Origin: Boulby, England
Mineral Species: Boracite
Mineral Group: Borates
Chemical Formula: Mg3(B7O13)Cl
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: Colourless, pale green, blue.
Typical Appearance: Typically grape-like aggregates of tiny crystals.
Chakra Alignment: Heart and Throat; affects all chakras
Element: Water and Air
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named for its composition, which contains boron.
The specimen worked with was blue-green with oolitic habit (crystals form tiny sparkling spherules). Larger individual crystals and other colours may have different qualities. In a similar way to other borate minerals, such as tunellite and colemanite, boracite is very clearing. It affects all the chakras, with a particular influence on the Heart, Throat and Solar Plexus, first clearing, then reinvigorating, and finally balancing the whole by raising the vibration of each and bringing all in line with one another. Boracite is less soft and gentle than its cousins, and can initially be quite challenging, as the clearing process may be uncomfortable – particularly in the Solar Plexus area. This means it also does not induce a deep meditative state as the others do. However, it is worth persevering, as when the clearing and aligning is done, it leaves the user feeling as if they are more alert and thinking more clearly, and it raises personal vibration. Working with it can leave you slightly heady and ungrounded, so it is recommended to hold a grounding minerals such as pyrite or hematite, or using your usual method of grounding and closing down afterwards.