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Actinolite Metaphysical Properties and Mystic Lore: Actinolite brings your body’s functions into harmony and balance. It can affect the color vibration of other stones and enhances their overall effectiveness. It stabilizes the physical crystallization process (a process that anchors either a positive or a negative ‘now’ consciousness) and can restructure your cells into a positive crystallization. Actinolite helps strengthen the processes of your physical body, and allows it to accept what has taken place. It encourages your spirit to explore new directions, and gives awareness if you have strayed from your original goals. It promotes a feeling of self-worth and strength and encourages inner balance and patience. It helps instigate the balancing process of emotional and physical acceptance, and produces the openness and the well-being that allows you to be available and receptive to Divine energies. It is a protective shield which repels your own negative thoughts – this is particularly true of Black Actinolite – and assists your body in adjusting to changes or traumas. Actinolite is an excellent stone for psychic shielding, as it expands your aura and crystallizes its edges, connecting you to higher awareness while bringing body, mind, psyche and spirit into balance. An effective aid to visualization and imagery. (

Actinolite is named after Greek word “aktis” – a ray, alluding to its common occurrence as radiating needles. (
Synonyms and Misspellings: Actynolite, Actinolithe
Pronunciation: ak-TI-nuh-LYT

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Crystal System: Monoclinic
Chemical Formula: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2
Composition: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Silicate
Chemical Group: Silicates; Inosilicates; Amphibole Group
Colors: Green, green-black, grey-green, or black.
Hardness: 5.5-6
Streak: White

Common Mineral Associations: Smaragdite is an emerald green variety of Actinolite. — Actinolite and Tremolite are two very similar minerals that form a series with each other and essentially share the same chemical formula. Actinolite has a greater presence of iron over magnesium, whereas Tremolite has a greater presence of magnesium over iron. (

Interesting Facts: A variety of Actinolite, Nephrite, is one of the two minerals called Jade. The other Jade mineral is Jadeite. Jade has been used for eons in China and Central America as an ornamental and religious stone of deep significance. The Nephrite Jade was used mostly in China, although both have been used in both regions. Nephrite is more abundant than Jadeite and has few color varieties, ranging only from creamy white to green. (

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Chakras: Heart
Zodiac: Scorpio

Cleansing Methods: All forms except water.

Safe for Drinking Water? No. Make with the indirect method.

Safe for Handling? Yes.

Cautions: Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs. (
Dust from asbestiform varieties of Actinolite can cause serious and irreversible lung disease when inhaled. Avoid creating or inhaling dust. (

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and cannot give out medical advice. Crystals and energy healing should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. Energy Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. Energy Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach. Results of energy healing will vary from person to person.

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