Published July 2014  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Tektites is a fantastic and rare form of natural glass formed when meteorites strike the earth.  The force of the impact, instantly liquifies the surround rocks and sends it flying into the air.  Once air-born, it quickly cools down and re-solidifies, falling back to earth as a light-weight natural glass. Depending on where the meteorite strikes, Tektites can be different colors.  The ones from Australia and southeast Asia are a vivid black, while the ones from North Africa, known and Libyan Desert Glass, get their yellow coloring from the sands of the Sahara.  The most precious variety are Moldavites from the Czech Republic.  All Tektites encourages us to reach for the stars!

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Tektite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Tektites keep us grounded while also connecting us to the stars! It encourage us to be open to extrasensory phenomena, particularly telepathy and clairvoyance, as well as communication with extraterrestrials and inter-dimensional beings. Tektites are psychic tools, allowing us to explore the spiritual implications of moving beyond the normal space/time continuum and into the realm of pure energy.  It can expand our consciousness during meditation, and integrate that sensation into our physical body and daily life.  Tektites can also reverse a chakra that is spinning in the wrong direction and balance the energy flow within our body.

Metaphysical Properties Tektite
Chakra All
Element Storm
Numerology 9
Zodiac Aries and Cancer

Emotional Healing Properties

Tektite helps us to quickly shake off old baggage from bad experiences and jump-start our own positive emotional transformation. It whispers softly and shouts happily about how good it feels to finally be FREE. Tektite encourages us to be ourselves and to celebrate our own incredible beauty and talents. Tektite attracts new friendships and partnerships and ensures that both individuals benefit from the relationship, receiving kindness and good council from one another. Tektite helps us become more “lucky” in our social connections, which can in turn lead to better luck in our romantic, career, and financial lives.

Mental Healing Properties

Tektite is a fantastic mental stone, encouraging us to become lifelong learners and to seek knowledge in every stage and aspect of our lives. It teaches us how to remember and learn from the lessons of negative experiences, without carrying the trauma of those experiences in our emotional bodies. Tektite encourages us to look deeply at situations, to ascertain the root of each situation and then calmly decide whether or not we should continue to participate with it. It asks us to always choose the path that leads to Freedom and Bliss, for us as individuals as well as for all beings in the Universe.

Physical Healing Properties

Tektite is recommended for anyone with topophobia, or a fear of surgery. Tektite can help us to stay calm and to trust that doctors will take good care of us. It is a great talisman for anyone who needs a tumor or other abnormality removed. Tektites bring good luck and help to keep emotional trauma to a minimum.

Tektite Mineralogy

Where does Tektite come from?

Tektites have been found in numerous locations around the world. While the majority are black, some Tektites are brown, yellow, or green! Most of the Black Tektite currently on the market comes from Australia or southeastern Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippians, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam.

Mining and Treatments

Found scattered on the surface of the Earth. In the majority of cases, Tektites can be related to a specific meteorite impact crater in the nearby region.

The majority of Tektites on the market are natural, enhanced only tumbling, cutting, and polishing. One exception is the recent appearance of fake Moldavite.

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Mineral Family

Tektite 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 like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Tektite is an igneous stone which can be considered a natural “glass.”

Tektite’s energy works well with its family – other natural glass minerals.  Try it in combination with Moldavite and Obsidian

Tektite Formation and Crystal Associates

Tektites are a type of natural glass created by the force of a meteorite striking the earth. When a meteorite hits, it slams into the earth with such force that it creates an impact crater and tosses terrestrial stones high into the air. The enormous heat and pressure caused by the impact causes these terrestrial rocks to melt and be thrown far up into the atmosphere. Upon re-entry, the liquid stones quickly cool and solidify, raining down on the earth as newly formed igneous stones. In the case of an especially large meteorite strike, Tektites can fall thousands of miles away from the impact creator!

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

Mineralogy Tektite
Rock Type Igneous Rock
Major Minerals Volcanic Glass
Minor Minerals None
Color Black, yellow, green
Texture Vitreous
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Tektite

Tektite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently been explored. As such it was not included in any ancient or medieval lapidaries, books describing healing stones and their powers. Nevertheless, Tektites has a fascinating history, extending back millions of years. They are formed when terrestrial rocks are thrown up into the air after a meteorite strikes the Earth. The force and heat of the meteorite impact is such that it briefly liquidized everything it touches. The earthly material soon returns to a solid shape and becomes a type of natural glass, similar to Obsidian.

Thousands of tiny meteorites hit the earth every year and unsurprisingly, moderate-sized meteorites also strike regularly. These are the “shooting stars” that delight us on warm summer nights. Large meteorites are much more rare. It is estimated that a meteorite 1/2 mile in diameter might land every 500,000 years, while a 3-mile long meteorite hits the Earth every 20 million years. A truly massive meteorite, over 6-miles long, is rarer still and powerful enough to dramatically change the entire globe and cause mass extinctions (just ask the dinosaurs). With so many meteorite impacts, one might expect Tektites to be fairly common. Instead, the opposite is true!

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Scientists are still not sure exactly what conditions are necessary to create Tektites. There are four major Tektite strewn-fields in the world; Australia-Southeast Asia, Côte d’Ivoire (Africa), North America, and Eastern Europe. Each of these strewn fields was most likely caused by a single giant meteorite hitting the region. These strewn fields have been studied extensively and the chemical and isoptopic composition of the Tektites strongly indicates that Tektites were originally sedimentary rocks on the surface of the Earth, which became igneous rocks due to the force of a meteorite strike. For three of the strewn-fields, scientists have even located the meteorite impact crater itself. The Australasian strewn field impact crater remains undiscovered. But for all that, it appears that Tektites are only created under very special, and rarely met, circumstances!

The most famous variety is the green Moldavite, which hails from the Czech Republic. Another distinctive variety is Libyan Desert Glass, which gets its golden yellow color from the surrounding Sahara Desert. North American Tektites come in two varieties, the metallic brown Bediasites in Texas and the green Georgiaites. Despite the fact that these two varieties are completely different colors and are found almost a thousand miles apart, scientists believe both varieties were created by the giant Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater 34 million years ago.