Whispering Woods - Crystal Grimoire

Section A -

Contents: Acanthite, Actinolite, Adamite, Agate, Ajoite, Altaite, Alexandrite, Amber, Amblygonite, Amethyst, Amazonite, Anatase, Andalusite, Angelite, Anglesite, Annabergite, Antigorite, Antimony, Apatite, Apophyllite, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Arthurite, Augelite, Aurichalcite, Aventurine, Axinite, Azulicite, Azurite



                                                                         Acanthite

                                                                                       (lead grey, black)

The name comes from the Greek word for thorn, "acantha" or possibly "akanta", arrow.


Hardness: 2 - 2.5                            Specific Gravity: 7.3                        Chemistry: Ag2S
       
Class: Sulfides                     Crystallography: Monoclinic                                  Cleavage: none                    

Fracture: sub-conchoidal                      Streak: shining black                               Luster: metallic


Healing: Acanthite is used to treat bacterial and viral infections. It is used to assimilate the vitamins A and E. And it is used to alleviate the symptons of colds and flus. Acanthite is used to draw toxins from the body.

Workings: Acanthite is a stone of protection. It is used to acquire wisdom and foresight by providing the strength need to remove obstacles out of one's way. The Saxons revered acanthite as a protective force that also brought foresight and wisdom.
Acanthite is associated with the astrological sign of  Scorpio and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Acanthite is associated with the Third Eye chakra.

Foot Notes: Acanthite is the low-temperature modification of silver sulphide. All natural silver sulphide specimens at room temperature are acanthite.



                                                                            Actinolite

                                                                                       (Green, white or gray)

                   The name Actinolite comes from the Greek words, "aktinos" (ray) and
                   "lithos" (stone).


Hardness: 5 -6                            Specific Gravity:                           

Chemistry: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2 Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide      

Class: Silicates                      Crystallography: Monoclinic                                  Cleavage: perfect in two directions                    
Fracture: splintery to uneven                       Streak: white                             Luster: vitreous


Healing: Actinolite is used to boost the immune system.

Workings: Actinolite is an excellent stone to use in shielding. It protects one from psychic attack. Actinolite promotes a feeling of self-worth and strength and encourages inner balance and patience.
Actinolite is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Actinolite is used to energize the aura. It is associated with the Heart and Root chakras. Green actinolite works on the heart chakra and black works on the root chakra.

Foot Notes: Actinolite is an amphibole silicate mineral. It is a semi-precious stone, consisting of many needle-shaped crystals and their radial impregnations. Actinolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, such as contact aureoles surrounding cooled intrusive igneous rocks. It also occurs as a product of metamorphism of magnesium-rich limestones.
A variety of actinolite, Nephrite, is one of the two minerals called jade.



                                                                              Adamite  

(Color: typically green due to trace amounts of copper and/or uranium,  sometimes yellow,
occasionally purple due to trace amounts of cobalt, on rare white)

         Named for Gilbert Joseph Adam (1795-1881), French mineralogists, who supplied the
         first specimens.


Hardness: 3 1/2.                              Specific Gravity 4.3 - 4.5

Chemistry: Zn2AsO4(OH), Zinc Arsenate Hydroxide        Class: Phosphate Class          Crystallography: Orthorhombic

Cleavage: perfect in two directions at non-right angles to each other                      Fracture: conchoidal    

Streak: white to pale green                                 Luster: adamantine


Healing: Adamite is used to stabilize a persons inner emotions and helps one to express personal thoughts and ideas. Also instills one with the necessary courage to venture into the unknown.  Used in treating disorders of the lung and heart.

Workings: This crystal is useful in attaining material gain. As such it can be used to supplement the energy of Prosperity spells, Employment spells and the like.
Adamite falls under the astrological sign of Cancer. Adamite vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Adamite is applied to the Third-eye Chakra in order to stimulate intellect. It is also applied to the Heart Chakra in order to stabilize the heart. Through the Heart Chakra it assists one in opening up, emotionally. Used to bring heart & mind together for balance and inner strength.

Foot Notes: Adamite produces bright green fluorescence under short and long UV light. Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, color, luster, density, fluorescence's and associations.  Adamite forms as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zones of zinc and arsenic-bearing hydrothermal veins. Adamite is a minor ore of zinc. It is found in Greece, Chile, France, England, and Death Valley, California. Small crystals also occur in San Bernardino, California, and in Gold Hill, Utah. The most magnificent occurrence for this mineral is the Ojuela Mine in  Durango, Mexico.



                                                                                    Agate                    

                                                               (Color: comes in most colors)

       Agate was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist,
       who discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates, sometime
       between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE.


Hardness: 7            Specific Gravity:                Chemistry:  SiO2                 

Class: tectosilicate                     Crystallography:  Hexagonal-R; 32 (trigonal-trapezohedral)

Cleavage: Cryptocrystalline quartz shows no cleavage                              Fracture: conchoidal to splintery                        
Streak: White                          Luster: dull vitreous to greasy


Healings: In olden times, Agate was placed in cooking and drinking water in order to dispel illness. It is also used to strengthen eyesight and to diminish thirst.

Workings: Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. Agate is used to promote fidelity in ones marriage.
Moss Agate is often used to balance the emotions. Use Agate in spells and rituals involving change. Agate aids people with problems related to forgiveness and in all cases where releasing of bitterness and despair is needed. 
Agate is associated with the element of Fire. Moss Agate is associated with the element of Water. Agate is ruled by the planet Mercury and its energy is projective.
In general Agate is the astrological sign of Gemini, though this may change with different types of Agate. In general, Agate Vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: While different types of Agate corresponds to different Chakras, the over all use of Agate is to connect the physical awareness with the other worldly realms. To make a connection between the physical and spiritual realms. Generally used on the Throat and Crown Chakras.

Foot Notes:  Said to have been one of the stones in the breast plate of the Hebrew High Priest. Agate is a cryptocrystalline variety of the mineral, Quartz. Agate is usually created in a relatively low pressure area close to the Earth's surface. It can be found in many locations  including; Pennsylvania, Nevada, Missouri, Montana (mined only in the summer at the top of the highest peak in that locale), California, Namibia, South Africa , Madagascar, and Northern Mexico. Agate comes in many forms.

Following is a list of some of those forms:

Blue Lace Agate - Agate with light blue bands in a lacy or wavy pattern (Astrological sign of Pisces). (vibrates to the number 5).

Botswana Agate - Agate from Botswana banded with fine, parallel lines, often with a preponderance of pink blending into white. (Astrological sign of Scorpio). (vibrates to the number 3).

Brecciate Agate - Agate with broken fragments naturally cemented together

Cloud Agate - Grayish Agate with blurry, foggy patches of inclusions.

Crazy Lace Agate - Agate composed of twisting and turning bands of various colors.

Enhydrous Agate - Agate nodule partly filled with water. The water can be seen from the outside of the nodule when held up to the light. Also known as Enhydritic Agate.

Eye Agate - Agate with banded, concentric rings.

Fairburn Agate - Beautiful, unique, and rare Fortification Agate from Fairburn, South Dakota.

Fire  Agate - Agate with Goethite or Limonite inclusions, which cause the stone to be iridescent (Astrological sign of Aries). (vibrates to the number 9).

Fossil Agate - Agate as a replacement of organic material.

Iris Agate - Iridescent Agate exhibiting all colors of the spectrum when sliced in thin slabs. (Astrological sign of Sagittarius). (vibrates to the master number of 44).

Laguna Agate - Beautiful and colorful type of Agate from Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico. (Astrological sign of Taurus). (vibrates to the number of 9).

Mexican Lace Agate - Agate consisting of thin bands in a lacy or wavy pattern. (Astrological sign of Aries). (vibrates to the number of 7).

Nipomo Agate - Agate with Marcasite inclusions found in Nipomo, California.

Onyx - Agate where the banding lines are straight and parallel, and consistent in band size.

Plume Agate - Agate with inclusions in feather-like patterns.

Polka Dot Agate - Agate with yellow inclusions resembling polka dots. (Astrological sign of Gemini). (vibrates to the number of 2).

Rainbow Agate - Iridescent Agate exhibiting all colors of the spectrum when sliced in thin slabs.

Sardonyx - Agate with straight parallel bands of brownish to red alternating with white or black bands.

Snakeskin Agate - Reddish brown Agate with black concentric bands. (Astrological sign of Scorpio). (vibrates to the number of 2).

Star Agate - Agate with banding lines in the formation of a star.

Thunder Egg - Nodule filled with Agate in the center.

Tube Agate - Agate with tube-like formations which are sometimes hollow



                                                                             

                                                                          Ajoite  

                                                                             (Color: blue-green to light green)

                                Ajoite is named for its type locality in the Ajo District of Pima County, Arizona.



Hardness: 3.5                           Specific Gravity: 2.9 - 3.0

Chemistry: (K, Na)Cu7Al(Si3O8) 3(OH)6 - 3H2O, Hydrated Potassium Sodium Copper Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide                               
Class: Silicates                                 Crystallography: triclinic                                      Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture:     Streak: pale greenish white                                Luster: dull to vitreous


Healing: Ajoite is a strengthener, healer and harmonizer of the emotional body. It is used to create an aura of peace and goodwill around the wearer. Used to meditate and to connect with Spirit.

Workings: Ajolite is an excellent stone for meditation. Ajoite helps in releasing grief, sorrow, anger, jealousy and fear. An excellent stone to heal old wounds and past hurts.
Astrological sign is Virgo. Vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Use Ajoite to open and energize the heart chakra. Ajoite forms a connection between the heart chakra and the throat chakra and thus inspires creativity. Also creates self harmony.

Foot Notes: Ajoite often forms within quartz crystals. These crystals are called "Phantoms". This occurs when the quartz crystal stops growing and another mineral  is deposited on the surface of the quartz. The quartz then starts growing again and covers the ajoite crystal thus creating a phantom.. Ajoite is a secondary mineral that forms from the oxidation of other secondary copper minerals. Ajoite is one of the rarest and most sought after crystals in the world.  Ajoite is found in the New Cornelia Mine, Pima County and Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA and the Messina District, South Africa, a mine that has been shut down for years.



                                                                            Altaite

                                                               (Tin white, yellowish tin white, bronze yellow)

                                                 Altaite was discovered in 1845 CE in the Altai Mountains.


Hardness: 2.5                  Specific Gravity: 8.14                 Chemistry: PbTe Lead Telluride.
      
Class: Sulfides                       Crystallography: Isometric                        Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture: brittle                               Streak: black                             Luster: metallic


Healing: Altaite is used to enhance the assimilation of selenium and zinc. It is used to stimulate circulation and to treat issues of the veins. Altaite is also used to reduce inflammaions and to heal skin eruptions. It is of benefit to the blood and olfactory system.

Workings: Altaite is known as the "Stone of Harmony" and is used to connect with one's spirit guides.
Altaite is associated with the astrological sign of Pisces and vibrates to the number 5. 

Chakra Applications: Altaite is used to discover energy blockages in the chakras.

Foot Notes: Altaite, or lead telluride, is a yellowish white mineral with an isometric crystal structure. Altaite is in the galena group of minerals. Its properties are very similar to galena as it shares basically the same structure. 




                                                                               Alexandrite                 

                                                                                         (varies from red to green.)




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.



                                                                                   Amber                         

                                                                                          (amber, yellow to orange)

                              The word electricity comes from the Greek word for amber, "elektron."
                              Rubbing amber will produce static electricity.


Hardness: 2                        Specific Gravity: approximately 1.1                                 Chemistry: C12H20O           

Class: Organic              Crystallography: does not apply because amber is amorphous

Cleavage: none                              Fracture: conchoidal                        Streak: white                        Luster: resinous


Healings: Amber is used to absorb negative energy and to transmute it into positive energy. Amber is also used for grounding. It is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder complaints. Amber vibrates to the number 3.

Workings: Amber is said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It is used to tap into the power of the Sun, and is good for success, abundance, healing, vitality and joy. It is used as a Good Luck charm by those engaged in battle. It is sometimes burned to clear sacred space of negative energy. Amber is used in purification rites. Its element is Fire and it is ruled by the Sun. Its energy is projective.
Amber is associated with the astrological signs of Leo and Aquarius and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Amber is applied to the Crown Chakra in order to stimulate the intellect.

Foot Notes: Amber is fossilized resin of pine tree sap and can contain many preserved insects and other animals and plants that are tens of millions of years old. Thought to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest. Often found in sedimentary deposits and floats in seawater. It is found in many locations including the region around the Baltic Sea and the Dominican Republic, Russia; Romania; Burma, Wyoming USA, and Venezuela. Best field indicators are color, density, toughness, and trapped insects.




                                                                        Amblygonite

                                           (Milk-white, yellowish, beige, salmon-pink, greenish, bluish, grey)

                    Amblygonite's name comes from the Greek words for "blunt" (amblus) and
                   "angles" (gouia) in allusion to its variously angled cleavages.


Hardness: 5.5 - 6                            Specific Gravity: 2.98 - 3.11                            

Chemistry: (Li,Na)Al(PO4)(F,OH) Lithium Sodium Aluminum Phosphate Fluoride Hydroxide       

Class: Phosphates                          Crystallography: Triclinic, bar 1                    Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture: irregular                       Streak: white                             Luster: vitreous


Healing: Amblygonite is used to treat genetic defects and to enhance one's vision. It is also used to treat ambulatory issues. And it is used to relieve mild anxiety and stress.

Workings: Amblygonit is an excellent grounding stone and can be used where large crowds gather in order to balance out the divergent energies. It is often called the "Prophet stone" because of its soothing effects. Is also an excellent stone to carry by those who are in the "arts" such as music, painting and such.
Amblygonite is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus and vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Amblygonite is used to open and energize the Crown chakra.

Foot Notes: Amblygonite is a fluorophosphate mineral, composed of lithium, sodium, aluminium, phosphate, fluoride and hydroxide. It occurs in pegmatite deposits and is easily mistaken for albite and other feldspars. Amblygonite has a fairly compact structure. This fact gives rise to a somewhat high specific gravity.
When powdered and placed in a gas flame, it gives the flame a bright red color and this indicates the presence of lithium. For the most part, it is the transparent form of amblygonite that is used as a gemstone.



                                                                   Amethyst          

                                                                    (various shades of purple)

                      The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken."


Hardness: 7                       Specific Gravity: 2.65                          Chemistry: variety of Quartz- Silicon Oxide, SiO2       

Class: Not a valid mineral species                      Crystallography: trigonal                             Cleavage: none 

Fracture: conchoidal                         Streak: White                    Luster: vitreous


Healings: Amethyst enhances mental and emotional stability. It relieves depression and can help conquer unwanted habits and addictions, particularly alcoholism. It is a stone of peace and balance. It also enhances intuition and psychic abilities, and thus is used in many magickal workings. It relieves stress and diseases associated with over-indulgence such as gout. Has been used as an elixir in the treatment of arthritis.

Workings: A great crystal to use in meditations. Also used to protect against psychic attack. Amethyst is worn to protect against contagious diseases. It is also worn at sea as protection against storms and drowning. As well as a charm while engaging in business. Its element is Water and it is ruled by the planets of Jupiter and Neptune. Its energy is receptive.
Amethyst is associated with the the astrological sign of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn and it vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: When applied to the Throat and Heart Chakra, amethyst produces a calming effect.

Foot Notes: Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz.
The god Bacchus, neglected by the goddess Diana, decided in a fit of spite that the first person he met would be devoured by tigers.  The beautiful maiden Amethyst crossed his path.  When the beasts attacked her, she called on Diana for protection, and the goddess responded by turning her to stone.  Penitent, Bacchus poured wine over her petrified body, giving it its purple hue.                             
Amethyst can occur as long prismatic crystals that have a six sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations. The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers.  Amethyst has been called the "Addicts Stone" at times because of its metaphysical property of lessening problems with unwanted habits and releasing addictions. It was believed by the ancient Greeks to relieve drunkenness. Amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha. Thought to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.  Its purple coloring is caused by impurities of iron or manganese compounds. It can be found in Brazil, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, the former USSR, and the US.
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.


                                                                    Amazonite      

                                                                (various shades of green to blue-green)

                                                             Amazonite was named for the Amazon river.

Hardness: 6 to 6.5                           Specific Gravity: 2.56-2.57                                   Chemistry: KAlSi3O8                                         
Class: tektosilicate                              Crystallography: conchoidal

Cleavage: characteristic cleavages are perfect and distinct intersecting at approximately ninety degrees 

Fracture: conchoidal                                    Streak: none                                  Luster: vitreous

Amazonite is the birthstone for the month of December

Healings: Amazonite is said to alleviate muscle spasms and to help normalize calcium levels in the body. It is used to calm ones nerves. Often used as an elixir. An elixir taken 3 times a day is said to reduce calcium deficiency.
It is also used for nervous system disorders.

Workings: Amazonite is used in reverse- negativity spells. It enhances creative expression and enhances self worth.  It is called the "Hope stone" because it inspires confidence and hope.
Amazonite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: Amazonite is used with the Heart and Throat Chakras in order to enhance ones communication in regards to love situations. Amazonite aligns the astral bodies and is used to dissolve energy blockages.

Foot Notes: Amazonite is most easily recognized by its color, cleavage, and occurrence. 
It is said to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Amazonite is the rare green variety of microcline, which is the low temperature pure potassium end member of the alkali feldspar group. Amazonite is found in the United States (notably in Amelia Courthouse, Virginia), Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, and Namibia.



                                                                           Anatase

                                                                     (Brown to black, also yellow and blue)

                                                Anatase comes from the Greek, "anatasis" (elongation).


Hardness: 5.5 - 6              Specific Gravity: 3.8 - 3.9         Chemistry: TiO2 Titanium Oxide


Class: Tetragonal          Crystallography:                                   Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture: subconchoidal                     Streak: white                             Luster: adamantine, metallic


Healing: Anatase is used to assimilate vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and iodine. It is used to treat allergic reactions and to lessen sensitivity to medications. Anatase is used to treat disorders of the eyes and to stabilize the metabolic processes.

Workings: Anatase is an excellent stone for teachers, especially those teaching technical disciplnes such as the Sciences. Anatase can be used to teach that the alteration of yourself and your circumstances can be attained painlessly. And thus helps overcome resistance to change.
Anatase is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the number 7. 

Chakra Applications: Anatase is used to open the Heart and Base chakras.

Foot Notes: Anatase is one of the three mineral forms of titanium dioxide, the other two being brookite and rutile. Crystals of anatase are very distinctive and are not easily confused with any other mineral. They form the eight faced tetragonal dipyramids that come to sharp elongated points. It is found as hard, brilliant crystals of tetragonal symmetry and various colours in veins in igneous and metamorphic rocks and commonly in placer deposits of detritus. 
When heated above 915° C, anatase is converted into rutile, changing in specific gravity to 4.1.


                                                                       Andalusite

                                                                    (White, red, brown, orange and green)

                                              Andalusite is named for its type locality of Andalusia, Spain.


Hardness: 7.5             Specific Gravity: 3.15+            Chemistry: Al2 SiO5, Aluminum Silicate
      
Class: Silicates                       Crystallography: Orthorhombic                       Cleavage: good in two directions                    
Fracture: splintery to subconchoidal                     Streak: white                             Luster: vitreous


Healing: Anadalusite is used to treat calcium deficiency and poor eyesight. It is also used to lessen phobias and to reduce anxiety. Andalusite is an excellent tonic for those who have been ill.

Workings: Andalusite is used to enhance the memory and recollection. Andalusite is sometimes called "The Seeing Stone" because it is used to calmly see the various parts of one's character without bias. It is a very useful stone to use when scrying. Andalusite is commonly used during meditation to unlock past-life memory and aid in past-life regression. It is a grounding stone and aids in psychic protection.
Andalusite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Andalusite is used to ground the Root and Third Eye chakras. It is used to strengthen and energize all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Andalusite is an aluminium nesosilicate mineral. Andalusite is a common regional metamorphic mineral which forms under low pressure and moderate to high temperatures. It was called "Lapis Crucifer" in ancient texts.
The variety with the strong X-pattern is called "chiastolite", from the Greek "chiastos" meaning "X-marked". It is one of three polymorphs of Aluminum Silicate, the other two being Sillimanite, and Kyanite.
Andalusite is pleochroic, meaning it shows different colors across different sections of its structure.


                                                                      Angelite

                                                    (White, gray or colorless, as well as blue to violet)

             The name "Angelite" comes from the Greek "anhydras" meaning "without water".


Hardness: 3.5              Specific Gravity: 3.0                 Chemistry:  CaSO4, Calcium Sulfate
      
Class: Sulfates                   Crystallography: Orthorhombic                   

Cleavage: is in three directions forming rectangles, but perfect in one                    

Fracture: conchoidal                               Streak: white                              Luster:


Healing: Angelite is used for relief from throat inflammations, and to balance the thyroid. Angelite also repairs and soothes tissues and blood vessels. Angelite is helpful with burns, tumors, respiratory ailments, back injuries, broken bones and pain of any kind. It is also very useful for weight control.

Workings: Angelite counteracts harshness; if somebody is acting insensitively in a situation, angelite will help that person to become more compassionate. It helps to dispel fear, anger, stress and anxiety and encourages forgiveness.  Angelite is considered a stone of awareness, representing peace and awareness. It is said to facilitate contact with angels.
Angelite is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Angelite is used to unblock energy pathways in the meridians. It is associated with the Throat chakra.

Foot Notes: Angelite is the common name for Anhydrite. It is a relatively common sedimentary mineral that forms massive rock layers. Anhydrite does not form directly, but is the result of the de-watering of the rock forming mineral Gypsum.
Angelite is mined in Britain, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Libya.



                                                            Anglesite

                                  (Transparent to translucent, colorless, blue, green, yellow, grey)

          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.



                                                                        Annabergite
                                              
                                                                                      (Pale green or gray)

                               Annabergite is name after its locale of discovery,  "Annaberg" in Saxony.


Hardness: 1.5 - 2.5            Specific Gravity: 3.0 - 3.1           Chemistry: Ni3(AsO4)2-8(H2O) , Hydrated Nickel Arsenate
      
Class: Phosphates                    Crystallography: Monoclinic                       Cleavage: perfect in one direction                    

Fracture: flaky                               Streak: pale green or gray                             Luster:  vitreous to adamantine


Healing: Annabergite is used to treat cancer, celluar disorders and dehydration. Annabergite can also help the body to alleviate the effects of radiotherapy treatment. It is also used to treat infections.

Workings: Annabergite works as healing stone for resolving stuck post-traumatic issues. Annabergite can assist communication with the past spiritual masters of this world and can also help you to better comprehend the mystic elements of our world.
Annabergite is associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Annabergite is used to align the subtle bodies and to strengthen the meridians. It is associated with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Annabergite is a rare mineral consisting of a hydrous nickel arsenate in monoclinic crystalline form. It is sometimes called "Nickel Bloom".  Most annabergite is found in a crust or powder form, but a few specimens from Greece show small, well-shaped crystals.



                                                                            Antigorite

                                                                      (Green, gray, bluish gray, brown, black)

                             Antigorite is named after its locality, Antigorio, a valley in Piedmont, Italy.

Hardness: 3.5 - 4           Specific Gravity: 2.54              Chemistry: (Mg,Fe++)3Si2O5(OH)4       

Class: Phyllosilicate                Crystallography: Monoclinic                   Cleavage: good                    

Fracture: brittle                 Streak: greenish white                  Luster: vitreous - greasy


Healing: Antigorite is used to expel toxins from the body. It is also used to treat cellular disorders and assists in spinal alignment.

Workings: Antigorite is a good stone to carry to release negative emotions.
Antigorite is associated with the astrological signs of Capricorn and vibrates to the Master Number 55.

Chakra Applications: Antigorite is used to energize and align the chakras. it is especially associated with the Herat chakra.

Foot Notes: Antogorite is a member of the serpentine group. This group describes a group of common rock-forming hydrous magnesium iron phyllosilicate minerals that may contain minor amounts of other elements including chromium, manganese, cobalt and nickel. Antigorite is the polymorph of serpentine that most commonly forms during metamorphism of wet ultramafic rocks. There are three important mineral polymorphs of serpentine; antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite.


                                                                            Antimony

                                                                                       (Light gray, tin white)

                           The name Antimony is derived from the Greek words “anti” and “monos”,
                           which means "not alone".

Hardness: 3 - 3.5                  Specific Gravity: 6.66                            Chemistry: Sb        

Class: Native Elements             Crystallography: Trigonal                      Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture: brittle                     Streak: lead gray                         Luster: metallic


Healing: Antimony is used to treat fevers and to reduce swelling. It helps to reduce inflammation. It is also used to treat issues related to the throat and the thymus. Antimony is seen as a powerful purgative and emetic combined.

Workings: Antimony stimulates advancement in all areas of pursuit, giving one the tenacity needed to pursue all areas of interest. it is a powerful stone of protection.
Antimony is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Antimony is used to activate and align all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Antimony is found in nature mainly as the sulfide mineral stibnite. Antimony's sulfide compound, antimony(III) sulfide, was recognized in antiquity, at least as early as 3000 BCE. The alchemical symbol for antimony is:



The first European description of a procedure for isolating antimony is in the book "De la pirotechnia" of 1540 CE. by Vannoccio Biringuccio. The first natural occurrence of pure antimony (native antimony) in the Earth's crust was described by the Swedish scientist and local mine district engineer Anton von Swab in 1783 CE. Antimony is a member of the Arsenic group.
Antimony has been used as a black pigment, in ancient times as a black, eye makeup, and as a black pigment by artists in the Middle Ages. A black antimony-based powder soluble in water known as "stibium" was the ancient version of mascara during Roman times and was also used to darken brows and lashes or as eyeliner.
Antimony is thought to be one of the crystals in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.


                                                                        
                                                                     Apatite

                                     (typically Green but also yellow, blue, reddish brown and purple)

                            Apatite is named from the Greek word "apate", which means "deceit".

Hardness: 5                     Specific Gravity: 3.1 - 3.2                           

Chemistry: Ca5(PO4)3(OH,F,Cl), Calcium (Fluoro, Chloro, Hydroxyl) Phosphate
       
Class: Hexagonal                  Crystallography: Hexagonal; 6/m                Cleavage: indistinct in one basal direction                    
Fracture: conchoidal                               Streak: white                              Luster: vitreous to greasy


Healing: Apatite is used as a dietary supplement. It is also used to treat issues related to allergies, arthritis, bones, muscles and the nervous system. Apatite aids in the absorption of calcium, thus helping cartilage, bones and teeth; healing bones and encouraging the formation of new cells.

Workings: Apatite is used to stimulate the thoughts and ideas. It is said to increase intellect, imagination, and intuitive awareness. It is an excellent stone for meditation purposes. Apatite is used to enhance the energies of other crystals.
It is said to be helpful for hyperactivity and autism in children. Apatite is very useful when you are having difficulty letting go of someone or something that you no longer want in your life.
Apatite is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Apatite is primarily related to the Throat chakra, although golden Apatite is associated primarily with the Solar Plexus chakra. When associated with the throat chakra, it facilitates public speaking, enhances group communication.

Foot Notes: Apatite is a group of phosphate minerals, usually referring to hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite, chlorapatite and bromapatite. Apatite is actually three different minerals depending on the predominance of either fluorine, chlorine or the hydroxyl group. Apatite is widely distributed in all rock types; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, but is usually just small disseminated grains or cryptocrystalline fragments.
Apatite is the most common phosphate mineral, and is the main source of the phosphorus required by plants.


                                                                       
                                                                    Apophyllite

                                                (Clear, white, green, yellow, pink, violet or rarely brown)

                       The name Apophyllite is derived from the Greek "apophylliso", meaning
                       "it flakes off". This is a reference to this class's tendency to flake apart
                       when heated, due to water loss.

Hardness: 4.5 - 5                   Specific Gravity: 2.3 - 2.4                           

Chemistry: (K,Na)Ca4Si8O20(F,OH) - 8H2O, Hydrated Potassium Calcium Sodium Silicate Fluoride Hydroxide        

Class: Silicates                      Crystallography: Tetragonal; 4/m 2/m 2/m               Cleavage: perfect in one direction                     
Fracture: uneven                   Streak: white                    Luster: vitreous to pearly


Healing: Apophyllite is used to mend DNA strands. It is also used to treat respiratory problems, in particular asthma. Apophyllite is useful in treating disorders of the bladder and colon. And it is beneficial in treating disorders of the nervous system. Apophyllite is also used to provide relief from nervous disorders and stress.

Workings: Apophyllite is an attunement stone, it creates a conscious connection between the physical and spiritual realms. Apophyllite is an excellent stone to use when astral projecting and visiting the Akashic records. As such it is a good stone for meditating.
Apophyllite is associated with the astrological signs of  Libra and Gemini and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Green Apophyllite is used to activate the Heart and Third Eye chakra. When placed on the heart chakra for instance, it creates a profound sense of well being. It is also used to faciliate the Crown chakra. 

Foot Notes: The name Apophyllite actually refers to a specific group of phyllosilicates, a class of minerals that also includes the micas.
Apophyllite is found in ancient lava and basalt flows. The crystals grow in the now solid cavities, called amygdules, vesicles, or geodes, formed by air bubbles when the rock was molten. Apophyllite is also found in the voids in the contact metamorphic zone limestones that surround intrusive rocks.


                                                                              Aquamarine  

                                                                           (various shades of blue to blue-green)

                                       Aquamarine derives from two Latin words meaning “water” and “sea”.


Hardness:  7.5                Specific Gravity:                   Chemistry:  Berylium Aluminum Silicate, Be3 Al2 Si6 O18             

Class: Cyclosilicates                       Crystallography: Hexagonal                             Cleavage: imperfect                     

Fracture: conchoidal to uneven, brittle                   Streak: white

Luster: vitreous, some specimens have chatoyancy (cat's-eyes and stars)


Healings: Used in the treatment of swollen glands and for improving eyesight. Aquamarine is used to release anger and negativity replacing them with mental peace and clarity.

Workings: Aquamarine amulets are worn by sailors to protect them from adversities at sea, especially if the stone is engraved with Poseidon on a chariot. Aquamarine is also worn for courage. The stone is a symbol of Happiness and eternal youth. Also the stone of Courage. According to Christian symbolism, it signified moderation and the control of passion. Its element is Water and is ruled by the Moon. Its energy is receptive.
Aquamarine is associated with the astrological signs of Gemini, Pisces, and Aries and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Aquamarine stimulates communication when applied to the Throat Chakra. Used to align the Chakras.

Foot Notes: Aquamarine is colored by trace amounts of iron that find their way into the crystal structure. Aquamarine  occurs primarily in granite pegmatites and to a lesser extent in miarolitic cavities in granites, also in hydrothermal carbonate veins and greisens.
Aquamarine is typically associated with quartz, feldspars and muscovite, and often occurs with other pegmatite accessory minerals such as biotite, garnet, phenakite and topaz.
Aquamarines are found in Brazil, where gem-quality occurs in pegmatites and in alluvial deposits of gravel, which are known locally as "cascalho". They are also found in the Russian Urals, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nigeria. In Madagascar a deep blue is found.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March.


                                                                                Aragonite

              (White, colorless or with subdued shades of red, yellow, orange, brown, green and even blue)

                                                Aragonite is named for its locality, Aragon province, Spain


Hardness: 3.5 - 4              Specific Gravity: 2.9+                Chemistry: CaCO3, Calcium Carbonate
      
Class: Carbonates            Crystallography: Orthorhombic                Cleavage: distinct in one direction                     

Fracture: subconchoidal                    Streak: white                       Luster: vitreous to dull


Healing: Aragonite is used to prevent hair loss and to alleviate the symptoms of stress. It is also used to help to expedite recovery from broken bones and nerve damage. 

Workings: Aragonite is used to enhance the power of one's energy work (magic). Aragonite is carried to boost self-confidence and one's feelings of self-worth. Aragonite enhances and encourages sensitivity and generosity. Sleeping with Aragonite under the pillow is said to relieve insomnia.
Aragonite is associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Aragonite is used when working with the Root and Earth Star Chakras, and for grounding and connecting to the Earth.  Aragonite can also be used for clearing blockages of energy in the ley lines.

Foot Notes: Aragonite is a carbonate mineral, one of the two common, naturally occurring, crystal forms of calcium carbonate. Aragonite is a polymorph of calcite, which means that it has the same chemistry as calcite but it has a different structure, and more importantly, different symmetry and crystal shapes.
Aragonite forms naturally in almost all mollusk shells, and as the calcareous endoskeleton of warm and cold-water corals (Scleractinia). Aragonite's most famous crystal habit is the twinned pseudo-hexagonal prismatic crystals that it produces.
Most bivalve animals and corals secrete aragonite for their shells and pearls are composed of primarily aragonite.


                                                                         Arthurite

                                                                           (Apple green, Emerald green)

                                 Named after Sir Arthur Edward Ian Russell (1878-1964 CE) and
          Mr. Arthur W. G. Kingsbury (1906-1968 CE), English mineralogists and collectors.


Hardness: 3 - 4                  Specific Gravity: 3.02                

Chemistry: CuFe 3+2(AsO4,PO4,SO4)2(OH,O)2·4H2O Hydrated Copper Iron Arsenate Phosphate Sulfate Hydroxide
 
Class: Phosphates                   Crystallography: Monoclinic                        Cleavage: none                    

Fracture: brittle                     Streak: light green                             Luster: vitreous


Healing: Arthurite is used to treat issues of acrophobia and vertigo. It is also used to treat infections and issues of fertility.

Workings: Arthurite helps one to feel confident, strong and safe as one begins the process of doing what one knows is  the right thing to do.
Arthurite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Arthurite is associated with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Arthurite is a rare copper iron arsenate. It is typically green and forms small acicular crystals. The mineral group arthurite, consists of earlshannonite, ojuelaite, and whitmoreite. The crystal habits of Arthurite include prismatic to acicular crystals and globular aggregates and crusts.


                                                                           Augelite

                                            (Colorless, white or pale shades of yellow, blue, pink or rose)

                       Augelite comes from the Greek "auge" for (shine) or (luster) in allusion
                       to the appearance of its cleavage surfaces.


Hardness: 4.5 - 5               Specific Gravity: 2.7                           

Chemistry: Al2PO4(OH)3, Aluminum Phosphate Hydroxide       

Class: Phosphates                    Crystallography: Monoclinic; 2/m                   Cleavage: good in two directions                    
Fracture: conchoidal                Streak: white                   Luster: vitreous


Healing: Augelite is used to treat obesity. It is also used to treat circulatory disorders and issues related to digestion.

Workings: Sleeping with a piece of Augelite under the pillow enhances a good nights sleep. Carrying a piece of angelite helps one to release feelings of animosity and hostility.
Augelite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Augelite is associated with the Root chakra due to its grounding affects.

Foot Notes: Augelite is found in granitic pegmatites, but mostly in hydrothermal veins.



                                                                   Aurichalcite

     (Usually a grass green but varies from white to green to greenish blue to light blue)

                           Aurichalcite come from the Greek "oreichalkon" meaning copper.


Hardness: 1 - 2                      Specific Gravity: 3.6 - 4                           

Chemistry: (Zn, Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6, Zinc Copper Carbonate Hydroxide
      
Class: Carbonates                    Crystallography: Orthorhombic; 2 2 2                  Cleavage: perfect in one direction                    
Fracture: uneven or fiberous             Streak: white to pale shades that depend on color              Luster: silky to fibrous


Healing: Aurichalcite is used to treat the pineal gland, thalamus and the circulatory system.

Workings: Aurichalcite is an excellent stone of protection, enabling one to deflect feelings of fear.
Aurichalcite is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius and vibrates to the number 2. 

Chakra Applications: Aurichalcite is used to clear the aura.

Foot Notes: Aurichalcite forms in the oxidation zones of zinc-copper deposits. Crystals are acicular or fibrous and found in tufted aggregates. Aurichalcite at times partially covers red limonite and is associated with such colorful minerals as azurite, smithsonite, malachite and hemimorphite.


                                                                    Aventurine   

                                                                                         (green )

                The name Aventurine derives from the Italian "a ventura," meaning "by chance."


Hardness: 7                        Specific Gravity: 2.64 to 2.69                           

Chemistry: SiO2 colored green by fuchsite mica: K(Al,Cr)2AlSi3O10(OH)2

Class: tectosilicate                              Crystallography: Hexagonal-R; 32 (trigonal-trapezohedral)

Cleavage: none                         Fracture: conchoidal                          Streak: white                      Luster: dull vitreous


Healing: Aventurine is often referred to as the "all-purpose" healer. It is used for grounding emotionally. Aventurine is also used to heal afflictions of the heart and lungs and adrenal system. And it is used to used to improve nearsightedness.

Workings: Aventurine is used in shielding the heart. Also used in good luck spells. It has been used as a lucky talisman and is a popular stone for gamblers.
Aventurien is associated with the Astrological sign of Aries and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Place Aventurine on the heart center during chakra balancing. Aventurine is related to and found to heal and align ailments of the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Green aventurine quartz is characterized by its occurrence, hardness, conchoidal fracture, specific gravity, refractive index and luster. The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue or gray.
Aventurine is found in Brazil, India, Japan, Russia, Tanzania, and the USA. The majority of green and blue-green aventurine originates in India.
Aventurine is the anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.
Green aventurine quartz is an alternate birthstone for the month of August.


                                                                         
                                                                           
                                                                   Axinite
  
        (Generally a lilac brown but also yellow, yellow-orange, gray, pale blue and even black)

                           Axinite gets its name from the Greek term "acine" which means axe.

Hardness: 6 - 7.5                    Specific Gravity: 3.0 - 3.4                          

Chemistry: Ca2(Mn, Fe, Mg)Al2(BO3OH)(SiO3)4, Calcium Manganese Iron Magnesium Aluminum Borosilicate Hydroxide
      
Class: Silicates              Crystallography: Triclinic                      Cleavage: good in one direction                    

Fracture: conchoidal                         Streak: white                             Luster: vitreous


Healing: Axinite is used to treat disorders of the muscular system, ambulatory issues and the muscular system. It is also used to enhance the healing of breaks and fractures.

Workings: Axinite is a grounding stone and is conductive to stabilizing personal relationships. Axinite transmits healing energy to the hands and is a perfect complement to energy workers/healers. Axinite is used in crystal layouts and/or healing grids.  
Axinite is associated with the astrological sign of Aries and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Axinite is associated with the Base chakra due to its grounding influence. It is also used to open all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Axinite is actually a series name for a group of isostructural minerals composed of calcium aluminium boro-silicate. All have the same structure but are different in terms of chemistry. They are named for their respective enrichment in either iron, magnesium and manganese, except for the iron manganese intermediate tinzenite.
It is basically triclinic in structure, characterized by the absence of symmetry surfaces.
Axinite occurs most commonly in contact metamorphic rocks and also in mafic igneous rocks.



                                                                      Azulicite

                                                                                          (Blue)

                                           From the Greek "sanis" for (little plate) and "idos" for (to see).


Hardness: 6             Specific Gravity: 2.53                 Chemistry: KAlSi3O8
       

Class: Silicates                  Crystallography: Monoclinic                     Cleavage: perfect                    

Fracture: conchoidal                  Streak: white                      Luster: vitreous


Healing: Azulicite is used to treat disorders of the digestive system and the liver. It is also used to treat the optical nerves.

Workings: Azulicite is useful for those with difficulty in intellectual communication. It is also useful in astral travel and to advance communication with entities from other-world realms.
Azulicite is associated with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Leo and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Azulicite is used to open the Solar Plexus and Throat chakras. Azulicite also works on the meridians to release energy blockages.

Foot Notes: Aulicite is a transparent blue iridescent variety of Sanidine.


                                                                       Azurite    

                                                                             (Blue to very dark blue)

                                                       Azurite owes its name, to its azure-blue color and from the
                                                       Persian word "lazhward", meaning "blue."


Hardness: 3½ - 4               Specific Gravity: 3.7 - 3.9         Chemistry: Copper Carbonate Hydroxide  Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2          
Class: Carbonates                             Crystallography: monoclinic                                     Cleavage:  Perfect                  

Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal                            Streak: light blue                    Luster: Vitreous


Healings: Azurite is known as the "Stone of Heaven" and is used to develop the psychic self. Used to dissolve negative thoughts. In Native American culture it is used to make contact with ones spiritual guide. Azurite is used in the treatment of spinal malformations as well as circulatory problems.

Workings: Azurite is used in workings of "New beginnings" and for spells to overcome obstacles. Azurite is also used in rites of divination.
Azurite is associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Azurite is used to align ones chakras. Also used in conjunction with the Heart and Sacral chakra to enlighten ones insight of the good in others.

Foot Notes: Azurite usually occurs with green Malachite, which may form green stains or specks on Azurite crystals or aggregates. Azurite occurs as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zones of copper deposits. In ancient times Azurite was crushed and used as a pigment. Azurite is found in France, Greece, the Black Forest, Germany, England, South Australia, New South Wales, Australia, and Mexico. In the U.S., most fine specimens are from numerous localities in Arizona, New Mexico, and La Salle Co., Utah. Best Field Indicators are color, softness, crystal habits and associations.





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