Iolite Meanings and Uses
Your On-Line Guide to
The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses and Meaning
Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Iolite
Like a crisp, dark winter sky, Iolite, in shifting shades of violet-blue carries the spirit of journey, of dreams and intuition, of exploration and illumination. It is known as the Vikings' Compass, and provides the vision to move us, physically and spiritually, from one realm to the next.
Leif Eriksson and other Viking explorers who ventured far out into the Atlantic Ocean, away from any coastline that would help determine position, used thin pieces of Iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. Looking through an Iolite lens, they could determine the exact location of the sun and navigate safely to the New World and back. [ICGA]
A property called pleochroism is very pronounced in Iolite, producing different colors when the stone is seen through different positions. Overall, Iolite appears as violet-blue or indigo, but in different positions may shift to a yellow-gray or honey color, and even to a clear light blue. It is also referred to as "Water Sapphire" or Dichroite. Iolite's name comes from the Greek ios, meaning violet, and is the gem version of the mineral Cordierite.
Iolite Uses and Purposes - Overview
Iolite helps in recovering balance, and is recommended for those suffering from disorientation, lack of motivation, chronic disorganization, and distraction. [Megemont, 96] It strengthens the resolve to take on responsibility and carry through, and provides self-assurance and endurance in adverse situations. [Gienger, 32] It is an excellent source of energy when used for the elimination of debt and the responsible management of money. [Melody, 336]
Iolite restores a sense of perspective to those who feel they are jinxed, and inspires anyone with a chaotic life to start to bring order in small practical ways. [Eason, 377]
Iolite resonates with the energy of twilight, a beautiful violet-blue that stimulates the astral bodies and psychic awareness. It reveals realms beyond the usual waking consciousness and is ideal for astral projection, dimensional and other inner vision works, and is excellent for past- and alternate-life work. [Ahsian, 207]
Iolite is a stone of the muses, activating the visionary, creative side of the mind, and accessing thoughts and ideas beyond the ordinary. It inspires creative self-expression through writing, song, movement and other artistic endeavors. [Ahsian, 207]
Use Iolite to strengthen family dilemmas. Place in the living area if sibling rivalry or the presence of a new step-parent is causing a child to feel excluded. Use Iolite if family members have over-high expectations of you, or if your career path was chosen for you because of family connections. As an amulet, Iolite brings travelers safely home. Give a piece of Iolite jewelry or a tumblestone as a farewell gift to students leaving home or emigrating family members. [Eason, 377]
Iolite aids in understanding and releasing the causes of addiction, allowing for the expression of one's true self, freed from the expectations of others. [Hall, 147]
Iolite Healing Therapies - Overview
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Iolite Physical Healing Energy
Iolite is credited with supporting a stronger than normal constitution and is said to enable one to consume alcohol without exhibiting the effects, promotes detoxification, and improves degenerated conditions of the liver. It also reduces fatty deposits in the body. [Melody, 336][Hall, 148]
Iolite is used in regulating digestion, and enhances hair and nail growth. [Megemont, 96]
Iolite strengthens the nerves, helps with paralysis and numb limbs, and tolerating pain. [Gienger, 32] It has been used to treat malaria and other fever-producing disorders. [Melody, 336]
Iolite may assist in healing of the eyes, migraines and headaches, disorientation and dizziness, and Meniere's disease. It also stimulates memory, and prevents insomnia, nightmares or sleep disturbances. [Eason, 377][Ahsian, 207]
Iolite Emotional Healing Energy
Iolite examines the inner path of the deep self. It assists in letting go of the belief that one needs to control inner experiences, and dissolves fear of the unknown or suppressed parts of the psyche. It increases the capacity to move forward, and allows for the understanding that the examination of one's wounds is the most direct path to healing. It is a stone of inner treasure, helping to uncover the lost parts of oneself, and in receiving the peace one's spiritual journey brings. [Simmons, 206]
When in the midst of adversity, Iolite helps to provide solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. It promotes a calm, positive state of mind, instills hope, and assists in decisions on how to proceed. It gives the emotional distance needed for a clearer perspective. [Ahsian, 207]
Iolite balances the male/female aspects of one's character and brings harmony within the self. By taking responsibility for one's own life and happiness, it releases discord from relationships and helps overcome codependency within close partnerships. [Melody, 335][Hall, 148]
Iolite carries a violet-blue energy that activates and clears the Third Eye, opening communication and awareness from higher vibratory realms. [Ahsian, 207]
The Brow Chakra, also called the Third Eye, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra.
It balances the important and the unimportant, sorting meaning from data and impressions. It commands the energy flow within the body. When the brow chakra is in balance we see clearly and understand what we see. We can interpret visual cues and our perception is high. Our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions. We can be quietly observant, and reflective. We can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the brow chakra. This is the color of an empty sky, of solitude and reflection. It is a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment.
Iolite may also link with, or stimulate, the Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head. It is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies, and controls how we think and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality.
Iolite Spiritual Energy
Iolite is an excellent crystal for shamanic journeying, increasing the vividness and detail of inner visions, and bringing forward the symbols locked within the psyche that would illuminate the issues one must face for continued growth. It strengthens the resonant link between the mind and the heart. [Simmons, 206-207]
In shamanic healing ceremonies, Iolite has been used to influence the spirits. The Iolite ring of the shaman is worn to insure accuracy within the vision, and to provide powerful medicinal benefits. [Melody, 335]
Wearing Iolite helps awakens and sustains one's psychic gifts, making it the perfect stone for astrologers, tarot readers, mediums and other intuitives. It is highly beneficial for those attempting to access information from past lives, especially those associated with the Cathars, the Knights Templar and the Arthurian legends. [Simmons, 207]
As the "violet stone," Iolite is one of the major crystals used in the Third Eye/Crown areas during healing, guided meditations, and during astral travel. Its positioning produces different outcomes and success levels, and should be determined using one's intuition capabilities. Iolite produces an electrical charge when in contact with one's auric field, and both strengthens and aligns with the subtle bodies. [Melody, 335]
Violet Iolite takes on the darker hue of winter's majesty, the time just after the winter solstice. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, nobility and luxury. It is one of the most powerful rays in nature, helping us interpret our dreams and inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments. Dark violet crystals are dream talismans, providing insight and giving us a window to the soul beyond ordinary understanding.
Indigo Iolite combines the intuition of the violet ray with the trust of the pure blue ray. It brings wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery. A stone of judgment and long life, it promotes introspection and can result in profound wisdom when used well. Dark indigo Iolite provides honesty and is especially good for religious and spiritual journeys, while light indigo Iolite connects us to the natural world and improves our appreciation of others.
By calming the overactive mind, Iolite aids in reaching a focused state of meditation. It opens the visionary centers, allowing for conscious communication with other realms and their inhabitants. [Ahsian, 207]
The Divinatory meaning of Iolite: An alternative viewpoint you have always rejected suddenly makes sense. [Eason, 377]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Iolite of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Iolite. The table below gives you the information about them.
Iolite is helpful if you are exploring Goddess energies. [Eason, 377]
Iolite honors Athena, the Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom. She is always depicted in armor and is known as a skilled fighter and strategist, and for her superb logic and intellect.
Violet and Indigo crystals also honor Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified. She is the story of being lost then regained, the wisdom of understanding, doubting, and spiritual exploration without dogma.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Iolite is not a traditional birthstone.
olite which is violet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born at the time when the year is new, just after the winter solstice (December 21 - January 19). Violet crystals bring you intuition, magic, dreams, and imagination.
Iolite which is indigo in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in midwinter (January 20 - February 18). Indigo crystals are rare and valuable. They bring you wisdom, truth, dignity, and spiritual mastery.
There is no zodiac sign associated with this stone, though Pisces will be calmed by its lively colors, and it will help Aries to think more creatively. [Megemont, 96]
Iolite Amulets and Talismans
Iolite is used as an amulet to guide travelers safely home. [Eason, 377]
Iolite is a Dispeller Energizer crystal. Dispeller crystal lattices act like a radiator with sharp points from which energy can flow easily outward, carrying with it the undesirable elements of your life. They are helpful talismans to relieve everyday concerns of physical, mental and spiritual problems. Dispellers are also known as Restorers. They put things right again after they are out of balance.
Energizer crystals, such as Iolite, are powerful conduit crystals for focusing and amplifying the Universal Life Force and our energy to accomplish our goals. They aid in our efforts to gain what we seek, enhance our lives, protect what we value, and defend us from undesirable elements.
Iolite utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use Iolite crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.
Iolite in Ancient Lore and Legend
Iolite is not a legendary stone and has no lengends (yet!)
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).