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
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
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.