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Alternative Names: Octahedrite

Mineral Information

Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mineral Species: Anatase

Mineral Group: Oxides

Chemical Formula: TiO2

Hardness: 5.5-6

Crystal System: Tetragonal

Colour: Typically brown, pale yellow, reddish brown.

Typical Appearance: Usually small bi-pyramidal crystals.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Scorpio

Chakra Alignment: Heart and Root; Solar Plexus, Throat, Third Eye and Crown

Element: None

Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Greek for 'extension', in allusion to the length of the pyramidal faces being longer in relation to their bases than in many Tetragonal minerals. Bi-pyramidal shape represents Air and Heart

Additional Information

The bi-pyramidal shape of this crystal is associated with the element Air and with the Heart Chakra, and symbolises humanity, compassion, heaven/earth link, and 'the Spirit of the natural world'. As such it can be used to treat stress, lack of clarity and confusion. Anatase helps us to view problems from all angles, thereby making it easier to find a clear and decisive solution. In healing, it can be used to treat sinus problems, but otherwise is useful mainly on a mental and spiritual level.