Chakras: Solar Plexus
Found: Russia, Tanzania, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Madagascar, United Sates
Orthoclase is part of the potassium feldspar mineral group. It is also called k-spar or k-feldspar. Its monoclinic crystal structure is what sets it apart from other potassium feldspars. Orthoclase is one of the chemical components found in moonstone. This polymorphous stone forms primarily on granite and can range in color from gray and brown to orange, yellow, and pink.
Orthoclase is an otherworldly stone as high amounts of it have been found on the surface of Mars, as well as in lunar sand retrieved during the Apollo missions to the Moon. Here on Earth, it was originally discovered in 1801 by Rene Just Hauy. It was first named “orthose”, from the greek “orthos”, meaning straight, in reference to the fracture or cleavage of the stone. It’s name then changed again in 1823 and 1958 as scientist learned more about its unique chemical structure.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
Orthoclase is a transformational stone of vitality and growth. It supports one’s personal growth as they develop a life aligned with love, happiness, and their truest sense of self. As one becomes more connected to their inner selves, Orthoclase imbues a sense of clarity, urging one to shed the small stressors of life. Working with this stone can help one to remain hopeful during dark times and serve as a reminder that these stressful seasons of life can help to propel growth. In this way, it can serve as a grounding stone as it helps one to understand their emotions. Use orthoclase when finding new routes towards one’s goals, as it will carry a strong life force energy.
In a group setting, carrying Orthoclase can help to relieve any tension and lends itself to a sense of cooperation among peers, bringing new insights and ideas. Can also act a protective stone by shielding one’s aura from any negative energies.