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Charoite

Charoite is found in only one part of the world: the Chara River area of Siberia. This part of Russia is known for its forbidding climate and terrain and as a traditional place of exile for political prisoners.
There is a deep appropriateness to Charoite's origins, for it deals with an internal exile, that of fear. When we're afraid we separate ourselves from a full appreciation of life, from the complete expression of our creativity. Most of all, we prevent ourselves from realizing all that we are, spiritual beings.
Charoite's appearance also tells us about its gifts to us. It is a purple stone with black and white patterns. Purple is a sixth-chakra colour, and the sixth chakra is where many of our limiting mental programs, including our fears, are stored. The colour purple, among its other roles, helps to bring us closer to spirit by showing us that everything, even the thoughts we hold as true, can be dissolved and replaced with more empowering energies.
The colour black in this stone grounds the purple ray and enables us to explore the nature of our fears; while white represents the connection to spirit.
It has been said that if we are not completely manifesting our potential as human beings, fear is in some way stopping us. Look for those areas in which you feel limited, and you will find a fear that blocks you.
Charoite helps to bring these fears to the surface. It makes this process easier by also giving you a boost of courage and commitment to dissolve fear patterns. if you choose to meditate with this stone, you may find your deepest insights through allowing time afterwards to contemplate what you've learned.
Another way to work with Charoite is to put it beneath your pillow, especially if you are prone to disturbed sleep or fears which surface in dreams. In combination with Amethyst, it will help to release these fears.
Charoite is associated the sign Aquarius, with the planets Saturn and Pluto, and with the Element Water




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Legends & Folklore

This stone is a fairly recent one to the market, so there really isn't any folklore or legends associated with it. Charoite is found only along the Chara River Valley in a very remote area of East Central Siberia (Russia). In fact, this is area is only accessible by air, north of Lake Baikal, an area where political prisoners are imprisoned.

The Russians first discovered charoite in 1947, but didn't become known to the west until the late 1970's. There have been many questions as to why the stone has not been found anywhere else in the world. The scientists have speculated that it was formed under extremely rare and unusual conditions associated with its location which makes it nearly impossible to duplicate. The material is found as massive rock which was put to good use as decorative rock in Russia. There are support columns on some of the buildings in the country made from charoite. Vases, lamp bases, tiles, and other decorative items in large sizes are made from this stone.

Jewellery became very popular with this stone as well, with its beautiful colour and brilliance. There isn't another stone like it out there with those combinations.


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