Published September 2016  •  Updated June 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Auralite 23 is a rare variety of Amethyst with up to 23 mineral inclusions.  It comes from small mines in the boreal forest of Canada and is similar to the Super Seven Amethysts found in Brazil.  Auralite 23’s name is a tribute to the beautiful aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, which dance across the sky above the mines during the winter.  While some metaphysical names are purely marketing grabs, Auralite 23 is a useful name from an ethical sourcing perspective since it helps identify a specific deposit.  It combines the sweet wisdom of Amethyst with many other energies, making for a complex vibration that is celebrate by crystal intuitives and healers.


Auralite 23 Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Auralite 23 is an incredibly versatile crystal, helping us to work with high vibration energies while staying deeply connected to our own bodies and the earth. It helps us to feel the presence of angels and other spirit guides, and to feel the Divine working in tandem with us in every aspect of our lives. It increases psychic gifts and also teaches us how to better protect ourselves energetically. It is an excellent tool for meditation, helping to clear the mind and ground the body and can be used in shamanic rituals to cut away old negative karmic ties that hold us back from reaching our full potential. Auralite 23 is also an excellent manifestation stone, helping us move from merely thinking and talking about the things we wish to accomplish, to actively engaging in the work and bringing our dreams into reality.

Metaphysical Properties Auralite 23
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Element Wind and Earth
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Emotional Healing Properties

Auralite 23 has an exceptionally peaceful energy, soothing our spirit during times of stress or worry. It helps us to see alternative paths, and to use our head, both intuitively and logically, to protect our heart from undue danger. Auralite 23 strongly encourages us to make self-care a priority and to be much kinder to ourselves. It releases us from prejudices and unnecessary judgement and asks us to be equally compassionate towards others. Auralite 23 reminds us to look around and see the many blessings in our current life. It further encourages us to meet each experience with a desire to be the best version of ourselves possible in that moment. Auralite 23’s energy sweetly nudges us to be more generous, loving and forgiving in all our relationships, including that most private one with ourselves.

Mental Healing Properties

Auralite 23 is a wonderful stone for our minds, bringing clarity, focus, awareness and self-confidence. It removes any attachments to self-limitation and shows us a more expansive view of the world and our place in it. Auralite 23 unites intuition with logic, and encourages us to focus on solving problems, rather than bemoaning their existence. This is one of the most powerful crystals to use when fighting against addictions of all sorts. It helps us to make peace with our past and present, and then to focus all of our energy on moving forward into a more beautiful future.

Physical Healing Properties

Auralite 23 is recommended for anyone who finds themselves worrying too much at night.  It is a calming companion when suffering from insomnia and helps us to adopt behaviors that will help our body rest.  If we feel overwhelmed from stress, it reminds us of the Pareto Principle (the rule of 80/20), which states that 80% of our outcomes come from 20% of causes.  In other words, most of our problems come from a small percentage of issues we deal with – or ignore – each day.  Auralite 23 helps us to clearly identify, prioritize and tackle our most important problems.  It is also a sweet talisman when we are dealing with sexual dysfunctions.  It helps us to determine if the problem is emotional/mental or primarily physical.  If the former, Auralite 23 invites us to stop worrying and to talk with our partner directly about what we need and desire.

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Auralite 23 Mineralogy

Where does Auralite 23 come from?

Amethyst comes from numerous locations around the world and often has interesting inclusions.  But Auralite 23 is a variety found exclusively in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Mining and Treatments

Auralite 23 is mined within the Boreal Forest of Canada.  Mine owners use small machinery and hand-operated tools.  The main source for Auralite 23 is the Auralite 23 Mine.  The mine owner is spiritually-minded and environmentally conscious and demonstrates this in all aspects of the mining operation.  Nearby mines also occasionally produce similar-looking Amethysts.

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Mineral Family

Auralite 23 is a essentially a variety of Amethyst which is a Tectosilicate mineral. While Amethyst is the main mineral in Auralite 23, as the name indicates there can be up to 23 distinct minerals found as inclusions within this stone. The average Auralite 23 crystal contains anywhere from 4-17 of the following minerals: Ajoite, Bornite, Cacoxenite, Chalcopyrite, Copper, Covellite, Epidote, Geothite, Gilalite, Gold, Hematite, Iron, Lepidocrosite, Limonite, Magnetite, Nickel, Platinum, Pyrite, Pyrolusite, Rutile, Sphalerite, Silver, and Titanite.

Some people may scoff at metaphysical names.  They may instead prefer to call this stone Amethyst (with inclusions), Amethyst with Hematite, etc.  From an ethical sourcing perspective, however, the name can be useful because it identifies a particular type of Amethyst at a specific location.  It is also sometimes referred to as Thunderbay Amethyst.

Auralite 23’s energy works well with its family – other Tectosilicate minerals.  Try it in combination with Citrine, Prasiolite, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, and Super Seven.

Auralite 23 Formation and Crystal Associates

Normally Amethyst is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Trace particles of iron within the silica acid gives Amethyst its purple color, otherwise the silica acid would transform into Clear Quartz. In the case of Auralite 23, additional traces of elements and minerals were floating in the silica acid and solidify within the Amethyst crystal.

Auralite 23’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Hematite and Rutilated Quartz.

Mineralogy Auralite 23
Chemical Formula SiO2 (with numerous inclusions)
Cleavage None
Color Purple, Red
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Normally pyramidal terminations, sometimes prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal, uneven
Hardness – Mohs Scale 5.5-7
Luminescence Green, weak (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.7-5.28
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Auralite 23

Auralite 23 is a true 21st century metaphysical crystal.  It comes from an Amethyst mine that opened in 2003.  The mine owner was delighted by the many different colors in his Amethyst, and named his deposit “Auralite” after the aura borealis that sometimes flickers over the mine at night.  He had his pretty crystals tested in a geology lab and learned that up to 23 mineral inclusions could be found within the Amethyst, and adjusted the name accordingly.  In 2005, the energy of this lovely stone was documented by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian in The Book of Stones.

Auralite 23 is mined near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, a district which has long produced beautiful Amethyst and Hematite specimens.  According to some metaphysical sources, meteorites may have hit the area around Thunder Bay just prior to the crystal’s creation, thus accounting for the unusually high amount of trace metals in the crystals.  But, this claim is not backed up by any clear scientific evidence.

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Aurora Borealis over Canada

What is more likely, is that the crystals were created due to the volcanic activity and faulting during the Precambrian era.  These amethyst have been successfully scientifically dated to as far back as 1.2 billion years ago.  This makes them them one of the oldest gemstones available on the market. That dating means that these crystals would have formed around the same time that sexual reproduction was first documented in the fossil record, resulting in an evolutionary explosion among living creatures.