Rhodonite Properties and Meanings
Rhodonite was first discovered in the Ural Mountains in Russia in the 1790s.
It quickly became an extremely popular stone in Russian culture as a talisman of protection for babies, travellers, and nobles. In 1913, Russia even declared rhodonite the national stone!
In Russian, rhodonite is called orletz, which means “the Eagle stone,” because eagles were attracted to the stone and carried pieces to their nests.
Eagles must have been intensely drawn to the spiritual energy of the rhodonite stone, as well as to its bold colour.
Rhodonite is found in many parts of the world besides Russia, although the Ural mountains continue to be the most lucrative and culturally important mines.
The American State of Massachusetts also contains significant rhodonite mines, and rhodonite was declared the state stone in 1979.
This stone’s name, which comes from the Greek word meaning “rosy,” refers to its distinctive bright pink colour.
Ranging from cotton candy to almost neon pink shades, and even to deeper reds, rhodonite’s colour is integral to its mystical energy.
I will be discussing the various energies of different shades of rhodonite later in this article.
When you are choosing a rhodonite crystal, make sure you choose one with a colour that you find both aesthetically pleasing and personally meaningful!
Why Would You Use Rhodonite?
There is a reason that rhodonite immediately became symbolic of protection in Russian culture.
This stone exudes a strong soothing energy that restores physical and emotional strength when it is depleted.
As anyone who has had a mental breakdown over something innocuous because they were already tired will know, having your mental and physical strength “recharged” will make you more resilient, and far better able to handle whatever the world has to throw at you!
For this reason, rhodonite has also been credited with strengthening the immune system and healing inflammation or physical burns or irritations.
However, rhodonite should never be used in place of medical attention.
Remember, crystology can never replace consultation with a medical professional, and should only ever be used in conjunction with the medicine you are receiving!
It is a wonderful stone for processing emotional pain.
It will give you the strength to truly critically examine the situation you are facing, making it possible for you to understand what is troubling you so much about it, and then actually deal with those issues head-on.
In western culture, pink is the colour of youth, exuberance, and love.
This colour, and rhodonite that shares it, will bring youthful energy and joie de vivre into your life.
It will give you a resiliency that people often lose as they age and become cynical. This is a rare and valuable type of energy to have in the modern world!
It can also help you to achieve balance and harmony within your life, especially in developing an effortless balance between your social/external and spiritual/internal lives.
Many people feel that they have trouble harmonizing these two elements of themselves, and you can ensure that you don’t run into that problem by bringing the power of rhodonite into your life!
Rhodonite can help you come to clearer conclusions about who and what you want to be in your life, including what career path you want to follow, and what choices you want to make in your relationship.
It will give you clarity and confidence in making these decisions, and prevent you from getting bogged down by hesitation.
It can also give you the strength to chop negative people out of your life with the confidence of a lumberjack chopping down a tree!
How Will Rhodonite Help You?
Different rhodonite colours will help you in different ways, and it is important to consider what type of energy you want in your life as you choose one out.
They are all valuable in their own ways, just different!
Pale pink rhodonite crystals have a strong spiritual energy, and will improve the lives of those seeking harmony, peace, and personal healing.
Especially when used in conjunction with a crown chakra stone like clear quartz or amethyst, a pale pink rhodonite stone will help you become “enlightened” within your own life.
A brighter pink stone will fill you with energy and passion for living your best life.
This is the stone to work with when you’re making big decisions, especially about your relationships, but also about your career or your personal life.
It will fill you with confidence and optimism.
A deeper red rhodonite stone will make you fearless and passionate. It will make it possible – even easy – for you to meet your problems head-on.
It is a strong colour, representing powerful feelings.
If you feel that you need to make sweeping, massive changes to your life, and need the energy and personal strength to do it, then this is the stone that you should use to achieve that.
Scarlet or orange-tinted rhodonite is the best stone for increasing your physical vitality, but also your mental and psychic vitality as well.
This is a highly protective stone, and can help you rely more on yourself than on others, if that is something that you struggle to find a balance in.
All of these stones can be extremely beneficial, especially to people who are going through phases of change in their lives, or who are feeling (for whatever reason) as if they are not fully satisfied with their life as it currently is.
Depending on your exact issues, you can choose different types of rhodonite crystals, but no matter which ones you decide to use, you will find yourself feeling more energetic, more forgiving of others, and generally happier and calmer about your life.
This stone can help you let go of anxiety or “weight” that we carry around with ourselves on a daily basis, freeing you up to enjoy life more.
How to Use Rhodonite for the Best Results
With its bright and distinctive shades of pink and red, rhodonite is a very popular choice for jewellery!
Even if you don’t set much stock in its metaphysical properties, you will probably find yourself feeling just a little happier when you put on rhodonite jewellery.
It’s a proven fact that bright pink colours make us feel happier.
Rhodonite is associated with the heart chakra, so if you want to use this stone in order to enhance that chakra’s energy, you should wear it in a way that has it rest over the centre of your breastbone, such as in a long pendant or a brooch.
This way, all the energy related to your heart chakra (energies of peace, relationships, decision-making, and love) will filter through the rhodonite stone as they pass from you to the outside world or back.
If you want to use it as a protective stone, you can take a page out of the traditional Russian book. Russian mothers placed rhodonite in their children’s cradles to protect them from sickness, danger, and fear.
You can do this for your own children if you have them, or for other loved ones – or even for yourself!
Simply tuck a small piece under the mattress before they (or you) go to sleep.
In its traditional use in Russia, rhodonite was also a protective stone for travellers. If you travel a lot, especially by air, consider tucking a piece of rhodonite into your luggage or your bag.
This will give you protection and ensure that you and all your possessions reach your destination quickly and peacefully.
It will also guard against the feelings of anxiety that often make travelling so unpleasant!
If you do a lot of meditation, divination, or even are just a vivid dreamer, rhodonite can give you a grounding energy without taking anything away from your psychic powers.
This is especially important if you sometimes feel that you have a difficult time distinguishing your divination or dreams from the concrete world, but you don’t want to lose them.
It’s possible to have the best of both worlds!
Rhodonite will help keep a barrier up between the concrete world and the world of dreams and visions, without weakening those dreams and visions.
The Best Combinations to Use with Rhodonite
Rhodonite, especially pale pink varieties of rhodonite, can be used in conjunction with stones such as clear quartz and amethyst in order to seek spiritual peace and healing.
It can help us achieve a balance between our personal psychic development and our relationships with others, which can, at times, be a difficult balance to strike, especially if you suspect that some of the people around you may not be so good for your psychic health!
Rhodonite is an effective chakra stone for the heart chakra, especially when addressing issues surrounding romantic relationships.
This means that it can be combined with a wide variety of other chakra stones in order to address a range of different issues.
For example, if you are worried that your romantic relationship might be suffering because of sexual incompatibility, you can pair your rhodonite with a stone that unblocks to the sacral chakra, which is the chakra of sexuality and primal emotion.
And you might want to throw in a throat chakra stone for communication while you’re at it – that never hurts when paired with the heart chakra!
Rhodonite, especially darker red varieties, can be combined with stones that dispel negativity in order to truly cut to the core of a toxic situation and get it out of your life as fast as possible.
But much like pouring straight-up bleach on a serious stain, although it will get the negativity out, it might burn along the way!
In other words, rhodonite paired with an anti-negativity stone is a very powerful combination, especially if the stone that you choose to pair it with is a very powerful and sometimes temperamental one, like obsidian or shungite.
You should be aware that it’s possible that feelings may get hurt and bridges may get burned if you do this.
However, you can take comfort in knowing that all the people who get hurt are going to be the ones who were toxic influences in your life, and you’re better off without them.
As always, rhodonite can be combined with a clear quartz crystal in order to enhance its natural energy.
This will also improve its psychic (and sometimes physical) healing properties, as clear crystal stones are very effective at cleansing the aura and removing toxic feelings from both the physical and astral bodies.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Rhodonite
Besides being one of my personal favourites for its colour alone, rhodonite is an extremely beneficial stone to introduce into your life for its promotion of joy, love, healing, and balance.
All of these are things that are absolutely crucial to human life, and yet they’re aspects of our lives that we often neglect in favour of things like hard work and financial success!
Not that hard work and financial success aren’t important (you’d never catch me saying that), but they’re not everything!
If you are interested in introducing rhodonite into your life, although you should definitely consult the descriptions above for choosing the right stone for your personal situation, I would personally recommend that you use a bright pink stone.
The energy that comes from this stone is incredible for brightening up your life!
I should also mention that rhodonite frequently appears as a speckle pattern in other stones.
If you choose to acquire or use a rhodonite stone that is spiraled with some other mineral, make sure that you know what that mineral is.
For the most part, it’s unlikely to invalidate your rhodonite’s power, but it may add its own “spin” that you should be aware if.
Which rhodonite crystal do you think is right for you?
Are you seeking the energy of a bright pink, the harmony of a pale pink, or the ability to cut right to the core of a problem that dark red would give you?
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