Published September 2015 • Updated August 2022 • Read Time: 7 minutes
Atlantisite is a unique healing crystal that combines green Serpentine with purple Stichtite. While each individual mineral is found in various locations around the world, this striking combination stone is found only in Tasmania, Australia. Sometimes this stone is marketed by its scientific name, “Stichtite in Serpentine” and sometimes by its metaphysical name which evokes the lost civilization of Atlantis. By either name, it is instantly recognizable for its vivid contrasting colors and balanced energy. Atlantisite is a stone that unites heaven and earth. Its energy is grounded and wise, as well as happy and hopeful.
Atlantisite unites the powers of Heaven and Earth. It teaches us about our place in the web and circle of life, and how to be a good steward of this planet. It also reminds us that that Higher Beings, wise and compassionate, are watching over us and want to help us during times of need. Atlantisite activates our intuition and the Kundalini Serpent, helping us connect with both Higher Beings and our own Highest Self. It also is an excellent tool for exploring past lives, both human and animal and even plant!
Earth and White
5 and 8
Gemini and Virgo
Emotional Healing Properties
Atlantisite has a very grounding, calm, and loving energy that can help us to look at our life objectively and compassionately. It reminds us that we are still learning and that wisdom grows through time and experience. It urges us to be patient and to release any fears we may have about change and to look to the future with hope and faith. Atlantisite encourages us to connect with others, especially elders and teachers who can help us become more “emotionally intelligent.” This is particularly good for helping us to create and nurture loving relationships, whether romantic, familial, or platonic. Later on, we in turn have the opportunity to share this knowledge with others, and with one small step at a time, our world becomes a better and more loving place.
Mental Healing Properties
Atlantisite encourages an expansive worldview where we help one another and take care of our shared world. It teaches us to be more liberal in our viewpoints, less judgmental and more willing to accept and celebrate diversity. Atlantisite is a stone for lifelong learning. It reminds us that we only know what we currently know, and that we base our decisions accordingly. But when we know MORE, we may need to adjust our decisions to reflect the new knowledge. Atlantisite’s mental tolerance includes our view of ourselves, helping us to forgive ourselves for past ignorance and to focus our energy on our current learning and our future goals.
Physical Healing Properties
Atlantisite is recommended for anyone feeling self-conscious about how their skin fits on their body. It is particularly good for women post-partum or anyone after a major weight loss if the skin has been stretched out and now fits more loosely. It is also good for elders whose skin is now showing wrinkles, liver spots and other signs of age. Atlantisite encourages us to love our body, despite any so-called “flaws.” It reminds us that these are marks of having lived with courage and passion, daring to change and to grow. Atlantisite sings that our truest beauty is the way our spirit shines bright for all the world to see. It is also an excellent talisman for anyone who turns to food when feeling emotional and wants to find other coping mechanisms to self-soothe.
The only known deposit for Atlantisite is in Tasmania, off the coast of Australia.
Mining and Treatments
Atlantisite is mined in a variety of small quarries with open pits and trenches. These quarries exists solely to extract Atlantisite and Stichtite.
All Atlantisites are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing. The name “Atlantisite” is a tradename used in the metaphysical community. This stone is also sold using the scientific name “Stichtite in Serpentine”
Atlantisite is not a mineral, but rather a type of metamorphic rock. In order to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Atlantisite combines purple Stichtite, a rare carbonate mineral with green Serpentine, a stone which is sometimes classified as as a phyllosilicate mineral and at other times as a metamorphic rock.
The only known location for Atlantasite is found on “Stichtite Hill” in Zeehan, Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia. This hill has one of the largest deposits of Stichtite, but it also has some areas in which the Stichtite is intergrown with green Serpentine. Serpentine is created in contact metamorphism, and can include a combination of up to 16 different hydrous silicate minerals. During the metamorphic process, purple Stichtite was added to the mineral mixture. The result is a lime green Serpentine stone with purple spots of Stichtite.
Atlantisite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Calcite
Serpentine (phyllosilicate) and Stichtite (carbonite)
Green and purple
History of atlantisite
Atlantisite is a relatively new stone on the commercial market and has only recently begun to reveal its powers to the larger metaphysical community. It was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It is a rare combination of purple Stichtite and green Serpentine, and studying these two stones can help us better understand Atlantisite’s unique properties. The tradename “Atlantisite” was coined in the 20th century by Gerald Pauley, who was reminded of the mythic lost civilization of Atlantis when he held the stone.
The legend of the lost city of Atlantis was first described by Plato (424-347 BCE) in Timaeus and Critias. Many of Plato’s works center around the idea of the ideal state, a Republic, and these two Dialogues were no exception. In these works, Atlantis is described as an aggressive and expansive civilization bent on world conquest. According to Plato, the events he described took place more than 9000 years before his own time and the civilization of Atlantis was located “beyond the Pillars of Hercules” somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, on a large island or small continent.
Athens, as usual, is described as an ideal Republic whose virtuous people live in moderation and excel at all tasks. By contrast, Atlantis is a massive confederation of warrior-kings, who had successfully taken control of most of Europe and North Africa, claiming the conquered people as slaves, and continuing to expand East into Greek territory. Athens first led an alliance against the invaders and then faced them alone, eventually beating Atlantis in a glorious naval battle. The fact that Athens won was, of course, proof of the superiority of the ideal Republican government.
Sometime later, the civilization of Atlantis lost the favor of the gods and the island was destroyed by, “…portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished.”(Timaeus 25c-d).
Today, Atlantis is the most famous of all ancient civilizations which were considered to be highly advanced and then were lost, along with their technology and philosophies. Many of the current stories associated with Atlantis are far different than Plato’s account. Instead of the civilization being militarily aggressive, New-Age accounts describe a perfect Utopian city, governed by benevolent rulers. It can be assumed that this concept was what Gerald Pauley had in mind, when he named Stichtite in Serpentine, “Atlantisite.”
While many historians, both ancient and modern, considered the story of Atlantis to be purely fictional, some scholars believe there may have been some truth to the story. The most likely basis is the Thera Eruption (1500 BCE), which was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. The eruption was likely responsible for the downfall of the Minoan Civilization on the nearby island of Crete. Accounts of the explosion were definitely recorded in ancient Egypt and perhaps as far away as China. Prior to the eruption, the volcano formed a round island, after the explosion, more than half the island was destroyed, the remnant is the half-moon island of Santorini. The volcano remains quietly active to this day.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.