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Healing Properties of Chiastolite
Spiritual: Chiastolite calls attention to our own self-awareness and quest for spiritual understanding. It is a stone of rational thinking – dispelling illusions, myths, and outdated beliefs. Chiastolite can reveal to us a glimmer of the beautiful, logical, mystical truth that the Perfect Masters understood so well and that, with time, we too can understand. Chiastolite is a powerful stone for meditation and prayer, and is a guide and protector during the dark nights of the soul. Christians in particular are often attracted to this beautiful mineral which speaks of the glory of God and the message of forgiveness and love. It is also commonly used as a protective talisman, protecting us from negativity and harm. Chiastolite is attuned to the Root and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 3 and 4.
Emotional: Chiastolite has a very calm and grounding energy which reduces feelings of nervousness, fear, and guilt. In particular, it can help us to understand and accept mortal death while also bringing us peace and hope that rebirth and immortality are possible for us and our loved ones. Chiastolite teaches balance and harmony in all things, particularly between our mind and emotions. It counsels us to not let our emotions run wild, but instead to bring a rational perspective to all the situations we face and to choose our responses accordingly. Chiastolite offers us courage, strength, and the knowledge that we are capable of handling anything we are given.
Mental: Chiastolite stabilizes the mind, helping us to think clearly and act rationally. It can help us to understand who we really are and what our great purpose is in this life. It is an excellent stone for anyone who is going though a “mid-life crisis” or a period of self-doubt and despair. Chiastolite stimulates creativity and practicality all at once, making it a useful tool for any artist who wants their art to be understood and appreciated.
Physical: Chiastolite is said to strengthen the nerves, especially when we feel weak, our perception slowed or our body paralyzed. It is also believed to increase lactation in mothers. It is commonly used my metaphysical healers to treat patients suffering from lingering sicknesses, and can help the patient feel hopeful and not give into depression.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Chiastolite
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Al2SiO5
Cleavage: Perfect to poor
Color: Brown with black cross
Chemical System: Orthorhombic
Luminescence: Yellow (short wave)
Location: Chiastolite crystal deposits have been found in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Chiastolite is a distinct yellowish-brown variety of Andalusite, famous for its distinctive black cross. Andalusite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are 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. Chiastolite belongs to the Nesosilicates group, in which the Silicate tetrahedra are not directly attached to each other. Some of the most famous Nesosilicates are Garnet, Peridot, Topaz, and Kyanite. Andalusite may be found in a variety of colors including, pink, red, white, violet, yellow, blue, and green. The most common type is a yellow-brown variety which has inclusions of black prisms of Graphite.
Formation: Chiastolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, where it is often in association with Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire), and Kyanite. On occasion, Chiastolite may form in igneous rocks, particularly Granite. The actual formation process is still a mystery and several different theories have been postulated. The most widely-accepted theory is that when pure yellow-brown Andalusite is forming, impurities, principally made up of Graphite, begin to attach themselves to the corners of the Andalusite crystals. As the concentration of impurities grows, it temporarily slows down the growth of the crystal. Eventually a pattern of four radiating lines of Graphite emerges across the Andalusite. The result is Chiastolite.
Enhancements: All Andalusites are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Chiastolites are always cut along a cross section in order to show their distinctive cross.
Synonyms: Andalusite, Cross-Stone
History of Chiastolite
Chiastolite’s distinctive cross has long made it a favorite in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Its name has two potential origins. It may come from the Greek word chiastos, meaning “cross,” or from the Greek work Chi which is the name for the Greek letter “X.” It is also called Lapis Crucifer or “cross-stone” in many of the oldest lapidaries.
Chiastolite’s metaphysical properties have been particularly celebrated since the rise of Christianity, and its natural cross has long been seen as having mystical and religious significance. In Europe, one of the largest deposits of Chiastolite can be found near the Shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. According to legend, these Chiastolites are actually holy relics which have been petrified and should be carried during religious pilgrimages. In medieval times, Chiastolite was used to keep the “evil eye” at bay. Today, it is often carried as a sign of devotion, bringing a sense of peace in death and the promise of re-birth.
Photos: Santiago de Composttela
Ethically Sourced Chiastolite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with at least one middleman involved.
This Chiastolite comes from a small mine in the USA.
It would be relatively safe conditions for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Chiastolite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Chiastolite
Chiastolite Tumbled Stone
Color: Brown with a black cross. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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