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Andalusite

Historical Information

Andalusite was named in 1798 by Jean - Claude Delamtheris for the type locality, Andalucia in southern Spain.  It is an aluminum silicate that has been called the "poor man's alexandrite."

Good quality of Andalusite is found in Australia, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and the United States. In addition to this, there are some Andalusite deposits in the United Kingdom, although the crystals found there are not of gem quality.

Andalusite gemstones display pleochroism, meaning that a single stone displays different colorations, depending on the angle the stone is viewed at. In addition to this, one variety of Andalusite commonly displays a cross (crucifix), which is present due to natural inclusions. This variety of Andalusite (Chiastolite) is often set in a pendant and is particularly sought after in staunchly Catholic countries due to the symbolism of the cross.

Andalusite is a somewhat rare gemstone that is not commonly used in jewelry. This is however very likely due to the fact that many jewelers are not aware of this gemstone, let alone the consumer. For this reason supply currently meets demand and prices are relatively low.

Andalusite is the astrological sign for Pisces.

Metaphysical Properties

Andalusite alleviates fear, especially in those who are near death. It encourages moderation and balance, allowing the personality to mature and learn to function independently. It may dispel negative energies so the wearer can cope with stress and transition through change.

Andalusite works with the solar plexus chakra to ease through emotional blockages and trauma, pointing the wearer to possible resolutions. It can transform conflict into harmonious peace.

Andalusite has powerful protective and creative energies. It assists the wearers in looking at problems from all sides in order to balance creativity with practicality. It can help the user look into his character without bias, and transform negative situations into positive ones.

Andalusite can help highly sensitive and spiritual people feel comfortable and "at home" on Earth; it is said to facilitate access to past life memories and the Akashic Records; can be used to repair holes in the aura and to strengthen any chakra; its friendly energy is recommended for those wishing to dispel loneliness, depression, fear, or anxiety

Crystal lore says Andalusite enhances memory and assists with recall. It promotes focus on a perceived goal and encourages the wearer to stay the course when times are difficult. It reminds her of past victories and illuminates new ways of reaching a goal.

During an illness, Andalusite helps the user maintain a spiritual perspective and see the good in the process. It may assist the death and re-birth process by promoting an understanding of immortality, and provide a bridge for "crossing over" from this life to the next.

Use Andalusite for meditation find it centering and helpful during spiritual journeys. Crystal users report it aids in astral journeys and in finding gateways to move from one plane to another. It may attune the user to her life purpose.

Because of Andalusite's shape, it is worn or carried when practicing elemental magic or by those who wish to balance the four elements within themselves. Andalusite is worn, carried , or placed on the altar for power during all magical rituals and for luck.

Healing Properties

Andalusite have anti-inflammatory properties, it eases the pain of arthritis, joint inflammation, gout and rheumatism as it heals the connective tissue and skin. Crystal lore reports it heals nerve paralysis and paralysis in joints and muscles.

Some crystal healers claim Andalusite influences muscles and nerves, and can reduce spasms. Traditionally, healers used it to increase lactation, balance blood flow and alleviate edema. Crystal healers also used it to reduce fevers and encourage restful sleep.