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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Self Strength"

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Black, brown, or green on thin, brittle, translucent edges, a glassy luster with uneven cleavage. Visually recognizable only when crystallized. Usually in prismatic, embedded crystals, several inches (10 cm) long, terminated by steep points, as well as in fibrous masses.

Aegirine is common in high-soda, low-silica rocks, in the fine-grained equivalents. This entire family of high-soda, low-silica rocks, however, is quite uncommon. The best U.S. occurrence is at Magnet Cove, Arkansas, where slender crystals several inches (10 cm or more) long are very abundant. In Canada, St. Hilaire in Quebec has become famous for its feldspathoid group of hundreds of nepheline syenite associates.

In Russia, the Kola Peninsula is equally famed for a like assemblage, commonly with rare-earth, zirconium, and titanium minerals. Acmite needles are set in a dark-hued dike of this material at Beemerville, New Jersey. Mid-size crystals are found in low-silica rocks in the Bear Paw and Highwood mountains in Montana and near Colorado Springs. The same sort of rock is found in Greenland; at Langesund Fjord, Norway; and near Poços de Caldas, Brazil.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of  6 with a Monoclinic crystal structure.

Aegirine, which is listed in some guides as Acmite, forms impressive crystals that have become classics among collectors. These tall opaque monument-like crystals that jut majestically out from their host rocks are simply splendid. The steeply inclined pyramid on top of the prismatic crystals is very characteristic and thus diagnostic of Aegirine. Its alternate name, Acmite, comes from the Greek word for point. The name Aegirine is after the Teutonic god of the sea, Aegir, and was given when the first specimens of the mineral were discovered in Norway.
Aegirine is difficult to distinguish from its close cousin Augite. Under normal circumstances, the steep pyramids of Aegirine are the only point of differentiation.

Found in Australia, South Africa, and America, as well as other areas.

Metaphysical Properties

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Aegirine is a mineral, which can assist one in following personal convictions and morality and to do that which is required; it actually provides the strength for one to be true to oneself. It further dispenses with the effects of group pressure, bring acceptance of the self without conformance.

Utilization of this mineral for energy generation is excellent. It acts to concentrate the positive energy in an area and to interact with all who are present, providing revitalizing, mental stimulation, concentration of healing energy for other minerals, and unifying the group effort.

It has been used to remove emotional blockages, to allow one to reflect personal attitudes, opinions, and conceptions, and to accept the state of sufficiency. It further strengthens personal integrity and conviction.

Learn more about the Color Black, the Color Brown and the Color Green

Healing Properties

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Aegirine has been used in the treatment of deficiencies of the immune system, to protect one from negative energy and psychic attack, and to increase the amount of energy applied by other minerals when used in ANY healing situation.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Not Noted
Element: Not Noted
Planet: Not Noted
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Candle Color:  Not Noted

Zodiac Properties

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Associations: Unknown

Birthstone: Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month

Zodiac Stone of: Pisces

Chakra Properties

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Unknown Chakra Associations

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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