The calcite (calcite, lime spar or double spar) is a very popular healing stone, which is also known in the German vernacular as a broken leg stone. It is a mineral and is at the same time the name for the calcite group within the mineral class of carbonates. It has very different colors. The calcite is considered a healing stone for bones, nails and teeth, its tradition dates back to ancient Greece.
Calcite Origin and History
The name calcite derives from the Latin (calx = lime) or the Greek (ch’lix = lime). It is one of the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust. Due to its high calcium content, the calcite is mainly used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Already in ancient Greece it had a great significance as a healing stone. The high concentration of lime contributed to the fact that it was often used in the production of healing ointments. The calcite was also seen as a protective stone against evil spirits. The lime in the calcite has also been used in the treatment of severely healing wounds, although this treatment has not been shown to be very useful. In folk medicine, calcite is also used for calcium deficiency.
The calcite is less suitable as a gemstone due to its low hardness, but as such it can be found as such in cabochon or smooth cut. The stone is available in a wide variety of colours and shapes.
Calcite Occurrence and Origin
The calcite forms secondary by deposits and weathering. It is a rock-forming mineral that belongs as calcium carbonate to the mineral class of carbonates. Calcite consists of calcium, oxygen and carbon and contains deposits of iron, cobalt and manganese. The mineral occurs in different colors and shapes, the color is influenced by different minerals.
Calcite is very common worldwide. The occurrence at the different sites is different. The main areas of calcit are in Brazil, India, South Africa, Austria, Mexico and the USA. The largest occurrences of calcite can also be traced back to deposits of the seas, where the components of shellfish and skeletons of other marine organisms settle. Corals and their reefs also play a crucial role in the formation of calcite. Although there are many different occurrences of calcite, mining is not always meaningful or of economic importance.
Properties of Calcite
The calcite belongs to the trigonal crystal system and has a layer-like crystal structure. The high double refraction of the crystals is characteristic of the calcite. If light does not fall along the optical axis of the crystal, it is split into two beams of light – the neat and the so-called extraordinary beam. Due to different polarization directions, different refractive indices apply to both rays. This shows that, depending on the angle of view, an object viewed by the crystal appears twice. This property also helps to identify a calcite.
In addition to deposits of iron, manganese and cobalt, the calcite may also contain rare earths, depending on the location of the find, which can fluoresce red, blue, yellow or otherwise under UV light. The calcite is completely fissile and transparent to opaque, depending on the variety.
Compared to other minerals, it is hardly resistant to weathering. It is significantly softer than feldspar or quartz and soluble in acidic water. Under the violent development of gas, a dissolution takes place in cold, diluted acids.
The colors of the calcite
The pure calcite is colourless and transparent, but is very rare in nature. As a rule, a natural calcite usually has a honey-yellow to yellow-brown color, massive varieties are often milky-white. Due to the storage of various metals (e.g. iron, zinc, manganese, cobalt), the different colour varieties occur. These metals then replace the calium ions in the crystal lattice. Iron provides a yellow-brown hue, zinc a grayish-white color, Cobald for pink tones and manganese contributes to a malven- or violet-colored coloration. Some manganese-containing stones often fluorinate in burgher red. If a small malachite is found in the calcite, it has a green color. Sky to lavender blue calcite occurs when staining causes malpositions in the crystal lattice caused by radiation from radioactive minerals. When exposed to the sun, the blue hue weakens and disappears completely over time.
Calcite – Effect and Application as healing stone
The calcite is said to have different effects on the body as well as on the soul as a healing stone. While the individual varieties have different influences on the soul, the effects on the physical level are usually the same. The possibilities of using the calcite are very diverse.
Effect of the calcite on the body
The following effects on the body are attributed to the calcite as a healing stone:
- Stimulation of metabolism
- Promoting growth
- Strengthening the immune system
- Promoting blood clotting
- Healing of tissues and bones (e.g. broken bones, gout, rheumatism, osteoarthritis and arthritis, strains, back and joint pain, stiffening, deposits)
- Strengthening the heart (also helps against low blood pressure, has a positive effect on coronary arteries, helps with cardiac arrhythmias)
- helpful for problems with teeth (e.g. tooth decay)
- helpful for problems with hair (e.g. hair splits) and brittle fingernails
- Support of the entire neck and throat area
Effect of the individual calcite varieties on the soul
As with other healing stones, each individual variety of the calcite is attributed to different effects on the soul. In the rough, however, the effects of the healing stone are similar.
The white calcite
White calcite is intended to promote mental development, bring creativity and strengthen memory. It also has a positive effect on the mind and increases self-confidence. Its wearer also gains steadfastness and vigour through it.
The blue calcite
The blue calcite has a calming effect, provides internal stability and promotes mental development. It helps to think positively, also strengthens memory and self-confidence. He makes his own abilities better recognized, gives steadfastness and also energy.
The green calcite
The green calcite promotes intellectual development and creates inner stability. It increases creativity and thus brings warmth, cheerfulness and hope. It also has positive effects on self-confidence and memory. The green calcite increases steadfastness and energy and helps to release inhibiting feelings better.
The red calcite
Red calcite strengthens mental development as well as creativity. Memory is stimulated. The Heilstein spurs on new deeds, which can then be successfully implemented with more steadfastness and energy.
The honey calcite
Honey calcite promotes mental development, strengthens intuition and positively influences attitudes towards life. It also gives more self-confidence, steadfastness in problematic situations and energy.
Manganocalcit strengthens general well-being, promotes mental development and ensures a balanced mind. It also increases self-confidence and gives a feeling of joie de vivre, warmth and contentment. Dealing with other people can thus become more open and also more helpful, problematic situations can be better mastered with steadfastness and energy.
The orange calcite
Whether during the day or at night, the orange calcite proves to be a good companion for any time of the day. It can promote mental development and increase self-confidence in both adults and children. It strengthens optimism and intuition, which can also solve problematic and unusual situations with greater steadfastness and vigour. It also strengthens memory, soothes sleep and protects against nightmares.
The lemon calcite
Lemon calcite promotes mental development. It also gives its wearer more joie de vivre and strengthens self-confidence. Memory and thinking increase lemon calcite, for problematic situations and their mastery it gives more energy and steadfastness.
Ways to use calcite
In stone medicine, calcite can be used as a healing stone in many ways. The most important thing is direct contact with the skin and a pleasant feeling.
The laying on is very typical in stone science, but the calcite can also be worn as a pendant or hand flatterer. Drum stones are generally much better suited for use than healing stone,as raw calcite has very sharp break lines and is therefore only used to a limited extent in stone medicine. Drum stones have a much more pleasant surface and are also ideal as healing stones due to the rather simple production.
The calcite is not really used as a healing stone either in meditation or in the stone circle. However, there is really no special reason for this, especially in meditation, especially the honey calcite could be a good helper. In stone circles, only raw stones are usually used – and then only because of their interesting color.
It is important when applied that the calcite is not only carried in direct contact with the skin, but also over a longer period of time in order to be able to optimally unfold its effect as a healing stone.
According to the teaching soresology, the calcite is very suitable for setting in water. Essences and gemstone water made of calcite should have a stabilizing effect on the entire human organism and can be combined very well with other applications. The best way to set up calcite water is to use drum stones, which are about 2 to 3 cm in size, overnight in one litre of water. A glass jug is ideally suited for this purpose, because in the case of porcelain jugs, colour components may be dissolved. Crucially, the quality of the gemstone water or essence depends on how chalk-free the water used is. In addition, the calcite must be of the best quality. It must not be coloured or reconstructed, otherwise catastrophic health consequences may occur. It makes sense that the production of calcite water should be left to an experienced expert (e.g. a naturopath).
Calcite – The Right Care
Calcite, which is worn on the skin, inevitably comes into contact with impurities caused by skin fat, cream and cosmetic residues and dirt particles. Regular cleaning is therefore important. For cleaning, hand-warm and as chalk-free water as possible (e.g. very clean rainwater) is recommended, additives such as soaps and other cleaning agents should be dispensed with.
As a rule, a discharge once a month under running water or in a bowl with hematite drum stones is sufficient for 6 hours. However, with frequent use, it is better to discharge the calcite once a week. Charging is best done in a charging bowl with rock crystal or amethyst, on a rock crystal or amethyst group or in the sun (morning or evening sun is better than the full midday sun). The simultaneous unloading and charging of the calcite is quite possible. For this purpose, a universal loading bowl with hematite and rock crystal is used, in which the healing stone is simultaneously discharged and recharged in a process over a period of about 6 hours.
Calcite — Assignment to chakras and zodiac signs
Most calcite varieties are not associated with a zodiac sign. Only blue and green calcite and orange calcite can be assigned zodiac signs. The blue calcite is a balancing stone for the zodiac sign Krebs. The green calcite is considered the main stone for the Capricorn, the orange calcite is the main stone for the zodiac sign Gemini.
However, the individual varieties unfold their effect on different chakras. Thus, the white calcite works very well on the crown chakra, the blue calcite on the neck chakra and the third eye (head chakra), the green calcite on the heart chakra, the red calcite on the root chakra, the honey calcite on the sacral chakra, the manganocalcite on the root chakra , the orange calcite on the solar plexus chakra and the lemon calcite also on the Solarz plexus chakra.
Calcite Ways of Using
The calcite is not only used as a healing stone. It is also used as gemstone, as building material and raw material, as sand in terrariums or as a navigation aid.
The calcite as a gemstone
For the commercial production of gemstones, the calcite is actually much too soft and also very sensitive due to the complete cleavage parity. Nevertheless, it is often offered as a drum stone as well as in smooth cut as cabochon in the trade. Even calcite in facet form is not uncommon among savvy collectors.
The calcite as building material and raw material
Marble, limestone and also onyx marble are considered to be calcit-containing rocks and represent a high-quality decoration and building material. Calcite in limestone is also used for the production of cement and artificial fertilizers as well as as an aggregate for the smelting of ores.
Very pure crystals are used in the optical industry (e.g. in polarization optics in the form of Glan-Taylor prisms or as a delay plate) due to their optical properties. In acidic, rutile-wrapped and basic electrodes, they are also used as shielding gas formers in arc hand welding.
Calcite as terrarium sand
In the form of “caltrate” calcite is used due to its solubility in acid in terrariums. Caltrat is digestible for animals in terrariums and the risk of fatal blockages caused by conventional and indigestible river and/or quartz sand is largely excluded.
The calcite as a navigation aid
The calcite was most likely used by the Vikings and their trips as a help for navigation. Due to the double-breaking properties of the stone, two bundles of light occur when the sun is viewed through the crystal. Their intensity depends on the angle of incidence of the sun, the intensity of both beams of light is identical, the crystal is aligned to the sun. In one experiment, researchers found that this works reliably even in cloudy skies and up to about 40 minutes after the sun sets.