Placement of calcite on the body has induced amplification of ones energy field. It is suggested that one use a color of calcite to correspond with the chakra in question or to address the particular imbalance present.
(This calcite sample was collected in Travis County, Texas. The limestone in which the calcite formed is Cretaceous in age.)
THE HEALING ENERGETIC PROPERTIES OF CALCITE
Placing calcite, of the appropriate chakra color, upon the chakra, has not only cleared and activated that chakra, but has provided a “sweeping” action which cleared the remaining centers. The clear calcite and golden calcite are excellent energy sources for use at the crown chakra; the clear calcite has also been used at all chakras to provide for the amplification of the energy available.
Calcite is one of the most common minerals in the upper part of the Earth’s crust. Texas has abundant limestone formations, and limestone is made up primarily of calcite. Metamorphosed limestone, called marble, is also made up mostly of calcite. Caliche, the white soil present in many parts of Texas, is mostly finely crystalline calcite.
With calcite so abundant and so widely distributed it is no wonder that it can be so varied. The crystals of calcite can form literally a thousand different shapes by combining the basic forms of the positive rhombohedron, negative rhombohedron, steeply, moderately and slightly inclined rhombohedrons, various scalahedrons, prism and pinacoid to name a few of the more common forms. There are more than 300 crystal forms identified in calcite and these forms can combine to produce the thousand different crystal variations. Calcite also produces many twin varieties that are favorites among twin collectors. There are also phantoms, included crystals, color varieties, pseudomorphs and unique associations. There simply is no end to the varieties of calcite.
For industrial purposes Calcite is commonly used in optical instruments and the manufacture of cement and glass. (CaCO3) the mineral (calcium carbonate) can be white to colorless, gray, and pale-yellow to honey-brown. It has a hardness of 3, a vitreous luster, and white streak. In calcite, three directions of well-developed cleavage (splitting along definite planes) form a rhombohedron, which looks like a distorted cube.
Mexican onyx is a variety of calcite that is used extensively for ornamental purposes. It is carved into figurines and is so popular that almost every child in the USA owns a small onyx animal or two. Carvings such as vases, bookends, plates, eggs, obilisks, pyramids and statues are all popular. It is not the same onyx as the quartz variety of onyx which is a little more precious (it is used in jewelry) and is banded white and black. To avoid confusion it is best to refer to it as Mexican Onyx. Mexican onyx is banded with multiple orange, yellow, red, tan, brown and white colors that have marble-like texture. The carvings are quite attractive and affordable; a rare combination!
Another variety is the so called “Iceland Spar“, which is basically clear cleaved fragments of completely colorless (ice-like) calcite. Originally discovered and named after Eskifjord, Iceland where the calcite is found in basalt cavities. In rock shops around the world, iceland spar is available in large quantities and at affordable prices and are popular among children. Most of today’s iceland spar comes from Mexico. The iceland spar displays the classic cleavage form of calcite, the rhombohedron. Iceland spar was and is used for optical equipment and during World War II it was a strategic mineral as it was used for the sighting equipment of bombardiers and gunners. It is iceland spar that best demonstrates the unique property of calcite called double refraction.
Fluorescence, phosphorescence, thermoluminescence and triboluminescence are other important properties of calcite. Although not all specimens demonstrate these properties, some do quite well and this is diagnostic in some cases. One notable case of fluorescence occurs at Franklin, New Jersey where the massive calcite is enriched in a small amount of manganese and fluoresces a bright red under UV light. Some Mexican iceland spar can fluoresce a nice purple or blue color and unique specimens will even phosphoresce (continue to glow) after the UV source has been removed. Triboluminescence is supposedly a property that should occur in most specimens, but is not easily demonstrated. It occurs when the specimen is struck or put under pressure; in a dark room the specimen should glow when this happens.
The best property of calcite is the acid test. Why? Because calcite always will effervesce (bubble) when even cold weak acids are placed on specimens. Even the cement in sandstones will effervesce assuring the geologist of identification of the cementing mineral. The reason for the bubbling is in the formula below:
The carbon dioxide gas (CO2) is given off as bubbles and the calcium dissolves in the residual water. Any acid, just about, can produce these results, but dilute hydrochloric acid or vinegar are the two recommended acids for this test. Other carbonates such as dolomite or siderite do not react as easily with these acids as does calcite and this leads to differentiating these somewhat similar minerals more readily.
Calcite is intricately tied to carbon dioxide in another way. Since many sea organisms such as corals, algae and diatoms make their shells out of calcite, they pull carbon dioxide from the sea water to accomplish this in a near reverse of the reaction above. This is fortuitous for us, as carbon dioxide has been found to be a green house gas and contributes to the so called “green house gas effect”. Environmentally then, calcite is very important and may have been quite important to the successful development of our planet in the past. By pulling carbon dioxide out of the sea water, this biological activity allows more of the carbon dioxide in the air to dissolve in the sea water and thus acts as a carbon dioxide filter for he planet. Environmentalists are now actively engaged in determining if this activity can be increase by human intervention to the point of warding off the “green house gas effect”. A significant amount of calcite precipitation in sea water is undoubtedly inorganic, but the exact amount that this contributes is not well known. Calcite and other carbonate minerals are very important minerals in the ocean ecosystems of the world.
Love is in the Earth, by Melody. Pg.177