Shungite Properties and Meanings
Shungite is a black stone made mostly of carbon, the same element that forms both graphite and diamonds.
Its high carbon content is what gives it its distinctive light-sucking black colour, but unlike graphite (the form of carbon you’re probably most familiar with), it is lustrous, and some high-quality examples have a silver reflect.
It was discovered in the village of Shunga, in Russia, which is where it gets its name.
In Russia, shungite has a long history, and the Czar Peter, who ruled Russia was rumoured to prefer to drink water infused with shungite minerals, which led to his frequent travels to the Karelia region in Russia, where Shunga is located.
Shungite’s healing properties have now become famous, and popular among laypeople as well as Czars!
Today, shungite has also been found and mined in other parts of Russia, near both volcanic eruption sites, and old coal mines.
The high temperatures of these sites seems to contribute to the purity of the shungite.
It has also been reported in Austria, India, and central Africa, although none of these deposits have been as fruitful as those in Russia.
When it was first discovered, shungite was also called black ochre, although it has no chemical relationship to yellow or red ochre substances.
The term “shungite” can refer both to solid pieces of the carbon-based stone, and to other stones that contain shards or deposits of shungite minerals.
It is a relatively soft stone, and geologists have found that its origins date back around two billion years.
When it is found in its pure form, it naturally contains small quantities of fullerenes, which are hollow carbon structures that contribute to some of shungite’s metaphysical lore.
Some scientists hypothesize, because of shungite’s high carbon levels, that it may have originated from biological processes that broke down microscopic organisms in ancient oceans.
Its connection to us, as carbon-based life forms, is at the root of its use as a healing stone in both magical and scientific practices.
It is believed that shungite may have positive effects on health, which is why it is currently of such interest to the scientific community.
Since its scientific naming and categorization in 1879, it has been studied and categorized extensively.
Why Would You Use Shungite?
Shungite has metaphysical properties that make it useful for both healing and protection.
Black is almost always the colour of protection in western magic, as it is said to cloak the subject of the spell in darkness so that bad luck cannot find them.
The extremely dark colour of shungite makes it the ideal stone for practices surrounding hiding from bad luck.
Because of its electricity-conducting properties, it is also suitable as an amplifier in magic and meditation.
If you are working on focussing your mental energy towards a specific goal, shungite can act as a conductor of your energy, and drive it more strongly towards your desired outcome.
It can ground your energy and help keep it focussed towards your goal, so that none of your energy goes “astray,” so to speak.
Shungite for Healing
From Czar Peter onwards, it has also been used for health and healing.
He was said to drink water infused with shungite to improve his health, and today, it is still used in elixirs and potions.
It is well documented that certain forms of carbon can have beneficial effects – activated charcoal is the perfect example, as it’s currently very trendy in health and beauty products.
Shungite, being made of very similar atomic structures to charcoal (that is, mostly carbon) can have similar benefits on a psychic level to what charcoal has on a physical level – it cleans and cleanses impurities.
It can be used to help remove negative people or bad luck from your life, or on a more practical note, can help in easing anxiety, insomnia, and even inflammation or acne!
This doesn’t mean that you should go out and buy a piece of shungite to deal with health problems, though!
It may help with inflammation, but trust me – when you’ve got an infection, antibiotics help a whole lot more!
Always talk to your doctor about medical concerns, and do not use any type of crystal as a substitute to medical attention.
Shungite has a very calming, steadying energy, which can be beneficial to anyone, in any walk of life.
How Will Shungite Help You?
Shungite is extremely beneficial in purification, grounding, healing, and protection.
It can be used for any of these purposes, alone or in combination, depending on your precise needs.
It can also amplify your general psychic power, which means that it can be used in conjunction with other stones or magical objects in order to strengthen them.
Because of its black colour, shungite is said to “suck up” negative energy, and to protect you from bad energy by “cloaking” you so that it can’t find you.
This is extremely beneficial if you are dealing with negative or toxic people in your life.
Sometimes people just seem like they want to bring you down! Shungite will deflect their negative energy away from you, keeping you safe and your energy positive.
It’s not necessarily a stone of increased harmony and love, but shungite has a unique ability to “cut the BS” in interpersonal relationships and get right to the sources of any problems.
Just like with Hematite, this may lead to a few initial confrontations, but in the long run, it will massively benefit your overall happiness and success in your personal interactions.
People will come to admire your straightforward, “tell it like it is” attitude, and recognize that you can work openly and constructively to solve problems, rather than trying to sweep them under the rug.
Because all that negative energy is being deflected or absorbed by the stone, and not rubbing off on you, you’ll quickly find yourself becoming luckier and more successful in virtually every field of your life that you dedicate mental energy to.
Whether you’re worried about improving your career, financial status, romantic life, or general happiness, shungite can help focus on your positive energy towards those goals.
Shungite is also well known for its physical healing properties.
While, as stated above, it should never be used as a replacement for professional medical care, it can be beneficial in improving your general wellness.
It can “suck out” the negative energies that accompany many illnesses, and improve your mood and energy levels, which will set you on the road to healing.
How to Use Shungite for the Best Results?
The single best way to use shungite is to wear it on your person, on a daily basis.
It doesn’t matter very much how you wear it – pendants are always a classic, but earrings, bracelets, brooches, or even rings work just as well (note that you should be very careful with your shungite if you wear it as a ring – its relative softness makes it somewhat fragile).
The key thing with shungite is that it should always be near you.
Its ability to “clear the air” by absorbing negative energy doesn’t really work if it’s not in the vicinity of that negative energy to absorb it!
If you want to absorb the negative energy in a specific environment, such as a home or office, then the same rule applies – place a piece of shungite in the room, preferably in the place where you feel most conscious of the negative energy.
If you’re in a tense office, this might be near your door, where you can see all the coworkers that you’re having negative experiences with.
If your house has bad feng shui to it, then place a piece somewhere where the energy feels particularly bad – you know, those places in the home where you just feel tired and grumpy when you stand there for no obvious reason!
If you are interested in using shungite to improve your health, then the best way to use it is to drop a small (thoroughly cleaned!) piece into water and drink it.
You can either use cold water or hot water. Just like with tea, hot water will amplify the energy, but may lose some of the nuance.
“Cold brewed” shugite elixir takes longer (place the shungite and water in the sun for several hours to get the full effect), but preserves the multifaceted nature of shungite’s power.
A “hot brew” may lead to some hotheadedness, although you will very effectively cut to the core of the issues that are causing problems. By contrast, a “cold brew” will keep you calm and composed in the face of negativity.
The Best Combination to Use with Shungite
Shungite is best combined with stones that promote harmony.
Because of its intensely “clarifying” power to help you identify and avoid negativity, it can sometimes contribute to confrontational attitudes.
Your ability to accept other people’s negativity will be diminished.
This is a good thing in the long run, but when you first start bringing the power of shungite into your life, you may find yourself burning bridges.
In order to mitigate this, using stones that enhance harmony, calm, and interpersonal relationships will smooth over the rough patches.
Stones that enhance harmony include pearls, rubies, and opals.
Opals are best for maintaining the lines of communication, if that is a particular goal of yours, while rubies have the benefit of giving you increased assurance about your actions, while preventing you from becoming rash or hotheaded.
Pearls are the best for overall promoting harmony, as they will improve both your empathy and that of people around you.
If you are using shungite for protective purposes, pair it with a red stone like ruby or garnet. These stones have a fiery energy that will be enhanced by shungite’s power.
This combination is foolproof for making sure that no danger can touch you, and for giving you the power to deal with even the roughest situations.
Because of shungite’s use as an enhancer of power, it can also successfully be paired with virtually any stone in order to amplify its properties.
There is no stone that cannot be successfully combined with shungite. Whether you’re using stones or crystals to go after love, wealth, or success, shungite can be used in conjunction with them enhance their effectiveness.
Because of this, shungite is one of the most useful stones that you can have in your collection! It’s an all-purpose stone that can be used in almost every circumstance.
How to Cleanse Shungite?
Shungite is an amazing crystal that does not need to be cleansed because it does not keep the negative energies that it absorbs.
It has the amazing ability to harmonize with the energies it’s surrounded with or the energies that it absorbs.
But if you still want to keep your Shungite clean and light with a proper cleanse, you can do so with many different methods.
You can cleanse your Shungite crystal every week, or you can choose to do it once a month. You can wash it with water and dry it under sunlight or moonlight for at least two hours.
Shungite crystals can also be cleansed by smudging with white sage. There are smudging sticks that can be purchased readily, or you can use loose sage leaves for this cleanse.
Hold your Shungite crystals very close to the smoke of the sage leaves or place the lit sage stick to where you place your crystals.
Shungite crystals can also be left to soak in water mixed with sea salt. If sea salt is not available, you can use table salt.
Fill a glass bowl with water so that the Shungite crystals are fully submerged. Let the crystals soak for 24 hours.
If you want a more thorough cleansing, your crystals can be soaked for up to a week.
After soaking, throw away the salt water and don’t reuse so as not to recycle the unwanted energies.
You can also cleanse your Shungite crystals by putting them in crystal singing bowls.
Bigger pieces of Shungite can be placed close to the bowl, and you can just play the crystal bowl music for several minutes.
Crystal bowl music has power and will resonate in any space. Every bowl has a different vibration which can effectively cleanse your Shungite.
The vibrations of the sounds of the crystals will drive out all the negative energies present in the crystal.
It will also lift the vibrations in the room so that you can be surrounded by good vibrations, too. Shungite is an excellent healer that’s very powerful in getting rid of all kinds of negative energies.
It can also protect you from the negative vibrations that people, places, and objects emit.
When you use this crystal regularly, you also help your body remove anything that’s causing physical and emotional distress.
Because Shungite absorbs a lot of negativity, it’s important to cleanse it, even if it’s a crystal that does not need to be cleansed.
Doing so will keep it aligned with your chakras and give that powerful grounding effect on your body, mind, and spirit.
When you cleanse it, Shungite will remain a powerful cleansing, purifying, and protective crystal.
Shungite cures, restores, and stimulates. It will remove anything that harms you and your environment and restore everything that is good.
This crystal’s energy simply annihilates energetic blocks. You will only find it disconcerting when you use it after a while of enduring these energy blocks.
But anything that you have been ignoring or refusing to deal with will suddenly be right in front of you, and you will have the confidence to handle them because of this crystal!
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Shungite
Shungite is an extremely useful and powerful stone to add to your collection.
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.
I currently keep Shungite pyramids on my desk and my art table, and find it comforting as I work and play.
For one thing, everyone can benefit from its ability to enhance the power of other stones! Before even getting into its own unique qualities, shungite is a wonderful thing to use to heighten other stones’ and crystals’ powers.
Beyond that, shungite is highly beneficial for its ability to absorb negative energy.
This is something that everyone can benefit from, as it will help improve your relationships, as well as your general luck.
If you feel as if you’re trapped in relationships that are toxic, or if people are getting you down but you can’t quite put your finger on why, shungite could be the stone to clear their negativity out of your life.
Once you are no longer bogged down with negative energy, you will be able to search for happiness in your own time and in your own way.
You will no longer be limited by other people’s attempts to sabotage you. This is the best thing you can do for yourself!
Shungite’s healing properties are also worth exploring, especially if you feel that illness contributes to a sense of ennui, or vice versa.
Improving your mood and your health simultaneously is one of the great healing properties of this stone.
Are you going to start incorporating shungite into your life?
Do you think its healing and protective properties will benefit you?
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