Labradorite gets its name from where it is mainly quarried: the Labrador peninsula in Canada.
Gem quality labradorite is known as spectrolite; which is a colorless variety, darkened with needlelike inclusions, it is often called black moonstone. Spectrolite is a dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer when the light hits it. It was discovered in Finland during WWII, and it is also called falcon's-eye.
In the myths of the northern people, Labradorite is thought to have fallen from the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) and has been connected to ancient magickal practices by many from that region.
Eskimos believed that the Northern Lights were once trapped in the rocks off the coast of Labrador, but were set free into the air by one of their ancestors who broke one of the rocks with his spear - some of the lights, however, remained trapped in the stone which we now call Labradorite.
There are stories involving the discovery of Labradorite, one of which tells of some "mighty being" coming upon the rocks where the stars once resided, and pounded on them to enable some of them to travel up to the sky, while a few remained. The native inhabitants of Labrador called the mineral "fire rock" or "firestone."
The Finnish often buried pieces of Labradorite in their fields as an offering to the spirits of the land.
Artifacts found in Maine, and dating to around the year 1000, show the use of Labradorite by the Algonquin tribe of that time.
One black iridescent variety of the stone, called Spectrolite and which hails from Finland, has been nicknamed "The Shaman's Stone". Labradorite has also been called "Black Moonstone".
Another common myth surrounding Labradorite says that those who are attracted to this stone have ancestral roots in Atlantis, whereas those who are attracted to the stone Angelite have ancestral roots in Lemuria.
Astrological : Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Leo
Labradorite is a considered by mystics to be a stone of transformation and magic. It is said to clear, balance and protect the aura.
Labradorite is purported to help provide clarity and insight into your destiny, as well as attract success. It is used in metaphysics for dream recall, and finding ways to use dreams in daily life.
Mystically, energies of stress and anxiety are said to be reduced by Labradorite. Labradorite is said to increase intuition, psychic development, esoteric wisdom, help with subconscious issues, and provide mental illumination.
Labradorite is said to provide quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration. Labradorite is said to dispel negativity and to bring clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one's ability to cooperate with others in harmony.
Labradorite is also said to give perseverance, strength and enhanced intuition when one is experiencing times of conflict and change.
A sister to moonstone, Labradorite links to the "darker" Crone aspects of the Goddess, and grants inner knowing of Mystery. It enhances intuition and psychic perception; just like the cord-cutting Crone, it helps the bearer to release judgment, and understand their destiny.
Use Labradorite to bring Light to the shadowed realms of the self and to connect with the power of the waning Moon.
Labradorite is particularly effective in alleviating bone issues, disorders of the spinal column and the wear and tear of the joints. Rheumatism and can also benefit from the healing power of stones.
Psychologically, Labradorite has a calming and harmonizing effect, so it is a wonderful stone for irascible people. It improves intuition and clarifies the possessor's own views and objectives.
In its elixir form, Labradorite purges negativity, bringing well being to you, it also has pain killing properties. It is quite a balancing harmonious energy, it helps ones intuition, especially the timing of things.
When intended for healing purposes, Labradorite should be carried as a touchstone tumbled or in jewelry, and then cleansed under running water. If it's surface becomes cloudy, it should be put in mineral water in placed in the sun for a few days to regenerate and refresh.