Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent. Sodalite is a member of the sodalite group with hauyne, nosean, lazurite and tugtupite.
Discovered in 1811 in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex in Greenland, sodalite did not become important as an ornamental stone until 1891 when vast deposits of fine material were discovered in Ontario, Canada.
A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. The more uniformly blue material is used in jewellery, where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads. Lesser material is more often seen as facing or inlay in various applications.
Although somewhat similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli, sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in lapis) and its blue color is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished from similar minerals by its white (rather than blue) streak. Sodalite's six directions of poor cleavage may be seen as incipient cracks running through the stone.
Mystical and Healing Properties:
It is told that sodalite will harmonize the inner being or the conscious with the subconscious mind.
It is most helpful for work in groups and stimulates thought. It is a stone wonderfully beneficial for healing breaches in communication. A stone of truth, it brings this to all communications. It can help end arguments or other disagreements that have to do with communication or when communication has become an issue. It is particularly useful for honesty of emotions. It increases intelligence, knowledge and learning and will unite the logical with the spiritual.
Sodalite is an excellent stone for reducing high blood pressure if carried constantly on the person. Necklaces of sodalite beads that hang down to the heart area will increase its hypotensive properties.
It also is associated with the thyroid, it has a calming regularity effect on the thyroid gland, the vegetative nervous system and all glandular functions. By balancing the endocrine system, it strengthens the metabolism. Reduces stress and helps to prolong physical endurance.
In order to properly benefit from this stone's energy it must be worn or carried as a touchstone over a long period of time. It should be discharged under running water on a weekly basis, or whenever the stone becomes cloudy or changes color. Then it should be charged again in a bowl of water together with a rock crystal.
Powers: Healing, peace, meditation, wisdom
Sodalite is excellent for psychic development and meditation, particularly if used with lapis or other clear quartz crystal. While other stones may blast open the inner doorway to the psychic, this stone gently eases it open. This allows us acceptance of and working with the new and different abilities much easier than if they had come too suddenly.
Worn in jewelry, sodalite forms a quite reliable connection with your intuition, thus giving a gentle flow of information that can save lots of time and trouble.
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