Celestite (also known as Celestine), from the Latin “caelestis” meaning “celestial” or “heavenly”, was aptly named, for these dusky sky blue crystals have a very ethereal appearance. Found in sedimentary rock and mostly in crystal form, the best Celestite specimens are found in cavities in Sandstone or Limestone (often as geodes) and are in high demand by collectors. It can also be found as tabular or granular crystals or in fibrous veins of sedimentary rock. Gypsum, Fluorite, Calcite, Dolomite and Galena are other minerals often found near Celestite deposits. The first Celestite was discovered in 1791 near Frankstown, Pennsylvania, by the German mineralogist A.G. Werner.
Celestite is a favourite among mineral collectors. Its sky blue (or celestial) colour is very pretty, and is unique in the mineral kingdom. Celestite also forms with other colourful minerals, making very nice combinations. Blue Celestite with bright yellow sulphur is one of the most famous colourful combinations of minerals. Celestite has the same structure as Barite, and forms very similar crystals. The two may seem identical by ordinary methods, but a flame test can distinguish them. By scraping the dust of the crystals into a gas flame, the colour of the flame will confirm the identity of the crystal. If the flame is a pale green, it is barite, but if the flame is red, it is celestite. The flame test works because the elements barium and strontium react with the flame and produce those colours. Normally barite is not blue, but many specimens of blue barite are often misidentified as Celestite. The nice crystals, good lustre and attractive blue colour make fine specimens of celestite an outstanding mineral for someone’s cabinet or display case
Celestite has many abilities, one of which is its proficiency at balancing the male/female energy within the physical body as well as balancing all the energy fields – the auric energy and the life force energy. It brings you into attunement with very high powers of rationality. Celestite brings rational thought to any situation, giving a very calming effect even in the most stressful of situations. This stone is excellent for any type of mental activities, such as study work. It clears balances and attunes all the chakras.
Celestite is excellent crystal for public speakers or anyone who needs to communicate either through verbal or written skills. It facilitates fluency and proper pronunciation during any type of communication. Using this stone helps you to receive verbal messages from the angelic realms. It doesn’t have to be used in meditation to do this. However it is suggested that it will be more powerful if used in meditation. Celestite helps you to access your own intuition that has always been with you. You can hold the crystal and listen to the little voice within. It will give guidance and information which lead to the correct decision for this time.
Celestite contains the wisdom of the Ancient Masters. By accessing this crystal and using the crystal in meditation, you can ask it if it has any stories to tell which relate to you from past lifetimes or this incarnation. Celestite enhances the ability to facilitate out of body experiences, primarily those induced in the meditative state when there is soul separation from the physical body.
Placing a piece of Celestite by your bed at night will assist in the recollection of out of body experiences, visualizations and dreams.
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