Whispering Woods Crystal Grimoire

Section R

Contents: Ralstonite, Ramsdellite, Raspite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodolite, Rhonite, Rhodonite, , Richterite, Rosasite, Roselite, Ruby, Rutile

                                                                           (Colorless, White)

Named for J. Grier Ralston (1851-1880 CE) of Norristown, Pennsylvania,
USA, who first observed the mineral.                                                                  

Hardness: 4.5                        Specific Gravity: 2.5                  

Chemistry: NaxMgxAl2-x(F,OH)6•(H2O)             Class: Halide                 Crystallography: Isometric - Hexoctahedral                      
Cleavage: perfect                  Fracture: Brittle - Uneven                  Streak: White                    Luster: Vitreous - Greasy

Healing: Ralstonite is used in the diagnosis of various ailments. It is also used for the treatment of tularemia and advanced cases of rabies.

Magical Workings: Ralstonite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: none

Foot Notes: Ralsonite is a colorless, white, or yellowish mineral composed of hydrous basic sodium magnesium aluminum fluoride, occurring in octahedral crystals.


Ramsdellite is named after the American mineralogist, Lewis S. Ramsdell
(1895-1975 CE), of the University of Michigan, who first described the

(Iron black, Black, Steel gray)

Hardness: 3              Specific Gravity: 4.37             Chemistry: MnO2

Class: Oxide                   Crystallography: Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal                         

Cleavage: good               Fracture: Brittle                  Streak: brownish black                  Luster: Metallic

Healing: Ramsdellite is used to heal cysts. It is also used to regulate the growth of red blood cells.

Magical Workings: Ramsdellite is a excellent stone to use during meditation and astral projection. It is also used to protect against insect infestations. Ramsdellite is associated with the astrological sign of Aries and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Ramsdellite is used in conjuction with the Third Eye chakra.

Foot Notes: Ramsdellite is polymorphous with the relatively common mineral pyrolusite. Ramsdellite itself is a rare mineral. Ramsdellite is an oxidation product of weathered manganese minerals.


                                                                (Yellow brown, Yellow gray, Light yellow)

Named for Charles Rasp (1846-1907), German-Australian prospector, discoverer
of the Broken Hill ore deposit.

Hardness: 2.5 - 3                 Specific Gravity: 8.4                          Chemistry: PbWO4

Class: Anhydrous Molybdates and Tungstates (Sheelite group)                 Crystallography: Monoclinic - Prismatic                    
Cleavage: perfect                Fracture: conchoidal                     Streak: yellow white                     Luster: Adamantine

Healing: Raspite is used to heal sprains and strains and to ease pain from bruises.

Magical Workings: Raspite is used for inner reflection and to discourage dishonesty within oneself. Raspite is assocaited with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: No known applications.

Foot Notes: Raspite is a rare secondary mineral occurring in the oxidized zones of tungsten-bearing hydrothermal base metal deposits. It was discovered in 1897 CE at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.


                                      (red to pink, sometimes almost white, yellow and brown)

Hardness: 3.5 - 4                Specific Gravity: 3.5                    Chemistry:  MnCO3

Class: Carbonates                 Crystallography: trigonal; bar 3 2/m.             

Cleavage: perfect in three directions forming rhombohedrons               Fracture: uneven                     Streak: white                                       
Luster: vitreous to resinous

Healing: Rhodochrosite is used to heal emotional wounds. Rhodochrosite is often used to release painful feelings associated with sexual abuse. It is also used in the treatment of heart and lung disorders.

Magical Workings: Wear rhodochrosite when working love magic. Rhodochrosite is known as the "stone of love and balance". It is often used to help heal Mother Earth. Rhodoschrosite is associated with the astrological signs of Scorpio and Leo. It vibrates to the number of 4.

Chakra Applications: Rhodochrosite is used to energize the heart chakra. It is also used to balance the Base Chakra.

Foot Notes: Large crystals of rhodochrosite are rare. They are found in low-temperature, silver-bearing hydrothermal veins associated with granitic rocks in mountain regions. Colorado officially named rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002 based on a proposal by a local high school (Platte Canyon High School in Bailey,Colorado). The best locality for rhodochrosite is the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado.


                                                                                      (rose-pink to red)

                         The name rhodolite comes from the Greek word, "rhodon", meaning rose.

Hardness: 7 - 7.5                Specific Gravity: 3.4 - 4.3             Chemistry: (Mg,Fe)3Al2(SiO4)3

Class: Isometric                   Crystallography:  rhombic dodecahedra or cubic                        Cleavage: none

Fracture: conchoidal                             Streak: white                           Luster: Vitreous           

Healing: Rhodolite is used for all sorts of speech and hearing problems and is used to sooth fears and nightmares. It used it for many different lung conditions, such as emphysema and asthma. Rhodolite calms the nervous system, and is an excellent stone for emotional support. It has the ability to ease stress and reduce anxiety. Rhodolite is useful for over-coming the experience of sexual abuse.

Magical Workings: Rhodolite offers protection for travelers against any misfortune.
Rhodolite is known to connect and align the astral and etheric bodies. It will assist in the illumination of intuition and help to open and initiate the Kundalini energy force.

Chakra Applications: Rhodolite has a positive effect on all of the chakras, cleansing the negativity from each one. It is primarily associated with the Heart chakra. Rhodolite is used to combine the energies of the Base , Heart and Crown chakras which in turn enhances physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Foot Notes: Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red mineral pyrope, a species in the garnet group. Chemically, rhodolite is an iron-magnesium-aluminium silicate.
Rough treatment can scratch rhodolites, sudden or extreme temperature changes can also cause this type of stone to fracture. Warm soapy water is always a safe cleaning method.
The Rhodolite Garnet is the birthstone of January.


                                                                          (Brown-red, black to reddish black)

                    Rhonite is named for the Rhon Mountains, located near Stuttgart, Germany.

Hardness: 5 - 6                        Specific Gravity: 3.5           

Chemistry: Ca2(Mg,Fe 2+,Fe 3+,Ti)6[O2|(Si,Al)6O18                           Class: Silicates                       

Crystallography: Triclinic - Pinacoidal                        Cleavage: good                    Fracture: uneven                   

Streak: reddish brown                     Luster: Vitreous, Sub-Metallic

Healing: Rhonite is used to assist in the assimilation of iron in the body. It aids in indigestion and helps ease breathing and lung disorders. Rhonite also helps to regulate normal blood flow.

Magical Workings: Rhonite is an excellent stone to carry when engaged in physical workouts, as it enhances stamina.
Rhonite is also an excellent stone for dream recall. Keep a piece next to your pillow to enhance vivid recall of your dreams. It is also an excellent stone for deep meditation.
Rhonite is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the Master Number 44.

Chakra Applications: Rhonite is used to stimulate and energize the Heart chakra. It is used to align the physical body with the energy of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Rhonite crystallizes in prismatic triclinic crystals and in prismatic aggregates. It is found in silica-undersaturated, alkalic, mafic to intermediate igneous rocks, as a primary mineral or an alteration product of amphiboles.


                                                                                     (Red, pink, brownish-red)

                                 Rhodonite is the official gem of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
                                 The word rhodonite is derived from the Greek word "rhodon" for rosy.

Hardness:  5.5 – 6.5                         Specific Gravity: 3.4 - 3.7                  

Chemistry: MnSiO3                       Class: Silicates                 Crystallography: triclinic                      

Cleavage: perfect                   Fracture: Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal                                

Streak: white                                 Luster: vitreous         

Healing: Rhodonite is used to soothe the nervous system. It is also used in the treatment of emphysema.Rhodonite is used in the treatment of strep throat, heart disorders and arthritis.

Magical Workings: Rhodonite is often used to dispel negativity in one's environment. When worn as a stone of protection, Rhodonite will accelerate one's heartbeat when it senses imminent danger.

Chakra Applications: Rhodonite is used to balance and clear the Third Eye chakra. Rhodonite is associated with the astrological sin of Taurus and vibrates to the number 9.

Foot Notes: Rhodonite crystals often have a thick tabular habit, but are rare. In Russia, Easter eggs are carved out of Rhodonite and then exchanged with children. Rhodonite is also used to carve the sarcophagus for Russian czars and emperors.       


                                                            (brown, reddish brown, yellow and light to dark green)

                       Richterite is named for Theodor Richter (1824-1898 CE), German mineralogist.

Hardness: 5 - 6                       Specific Gravity: 2.9 - 3.3                     

Chemistry: Na2Ca(Mg, Fe)5 Si8O22(OH)2, Sodium Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate

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.


                                                                        (Blue green, Light blue, Sky blue)

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.


                                                                                         (rose-red to pink)
Roselite is named after Gustave Rose (1798-1873), professor on mineralogy at the University
of Berlin, Germany.

Hardness: 3.5            Specific Gravity: 3.5 - 3.7           

Chemistry: Ca2(Co, Mg)(AsO4)2 - 2H2O, Hydrated Calcium Cobalt Magnesium Arsenate

Class: Phosphate                      Crystallography:                    Cleavage: perfect in one direction

Fracture: uneven                          Streak: light red                         Luster: vitreous

Healing: Roselite is used to diagnose heart disorders.

Magical Workings: Roselite is an excellent stone for communication, especially in personal and business relationships. It is also a good stone for meditation and for enhancing one's ESP.
Roselite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number of 4.

Chakra Applications: Roselite is used in conjunction with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Roselite is a pink or rose-colored, monoclinic mineral consisting of a hydrated arsenate of calcium, cobalt, and magnesium. The color of roselite comes from namely cobalt.

                                                                           (Red, may be brownish, purplish or pinkish)                                   

                                                                 The name for ruby comes from "ruber", Latin for red.

Hardness: 9            Specific Gravity: 4             Chemistry:  Al2O3:Cr aluminium oxide with chromium

Class: Corundum                        Crystallography: Trigonal                         Cleavage: none

Fracture: Uneven or conchoidal                    Streak: white                     Luster: vitreous

Healing: An elixir made from ruby is used externally to lower fevers. Ruby is also used to treat disorders of the heart. Wearing a ruby helps the blood system to purify itself of toxins. Ruby is also used to treat the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
Ruby is used with child bearing and to balance the menses.

Magical Workings: Ruby is an excellent stone of protection and helps to protect against psychic attacks.
Ruby teaches you how to make wise decisions and assists you in making decisions from the heart, it promotes dynamic leadership.
Having a ruby in one's possession assists in maintaining one's wealth.
Ruby is considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life.
Ruby is associated with the astrological signs of Leo, Scorpio and Cancer. It vibrates to the number of 3.

Chakra Applications: Ruby is associated with the Base chakra. It is also used to to energize and balance, stimulate   the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: The red color of ruby is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Rubies were first synthesized in 1902 CE. The process of creating synthetic rubies is known as the Verneuil process. Many rubies on the market are synthetic. Only experts can distinguish between natural and synthetic rubies.
Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind.
Ruby is the gemstone given on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Ruby is said to be one of the stones used in the breast plate of the Hebrew High Priest.

                                                                                         (Bright red to dark red)

Rutile derives its name from the Latin "rutilus", red, in reference to the deep red color
observed in some specimens when viewed by transmitted light.

Hardness: 6.0 - 6.5           Specific Gravity: 4.23            Chemistry: TiO2 Titanium dioxide

Class: Rutile group                        Crystallography: Tetragonal                          Cleavage: good

Fracture: uneven              Streak: Greyish black, pale brown, light yellow               Luster: adamantine to submetallic

Healing: Rutile is used to help strengthen the immune system and to help in the treatment of pulmonary and circulatory disorders. It is also used in the treatment of brochitis and strengthens the walls of the blood veins. An elixir is used externally for the treatment of wounds.

Magical Workings: Rutile is used to stimulate one's problem solving capabilities by providing a more in-depth understanding of the details involved. It is a good stone to wear for balance. Rutile is used to balance the aura and is a excellent stone for astral projection.
Rutile is associated with the astrological signs of Gemini and Taurus. It vibrates to the number of 4.

Chakra Applications: Rutile is used to cleanse all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Rutile is a mineral composed primarily of titanium dioxide. Rutile has among the highest refractive indices of any known mineral and also exhibits high dispersion.
Rutile is found as an accessory mineral in some altered igneous rocks, and in certain gneisses and schists. Rutile is one of the five forms of titanium dioxide found in nature.

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