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Healing Properties of Idocrase
Spiritual: Idocrase brings balance and harmony to our mind, heart, and body, allowing our spirit to be blissfully free and able to manifest our true desires. It aligns our thoughts, words, actions, and even our conscious and subconscious beliefs with whatever most supports our Highest Good. Idocrase supports deep transformational work, and is an excellent tool for both Lightworkers supporting transition as well as their clients making the actual changes. Idocrase increases clairsentience and empathy, helping us to be more compassionate and wise in all our dealings. It is attuned to ALL the Chakras, but especially the Heart Chakra and linked to astrological signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the Numbers 2 and 3.
Emotional: Idocrase helps us feel safe and grounded enough to feel all the emotions that course through us, without becoming overwhelmed by them. In particular, it helps us to pay better attention to the link between our physical body and our emotional body. Reminding us that taking care of our body, through healthy eating habits, exercise, sleep, etc…is good for our mental and emotional health. Likewise, when we have good emotional habits, by having healthy boundaries, regular social interaction, access to nature, etc…our physical bodies reap the benefits. Idocrase is a stone of courage, inviting us to change ourselves and to shake up our world. It dares us to become the best version of ourselves.
Mental: Idocrase heightens our analytical skills for self-exploration and understanding others. It helps us to stop and question negative thoughts and patterns and to focus instead on problem-solving and creating lasting joy and peace. In particular, Idocrase can help us to explore our basic response mechanisms to negative situations; “fight, flight, freeze, or fawn,” and learn why we respond the way we do to situations and whether or not we need to change our responses. Anyone who needs to make a major life decision, whether about a relationship, career, or habit will strongly benefit from working with Idocrase. It is a highly creative stone as well, making it an excellent talisman for inventors and artists.
Physical: Idocrase is said to strengthen the physical body, either to heal it after sickness or injury, as well as to bring it into peak condition during training. Metaphysical healers most often use it to treat the legs and feet, as well as to restore or strengthen our sense of smell. It is also believed to help reduce varicose veins and promote young and healthy skin, as well as whiter teeth.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
***Idocrase has the same qualities as Vesuvianite, the only difference is whether the crystal is translucent or opaque.
Mineralogy of Idocrase
Mineral Family: Sorosilicates
Chemical Composition: Ca10(Mg, Fe)2Al4 (SiO2O7)2(OH,F)4
Color: Green, yellow
Crystal System: Tetragonal or monoclinic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven, brittle
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to resinous
Streak: White to pale greenish-brown
Transparency: Translucent to Opaque
Location: Gemstone-quality Idocrase is found in Canada, Italy, Russia and the United States (California, Maine, New Jersey and New York.)
Mineral Family: Idocrase is a synonym for a mineral properly known as Vesuvianite, but it is often used to denote the translucent gem-variety. Idocrase/Vesuvianite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Idocrase/Vesuvianite belongs to the sorosilcate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. Epidote is the most abundant of all sorosilcates. It is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Zoisite
Formation: Idocrase is formed by the contract metamorphism of limestone, and is typically found in Marble. It can also be found in igneous rocks such as Granite, Nepheline, and Syenite.
Synonyms: Vesuvianite, Californite, California Jade, American Jade, Vesuvianite Jade, Xanthite, Wiluite
History of Idocrase
Idocrase is a synonym for the mineral Vesuvianite. Both names are used interchangeably by the metaphysical community.
For more information, please see Vesuvianite.
Ethically Sourced Idocrase
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Idocrase was artisanally-mined in Rift Valley Providence, Kenya.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Idocrase was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since 2014. They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons. Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it. The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.
The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women. Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Idocrase
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Idocrase
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Green with darker green inclusions
- Polish: Shiny but not completely smooth. Small pieces of the matrix rock are knocked off during the tumbling process leaving cavities and rough spots.
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
- Size: Average size varies
- Small is .75 in / 19mm
- Large is 1.25 in / 32mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight varies
- Small is 0.4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats
- Large is 0.5 oz / 14 g / 75 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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