Stone of the Month: ASTROPHYLLITE
Astrophyllite is a rare titanium mineral that typically forms as thin bladed, radiating patterns. Its crystalline formation, or ‘habit’, gives this mineral its name, from the Greek words astro meaning “star” or “heavens” and phyllon meaning "leaf". Its name translated means “star sheets” and probably is in allusion to the intergrown starlike aggregates that it can form. It has a variable luster showing great sub-metallic gleam and darkness in contrast with the light (felsic) matrix the mineral is regularly found within. Its colors range from a coppery brown to bronze to reddish brown and can have bright flashes of yellow, amber, orange and cherry. Astrophyllite is usually opaque to translucent, but may be transparent in thin specimens. Because of its opacity, heaviness and its fragility, it is mostly of interest to scientists and collectors and is not commonly found as jewelry. Discovered in 1854 at Laven Island, Norway, it is found in a few scarce, remote localities: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada; Pikes Peak, Colorado, US; Narsarsuk and Kangerdluarsuk, Greenland; Brevig, Norway; and the Kola Peninsula, Russia. Due to its growth structure it is an essential mineral for astral travel and deep connection to our own galactic heritage. Here is the mineral that reminds you to recognize that you are not alone in the universe and that we are all a part of the stars and the galactic whole. It allows us to recognize this part of ourselves and to seek to travel the ancestral linkage of possibilities and remembrance. Astropyllite’s key phrase could be “as above, so below”. It reminds us of multi-dimensional life, while connecting the chakras in between. In the connection of two powerful etheric centers, the Earth Star (below the feet at the center of the planet) and the Soul Star (the gateway to spiritual and galactic beings), all other chakras in the body are activated, charged and aligned creating an unconscious pathway for the chakras to dialogue. This dialogue between chakras is what we need to access all of who we are. Astrophyllite helps us develop a relationship between each chakra thus providing a more whole and unified person and human experience. It extends the human experience into the larger scope of spirit and allows us access to all of our existence while traversing in human form. Due to its starlike qualities, Astrophyllite reminds us that life is not only lived on this planet, it is a multidimensional, universal experience. This mineral is like a gateway to the stars, and it can create pathways to travel between worlds allowing you to access your galactic self. Moving through the chakra system, Astrophyllite places your consciousness beyond the normal and shows you how to access who you are as a spiritual being. Extending the idea of who you are, allows you to reach further than your everyday experience. Astrophyllite wants you to reach into new layers of thinking and acting. It encourages you to bring future self into present expression and present expression into clearing of the past. Here is a stone with many ideas and many pathways of thinking and being. Sometimes we need that permission to be all of our potential and reach for what we truly want. Astrophyllite connects. It also strengthens the energy field, it can act as a natural protection against negative vibrations. Keep Astrophyllite near you or on your body to mediate the effects of electromagnetic pollution produced by electronics, computers, radio transmitters, cell towers or radioactivity. While protecting the body it can assist in processing a broader range of personal electromagnetic energy. It will enhance your aura and provide a larger, broader personal electromagnetic field. Astrophyllite enables one to resonate with and radiate the full spectrum of electromagnetic energy that is the Light. Use your Astrophyllite to venture past closed opportunities and move on after any “ending”. Endings are merely the illusion of linear space and time interrupting the natural flow of our lives. Let this mineral remind you that nothing really ends, but actually continues in another way or another form. Meditate with your Astrophyllite to see where your next transition is leading you. Let it guide you through uncomfortable situation and memories to purge yourself of what does not belong to you but is holding you back from your natural development and essential progress.