Alternative Names: Fairy Cross
Mineral Species: Staurolite
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: (Fe,Mg,Zn)2Al9(Si,Al)4O22(OH)2
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Typical Appearance: Usually as twinned crystals, often in the form of a cross.
Chakra Alignment: Base
Origin of Name & Mythology: From Greek "stauros", cross, alluding to the cruciform twins it displays in some cases
Staurolite is a gentle grounding and shielding crystal, and because of its cruciform shape, was traditionally used for protection and good luck. It is considered to be an excellent stress reliever and mood-lifter. It can create a connection between the physical and astral planes, and provides a balance between the two, and can also help organise thought patterns and ideas. It is sometimes used by those attempting to give up smoking, as smoking is often a means of keeping grounded.