The Healing Properties of Crystals



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  • Pronunciation: [ah-hoe-ite]

  • Formula: (Na,K)Cu7AlSi9O24(OH)6·3(H2O) 

  • Stone Qualities: Love, Emotional Healing, Angelic Connection 

  • Hardness (Mohs): 3.5 

  • Chakras: Heart (4th), Throat (5th), Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th) 

  • Zodiac: Virgo

  • Locality: Arizona, USA; Messina, South Africa


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Harry Berman of Harvard University was collecting rock specimens at a place called Ajo, in Pima County, Arizona, in August of 1941.  He found a bluish-green mineral which he did not recognize connected to some dark blue shattuckite.  He planned to further investigate it later with WT Schaller of the US Geological Survey.  Before this study could ever be conducted Berman died in a plane crash in 1944.  Finally, in 1958, Schaller and Angelina Vlisidis (also of the US Geological Survey) evaluated the mysterious mineral and determined it to be a new mineral.  It was then named “ajoite” in reference to the location at which it had been discovered.  Aside from Arizona, ajoite has also been found in the Messina (now called “Musina”) District in South Africa where it often occurs as an inclusion in quartz.  It occurs in massive fracture coatings, vein fillings, and vugs in copper rich base metal deposits.  In this environment secondary copper minerals oxidize to form ajoite.  Ajoite is a rare and valuable silicate mineral that is bluish-green and translucent in appearance and has a triclinic crystal system, perfect cleavage, a vitreous luster, and a Moh's hardness of 3.5.

Metaphysically ajoite is regarded as a stone of harmony, peace, and unconditional love. It is said to bring change, growth, and transformation to its wearer by aiding in the release of negative energies from all levels of the wearer's being.  This includes release from emotional wounds of the past that the wearer may be hanging onto, as well as any other fear, anger, or sorrow he or she may be experiencing in life.  It can also include negative thought processes and attitudes such as pride, judgment, and jealousy.  Negative energies are believed to be replaced by positive energies.  It is said to be a terrific aid for those who practice meditation and may connect one to the higher self.  Ajoite is associated with the heart and throat chakras and some believe that it facilitates a union between the heart and throat that encourages its wearer to speak the loving and authentic truth that resides in his or her heart.  It is also said to cause one's own self worth to flourish, ensuring that any inner dialogue comes from a place of happiness, compassion, and self-love.

Ajoite is mainly considered to be a major spiritual healing stone but it may exhibit physical healing properties as well.  Crystal healers believe ajoite to be a fountain of youth of sorts, claiming that it rejuvenates the skin and the body and improves eye sight and overall energy level.  It is also said to help combat depression by restoring balance to chemicals in the brain, provide benefits to those who struggle with anemia, and help alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopasue in women by bringing balance to the hormones in the body that are responsible.

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