Optical Calcite ~ Iceland Spar
A calcium carbonate mineral
Chakra: Crown Chakra
Element: Fire, Wind
Found: Mexico, Iceland, Brazil and Peru
Iceland Spar was originally found in the early 17th century in a farm site called Helgustadir on the outer east side of Iceland which is also where Iceland Spar gets its’ name. Also known as Clear Calcite, or Optical Calcite, Iceland Spar displays an optical illusion called double refraction – when you look through the crystal, it splits the light rays in two, producing a double image. Ancient texts speak of a magical crystal that was used by the Vikings, known as “Viking Sunstone”, to locate the sun even when it was obstructed from view. To do so, the Vikings would have had to hold the stone up toward the center of the sky and once the sunlight hit the crystal, the light would be polarized and broken into an ordinary and extraordinary beam. Research found at a wreckage discovered in 1977 near the Channel Islands suggests that this magic stone may actually be Iceland Spar. Though no known Iceland Spar has been found in any Viking settlements, the crystal has been recovered from what remains of the shipwreck of the Alderney which was an Elizabethan warship that sank in 1592. Among the crystal, navigation dividers were also discovered close by, leading researchers to believe that it had been used as another navigational tool.
In general calcite is a powerful amplifier of energies. It is one of the most common minerals on the face of the Earth, comprising about 4% by weight of the Earth’s crust. Calcite is probably the premier cleanser of stored negative energies in the human system, and works on all levels from the physical to the etheric. This makes it a very purifying stone. It can also be used to clear negativity in the environment, such as a room that it’s in. All forms of Calcite are good for reducing fear and stress.
Iceland Spar carries a unique and high vibration. Similar to Quartz, it is programmable for a specific purpose and can amplify intent. Their energies of manifestation are helpful for those who are learning about the Law of Attraction. When used with other crystals, Iceland Spar can increase the healing effects of that specific crystal. A great stone for students, it can help one retain new information and increase motivation. Meditating with Iceland Spar can help ones perception of the physical world and of themselves.
~ Clears and activates all of the chakras thus improving the flow of energies throughout the subtle body making it excellent for grid work.
~ Helps to remove fear based emotions
~ Physically, it is said to help relieve migraines.
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