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Sunstone

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The name "Sunstone" is self-evident of course, but this captivating stone has another name - Heliolite, from the Greek "helios" meaning "sun" and "lithos" meaning "stone".

Favorite locations that host an abundance of this type of glistening Sunstone are India, Norway, Russia, and the states of New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina in the U.S. Another kind of Sunstone, whose inclusions are of Copper instead of the usual Hematite, is located in Oregon, and is called Oregon Sunstone by the trade. In 1987, this Sunstone was made Oregon's state gemstone.

Sunstone is most often found in hues of orange, peach, yellowish brown, and sometimes green or gray, but each with areas of iridescent salmon-colored schiller. This sparkle and lustrous shimmer, though revered by the ancients as a captured and imprisoned piece of the Sun itself, is actually caused by the refraction of minute and very thin platelets of Hematite or Goethite inclusions. But none of this takes away from the true magick of this mystical stone, as you will see.

Sunstone is believed to be a piece of the sun, sunstone was prized by ancient magicians, who used Sunstone to attract the strength of the sun and it's associated power and wealth. Sunstone is commonly associated with the Phoenix that appeared at the first sunrise.

In ancient Greece, Sunstone was used to represent the Sun God, Helios (or Apollo). Ancient Greeks believed Sunstone invigorated and greatly improved the state of the physical body and the spirit, bringing renewed strength and good health to both. They also believed Sunstone brought abundance, prosperity, and protection - so much so with the latter, that they would adorn their drinking vessels with this stone in order to prevent poisoning.

In India, natives wore Sunstone to protect themselves against any intrusive or negative forces.  They believed It was also a stone offered for protection from "evil spirits".

Sunstone was used by certain Native American Indian tribes to assist their medicine men in contacting Spirit Guides. Placing the Sunstone in the center of their medicine wheel, it was believed to assist in harnessing the healing powers of the Sun.

Sunstone was said that the stone would glow a bright golden color if successful contact was made. Another "glowing" spot of lore regarding Sunstone is that Pope Clement VII was said to be in possession of a piece which held within it a glowing spot, one that would actually move across the surface of the stone from east to west in conjunction with the sun.

In myth, ancient Vikings used what they called a "Sunstone" to aid their navigations, perhaps both in life and death, as in fact this feldspar type of Sunstone has been discovered in Viking burial mounds and is thought to have been placed there to aid one's journey to Valhalla.

Current speculation is that their navigational "Sunstone" may have been the Sunstone we know today, but the double refracting Iceland Spar (a form of Calcite) is also a possibility, as is the transparent mineral Cordierite which turns from yellow to blue whenever held at right angle to the sun. Either way, the theory is well thought out, as these stones exhibits the exact property which would be needed to navigate by the position of the sun - the property of refraction.

Refracted light makes Sunstone possible to locate the sun during storms, fog, or darkness. So just as certain insects use refraction of light to find direction, so may have these remarkable ancient mariners.

Sunstone is a joyful, light inspiring stone which often instills the feeling of  joie de vivre, it is good natured and heightens ones intuition.

Astrogical : Leo

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Sunstone has a very positive effect on one's psyche, it promotes good humor, cheerfulness and an even temper.  It may provide the necessary stamina and energy to undertake projects and tasks that one may find daunting.

Sunstone offers self confidence and helps its wearer to discover her own nature and live accordingly. Sunstone assists its wearer in maintaining a positive attitude towards her own life and to use inherent strengths while still allowing the sunny side of the personality raise to the forefront.

Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty saying "no" to people, and you continually make sacrifices for others.

Many say that Sunstone brings "good luck," but the true definition of "luck" simply means being in the right place at the right time, more so a fortunate synchronicity. The way Sunstone brings on this synchronicity is by prompting its user into the spotlight where he or she is more noticeable and visible to the world.

This, enhanced by the Sunstone's projective energy and willful abundance, will provide you with many of the key factors - the courage and strength, the discipline and conviction, the optimism and energy - which are needed to keep things flowing in that "lucky" fortunate direction.

Sunstone and Moonstone together are often used in Solstice rituals, either on the altar of by having the priest wear Sunstone and the priestess wearing moonstone, thus representing the balance of power between the physical, psychic and spiritual attributes.

Sunstone also helps to find and keep a beneficial sexual relationship, it is a protective and powerful stone.  This gemstone adds energy to other stones as well as to rituals and spell workings.

Symbolically Sunstone is linked to Moonstone.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Sunstone enables and enhances it's wearer with self healing powers. It stimulates the vegetative, autonomic nervous system and enhances the harmonious functioning of all the body's organs. Sunstone is quite helpful in cases of exhaustion due to lack of sleep.

Sunstone will treat chronic sore throats and relieves the pain of stomach ulcers. It is quite successful on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), it is also known to relieve cartilage problems, rheumatism and general aches and pains.

Sunstone treats chronic sore throats, reduces stomach tension and relieves ulcers.  It treats cartilage and spinal problems.

Sunstone will lift depression and free it's wearer from feelings of discrimination and failure as well as images of an 'evil world'. Sunstone easily increases a sense of self-esteem as well as self-worth.

Sunstone is particularly beneficial when used in the sun, sunshine, or sunlight.

Sunstone rough and facet stone