Sunstone, also known as heliolite, is a plagioclase feldspar that exhibits aventurescence, a metallic glitter. It also demonstrates the shiller effect where the metallic inclusions reflect light in a brilliant display of color.
Its colors include clear, yellow, red, green, blue, and copper shiller.
History and Lore
- The golden sparkle caused the Greeks to dedicate this stone to the sun-god Helios. They believed the stone protected the earth and kept the sun on course.
- The Vikings used it as a talisman. The stone has been found in Viking burial mounds.
- During the Renaissance, magicians used the stone to call upon the power of the sun.
- Sunstone is not a common gemstone. Its most famous location is in Norway. However, a large deposit was found in Oregon, United States and it’s that states official gemstone.
The Oregon Sunstone has an optical effect caused by the reflections from red copper inclusions concentrating more in the center creating a darker middle.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- stimulating self-healing
- relieving sore throats
- reducing depression
- relieving Seasonal Affective Disorder cause during dark winters
- relieving exhaustion
- promoting good circulation
- promoting cheerfulness, good humor, and good temper
- promoting self-confidence and self-esteem
- heightening intuition
- providing protection
Sunstone and moonstone are used together in Solstice rituals. They are typical placed side by side on the altar, or the priest wears the sunstone, and the priestess wears the moonstone.
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge sunstone, once a month let lukewarm water run over the stone. To recharge, place it in the sunlight for several hours. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.
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