Alternative Names: None
Mineral Species: Astrophyllite
Mineral Group: Silicates – Inosilicates
Chemical Formula: (K,Na)3(Fe,Mn)7Ti2Si8(O,OH)31
Crystal System: Triclinic
Colour: Bronze yellow, golden yellow to dark brown. Dark blue-grey.
Typical Appearance: Bladed crystals in stellate groups.
Chakra Alignment: Gold: Solar Plexus; Blue: Throat and Third Eye
Element: Gold: Fire; Blue: Air and Ether (Spirit)
Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Greek άστρον ("astron") for "star" and φύλλον ("phyllon") for "leaf", in allusion to its habit of starburst-like sprays and micaceous (mica-like) cleavage
Gold: The lovely play of light of the golden blades of astrophyllite cheers the heart and lifts the spirits. It subtly warms, strengthens and energises from within, more as if it were a glowing coal than a wildfire, and can balance when fire is lacking (Chinese system), without increasing heart rate, blood pressure or anxiety, and helps us to be gently but fully present in the physical body. Astrophyllite facilitates self-reflection, helping us to examine the trigger or root of conflict with others from within ourselves, own our part and take responsibility, so we are able to resolve the issue, shift our consciousness and learn from the experience. It can help us become aware on misdirected energy flow in the body, and helps to redirect and balance the energy. Physically, astrophyllite works on a cellular level, strengthening cell structure and regulating cellular fluid, and supports nerve function.
Blue: 'Blue' Astrophyllite grounds, calms, and aids communication – this is particularly helpful in children with learning and behaviour problems, such as ADHD, where a calm approach and facilitating communication is key. It has also shown itself useful in treating other brain disfunction, particularly when there has been an interruption to the synapses, such as in cerebral palsy or other brain damage.