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Mineralogy of Galena
Mineral Family: Sulfieds
Chemical Composition: PbS
Crystal System: Cubic
Location: Galena is a wide-spread mineral found in dozens of countries around the world. Major mining deposits are found in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Serbia and the United States (Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Wisconsin).
Mineral Family: Galena is a common Sulfide mineral. Sulfides are made when sulfur has been combined with one or more elemental metals. They tend to have simple structures and often have a metallic luster. Other Sulfides include Bornite, Chalcopyrite, “Peacock Ore“, and Pyrite.
Formation: Galena forms as cubic crystals, usually in limestone rocks in a contact metamorphic zone. Occasionally Galena may form in a hydrothermal vent, these rarer deposits contain the highest silver content.
Mining: Galena is the most important mineral ore for lead and as such is extensively mined. Galena also contains small amounts of Silver, Zinc and other desirable metals. Typically the Galena and other mineral ores will form in long bands, which are mined in a chamber and pillar method deep underground. The chambers can be 40 feet high and extended for hundreds of miles in interconnected tunnels.
Enhancements: All Galena may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing.
Synonyms: Lead Ore, Silver Ore, Lead Glance
History of Galena
Galena is an interesting mineral with a long history. However, it was rarely include in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers until fairly recently. Unlike many healing crystals, the history of Galena is tied to its industrial usage and elemental content, rather than its own unique metaphysical properties. There are over 60 minerals that contain the element of Lead, but Galena is the most important and abundant one. In fact, Galena’s name is Latin for “lead ore”. Galena has been continually mined for thousands of years and is one of the primary minerals mined in huge quantities today.
Galena was one for the minerals that helped mankind shift from nomadic hunter-gathers into settlers capable of sustaining large civilizations. Galena is thought to be the first mineral to be smelted, or melted down, to release the metal inside. Galena has a low melting point and doesn’t require sophisticated technology. In fact, it can be smelted over the embers of a campfire. Lead beads from Çatalhöyük, a neolithic site in Turkey date back to 6500 BCE. That’s more that 3000 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Çatalhöyük is a fascinating archaeological site and is notable for its many female figurines. It has been theorized that Çatalhöyük was a matriarchal society and may also have practiced goddess worship. However, tThe site pre-dates the invention of writing, and so such theories are educated guesses rather than actual fact.
Ancient and medieval lapidaries sometimes describe the powers of Lead, which give us insight into older traditions about Galena. Lead is associated with the Roman God Saturn, the lord of time, wealth and age. Lead, and by extension Galena, was also firmly associated with alchemical practices, particularly the magical study of turning lead into gold.
Today, Galena is primarily mined in the Mississippi Valley, where it produces over 90% of the iron used in the United States. Galena is the official state mineral for both Missouri and Wisconsin. Other large Galena deposits are scattered around the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and Australia. Galena is usually smelted down, but it does have practical uses in its raw form, most notably for their use in crystal radio receivers.
Healing Properties of Galena
Spiritual: Galena inspires self-transformation and harmony. It is a grounding stone for spiritual work, as well as a centering stone that can bring our body and spirit into proper alignment. Galena shows us how we can make practical changes in our everyday life so that we are in better congruence with our most cherished spiritual beliefs. Galena awakens us to our spiritual life and supports on the long winding path. It helps us to gradually move from the novice to the master. Galena helps us to make peace with the parts of ourselves that make us uncomfortable and shows us how we can heal and integrate these shadow sides. Galena’s energy is fantastic in grids meant to heal our Mother Earth and is also useful for protection from harmful environmental energies, such as EMF. It is also one of the very best stones to work with when studying alchemy in any form. It is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Capricorn. It is connected to the Element of Earth and vibrates to the Master Number 22.
Emotional: Galena reduces emotional over-reactions and helps us behave more sensibly. It is a strong protector for anyone who tends to get overwhelmed by negative energies. Galena provides us with strength, courage and fortitude so that we can face difficult things head on. Galena invites us to take more personal responsibility for ourselves and to be wary of anyone who tries to dictate what we should think or how we should feel. Galena reminds us that we have a good mind and a good heart, capable of drawing its own conclusions. Galena helps us to be more comfortable with complexity and more willing to ask questions. It is an excellent ally when we want to do deep personal work, exploring our baggage and issues. Galena helps us to figure out whether or not our “stories” about ourselves, our past and others, are actually true. If they aren’t true, Galena helps us to release those outdated lies with ease. Galena helps us to reclaim our true power and to prioritize our own self-care.
Mental: Galena inspires a great love for Truth and is an exceptionally practical and grounding stone. It encourages logical, holistic and scientific modes of thinking. It teaches us to take our beliefs and assumptions as a starting point, rather than an end point. It pushes us to think critically, to actively experiment and to make conclusions based on good evidence. Galena reminds us that each conclusion is in fact a new starting point, and we should always be striving for greater understanding. Galena encourages us to have “flexible ideas” rather than “firm beliefs” and to remember that ideas can and should evolve as new information becomes available. Galena dissolves limiting assumptions and helps to open the mind to intriguing possibilities. It is an excellent talisman for all types of scientists and engineers, as well as healers ranging from modern doctors to traditional herbalists.
Physical: Galena is used by metaphysical healers to reduce inflammation, protect against infection, and heal skin disorders It is said to stimulate the circulatory system and keep veins clear and open. It is believed to increase vitamin absorption, encourage healthy hair growth and also to improve our sense of smell. Galena is recommended for cancer patients who are being treated with chemotherapy, as it is said to reduce the negative effects of radiation. It is also recommended for anyone undergoing a physical de-tox or recovering from an addiction.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Galena
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.
This Galena comes from a small family-owned mine in Morrocco.
It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Galena was polished in Morocco.
The owner of the mine polishes some of his stock and leaves the rest rough.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary in 2017 at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona. Most of his stones were rough, rather than tumbled, but what caught my eye was his beautiful polished Selenite which came in a variety of shapes and colors. I asked him to tell me about his business and he proudly told me that he had built the business up from nothing 20 years ago and his sons will inherit it when he is ready to retire. We talked together about the importance of buying directly from the miners rather than middlemen, whenever possible.
Color: Silver. 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.
Safe Handling of Galena
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