Learn about the crystal meanings and metaphysical and healing properties lore of shungite aka shungit.
Alternate Names & Spellings: Shungit, "Stone of Life"
Hardness (Mohs): 3.5-4
Color(s): black, silvery-black
Lustre: matte, metallic
Habit: amorphous, non-crystalline
Common / Notable Locations: Only known source is the Shunga in the Karelia region of northern Russia
Rock Lore & Tidbits: Shungite is believed to be over 2 billion years old. Shungite is the only crystal known to naturally contain fullerenes aka Buckyballs, a hollow carbon structure which is said to give Shungite its healing properties.
Crystal Meanings, Metaphysical & Healing Properties Lore of Shungite
Keywords: Healing, Protection
Shungite has electric conductivity properties. This is said to be the reason for one of shungite's most notable uses: shielding and protection from EMF electromagnetic radiation from things like TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phones, and other items. This shielding brings with it many healing energies.
Shungite is used by many for purification. This often takes the form of creating an elixir or purifying water for drinking or bathing the skin to bring about healing and energy. Springs near the source of Shungite have been used at least as far back as Czar Peter the Great for its healing properties.
Shungite is an excellent stone for magickal and mystical work. It grounds spiritual energy to bring it into the Earth plane existence. Shungite is also used to bring Light into the auric energy field, allowing positive energy only to reach within that field. This brings not only physical protection, but also psychic protection. It is said to be protection against the evil eye and negative energies.
Shungite is said to calm and relax anyone using or near it. This may be due to its protective energies and rejection of negative energy.
Shungite is used in crystal healing and local folk healing to heal immune system, hair growth, kin diseases and deformations, antioxidants, fight free radicals, cancer, rheumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculo-skeletal disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, GI problems, headaches, insomnia, balancing blood pressure to ideal level, respiratory issues, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pain relief, rapid healing and more. It is considered by many to be a miracle healing stone.
Shungite is related to the root or base chakra.
More on Shungite from my personal perspective.
I've just begun to explore Shungite. I can say, though, that its unique high-but-calming energy brought a sense of comfort and happiness from the first time I held it.
Special hat tips and thanks to Rough and Tumbled Crystal Creations , Shungite-Anata, and Raven and Crone for additional information on this stone. Shungite photo is licensed by Cybersphinxunde from Wikimedia commons under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported license.