Published July 2014  •  Updated March 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Scolecite is a sweet Zeolite crystal that grows in thin long needles.  Sometimes the needles grow so closely together that they fuse together.  But when polished, the individual needle crystals can be seen.  Scolecite is usually white, but can be pink, orange or green.  Most of the Scolecite sold to collectors comes from huge Basalt mines in India.  The Basalt is used for roads and railways, while the Scolecite and other secondary minerals are picked out by artisanal miners and sold abroad.  Scolecite has a very sweet and high energy that is exquisite during meditation or in prayer.  It lifts us up and asks us to be instruments of peace in this world.


Scolecite Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Scolecite has an exceptionally peaceful, high vibration energy. It gently but powerfully opens our heart and crown, helping us to step into our Highest Self and act for the Highest Good. Scolecite asks us to take on a larger role to bring peace to this world and to ease the suffering of all beings, great and small. It opens our eyes to our greater existence, helping us to view ourselves not only as humans in this single lifetime, but as spiritual entities that have existed since the beginning of time and will continue to exist forever. Scolecite deepens meditation and strengthens our prayers, and helps us to hear the wise counsel of our spirit guides and angels.

Metaphysical Properties Scolecite
Chakra Third Eye and Crown
Element Wind
Numerology 1
Zodiac Capricorn

Emotional Healing Properties

Scolecite sings a song of kindness and compassion. It invites our hearts to open up and to give and receive love and support freely. Scolecite helps us to sit in non-judgement, holding space for others and giving them the freedom to express what is real in their world and what they want and need in order to thrive. Scolecite likewise helps us to know the truth of what we really want and need, and to dare to express that openly. Scolecite is a wonderful stone for community-building, friendship, families, and other support-groups. It encourages people to come together in loving communion.

Mental Healing Properties

Scolecite brings peace of mind. It helps us to see the “big picture” and to view the world from a compassionate perspective. Scolecite invites us to explore our own prejudices and feelings of discomfort, looking at these beliefs and feelings in non-judgement and then releasing them so they no longer hold us back from the rest of humanity. Scolecite helps us to see all of mankind as our own dear family and to want to help each individual find joy and peace. It helps us to be in better control of our own lives, and moving forward towards whatever reality we most want to create.

Physical Healing Properties

Scolecite is recommended when we are exploring how our feelings are connected to our brain chemistry and the needs of our physical body.  It reminds us that sometimes our negative feelings accurately reflect what is going on around us.  But, other times, our feelings are a clue for what’s happening inside us.  For example, we may be feeling depressed because of a sad situation, or we might be feeling bad because our serotonin levels have gotten too low.  Or perhaps we feel anxious, but that emotion is tied to dehydration.  Scolecite helps us to gently check in with ourselves and see if our emotions match the outside or the inside.  If we tend to jump to conclusions or catastrophize, this sweet stone kindly redirects our thoughts in a more productive direction.  Scolecite is a particularly good stone for anyone suffering from insomnia or whose mental state tends to worse at night.

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Geology of Scolecite

Where does Scolecite come from?

Scolecite is found in small deposits in numerous countries.  Some of the more notable deposits are in the Alps of Austria, Italy and Switzerland, as well as in the Pacific Coast ranges of the western United States.  The vast majority of the Scolecite sold in the metaphysical world comes from India.

Mining and Treatments

Scolecite is mined at its primary deposit.  In Puna, India it is typically mined as a byproduct of Basalt.

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Mineral Family

Scolecite is a relatively common Zeolite found in igneous rocks. It is mostly composed of water and calcium, with only minor traces of sodium and potassium. It typically grows as needle-like crystals or in fibrous aggregations.

Scolecite’s energy works well with its family – other Zeolite minerals.  Try it in combination with Stilbite.

Scolecite Formation and Crystal Associates

Scolecite 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. Scolecite belongs to the Zeolite group, in which the stones have an open crystal structure that contains cavities in which molecules of water can be trapped. Zeolites are not well known outside of geological circles, in metaphysical circles, Stilbite is probably the most well-known, followed by Scolecite.

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

Mineralogy Scolecite
Chemical Formula Ca[Al2Si3O10], 3H2O
Cleavage Perfect
Color Colorless, white, pink, red, green
Crystal System Monoclinic
Form/Habit Thin prismatic
Fracture Uneven, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 5-5.5
Luminescence Blueish-white (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Luster Silky, Vitreous
Mineral Family Zeolites
Specific Gravity 2.21-2.29
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Scolecite

Scolecite is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical world and so its properties are still being explored. It was not included in any of the old lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Scolecite name comes from the Greek skolek meaning “worm” because of the way it reacts to the blowpipe test, one of the more complex ways geologists identify minerals. Essentially, a fragment of a mineral is placed in the cavity of a charcoal block and a blowpipe is used to send a horizontal flame across it. Each mineral reacts in a different way. Sometimes the color of the mineral changes, sometimes the color of the charcoal. Sometimes the mineral will curl into a bead, or give off fumes or even volatilize and disappear completely! In the case of Scolecite, it shoots out small worm-like projections.

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