See and accept your “light” and “shadow” sides.
Find freedom within your most authentic self.
Use logic and intuition to release mental clutter.
Trust yourself and find harmony in group work.
Let Sodalite reveal who you were born to be!
Mineralogy of Sodalite
Mineral Family: Feldspathoids
Chemical Composition: Na8[Cl,OH)2lAl6Si6O24]
Color: White, blue and grey
Crystal System: Cubic
Fracture: Uneven, conchoidal
Luminescence: Orange, strong (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Deposits are found in Brazil, Canada, Greenland, India, Namibia, Russia, and the United States (Montana).
Mineral Family: Sodalite 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. Sodalite belongs to the Feldspathoids group, which are minerals with high sodium and potassium contents. Chemically, they are in between Feldspars and Zoisites. The two most famous Feldspathoids are Sodalite and Lazurite (the deep blue mineral in Lapis Lazuli).
Formation: Sodalite is typically formed in the veins of silica-poor igneous rocks such as Nepheline. It occasionally forms within contact metamorphic limestone. On rare occasions, Sodalite may form as a result of volcanic eruptions, as in the case of the transparent Sodalite crystals found near Mount Vesuvius in Italy.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: All Sodalites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Sodalite
Sodalite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently been explored and, as such, it was not included in any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts describing stones and their metaphysical qualities. It was first briefly described in 1811, after a Sodalite deposit was discovered in the Ilimaussaq Intrusive Complex, on the southwestern coast of Greenland. It was named for its high sodium content, and despite its pretty blue color, few took note of it outside of professional geological circles. Eighty years later, another deposit of Sodalite was uncovered in Ontario, Canada. This deposit has especially fine specimens and Sodalite soon became popular as an ornamental stone.
Sodalite is sometimes referred to as “poor man’s Lapis” since both stones share a deep blue color, and may be streaked with bits of white Calcite. The easiest way to distinguish between the two stones is simply that Lapis Lazuli typically has sparkly gold Pyrite inclusions, while Sodalite does not. Sodalite is also more plentiful, which in turn means it is available at a much cheaper price than Lapis Lazuli.
While there are no written records describing Sodalite prior to 1811, there is tantalizing archaeological evidence that Sodalite was highly valued in ancient South America. The Caral Civilization, which boasted the earliest major city in the Americas, was centered in Peru from approximately 2600-2000 BCE. Members of this civilization traded for Sodalite mined in the Andean Altiplano, a vast sedimentary plateau in the Andes mountain range. Fragments of Sodalite have been found in many Caral archaeological sites. The Tiwanaku Civilization of Bolivia, 1500 BCE – CE 1000, likewise trade for Sodalite, which they carved into beads and other decorations.
Healing Properties of Sodalite
Spiritual: Sodalite is a stone for Seekers of Truth, and anyone who finds themselves on a Spiritual Journey. It encourages us to uphold our most cherished, idealistic beliefs and to fearlessly take action to bring that idealism into reality. However, if our beliefs harm others or ignore reality, than Sodalite will gently peel away the layers from our eyes and allow us to see more clearly and compassionately. Sodalite helps us to recognize and be patient with where we are on our own Spiritual Path, and to trust that as we continue to progress, more and more will be revealed to us. Sodalite gives us the support we need to be true to ourselves and to accept both our Light and Shadow sides. It can be used to deepen our meditation, awaken our intuition, and communicate with wisdom. Sodalite is attuned to the Throat and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 4.
Emotional: Sodalite dissolves feelings of guilt or shame, whether they come from another person or from ourselves. It encourages emotional honesty allowing us to see the real reason behind our feelings and determine what we need to do to move forward. Its calm and peaceful vibration reduces stress and worries and helps us to be a little more detached and lighthearted, rather than taking everything personally and too seriously. Sodalite encourages independence while also being an excellent stone to use in group work and to help manifest community goals. Sodalite’s energy is soft and safe, so while it asks us to look at the absolute Truth in all things, it does so with a gentle nudge rather than a fierce push.
Mental: Sodalite increases our self-awareness and gives us the tools to find true freedom, by combining our intellectual and logical mind with our intuitive gifts. It allows us to calmly view and solve our problems logically and swiftly, for the Highest Good of All. It also helps us to recognize the unconscious mental, emotional, and behavioral patterns that take us away from our true selves. Sodalite then shows us how to release these patterns and live authentically and peacefully. Sodalite can also be used to treat insomnia and to encourage lucid dreaming!
Physical: Sodalite is used by metaphysical healers to treat ailments associated with the throat and vocal cords, as well as the digestive tract. It is said to stimulate the pineal gland and enhance sensory perceptions. It is believed to help lower blood pressure, clear electromagnetic pollution, and quietly reminds us to take care of ourselves on the most basic levels, for instance; drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, etc.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Sodalite
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 one middleman involved.
This Sodalite comes from Sodalite Mine in Orotumba, Namibia
It would be relatively safe conditions for miners.
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This Sodalite 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.
Sodalite Tumbled Stone
Color: Blue, with minor white and black inclusions. 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 Sodalite
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