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Historical Information

Actinolite is named from the Greek words aktis (ἀκτίς) meaning "Beam" or “Ray”, due to its radiating fibrous habit, and litho meaning stone.

Some forms of Actinolite are used as gemstones. One is nephrite, one of the two types of jade (the other being jadeite, a variety of pyroxene). Another gem variety is the chatoyant form known as cat's-eye Actinolite. This stone is translucent to opaque, and green to yellowish green color. This variety has had the misnomer jade cat's-eye. Transparent Actinolite is rare and is faceted for gem collectors.

Actinolite is often found associated with quartz, and Actinolite crystals make interesting collectors pieces. Fibrous Actinolite should be handled with care and never inhaled.

Major sources for these forms of Actinolite are Taiwan and Canada. Other sources are Madagascar, Tanzania, and the United States.

Metaphysical Properties

Actinolite brings your body's functions into harmony and balance. It can affect the colour vibration of other stones and enhances their overall effectiveness. It stabilises the physical crystallisation process (a process that anchors either a positive or a negative 'now' consciousness) and can restructure your cells into a positive crystallization.

Actinolite helps strengthen the processes of your physical body, and allows it to accept what has taken place.

Actinolite encourages your spirit to explore new directions, and gives awareness if you have strayed from your original goals. It promotes a feeling of self-worth and strength and encourages inner balance and patience. Actinolite helps instigate the balancing process of emotional and physical acceptance, and produces the openness and the well-being that allows you to be available and receptive to Divine energies.

Actinolite is a protective shield which repels your own negative thoughts - this is particularly true of black Actinolite - and assists your body in adjusting to changes or traumas. Actinolite is an excellent stone for psychic shielding, as it expands your aura and crystallizes its edges, connecting you to higher awareness while bringing body, mind, psyche and spirit into balance. An effective aid to visualization and imagery.

Actinolite can increase one’s self-esteem by getting rid of negative feelings, especially those of isolation that can hinder progress. It makes us more in tune with nature and all of our surroundings. Actinolite can be used as a phenomenal shielding device and for expanding the energy bodies to help provide for a connection to "All That Is" and for facilitating the "brotherhood" of all; may be used to help one with strengthening basic conditions and/or decreasing unwanted conditions

There are two types of Actinolite gemstones: Green and black. Crystal and gemstone therapists report that this little piece of rock can do wonderful things in the realm of eliminating negative thoughts and energies as it possesses qualities specifically geared towards raising the energetic vibration of the wielder. Here are the qualities of this fantastic and common mineral. Actinolitein Crystal and Gemstone Healing

Both green and black Actinolite gemstones have the same properties. They help in bringing back positivity into life and maintain it. However, green Actinolite gemstones are stronger when it comes to banishing negativity while black Actinolite gemstones are stronger in terms of maintaining the positive energies.

Crystal and gemstone therapists believe that Actinolite possesses the qualities of balance, harmony and equilibrium. It can be used to banish negative thoughts and ease negative situations in one’s life. It has a vibration of tranquility and serenity. Actinolite is known to bring emotional, physical and spiritual stability. On the emotional level, crystal and gemstone therapists believe that Actinolite eases negative thoughts and can even remove them altogether, creating lasting feelings of peace and balance. Green Actinolite restores balance while black Actinolite maintains balance.

While in crystal and gemstone healing the body is not considered to be separated from mind and emotions, Actinolite is not known for swift and immediate physical effects, although some books suggest that it helps the liver. Spiritually, Actinolite helps balance the spiritual body of a person. Green Actinolite helps create this balance and black Actinolite is more effective at maintaining this balance, effectively protecting the wearer from negative energies.

Like many other stones, Actinolite is said to have spiritual qualities that can help improve psychic abilities. For individuals who wish to become more spiritual, Actinolite serves as a sort of gateway into that realm.

Life is all about balance, and sometimes we can all use a little help from the earth. if you want to bring some positive energy into your life, consider purchasing an Actinolite.

Healing Properties

Physically, Actinolite reduces stress; strengthens the immune system, especially after illness or trauma; aides in proper liver and kidney function.