Banish the overly-harsh “inner critic”
Improve discernment and communication.
Enhance meditation, prayer, and compassion.
Quiet the mind and enjoy a more peaceful sleep.
Let Howlite soothe your heart and calm your spirit.
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Healing Properties of Howlite
Spiritual: Howlite has a wonderfully soft and peaceful energy that gently expands outward when used during meditation, prayer or spiritual journeying. It calms our spirit, helping us to find a sense of balance in our everyday life and to connect more directly with our Highest Self and other guides. Howlite encourages us to believe in our dreams and to not hesitate when action is needed. It is a stone of patience and wisdom. It is particularly helpful for anyone who is ready to “grow up” and step more fully into their personal power and spiritual greatness. Howlite is attuned to the Crown Chakra and linked to astrological sign of Gemini. It is connected to the Element of Wind and vibrates to the number 2.
Emotional: Howlite quiets the ‘inner critic’ which is often so unkind, and replaces that voice with one more compassionate, patient and tactful. Howlite helps us to calmly and clearly express our own thoughts and emotions and to better understand what other people are trying to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. Howlite is particularly helpful for handling boisterous children in a loving fashion which nevertheless commands their attention and respect. Howlite can help us to better handle rude behavior or thoughtlessness of other people. It gently releases stress and irritation from our emotional body, and reduces outright anger by channeling it in a productive direction. Howlite encourages us to speak and act with true decency towards others and to encourage this humanitarian spirit in others.
Mental: Howlite inspires good, thoughtful reasoning. It is a wonderful stone for scholars and students as it encourages a love of learning and improves memory retention. It inspires patience and a willingness to observe, experiment, and carefully analyze before jumping to any conclusions. Howlite teaches discernment and can help us to give and receive constructive criticism in a more palatable way so that it is easier to accept and integrate. Howlite also reminds us to be patient with ourselves and our learning process, while remaining ambitious and eager to go after our goals.
Physical: Howlite is most often used by metaphysical healers to balance calcium levels in the body and to treat teeth, bones, and cartilage. It is also said to make an excellent sleeping aid stone, for treating insomnia or calming emotions after a nightmare. It is believed to help with dietary problems, whether leading to obesity or anorexia.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Howlite
Mineral Family: Borate
Chemical Composition: Ca2B5SiO9(OH)5
Color: White or pale grey, commonly marked with grey/black/dark brown intersecting veins
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Nodular masses, rare crystals
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Hardness: 3.5 (opaque stone), 6.5 (transparent crystals)
Luminescence: Fluorescent, Long UV=bright sky blue
Transparency: Translucent (rare) to opaque (common)
Location: Howlite is found only in Canada (Nova Scotia) and the United States (California). Much of the “Howlite” on the market is actually Magnesite from Zimbabwe
Mineral Family: Howlite is a Borate mineral. Borates are a group of minerals which contain the elements of Boron and Oxygen. Most Borate minerals are rare, but a few of them, including Howlite, are more common and can form large deposits.
Formation: Howlite is created when volcanic activity causes Borate-bearing solutions to flow into enclosed basins. The liquid floods the basin floor, cools and partially evaporates, leaving behind a stratified mineral deposit, which is subsequently buried under more layers of sentiment. Such Borate-rich deposits are typically found in dry desert environments, such as Death Valley in California, USA. Howlite typically forms white nodular masses which often resemble cauliflower. However, on very rare occasions, Howlite may form into tabular-shaped crystals. Howlite crystals have been found only at Tick Canyon, California, USA and in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Mining: Most Howlite enters the commercial market as a secondary mineral produced by large-scale Gypsum mines. Gypsum is an important economic mineral that forms in massive deposits in dry desert regions. After being mined, the Gypsum is pulverized to create a fine powder known as ‘Plaster of Paris’, which when mixed with water becomes a lightweight, easy-to-shape clay. Upon drying, the plaster hardens back into pure Gypsum. This process is widely used in construction projects, to protect and decorate inner walls. It was also sometimes used for orthopedic casts to set broken bones. Howlite is mined alongside the Gypsum and may be discarded or sold to collectors, for decorative or metaphysical purposes.
Enhancements: All Howlites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Brightly-colored dyed Howlite is sometimes used to create ‘fake’ Turquoise. Be aware that the Howlite you see in metaphysical stores may actually be mislabeled Magnesite. Generally speaking, Howlite has light-gray markings, while Magnesite has dark-gray markings.
Synonyms: Howelite, Khaulite, Silicoborocalcite, and Winkworthite (used to describe Howlite found near Wentworth, formerly called Winkworth, in Nova Scotia, Canada.)
History of Howlite
Howlite is a relatively new healing stone whose healing properties have only recently begun to be explored. It was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It is however, included in many modern lapidaries.
Howlite was first documented in 1868 in a Canadian Gypsum mine in Nova Scotia. The miners complained about a stone that was getting in the way of their mining, and this complaint soon came to the attention of Henry How (1828-1879), a mineralogist connected with the Nova Scotia Museum. How soon determined that the stone was actually a new mineral and he included it in his book, The Mineralogy of Nova Scotia, calling it “silico-boro-calcite.” After How’s death, one of his students, James Dwight Dana (1813-1895), re-named the mineral Howlite in honor of his teacher.
Photos: Howlite mine
Ethically Sourced Howlite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen.
This Howlite was mined in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Canada is one of the few countries that has adopted environmentally-friendly and sustainable mining practices.
Canada has one of the safest mining standards in the world.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Howlite was polished in a Chinese Factory for an American wholesale company.
The wholesaler is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
In some locations, they polish the rough stones in the same country as the mine.
In other cases, they export the rough stones and have them polished in China.
In both cases, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Safe Handling of Howlite
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Howlite
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Individually hand-polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful..
- Color: White with light-grey veins, may have some pale tan areas
- Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
- Quality: A
- Shape: Disc
- Size: Average size is 1.75 in / 44.5 mm at the longest diameter
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight is .9 oz / 25 g / 127 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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