Mineral Information

Origin: Tasmania, Russia, Germany, California

Mineral Species: Crocoite

Mineral Group: Chromates

Chemical Formula: PbCrO4

Hardness: 2.5-3

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Colour: Orange, red

Typical Appearance: Usually as intergrown masses of slender prismatic crystals.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Aries

Chakra Alignment: Sacral

Element: None

Origin of Name & Mythology: Originally recognized by Mikhail Vassilievich Lomonosov in 1763 as a red lead ore. The name crocite comes from the Greek "crocon" = saffron, alluding to the saffron-orange color of its powder.

Additional Information

Crocoite is warming and mood-lifting. Although aligned with the element Fire, it isn’t a conflagration, but rather fills the body with a warm golden glow and creates a sense of inner expansion and fulfilment, making it very pleasant to hold in meditation.

As with most lead ores, Crocoite cleanses, balances, and aligns the chakras, and encourages flow of Chi throughout the body. It increases self-confidence and motivation, and can enhance creativity and the creative process. Crocoite can also be used to improve libido.

Crystals are often hollow, so crocoite can be used for containment in a similar way to vanadinite, visualising the placement whatever you wish to contain within the hollow of the crystal, whether it is something precious you wish to protect, or something you wish to inhibit, such as the growth of cysts or tumours.

Melody calls it a transition stone, aiding transition from one stage of life to another, or even from one life to the next.