If you ever wished to have your own, private, tiny galaxy with stunning nebulas at home, lepidolite is perfect! This incredible stone looks like our macrocosm, just in miniature.
Lepidolite is a stone that is said to have calming, soothing properties and is thought to help with nervousness, anxiety, and worry. It is commonly considered to be a stone that can aid in relaxation and bringing balance. It is also said to be a stone of change and transition, as we let go of the stressors that keep us from moving and growing freely. Lepidolite is a variety of mica that contains lithium and is usually found in shades of purple to purple-grey.
Physical Properties of Lepidolite
Lepidolite is a mica mineral containing large quantities of lithium. Its hardness ranges between 2.5 and 3 on the Mohs scale, meaning it’s a very soft stone, prone to scratching and cracking. Its color varies between dark purple and lilac, with white, grayish, and rose gold impurities.
Lepidolite’s intriguing name comes from the Greek word lepidos, which is literally translated to "scale." Although it might seem counterintuitive, it is in fact, related to the mineral's crystal form, which is naturally leaf-like.
Lepidolite usually occurs in Brazil, Russia, the USA, Canada, as well as Madagascar, which is home to many more stunning minerals.
History and Uses of Lepidolite
There aren’t many lepidolite artifacts, probably because lepidolite’s softness makes it a less desirable material for carving or crafting. It is, however, a stone occasionally polished into eggs and animal shapes. Currently, this beautiful mineral is used as a source of lithium, a very light metal used in rechargeable batteries, microwave ovens, air purifiers, aircraft, and even cellphones. It’s also used in psychiatry, to stabilize moods – especially in cases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Metaphysical Properties of Lepidolite
Lepidolite is an excellent stone for people born under the star signs of Libra and Pisces. Lepidolite is governed by the element of water, which makes it a perfect crystal for purification, restoration, and a smooth emotional flow.
Lepidolite works for anahata (the heart chakra), ajna (the third eye chakra), and sahasrara (the crown chakra). The path to awakening starts in our hearts: once we learn how to be selfless and show loving-kindness to all living beings, we can work on opening our third eye. Practicing meditation and researching ancient wisdom can help us develop insight. Then, we can really access to the divine. The heart chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra must all act in unison, and one way to align them all is by using lepidolite.
Lepidolite, just like obsidian, will show you who you really are on the inside, and unlock your most secret desires. It will encourage you to dive deep into your own psyche and direct your energy toward spiritual goals, rather than materialist ones. Mindfulness can revolutionize your life and show you where to direct your energy. Knowing what you want, and having a plan, will not only inspire action but create a sustainable source of joy, too: build a life that will feel good - remember that you don't need to impress others. The key to joy is living in accordance with what's in your heart. Lepidolite can help to facilitate this transition; replace your old patterns of negativity with new, better ones; and build a brighter future for you. Accept the change, let old things go, and reach inside to meet the new you.
Because of its high lithium content, lepidolite is also known to be a mood stabilizer and an anti-anxiety stone. It’s a perfect gift for those battling addictions: it’s said to be helpful in eradicating obsessions. Lepidolite is also said to be able to guide you through chaos, foster order, and trust in the universe.