Zodiac: Cancer, Aquarius, Sagittarius, Scorpio
Planet: The Moon, Uranus
Found: Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, the US
Labradorite is a member of the plagioclase feldspar family with a triclinic crystal system. They display remarkable flashes of vivid iridescent colors of blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and reds, sometimes with a flash of purple. This play of light is due to the interference of light rays from the plate-like structure and has come to be known as labradorescence. Labradorite was discovered in Labrador, Canada by Moravian missionaries who named it after the location in 1770. In the 1940’s, a stone which displayed the entire color spectrum was found in Finland and was later identified as Labradorite. One theory is that the iridescent colors of Labradorite are actually extra-terrestrial energy that was trapped within the crystal millions of years ago while the earth was forming.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
A sister to moonstone, Labradorite links to the Crone aspects of the Goddess, and grants inner knowing. It enhances intuition and psychic perception; just like the cord-cutting Crone, it helps the bearer to release judgment, and understand their destiny. Use it to bring Light to the shadowed realms of the self and to connect with the power of the waning Moon.
Labradorite is a stone of magic, that awakens abilities that lie dormant within us – abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, astral travel, prophecy, and psychic reading. It can also assist with accessing the akashic records, past life recall, and communication with higher guides and spirits. Labradorite acts as an ally when entering the void to obtain knowledge from the unseen aspects of life. It allows you to consciously move between worlds while granting a safe and grounded return to the present. When worn as a pendant, Labradorite can center one in constant awareness of the many layers of reality. Also known as a gemstone of adventure, it allows one to embark upon experiences of self-discovery.
Labradorite is said to be the most powerful protector of the mineral kingdom. It creates a shielding force throughout the aura that strengthens the natural energies from within and prevents others from tapping into your personal energy. Wearing Labradorite can disconnect one from any tendencies to attempt control over others. Labradorite can be an excellent aid to those in the midst of conflict and chance as it encourages perseverance, strength and courage. It has the ability to bring out the best in people and counteracts the shadow side of one’s personality.
~ Re-charge with moonlight or by placing it under a sky with a rainbow – rainbow prisms from your hanging crystals will work too.
~ If its surface becomes cloudy, it should be put in mineral water or placed in the sun for a few days to regenerate and refresh.
~ At the workplace, Labradorite brings out the best in people.
~ Helps to develop the hand’s sensitivity, making it useful in Reiki and all those who use the power of touch to heal.
~ Calming and soothing, making it a good stone for those who anger easily.
~ Great to use with the Bands of Power in the Munay-Ki Rites.
~ Made into an elixir it purges negativity and brings well-being.
In ancient Lore, Labradorite is often associated with the Aurora Borealis. Native Inuit tribes of North America’s legends claim that Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis; the fire of their ancestors. Similar lore speaks of an Inuit warrior who stumbled upon a cave embedded with the Aurora Borealis within its rock walls. The warrior struck the Aurora Borealis with his spear in attempt to release it from the rocks but he was unable to remove it all, leaving some of the light, which was forever imprisoned within the rocks. The native inhabitants then used the gemstone for medicinal purposes for the belief that it would increase their energy while reducing stress and anxieties.
Other lore considers Labradorite to be a talismanic gem of winter. Labradorite was known as a “phenomenal gem” in Oriental cultures. Phenomenal gems exhibit a moving line, star or changes upon the face of the stone which vary the light and are considered to bestow good fortune to the wearer – though they are only to be worn on Saturdays.
Works well with…
Labradorite harmonizes well with Moonstone and Sunstone. When paired with Sunstone it assists in opening the lower Chakras during manifestation practices. Using Labradorite with Moonstone brings an emotional balance and vibration of the Divine Feminine. To enhance your own psychic abilities, combine Labradorite with Dumortierite, Iolite, Shattuckite or Lapis Lazuli. You can also pair Labradorite with Quartz to enhance its overall vibrations and properties.