VIBRATION: Number 7
ZODIAC: Libra, Taurus, Sagittarius
CHARACTERISTICS: Inner Vision, Connection to Higher Self
SCIENTIFIC: Iolite is a cyclosilicate and occurs in thermally metamorphosed rocks, schists and gnesisses, and occasionally in pegmatites and quartz veins. Iolite’s crystal structure form is Orthorhombic with short prisms. Iolite’s hardness is rated at 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness. Iolite’s transparency ranges from transparent to translucent with a vitreous to “greasy” luster. Iolite is also known as Cordierite, named after the French geologist Pierre Cordier who first described the stone in 1813. The name Iolite comes from the Greek word “ion” meaning “violet.” Iolite may also be known as Dichroite. Iolite is pleochroic – meaning that this stone transmits different colors. Iolite may be blue, violet-blue, gray or blue-green. Iolite may also have inclusions of hematite and goethite which may cause a reddish colored sheen or aventurescence. Cordierite with gem-quality blue coloration may also be known as “water sapphire.” Iolite is found in India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Brazil, Africa, Finland, Norway, and the USA.
ATTRIBUTES: Iolite is a "vision stone" offering soft and gentle light frequencies as it activates the third eye chakra and facilitates visualization and intuitive insight when all the chakras are in alignment. Iolite helps one align their free will with their highest good when it comes to choices available. Iolite illuminates the energies motivating the choices to be made. Iolite supports perseverance and the release of “poor” past choices as one learns self-trust and the acknowledgment of one’s true essence. Iolite encourages individuality and self-expression. The blue light vibration coming through Iolite connects the mind’s consciousness with one’s intuitive awareness. Iolite is a stone of enlightened discernment and motivates action based on one’s higher guidance and wisdom. Iolite stimulates connection to inner knowing and has been used in shamanic ceremonies assisting journeys out of the body. Iolite facilitates balance with the male/female aspects of one’s character. Iolite may be helpful in overcoming codependency within your partnerships. Iolite creates harmony within and eliminates inconsistency that may be occurring in relationships. Iolite helps to release unhappiness and facilitates positive progression in one’s life. Iolite encourages one to be present, to enjoy each moment, and to express your true AMAZING self. Iolite also supports one’s acceptance of taking responsibility and may be helpful to those who are challenged by addictions, the management of money, and perception of “limiting” expectations. Iolite has been called a “Viking stone” and may have been used as a crystal “compass” as it creates a connection to the knowledge of directions and directional forces. Iolite has also been associated with Archangel Gabriel (the angel of vision) and Archangel Michael (the spiritual warrior).
HEALING: Iolite creates a strong constitution, reduces fatty deposits in the body, mitigates the effects of alcohol, and supports detoxification and regeneration of the liver. Iolite may also be helpful in the treatment of malaria and fevers. Iolite supports pituitary health, regulates the metabolism, aids the sinuses, the respiratory system and alleviates migraine headaches. Iolite supports the healing of the eyes.
Iolite enhances visualization, stimulates clairvoyance, and may be used for astral travel.
Iolite may be helpful in dream work and adapting sleep patterns.
In crystal body layouts or healing grids, Iolite electrically charges, strengthens and aligns the auric field with the subtle bodies. Iolite balances the flow of yin-yang within the energy meridians.
For Gaia Healing, Iolite may be placed in an area of disturbed Earth energy to help create awareness of our impact on the environment and to create a space for sacredness.