Learn about the energy drawing, unlocking, and other metaphysical properties of the crystal Realgar.

Alternate Names & Spellings for Realgar:  Ruby Sulphur, Ruby of Sulphur

NOTE: Realgar is HIGHLY toxic due to the arsenic it contains. Handle with great care.

Crystal Meanings Lore of Realgar:

Keywords:  Energy, Unlocking

Spiritual and Psychic Properties

Realgar is a stone that is especially potent at drawing energy into the body on all levels. This energy can be used in many ways. As a root chakra stone, it tends to bring energy -- related most likely to kundalini -- up through the chakras to enable its use on all levels.

Mental and Emotional Properties

Realgar is used to go into the subconscious and unlock things we have hidden from ourselves. It can bring them to light where we can use and work with them. This makes realgar a crystal healing tool said to be excellent for healing past traumas where memories have been suppressed. This reflection of our true hidden selves can also bring calm acceptance of our selves and personal compassion.

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Physical Conditions Lore

Realgar is said to be helpful for growth at a cellular level. It is also used in crystal healing for detoxification and reducing or removing dependency. It is also used to increase fertility and ameliorate sexual problems or lack of sexual energy.  Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

Related Chakras

Realgar is related primarily to the root chakra, and is said to clear and activate the sacral chakra as well.

Additional Information: 

Do not use as a direct Elixir or gem essence, as Realgar is a sulfide of arsenic and is extremely toxic.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling the stone, and wash your hands carefully afterward. I recommend wearing globes to handle it.

Rock Lore & Tidbits: 

The name Realgar comes from the Arabic phrase "rahj al-gahr",  which means powder of the mine. It was used in Byzantium by the thirteenth century as a mineral pigment and was once common as a pigment. Some paintings using this pigment have suffered from the fact that realgar is unstable and turns into a yellow-orange powder when exposed to light. Originally bright red, paintings may have yellow-orange instead, now.

Hardness (Mohs): 1 1/2 - 2
Color(s):  Dark red to orange-red/orange-yellow
Transparency:  Transparent to Translucent
Lustre:  Resinous
Common / Notable Locations:  Hunan Province China, Switzerland, Macedonia

Realgar Example from Flickr user gery60, CC by ND 2.0

Realgar Example from Flickr user gery60, CC by ND 2.0

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Hattip to and for mineral information on realgar, and Love Is In The Earth by Melody, Laurence Hargrave, for select metaphysical information. View realgar information at

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