Charoite, also known as The Soul Stone or The Stone Of Transformation is quite a recent discovery in the crystal world. It has had quite the back and forth when it comes to when exactly it was discovered, originally it was said to have been discovered around the 1940s however it was not known to the outside world besides Russia until 1970s. Some say 1978, however I do not want to provide inaccurate dates! So, let’s say 1940s-1970s to be on the cautious side, shall we? With new crystals, there is always misleading information out there as they settle into their origins.
The name Charoite was created due to the charm that it holds, in Russian, “Magic”/”Charms” is “Chary”. Much to a lot of sources disputes (as they disagree that this has to do with where the name derived from), there is the small detail that the only site in the world where Charoite is found in Siberia (Russia), there is a river called Chara/Charo River. Clever!
There are no known legends for Charoite, which leaves much disappointment given how absolutely beautiful it is. I can only imagine if there were time for it to develop a legend it would be quite a magical one at that, given that it was thought to be a fake due to how absolutely remarkable the intriguing make-up of it is.
Charoite is very, very intricate and complex. It is a highly rare Silicate mineral (Potassium Feldspar Metasomatite). What is so fascinating is that Charoite is so rare that it is only found in Siberia, Russia. It has not been found in any other locations. This complex Silicate mineral also contains elements such as Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Strontium, Oxygen, Hydrogen and Barium.
When you look at Charoite, you will see that it transitions from that deep beautiful purple/lilac through to lavender, with spots of black (Augite/Aegirine) and all sorts of different distinctive colours such as orange Tinaksite.
It is said when Charoite is mined it is at first not appealing – it takes a lot of processing and polishing to give it its beauty as it can often be opaque with moderate Chatoyancy. This is why when they first found Charoite they thought it was fake, because that unusual pattern and transition between colours is often processed to be created as so, whereas Charoite is naturally formed in all of its unbelievable glory. You would be surprised how often crystals that you buy from stores are dyed to be more appealing than what they naturally are, as some crystals can generally form quite dull.
Benefits Of Charoite
Frees the body from pessimistic energy
Enhances cleansing of natural energy
Aids with overcoming phobias/fears
Connects the wearer/holder with their soul
Shows you what is reality as it grounds your mind
Separates the mind between the body so you can distinguish perception of fears
Aids with releasing things that no longer benefit you
Aids with relaxation by removing tension from the mind
Provides mental flexibility as it assists with removing oneself from being stagnant
Assists with trustworthiness
Assists with obsessive tendencies
Aids with patience
Charoite is a fantastic stone for empaths/healers, it is highly recommended to use Charoite if you are in that field.
It is a fantastic cleanser, not only for the mind but for the body. When using for chakra work, it aligns your chakras and allows for high-frequency energy to be channelled through the body so that misalignment is able to be seen to.
The soothing and cleansing energy from Charoite means that it is wonderful for ADHD and calming Asperger’ syndrome. It can assist with soothing the nerves.
There are other fantastic benefits such as assisting with insomnia and restlessness such as sleep walking/talking. If you are one for suffering with disrupted sleep, it would be fantastic to put Charoite under your pillow, in the pocket of your PJ pants/shirt or even on your bedside. It can be beneficial for such things as nightmares as well.
Other benefits include: Assisting with headaches/migraines, liver detox, pancreas conditions, anxiety disorders, depression and nerve related pains.
Charoite can form all sorts of variations of lilac/lavendar with black spots (Aegirine) and lighter coloured spots (Canasite), even yellowish/brown spots (Tinaksite) as well. It may be polished and look quite shimmery due to the processing it undergoes. There may even be white Feldspar flakes on it’s finish. The main thing to remember is that whilst Charoite is recently new-ish to the crystal world, it is also quite rare. It is only able to be mined in one location, so the costing of your Charoite may not be the cheapest. It will be hard to spot fakes, due to how fibrous and opaque it can be, it would be hard to distinguish what is genuine. Ensure you trust the seller before you make your purchase.