Moldavite is one of the most highly-prized and often faked stones on the market. Formed by a meteor impact millions of years ago, these glassy olive to blue-green stones are relatively new to the magic and metaphysical realms, but are very much in demand today.
Moldavite is made up of silica. While some believe that they are pieces of a meteorite that fell to Earth, this is unlikely. The general consensus is that they’re made of terrestrial material that was superheated into liquid by a meteoric impact.
The force splattered the molten silica into the air, where it began to cool as it fell back to the ground. The end result are pitted, greenish pebbles of moldavite.
These stones are found in a relatively small geographic area, including parts of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The highest quality moldavite specimens exhibit a high degree of translucency and a fern-like pattern of wrinkles on the surface.
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Moldavite Healing Properties & Benefits
Moldavite is a very unconventional healing stone with a lot of energy — sometimes too much. Emotionally, it’s excellent for uncovering buried trauma and memories.
It can integrate the heart and the mind, bringing subconscious desires to the surface where they can be examined and either pursued or released. This can be helpful for people suffering from psychosomatic conditions, or mood disorders tied to unresolved problems.
Physically, moldavite can be a diagnostic aid. Its power to uncover the hidden cause of a person’s illness makes it useful for both identifying and healing areas of the mind and body that suffer from energy blockages.
Since it’s such a high-energy stone, it’s also said to act as a rejuvenator, instilling users with fresh vitality and reducing the signs of aging. Some crystal healers use it for neurological conditions, allergies, viruses, and problems involving the eyes.
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Moldavite Magical Properties
This stone doesn’t have a large body of traditional magical lore. It’s confined to a fairly small area, and was first seriously studied in the late 18th century, so it never really had the chance to make it way into many grimoires.
Nonetheless, practitioners today value it as a way to purify energy, areas, and even people. It can also hasten the user’s discovery of their true spiritual path and allow them to experience an awakening.
Moldavite is sometimes used for lucid dreaming and to increase psychic abilities, but may be a little too high energy on its own. Its intensity can even make it difficult to sleep. If used in this manner, it should be combined with other crystals to help the user relax and quiet the mind.
Carrying or wearing this stone also provides an aura of spiritual protection to the user. Its intense energy keeps negative energies or entities from attaching, and can even help sever unhealthy etheric connections to toxic people. If you’re in need of a cord cutting, this stone can help.
As a green stone, moldavite is tied to the energies of green color magic. These include growth, fertility, beauty, and prosperity. Since moldavite fosters spiritual awakenings, repels negativity, and is said to induce rejuvenation, it’s pretty much a perfect stone for working with green energy.
For those who work with chakras, this stone is said to resonate the most strong with Anahata, the heart chakra. This is the gateway between the higher and lower chakras, and blockages in this area can prevent energy from reaching the uppermost energy centers in the body.
Since moldavite has such intense energy, it’s said that it’s also able to unblock every other chakra — sometimes unintentionally. Even just using it in the heart area can produce energetic changes in other chakras.
How to Cleanse Moldavite
These stones have a very similar composition to glass and quartz, so they can endure pretty much every cleansing method that they can.
Some of the most efficient cleansing methods for Moldavite include:
- Bathing it in cold, fresh water. For best results, this should be natural moving water. Sea water is said to work the best. If sea water isn’t available, add two tablespoons to a cup of demineralized water, and place your stone in it overnight.
- Burying it in soil. You can do this either outdoors, or in a potted plant. If you do this outdoors, make sure you mark the area well — you don’t want to lose your stone. Leave the moldavite buried overnight, and retrieve it in the morning.
- Fumigating your stone with incense or cleansing herbs.
- Placing it in sunlight.
- Placing it in the light of the full moon.
- Playing music, chimes, bells, or singing bowls.
- Setting it on or near other crystals, like carnelian, Herkimer diamond, or selenite.
Some sources maintain that moldavite doesn’t need cleansing. The choice of whether or not to do so for your individual stone is entirely up to you.
Getting Started With Moldavite
Starting with moldavite can be a bit of a challenge. Not only is it fairly expensive as crystals go, it’s not a common offering in most metaphysical shops. That means you might need to seek out a specialty crystal store, or order yours online. Be cautious if you go to an online supplier, as there are many fakes on the market.
Since moldavite has physical properties very similar to glass, it can be extremely difficult for the average crystal collector to tell it apart from molded glass fakes by inspection alone. To avoid getting duped by a factory-made “moldavite,” keep your eyes peeled for a couple of things. Any reputable seller should:
- Provide photographs of each stone, individually.
- Have their stones listed for their fair market value.
- Provide certificates of authenticity.
Look out for sellers that provide one generic photograph of a single moldavite for all of their listings. The photo might have been taken from another source, and you might think you’re getting the stone in the picture just to end up with a piece of molded green glass.
Beware of moldavites that are considerably less expensive than other similar-sized specimens, very large, or tumbled. Moldavite is typically about the size of gravel, and its distinctive external pitting and wrinkling are one of its key identifying features. Tumbled specimens are much more likely to be a less expensive stones of a similar color, like jade or aventurine, and are virtually never actual moldavite.
Most sellers of genuine moldavite should be able to provide a certificate of authenticity for their stones. A good certificate of authenticity should reference the individual stone to which it applies, whether by including a photograph or a detailed description. Avoid sellers whose certificates are generic and don’t directly reference individual stones.
With all of that in mind, you should have an easier time narrowing down where to purchase your moldavite. If at all possible, you should try to examine the stone in person before buying. This will let you make sure it looks like actual moldavite, and see what its energy feels like. As long as it feels pleasant — or, at the very least, doesn’t feel unpleasant — it can be a suitable healing or magical ally for you.
When you have your moldavite at home, you should decide whether you wish to cleanse it. As was mentioned above, some users believe that moldavite isn’t capable of holding on to negative energy, or having its energetic field disrupted by negativity it comes in contact with. Others believe that it should be cleansed just like any other stone. Do what feels best to you.
Once your stone is ready to work with, you can program it with your intention. Like quartz, moldavite is silica. You can program both the same way. Hold your stone in your dominant (projective) hand. While you do this, visualize your intention. Will your stone be a magical tool, or for healing? Do you have a specific desire you need help with? As you picture yourself receiving what you wish, send your energy into the stone. This will help it align itself with your goals.
After programming your moldavite, you’re ready to go. You can apply it to whatever body part could benefit from its healing energy, use it in a spell, or do whatever you like.
Moldavite is a beautiful, sought-after stone with a mysterious origin. Its unmistakable appearance and high price have driven unscrupulous suppliers to create fake stones, but, as long as you’re a savvy buyer, you can avoid these and find the perfect moldavite for your needs.
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