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Historical Information

Phenakite or Phenacite was named in 1833 by Nordenkiold from the Greek word for deceiver because it was often mistaken for quartz. This name is derived on account of Phenakite's apparent similarity to herkimer quartz, or to diamond when faceted.
Phenakite has long been known from the emerald and chrysoberyl mine on the Takovaya River, near Yekaterinburg (formerly Sverdlovsk), in the Urals region of Russia, where large crystals occur in mica schist.
Phenakite is the astrological sign for Aquarius.

Metaphysical Properties

Phenakite is grows in many different forms in several locations; each location is said to have different metaphysical properties; it can be mistaken easily for other minerals.
Phenakite is often considered the highest energy crystal in existence. It is said to stimulate the Third Eye chakra very strongly, which in meditation can bring great and deep knowing. This crystal is used extensively for meditation, intuition, and psychic awareness. As a high energy crystal it also enhances and facilitates the energies of other crystals.
Phenakite is used in crystal healing and Lightwork to clear, cleanse and activate all chakras, the body, energy centers, energy paths, where energy centers and paths may be those inside the body or within a community or other "body".
Phenakite is also said to be able to make contact with Masters and Angelic beings of Light.
Physically, Phenakite is used in crystal healing lore for all types of healing as it has the extremely high vibration that can multiply the energies of other stones used in crystal healing.
In general, Phenakite is said to have the highest vibration yet found in any crystal or stone, its overall purpose in all of its forms and locations seems to be the grounding of our light body, higher self, or full spectrum essence.
In our physical body and earthly life, the partnering and integration of that self with our local self is its highest function, widely opens the third eye.
Some individual location properties are Brazil (an angelic feminine vibration), Madagascar (associated with the extraterrestrial flow and a powerful tool for manifestation), Colorado (brings in the enlightened male energy), Russia (most powerful for raising group and environmental energies), a new variety from Zimbabwe Africa is thought to carry the highest energy levels of all of the different location Phenakite, the latter is also known for its clarity and clusters of small complete crystals.

Healing Properties

In folk healing Phenakite has been used for the spine, throat, hypothalamus, amygdala, carotid arteries, and jugular veins. Phenakite is associated with the upper chakras.