Calcite is an abundant mineral that comes in a beautiful array of colours, it is found on every continent of planet and has been used for ornamental purposes throughout antiquity. Calcite was considered to have metaphysical qualities and was often used for making ritual artefacts as it was thought to heighten the affect of prayers and offerings. The name Calcite originates from the Greek word Chalix, and it is also sometimes referred to as alabaster within the archaeology. High grade clear Calcite which is also known as Iceland Spar, has been used for hundreds of years for optical purposes and possibly helped the Vikings with their navigation. In modern times Calcite is used in many different ways, from construction materials to medicines, it is even being experimented with to create a 'cloak of invisibility'!
Calcite is a calcium carbonate mineral and a main component of Limestone and Marble. Calcite often forms in masses, and it's perfect three way cleavage makes it particularly difficult to cut and carve. Calcite can also form in a vast variety of other shapes including clusters, rhombohedrons and stalactites. The huge variety of colours within Calcite is created by the minerals and impurities that are present in the location where it was formed.
System - Hexagonal
Mohs - 2.5 - 3 - Calcite is easily scratched so avoid storing with harder stones such as Quartz. Don't leave in water.
Spiritual and Meditation
Energetically, Calcite is said to be gently cleansing and balancing to the chakra system, clearing out stagnant energies and helping to draw in fresh inspiration, and a more joyful outlook. Calcite has a lovely array of uses as a focus in meditation and they are related to the colour of the stone.
Blue Calcite - is a stone of the throat and third eye chakra and is energetically very soothing, wonderful to use after a busy, hectic day when you feel you have been psychically bombarded by others energy. Meditating with Blue Calcite helps you to release these vibrations and enter a more peaceful and relaxed state. Blue Calcite is said to be an excellent crystal for those who practice astral projection, apparently providing protection from negative energies and increasing your ability to remember and relate the guidance you acquire on your journey.
Chakra - Throat and Third Eye
Green Calcite - as a stone relating to the heart chakra it cools heated emotions like anger and envy and helps you to take a step back so that you can reassess the situation from a more heart felt stance. Green Calcite opens the energetic heart centre helping you to reconnect to the wisdom of love so that you are better equipped to show kindness to yourself and others, it is an excellent crystal for those in caring roles as it supports the heart energies of empathy and compassion.
Chakra - Heart
Honey Calcite - is related to the solar plexus chakra and is said to increase clarity and focus, so a great crystal to place in working environments. Meditating with Honey calcite helps to clear noisy negative energy from the mind and encourages the determination to put ideas into action. It's golden ray reminds us of the abundance of the universe and the importance of working for the good of all, useful for those prone to 'power plays'.
Chakra - Solar Plexus
Pink (Mangano) Calcite - is a stone of peace, it is said to activate the 'heart mind' which connects you to the wisdom of the universe. Meditating with Mangano Calcite can assist you in finding understanding around conflict in a non-judgemental way, bringing the vibration of compassionate and selfless love into play to restore calm to chaotic emotions and situations.
Chakra - Heart
Calcite's beautiful array of colours lends it perfectly to home decor and ideas for it's placement is dependant on the colour you choose. Blue, Pink and Green Calcite has a wonderful soothing energy about it and is a nice choice for bedrooms, nurseries, healing and therapy rooms. The warmer colours like Orange and Honey Calcite are excellent for offices, studies, work stations and anywhere you want to bring energy and focus.
Calcite's energy is and use is dependant on it's colour...
Blue - receptive, use for purification and astral travel.
Clear - receptive, use in moon magic and to connect to higher energy.
Green - receptive, use to draw in abundance and wealth.
Honey and Orange - projective, use to increase energy and focus.
Pink - receptive, use in love and healing rituals.
Please see individual Calcite crystals for their source.