Crystals Explained - S

Sapphire

Sapphire is a form of Corrundum, which exhibits a trigonal structure and has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Sapphires have been admired for their beauty for thousands of years. The rich deep blue colour continues to inspire us to look deeper into our own being and the fabric of the universe. This crystal focuses our intentions giving clarity to our purpose. Sapphires ask us to look closely at the nature of our lives and to eliminate those aspects which no

longer serve our higher purpose. Sapphire gives us insight into our true nature and from there it asks us to direct our energies. It speak to the well of wisdom that supports our thoughts, emotions and physical realities, it links us through our intuition to the causes of our existence. This is a deep stone that unlocks our spirituality and seeks to help us

to let that blueprint guide our paths. This stone works wonderfully on the third eye, throat and crown centres. Physically it cools us down and allows us to expand more freely into our emotional and mental selves. It is a stone of truth, justice and clarity. It brings more purpose and direction to our lives.

Sapphire, when used correctly, unlocks secret doors and calls to our deepest truths, those that sit behind our thoughts and emotions.


Sardonyx

See onyx and agate


Scapolite

Scapolite is a variety of crystal family that includes various colours, ranging from yellow to purple. Scapolite has been found in Afghanistan and the USA. Sacpolite exhibits a tetragonal structure and has a hardness of 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs sacle of hardness.

Scapolite brings strength, directness and focus, depending on the colour they have varying

properties.

Yellow scapolite works well with the solar plexus chakra, encouraging a healthy self esteem and promoting clear concise thought patterns and structures. This crystal provides stability to well reasoned thoughts. This is a good crystal to use when re-programming more useful patterns into our lives, providing greater structure and discipline.

Purple Scapolite works extremely well with the third eye chakra, again producing stability whilst energising this centre. It allows us look deeply at issues and ideas using our intuition as a tool. It assists in providing a detached analysis of higher and more complex ideas and beliefs. This crystal is excellent for supporting and encouraging new patterns, especially when these patterns have already been identified as useful.


Scheelite

Scheelite is quite an interesting yellow crystal that exhibits a tetragonal structure and has a

hardness 0f 4.5 to 5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Scheelite works very well to enhance the strength of our personality, it activates our solar plexus chakra, giving it more energy, which inturn increases our personal magnetism. This stone assists usin becoming more of our selves, by helping us to believe in ourselves and our own ability. This in turn leads to greater self confidence. This stone brings increased gravity to our sense of being.


Scolecite

Scolecite is an amzing looking crystal which exhibits a monoclinic structure and has a hardness of 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Scolecite clusters almost look like universes exploding into life, they appear almost like the

quintessential idea of crystal would look like. They are fabulous and inspiring to look at. It is easy to see the energy of spontaneity within the structure. This crystal asks us to expand our lives on all levels. It inspires to break out of the ordinary frames of reference, to expand beyond our normal horizons. Its energy asks us to be more, to do more, to feel more, to notice more, to expands our beliefs and ideas, to ask questions we have never asked, to seek answers to questions we did not know existed.

In its crystal form this crystal is very exciting. It can also be purchased in the form of a polished palm stone. These palm stones bring the energy of expansion but also a feeling of peace and contentment that only comes from becoming a more expanded state of awareness.This is a great stone for Reike healers, mediums and deep meditators.


Selenite

See Gypsum


Seraphinite

Seraphinite is a very soft stone that exhibits a monoclinic structure and has a hardness of 2 to 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Seraphinite is also known as clinochlore and mainly comes to the market from Siberia as well as being found in USA, Southern Africa and Europe. This stone brings a feeling of ease and comfort in a way that no other crystal does. There is a simple and gentle energy that requires patience and relaxation from the user.

This stone is said by many to be one of the best healing stones on the planet.

It brings balance, harmony, peace and ease to the user. It has been noted that it is also excellent at blocking out certain frequencies.

This is truly a beautiful stone, consisting of radiating fibres that have a green-silverish metallic sheen. Its name comes from the fact that when polished the shapes of angels wings seem to appear to be flying over a green background. This stone is a pleasure to work with.


Shattuckite

Shattuckite is a copper based mineral that exhibits an Orthorhombic structure and has a hardness of 3.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Shattuckite exhibits the classic blue colour of a copper based mineral. It is surprisingly light to the touch, having a very low density considering its copper component. This crystal brings a smile to the face, instantly making us feel at home and accepted. This is a great crystal to give to anyone feeling out of sorts or not their usual selves. Shattuckite helps us to be more comfortable with ourselves and through this comfort opens the door to the psychic centres. When we are comfortable and content with ourselves, this balance allows us to perceive deeper and purer states of awareness through our higher centres. Shattuckite facilitates that ease which opens doors to perceptions which are otherwise closed.

This stone is a real friend in times of need and exploration.


Sodalite

Sodalite generally has a deep blue colour (although it does have some rarer forms of the purple hackmenite variety) due to the high sodium content and exhibits an isometric structure and had a hardness of 5.5 to 6 on the mohs scale of hardness.

Sodailte has some quite rare crystalline varieties, but it is most often found in crystal shops in its dark blue massive variety, often in tumbled form. Sodalite is an excellent stone for working on the third eye and throat centres. This wonderful mineral provides an avenue for deep expansion and research. This stone helps the user to access deeper, stiller and more insightful states of being.

This is a great stone to use with meditation, mediumship and channelling.


Sphalerite

Sphalerite has a metallic appearance which conceals coloured crystals vaying from yellow through green to deep red in colour. This crystal exhibits an Isometric structure and has a hardness of 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Sphalerite has the energy of Zinc and Iron combined. This crystal produces heat and action. This crystal activates the root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. This is a real stone to

work with when you want to achieve something in the physical realm. It not only gives you the energy to begin, but it gives you the purpose, the innovation and the drive to complete the task in the best possible manner.

Sphalerite activates the creative centres which is great for matters of fertility and sexual drive, as well as stimulating all manner of ideas and new possibilities.

This is a stone of action.


Spinel

Spinels come in a rainbow of colours from red through green to blue

and purple. This diverse looking crystal exhibits an Isometric structure and has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Spinels bring clarity and focus to all centres. Each coloured spinel can be placed on the appropriate chakra: red for root; orange for sacral; yellow for solar plexus; green for heart; blue for throat; purple for third eye; clear or indigo for the crown. These beautiful little gems will effortlessly energise each chakra giving it all the energy it requires, bringing clarity

and well being to the user.


Spodumene

See Kunzite


Staurolite

Staurolite is a very interesting stone that often forms in the shape of a

cross in some metamorphosed pelitic rock. Staurolite exhibits a monoclinic structure and has a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Staurolite is a very gentle heart felt stone that brings comfort, grounding and balance to the user. It has been said by many to ward off the evil eye and it is still used for that purpose today.


Stibnite

Stibnite has a very metallic appearance and grows in tall crystals and clusters. Stibnite exhibits an Orthorhombic structure and has a hardness of 2.

This is a very unusual crystal, that is metallic and very light weight. It transmits energy very quickly and as such can be used in a wand form very easily. It has an almost neutral state that simply requires an energy or intention to set it going. It seems to amplify intentions and is excellent for directing energy on many levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

This is a very useful crystal for a lightworkers tool box.


Stichtite

Stchtite is a lilac to purple looking mineral which exhibits a Trigonal structure and has a hardness of 1.5 to 2 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Stichtite is a gentle stone which gently activates and stimulates the third eye centre. This centre is the doorway to intuition and the wisdom that supports this reality. Stichtite can often be found with Serpentine and in that combination it is now called atlantasite. Atlantasite brings the balance and harmony of serpentine together with the third eye activation of the stichtite. When we work with our third eyes, one of the keys to opening the eye into deeper states is relaxation and balance. As you can see the combination of Atlantasite is a good one to work with.


Sugilite

Sugilite is a wonderful crystal that has been called the love stone for this age. Sugilite exhibits a Hexagonal structure and has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Sugilite combines the use of Potassium, Sodium and Manganese to provide amaxing results. This mineral effortlessly opens the throat, third eye, crown and heart chakras. It naturally stimulates increased love, harmony and balance. This in turn allows us to look deeper into our being through our third eyes. This wonderful mineral assists us to begin the journey deep into our beings in the spirit of love and to discover the true nature of the universe and our place in it.


Sunstone

Sunstone is a variety of Oligoclase and exhibits a Triclinic structure and has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Sunstone has a beautiful appearance, it looks like there are thousands of multi coloured glitter pieces dancing beneath the surface in a pool of water lit by a deep orange sunset.

This vision says it all, Sunstone uplifts and inspires the imagination linking the mind in the solar plexus to the creativity of the sacral chakra. This stone brings joy, confidence and strength to the character of the user. A great stone to alleviate depression and to inspire creativity.

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