Cordierite

Cordierite

Cordierite

Alternative Names: Iolite, Ocean Sapphire, Water Sapphire or Dichroite; Iolite refers to blue gem-quality cordierite
Group: Silicates – cyclocsilicates
Species: Cordierite
Chemical Formula: Mg2Al4Si5O18 (Magnesium aluminium silicate)
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Habit: Short Prisms
Colour: Blue, blue-green, grey-violet

Birthstone for: Libra, Sagittarius & Taurus
Aligns with the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakra

Tumbled Iolite

Tumbled Iolite

Properties: Iolite is associated with the element water. It is balancing in general, and particularly balances male-female energy. As such, it can add harmony to relationships, as well as aiding self-acceptance. It promotes leadership and allows us to embrace responsibility. It is considered to be useful in stimulation of visions and dream work, and is used in this capacity in Shamanic healing. Iolite allows us to maintain a state of awareness while in meditation, and enhances mediumistic abilities and spiritual communication. Iolite crystals exhibit the phenomenon pleochroism, where there is a colour variation in relation to the direction within the crystal. Most Iolite on the market is found in shards rather than intact crystals, but still has the characteristic, and when used in healing, the crystal can be strongly directional even when the symmetry of the crystal is not visible. In meditation, held one way it forms a protective shield of light, allowing one to look outward from the self (on a psychic or spiritual level), while remaining invisible, similar to a 2-way mirror; the other direction allows for inner reflection. When used in physical healing, it can aid the regeneration of tissues, and align the Subtle Bodies. It is purported to be a good aid in overcoming addiction, including codependency, as it helps us to see the reasons behind the addiction.

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