Whispering Woods Crystal Grimoire

Section N - Q

Contents: Nepheline, Obsidian, Okenite, Onyx, Opal, Palladium, Papagoite, Pectolite, Peridot, Pyrite, Pyromorphite,


From the Greek word, nephos, "cloud"

(Color: white, yellow, gray, green, or reddish )

Hardness: 5.5 - 6                             Specific Gravity: 2.56 - 2.66                        Chemistry: NaAISiO4    

Class: Feldspathoids               Crystallography: monoclinic                           Cleavage: poor                

Fracture: conchoidal               Streak: white                                 Luster: greasy

Healing: Use nepheline for reducing tension and for calming children.

Workings: Place nepheline under your pillow to dispel nightmares. Astrological sign is Scorpio and it vibrates to
the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use nepheline to align the Base chakra, Sacral chakra, Solar Plexus chakra and the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Nepheline crystals are rare and belong to the hexagonal system.


Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by
wind and water are called Apache Tears.

(Color: dark green to dark brown and black, also can show sheens of gold or green, yellow, blue and/or purple coloration. Sometimes with white inclusions (Snowflake Obsidian)

Hardness: 5 - 5.5                            Specific Gravity: 2.6                 Chemistry: SiO2    

Class: Mineraloids                  Crystallography: amorphous                Cleavage: none                

Fracture: conchoidal               Streak: white                           Luster: vitreous

Healing: In general obsidian is used to dispell toxins from the body. Apache tear is said to be effective against
snake bite. Blue obsidian is used to treat disorders of the eyes. Green obsidian is used to treat heart disorders.
Use Purple obsidian for stress related disorders. Use Red obsidian for treatment of blood disorders.

Workings: Obsidian is used as a stone of protection. Polished pieces of black Obsidian are used for scrying. Wear
an obsidian amulet to guard against abuse and as a stone of protection against negativity. It is an excellent
grounding stone. Use Blue obsidian for astral projection.
The energy of obsidian is projective and its Elementis Fire. It's associated planet is Saturn. And its astrological
sign is Saggitarius. Obsidian vibrates to the number 1, though different types of obsidian will vibrate to different numbers.

Chakra Applications: Use Blue obsidian to stimulate the Throat chakra. Use Green obsidian to stimulate the
Heart chakra. Use Purple obsidian to activate the Crown chakra.

Foot Notes: Obsidian is a mixture of cryptocrystalline grains of silica minerals in a glass-like suspension, a super-cooled liquid. Obsidian forms when a silica-rich magma of granitic composition flows onto the earth's surface,
where it solidifies before minerals can develop and crystallize. It is, therefore, an amorphous solid or glass rather
than an aggregate of minerals.


(Color: white or colorless)

Hardness: 5                             Specific Gravity: 2.3                        Chemistry: CaSi2 O4(OH)2 -H2 O, Hydrated calcium silicate hydroxide

Class: Silicates                Crystallography:  triclinic; bar 1                  Cleavage: perfect in one direction                 

Fracture: splintery               Streak: white                                Luster:  resinous to pearly

Healing: On a emotional healing level, okenite is an excellent stone to use in treatment. It enables one to look through the doors of self denial and to see and accept the truth as is. It allows one to connect with ancient knowledge and thus become as one with oneself. It allows one to become acclimated to the harshly verbal world that we live in. This lends to a emotional grounding and balancing. Okenite is also used to stimulate blood flow through the arms and to quiet stomach disorders.

Workings: Use okenite as a grounding and balancing stone. Also use it for channeling. Use Okenite for for developing an awareness of karmic debt. Its astrological signs are Sagittarius and Virgo. It vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use Okenite to align all of the seven major chakras. Also use it to purify the chakras.

Foot Notes: Okenite is often referred to as a "warm and fuzzy" crystal because of its cotton ball appearance.


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.


(Color: White, colorless, light yellow or red, or gray)

Hardness: 6                             Specific Gravity: 2                         Chemistry: SiO2∙n(H2O)       

Class: Silicates                 Crystallography: Amorphous                        Cleavage: None                

Fracture: Conchoidal                         Streak: White                                Luster: Vitreous - pearly

Healing: Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory. Opal is said to be helpful for eyesight and Parkinson's disease. Fire opals (ranging from orange to red) have also been associated with improving circulation. Green opals help give an energy boost.

Workings: Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be "invisible" in situations where they don't care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change. Opals are also helpful for enhancing dreamwork or assisting spiritual journeys.
Opal can be a very creative stone, especially for writers and those who need to get their thoughts down on paper.
Fire Opal is said to be energizing, giving strength and endurance in stressful times. It is also a great meditation stone.

Chakra Applications: Blue opals can help open up the third eye, soothe the throat chakra, and encourage telepathic communications. Pink opals address emotional issues, offering nourishment and support to the heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Opal is a gemstone and the birthstone for October. Opals can form anywhere but are mostly found in places where there are hot springs. Opal color depends on how pure the stone is.  Most stones look white but have an iridescent shining of other colors, too.  If they show colors, they are called precious opals.


                                                                                      (White, steely Grey)

Palladium was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, who named it after the
asteroid Pallas, which was discovered at about the same time. Pallas was the Greek Goddess
of Wisdom.

Hardness: 4.75                             Specific Gravity: 106.4                        Chemistry: PD       

Class: Isometric - Hexoctahedral               Crystallography: Cubic                  Cleavage: none                

Fracture: elastic               Streak: Grey                                 Luster: metallic

Healing: Palladium is an excellent stone to use in healing. It is used in the treatment of lung disorders, circulatory problems and cerebral cortex issues.

Workings: Palladium is used in astral projection and for connecting with ancient wisdom on the ethereal level. Palladium is associated with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Ares. It vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Palladium is used to cleanse and energize the Solar Plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Palladium chloride was at one time prescribed as a tuberculosis treatment but was discontinued due to its many side effects. Palladium is one of the three most popular metals (along with nickel and silver) used to make white gold alloys. Palladium itself has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, as an alternative to platinum or white gold.


                                                                                             (Light Blue )

It was discovered in 1960 in Ajo, Arizona, USA, and was named after the Sand Papago
peoples that inhabit the area.

Hardness: 5 - 5 1/2                             Specific Gravity: 3.25                       

Chemistry:  CaCuAlSi2O6(OH)3                          Class: Silicates               Crystallography: Monoclinic - Prismatic                
Cleavage: imperfect                 Fracture: brittle                   Streak: light blue                    Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)

Healing: Papagoite is used in treating disorders of the throat, eyes, brain and muscular structures. It is also useful in treating gastrointestinal issues.

Magical Workings: Papagoite assists one in speaking with love and clarity and is often used to create lasting bonds. Papagoite is known to transform sorrow into happiness. It is very useful when used along with meditation. Papagoite activates ones psychic abilities and facilitates astral projection.
Papagoite is associated with the astral sign of Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 9.

Chakra Applications: Papagoite is useful for clearing and opening the Throat chakra and the Third Eye chakra. It is thought that if one continues to work with Papagoite, one will experience the opening of the Crown chakra and ultimately a connection to the non-physical chakras in the etheric body.

Foot Notes: Papagoite is a rare copper silicate from the mines of Arizona, USA. It is found at only one mine in Arizona, the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo District in Pima County. The only other world-wide location is at Messina, Transvaal, South Africa. It forms as a secondary mineral on slip surfaces and in veins in altered granodiorites.


                                                           (white, colorless or gray and pale to sky blue)

Pectolite is named from the Greek "pektos" (compacted) and "lithos" (stone).

Hardness: 4.5 - 5                         Specific Gravity: 2.7 - 2.9                      

Chemistry: NaCa2Si3O8(OH), Sodium Calcium Silicate Hydroxide
Class: Silicates             Crystallography: triclinic; bar 1             Cleavage: perfect in two direction at close to right angles               
Fracture: splintery due to the cleavage                           Streak: white                                Luster: vitreous to silky

Healing: Pectolite

Workings: Pectolite encourages and promotes ones connections to spirit guides and totems. As a stone of protection it is useful during meditation and during astral projections. Pectolite is used to enhance ones intuition and psychic abilities.

Chakra Applications: Pectolite is used to open and energize the Throat and Crown chakras. It has a very grounding effect. Pectolite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number of 6. The Larimer stone vibrates to the Master number of 55.

Foot Notes: Splinters of pectolite do not bend and are brittle. In the mineral industry, Pectolite has been given the trade name "Larimar". Pectolite is a secondary mineral found in basaltic rocks. It is composed of Sodium Calcium Silicate Hydroxide and sometimes, manganese. Pectolite is found in California, Paterson and Franklin, New Jersey in the USA, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Italy and England.


                                                                         (yellow-green to greenish yellow )

Hardness: 6.5 - 7              Specific Gravity: 3.22 - 3.45                  Chemistry: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4      

Class: nesosilicate           Crystallography: orthorhombic              Cleavage: not discernible
Fracture: conchoidal                   Streak: colorless                                Luster: vitreous to oily

Healing: Peridot is worn to help slow the aging process. It is used in the treatment of digestive, heart, lung and eye disorders. Peridot is an excellent healing stone in that it rejuvenates the body.

Magical Workings: Peridot is said to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Peridot is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the numbers 5, 6, and 7.

Chakra Applications: Peridot is used to cleanse and stimulate the Heart and Solar Plexus chakras.

Foot Notes: Peridot is the gem variety of olivine. Peridot olivine is the birthstone for August. It is sometimes mistaken for emeralds and other green gems.
The Greeks and Romans referred to Peridot as "topazion" and "topazius" respectively and this name was later given to Topaz, to end the confusion with the two gems.


                                                                                      (Pale brass-yellow)

The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word "pyr" (fire) because pyrite emits sparks
when struck by steel.

Hardness: 6–6.5           Specific Gravity: 4.95–5.10          Chemistry:  FeS2 Iron Sulfide       

Class: Sulfides               Crystallography: Isometric Diploidal               

Cleavage: Indistinct                 Fracture: Very uneven, sometimes conchoidal              

Streak: Greenish-black to brownish-black                                Luster: metallic

Healing: Pyrite is used to tprevent and to treat DNA damage. It is also used in the treatment of Bronchitis and other lung diseases. And it is used to lower fevers and related inflammation.

Magical Workings: Pyrite is an excellent stone to use when shielding against negative energy. Carry this stone when engaged in hazardous types of work. Pyrite is also useful in memory enhancement.  It helps one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. Pyrite is also used to ease the discomfort of menstruation. 
Folks in ancient Mexico made scrying mirrors out of pyrite; they were created by polishing one side flat, to use for  scrying, while the rounded side was carved with mystical symbols to assist in the scrying process. 
Pyrite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Pyrite is used to open and energize the Kundalini/Root chakra. Pyrite also vibrates to the solar plexus chakra, thus strengthening ones will.

Foot Notes: Pyrite's metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool's gold because of its resemblance to gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds, and as a replacement mineral in fossils.

                                                                    Do not use Pyromorphite to make elixirs
                                              (Green, Yellow, Brown, Grayish white, Yellowish red)

Hardness: 3.5 - 4                     Specific gravity: 6.7 - 7                    Chemistry: Pb5(PO4)3Cl

Class: Anhydrous Phosphates                 Crystallography: Hexagonal - Dipyramidal                        Cleavage: imperfect

Fracture: brittle                                Streak: white                             Luster: adamantine - resinous            

Healing: Pyromorphite is used to rid one of creative blocks. Pyromorphite is an excellent healing stone. It is used to alleviate chills, fever, gum disease, remove organisms from the blood, and to help one assimilate B vitamins.

Magical Workings: Pyromorphite is a mineral that enhances the energies of other minerals. Combined with quartz it forms a powerful energizer for other minerals.
Pyromorphite is used to attract money and other objects of wealth. Pyromorphite brings vigor, vitality and personal strength to ones self.
Pyromorphite also helps one to re-new forgotten and/or neglected relationships. It is also an excellent mineral for meditating as it helps one to find a spiritual balance within oneself.

Chakra applications: Pyromorphite is used to alleviate imbalances in the energy associated with the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Pyromorphite is a secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of lead ore deposits. It is a lead chloro - Phosphate mineral. Green pyromorphite is one of the natural birthstones for those born in mid spring (20 April - 20 May).


                (Colorless, Purple, Rose, Black, Yellow, Brown, Green, Orange and so forth)

The word "quartz" is derived from the German word "quarz", which was imported
from Middle High German, "twarc", which in turn originated in Slavic.
Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be water ice, permanently frozen after great lengths of time.

Hardness: 7                             Specific Gravity:                         Chemistry: SiO2 
Class: Oxides and Hydroxides                      Crystallography: Trigonal                 Cleavage: poor, indistinct                

Fracture: Conchoidal                            Streak: white                           Luster: Vitreous

Healing: Quartz is known as the Universal healer. It is a Master healing stone. It is thought to amplify healing energy and is used to perform diagnostic healing. It has been used historically to detect food poison. It is said to be able to draw out pain. Quartz is said to be effective for chronic fatigue, arthritis, bone injuries, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, intestinal troubles. It also is said to improve mental and physical energy, stamina, and physical strength.
Smoky Quartz is said to treat all kinds of problems associated with the lower torso including kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, reproductive organs, menstrual cramps, fertility issues. Smoky quartz also removes toxins from the body and helps the adrenal glands. It is also very helpful for regulating body fluids and relieving fluid retention. Smoky quartz is also excellent for dealing with hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder.
Citrine is said to be beneficial for the digestion, stomach, eliminating nightmares and other sleep disturbances, thyroid, general health, heart, kidney, liver, muscles, strength, endocrine system, circulatory system, tissue regeneration, urinary system, immune system, diabetes, fibromyalgia. Citrine is also reputed to be good for removing toxins, and overcoming addictions.
Rutilated Quartz is said to be beneficial for food disorders, the immune system, regeneration of tissue, fatigue, depression, respiratory illness, stability of all physical systems and general health, and absorption of nutrients from food.

Magical Workings: Quartz is an excellent mineral to use in communicating with other realms of consciousness such as mineral, plant and animals. It is great for communicating with spirit guides and other-worldy teachers. Laying a crystal on a bed of quartz is one way of re-energizing that crystal. Quartz enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. Quartz can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. It is a very good stone for astral travel, manifestation, scrying, channeling, dream recall and dream work.
Smoky quartz is an excellent stone for removing negativity and negative energy of any kind and transforming them to positive energy. It is also a very protective and grounding stone.
Amethyst is purple quartz, and is a meditative and calming stone. It works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. Amethyst is also beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues, which can lead to prosperity and abundance.
Crushed amethyst was used by the Ancient Romans as a way to ward off intoxication. They word amethyst comes from the Greek word "amethystus" meaning not drunken, or intoxicated.
Rose quartz is pink quartz that is often called the "Love Stone." It is a stone of unconditional love. It helps balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. Rose quartz removes fears, resentments and anger. It can also heal and release childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love, in part by enhancing inner awareness. Rose quartz is often used to attract love, and for love spells.
Citrine is known as the "success stone" because it promotes success, prosperity, and abundance. In particular it promotes success in business, earning it another nickname, "merchant's stone", and is said to bring business if put in the cashbox of a shop or carried. Citrine dissipates negative energies of all kinds. Citrine can be used to clear unwanted energies from the environment. Family issues caused by negative energies can also be resolved and cleared with citrine. In the psychic and spiritual realms, citrine is good for general psychic awareness and spiritual development. Citrine clears the aura of negative energies and influences. It is also very useful for meditation. Citrine is a stone of protection, removing or deflecting negative energies of all kinds. It is also excellent for dream recall and dream work.
Blue quartz, also called dumortierite, is a stone of order that can enhance organizational abilities, self-discipline, and orderliness. Blue quartz is excellent for peaceful mindfulness or meditation.
Rutilated Quartz is said to be an energizing stone that helps get energy moving on all levels. It is also said to attract love and stabilize relationships. Emotionally, Rutilated Quartz is said to be very helpful in uncovering the causes of mental issues and hang-ups. Rutilated quartz is used for meditation, spiritual communications, and dream work. It is particularly good for seeking higher spiritual experiences and meditation on feminine ideas. Rutilated quartz is also used metaphysically to deflect negative energies and unwanted energetic, psychic, and magickal interferences
With it's many different types; Quartz is associated with all of the astrological signs. Quartz vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Quartz is very useful on the Third Eye chakra for clarity of psychic vision. Clear quartz is associated with the Crown chakra, but also works effectively to balance and energize all of the chakras.
Smoky quartz is associated with the Root (base) chakra.
Amethyst is associated with the third eye and crown chakras primarily, but can also open the heart chakra.
Rose quartz is associated with the Heart chakra.
Citrine is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra.
Blue quartz is associated with the Throat chakra, and it enhances communication between the lower and higher chakras.
Rutilated quartz is associated with the solar plexus chakra, and is sometimes considered a link between the root and crown chakras.

Foot Notes: Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust, after feldspar. Quartz is an essential constituent of granite and other felsic igneous rocks. It is very common in sedimentary rocks such as sandstone and shale and is also present in variable amounts as an accessory mineral in most carbonate rocks. It is also a common constituent of schist, gneiss, quartzite and other metamorphic rocks. Pure quartz, traditionally called rock crystal (sometimes called clear quartz), is colorless and transparent. Chalcedony is a crypto-crystalline variety of quartz and includes the agate and jasper families.

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