Alternative Names: Morion
Origin: Worldwide, notably Brazil
Mineral Species: Quartz
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: SiO2
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: Light to dark brown.
Typical Appearance: Usually prismatic crystals with steep pyramidal terminations, but may be bipyramidal or needle-like. Also massive.
Birthstone: Capricorn and Sagittarius
Chakra Alignment: Base
Origin of Name & Mythology: Not known
This crystal is very grounding and protective, but does so with a gentle, friendly energy, so is good for those who find more confining or structured grounding crystals uncomfortable to work with. It is an excellent pain reliever, especially for back problems, as it also strengthens the spine, and is frequently used in combination with malachite and carnelian for this purpose. It can dampen electromagnetic stress, block geopathic stress, and acts as a mild antidepressant.
Smoky quartz is useful for letting go of old unhealthy attachments, including people, places and situations, and is useful in treating addiction. It is also helpful for the end of a relationship or in cases of bereavement.