Published June 2017  •  Updated March 2024  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Sunset Sodalite is one of the newer healing crystals on the market.  First introduced in 2016, it immediately became popular due to its vibrant combination of blue and orange, as well as its remarkable energy.  It combines the joyful optimism of Sunstone with the pragmatic honesty of Sodalite.  Together they create a positive vibration that can help us bring about useful changes in our lives.  It is a fantastic stone for exploring financial abundance, especially for saving more money and getting free of debt.  Sunset Sodalite helps us to be clever and seek out new opportunities, rather than trying to do everything the same way it’s always been done.

Sunset Sodalite

Sunset Sodalite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Sunset Sodalite is a joyful stone for Seekers of Truth. It encourages us to uphold our most cherished beliefs and to be true to ourselves. Sunset Sodalite reminds us to take action too, so that our walk matches our talk and we see our dreams transform into reality. If our goals harm others or are unrealistic than Sunset Sodalite will gently peel away the layers from our eyes and allow us to see more clearly and compassionately.  It has a very hopeful and helpful energy which can teach us to be patient and give ourselves enough time to learn and grow.  Sunset Sodalite can also be used to manifest financial abundance, especially in regards to savings, debt freedom and sound money management.

Metaphysical Properties Sunset Sodalite
Chakra Solar Plexus, Heart and Third Eye
Element Wind and Fire
Numerology 1 and 4
Zodiac Sagittarius and Aquarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Sunset Sodalite brings bright, fresh energy into our lives and dissolves feelings of sadness and anxiety. 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 peaceful and happy vibration reduces stress and worries and helps us to be a little more logical and lighthearted, rather than taking everything personally or too seriously.  Sunset Sodalite is particularly good to work with if we need to release “victim mentality”.  It reminds us that we have the power and ability to make positive changes in our live.  Sunset Sodalite’s energy can be quite gentle too.  It asks us to look at the absolute Truth in all things, it does so with a gentle nudge and a wink, rather than a fierce glare.

Mental Healing Properties

Sunset Sodalite increases our self-awareness, creativity and problem-solving skills. It combines our intellectual and logical mind with our natural intuitive gifts.  This in turn, can help us to correct assess the “obvious” solution, which is typically clear in hindsight, but rarely so obvious ahead of time.  With Sunset Sodalite’s help, the “obvious” solution is seen immediately and can be swiftly put into practice so that our life runs smoothly.   Sunset Sodalite also helps us to recognize the unconscious mental, emotional, and behavioral patterns that can prevent us from reaching our true potential.  It encourages us to be brave and have faith in our own abilities.  Sunset Sodalite is an especially useful stone for leaders in any field, who need to work well in groups and delegate tasks appropriately.

Physical Healing Properties

Sunset Sodalite is a wonderful stone for stimulating our own healing powers as well as common sense when it comes to the physical body.  Metaphysical healers typically use it to treat ailments associated with the throat and vocal cords, as well as the digestive tract. It is also said to stimulate the pineal gland and enhance sensory perceptions. Sunset Sodalite makes an especially effective talisman for reminding us to take care of ourselves on the most basic levels, for instance; drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, etc.

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Sunset Sodalite Mineralogy

Where does Sunset Sodalite come from?

Sunset Sodalite is found only in Namibia.

Mining and Treatments

Combination stones can be found in every mine, usually in the primary deposit.  The miners are trying to get the most pure minerals out, with the rest ending up in slag piles.  Occasionally miners have noticed two minerals have mixed together in an attractive way.  These combination stones give miners another way to make money and reduce waste.

Combination stones are fully natural, but will very rarely be listed in any geology book.  Generally speaking whichever mineral is the largest or the most valuable is considered to be the dominate mineral, while the smaller or cheaper mineral is considered a secondary associate.  One of the few exceptions to this rule is Ruby Zoisite which is often by name.

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Mineral Family

Sunset Sodalite is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients such as flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In this case, there are two minerals, orange Sunstone and blue Sodalite provide a sharp contrast.

Sunset Sodalite’s energy works well with its family – other combination stones.  Try it in combination with Moonstone Tourmaline, Prehnite Epidote, Ruby FuchsiteRuby Iolite, Ruby Kyanite, Ruby Zoisite, and Sunstone Iolite

Sunset Sodalite Formation and Crystal Associates

Combination stones like these are typically formed in igneous rocks when two associate minerals are growing at the same time in a close proximity, eventually fusing together.

Sunset Sodalite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Spessartine Garnet and White Calcite

Mineralogy Sunset Sodalite
Rock Type Igneous
Major Minerals Feldspar (var: Sunstone) and Sodalite
Color Blue and orange
Texture Granular
Transparency Opaque

History of Sunset Sodalite

Minerals always grow with other minerals, sometimes they form distinct shapes while at other times the fuse together into an opaque rock.  In the late 20th century, some of the stones that were fused together began to be polished and sold on the market.  First came the combination stones with simple names like Ruby Zoisite.  Then came the combination stones with more flashy names like Atlantistite and Sunset Sodalite.

There is bitter tension between scientifically-mined mineralogists and the marketers of the metaphysical industry.  Scientists tend to be exasperated by names like “Atlantisite” preferring to call it “Stichtite in Serpentine.”  But, marketers recognize the psychological value of creating a more interesting name.  The real problem occurs when a marketing name is trademarked and then used to inflate the price of the stone.  This typically happens at the lapidary or wholesaler level, rather than at the mine itself.  Usually there is a great deal of fuss about how “rare” and “powerful” this healing crystal is, despite the fact that it might just be a pretty rock with an interesting energy.

The most positive aspect of combination stones is that they gives miners another market so that there is less waste.  It rarely makes economic sense to mine for a combination stone.  But if a mine only focuses on pure minerals and doesn’t have a use for combination stones, then they are heaped up in dump piles.  If a market can be found, then the mining is more efficient and can potentially be viewed as more ethical.  It’s similar to eating “nose to tail,” using the entire animal, rather than just the parts that are palatable to a western diet.

Sunset Sodalite is one of the newest combination stones, having come on to the market in 2016.  It comes from the Kunene Region of northern Namibia.  The area is very rural, with a mountain desert terrain.  It is one of the last true wilderness areas of southern Africa.  It is home to black rhinos, desert elephants, lions and many other endangered animals.  There are a few mines in the area, including those that produce Sodalite and Shattuckite.  The Sodalite Mine is an open pit mine that contributes quite a bit of the dark blue Sodalite sold in the healing crystal industry.  Sunset Sodalite was initially viewed as low quality waste, since the pure Sodalite was so mixed with the orange Sunstone.  Luckily someone thought to polish it up and they discovered the combination stone was pretty in its own right.

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Elephant at sunset in Namibia

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