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Staurolite is a very interesting stone because it almost always naturally forms a cross shape. It’s been called by a lot of other names including Fairy Stone, Fairy Cross, Fairy tears, Cross stone, and Baseler Taufstein which means baptismal stone since it was used in baptisms.
Physical Energy Properties: Combats addictions including stopping smoking. It has been used to treat fevers throughout history and malaria as well. It also promotes relaxation and relieves stress.
Emotional Energy Properties: Helps to relieve depression and stress. Assists you in finding the best use for your energy and prevents you from overworking yourself. Good for finding the root cause of any addiction and acts as a grounding stone to help you stabilize your emotions and energy.
Chakras: Associated with the Root chakra and grounding to the Earth.
Astrological signs: Connected with Pisces.
History: Staurolite has a rich history and was used for many different purposes and needs. It was used in baptisms in Basel, Switzerland which is why it is sometimes referred to as the baptismal stone. The name Staurolite comes from the Greek words stauros and lithos meaning cross stone because it is usually in a natural cross shape. It has always been seen as good luck and has been used in religious jewelry. In Brittany, people thought that this stone fell out of the sky and in North America, the Indigenous people believed the stones to be the tears of the Cherokee tribe who followed a trail of tears in the 1800’s after they were forced to leave their land to go to reservations. They are also called Fairies Tears because they were thought to be the tears that were shed by fairies when they heard that Jesus Christ died. It’s also said that some of the presidents of the United States including Wilson, Roosevelt and Harding even carried Staurolite as good luck charms.
Where it's found: Mainly found in Russia, France, the United States, and the Middle East.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Staurolite crystals can be reddish brown to brown, yellow brown, and black with a sheen. Staurolite rates a 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and has a vitreous to resinous luster. It is found in medium-grade schists and gneisses with garnet, kyanite and mica.
How to use it: Carry with you or wear for good luck. Use in ceremony or meditation and hold to use as a grounding tool.
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