Lepidolite isn’t as well-known as many other gemstones, but it’s a very scientifically, economically, and metaphysically important one. Best known in its soft lavender or lilac-gray form, this gemstone is most often seen as rough specimens or small tumbled stones flecked with glittery mica.
Lepidolite is a phyllosilicate mineral. If you’re familiar with dishes made of phyllo dough, you already have some idea of its structure — parallel sheets of silicate material. It’s a member of the mica mineral group, and, like other micas, is very soft. With a Mohs hardness of 2.5-3 and perfect cleavage along a single plane.
This stone is the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral, and serves as a secondary source of this metal for batteries, medications, and more. It’s also a major source of rubidium and cesium. It’s found worldwide, particularly in the United States, Canada, Russia, Brazil, and Madagascar.
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Lepidolite Healing Properties & Benefits
Lepidolite is chiefly used to stabilize emotions. It can help calm anxiety and soothe short tempers, helping the user to maintain an even keel.
Physically, this mineral is said to soothe the nervous system, relieves tension, and is said to calm allergies. Some healers use it to ease neurological disorders, including nerve pain.
It’s also purported to help with symptoms of “sick building syndrome” and side-effects from electromagnetic smog.
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Lepidolite Magical Properties
Since lepidolite is a calming stone that smooths out strong emotional swings, its often used in spells to calm tension in a household. Keep a large specimen in the most frequented room of a house to help keep things peaceful, or place several smaller stones in a circle around a pink candle.
Lepidolite is sometimes used for dream magic. It has the power to protect against nightmares (especially those caused by stress), enhance lucid dreaming, and facilitate astral travel. Used in combination with other crystals for dream recall, prophesy, or lucidity, it’s a useful tool for dreamwork. Try tucking it under a bed pillow or placing it on a nightstand along with a Herkimer diamond and a moonstone.
If you choose to use your lepidolite for dream magic, avoid using it every night. Your unconscious mind needs a chance to rest, rather than work all evening long. Lepidolite also has a tendency to make the user feel a bit “lost in the clouds,” so it’s best used in small doses.
Lavender and grayish specimens of lepidolite are suitable for some magic associated with the colors purple and gray, particularly strengthening psychic abilities and performing divination.
Coupled with its calming properties, this stone is adept at calming the logical mind and quieting mental chatter, which allows the intuitive mind to speak. Try meditating while holding it in your non-dominant hand before performing any kind of divination.
For those who work with chakras, this stone is most frequently used to open and balance the crown chakra, Sahasrara. It may also be used for the third eye chakra, Ajna, but this is less common. The crown chakra is tied to spirituality, while the third eye is associated with divination and the ability to see through the illusions of reality.
Lepidolite History & Folklore
The word “lepidolite” comes from the Greek lepís, meaning “scale.” This fits its scaley, flakey structure as a mica mineral.
Lepidolite wasn’t named and studied until the mid 19th century. While this means that it doesn’t have a long history of use in healing, magic, or the decorative arts, it has become a very economically important stone nonetheless.
Its original name was “lialite,” which was a bit of word play. This name derived from the word lilac, for the stone’s color, and the term Lila, a concept from Hinduism meaning “divine play.”
How to Cleanse Lepidolite
Lepidolite is a bit challenging. Since it’s used to stabilize strong emotions, calm anxiety, and relieve exposure to electromagnetic frequencies, it needs fairly frequent cleansing to keep it at its energetic baseline and make sure it can heal effectively.
On the other hand, it’s very soft, flakey, and delicate. For this reason, you may want to limit cleansing lepidolite to the following methods.
Some methods for cleansing Lepidolite include:
- Using your personal energy. This is the safest method, as all you need to do is hold your dominant hand over the stone and project cleansing energy into it.
- Playing music, bells, chimes, or singing bowls.
- Fumigating it with cleansing herbs or incense.
- Setting it in the light of the full moon.
Cleansing with harder minerals isn’t recommended, since they can damage lepidolite. It’s also generally not a good idea to place this mineral in prolonged contact with water, as it can start to break down and leach heavy metals. You may also wish to avoid exposing lepidolite to intense heat, like direct sunlight or the flame of a candle.
Getting Started With Lepidolite
Lepidolite is a great stone for anyone willing and able to be a bit gentle with it. It can sometimes be tricky to find, especially in anything larger than a palm or tumbled stone.
Since this mineral is so economically in demand, it’s important to be sure that you’re sourcing yours from an ethical source. Mining metals is rife with environmental damage and forced labor, and it’s best to avoid purchasing crystals from sources that use these practices. Carefully vet your crystal supplier!
Once you’ve found a good source, try to purchase your stone in person if possible. This will let you choose the best specimen for you. You’ll be able to pick it up, handle it, and see how comfortable its energy feels.
If you aren’t sensitive to crystal energy, don’t worry — as long as it doesn’t make you uncomfortable to hold it, you’ll be fine. Avoid stones that seem to provoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, or dismissal.
At this point, you should cleanse your lepidolite. As mentioned above, it’s a very delicate stone — especially in its raw form. If you aren’t yet comfortable with projecting your own energy and using it to cleanse stones, that’s fine. This is a skill that will come with time. In the meantime, you can use sound, incense, burning herbs, moonlight, or any combination of the above.
When your stone is cleansed, it’s ready for you to use. How to use your lepidolite is completely up to you. If you get upset easily, suffer from anxiety, or would otherwise benefit from a stabilizing influence, you may want to keep your lepidolite in a pouch and use it as a pocket stone. This will let you slip it into your hand discreetly, whenever you’re in need of a stabilizing influence.
If you plan to use your stone as a magical tool, you can hold it in your hand while meditating, meditate with it just before performing a divination, or even tuck it under your pillow for dream work. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that your lepidolite won’t get wet or scratched.
Lepidolite and humankind have only gotten to know each other fairly recently. Unlike some other minerals, there isn’t a long history of its use as an economic, ritual, or medicinal stone.
Nonetheless, crystal healers and practitioners of magic enjoy this lovely lavender-gray mineral for its ability to soothe, stabilize, and open one’s doors of perception.
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