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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Enlightened Despair"

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Variscite is named for the Latin word for Vogtland in Saxony, where its color matched the costumes of the traditional spring festivals, which can actually still be seen today. At one time, variscite was called Utahlite.

Due to it’s resemblance to tracks across the land, it was also a focus in sacred earth awareness ceremonies among  the Native Americans and Australian Aboriginals.



Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 4.5 with orthorhombic crystal structure

Variscite is a hydrated aluminium phosphate mineral. It is a relatively rare phosphate mineral. It is sometimes confused with turquoise; however, variscite is usually greener in color.

Variscite is a secondary mineral formed by direct deposition from phosphate-bearing water that has reacted with aluminium-rich rocks in a near-surface environment. It occurs as fine-grained masses in nodules, cavity fillings, and crusts. Variscite often contains white veins of the calcium aluminium phosphate mineral crandallite.

Variscite from Nevada typically contains black spider webbing in the matrix and is often confused with green turquoise. Most of the Nevada variscite recovered in recent decades has come from mines located in Lander County.

Notable localities are Lucin, Utah and Fairfield, Utah in the United States. It is also found in Germany, Australia, Poland, Spain and Brazil.

Metaphysical Properties

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Psychologically Variscite facilitates moving out of deep despair and into a position of hope and trust in the grand universe. This calming stone does away with pretense, enabling one to present one’s true self to the world, in perfection as it is now.

It calms nervousness and brings a peaceful heart. It supports sobriety and yet has a lively energy that prevents one from becoming much too serious. Placed under the pillow at night, it is told to bring peaceful sleep and an untroubled mind.

Physically Variscite is said to be an energizer that helps to restore depleted energy reserves.

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Healing Properties

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Variscite it told to heal the nervous system, treats abdominal distension and constricted blood flow.

It is said to regenerate elasticity of veins as well as skin as it neutralizes over acidity and aids in dispelling gout, gastritis, ulcers, rheumatism as well as being helpful for male fertility and relieving cramps in the female reproductive organs.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Projective
Element: Earth
Planet: Earth
Powers: Past Life Recall
Candle Color: Bright Green

Variscite is extremely helpful for past life exploration, it facilitates visual images of the experience while going more deeply into the feelings and experiences of appropriate lives. It will stimulate insights into the cause of dis-ease or patterns that one has been stuck in and aids in reframing the situation to bring about healing.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Virgo

Associations: Mercury

Birthstone: Not a birthstone for any month.

Chakra Properties

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Variscite is helpful with the 4th, or Heart Chakra and the 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra

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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