Merlinite

$25.25

HIGH MAGIC

Hone your spiritual gifts & psychic powers.

Access the powers of the natural world.

Release inner darkness & find forgiveness.

Be patient, wise & demonstrate self-mastery.

Let Merlinite inspire you to find your own magic!

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Healing Properties of Merlinite

Spiritual: Merlinite is a powerful tool for shamans, alchemists, wiccans and druids.  It brings a sense of spiritual awareness to our everyday life.  It helps us to see our place within the Divine Plan and to walk our spiritual path with joy and courage.  Merlinite connects with the forces of nature and gives us insights into earth medicine and healing rituals.  It encourages us to be more receptive to messages from our totem animals and from the fairy world.  Merlinite invites us to face our shadow self and all our fears, and to move beyond them into wisdom.  It hones our natural intellectual gifts and playful inspires our curiosity about the spiritual and physical world alike.  Merlinite encourages the old to have young hearts, and the young to have wise minds.  Merlinite is attuned to the Root Chakra, Solar Plexus and Third Eye and helps to align/balance all the chakras.  It is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Earth and Storm and vibrates to the number 3, 7 and 11.

Emotional: Merlinite has a very emotionally-wise vibration.  It helps us to examine ourselves honesty and unflinchingly.  It teaches us how to peel away layers of shame, victimization and self-hatred that have built up over time and prevent us from seeing our true nature.  Merlinite helps us to acknowledge the ways in which we are merely products of our environment and genetics.  It asks us to give ourselves (and others) compassion because of that reality.  But Merlinite also reminds us that we are capable of growing and learning.  Mistakes are merely opportunities to know better, and then, to do better.  Merlinite helps us to develop a healthy sense of our own true value and to ambitiously strive to make a positive difference in the world.  During times of grief, Merlinite helps us to trust that the spirit is eternal and that love is the greatest force of all.

Mental: Merlinite cheerfully and loudly encourages lifelong learning.  It unites logic with intuition and encourages us to marvel at the wonders of the universe.  It insists that the highest power is our own clever brain and that our only real limitation is our imagination and ingenuity.  It helps us to recognize the difference between what is actually true, and what we simply fear or believe to be true.  Merlinite pushes us to move beyond our own preconceptions and to consider matters from a variety of different angles.

Physical: Merlinite is recommended for for anyone suffering from a “mystery” illness that doesn’t have a clear cause or a clear treatment.  It helps us to stay calm and curious and to be open to anything that might help us feel better.  Merlinite helps us to remember that medicine is still a developing science and sometimes the physical body responds in unexpected ways.  This can helps us to be patient with doctors while also being our own healthcare advocate.  Merlinite is an excellent talisman for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or endometriosis, as well as anyone dealing with multiple autoimmune disorders or frequent migraines.  It is also a good talisman for anyone with general aches and pains.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Merlinite

“Merlinite”, Luis Lopez Manganese District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

Rock Type: Silicate Rock
Major Minerals: Manganese Oxide Dendritic  and Girasol Quartz

Color: White and black
Gravity: 2.7-4.7-
Hardness: 5-7
Luminescence: Blueish-white (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Merlinite is a combination of Girasol Quartz and black Manganese Oxide.  This combination may be found in other locations, but the two most well-known deposits are in Great Britian (Cornwall) and the United States (New Mexico)

Black Romanechite, on Quartz, Clara Mine, Germany

Rock Family: Merlinite is technically a rock, rather than a mineral. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In this case, two minerals are typically involved, black Romanechite and Girasol Quartz (also known as opalized Quartz). Many sources claim that the black mineral is “Psilomelane”.  That is an obsolete group name for a variety of hard black Manganese Oxides.  The black mineral in Merlinite is most likely, Romanechite, based on the location of the known deposits.

Formation: Merlinite was created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks containing Manganese. 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. In the case of Merlinite, minute inclusions create a slight cloudiness which effectively transforms it from a transparent Clear Quartz into an opaque Quartz.  Small amounts of Manganese may be intertwined with the Quartz and if oxidized turn into Romanechite.

Mining: Merlinite is mined in New Mexico but information about the specific mine(s) is not currently available.

Enhancements: All Merlinite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Merlinite is a trade name used for marketing purposes.  Scientifically speaking this rock would more properly be called Dendritic Opal, Dendritic Chalcedony, Quartz with Romanechite, or Quartz with Psilomelane (older name, but still in use)

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough MerliniteRomanechite

History of Merlinite

Merlinite is a relatively new stone on the commercial market. It was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.  Scientifically speaking, it is a type of Dendritic Agate.  The trade name “Merlinite” was coined in the 1990s and became popular among metaphysical collectors in the twenty-first century.

Merlin dictating his prophecies.  13th century miniature illustration to Robert de Boron’s poem Merlin

Merlinite is mainly mined in New Mexico, however it is also found in Cornwall, Great Britain.  Cornwall is a region deeply associated with King Arthur and his wizard-adviser, Merlin.  Most famously, Cornwall is the site of King Arthur’s conception at Tintagel Castle.  It is a strange and unsettling story, which only came to pass because of Merlin’s magic.

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) c. 1138, is an early and wildly-popular account of King Arthur.  In this book, we first learn that King Arthur was born in Cornwall, and conceived in part because of the magic of Merlin the Wizard.  In 490, Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon, was King of all Britain.  He became enamored with Igraine, the wife of the Duke Gorlois of Cornwall, and tried to seduce her while the Duke and Duchess were visiting the royal court.  Igraine was a loyal wife and already the mother of three daughters, including the witch and enchantress, Morgan le Fay.  Igraine resisted Uther’s advances and told her husband what had happened.  They immediately left the court, without taking proper leave.  Their abrupt disappearance gave Uther an excuse to claim that Gorlois was a traitor and threat to the crown, and so declared war upon him.

The two armies met in Cornwall, near the fort of Dimilioc.  Igraine and her daughters were safely hidden in Tintagel Castle.  The castle was surrounded by the sea on all sides with only one narrow rocky entrance.  The passageway was so thin that three warriors could defend it against an army.

The Ruins of Tintagel Castle, built in the 13th century.  Because of the area’s association with King Arthur, the castle was purposefully built in an older style to make it appear more ancient.

But Uther called forth his wizard-adviser, Merlin, and asked for his magical aid.  Merlin transformed Uther so that he looked and sounded exactly like Gorlois.  Merlin and one of Uther’s servants, were swiftly disguised as two of Gorlois’ most-trusted companions.  With these disguises in place, the men were allowed to peacefully enter Tintigal Castle and Uther was able to trick Igraine into thinking that he was her husband.  On that night, Arthur Pendragon was conceived.

Gorlois died in battle that same night.  Shortly thereafter, Uther formally claimed Igraine as his Queen and within a year Arthur was born.  Fifteen years later, Uther died, and Arthur succeeded him to the throne and went on to win many battles of his own.

The myths of Merlin are long and varied.  Geoffrey of Monmouth was the first to directly connected him with Arthur and later authors expanded upon this relationship.  However, historians believe that Merlin was in-fact based on a real-life person, a Welsh prophet and bard Myrddin Wyllt (Merlin the Wild).  Supposedly, he was at the Battle of Arfderydd c.573 and was horror-struck by the carnage and fled into the woods of Scotland to grieve and ruminate.  He was said to be able to speak the language of animals and to have a gift for seeing the future.

Photos: MerlinTintagel Castle

Ethically Sourced Merlinite

 

A Miner sells the rough stock to a Wholesaler.

The Wholesaler sends it to a Lapidary for polishing.

The Wholesaler sells the polished stock to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mine, the Wholeseller and Lapidary are located in different countries but there are no extra middlemen involved.

 

 

The Mine

This Merlinite comes from a small claim in New Mexico.

It has a low environmental impact and is safe for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary/Wholesaler

This Merlinite was polished in a Chinese Factory for a Danish prospector/wholesaler.   

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly. 

The Wholesaler runs a small one-man business to supports his family.

He buys directly from miners or gathers the rough stock personally and sells the polished stock.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I originally had Merlinite from another source with a longer supply-chain.  I was happy to find a new and improved source in 2020.

I first met this source at the 2020 Tucson Gem Show.  I was looking for a better source for Nuummite and found a new source that specialized in stones from Greenland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  The owner is an old Danish prospector who has been in the business for almost 50 years and he has STORIES!  We talked for 2 hours straight and he provided me with the most detailed information of any other source I’ve ever met.  Without reservation, I bought some of everything.

The only stone in his store that wasn’t from the snowy North, was Merlinite.  I asked him about it and was amused to hear that every year an old prospector from New Mexico (the primary source for Merlinite) comes to visit my source during the Tucson Gem Show.  Each year the New Mexico prospector brings a 5 gallon bucket of rough Merlinite with him and asks the Danish prospector, “wanna trade?”  He always wants the Nuummite.

Safe Handling of Merlinite

Merlinite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Merlinite

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.

Origin: New Mexico

Polishing Method: Individually hand-polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Black and white
  • Polish: Shiny but not smooth. Small pieces of the matrix rock are knocked off during the tumbling process leaving cavities.
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .5 oz / 14 g / 75 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Emily K. (Oklahoma)

    Love! This stone is magic! Holding it you suddenly feel your will power surge, fantastic! Thank you for picking me a great specimen! You rock Julie! (pun intended) 😛

  2. Laura D. (New Jersey)

    The crystals arrived a few days ago and have already become good friends 🙂 I’ve had especially powerful results combining the calcite with the merlinite and selenite, and the garnet has been particularly grounding for me as well

  3. Corey Michener

    Love this website. The metaphysical, historical and geological information are all on point! Orders are filled promptly and always come with good energy and some extra goodies as well. Customer service is great and I’m so happy to find a good source of ethical crystals. Everything I’ve received has been top notch with great energy. Mahalo!

  4. Jane H. (Virginia)

    I see what you mean about the stock from the Danish prospector — gorgeous!!

  5. Teri M. (California)

    I got my Merlinite on time! Beautiful stone, reminds me of a Japanese watercolor painting. Great store to shop ❤

  6. Teri M. (California)

    I love this stone. I meditated with it last night. WOW the sensation was amazing! Thank you very much! Im VERRY happy! In a certain view, it looks to me, like a forest of trees w little birds flying over head.

  7. Kevin A. (New York)

    Thank you, A+! Love it!!!

  8. Carrie X. (Washington)

    Every time and Every stone arrives in a very timely fashion and Beautifully and Carefully packaged. I Definitely recommend this seller!
    Thank you very much,

  9. Michelle V. (Georgia)

    amazingly attractive to me!

  10. Salma L. (Texas)

    I love the depth and layers of colors in this piece of Merlinite. I can’t wait to work with it.

  11. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The Merlinite is really cool as well! It has such a fascinating pattern and contrast. I loved it the moment I picked it up and held it!

  12. Gabriel M. (California)

    I got them in the mail yesterday and I have to say you didn’t disappoint in the slightest 🙂 each of these pieces are beautiful

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