Whispering Woods Crystal Grimoire

  Section D - G

Contents: Datolite, Diamond, Diaspor, Dolomite, Emerald, Epidote, Erythrite, Euclase, Flint, Fluorite, Galena, Garnet, Genthelvite, Gold, Graphite, Gypsum


(Color: white, colorless, yellowish, reddish, gray, brown and green)

Hardness: 5 - 5.5                                Specific Gravity: 2.8 - 3.0

Chemistry: Calcium Boro-Silicate Hydroxide  CaBSiO4(OH)          

Class: Silicates                  Crystallography: Monoclinic                        Cleavage: None                     

Fracture: conchoidal to uneven                 Streak: White                                  Luster: vitreous to greasy

From the Greek, "dateisthai", meaning "to divide," because granular aggregates crumble readily.

Healing: Used in the treatment of Diabetes and hypoglycemia. Sometimes used to enhance the memory. 

Workings: Datolite is used to enhance ones concentration when doing workings. Astrological sign of Aries. Vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: No significant chakra application.

Foot Notes: Datolite is often found in basalt vesicles with calcite and zeolites. Locales for Datolite are the Lake Superior region of Michigan and Paterson, New Jersey, USA; Ontario, Canada, Charcas, Mexico; Schwarzwald, Germany, Norway and Russia. Best field indicators are crystal habit, absence of cleavage, hardness and color.


(Color: every color of the rainbow)

Hardness: 10                      Specific Gravity: 3.52

Chemistry: C           Class: Carbons           Crystallography: Isometric, usually octahedral, with many crystal faces.

Cleavage: all sides - octahedral                    Fracture: Conchoidal                            Streak: White

Luster: Adamantine

Birthstone for the month of April

Healing: Diamond is used to balance the metabolism. It is also used for eye dis-orders and to counteract poisoning.

Workings: Diamonds are used to amplify ones intent while doing workings. Also used as protection and peace charms. They are used to enhance prosperity spells. Ruled by the Sun. Its element is Fire and its energy is Projective. Diamond is the personification of the Sun. Astrological sign of Aries, Leo, and Taurus. Vibrates to the master number 33.

Chakra Applications: Used to open the Crown Chakra thus enabling a connection between self and psychic awareness. Aids in clarity of ones spiritual path.

Foot Notes: Diamonds are a polymorph of the element carbon. The largest Diamond ever found was Cullinan at 3,106 carats. The Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth. They are also the best conductor of heat, has the highest melting point of any substance, and has the highest refractive index of any natural mineral. They are formed deep within the Earth's crust, and come to the surface via Volcanoes. Most diamonds are found in Kimberlite, which is volcanic rock. Diamond is thought to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.


(Color: greenish-grey, colorless and yellow)

From the Greek word "to scatter," referring to the mineral's easy disintegration in the blowpipe flame.

Hardness: 6,5 - 7                      Specific Gravity: 3.3 – 3.5

Chemistry: AlO(OH)                       Class: Oxides                    Crystallography: Orthorhombic

Cleavage: good             Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal                        Streak: white                   Luster: Vitreous - Pearly

Healing: Diaspor is used with AIDS patients as well as assisting in the treatment of  Parkinson disease.

Workings: Diaspor is an excellent facilitator for recalling of dreams. Try sleeping with it under your pillow. Also good for use in meditation when you are seeking answers to questions. Used in astral projection. Useful when used in communication spells of all kinds.

Chakra Applications: Diaspor opens and energizes the heart chakra. Also energizes the Crown chakra, thus enhancing comprehension of ones surroundings.

Foot Notes: A component of bauxite (aluminum ore). Diaspor is found as a thin, flattened crystal formation. Diaspor is found worldwide.


(Color: often pink or pinkish and can be colorless, white, yellow, gray or even brown
or black when iron is present in the crystal)

Hardness: 3.5-4                     Specific Gravity: 2.86

Chemistry: (Calcium Magnesium Carbonate) CaMg(CO3)2          Class: Carbonates           

Crystallography: trigonal; bar 3                        Cleavage: perfect in three directions forming rhombohedrons              

Fracture: conchoidal                        Streak: White                   Luster: pearly to vitreous to dull

Dolomite, is named for the French mineralogist Deodat de Dolomieu.

Healing: Dolomite is used to bolster ones calcium content. Also helps with PMS. Dolomite is used to lift ones spirits and to relieve sorrow. Astrological sign of Aries. Vibrates to the number 3.

Workings: Dolomite is used to enhance the energy of ones spells. Its atrological sign is Ares. Vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Used to open and heal the Heart chakra. Also used to align, balance and to remove blockage from the Chakras.

Foot Notes: Dolomite is a very common mineral and can be found in many localities throughout the world, but is well known from sites in Midwestern quarries of the USA; Ontario, Canada; Mexico; Switzerland; and in Pamplona, Spain. The amount of calcium and magnesium in most specimens is equal, but occasionally one element may have a slightly greater presence than the other. Dolomite is used to make magnesia, which has important medicinal applications. Dolomite is also used as an ornamental and structural stone, and for extracting certain metals from their ores. It is useful in the chemical industry in the preparation of magnesium salts. Best field indicators are typical pink color, crystal habit, hardness, slow reaction to acid, density and luster.


                                                      (Color: deep green, can have slightly yellowish or bluish tones)

Hardness: 7.5 - 8.0                      Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m                      Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6                     
Class: cyclosilicates                   Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001}               Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces   

Streak: White                            Luster: vitreous

Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word "smaragdos" meaning "green stone" which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the "stone of successful love". Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald's precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist's of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist's and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.



(Color: "pistachio" green to yellowish or brownish green, also brown to black)

Hardness: 6 - 7                     Specific Gravity: 3.3-3.5 

Chemistry: Ca2(Al, Fe)3(SiO4)3(OH), Calcium Aluminum Iron Silicate Hydroxide                    Class: Silicates            

Crystallography: monoclinic            Cleavage: good in one direction lengthwise          Fracture: uneven to conchoidal       
Streak: white to gray                                Luster: vitreous.

Healing: Strengthens over all health. Helps you to take good care of yourself. It supplements personal power. Epidote may be used to treat disorders of the nervous system, brain and thyroid. Strengthens heart and eyes.

Workings: Use Epidote in any workings that need enhancement or a boost of energy. Astrological sign of Gemini. Epidote vibrates to the number 2.  Use as an elixir for smooth skin.

Chakra Applications: Use to stimulate the Base and Heart chakras. It lessens closed-mindedness in all areas, especially in spiritual matters.

Foot Notes: Epidote is a structurally complex mineral having both single silicate tetrahedrons, SiO4, and double silicate tetrahedrons, Si2O7. Epidote usually occurs in a dark olive green color, and is often confused with tourmaline. It can be identified by its crystal structure which is different from tourmaline. Epidote is a  prismatic crystal that may reach 35 cm in length. The mineral often occurs in aggregates of parallel prismatic crystals. It has a  wide geologic and geographic distribution.


                                                    (Color: deep red-purple to lighter pinks in massive and thin crust forms)

Hardness: 1.5 - 2.5                     Specific Gravity: approximately 3.1

Chemistry: Co3(AsO4)2-8(H2O) , Hydrated Cobalt Arsenate        Class: Phosphates           Crystallography: monoclinic

Cleavage: perfect in one direction                Fracture: uneven                 Streak: pale red                   Luster: vitreous

Named from the Greek, "erythros" for "red."

Healing: Erythrite is used for infections, inflammations, and diseases related to bone marrow and red blood cells. Never use as an elixir. Astrological signs are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus. Vibrates to the number 2.

Workings: Erthrite is used to aid in meditation.

Chakra Applications: Used to open and connect all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Erythrite is a secondary mineral in cobalt-bearing deposits. Best field indicators are color, associations and flexible crystals. Erythrite is sometimes called "Cobalt Bloom." Erythrite can be found in North America in Idaho, and Ontario Canada. Morocco and Germany as well as Sornora, Mexico. It is a common mineral where nickel and cobalt are found.


(Color: includes colorless, blue-green, blue, yellow, light green and rarely purple)

Named from the Greek words "eu" meaning "well" and "klasis" meaning "breaking,"

Hardness: 7.5                             Specific Gravity: 3.09 - 3.11 (slightly above average)

Chemistry: BeAlSiO4OH, Beryllium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide                           Class: Silicates           

Crystallography: monoclinic                     Cleavage: perfect in one direction (prismatic), poor in two other directions.

Fracture: conchoidal                        Streak: white                          Luster: vitreous.

Healing: Euclase is called the happiness stone. It increases happiness by stimulating activity ruled by the heart and intuition. It is used to provide relief from various aches and pains such as cramps, muscle tension, inflammation and bruises.

Workings: Use in employment and love spells. An excellent stone for use in communication skills. Astrological signs are Virgo and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Euclase stimulates the crown, throat, and heart chakras.

Foot Notes: Euclase gets its name from its easy cleavage, euclase simply means easily cleaved. Euclase is found in granitic pegmatites with other gem minerals such as topaz and beryl. The crystals of euclase are commonly prismatic with slanted termination faces.


                                                  (Color: Dark brown to black siliceous nodules, usually found in chalk)

Hardness: 7                          Specific Gravity: 2.65                            Chemistry: SiO2 silicon oxide                          

Class: Silicates                                 Crystallography: none                                         Cleavage: None                                  

Fracture: Conchoidal                 Streak: colorless or greenish                               Luster: Waxy, dull

Healing: Useful when severing emotional ties. Used in the treatment of kidney stones, skin lesions, lung disorders and indegestion.

Workings: Flint is also known as Elf Shot, Thunderstone and Faery Shot. It is used to keep faeries away. Flint is also used as a protection amulet. Its energy is projective. It is ruled by the planet Mars and its element is Fire. Use in protection and healing spells. Astrological sign is Scorpio. Vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in connection with the Third Eye Chakra, especially during thought transfers.

Foot Notes: Flint is a granular cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, typically dark in color. It is a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony  Flint is found in many localities throughout the world. Flint and chert nodules occur typically in limestone and chalk.


(Color: extremely variable; can be an intense purple, blue, green or yellow,
reddish orange, pink, white or brown, as well as colorless)

Flourite comes from the Latin word, fluere  "to flow"

Hardness: 4                     Specific Gravity: 3.1                  Chemistry: CaF2, Calcium Fluoride                 Class: Halides                  
Crystallography:  Isometric                                 Cleavage: perfect in 4 directions forming octahedrons                       

Fracture: irregular and brittle           Streak: white                            Luster: vitreous

Healing: Green Fluorite is used as a powerful stone of Healing. Use to purify the body. Helps to stablilize and calm the body as well as the emotional level. Allows for clearer insight into situations. Flourite is thought to re-kindle sexual libido.

Workings: Purple fluorite is employed as a stone of Intuition. Its energy is projective. It is the astrological sign of Pisces and Capricorn. Each color of Flourite vibrates to a different number:

Purple - Master number 77
Blue - 2
Green - 2
Yellow - 9
Chinese - 7
Colourless - 2

Chakra Applications: Flourite is effective for auric cleansing and assists in reaching a deeper state of meditation. Purple fluorite is used to open the third eye and aids in increasing psychic awareness.

Foot Notes: Fluorite is the natural crystalline form of calcium fluoride (CaF2). Flourite is found in numerous localities around the world. Especially in England, Germany, Mexico, and in Kentucky and Illinois in the United States.  Fluorite is frequently fluorescent, thus adding to its range of colors. Fluorite is found as a common  mineral in hydrothermal veins, especially those containing lead and zinc minerals.  It can be found in a wide range of geologic environments, ranging from inclusions in granite to replacement deposits in limestones. Fluorite is a relatively soft stone.



                                                      (Color: lead to silver gray sometimes with a bluish tint)

Galena comes from the Greek word "galene", lead ore

Hardness: 2.5+                      Specific Gravity: approximately 7.5+                     Chemistry: PbS, Lead Sulfide                            
Class: Sulfides                       Crystallography: isometric                      Cleavage: perfect in four direction forming cubes        
Fracture: uneven and rarely seen because of the perfect cleavage          Streak: lead gray            Luster: metallic to dull

Healing: Galena is called a Stone of Harmony. Excellent for use in grounding. Galena reduces inflammation and increases circulation of the body. Used to increase the assimilation of selenium and zinc. 

Do not use as an elixir.

Workings: Astrological sign is Capricorn. Vibrates to the master number 22 Use during meditation.

Chakra Applications: used to align the chakras

Foot Notes: Galena is the most important ore and the principal source of lead. It is found throughout the world. In the United States it is found inMissouri, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Utah as well as in Australia, Canada, England, France, and Mexico. Galena specimens tarnish when exposed to air becoming dull in luster. Galena from certain regions is rich in silver.


                                                  (Color: Garnet occurs in every color except blue)

Hardness: 6.5-7.5                                                      Specific Gravity: 3.5-4.2

Chemistry: Ca3Fe2+2(SiO4)3            Class: Silicates            Crystallography: Isometric - Hexoctahedral

Cleavage: None                   Fracture: Conchoidal                         Streak: White                         Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)

Garnet comes from the Greek word "Granatum" which refers to the color of the pomegranate seed.

Healing: Garnet is known as a Healing stone. It is used to purify and cleanse the body and/or spirit. It's healing abilities work on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. It stimulates the pituitary gland, relieves rheumatism and arthritis pain.

Garnets were believed to protect one from poisons.

Garnets are also known as a Stone of Commitment.

Workings: Garnet is used to protect homes from fire and lightning, heal snakebites and food poisoning, protect people from nightmares, and warn of danger. Garnet is also believed to promote true love. Astrological signs of; Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. Vibrates to the number 2. Its energy is projective and it is ruled by the planet Mars. The element is Fire.

Chakra Applications: Garnet is used to draw negative energy from the chakras.  Stimulates both the Base and Crown chakras, thus energizing the body.

Foot Notes:  Birthstone for the month of January. Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary.Garnets belong to the isometric crystal class, which produces very symmetrical, cube-based crystals. They are double silicates; one of the metallic elements is calcium, magnesium, ferrous iron, or manganese and the other aluminum, ferric iron, or chromium.
Garnet occurs in many different kinds of rocks ; in metamorphosed impure limestones, in basic igneous rocks, in granite rocks, in schists and other metamorphic rocks as well as in igneous rocks. Garnet jewelry has been found that date back to the Bronze Age (3000 BCE).
Garnets can be found in the U.S. (Arizona), South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania .


                                                                       (Color: Blue green, Brown, Colorless, Green, Yellow)

Hardness: 6-6.5                     Specific Gravity: 3.7             Chemistry: Zn4Be3(SiO4)3S                          Class: Silicates                  
Crystallography: Cubic, Tetrahedra                         Cleavage: None                                    Fracture: Brittle - Uneven                                         
Streak: white                                            Luster: Vitreous

Named for Frederick August Ludwig Karl Genth (1820-1893), German-American mineralogist.

Healing: Use in the treatment of depression, confusion and general restlessness.

Workings: Use to enhance a state of spirituality.  Astrological sign of Sagittarius. Vibrates to the Master number 55.

Chakra Applications: Use to open the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: The crystals are commonly tetrahedral, up to 5 cm. in diameter; forming as large rounded grains. Genthelvite is both phosphorescent and fluorescent. It is found only in pegmatite.


(Color: Golden yellow to brass yellow)

Hardness: 2½ - 3                                      Specific Gravity: 15.5 - 19.3 (100% pure Au = 19.3)

Chemistry: Au            Class: Elements                   Crystallography: (Isometric) Octahedral, dodecahedral, and cubic

Cleavage: None                       Fracture: Hackly                           Streak: Golden yellow

Luster: Metallic

The symbol for gold is Au is from the latin "aurum" meaning shining dawn.

Healing: Gold is used to combat feelings of depression and inferiority. Gold is known as the "Master Healer". It is used to purify the body.

Workings: Gold was used by alchemists to make Tincture Of The Sun. Use gold or the color gold in rituals/spells concerning Sun-deities. Gold is often used in money spells. Gold jewellery is worn to improve self-confidence and inner strength. Gold is a symbol of masculine and solar energies. Its astropogical sign is Leo and it vibrates to the number 2.

Chakra Applications: Use Gold to balance the Heart chakra. It also opens and facilitates the Crown and Third Eye chaka. It is also used to cleanse the chakras.

Foot Notes: The mineral Gold is almost always mixed with a small amount of silver, and sometimes contains traces of copper and iron. A Gold nugget is usually 70 - 90 percent gold, and the remainder mostly silver. The color of pure Gold is bright golden yellow, but the greater the silver content, the whiter the color. Gold is one of the heaviest minerals. Gold is the most malleable and ductile substance known. Some of the best known Gold producing regions are: California, Colorado, Ontario, Mexico, Australia, Hungary, and South Africa (the largest producer).


(Color: black, Dark gray, Steel gray)

Hardness: 1.5 - 2                     Specific Gravity: 1.9 - 2.3.                           Chemistry: C                      Class: Elements            
Crystallography: Hexagonal                Cleavage: Perfect                             Fracture: Flaky                           Streak: black

Luster: Sub metallic

The word "graphite" comes from the Greek word "graphein" that means "to write".

Healing: It is used in the treatment of cataracts and hearing loss.

Workings: Graphite is considered an excellent addition to wands. The astrologickal sign is Aquarius and it vibrates to the number 3. Graphite is called the "Stone of personal Choice".  Do not use Graphite as an exlixir.

Chakra Applications: Graphite is used to align the chakras.

Foot Notes: Graphite is a metamorphic rock that comes from soft coal. Graphite has a metallic luster and has a dark gray or black streak. It is found in metamorphosed limestones, organic-rich shales, and coal beds. It can also be found in veins and in pegmatites. Graphite is the stable form of carbon. Graphite can be found in many locations, including New York and Texas in the USA; as well as Russia, Mexico, Greenland and India.


(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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