Zoisite is a calcium aluminium silicate hydroxide that belongs to the Epidote Group of minerals. Zoisite is formed during the metamorphosis of alkaline igneous rocks. It forms rough masses and obtains its green colour from the presence of chromium and vanadium.
Zoisite occurs in the colours of green, blue to violet and pink to reddish and less often as grey, white or brown. It has a vitreous lustre and transparent to translucent crystals. The crystal structure includes long, somewhat prismatic or tabular crystals with a typically dominant pinacoid that the crystal is often flattened against. The terminations are usually poorly developed. Also massive or granular. Striated crystals are common and strongly pleochroic.
Zoisite can be found in Tanzania, Australia South Africa, Switzerland, India, Austria and the USA.
In 1967 a blue to blue violet gemstone quality variety of zoisite was discovered in Tanzania and was subsequently named Tanzanite. Tanzanite is strongly trichromatic, appearing alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation. Tanzanite can also appear differently when viewed under alternate lighting conditions. Tanzanite in its rough state is usually a reddish brown colour. It requires artificial heat treatment to 600 °C in a gemological oven to bring out the blue violet of the stone.
A pink variety of zoisite is called Thulite after the legendary island of "Thule" of Germanic lore that is supposed to form the northernmost rim of the world, probably because this mineral was first found in Norway. Thulite occurs in compact granular or fibrous masses and rod like aggregates. Thulite is pink to rose coloured, and occasionally with accents of green. it is translucent to semi-opaque and can resemble rhodonite. Thulite is often erroneously called pink jade.
A brilliant green variety of zoisite is embedded with medium grade rubies and is quite popular as an ornamental stone. The red rubies are often distorted and irregularly spread throughout the sea of massive green zoisite. This stone is commonly called Ruby Zoisite its metaphysical healing properties are outlined in the Ruby Healing Page
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Zoisite is one of the foremost stones for healing when you are faced with a terminal diseases and the transition to death, as it supports you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually during the process.
This stone will assist you in overcoming immune imbalances and cancer as it helps activate the body's defence healing mechanisms. Zoisite is useful for restoring vitality after rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Zoisite supports the reproductive process on all levels, from conception to birth, as well as optimal growth and development through childhood.
Zoisite helps alleviate grief, anger, despair, hopelessness and defeat. It is a powerful healer of the emotional body, promoting positive states that support healing. This stone offers you the energies of happiness, appreciation, abundance, vitality and growth. It stimulates the heart and heart chakra enabling you to open yourself to eternal love of the Divine.
Zoisite strengthens the etheric body and cleanses the astral body of negative attachments. It is excellent for relieving boredom and encourages you to involve yourself with other people in friendship and service.
Zoisite teaches you about growth, healing and enjoyment of the moment. It helps you see the gift of every breath of life, att the same time you are encouraged to recognise that death isn't the end.
Zoisite assists you to surrender to Divine Will. It encourages you to see and understand the teachings of your disease while living your life to the fullest. Although this stone doesn't provide a cure for a disease, it will always provide healing.
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ZOISITE and the chakras
Tanzanite can be used to help calm an overactive mind and assist in healing work by synchronising the heart and brain through their electromagnetic energies. It can be used to help calm an overactive thyroid or exhausted adrenal glands
Tanzanite helps you feel more compassionate, loving and centred. It assists you to gain insight into your emotional issues, but it also prevents you from lingering on them unnecessarily. Tanzanite generates an energy of happiness and relief from worry.
Tanzanite activates the third eye and crown chakras, producing visions, messages and information from higher vibrational sources. It creates a link between the heart and mind, allowing you to see situations, experiences and circumstances from the perspective of enlightened compassion. It is useful for psychotherapists and others who are in the position of needing to intellectually interpret emotional experiences. It can assist empathic people in forming interpretations of any emotionally based information they have received intuitively.
Tanzanite aligns the heart and the mind, allowing for a more balanced, centred experience of spirituality. For those of you with hyperactive minds but little emotional connection with others, tanzanite can be the link to help ground mental energy through the emotional body.
TANZANITE harmonises well with....
TANZANITE and the chakras
Thulite is a healing stone for both the heart and solar plexus chakras.
Thulite helps you release identification with problems and prevents the drama queen syndrome. It is excellent for those of you who live in a constant state of disaster and negativity, or for people who simply wish to maintain a more joyful perspective on their circumstances. This stone can help you recognise when you are allowing your ego to rule your life experiences. It reveals where anger and judgement are getting in the way of seeing the big picture. Thulite encourage you to see when you are becoming too entrenched in your emotional experiences.
Thulite resonates with the heart, throat and third eye chakras, allowing you to joyfully express your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It also recognises that these are temporary and passing. It enables you to become more emotionally accepting and flexible so that you can find enjoyment in the sudden twists and turns of life.
Thulite teaches you joy and the transience of all difficulty. It lightens the heart, allowing you to act from an enlightened perspective. It teaches you about unconditional love and eternal joy.
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THULITE and the chakras
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z