July 23

Gemstone Guide: Doubling Firepower with Calcite

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IMG_2082I hovered my hand above the baskets of gemstones, trying to pick one that had a nice vibe to it. Being in a woo-woo store, I knew I wouldn’t be looked at askance. I liked the look of these pretty green stones, and it had a good feel in my hands. So I took one home.

Calcite comes in shades of gold, white, black, green, gray, yellow, blue brown and read. Lots of variety for this little stone! In the form of limestone and marble, it comprises a significant portion of Earth’s crust.

The stone itself seems to have a calming effect on me. It’s energy reminds me of the hypnotic effect of waves washing up on a beach. There’s an underlying vibration of power and inevitability about this stone to me, much like the expression of nature’s cycles.

It’s a stone of health associated with Cancer, so you can look for it to take care of you, just like your favorite Cancer might. You can bathe with it, lay it on your body or carry for physical healing, strength and immunity boosting.

Associated with the solar plexus chakra, it should help with a sense of personal power, a strong inner foundation. High-grade optical calcite was used in World War II for gun sights, in bomb sights and anti-aircraft weapons. How much more aligned with power could you ask for here?

“Calcite has the unique optical quality of double refraction. Draw a line with a pen on a piece of paper, then place a piece of calcite over the line. When you look through the stone, the line will appear to be doubled.” – Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic

Green calcite as pictured is said to enhance intuition and healing abilities, as well as physical issues connected to the heart, dissolving tumors and malignancies, and helping with sinus and lung issues. As green is the traditional color of the Heart Charka, I’m not surprised at the connection.

Caring for your Calcite: it’s not an especially hard stone, so beware abrasives.

Have you worked with Calcite? What do you think of it?

(Cunningham’s Encyclopedia Series)
by Scott Cunningham

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Calcite, Gemstone Guides, Green Gemstones, Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Chakra


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  1. I totally LOVE Calcite! I have a whole bunch of it in different shades and colors. I’ve always found it to be immensely healing and really “friendly.” I don’t know how else to put it. It has to be the Cancer vibe… the stone just FEELS like it WANTS to love and care for you. Awesome stuff!

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