Lepidolite is a lithium-aluminum potassium mineral and one of the most commonly found members of the Mica family. This stone can be found crystallized in the form of masses, plates, aggregates, stacked sheets (also known as "books"), and tabular or prismatic crystals. The strong pink and purple color this stone emanates is derived from traces of Manganese impurities within the chemical makeup. Lepidolite is derived from the Greek word "'lepidos" for scale and "lithos" for stone. This crystal can be found worldwide with abundant veins spread throughout Brazil, Madagascar, Australia, Russia, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the United States.
Lepidolite is a very soft and brittle stone that can only be cut, shaped, or polished when it is found within a Quartz body. This rare occurrence yields exquisite jewelry pieces as well as high-class cabochons and is most notably found in the Minas Geras region of Brazil.
In the middle ages, large sheets of Lepidolite were split from their masses and used as coverings for large openings within buildings. This became known as one of the world's first societal uses of a "window".
Lithium is used in society for everyday uses such as electric vehicles, batteries, and even modern medicine. Each day our world finds new and unique ways to take advantage of this magical component. Lepidolite is the most highly abundant mineral that contains lithium.
Lithium is given to patients directly as an ingestible substance to help stabilize the mind in medical use (especially in treating bipolar disorder). Due to Lepidolite's high lithium content, we suggest placing a piece directly over your third eye or crown chakra during a meditative session. The effects this can have on the mind and body can result in attitude change, increased drive, self-confidence, and finding joy within the little things.
Lepidolite has softening energies that can affect your emotional body and keep your mental state operating in a calm manner. Our entire chakra column becomes activated and aligned when holding or connecting with this stone. Lepidolite personifies the idea of self growth so you can open up to the world around you. As troubling as it is to find happiness within, Lepidolite is a reminder that we must start somewhere, even if it's external. We commonly refer to it as the "jumpstart stone" as it wakes us up with a jolt of life-force energy.
Although this stone resonates with all of our chakras, it helps forge a special connection between the third eye, crown, and heart chakra system. You may notice yourself becoming more in-touch with the emotions you feel within the dream realm. Additionally, you will notice having more physical experiences shortly-afterward. Lepidolite tunes our mental state to pick up on the fine details of symbolic imagery around us. This includes synchronicities that occur each day. Don't be startled if more Deja Vu moments arise! Trust yourself, your intuition and Lepidolite's energies to help guide you through this ever changing journey.
We at the Crystal Council suggest any parent with newborns to place a large piece of Lepidolite in your child's room. Like Pink Opal, the calming energies have a special relationship with young souls and focus on love and nurturing. Often, children cry due to the lack of awareness of their surroundings. We as people have the habit of carrying these negative emotions with us from birth, and if left unchecked, can result in problems later in life ( anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
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