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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Higher Spiritual Forces"

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Unakite…or Epidote with feldspar as it is also known, consists of a combination of deformed feldspar, green epidote and quartz solidly bound together, thus creating the beautiful pistachio and pink coloring. The splashes of soft peach against a fresh green colored background makes Unakite a much beloved and magical gemstone.

The stone takes its name from the Greek word epidosis, meaning “growing together”, and it is these materials bound together that conveys the meaning that what comes together, belongs together.


Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 6.5 with a monoclinic crystal structure

Deep in the Unaka Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, Peach Feldspar (a sister to Moonstone) formed in Quartz rich Granite, while green Epidote precipitated out of nearby magma flows, and it is this marriage of elements that gave birth to a beautifully balanced gemstone.

Unakite does not crystallize. It is found in masses, much like Chalcedonies are. Some deposits are found in Zimbabwe and Switzerland, but the gemstone is named for it’s North American home, the Unaka Mountains. Occasionally the gem is listed as Epidotized Granite or Grandodiorite, but it is Unakite that is the most commonly known.

Pebbles and boulders of Unakite have been found in Glacial drifts around the Great Lakes, especially near Lake Michigan.





Metaphysical Properties

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Carrying the gemstone as a companion stone will help one to maintain a balance between spiritual and physical lives.; allowing them to join forces in assisting one to create the life one needs.

Unakite is excellent at removing obstacles to one’s personal growth. Whether it is an issue from childhood or last month’s catastrophe that is draining energy and holding one back. Meditations with this Unakite will aid in releasing pain and anger that one may have been having trouble letting go of.

One may use Unakite to build self-confidence, as it strengthens courage, assisting one in taking control of the aspects of life that one is able to yield power over. Giving confidence to transform anger and fear into positive constructive energies. Like love and compassion for oneself.

Learn more about the Color Green & Pink!

Healing Properties

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Healers believe that Unakite’s ability to unleash buried emotional pain and to also aid in the body’s healing process.

Since many illnesses began as an unhealed trauma to one’s psyche, letting go of emotions aids the body’s tissue in relaxing on a cellular level. Thus promotes healthier organs, muscles and soft tissue.

Unakite is recommended for a safe pregnancy (as is Moonstone) and the healthy growth of the infant while in its mother’s womb. Unakite may also be helpful in achieving targeted weight gain to specific areas of the body.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Fire & Water
Planet: Mars & Venus
Powers: Clarity & Transformation
Candle Color: Moss Green

Legend tells us that one who carries Unakite will have the power to locate things that have been lost. It can also help one remain powerful in situations where otherwise one may become a victim.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Scorpio

Associations: Pluto

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone for any month

Sorrow may not harm the bearer the Unakite, nor will they be affected by despair or self pity

Chakra Properties

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Unakite primarily has affect the 4th, or Heart Chakra, and the chakra of the hands as a secondary position.

It protects the 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra to aid in steady evolution of oneself

Held to the 2nd, Navel/Sacral Chakra for short periods of time when working to overcome situations that threaten one’s personal power, the Unakite will be of much help in assisting one’s well being. When meditating, use it when searching for answers to emotional questions.

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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