Published May 2018  •  Updated February 2024 •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Yellow Aragonite is a relatively rare but inexpensive stone.   The best specimens are a vivid gold or sunflower yellow.  Aragonite has been part of the historical record since the 18th century.  Metaphysical healers first describe Aragonite’s powers in the 20th century.  Yellow Aragonite is a stone for both confidence and compassion.  It is an ideal stone for anyone engaged in deep personal work.  Its energy encourages us to always keep growing and to see ourselves clearly.

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Yellow Aragonite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Yellow Aragonite clears and activates the auric field, chakras, and meridians. It has a warm, grounding energy that helps us quickly settled down and feel centered and balanced.  Yellow Aragonite is a wonderful tool for moving forward on your spiritual path.  It helps us to feel safe enough that we can hear and incorporate new spiritual insights.  It gently releases spiritual blocks that have kept us from reaching our full potential.  When used in prayer or meditation, it helps us to feel confident in who we are and in the energy we are bringing to our spiritual practices.  Yellow Aragonite reminds us that we are more than just acceptable, we are in fact very beautiful in the eyes of the Divine.

Metaphysical Properties Yellow Aragonite
Chakra Root, Solar Plexus
Element Earth, Fire
Numerology 9
Zodiac Capricorn

Emotional Healing Properties

Yellow Aragonite is a powerful crystal ally for anyone actively engaged in their personal work. If there are parts of us that need healing, Yellow Aragonite offers us calmness, safety, and a chance to gain clarity.  It has a very compassionate energy, that teaches us how to make peace with the past and move forward without fear.  If there are parts of us that need to grow, Yellow Aragonite gives us patience and encouragement.  It reminds us that true growth rarely happens quickly, it’s a gradual process and gentle unfolding.  Yellow Aragonite asks us to give ourselves the gift of time and to grow steadily.  It whispers to us, “there’s no need to rush, everything is on schedule”.  Yellow Aragonite sings sweetly of love and compassion.  It asks us to treat ourselves and others more kindly and to stay heart-centered in all of our actions.

Mental Healing Properties

Yellow Aragonite has a confident and capable energy, that reminds us that we have many strengths and gifts to offer the world.  It helps us to be disciplined and practical, but also creative and flexible.  Yellow Aragonite inspires a self-confidence that is solid enough to be humble and doesn’t require bragging or exaggeration.  It helps us to know ourselves truly and to feel good about who we are.  It releases perfectionism and replaces it with a far more positive and realistic standard.  Yellow Aragonite helps us to communicate clearly and succinctly, especially during times of high stress when we might be tempted to say things we don’t really mean.  Yellow Aragonite keeps our mind clear and our responses thoughtful.

Physical Healing Properties

Yellow Aragonite is used by metaphysical healers to help make the physical body more comfortable during times of illness or distress.  A hot elixir of Yellow Aragonite is thought to be especially good for warming the extremities and combating chills. Yellow Aragonite is good for treating general aches and pains, particularly ones that feel “deep” in the body. It has been used by metaphysical healers to help heal broken bones as well as regenerate bone tissues.

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Yellow Aragonite Mineralogy

Where does Yellow Aragonite come from?

Yellow Aragonite comes from deposits in Italy, Namibia, Peru, Spain, and the United States

Mining and Treatments

Miners find Aragonite in the oxidized zone of ore deposits, in caves as stalactites, and near hot springs.  It is most often colorless, white, grey or yellowish.  Industrial mines dig up most Aragonite.  The mineral gets grounded into gravel or powder and then used to make cement and soil neutralizers.  The mineral also helps maintain the pH balance in salt-water aquariums.  Occasionally, artisanal miners discover a deposit of yellow crystals and bring it to the collectors’ market.  The only enhancement for these pretty minerals is cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Aragonite is a relative rare member of the Carbonite mineral family. These minerals are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are located in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one Carbon atom centrally located between 3 Oxygen atoms.  Aragonite is chemically identical to Calcite, the former being slightly harder and heavier than the latter.  On the microscopic level, Aragonite is orthorhombic while Calcite is hexagonal.

Aragonite’s energy works well with its family – other Carbonite minerals.  Try it in combination with Azurite, Calcite, Magnesite, Malachite. Rhodochrosite, and Stichtite. Or try it with different colors: Blue, Brown, Pink, and Red.

Aragonite Formation and Crystal Associates

Aragonite is chemically identical to Calcite and forms in a very similar way.  In fact, Aragonite naturally alters into Calcite under the right geological conditions. Unsurprisingly, Aragonite and Calcite often grown intertwined.  Aragonite forms at low temperatures near the surface of the earth.  Mollusks and corals also produce Aragonite by biological processes that scientists don’t yet fully understand.  Aragonite is a necessary ingredient for oysters and mussels to produce pearls.

Yellow Aragonite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Celestine and Selenite.

What gives Yellow Aragonite its color?

Aragonite is a colorless crystal unless trace particles change its color.  Shades of yellow can come from iron or nickel.

Mineralogy Yellow Aragonite
Chemical Formula Ca[CO3]
Cleavage Distinct
Color Yellow
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Form/Habit Prismatic, acicular
Fracture  Subconchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 3.5 – 4
Luminescence Yellowish-white (long wave) / Blueish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Carbonate
Specific Gravity 2.94
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to Opaque

History of Yellow Aragonite

The German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner first described Aragonite in 1797, after the small town of Molina de Aragón, in Guadalajara, Spain where it was mined.  The area is best known for a Moorish castle associated with Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-1099) better known as “El Cid.”  The Spanish hero was a military leader and strategic genius, and remembered as an ideal medieval knight: courageous, loyal, and just.  The original Aragonite mineral was a reddish-brown star and miners still produce beautiful specimens in that region.  Later mineralogists noted other colors and shapes.  Today we know that most Aragonite is colorless or grey, and doesn’t always produce large distinct crystals.

Metaphysical healers rarely mention the yellow variety specifically. Instead, most healing crystal resources will just describe the properties of Aragonite in general, without any additional color distinction.  By contrast, the rarest colors of Aragonite, like blue or pink or the visually exciting Red Aragonite Stars may merit a unique description.

Additional References:

  1., “Aragonite.”
  2. The Way of El Cid, “Castle of Molina de Aragon,”

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