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.
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These Sodalites were mined in Namibia and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Sodalite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Sodalite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Sodalite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and will be a sapphire blue stone with a visually pleasing pattern of white, black and/or pale orange veins and small markings. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their unique patterns and clean energies, these Sodalites are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Sodalite
Sodalite contains Aluminum and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Sodalite water” for drinking or bathing. Having too much Aluminum in the body is toxic, and drinking direct-infusion elixirs of Aluminum-derived stones is dangerous. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Sodalite are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Sodalite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Sodalite can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Sodalite can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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