Published July 2015  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Opaque White Calcite is a common mineral found around the world, while Clear Calcite is more rare.  High-quality Calcite can be fully transparent and can act as a prism to cast beautiful rainbows.  In northern European countries, this Calcite is sometimes called Icelandic Spar.  Energetically, it has many of the same qualities as Clear Quartz.  Both magnify the energy of other minerals, but Calcite tends to have a slightly softer vibration that is soothing and warm.  Calcite is a powerfully ally if we need to release fear-based thinking.  It helps us see the pathway forward and to take first one step, and then another, and to keep going until we arrive.

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Meaning of Clear Calcite

Spiritual Healing Properties

Clear Calcite shares many of the same attributes as Clear Quartz, in terms of amplifying energy and facilitating manifestation. Clear Calcite removes energetic blocks and cleanses the entire Chakra system and aura. It is a stone for clear seeing, helping us to understand our true path and what steps we need to take to journey well. Clear Calcite’s exquisite energy helps us to surrender to the Divine and trust that all will be well. It can also speed up our spiritual development and increase intuitive skills.

Metaphysical Properties Clear Calcite
Chakra All
Element Fire and Wind
Numerology 8
Zodiac Cancer

Emotional Healing Properties

Clear Calcite gently releases fear-based beliefs, particularly those surrounding love and happiness. Anyone who fears they will never find love or has ever been ashamed of their good fortune would do well to work with this stone. It encourages us to be more loving and forgiving, towards ourselves as well as others, and also to celebrate the good things that happen. Clear Calcite has a calming and strengthening energy that can help us to keep moving forward despite setbacks. It reminds us to trust ourselves to make good choice and to trust the Divine to aid us along the way.

Mental Healing Properties

Clear Calcite reveals hidden possibilities, allowing us to take advantage of more opportunities for personal growth, financial success, and general life happiness. It helps us to release scarcity-thinking, allowing us to make better choices and move in more effective ways. Clear Calcite is an incredibly effective stone to work with for anyone who needs to clear their mind and make decisions that rely on both logic and intuition.

Physical Healing Properties

Clear Calcite is widely used by metaphysical healers to treat a variety of illness and to amplify other crystals used in healing. It is additionally believed to stimulate the metabolism and as such is commonly used as a weight loss aid. Clear Calcite is particularly helpful for anyone who needs to explore the mental and emotional blocks and beliefs that dictate their daily healthcare habits.

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Geology of Calcite

Where does Clear Calcite come from?

Calcite is found worldwide in every color.  Some of the more notable deposits are in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, DR Congo, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States

Mining and Treatments

Calcite is a principal crystal extracted in commercial Limestone mines. It is mined in shallow pits at the primary deposit where the Calcite still has its original relationship with the host rock. After being extracted, Calcite is sorted into different grades depending on color. From a commercial viewpoint, the best variety is pure white, which can be pulverized into a powder and used to make rubber, paint, cement, textile goods, and especially ceramics.

All Calcite is natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Calcite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, one of the most common is Calcite.

White Calcite’s energy works well with its family – other Carbonite minerals.  Try it in combination with Aragonite, Azurite, Magnesite, Rhodochrosite, and Stichtite. It also blends perfectly with other types of Calcite such as Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, and Pink

Clear Calcite Formation and Crystal Associates

Calcite is formed when liquid calcium, shell, coral, and algal debris settle onto the muddy bottom of a saltwater ocean or lake. From there they are gradually solidified into a single mass during diagenesis, the process of transforming loose sediment into a sedimentary rock. The resulting rock is typically Limestone, which is richly laced with small Calcite minerals. Later on, if the Limestone is subjected to heat and pressure, it can become Marble, a metamorphic rock. The heat and pressure of the metamorphic process causes larger Calcite crystals to grow. In rare cases, Calcite may be found as an accessory mineral in igneous rocks alongside calcium-rich Feldspar.

Calcite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Fluorite

Mineralogy Clear Calcite
Chemical Formula Ca[CO3]
Cleavage Perfect, rhombohedral
Color Colorless
Crystal System Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit Scalenohedral, rhombohedral
Fracture Subconchoidal, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 3
Luminescence Pink, strong (long wave) / Blue, strong (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Carbonites
Specific Gravity 2.69-2.71
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Clear Calcite

Calcite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Calcite is an extremely common and soft mineral which makes it an excellent choice for carving, both in ancient times and today. It is certainly possible that many of the carvings had healing and spiritual purposes.  Most Calcites are found in Limestone. In fact, the word “Calcite” comes from the Greek word chalix, meaning lime.

Clear Calcite found in the far-north is sometimes called Icelandic Spar.  According to the Nordic Sagas, the Vikings were able to navigate the foggy North Sea using a “sunstone,” a mineral with natural polarizing optical properties. Today, scientists and historians agree that the legendary Viking Sunstone really existed. Certain stones, Icelandic Spar and Iolite among them, can be used to determine the direction of the sun when it is just over the horizon or hidden by clouds. Light shining through a transparent crystal will change in color and brightness as the crystal is rotated. At one specific angle, the light appears in a faint elongated yellow pattern, called Haidinger’s Brush. This shape points directly towards the sun. In 2018, Hungarian scientists used computer simulations to test both Icelandic Spar and Iolite as navigational tools.  After 36,000 trials they determined that Iolite could be used as a compass with 92-100% accuracy.  Icelandic Spar isn’t quite as precise.  White it is good enough to keep a general heading, it’s not accurate enough to reach a specific navigational point.

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