Super 8, XL
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Mineralogy of Super Eight
Color: Usually black/purple with a red cap, may have additional colors depending on the inclusions
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Super Eight stones are found exclusively in Espiritu Santo, Brazil.
Mineral Family: Super Eight is technically a rock, rather than a mineral. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! For a “Super Seven” the primary minerals are Amethyst and Cacoxinite, along with some combination of the following: Clear Quartz and/or Smokey Quartz, Geothite, Hematite, Lepidocrocite, and Rutile. Super Seven stones may include 7 minerals, or just a few, depending on the quality level. Super Eight is the same combination of minerals with the addition of a thin layer of Hematite dusting the top of the crystal point.
Formation: Super Eight is formed in stages. Usually the Cacoxenite, Geothite, Lepidocrocite and Rutile grow first and then the quartz crystals grow around it, eventually engulfing all the inclusions. Amethyst, Smoky Quartz and Clear Quartz are all formed from silica acid. Trace particles of iron within the silica acid gives Amethyst its purple color; otherwise, the silica acid would transform into Clear Quartz, or if naturally irradiated, Smoky Quartz. Super Sevens and Super Eights often show a combination of all three silica minerals, in addition to the other inclusions. To be considered a Super Seven, no more than seven minerals can be included in the stone. However, in many Amethyst deposits, Hematite is an associated mineral. The Hematite may simply grow nearby, or it may be found as an inclusion within the Amethyst crystals, or it may grow on top of the Amethysts. The presence of the Hematite can be viewed as a “flaw” or can add to the beauty of the stone. The most famous variety of Amethyst with Hematite inclusions is known as Auralite 23. In the case of Super Eight, it would have formed as a Super Seven rock and then a thin layer of Red Hematite grew on top.
Mining: Information about the mining of Super Eights is limited and often contradictory. Originally, the only known source for Super Seven stones was the Melody Mine in Espiritu Santo, Brazil. That mine is said to be co-owned by Melody, the author of Love Is In The Earth. The mine is supposedly closed, but rumors regularly surface that it is being worked again or that the other owner is selling a hidden stash of Super Sevens. More likely, other mines in the region are finding Super Sevens and marketing them accordingly. These Super Eights are often marketed as Super Sevens despite the addition of the Hematite.
Enhancements: All Super Sevens and Super Eights may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing.
Synonyms: Amethyst Cacoxenite, Red Capped Amethyst. These stones are often mislabeled as Super Sevens, Sacred Seven, or Melody’s Stone. For more information, see the History Tab & Metaphysical Marketing Names Tab.
History of Super Seven
In order to understand the history of Super Eight, we must first understand the history of its more famous relative, Super Seven.
Super Seven came to the attention of the metaphysical community in the 21st century. It was not included in any of the older lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Previously, this crystal would have been referred to as “Amethyst Cacoxenite” for its two primary minerals, or simply considered to be a “low grade” Amethyst with too many inclusions.
But right around the turn of the century, miners in Espiritu Santo, Brazil showed their Amethyst Cacoxenite crystals to Melody, the author of Love Is In The Earth, first published in 1995. Her book is one of the largest and most comprehensive crystal lapidaries ever written. (Her book is also a major source of information, often directly plagiarized, in many 21st century books and websites.) Melody was immediately attracted to the Amethyst Cacoxenites. After studying the crystals’ additional inclusions and feeling their wonderful metaphysical energy, she referred to it as “Super Seven” or “Sacred Seven”. The miners were so pleased by her enthusiasm that they began referred to it as “Melody’s Stone”.
The names were soon trademarked and the crystals were introduced to the open market in 2001. Other crystal intuitives soon got a chance to work with Super Seven and wholeheartedly agreed that they are a truly remarkable healing stone. Initially, only the original mine produced Super Sevens. But as the crystal has become more popular and in demand, additional deposits have been discovered in nearby mines. Today, this stone is sold under many different marketing names, which can be confusing for both sellers and buyers alike. Geologically speaking, Amethyst Cacoxenite (or Amethyst-Cacoxenite-Hematite) would be the most accurate term, while Super Seven is the most famous marketing name.
Recently, large whole-sellers have begun selling rough crystals points of Amethyst Cacoxenite with a Hematite top, which they claim are Super Sevens. But since Hematite is not one of the original minerals that belong to Super Seven and since Super Seven is a trademarked name, it is incorrect to call these rough crystal points by that name. For this reason, Moonrise Crystals has chosen to refer to them as Super Eights. For more information about why Moonrise Crystals is doing this, see the “Metaphysical Marketing Names” Tab.
Photos: Love is in the Earth
Healing Properties of Super Eight
Spiritual: Super Eight invites us to do our part to raise the collective consciousness of humanity. It is a remarkable crystal ally for anyone who wants to save the world, heal the world, or make a significant positive difference in the world. It invites us to have giant idealistic dreams, but also think strategically and pragmatically so that we actually achieve our goals. Super Eight helps us to quiet our mind and emotions so that our Highest Spirit, using our own inner compass, can take the lead and show us the way forward. It challenges us to choose to be empowered, rather than victims or passive observers. It reminds us that we need to be regularly working on our own personal and spiritual development too, continually “growing up” rather than just stagnating at one level. Super Eight helps us to get grounded in our strongest priorities and to align our beliefs with our actions. It encourages us to live with great integrity and inspire others to do so. Super Eight is attuned to ALL the Chakras, astrological signs, elements of the Earth. It is linked to the numerology numbers 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9.
Emotional: Super Eight helps us to step into our personal power, hold our ground and recognize how we can personally make a positive difference in the world. This difference doesn’t have to be on a global scale. The difference can start with us, and with our own family, friends and local community. Super Eight invites us to think about what we can do to help those nearest and dearest to us. It asks us to put more effort into our relationships and not take them for granted Rather than simply asking “how can I help?” or “let me know if you need anything”, Super Seven helps us to be more observant and thoughtful. It encourages us to offer practical assistance and to make sure that we are honestly helping rather than just doing something to make ourselves feel better. Super Eight encourages us to get involved with other people’s passion projects and to invite others to be a part of our own. Super Eight releases our ego’s need to always be right or always in control. It helps us to stop wasting time and energy on being embarrassed or ashamed of mistakes, and instead simply own them, learn from them, and move on. Super Eight shows us the positive side of negative events, so that we can create a happier future rather than dwelling on a hurtful past. It reminds us that life is a journey, full of ups and downs and crazy turns, so be patient and compassionate to ourselves and others.
Mental: Super Eight brings great clarity to the mind. It encourages us to be lifelong learners and and always expanding our mental horizons. It helps us to remember what we’ve already learned, while also seeing how it relates and connects to new information. Super Eight gives us a boost whenever we need to climb out of mental ruts and be truly open to new ways of thinking or doing things. In particular, Super Eight helps us to let go of whatever doesn’t actually work or serve us, and not to cling to something old simply out of habit. It is an excellent talisman for inventors, artists and entrepreneurs who want to share new ideas with the world. It inspires us to be pragmatic as well as creative, so that we can bring our ideas to fruition.
Physical: Super Eight is primarily used by metaphysical healers to heal physical injuries and dis-eases linked to stress and other emotional, mental and spiritual problems. It is particularly useful when a patient requires a holistic healing strategy, to care for both the body itself, as well as the needs of the mind/heart/spirit. Super Eight encourages healers and patients to be practical and sensible in all healthcare choices.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Healing Crystal Names
One of the problems that sellers and buyers often run into when dealing with healing stones is that multiple names may be used for the same stone. It is important to differentiate between proper scientific names, common names, and metaphysical marketing names.
A scientific name is the proper mineralogical or geological name for a mineral or rock. A common name is not scientific, but is generally very old and well known.
For example, Corundum is the proper scientific name for a mineral that can appear in every color of the rainbow. But the different colors of Corundum are usually known by their common names, i.e.: Ruby and Sapphire. Technically speaking, Ruby should be called red Corundum. But the common name “Ruby” is centuries old and is therefore used by the majority of rock and mineral sellers and buyers. Another example of this is Beryl, which is the proper scientific name for another colorful mineral. Like Corundum, each color of Beryl has a common name, such Aquamarine (blue Beryl) and Emerald (green Beryl). Scientific names and common names are both usually specific and are generally accepted by geologists, metaphysical healers, jewelers and everyone else in the rock and mineral trade.
Occasionally, sellers may use common names a little casually in order to increase sales. For example, Morganite, which is technically a pink Beryl, is often sold as “Pink Emerald”. Sellers know that most people aren’t familiar with the names pink Beryl or Morganite, but most people have heard of Emeralds. By calling the stone a Pink Emerald they can attract attention and get a good price. The same is true of “Green Amethyst” which is geologically speaking a green Quartz or Prasiolite.
Metaphysical marketing names are very different. They are the exclusive providence of the metaphysical industry and are overwhelmingly frowned upon by geologists and other scientists. These “made-up” names may be good from a financial perspective, but they can arguably damage the credibility of the metaphysical world as a whole.
Marketing names usually sound very magical and intriguing. Some examples include: Atlantasite, Auralite 23, Azeztulite, Cradle of Humankind, Infinite, Merlinite, Stonehenge, and Super Seven. Most of the time, a metaphysical marketing name is given to bring attention to a rock or mineral that might otherwise be ignored. Sometimes, there truly is a very special energy in the stone that crystal intuitives can feel. For example, a marketing name may refer to a stone found in a special deposit. Such is the case for Cradle of Humankind stones which are scientifically speaking just Gray Agates. But because they come from the caves at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, they have a unique energy and deserve to have their own special name. In other cases, a marketing name might be given for a unique mineral combination. For example, Atlantasite is technically a rock that is half green Serpentine and half purple Stichtite; an unusual combination found only in Tasmania. Atlantasite is very pleasing to the eye and has a wonderful energy that crystal intuitives can feel, and so has its own special marketing name.
But sometimes, a metaphysical marketing name is simply good for business. When a stone is given a trademark, it is basically being given a “brand name” to differentiate from “off brand” rivals. For example, Azeztulite is a rare healing stone trademarked by Robert Simmons, crystal intuitive and author of The Book of Stones. Scientifically speaking, Azeztulite is a basic white Quartz from deposits in North Carolina and Vermont, similar to generic Snow Quartz found anywhere. The only thing that sets Azeztulite apart from Snow Quartz, is the metaphysical energy; it has no known notable physical features internally or related to its locality. Azeztulite is quite expensive and it is worth noting that the only source for Azeztulite is Robert Simmons’ company. (Moonrise Crystals does not carry this stone nor has Julie ever worked with it personally.)
To add further confusion to the matter, sometimes metaphysical marketing names are used very loosely. The current confusion around Super Seven is a great example of this. The original Super Seven stones are associated with Melody, author of Love is in the Earth, who first identified them in the late 1990s. The name Super Seven is trademarked and the stone was introduced to the open market in 2001, specifically targeted at metaphysical buyers. Technically speaking, only stones found in Espiritu Santo, Brazil can be called Super Sevens. Geologically speaking they are mostly a combination of purple Amethyst (which is technically purple Quartz) and yellow Cacoxenite. Five other minerals were found as minor inclusions, including Clear Quartz Geothite, Lepidocrocite, Rutile, and Smoky Quartz (technically brown/gray Quartz). Because the name Super Seven is trademarked, only stones that fit this exact profile should be called Super Sevens.
But starting around 2016, a new variety of rough “Super Sevens” started being offered by wholesale distributors. These stones supposedly have the same mineral composition as Super Sevens. What is not said, but is very obvious to the eye, is that there is an additional eighth mineral, red Hematite, growing on top of the stone. The problem is that these rough crystals are being widely marketed as Super Seven, even though technically that’s not accurate.
Some sellers have responded by calling it Red Capped Amethyst (a marketing name). Others call it Amethyst-Cacoxenite (a scientific name that ignores the Hematite cap) or Red Hematite Amethyst (a scientific name that ignores the Cacoxenite). Some people ignore the debate altogether and simply continue to call it Super Seven, because frankly it will sell best under that name. Most of the time people have very strong opinions about the “real name” of a stone. At times, the discussion is similar to an argument about brand vs off-brand products. Both Cheerios and Toasted Oats are basically the same thing. But many people firmly believe that only Cheerios are the “real thing”. So what makes a Super Seven “real”? Presumably, it must contain all 7 minerals (no more, no less) and it must be from Espiritu Santo, Brazil. If a Super Seven has Hematite growing on top it’s not a “real” Super Seven.
So does that make these rough crystals…. Super Eights?
If we want to be strictly accurate from a scientific perspective, Super Seven and Super Eight are both Amethyst crystals full of inclusions, with the Super Eight having an obvious Hematite cap. From a metaphysical perspective, a Super Eight is a Super Seven that has a sensible, grounding energy to it.
For the time being, Moonrise Crystals is calling this stone Super Eight. The reason for this choice is that Julie, owner of Moonrise Crystals and crystal intuitive, specifically wants to bring attention to the marketing problem and calling it a “Super Eight” is one way of doing that. People who are interested in healing stones are more likely to click on, “Super Eight” out of curiosity, while most will skip over “Amethyst-Cacoxenite-Hematite”. That’s just human nature. Julie wants people to think and question, rather than just believe blindly whatever is professed by metaphysical sellers. Moonrise Crystals tries to give the most through information possible – and then asks readers/buyers to listen to their own common sense and intuition.
All this being said, if/when new information becomes available, Moonrise Crystals may stop using the name Super Eight and may take a new direction. Please note, Julie will be speaking, in-person, to the main wholesale distributor for these stones in January, 2019.
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These rough Super Eight stones were mined in Espiritu Santo, Brazil.
It would be my pleasure to pick a Super Eight for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single tumbled Super Eight or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Super Eight measures Between 1-2 inches at its longest length and have a unique shape with a crystal point. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be a chunky, rough crystal black, brown, reddish-orange. 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 beautiful color and clean energies, these tumbled Super Eight 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.
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