Mineralogy of Atlantasite
Raw Atlantasite, Stichtite Hill, Australia
Other Names: Stichtite in Serpentine, Tasmanite
Mineral Family: Metamorphic rock (Silicate and Carbonate minerals)
Color: Lime green and purple
Luster: Silky or waxy
Hardness: Serpentine: 3 – 4; Stichtite: 1.5 – 2.3
Fracture: Uneven, splintery, tough
Color of Streak: White
Chemical System: Combination of trigonal and monoclinic
Chemical Composition: Combination of Mg6Cr2(OH)16[CO3] · 4H2O and Mg6[(OH)8lSi4)10]
Location: The only known deposit for Atlantasite is in Tasmania, off the coast of Australia.
Mineral Family: Atlantasite is a combination of a rare carbonate mineral, Stichtite, and a metamorphic rock, Serpentine. As a result, it is more properly considered 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!
Formation: The only known location for Atlantasite is found on “Stichtite Hill” in Zeehan, Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia. This hill has one of the largest deposits of Stichtite, but it also has some areas in which the Stichtite is intergrown with green Serpentine, a metamorphic rock. Serpentine is created in contact metamorphism, and can include a combination of up to 16 different hydrous silicate minerals. During the metamorphic process, purple Stichtite was added to the mineral mixture. The result is a lime green Serpentine stone with purple spots of Stichtite.
Mining: Atlantasite is mined on “Stichtite Hill,” which is a privately owned mine with open pits and trenches. The mine exists solely to extract Atlantasite and Stichtite.
Stichtite Hill Mine, Tasmania
Enhancements: All Atlantasites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Atlantasite, Stichtite Hill Mine
History of Atlantasite
Atlantasite is a relatively new stone on the commercial market and has only recently begun to reveal its powers to the larger metaphysical community. It was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It is a rare combination of purple Stichtite and green Serpentine, and studying these two stones can help us better understand Atlantasite’s unique properties. The tradename “Atlantasite” was coined in the 20th century by Gerald Pauley, who was reminded of the mythic lost civilization of Atlantis when he held the stone.
The legend of the lost city of Atlantis was first described by Plato (424-347 BCE) in Timaeus and Critias. Many of Plato’s works center around the idea of the ideal state, a Republic, and these two Dialogues were no exception. In these works, Atlantis is described as an aggressive and expansive civilization bent on world conquest. According to Plato, the events he described took place more than 9000 years before his own time and the civilization of Atlantis was located “beyond the Pillars of Hercules” somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, on a large island or small continent.
Athens, as usual, is described as an ideal Republic whose virtuous people live in moderation and excel at all tasks. By contrast, Atlantis is a massive confederation of warrior-kings, who had successfully taken control of most of Europe and North Africa, claiming the conquered people as slaves, and continuing to expand East into Greek territory. Athens first led an alliance against the invaders and then faced them alone, eventually beating Atlantis in a glorious naval battle. The fact that Athens won was, of course, proof of the superiority of the ideal Republican government.
Sometime later, the civilization of Atlantis lost the favor of the gods and the island was destroyed by, “…portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished.”(Timaeus 25c-d).
Today, Atlantis is the most famous of all ancient civilizations which were considered to be highly advanced and then were lost, along with their technology and philosophies. Many of the current stories associated with Atlantis are far different than Plato’s account. Instead of the civilization being militarily aggressive, New-Age accounts describe a perfect Utopian city, governed by benevolent rulers. It can be assumed that this concept was what Gerald Pauley had in mind, when he named Stichtite in Serpentine, “Atlantasite.”
Modern Santorini; its volcano cone can be seen in the background, surrounded by water.
While many historians, both ancient and modern, considered the story of Atlantis to be purely fictional, some scholars believe there may have been some truth to the story. The most likely basis is the Thera Eruption (1500 BCE), which was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. The eruption was likely responsible for the downfall of the Minoan Civilization on the nearby island of Crete. Accounts of the explosion were definitely recorded in ancient Egypt and perhaps as far away as China. Prior to the eruption, the volcano formed a round island, after the explosion, more than half the island was destroyed, the remnant is the half-moon island of Santorini. The volcano remains quietly active to this day.
Photos: Plato (The School of Athens, Raphael), Lost City of Atlantis, Santorini Sunset
Healing Properties of Atlantasite
Spiritual: Atlantasite unites the powers of Heaven and Earth. It teaches us about our place in the web and circle of life, and how to be a good steward of this planet. It also reminds us that that Higher Beings, wise and compassionate, are watching over us and want to help us during times of need. Atlantasite activates our intuition and the Kundalini Serpent, helping us connect with both Higher Beings and our own Highest Self. It also is an excellent tool for exploring past lives, both human and animal and even plant! It is attuned to ALL the Chakras; is linked to Gemini and Virgo, and the elements of Earth and Wind; and vibrates to the numbers 5 and 8.
Emotional: Atlantasite has a very grounding, calm, and loving energy that can help us to look at our life objectively and compassionately. It reminds us that we are still learning and that wisdom grows through time and experience. It urges us to be patient and to release any fears we may have about change and to look to the future with hope and faith. Atlantasite encourages us to connect with others, especially elders and teachers who can help us become more “emotionally intelligent.” This is particularly good for helping us to create and nurture loving relationships, whether romantic, familial, or platonic. Later on, we in turn have the opportunity to share this knowledge with others, and with one small step at a time, our world becomes a better and more loving place.
Mental: Atlantasite encourages an expansive worldview where we help one another and take care of our shared world. It teaches us to be more liberal in our viewpoints, less judgmental and more willing to accept and celebrate diversity. Atlantasite is a stone for lifelong learning. It reminds us that we only know what we currently know, and that we base our decisions accordingly. But when we know MORE, we may need to adjust our decisions to reflect the new knowledge. Atlantasite’s mental tolerance includes our view of ourselves, helping us to forgive ourselves for past ignorance and to focus our energy on our current learning and our future goals.
Physical: Atlantasite is used by metaphysical healers for micro-healing on the cellular or chemical level. It is also said to help lower blood pressure and calm the nervous system. It is believed to be an excellent tool for treating eating disorders, particularly binge-eating, which is inherently emotion-based and must be treated from that angle.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the s
tone, from the Earth into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Atlantasites were mined in Tasmania, Australia and tumbled in the United States.
I first encountered the US tumbler/wholesaler at the 2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Right away I was impressed with the quality of the tumbled stones, and especially the appearance of hard-to-find tumbled stones such as Celestite. After talking with the owner, who self-proclaims herself “the Tumbled Queen,” I was even more pleased. The Tumbled Queen knows her stock inside and out and we happily discussed the geology and origins of various rare minerals. I later bought from her again six months later at the 2015 Franklin, NC Gem and Mineral Show.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Atlantasite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Atlantasite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Atlantasite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be a beautiful fusion of green and purple. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful colors and clean energies, these Atlantasites are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Atlantasite
Atlantasite contains both Serpentine, a geologically-complex stone which may include the chemical Asbestos. While in tumbled or polished form it may be considered safe to handle, it should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Atlantasite water” for drinking or bathing. Asbestos is a dangerous poison. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Atlantasite are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Atlantasite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Atlantasite can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Atlantasite can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.