Rhodonite – (Heart Chakra) – (Zodiac of Taurus)
This stone is a deep, warm pink that is soothing to look at and hold. Rhodonite is a wonderfully comforting Heart stone. As with Eudialyte, I enjoy the combination of pink and black. It connects the Heart with the Root Chakra to give us the extra support we need.
Science – Rhodonite, like Rhodochrosite, is a manganese mineral which causes the pink color in both gemstones. The black streaks in the gemstone are inclusions of manganese oxide.
Historical Significance – The name comes from the Greek word ‘rhodon’ which means Rose.
Metaphysical Attributes – It is often streaked with black which give us a tie to the grounding support of the Root Chakra and Earth energy. If you are especially heart heavy and in need of extra security while you heal and open your heart, this gemstone helps you take it slowly. Rhodonite helps you heal from long-term abuse or traumatic situations. If you are working with emotional wounds from the past, to try to process and release them, Rhodonite keeps the emotional resurgence at a reasonable level.
This is a stone of forgiveness and self-love. Rhodonite clears away self-hate and self-blame. You may indeed be causing some of your own problems by the way you react to them, but this gem helps us see how it can be resolved in the most loving way possible. It assists in objectively seeing where true fault lies, even within yourself, so you can work to rectify wounded relationships and stop blaming yourself for others actions.
This stone helps us love during difficult times. It allows us to remember why we care for someone even when we are angry or in the midst of an argument. Maybe you’ve had a long day and your children are getting on your nerves. Rhodonite will help calm the stress, and help you to act with love, rather than react out of the frustration of the day. If you have a strained relationship with a relative, this stone helps you feel compassion for them and remember the positive times you’ve had together.
Rhodonite helps us connect with others and inspires generosity, humanitarianism, and service work. It shows us that we are the same at the Soul level and that we are part of the same Universal energy. It amplifies compassion and a sense of unity with all. If you are having difficulty seeing someone else’s point of view, or having trouble feeling empathy for another, Rhodinite will dissolve the barriers between you. This gemstone also helps us realize our inner gifts that we can use to improve the World around us.
Physical Effects – Soothes anxiety, eases heartache, and brings a sense of calm.
Practice Mantra – Sit in a seated meditation position, holding the Rhodonite in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Place your attention on your Heart area, imagine a beautiful flower blooming open at your heart, and repeat these words. “I am Safe. I am able to love Myself and Others. I am ready to Forgive.”
Alternately, hold a Rhodonite mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
For a more traditional, Buddhist chanting practice with rose quartz, try a session with “Om Mani Padme Hum.” This is the mantra of the Compassion Buddha and inspires compassion to ourselves and every living being.
- “The Benefits of Chanting OM MANI PADME HUM” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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