Serpentine is a group of green stones found all over the world, everywhere from Canada to Greece to Korea to New Zealand.
Historically, serpentine has frequently been confused with jade, but the chemical composition is actually quite distinct.
This grouping contains around twenty related minerals, with two different distinct types of formation, antigorite and chrysotile.
Antigorite stones are solid, while chrysotile ones are fibrous.
Chrysotile serpentine stones are actually a type of asbestos, which is a highly dangerous mineral that causes severe respiratory problems due to the inhalation of the crystals.
For this reason, chrysotile stones are not in use for metaphysical purposes, and you should stay far away from them.
Chrysotile serpentine is found mainly in Canada, where the town of Asbestos was once one of the most significant serpentine mines.
Antigorite serpentine are relatively soft stones, and they are notable for their shiny green surface.
This colouration is due to the presence of minerals including chromium and cobalt in the stone’s magnesium silicate base.
Serpentine can range from translucent to opaque, and different opacities of stone can have slight variations in magical power.
As a general rule of thumb, a translucent stone will have a stronger effect on psychic phenomena, while a more opaque stone has a clearer effect on the measurable, material world, but the differentiation is rather minor.
Why Would You Use Serpentine?
The word “serpentine” derives from the word “serpent.”
While this name was almost certainly chosen because of its green colour, it reflects many ideas about the serpentine stone’s qualities that date back to the ancient world.
Snakes were often thought to be harbingers of evil in western thought, but this doesn’t mean that serpentine is an evil stone.
In fact, it is one of the most historically used stones for detecting evil and protecting against both bad luck and intentional malicious behaviour – even against dark magic.
Many stones that dispel negativity are notable for their dark colours.
As the darkness of those stones disguises their owners from the negative energies floating loose in the psychic milieu of the world.
Serpentine, by contrast, is usually not very dark – sometimes it has a deep green colour, but just as often, it is a light or bright green.
Serpentine stones are excellent for developing a distinct inner peace that makes you untouchable by negative energy.
Instead of this stone “sucking up” the bad energy from around you like a magnet, it will harden your psychic “shell” and make it impossible for that bad energy to permeate.
You will develop a personal strength and serenity that negativity will simply bounce off of.
This is especially important if you are dealing with people who have specific malicious intent towards you and doubly important if those people are at all inclined to use any sort of metaphysical or magical practice against you.
Serpentine is a classic curse-breaking stone if you think that someone is throwing negative psychic energy or even premeditated spells with ill intent your way.
Serpentine can also be used to attract positivity as well as dispelling negativity.
Green is traditionally a colour that has been associated with both love (it is the colour of the heart chakra) and money (why else would American money be green?).
Green stones of all varieties, including serpentine, can be used to attract those things towards you and into your life.
This is an excellent stone to bring into your life if you want to put up barriers between yourself and psychic attack, while also pulling positive energy into your life.
How Will Serpentine Help You?
Serpentine stone is one of the best stones for delivering the unique “one-two punch” of protecting against negativity while drawing in positivity.
The majority of stones do either one or the other (or, at the very least, do one much better than the other).
For example, obsidian will do a great job of protecting you against negative energies, but if you want to fill that void with positivity, you need to bring in another stone to help.
The opposite applies to, for example, peridot – it will bring in positivity, but won’t do much against negativity that might already be present.
Serpentine stone is one of the unique few that is equally good at protecting against negative energy while also attracting positive energy, especially if you combine it with one of the Yellow Crystals.
This means that it is an extremely versatile stone, and perfect for the minimalist crystologist!
Serpentine is one of the best stones you can use to improve your career.
Especially if you work in a highly competitive industry (but really, what industry isn’t competitive these days?), you might feel like people are constantly scheming or “out to get you.”
Serpentine will ensure that their attempts to harm you bounce off of you with no effect whatsoever.
At the same time, because of its positive effects on both emotions, people who matter in your field will see you in a more positive light, and develop an instinctive “good feeling” about you, which is something that matters enormously in almost every career field!
Just to round off the full effects of serpentine on your career, the association of green with money will bring monetary gain your way – possibly in the form of a promotion, a raise, or a new career opportunity.
Serpentine is also a great stone to use when you’re starting a new relationship, just like Gaspeite. It will keep away people whose values don’t align with yours, and especially those who would use you and toss you aside!
At the same time, it opens your heart to trying new things while protecting you against any potential dangers that might be associated with that.
When using serpentine to influence your relationships, you will find yourself surrounded by far more positive potential partners than if you weren’t using it!
How to Use Serpentine for the Best Results
Because antigorite serpentine is a relatively common semi-precious stone, serpentine jewellery is not too hard to come by.
Once you find a dealer that sells serpentine jewellery at a price that suits your budget and in styles that suit your personal aesthetic, I recommend collecting a few pieces to wear for various occasions.
It is not a suitable stone for a ring, because it is so soft, but the softness also means that it is quite malleable, and has been made into many beautiful pins, pendants, earrings, brooches, bracelets, or necklaces.
Should it be possible, I recommend getting three different pieces of jewellery made with serpentine stones and imbuing each one with a specific type of power: one to repel negativity, one to improve your relationships, and one to improve your career and finances.
Spend some time on a regular basis holding these stones and meditating on your goals in these three fields.
While, of course, all three pieces of jewellery that you imbue with these energies will still have positive effects on all three fields, using them as focal points for these three different types of energy will have an additional benefit to the efficacy of the stones.
When you meditate on a piece of jewellery with a specific goal in mind, then every time you put that piece of jewellery on, you will find yourself focussed on that goal and inspired to take the next steps towards achieving it.
This can actually be done with any piece of jewellery (or any other object) as a psychological cue (kind of like classical conditioning), but doing it with a stone that already has power in that field will multiply the positive effects.
Serpentine is also a great stone to place in locations where you feel a lot of negativity is being slung around.
For example, a high-stress office environment can benefit a lot by a piece of serpentine placed on your desk or on top of your computer (maybe making that choice based on whether people usually sling negativity in person or through emails).
If you have a teenage child, or are living in a home situation where emotions run high, then place some serpentine around any point in the house where people tend to converge – kitchen, living room, or even front hall.
This can help prevent people from becoming emotionally heightened unnecessarily, and promote positive feelings between all members of the household.
The Best Combinations to Use with Serpentine
Serpentine is an excellent stone to combine with other stones that focus on your specific goals, for example, Black Star Sapphire. It can be paired with a wide variety of stones, depending on exactly what you want out of its powers.
For example, if your goal in using serpentine is to dispel negativity, pair it with another stone that has these powers, such as smoky quartz or hematite.
If you are using it to enhance relationships, it can be paired with either stones that have personal sentimental meaning to you, or with stones that are known to benefit the emotions, such as rose quartz.
If you are using it to improve your financial state, then combine it with either a stone known for its positive effects on money, or one that will improve your charisma and “business savvy.”
Serpentine is also very effectively combined with other chakra stones, as it is quite clearly aligned with the heart chakra.
By using it in conjunction with other chakra stones, you can target specific concerns based on the balance of energies from the chakras.
Serpentine clears the heart chakra, meaning that it can improve all energy related to your relationships and interactions with others.
It is especially well paired with stones that relate to the throat chakra, like turquoise, since that is the chakra that rules communication, which goes hand-in-hand with relationships.
In general, however, serpentine stone is not something that needs to be paired with another stone to have positive effects.
Its double power of reflecting negativity away from you, while also attracting positive energy in the fields of money and romance, is something that actually makes it a better stone to use on its own than many others, which only do one of the two things.
As always, serpentine stone can also be paired with a clear quartz crystal, which is a stone that can enhance the effects of any other stone or crystal.
When used in conjunction, clear quartz can improve the efficiency of effects of the serpentine stone, and also focus it as clearly as possible on your specific goals.
If you are seeking a minimalist and budget-friendly crystal collection, then one piece of clear quartz and one piece of serpentine stone is probably the single most efficient combination of stones to make up a well-rounded collection.
These two stones can address all the most popular fields of life that stones and crystals generally address.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Serpentine
Serpentine is a very efficient stone to add to your collection!
Because it has such strong complementary powers in both dispelling negativity and bringing positivity into your life, it can play the role in your collection that it normally takes multiple stones to achieve.
Serpentine can have wonderful effects on your career, your relationships, and your ability to hold strong in the face of negative energy from others.
If you want to add just one stone to your collection and get an array of positive effects, this is the stone to do it!
By using serpentine stone, you can put up a barrier between yourself and negative energy without lessening the amount of positive energy flowing your way – in other words, it’s the perfect stone for improving your life in one easy step!
Have you used serpentine stone before? Did you notice positive effects in one particular field of your life, or in all those that the stone is purported to positively influence?
Which fields do you need its energy in most?
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