Iolite: Stone of Intuition

Iolite – (Third Eye Chakra) – (Zodiac of Libra, Sagittarius & Taurus)

I own quite a bit of Iolite jewelry because of it’s lovely blue color that rivals any Sapphire. It is also a wonderful aid to meditation and any practice that I am trying to settle, focus, and go within.

Science – Iolite is an indigo blue gemstone also known as Cordierite. There are many different qualities of Iolite. Some are facted gemstone quality, while some are more opaque and work better tumbled for meditation use. Very high quality Iolite can be confused with Sapphire. This is a lovely stone to observe in the sunlight as it changes color depending on how the light strikes it. This attribute is known as Pleochroism. Some specimen have a shimmery quality known as Aventurescence.

Historical Significance – Ancient Greeks and Romans would use Iolite interchangeably with Sapphire. Native American shamans have used Iolite during vision quests to ensure accurate visions and to not be caught in illusions.

Metaphysical Attributes – This stone stimulates the awakening of visions and intuitive abilities. Iolite helps us to access our own Inner Wisdom during meditation. It enhances dream recall and journeying. This is a wonderful stone for all those who rely heavily on their intuition as it amplifies the messages from within. Contact with this stone strengthens the aura.

Iolite helps with acceptance – of life situation, responsibility, status of relationships, and the cause of the roadblocks in life. It helps us to look at our life, and our actions, with objectivity. Combined with enhanced attunement to intuition, this stone helps us make wise decisions that support the Highest Good.

This gemstone also reduces anxiety, depression, stress, and calms the nerves. Iolite enables us to eliminate discord from our life and release what no longer supports us. This helps to free a person from the causes and triggers of addictions.

Physical Effects – This stone helps resolve hypertension and stress. It is also a filtering stone, so helps to support the functions of the liver.

Practice Mantra – Sit in seated meditation, holding the Iolite stone 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. Imagine yourself surrounded by a bright blue light with golden shimmering edges. Repeat these words. “I am Open. I am Relaxed. I am ready to access Higher Awareness and Truth.”

Alternately, hold an Iolite mala and chant this mantra 108 times.


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