Learn about the metaphysical meanings and crystal healing uses of rhodochrosite.
Alternate Names & Name Spellings: Rhodocrosite, Stone of Love and Balance, Inca Rose, Raspberry Spar
Chemical Composition: MnCO3
Hardness (Mohs): 3.5-4
Color(s): pink to red, rose, brown, white, yellowish-gray
Lustre: vitreous, pearly
Transparency: transparent, translucent
Common Locations: Argentina, Peru, Colorado USA, South Africa
Rock Lore & Tidbits: The word Rhodochrosite comes from Greek rhodon (rose) and chroma (color). It is the official Colorado state mineral. The Incas believed that rhodochrosite is the blood of their former kings and queens turned to stone, and that is what gives it the name Inca Rose.
Rhodochrosite contains lead which in sufficient quantities is toxic so I suggest using the indirect method for creating gem elixirs or crystal waters with this stone.
Rhodochrosite is stone that is usually seen in elegant pink to red that often has bands of white. It is also seen in creamy browns with the characteristic bands of white as well.
Crystals Meanings Lore of Rhodochrosite
Keywords: love, balance
Rhodochrosite is a self-confidence booster owing to bringing a sense of realistic balance to life. It is also used to help cope with problems in life in a graceful, balanced manner without avoidance or dential.
In the psychic or spiritual realm rhodochrosite is used to ease issues caused by past lives, and to help to bring those issues to resolution. It is used to elevate the mind to a higher plane in meditation and energy work.
Rhodochrosite balances and enhances love on all levels. It allows fuller love to enter one's life, in part by calming excessive passions. It balances the mental and emotional processes. It is also said to be a stone of freedom because of this helping to balance inner conflicts. This can bring a deep sense of happiness and relief from ongoing stress.
Traditionally in crystal healing rhodochrosite has been considered good for the digestion, the heart, the kidneys, spleen, pancreas, the pulse rate, and the thyroid. It is also used for stress related illness by transforming the energy of the illness with a balanced love of self and the universe. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Rhodochrosite energizes and cleanses the base, sacral and heart chakras
More on Rhodochrosite, from My Personal Perspective
While rhodochrosite is often better known for love, it's sometimes significantly more important for its metaphysical energy of balance. I believe the balancing of energies is what makes it a good love stone, as well as the other lifeissues it eases and resolves.
Hat tip to Mindat.org for mineral information on this stone.
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