Published December 2017 •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Calcite is a common mineral found around the world, but Green Calcite is quite rare.  Most of the specimens on the market come from the border area between Pakistan and India.  This mountainous region is part of the Himalayas and is home to some of the tallest mountains in the world.  It is also politically contested, which makes ethical sourcing more complex.  Energetically, Green Calcite has a very soft and soothing nature that is perfectly attuned to the heart chakra.  It encourages us to act with compassion and dignity, while also keeping our sense of humor.  It is a great choice for students of all disciplines and for lifelong learners.

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Green Calcite Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Green Calcite has a refreshing and extremely pleasant energy that radiates love and goodwill.  It helps us believe that good things are possible and that our future can be better than our past.  Green Calcite removes energy blocks in the Heart Chakra and aligns us with the pure, perfect essence of Divine Love.  It helps us to view the world with greater compassion for all beings, including ourselves.  It shows us the great humor, dignity, tragedy and beauty of the human experience and encourages us to look deeply, without fear or shame.  Green Calcite speeds up our own spiritual development and shows us how we can make a positive difference in the world.  It inspires a sense of purpose and gives us courage to go after our convictions.  Green Calcite also encourages us to spend more time in nature and to learn from the wisdom of plants and animals.  It helps us to remember that there are times for busy activity and times for slow relaxation, and that both are necessary for our health and well-being.

Metaphysical Properties Green Calcite
Chakra Heart Chakra
Element Fire and Water
Numerology 8
Zodiac Cancer

Emotional Healing Properties

Green Calcite softens and strengthens the heart so that we feel free and empowered.  It has a very friendly energy that helps us feel more comfortable in social situations, especially around strangers.  It attracts new friendships and helps us to be a good friend in return.  Green Calcite gently shifts our energy so that we feel less irritated by minor inconveniences and more able to see the humor in stressful situations.  Green Calcite soothes our ruffled feathers and helps us to relax, be patient and handle our normal everyday life with more grace and ease.  When we need to do deep emotional work, Green Calcite is a fantastic crystal ally.  It is especially good when we need to release old grudges, resentment, and emotional pain.  Green Calcite encourages us to forgive, while also remembering to create and maintain healthy emotional boundaries.  It helps us to recognize why mistakes were made in the past, and to be willing to see our own errors and make necessary changes.  Green Calcite teaches us that we are never too old to learn a new trick.  It gently reminds us that we do not need to be “perfect”, but that a wise person seizes opportunities for growth and improvement.

Mental Healing Properties

Green Calcite encourages us to be more altruistic and to think of the Greater Good, rather than focusing exclusively on our own benefit.  It helps us to see that what is good for our society, is also good for us.  Green Calcite also helps to quiet the mind, especially when anxiety and depression are trying to sabotage us.  It helps us to step away from those voices and recognize that those voices are NOT us and are NOT speaking the truth.  Green Calcite helps us to shift our focus and take practical actions which promote good mental health.  Green Calcite helps us to see the big picture and not get lost in petty details.  It encourages us to be open to new ideas and to let go of rigid, out-dated beliefs.  Green Calcite is also extremely useful for students.  It can help us to see why a subject is important and worthy studying, even if our natural interests/aptitudes lie in other directions.  For example, it can help a science-minded student better appreciate the arts and humanities, or a liberal arts major get excited about STEM subjects.  Green Calcite encourages us to be more curious and to recognize how a well-rounded education will help us be a better human in general.

Physical Healing Properties

Green Calcite is used by metaphysical healers primarily to treat bacterial infections, as well as the physical heart and circulatory system.  It is said to be particularly good for clearing and preventing blood clots in the arteries.  It is believed to soothe arthritis and sore muscles.  Metaphysical healers also use Green Calcite to help release trapped/hidden emotions that are manifesting as poor physical health.  It is especially good for adrenal fatigue.  Green Calcite is believed to help slow the aging process.

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Geology of Green Calcite

Where does Green Calcite come from?

Calcite is found worldwide in every color.  Some of the more notable deposits for Green Calcite are India, Mexico, Namibia, Pakistan, 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. Collectors prefer vividly-colored stones, which are typically mined in small scale mines.

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.

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

Green 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.

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

Mineralogy Green Calcite
Chemical Formula Ca[CO3]
Cleavage Perfect, rhombohedral
Color Green
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 Green 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.  Most Calcite is colorless or a dull neutral color.  Vibrant shades like bright green are rare.  Calcite was included in 20th century lapidaries. Green Calcite is the only color that was specifically described for having additional properties beyond those ascribed to Calcite in general.  Other colors, like pink Mangano Calcite weren’t explored metaphysically until the 21st century.

Most of the polished Green Calcite on the market right now is from Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.  This mountainous region is part of the Himalayas and is on the border between Pakistan and India.  It is part of geographical area known as Kashmir.  The area has been under dispute since 1947 from the moment the modern country of Pakistan was formed.  The Muslim-majority Pakistan and the Hindu-majority India, both claim Kashmir, and some areas are also claimed by China.  Neither India nor Pakistan formally recognizes the claims of the other.  The countries have fought several declared wars over the territory, and there is still the occasional military skirmish on the border.

Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, or Gilgit-Baltistan, is governed more like a colony and until recently the local people had no legal representation in the Pakistani government.  In 1984, a highway was built that linked the rural area with the rest of Pakistan which significantly increased connectivity.  In September 2020, Pakistan declared its intention to make the area its 5th formal province, but it’s currently still semi-provincial.  The economy of the area relies heavily on tourism, particularly mountaineering.  It has over 20 mountains that are 20,000 feet tall (6100 meters), including K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world.  There is no large-scale mining in the area, only small-scale and artisanal miners.

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