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I O L I T E

Zodiac stone: Cancer

Iolite, also called "Water Sapphire" is often used as an amulet or a talisman to guide travelers safely home and inspires anyone with a chaotic life to start to bring order in small practical ways. It strengthens the resolve to take on responsibility and carry through, and provides self-assurance and endurance in adverse situations. Iolite is a stone of the muses, activating the visionary, creative side of the mind, and accessing thoughts and ideas beyond the ordinary. It inspires creative self-expression through writing, song, movement and other artistic endeavors.

Iolite examines the inner path of the deep self. It assists in letting go of the belief that one needs to control inner experiences, and dissolves fear of the unknown or suppressed parts of the psyche. It increases the capacity to move forward, and allows for the understanding that the examination of one’s wounds is the most direct path to healing. It is a stone of inner treasure, helping to uncover the lost parts of oneself, and in receiving the peace one’s spiritual journey brings. 

The name Iolite comes from the Greek word "ios", meaning “violet.” According to legend, iolite is called the Viking Compass Stone. It’s said that thin slices of iolite served as glare-reducers and polarizing filters that helped ancient Viking navigators locate the sun on cloudy days. This allowed the Nordic mariners to pinpoint their own location on the seas.

Affirmation: I am on track again, I trust my inner vision.