Crystals/Gems

Crystal of the Day for November 25th – Magnetite

Crystal of the Day

Magnetite


(Color: Black)
Hardness: 5.5 – 6.5                             
Specific Gravity: 5.1+                       
Chemistry: Fe3O4, Iron Oxide        
Class: Oxides and Hydroxides               
Crystallography: isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m                     
Cleavage: absent                   
Fracture: conchoidal                                  
Streak: black                                
Luster: Oxides and Hydroxides

Healing: Magnetite is used to increase blood circulation. Also used as a relief for chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Also used for emotional healing. Use it to heal muscle pains and spasms. Also useful for stopping nosebleeds.
Use magnetite to strengthen virility and to cure male sexual dysfunction.

Workings: Use magnetite for grounding and centering. A talisman made from magnetite is thought to increase physical strength. Magnetite aids in meditation and visualization. It is also used to attract love. Use magnetite to strengthen spells. Use it to attract money or in business to attract customers.
Its energy is receptive, its planet is Venus and its associated Element is Water. Magnetite is considered to be feminine. Its astrological signs are Ares, Capricorn, Aquarius and Virgo. It vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Use magnetite to align the Chakras and the meridians of the subtle and etheric bodies.

Foot Notes: Magnetite is a valuable source of iron ore. It dissolves slowly in hydrochloric acid.
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Gemstone of the Day for November 18th -

Gemstone of the Day

Gypsum


Hardness: 2                   
Specific Gravity: 2.3
Chemistry: CaSO4-2(H2O), Hydrated Calcium Sulfate          
Class: Sulfates             
Crystallography: monoclinic
Cleavage: good in one direction and distinct in two others      
Fracture: uneven but rarely seen
Streak: white                           
Luster: vitreous to pearly

Healing: Used as an elixir to increase fertility. Also used to produce strong bones.

Workings: Graphite is associated with the element of Water and its energy is receptive. Its astrological sign is Aries and it vibrates to the number 2. Use for channeling and meditation. Gypsum is called the “Good Luck” stone and is used in workings of prosperity.

Chakra Applications: Use Selenite (clear gypsum) to energize the chakras. Helps one to connect with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Gypsum is one of the more common minerals in sedimentary environments. It is a major rock forming mineral that produces massive beds. Selenite is the clear, transparent form of the mineral gypsum. The ancient carving material called alabaster is another variety of gypsum. It is a common mineral and is found in Mexico, Italy, the United States, and throughout the world.
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Crystal of the Day for November 17th – Anglesite

Crystal of the Day

Anglesite



Anglesite is named for the Type Locality, Pary’s Mine on the Island of Anglesey in Wales, U.K.


Hardness:  2.5 – 3                    
Specific Gravity: 3                          
Chemistry: PbSO4, Lead Sulfate
Class: Sulfates                                 
Crystallography: orthorhombic                           
Cleavage: Good      
Fracture: conchoidal                             
Streak: White               
Luster: Adamantine


Healings: Angelsite is used in the treatment of nervous disorders and to improve circulation of the blood.

Workings: Anglesite is used for channeling and connecting with spirits. It is used for staying grounded while visiting other spiritual realms. Angelsite can help to manifest dreams into this reality. It is an excellent meditation stone.
Anglesite is associated with the astrological sign of Pisces and vibrates to the number 2.

Chakra Applications: Used with the Third-Eye Chakra to connect with spiritual entities.

Foot Notes: Anglesite is a rare lead mineral. Anglesite has the same structure as barite (BaSO4) and forms very similar crystals. However, Anglesite has a very high density and even though Barite is a rather heavy mineral, Anglesite is nearly 50% more dense.
Anglesite occurs in Mexico; Peru; Germany and New Mexico and as an extremely rare secondary mineral at Mont Saint-Hilaire. Named in 1832 after its discovery locality, on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. Anglesite, a lead sulfate mineral of the barite group, was first reported from Sterling Hill by Palache  in 1935 C.E.
Anglesite contains lead. Do not grind dry or inhale dust. Wash hands after handling.
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Gemstone of the Day for November 16th – Seamanite

Gemstone of the Day

Seamanite

Seamanite is It is named in honor for Professor Arthur E. Seaman of Michigan Technological University who discovered it.

Hardness: 4               
Specific Gravity:                       
Chemistry: Mn3(PO4)B(OH)6
Class: Orthorhombic – Dipyramidal                     
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                      
Cleavage: distinct
Fracture: brittle                             
Streak: white                              
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Seamanite is used to assimilate iron within the body. Topically it is a good elixir for dried skin. Seamanite is used to assist in the healing of fratured bones and in the treatment of rickets and scurvy. It is also useful in treating depression. 

Magical Workings: Seamanite is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the Master Number 33.

Chakra Applications: none

Foot Notes: Seamanite is a very rare manganese boron phosphate, first discovered in Michigan under the name “koenigite”. Seamanite occurs as small acicular crystals in the crevices of a badly fractured and highly ferruginous
siliceous rock.
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Gemstone of the Day for November 15th – Jade

Gemstone of the Day

Jade


As early as 3000 B.C.E. jade was known in China as yu, the “royal gem”.

(Color: shades of emerald green, white, gray, yellow, orange and violet)
Hardness: (Jadeite)  6.5 – 7    (Nephrite) 5.0 – 6.0               
Specific Gravity: (Jadeite) 3.3 – 3.5    (Nephrite) 3.0- 3.3                         
Chemistry: (Jadeite) Na(Al,Fe 3+)[Si2O6]   (Nephrite) Ca2(Mg,Fe)Si8O22(OH2)
Class: Silicates                          
Crystallography: Monoclinic                        
Cleavage: Prismatic               
Fracture: (Jadeite) splintery   (Nephrite) Subconchoidal to Uneven                         
Streak: white                                
Luster: (Jadeite) glassy     (Nephrite) oily to silky

Healing: Jade is used as a remedy for kidney ailments and to remove toxins. It helps to heal stitches and is useful in fertility and childbirth. It is sometimes used as an elixir to soothe and smooth the skin.

Workings: Jade is often used to carve sacred artifacts. Place jade under your pillow help in lucid dreaming. The ancient Chinese used Jade for, among other things, courage, wisdom and justice. Jade is used to attract good luck and friendship. It is also a protection stone. Use Jade for astral projections.
Jade is often called the “Dream stone” or the “Stone of Fidelity”. To the Mayans it was known as “Sovereign of Harmony.”
The energy of Jade is receptive. Its Element is Water and its planet is Venus. Astrological signs are Aries, Gemini, Taurus and Libra. It vibrates to the Master number 11.

Chakra Applications: Use Jade to activate the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Jade is a generic term for two different gems, Nephrite and Jadeite.
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Gemstone of the Day for November 14th – Bloodstone

Gemstone of the Day

  Bloodstone


                                                                        
                 Bloodstone derives its name from the Greek word “Heliotrope” meaning sun and turning.


Hardness: 6 1/2 to 7                    
Specific Gravity: 2.58 to 2.64              
Chemistry: SiO2                   
Class: chalcedony              
Crystallography: Trigonal              
Cleavage: none                        
Fracture: Conchoidal                        
Streak: White                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: In ancient times, bloodstone was thought to be able to stop hemorrhages with the merest touch. Bloodstone relieves stomach and bowel pain. It strengthens blood purifying organs and improves blood circulation. Bloodstone has a positive influence on the bladder. Bloodstone soothes the mind, and aids in relieving depression.

Workings: Use Bloodstone in protection and prosperity spells. Bloodstone has been found to increase the effectiveness of spells. Bloodstone is used to help one become more knowledgeable in the ways of the world. Its element is Fire. Its energy is projective and it is ruled by the planet Mars.
Bloodstone is associated with the astrological signs of Aries, Pisces and Libra and vibrates to the numbers 4 and 6.

Chakra Applications: Used for centering and grounding the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes:  In the Middle Ages, bloodstone was attributed special powers as the spots were thought to be the blood of Jesus Christ. It was used in sculptures representing flagellation and martyrdom. Bloodstone Known as “the stone of the warrior.”
Bloodstone is dark-green variety of the silica mineral chalcedony that has nodules of bright-red jasper distributed throughout its mass. It is composed primarily of silicon dioxide. Bloodstone is found in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Kathiawar Peninsula and Wyoming, USA.
Bloodstone along with aquamarine are traditional birthstones of Pisces.
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Gemstone of the Day for November 12 – Alexandrite

Gemstone of the Day

Alexandrite


                                                                              

Hardness: 8.5                    
Specific gravity:    3.68 – 3.75         
Chemistry: Beryllium Aluminum Oxide, BeAl2 O4                    
Class: oxides              
Crystallography: orthorhombic               
Cleavage: good in one direction, imperfect in another       
Fracture: conchoidal, brittle                           
Streak: White                                    
Luster: vitreous to greasy


Healings: Alexandrite is used to align and center the three states of our being (mental, emotional and etheric bodies) thus creating a more harmonious state of being. It is also used to re-enforce ones self-esteem. It has been used to address ailments of the nervous system as well as complaints of the testicles, pancreas and spleen. it is thought to be excellent for tissue regeneration.

Workings: Orientals use Alexandrite to bring Good Fortune. Alexandrite can be used to enhance love spells.
Alexandrite is associated with the astrologicals sign of both Scorpio and Virgo. It vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: Alexandrite is applied to the Heart, Third-Eye, and Base chakras. This is done to enhance astral travel and to generate past life regression.

Foot Notes: Alexandrite is named for the former czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, allegedly on the day of his birth. Chromium gives alexandrite its color and while, in most minerals, a trace element like chromium would provide only one color to the mineral, in alexandrite it gives it two. Alexandrite  occurs in granite pegmatite’s and mica schist’s. Alexandrite is found in Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and New Mexico USA.
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June. Alexandrite is also the anniversary gemstone for the 45th and 55th year of marriage.
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Crystal of the Day for November 10th – Richterite

Crystal of the Day

Richterite



Hardness: 5 – 6                      
Specific Gravity: 2.9 – 3.3                     
Chemistry: Na2Ca(Mg, Fe)5 Si8O22(OH)2, Sodium Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide
Class: Silicates                   
Crystallography: Monoclinic; 2/m                   
Cleavage: imperfect in two directions
Fracture: uneven             
Streak: brown                          
Luster: vitreous to dull          


Healing: Richerterite is used in the treatment of bone deficiencies and respiratory disorders. It is also used in the treatment of fevers, typhus, thyroid imbalances and parasitic imbalances.

Magical Workings: Richterite is an excellent stone to use for astral projection and for visiting the Akashic records. It is used as a calming stone, relieving anxiety. It is an excellent stone for those with PTSD.
Richterite is associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Richterite is associated with the Throat chakra. It is primarily involved with communication within one’s self.

Foot Notes: Ricterite is not a common mineral, but is found world wide as a small constituent in unusual rocks. Richterite belongs to the complicated mineral group “amphiboles”. Richterite crystals are long and prismatic, or prismatic to fibrous aggregates.
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