Become more gentle, compassionate, and patient.
Receive subtle insights from dreams and spirit guides.
Understand who you are and what you are meant to do.
Feel relaxed and balanced even during difficult situations.
Let Scolecite align you with your Highest Self!
Mineralogy of Scolecite
Mineral Family: Zeolites
Chemical Composition: Ca[Al2Si3O10], 3H2O
Color: Colorless, white, pink, red, green
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Thin prismatic
Fracture: Uneven, brittle
luminescence: Blueish-white (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Luster: Silky, Vitreous
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: The best deposits are located in Brazil, India, Scotland, and the United States (Washington). Additional deposits are in Antarctica, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Yugoslavia.
Mineral Family: Scolecite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form 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, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Scolecite belongs to the Zeolite group, in which the stones have an open crystal structure that contains cavities in which molecules of water can be trapped. Zeolites are not well known outside of geological circles. In metaphysical circles, only Stilbite is well known.
Formation: Scolecite is a relatively common Zeolite found in igneous rocks. It is mostly composed of water and calcium, with only minor traces of sodium and potassium. It typically grows as needle-like crystals or in fibrous aggregations.
Enhancements: All Scolecites are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Scolecite
Scolecite is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical world and so its properties are still being explored. It was not included in any of the old lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.
Scolecite name comes from the Greek skolek meaning “worm” because of the way it reacts to the blowpipe test, one of the more complex ways geologists identify minerals. Essentially, a fragment of a mineral is placed in the cavity of a charcoal block and a blowpipe is used to send a horizontal flame across it. Each mineral reacts in a different way. Sometimes the color of the mineral changes, sometimes the color of the charcoal. Sometimes the mineral will curl into a bead, or give off fumes or even volatilize and disappear completely! In the case of Scolecite, it shoots out small worm-like projections.
Healing Properties of Scolecite
Spiritual: Scolecite has an exceptionally peaceful, high vibration energy. It gently but powerfully opens our heart and crown, helping us to step into our Highest Self and act for the Highest Good. Scolecite asks us to take on a larger role to bring peace to this world and to ease the suffering of all beings, great and small. It opens our eyes to our greater existence, helping us to view ourselves not only as humans in this single lifetime, but as spiritual entities that have existed since the beginning of time and will continue to exist forever. Scolecite deepens meditation and strengthens our prayers, and helps us to hear the wise counsel of our spirit guides and angels. Scolecite is attuned to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 1.
Emotional: Scolecite sings a song of kindness and compassion. It invites our hearts to open up and to give and receive love and support freely. Scolecite helps us to sit in non-judgement, holding space for others and giving them the freedom to express what is real in their world and what they want and need in order to thrive. Scolecite likewise helps us to know the truth of what we really want and need, and to dare to express that openly. Scolecite is a wonderful stone for community-building, friendship, families, and other support-groups. It encourages people to come together in loving communion.
Mental: Scolecite brings peace of mind. It helps us to see the “big picture” and to view the world from a compassionate perspective. Scolecite invites us to explore our own prejudices and feelings of discomfort, looking at these beliefs and feelings in non-judgement and then releasing them so they no longer hold us back from the rest of humanity. Scolecite helps us to see all of mankind as our own dear family and to want to help each individual find joy and peace. It helps us to be in better control of our own lives, and moving forward towards whatever reality we most want to create.
Physical: Scolecite is said to treat depression and other mental/emotional disorders. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat intestinal disorders, spinal dis-alignment and to rid the body of parasites. It is also said to help clear the eyes and the circulatory system and to reduce insomnia.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Scolecite
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Scolecite Tumbled Stone
Color: White, while white veins. 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, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.
The miners sells directly to the tumbler. The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
Safe Handling of Scolecite
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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