As one of the oldest magical crystals known to man, labradorite has been revered for hundreds of years, not only for its luminescent and otherworldly beauty, but also for its healing properties. Sometimes known as “black moonstone”, this stone of transformation lends its power to the purpose of spiritual growth, introspection, divination, and protection from negativity in all its forms. Although quite a famous stone among collectors and practitioners, some of the history and legend surrounding labradorite goes unexplored. Here are seven things you didn’t know about labradorite.
- Labradorite, the heart of Atlantis
In some folklore, it is believed that those who feel most attracted to this stone have their ancestral roots in the lost world of Atlantis. This lends a little extra magic to the fact that labradorite’s “labradorescence” is enhanced tenfold when submerged in water.
- Labradorite, the stone in the sky
First discovered on St. Paul island in Labrador, some Eskimo tribes believed that the rocks along the coast contained the Northern Lights. Legends tell that one ancestor struck a stone with his spear, setting many of the lights free to enter the sky and become the Aurora Borealis. Some of the lights remained in the stone, believed to be the source of its magic.
- Labradorite, directly from the cosmos
Although most common in the crust of the earth, it is somewhat scarce among the components of meteorites, yet large enough traces have been found to account for this type of feldspar mineral. Labradorite has been found in some meteorites, hinting that its origin may be more celestial than earthly.
- Labradorite, a Finnish charm
Labradorite exists in three varieties: rainbow moonstone, spectrolite, and andesine-labradorite. As the most valuable type of labradorite, spectrolite is unique to the country of Finland. An old tradition suggests that the stone be buried in fields as an offering to the spirits of the land in order to give thanks and to request a prosperous harvest.
- Labradorite, the bridge between earth and sky
In Norse mythology, labradorite is associated with the Bifrost Bridge, the burning rainbow bridge that connects Midgard (the earth) to Asgard (the realm of the gods). The stone itself is believed to be a gateway between the Earth and Heaven.
- Labradorite, a transfigurative stone
In Hindu belief systems, when the throat chakra (vishudda) is open, any form of negativity is transformed into positivity, being replaced by wisdom and learning. In these same belief systems, Labradorite is closely associated with this chakra, otherwise known as the purification center, which lends reason to the stone’s ability to transform, strengthen, and manifest.
- Labradorite, a powerful shamanic tool
Spiritually, labradorite is a stone that assists growth of the self through its many properties, mainly through its ability to reveal hidden truths and help one discover their inner power. Shamans hold a strong desire to seek and acquire knowledge, and they often leave the present to recall details from a past life. Labradorite can be an especially helpful tool as it provides protection through astral travel while it assists in discovering that which you seek.