Celestite or Celestine (SrSO4) is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. The mineral is named for its occasional delicate blue color.
Celestite occurs as crystals, and also in compact massive and fibrous forms. It is mostly found in sedimentary rocks, often associated with the minerals gypsum, anhydrite, and halite.
The mineral is found worldwide, usually in small quantities. Pale blue crystal specimens are found in Madagascar.
The bodies of Acantharea are made of Celestite, unlike those of other radiolarians which are made of silica.
In carbonate marine sediments, burial dissolution is a recognized mechanism of Celestite precipitation.
The largest known Celestite geode is located near the village of Put-in-Bay, Ohio on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The geode is 35 feet in diameter at its widest point. It has been converted into a viewing cave, and the crystals which once composed the floor of the geode have been removed. The Crystal Cave has Celestite crystals as wide as 18 inches across and weighing up to an estimated 300 lb.
Please note that Celestite is very fragile, and should be handled carefully. Do not keep these clusters in direct sunlight, as their color will fade.
Physical properties of Celestite:
Category: Sulfate mineral
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Barite Group
Chemical formula: SrSO4 sometimes contains minor calcium and/or barium
Crystal system: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: Perfect on one crystal face parallel to long axis (001), and nearly perfect on a second face (110).
Mohs scale: hardness 3 - 3.5
Color: Blue, Brown, Colorless, Green, Gray, Red/Orange
Specific gravity: 3.95 - 3.97
Location: Australia, Brazil, China, England, Germany,Greenland, Iraq, Madagascar, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, USA
Fun Fact: Named from the Greek "clestis," for celestial, in allusion to the faint blue color of the original specimen.
Metaphysical guide of Celestite:
Primary Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown, Higher Crown
Astrological sign(s): Gemini, Libra
Vibration: Number 2 & 8
Celestite, also known as Celestine, is revered for its high frequency, Divine energies, and is known as a powerful healing crystal. Celestite has been called a teacher for the New Age", as it will connect one with the Angelic realms, allowing for the free-flow of these higher frequencies into the Crown and Third-Eye Chakras, and also down into the Throat Chakra for expression. Bringing mental calm and clarity in the midst of any chaotic circumstance, Celestite can allow one to easily flow through a traumatic period and still come out on top.
Celestite can relieve stress, anxiety and obsessive behaviors.
It is a perfect piece to carry for those who are singers, actors or speakers, as the energy will alleviate any type of stage fright or nervousness. Celestite brings harmony, balance, and will assist the holder in finding and maintaining inner peace. Its ability to heighten divine intuition makes Celestite especially useful for Reiki practice.
A stone for peace and harmony, Celestite has the potential to bring these qualities into daily living. Celestite is a great facilitator for deep states of meditation, helping to calm the mind and open it to communication from the higher realms. Celestite is a perfect companion to use during dream time. It will assist in recalling not only the dream, but also the specific details of the dream. Information imparted during the dream state will also be recalled with perfect clarity.
Physically, Celestite sends energy to the organs of the higher chakras, aiding the healing of disorders such as brain imbalances, cellular disorders, and ailments of eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Celestite can also act as a detoxifier and pain reliever.