Published Jun2 2014  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Sodalite is the most Feldspathoid mineral most commonly sold in the healing crystal industry.  It is vivid blue, widely sold, and relatively cheap, making it a popular choice for rainbow grids and chakra collections as a third-eye stone.  Most of the Sodalite on the market comes from mines in Namibia and India.  But some of the most stunning specimens come from South America.  The blue gem was highly-prized by the ancient Caral Civilization, which formed the earliest major city in the Americas.  Sodalite is a friendly stone that encourages us to get-along and work well with others.  It is a fantastic stone for students and scholars, as well as any Seeker of Truth.

Sodalite

Sodalite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Sodalite is a stone for Seekers of Truth, and anyone who finds themselves on a Spiritual Journey. It encourages us to uphold our most cherished, idealistic beliefs and to fearlessly take action to bring that idealism into reality. However, if our beliefs harm others or ignore reality, than Sodalite will gently peel away the layers from our eyes and allow us to see more clearly and compassionately. Sodalite helps us to recognize and be patient with where we are on our own Spiritual Path, and to trust that as we continue to progress, more and more will be revealed to us. It gives us the support we need to be true to ourselves and to accept both our Light and Shadow sides. It can be used to deepen our meditation, awaken our intuition, and communicate with wisdom.

Metaphysical Properties Sodalite
Chakra Throat and Third Eye
Element Wind
Numerology 4
Zodiac Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Sodalite dissolves feelings of guilt or shame, whether they come from another person or from ourselves. It encourages emotional honesty allowing us to see the real reason behind our feelings and determine what we need to do to move forward. Its calm and peaceful vibration reduces stress and worries and helps us to be a little more detached and lighthearted, rather than taking everything personally and too seriously. It encourages independence while also being an excellent stone to use in group work and to help manifest community goals. Sodalite’s energy is soft and safe, so while it asks us to look at the absolute Truth in all things, it does so with a gentle nudge rather than a fierce push.

Mental Healing Properties

Sodalite increases our self-awareness and gives us the tools to find true freedom, by combining our intellectual and logical mind with our intuitive gifts. It allows us to calmly view and solve our problems logically and swiftly, for the Highest Good of All. It also helps us to recognize the unconscious mental, emotional, and behavioral patterns that take us away from our true selves. Sodalite then shows us how to release these patterns and live authentically and peacefully. It can also be used to treat insomnia and to encourage lucid dreaming!

Physical Healing Properties

Sodalite is recommended for anyone who needs a gentle reminder to go back to the basics. It helps us to make physical self-care a priority, especially the most critical habits like getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and eating regular meals. Sodalite reminds us that our “inner-toddler” needs to be managed and we do ourselves no favors if we ignore our bodies’ basic needs. By doing this kind of self-care, we lower our blood pressure, reduce our stress levels, and generally feeling happier and healthier. Sodalite is also an excellent talisman when dealing with problems affecting the throat, especially the vocal chords and larynx. If our voice is hoarse, this blue gem reminds us to take it easy and give our body time to heal itself.

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Sodalite Mineralogy

Where does Sodalite come from?

Deposits are found in Brazil, Canada, Greenland, India, Namibia, Peru, Russia, and the United States (Montana).

Mining and Treatments

Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.

All Sodalites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Sodalite is a Feldspathoid, a Silicate mineral.  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. Sodalite belongs to the Feldspathoids group, which are minerals with high sodium and potassium contents. Chemically, they are in between Feldspars and Zoisites. The two most famous Feldspathoids are Sodalite and Lazurite.

Sodalite’s energy works well with its family – other Feldspathoid minerals.  Try it in combination with Lapis Lazuli.  (Some sources list Petalite as a Feldspathoid, but it is actually a Phyllosilicate.)

Sodalite Formation and Crystal Associates

Sodalite is typically formed in the veins of silica-poor igneous rocks such as Nepheline. It occasionally forms within contact metamorphic limestone. On rare occasions, Sodalite may form as a result of volcanic eruptions, as in the case of the transparent Sodalite crystals found near Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

Sodalite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Sunstone. Or explore how it’s energy feels when fused with a friend: Sunset Sodalite

Mineralogy Sodalite
Chemical Formula Na8[Cl,OH)2lAl6Si6O24].
Cleavage Indistinct
Color White, blue and grey
Crystal System Cubic
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Uneven, conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 5.5-6
Luminescence Orange, strong (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Feldspathoids
Specific Gravity 2.14-2.4
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Sodalite

Sodalite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently been explored and, as such, it was not included in any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts describing stones and their metaphysical qualities. It was first briefly described in 1811, after a Sodalite deposit was discovered in the Ilimaussaq Intrusive Complex, on the southwestern coast of Greenland. It was named for its high sodium content, and despite its pretty blue color, few took note of it outside of professional geological circles. Eighty years later, another deposit was uncovered in Ontario, Canada. This deposit has especially fine specimens which made it a popular ornamental stone.

Sodalite is sometimes referred to as “poor man’s Lapis” since both stones share a deep blue color, and may be streaked with bits of white Calcite. The easiest way to distinguish between the two stones is simply that Lapis Lazuli typically has sparkly gold Pyrite inclusions, while Sodalite does not. Sodalite is also more plentiful, which in turn means it is available at a much cheaper price than Lapis Lazuli.

While there are no written records describing Sodalite prior to 1811, there is tantalizing archaeological evidence that Sodalite was highly valued in ancient South America. The Caral Civilization, which boasted the earliest major city in the Americas, was centered in Peru from approximately 2600-2000 BCE. Members of this civilization traded for Sodalite mined in the Andean Altiplano, a vast sedimentary plateau in the Andes mountain range. Fragments of Sodalite have been found in many Caral archaeological sites. The Tiwanaku Civilization of Bolivia, 1500 BCE – CE 1000, likewise trade for Sodalite, which they carved into beads and other decorations.

Tiwanaku, Sodalite

“Gate of the Sun,” Tiwanaku, Bolivia