Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for January 23rd is

Gemstone of the Day

Biotite

                                                        
Biotite was n amed in 1847 CE after the French physicist, Jean Baptiste Biot(1774 – 1862), who studied the optical properties of the micas.


Hardness: 5 -6                    
Specific Gravity: 3.2 – 3.5                   
Chemistry:  K (Fe, Mg)3 AlSi3 O10 (F, OH)2, Potassium iron magnesium aluminum silicate hydroxide fluoride                
Class: Silicate               
Crystallography: Monoclinic; 2/m                 
Cleavage: perfect in one direction        
Fracture: uneven                  
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Biotite is used in diagnosing disorders associated with disorganized cellular patterns.  It can also be used in the treatment of the eyes, to release and shrink growths, and to regulate the secretion of bile. It is helpful in the treatment of stress related disorders such as insomnia, depression, and melancholy.

Workings: Biotite is said to enhance one’s perception, allowing one to more clearly understand what is really happening in any situation.
Biotite is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Biotite increases the visions of theThird Eye chakra. It also opens the Crown chakra. They are particularly relaxing when placed on the navel chakra and the third eye. 

Foot Notes: Biotite belongs to the mica group. It is a ferro-magnesian mineral that is black and shiny with basal cleavage. Biotite is a sheet silicate. Biotite is a common rock forming mineral, being present in some amount, in most igneous and both regional and contact metamorphic rocks. 
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Gemstone of the Day for January 21 is Rosasite

Gemstone of the Day

 

Rosasite

Rosasite is named after its discovery locality, the Rosas Mine, Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy. It was discovered in 1908 CE.

Hardness: 4 1/2                  
Specific Gravity:                      
Chemistry: (Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2  
Class: Carbonates              
Crystallography: Monoclinic                 
Cleavage: Good in two directions at right angles.
Fracture: Splintery – Thin             
Streak: Light blue                          
Luster: Vitreous, Silky           


Healing: Rosasite is used to treat disorders of the internal organs. It is used to heal measles and chicken pox and to regenerate tissue lost to a internal rupture.

Magical Workings: Rosasite is an excellent stone to use for meditation and to attain a state of calmness in one’s life. Rosasite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and it vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in association with the Throat and Third Eye chakras.

Foot Notes: Rosasite forms in the oxidation zones of zinc-copper deposits. Minerals associated with Rosasite include limonite, smithsonite, hemimorphite, malachite, aurichalcite and calcite.
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Gemstone of the Day for January 20th is Onyx

Gemstone of the Day

Onyx

The name “Onyx” is derived from the Greek word meaning “veined gem,” and only applies to the agate variety. The name “Sardonyx” is derived from the Greek, word “Sard” meaning “reddish brown,” applying to the brown, and white banded variety. The name “Carnelian” refers to a red and white banded variety.

(Color: Usually black or brown with white bands. Can be orange, red, or honey colored )

Hardness:  7.0                          
Specific Gravity: 2.6                      
Chemistry: SiO2 – Silicon dioxide       
Class: Tectosilicate               
Crystallography: Microcrystalline                         
Cleavage: Conchoidal               
Fracture: None                                      
Streak: White                                         
Luster: Vitreous

Healing: Black Onyx increases stamina.
Black Onyx assists in childbirth and relates to the ovaries, womb and menses.  Black Onyx also aids in sexual health and self control.  It is said to strengthen the heart, kidneys, nerves, capillaries, hair, eyes and nails.

Workings: Black onyx is used in India to ward off the “evil eye”.
Black onyx helps stop your energy being drained away and helps relieve stress.
Black onyx is believed to sharpen the whits of the person wearing it.
This stone helps create emotional stability and protects against negative energy. Onyx is soothing and helps one to focus, and to banish grief and old habits.
Black onyx is believed to be one of the most powerful protection stones.
Its astrological sign is

Chakra Applications: Black Onyx is associated with the Root chakra.

Foot Notes: Onyx is similar to Agate, except for the fact that its bands are parallel with one another and are the same consistency. Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items.
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Stones for Binding Spells

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Stones for Binding Spells

Agate

Beryl

Bloodstone

Chrysoprase

Coral

Emerald

Hematite

Jet

Malachite

Black obsidian

Black onyx

Pyrite

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Gemstone of the Day for January 15th – Halite

Gemstone of the Day

Halite


(Color: clear or white but can be found blue, purple, pink, yellow and gray.)


Hardness: 2                            
Specific Gravity: 2.1                        
Chemistry: NaCl, Sodium Chloride        
Class: Halides               
Crystallography: isometric                    
Cleavage: perfect in three directions forming cubes                  
Fracture: conchoidal               
Streak: white                                 
Luster: vitreous

Healing: Halite is used in the treatment of lower intestinal tract and colon disorders. Used for amelioration of water retention.

Workings: Halite is used in cleansing spells. It is also good for grounding and centering. Use halite to mark out your Sacred Circle. Use halite when engaging in deep introspection, for example; a Dream Vision. Astrological signs are Cancer and Pisces. It vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Use Halite when clearing the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Halite, is better known as rock salt. Halite is found in ancient bedrock all over the world where large extinct salt lakes and seas have evaporated millions of years ago, leaving thick deposits of salt behind.
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Gemstone of the Day for January 13th is Sapphire

Gemstone of the Day

Sapphire  

The name Sapphire comes from the Sanskrit “sanipriya” (dear to the planet Saturn).

Hardness: 9              
Specific Gravity: 3.9 – 4.1                 
Chemistry: Al2O3 – Aluminum Oxide
Class: Corundum                     
Crystallography: Hexagonal                    
Cleavage: none
Fracture: uneven, conchoidal                              
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous


Healing: It is said that wearing a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat. Sapphire is used to treat blood disorders such as excessive bleeding and to thicken vein walls. Sapphire is the most effective healing stone for the nervous system. It also aids in regulating the function of the thyroid gland. 

Magical Workings: Sapphire is used to dispel bad feelings and to enlighten one’s mood, it is a crystal of harmony and peace.
It is often called the “Stone of Prosperity”. Sapphire is an excellent stone for meditation. Star Sapphire is used as protection from the evil eye.
The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love.
Yellow Sapphire attracts wealth and brings prosperity to the home.
The Black Sapphire provides centering, protection and grounding.
The White Sapphire is an extremely protective gem.
The Indigo Sapphire enhances psychic awareness. It eliminates negative energies from the aura.
The Green Sapphire improves internal and external vision and helps you to remember dreams.
India considered it to be the stone of Saturn, and believed it to be a portal to the heavenly realms.
Sapphire is thought to be one of the stones on the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Sapphire is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Libra and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number of 2, though Sapphires of different colors will vibrate to different numbers.

Chakra Applications: The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love. It opens and heals the thyroid and the throat chakra and has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous system.
Yellow Sapphire is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra.
The Black Sapphire is associated with the Base Chakra.
The Pink Sapphire clears emotional blockages bringing peace and unconditional love. It is associated with the Heart chakra.
The White Sapphire is associated with the Crown chakra.
The Indigo Sapphire is associated with the Third Eye chakra.
The Green Sapphire is known as the “Stone of Fidelity”, and stimulates the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a 45th Anniversary gemstone.
Sapphire is the non-red variety of corundum, and the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. Many Sapphire deposits are the remains of metamorphic or igneous veins of granite and marble weathered away into stream beds and mountain valleys.
An ancient Persian myth tells of a giant blue sapphire that Mother Earth rests upon, and that the sky is the reflection of this massive blue crystal.
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Gemstone of the Day for January 10th is Benitoite

Gemstone of the Day

Benitoite

                       
Benitoite is named for its occurrence near the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, California.

Hardness: 6 – 6.5        
Specific Gravity: 3.6        
Chemistry: BaTiSi3O9, Barium Titanium Silicate                
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Hexagonal; bar 6 m 2           
Cleavage: poor       
Fracture: irregular                     
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Benitoite is used to treat disorders of the blood and to ameliorate excessive bleeding. It is also used to expedite the healing process.

Workings: Benitoite is used for astral traveling and connecting with other-world beings. Benitoit is worn to enhance feelings of emotional sensitivity, empathy and understanding. It aids in instances of telepathy. Benitoite is used to help one overcome one’s fear of water. 
Benitoite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Benitoite is associated with all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Benitoite is a rare blue barium titanium silicate mineral, found in hydrothermally altered serpentinite. Benitoite is thought to have been derived during a phase of low temperature and high-pressure metamorphism which relates to a blueschist metamorphic facies. The elements that comprise benitoite are thought to have been mobilized from the host rock and deposited in a late stage cooling of hydrothermal fluids in veins fracturing the wall rock of serpentine.
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Gemstone of the Day for January 9th – Gypsum

Gemstone of the Day

Gypsum


(Color: white, colorless or gray, but can also be shades of red, brown and yellow.)



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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