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Howlite

Howlite

What is it?
Howlite is a recently discovered borate mineral, only found for the first time in Nova Scotia in 1868, though it has been found in other locations in North America since. It generally appears in massive to nodule form, but tabular crystals of the mineral have been found. The stone generally appears as a white opaque stone with grey veining. Howlite is a relatively soft stone, with a Mohs hardness rating of 3.5, and lacks regular cleavage, making it an excellent  medium for carved decorative items, beads, and cabochons. Howlite is porous, accepting dyes easily. It is, therefore, often dyed to resemble turquoise, charoite, or other pricier stones. Because of how often it is dyed and sold as a turquoise replacement, howlite is sometime sold under the trade name “white turquoise,” though it is not at all related to turquoise chemically.


What can it do for you?
Howlite is best known for being a stone of awareness. It opens the mind to receive new information, and is often used by those preparing for Reiki attunements for this purpose. Another of howlite’s enlightening properties is to help us become of aware of deception and lies, including self-deception. It also helps relieve stress, anxiety, and rage, allowing one to release these negative emotions to reach a state of calmness and patience. It's gently grounding, but also help us open up to spiritual energies.


What can it teach us?
Howlite teaches us that our true value is not found in superficial appearances. Many people only see it as a something to be dyed to stand in for another, more expensive stone. It is underappreciated in its natural white color, but the metaphysical energies are very important and powerful. You can dye it blue or purple, but howlite’s enlightening, calming, and grounding energies are not changed or diminished. Like howlite, we can dress ourselves up or down, but it does not alter our inner character. Looking attractive is not the same as being a person worthy of being in another’s life. Appearances change, important things like strength of character and kindness do not.

Sodalite

sodalite

stone meditation What is it?
Sodalite is a tectosilicate mineral, usually appearing in royal bluewith white calcite and salmon feldspar matrix. It was originally found in Greenland in 1811, but supplies of the stone were so limited, it failed to gain significance as a gemstone until vast deposits of the mineral were found in Ontario, Canada, eighty years later. Since then, significant deposits have been found in Quebec and in the United States. As the stone is relatively fragile, it has largely been used as an ornamental stone, for small carvings and in jewelry. It is often confused for lapis lazuli, but is unique from that stone in several ways, including the fact that sodalite fluoresces under a black light.

 

What can it do for you?
Sodalite stimulates the rational mind, bringing logic and clarity to difficult situations. This stone can instill confidence, and aids in self-discipline. It is a stone of truth, and can help someone understand as

well as speak their own truth. It also helps one find inner peace and can aid in meditation. Sodalite is also known to help us seek balance in all areas of our lives.

What can it teach us?
Sodalite can teach us that we can find strength from others when we are in need. On its own, it is very fragile. As it fractures in the ground, seams of calcite and feldspar fill in the broken spaces, resulting in a stone strong enough that it can be used to make beautiful carved pieces. There are moments in our lives when we don’t have the strength, on our own, to face the tasks in front of us. In our need, though, we can fall back on friends and family, even co-workers, to fill in our weak spots where they occur, shoring us up so that we can take on the challenges we face.