflammation and to balance the thyroid. Angelite also repairs and soothes tissues and blood vessels, said to cool sunburn and beneficial in weight. It is very useful for weight control. It aligns physical and etheric fields for healing the self and others, unblocks the body’s energy meridians. Regenerates and rejuvenates ill or depleted areas. Provides a protective energy field around the area where it is placed.

Feng Shui:

Use this stone in the Northeast area for wisdom and knowledge and in the Centre area for balance and harmony.

Hardness: 3 – 3.5

Chemical Composition: CaSO4

Anhydrite

The blue Anhydrite is also called Angelite.

Often called angel wings in its raw formation due to the fan shaped formations that it often grows in.  As with Angelite it connects strongly with the angelic realm, facilitating communication, higher vision and guidance from higher realms.  It assists in accepting the mortality of the physical body and is ideal for those who are grieving.  A great crystal for meditation and mindfulness work, and also assists in quieting mind chatter.  It is said to cleanse the subtle bodies of negativity and cleanse the body of negative emotional patterns especially those linked to resentment.

Chakra: Crown and third eye

Folk Remedy:

Said to be beneficial for; throat, swelling, balancing for the thyroid and para-thyroid, soothing and reparative for tissues.  It is said to be beneficial for balancing fluid in the body and useful in weight control and related particularly to the lungs and arms. Soothing and cooling for the skin and said to be beneficial for sun burn.

Hardness: 3 – 3.5

Chemical Composition: CaSO4

Annabergite

Annabergite imparts knowledge of everything happens at the right time that what ‘is’ is exactly as it should be.  Harmonising with one’s higher self and enhancing the ability to learn and exist in the ‘now’ in order to keep moving forward in true ‘flow’ thus opening up to possibilities.  It is useful in knowing one’s self, achieving communication with higher consciousness, visualisation, and strengthening and developing intuition.

Chakra: Third eye, cleanses all chakras

Folk Remedies:

Said to be of benefit for; radiotherapy, receptivity to radionics, dehydration, tumours, and infections.

Hardness: 1 – 1.5

Chemical Composition: Ni3(AsO4)28(H2O)

Apache Tears

Also see Obsidian

This is a form of Obsidian also see properties of Obsidian.

The stones are said to bring good luck to those possessing them. Black obsidian is a powerful Meditation stone. The purpose of this gemstone is to bring to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind, it brings up negativity slowly so that it can be transmuted. It dissolves suppressed negative patterns and purifies them. It can create a somewhat radical behaviour change as new positive attitudes replace old, negative, egocentric patterns. The Apache tears are also said to balance the emotional nature and protect one from being taken advantage of whilst also promoting forgiveness. It can be carried as an amulet to stimulate success in business endeavours.

Chakra: Root – grounding and protection

Folk Remedies:

Eases and releases pain, loss/grief, sadness, and anger, to help heal and go on with life. For looking within, protection, vision quest/purpose. Gently grounds and unblocks lower body and endocrine glands.

Feng Shui:

This stone is used in any direction in order to attract good luck and protection.

Hardness: 5-5.5

Chemical composition: SIO2

Additional information:

The name “Apache tear” comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: about 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought on a mountain in the 1870s, outnumbered and facing defeat; the Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be killed. The wives and families of the warriors cried when they heard of the tragedy; their tears turned into stone on hitting the ground.

Apatite

Apatite is a great stone for encouraging inspiration. It is the stone used for humanitarian efforts and attitudes. It gives us insight into our own humility, our appreciation and desire toward service for mankind, clears confusion and frustration. Apatite allows us to connect between past and future, the conscious and unconscious and the psychic and intuitive centres and of great benefit for meditation (raises Kundalini).

Blue Apatite – Aids self-expression, teaching, healing, and verbally expressing yourself.

Purple Apatite – Increases for intuition, psychic insight.

Yellow Apatite – Stimulates creativity as well as, intuitive awakening.

Chakra: Throat – Blue Apatite, Green – heart, Third eye – Purple Apatite, Solar plexus – Yellow Apatite

Folk Remedies:

Apatite has very high concentrations, of minerals as well as trace minerals; it is often used for bone, joint and degenerative ailments such as arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis. The high calcium content is said to strengthen bones, muscles and helps with mineral assimilation. The stone is used for issues with the mouth, throat, thyroid, high blood pressure, and especially stuttering. It is a cooling stone used for stomach, colon, liver, spleen, kidneys, and as such beneficial for; indigestion, weight loss and appetite disturbances either excess or deficient. Helpful for children coping during their growth years as apatite benefits muscle tissue and general motor skills, ease hypertension and restores clear thought.

Yellow apatite is helpful for lifting depression and helping with chronic fatigue.

Blue – Healing for the kidneys

Purple: stimulation of the pineal gland

Feng Shui:

Apatite is used primarily anywhere to help bring inspiration. Consider using this stone in the Centre for balance, health and grounding, in the West for children and in the East for community and family.

Apophyllite

Clear, white, light green striated crystals, it assists one connect to spirit and act in truth. It has a powerful vibrational energy for deep, peaceful stillness and alpha state/meditation/dream recall, clairvoyance, and astral travel.

Mirror Apophyllite: has the additional reflective qualities of being able to receive back what intentions are sent into the “mirror’ of this stone. It has been used for centuries in India in the “art of gazing”, it is often called upon to reflect doings from the past to its user, in order to see both the good and the bad aspects of families’ past. Allowing the gazer to be aware of and work on improving the deficiencies from within. It provides a clear and absolute connection between the physical bodies and the astral bodies of its user. Mirror Apophyllite is an extremely powerful crystal and will also enrich the users’ intuitive capacities.

Green: is most powerful Heals and brings joyous openness to the heart, it also clears mental fuzziness and channels for with higher-self and angelic realm contact.

Chakra: Green – heart/brow/crown, White – crown, mirror Apophyllite – third eye

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be an excellent stone to assist in Reiki healing, helping the client to reach a deeper state of relaxation and receptiveness. Believed to be beneficial for the respiratory system, neutralising allergies, and especially important in assisting healing of the spirit.

Hardness: 4.5-5

Chemical composition: KCa4(Si4O10)2F8(H2O)

Apple Aura Quartz

see Quartz Section

Aqua Aura Quartz

see Quartz Section

Aquamarine

This stone has the calming, soothing energy of the sea, often said to be a stone of courage. It is; soothing, uplifting, openness, innocence, light heartedness, creativity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, purpose, and reduces fears.

Used for protection on journeys, especially those who travel on water.

Helps stabilize and harmonize unsettled surroundings. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive and mystical people, where is can increase creativity and sharpens intuition (ideal for meditation).

Quiets the mind and reduces stress, helping to bring tolerance of others especially to those who are judgemental. Clears blocked communication and aids the user in verbal expression. This stone allows us to find our individually and be ourselves. It is helpful to those who wear it, in regards to finding love, promoting fidelity and smoothing out differences between others.

Chakra: Throat/ Heart (also creates a shield)

Folk Remedies:

Said to be highly beneficial for stress relief (calms the nerves), stimulates and strengthens the immune system, sore throats, strengthens body’s filtration organs (liver, spleen, kidneys), helps swollen glands as well as balance and fortify them.   Benefits the pituitary and thyroid, allergies, improves vision and assists in teeth maintenance.

Feng Shui:

Used in the Southwest for relationship/love and in negative directions for courage and protection

Hardness: 7.5-8

Chemical composition: Be3Al2 (SiO3)6

Other Useful Information:

Contains Aluminium

Aragonite

Earth healer and grounding stone that is closely attuned to the earth goddess. It helps reach a centeredness during periods of stress and anger (brings patience when it is needed the most), also helps in preparation for meditation or healing.

Helps take you to childhood or past lives, and can help provide insight into the root of a problem/issue that confronts on the physical plane.

Aragonite promotes reliability in people and discipline. Aragonite increases self-worth and self-confidence. In business, Aragonite helps clear the mind and provide energy required to meet professional challenges, and increases practicality. Thought to teach the art of deep thinking, Aragonite gives the ability to live everyday life with an open heart and mind.

Chakra: Sacral

Folk Remedies:

An aragonite elixir can be used as a “spring tonic” and for the amelioration of general aches and pains.”  It is said to be beneficial for; hair loss, skin disorders, strengthening/mending broken bones, pain relief from spinal pain, chronic fatigue (increasing energy), increasing energy levels, aids calcium absorption, strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, and brings warmth to cold extremities.

Hardness: 3.5-4

Chemical composition: CaCO3

Astrophyllite

Astrophyllite has a name that comes from the Greek words astron meaning “star” and phyllon meaning “leaf.” for the patterns it tends to grow in.

Astrophyllite is an energetically potent stone that infuses your entire system with light, heightening your potential, perception and sensitivity to unspoken needs. Its strong metaphysical properties for transformation assist you to recognize your soul purpose for being here as it illuminates your true self.

This crystal may aid you to truly love yourself, and help you to come to terms with any actions in your past that you may have difficulty fully accepting.  Once you fully know yourself you may bring this self-knowledge to your life. It also assists in releasing unproductive and unhealthy behaviour. 

Said to be a tranquil and honest stone and it gives you the ability to make major change that will move your life journey forward in a profound way; something akin to the saying that when a door closes, a window opens somewhere.

Astophyllite is said to bring fidelity and honesty between partners by activating a soul-connection which allows the ability to ‘see into’ the other’s soul.  It is said to help with astral travels.

In therapies, it is said to improve sensitivity of touch and thus is good in massage, acupressure and reflexology.

Chakra: Sacral and root

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for; anxiety, hyperactivity, eyes, seizures, eliminating fat deposits and regulating bile.

Hardness: 3

Chemical Composition: (K,Na)3(Fe,Mn)7Ti2Si8O24(O,OH)7

Atlantisite

Atlantisite is the combination of two minerals; Serpentine and Stichtite.

It also includes Chromite and Magnetite.  It is said to bring a strong sense of comfort and security to those that use it.  Brings personal power and good for use in personal development and growth, whilst balancing emotions and promoting inner peace.  It works on the bodies energy meridians and flow of Ki/Qi energy, assisting in raising the energy to rise (kundalini rising). 

It brings self-confidence, belief, the openness of opinion, being gentle with ourselves and assists in expanding our heart centre and living from a place of love.  It shields and protects against negativity and assists in gentle communication.  As it names suggests it connects to the ancient energy of Atlantis and can be used in mediation to gain deep insight and knowledge.

Chakra: Third eye, heart, and solar plexus

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for the heart, lungs, kidney and stomach.  Also thought to be beneficial for calming and soothing cramps and period pains.

Feng Shui: 

Atlantisite is perfect for bringing tranquillity and peace to a space by gently raising and balancing the energies when placed in the centre of the home.  Also beneficial for prosperity, wealth and family areas.

Hardness: 1.5-2

Chemical composition:  Formula Serpentine: Mg6[(OH)8|Si4O10], Formula Stichtite: Mg6Cr2CO3(OH)16 · 4 H2O

Auralite 23

See Quartz Section

Aventurine

Aventurine is a positive stone of abundance and good luck, brining joy, balance (also balance of male and female energies) and clarity.

Can be used to create energy grids and to block Geopathic stress, it also absorbs electromagnetic smog and protect against environmental pollution.

Aventurine helps connect us to universal love and truth, and it is of benefit in business when interviewing and selling products. This stone helps to create stability in financial matters, especially when times are tough. Keep it around when paying bills, making business transactions or gambling. Spiritually, Aventurine protects the heart, enhances creativity and working with spirit guides.

Aventurine is a member of the quartz/feldspar family, has a concentrated ability to dissolve emotional blockage. It’s a particularly effective crystal for emotional healing and is especially helpful when worn for this purpose or placed on the heart centre during chakra balancing. It helps to balance the emotions, and is one of the best stones to wear or carry during times of stress (also placed over the solar plexus when emotion is internalised).

Blue:

Clarity of mind and aiding in clear communication, and is said to be a strong mental healer, emotional balancer, enhances leadership qualities, strengthening intuitive powers, increases patience, and reduces stubbornness.

Green:

Green is the colour of healing and Aventurine, soothing and comforting, good luck, increasing humour, increasing cheerfulness, heart healer.  It is said to aid in reducing nausea, reducing negative emotions and thoughts.

Peach:

It is said to enhance decision making and creativity; idea for writers, artists and musicians (anyone in a creative field).  Along with this it also helps opening and enhancing of creative visualisations.

Red:

Red Aventurine is believed to reduce negative thoughts, encouraging a positive attitude and outlook, as well as an ability to diffuse a negative situation and to turn it around (perfect for anyone that is in a process of self development “going within one’s self”). Enhancing creativity, prosperity and encouraging the ability to see possibilities.

It is also believed to heal the reproductive system, balance the blood pressure and to calm the nerves. It is also said to encourage the body to burn fat efficiently. Smoothed over the skin it is thought to bring relief from eczema and fungal skin infections.

Yellow:

It is said to enhance the flow of energy throughout the body, balancing yin and yang energies, eases anxiety and expands the flow of creativity.

Chakra: Heart (green and red), Throat chakra (blue), Sacral (red), Solar plexus (green, peach, yellow)

Folk Remedies:

Aventurine works with lungs, heart, adrenal glands, thymus glands, connective tissue, nervous system, calming troubled emotions, and sexual organs. It is known as the “heart healer”. Historically also known to draw out heat of fevers, inflammation, nervous system, stress. It can be placed your bath water, a soft, soothing stone for general healing, also believed to heal emotional pain, fear, and imbalance by dissolving blocks in the heart.

As an elixir it is said to relieve skin problems

Feng Shui:

Aventurine works in any area or in your life which needs an emotional lift and also acts as a general healer which is ideal in an area that is dedicated to health. It helps with any negative direction where better choices or good luck is needed. Aventurine is associated with the North area related to career and the West area relating to creativity.

Hardness: 7

Chemical composition: SiO2 (Quartz) coloured by mineral Dumortierite (Al,Fe3+)7O3(BO3)(SiO4)3

Axinite

(Relatively rare)

A crystal that always brings out the best qualities in people and a useful crystal in personal development as it teaches and assists in ‘letting go’ allowing energy to flow and opening up to possibilities. Especially beneficial for those prone to holding on to tight to an outcome and thus stifling the process of manifesting what you truly desire.

Axinite will harmonise and strengthen relationships, deepens intimacy and assists in being open within relationships.

Chakra: Earth star, root.

Folk Remedy:

It is said to be of benefit for; fractures, broken bones, kidneys, and motor function.

Feng Shui: Relationship area to harmonise and strengthen relationships also useful in success area for business relationships.

Hardness: 6.5 – 7

Chemical Composition: Ca3Al2BSi4O15(OH). Much variation in composition due to replacement of Ca by Fe, Mg, Mn.

Azurite

Azurite is sometimes known as the “Stone of heaven” this name comes from its ability to stimulate the pursuit of the heavenly self (helping us move toward enlightenment), being guided by the third eye and allowing for accurate and verbalisation of psychic experiences.

Aids in journeying and accessing other times, places and past lives, allowing us; deeper insight and seeing the truth, it also helps aid and assist a meditative and channelling state.

It is said to eliminate indecision, enhances creativity, ability to see things with a new perspective, improves memory, allows deeper insights, cleanses the mind, cleanses the etheric and mental bodies of the aura, and helps ease stress/grief.

Chakra: Third eye (cleanses and stimulates), throat, Sacral and Heart.

Folk Remedies:

Azurite is believed to stimulate the thyroid gland, ameliorate the arrangement of the vertebrae, and is said to be beneficial for; skin cleansing, sinus, spleen, nervous system, aid developing embryonic babies in the womb, aids detoxification, kidney, gall bladder,  teeth, disorders of spinal alignment, and circulatory disorders.

As an elixir it is said to ameliorate a healing crisis, symptoms getting worse before they get better.

Hardness:  3-3.5

Chemical composition:  Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

Other Useful Information:

Azurite is a blue copper-based stone found in association with Malachite. In Native American Indian history it is said to have been used as a sacred stone, nodule and crystal forms used to facilitate contact with ones spiritual Indian guide.  Contains copper, toxic in water, do not cleanse in water and if using for elixirs do not place direct into the water.