Published July 2017 • Updated July 2022 • Read Time: 7 minutes
Cavansite is a vivid blue mineral highly-prized by collectors. The majority of specimens are from western India and are mined alongside Apophyllite and Stilbite. It occasionally grows as small prismatic crystals, but is more likely to form as a thin plate, ball, or rosette. It is a delicate mineral and should be kept on shelf or in a bowl, rather than carried in a pocket or medicine bag. Energetically, Cavansite has a joyful presence, eager to help us develop our full potential. If we feel stuck, it can help us to get out of a rut, push past a block, or otherwise break free. It is a stone of clarity, helping us to know who we are, what we want to do, and how we can achieve our goals.
Cavansite unlocks the door to our full potential and offers unwavering support when we need to move to the next level in our spiritual development. It helps us to find and connect with new teachers and spirit guides. It also helps us to comprehend the lessons we need to learn in order to grow. Cavansite stimulates our natural intuition and psychic powers. It is particularly good for improving visualization skills, whether it be in meditation, for clairvoyance, or to aid in energy work. Cavansite opens our mind to new insights, including Higher Truths that apply to all, and the Inner Truths that mark our own unique path. Cavansite can also help us to find the words to properly express these truths to other people. In this way, our spiritual community grows with us, each person contributing something of value.
Third Eye and Crown Chakras
Emotional Healing Properties
Cavansite has a joyful energy that sparks feelings of freedom and empowerment. It inspires curiosity and optimism about the future and reminds us that we have the power to change things for the better. Cavansite dissolves feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. It helps us to break free whenever we feel “stuck”. Cavansite helps us to make peace with our past and to concentrate our energy on creating a happier and healthier future. It is a particularly good stone to work with during and after a breakup, as it protects us from becoming cynical, jaded, or lost in the past. Cavansite inspires courage and kindness. It helps us to pay closer attention to what is happening around us and to be more thoughtful in our words and actions. Cavansite has a very pleasant energy, which can teach us how to be more pleasant and how to enjoy pleasure more.
Mental Healing Properties
Cavansite encourages us to use our mental powers efficiently and effectively. It lifts the fog of confusion and helps us to know which pathway to take, based on our current information. It helps us to discard old ideas, beliefs and habits that do not serve us and to be open to fresh perspectives and ways of life. When we are ‘blocked’ and unable to move forward, Cavansite helps us to safely revisit forgotten memories and emotions, and to heal and make peace with them. It helps us to see what needs attention, and then to swiftly and thoroughly do what needs to be done. Cavansite is an excellent talisman for teachers, writers, or anyone who needs to communicate information clearly and concisely. It helps us to go beyond simply giving information, and instead take it a further step to show others how the information is both relevant and actionable.
Physical Healing Properties
Cavansite is recommended when we need to get our stress levels under control because its affecting our physical body. It reminds us that life is often stressful, but we get to choose some of the ways we respond. We can practice good mental hygiene and engage in self-care so that we are better able to handle life’s curveballs. Cavansite is an excellent talisman for the endocrine system, particularly the pituitary and pineal glands. It has a comforting energy when we are suffering from a stress headaches or our heart is beating too fast or erratically. Cavansite is also a wonderful stone for energic and distance healing, offering comfort and protection to both the sender and receiver.
The best specimens of Cavansites come from Pune, India. Other notable deposits are located in Iceland, New Zealand, and the United States (Oregon)
Mining and Treatments
Cavansite is usually mined in its primary deposit, often as a secondary mineral in a commercial Basalt mine. In India, where the majority of Cavansite crystals come from, the mines are in western India, near the city of Puna. The Basalt is crushed and then used as road-making material, gravel for train tracks and other construction purposes. Artisanal miners mine the secondary minerals found growing in the veins and cavities within the Basalt. Many of these minerals are delicate and so must be removed using hand tools. Cavansite is particularly delicate, both in terms of Moh’s hardness, as well as the fact that it is often just a thin plate or rosette.
All Cavansites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Cavansite is a phyllosilicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Cavansite belongs to the phyllosilicate group, whose tetrahedra connect at three corners to form hexagonal rings.
Cavansite is a rare secondary mineral found in igneous rocks like Basalt and Andesite. It tends to remain small, usually growing as thin sheets, balls or rosettes. It can also form lovely prismatic crystals. It is typically bright-blue, but can also be blue-green.
Cavansite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Stilbite
What is the white mineral that grows with Cavansite?
Many of the bright blue Cavansite sold on the market are found growing on top of a white mineral. Most sellers label it simply as Stilbite, a Zeolite mineral, which can be white or pastel orange. However, lab tests show that it is more likely to be a combination of both Stilbite and Heulandite, a closely-related but less well-known Zeolite mineral.
Hardness – Mohs Scale
Transparent to translucent
History of Cavansite
Cavansite is a rare crystal, first discovered in 1967. As such, it is not included in any older lapidary, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Because of its rarity, Cavansite is mentioned in relatively few modern lapidaries, however it is becoming increasingly popular among metaphysical collectors. Its name is a derivation of its chemical composition, namely calcium (CA), vanadium (VA) and sodium (NA).
The original type specimen was found at Lake Owyhee State Park in Oregon, USA. Many of the crystals found in the park are blue-green, rather than the bright blue variety that is more commonly seen on the market. The rock formations found in the Owyhee area are quite young, geologically speaking. The oldest are 16 million years old, while the youngest are a mere 70,000 years old. Each layer was created by a volcanic eruption from nearby Jordan Crater and other volcanos in the region. The oldest eruptions occurred when the Yellowstone Hot Spot was still in eastern Oregon. The hot spot has been steadily drifting northeast to its current location on the border of Idaho and Wyoming. This is because the North American tectonic plate is moving to the southwest, 1 inch (2.3 centimeters) every year.
The largest known deposit of Cavansite, which also happens to produce the finest collector’s pieces, is in the Deccan Traps of India. The Deccan Traps are a massive igneous rock province and one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. It is composed of layer upon layer of basalt, formed by numerous lava flows over a period of about 30,000 years.
The Deccan Traps were created 65 million years ago, coinciding with the massive extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Current scientific consensus is that the volcanic eruptions were actually caused by the Chicxulub Impact Event – a large asteroid/comet that hit North America. The shock waves from this impact triggered earthquakes and volcanoes around the world. The climate destruction caused by the impact itself and the resulting volcanic activity, created a sunlight-blocking global winter which killed off 75% of the earth’s species, including all non-Avian dinosaurs.
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.