If we could pick one stone to rule them all, Labradorite would be close to the top of the list. A beautiful, iridescent stone that features a kaleidoscope of colors, legend says that Labradorite fell from the aurora borealis.
While we may not be able to prove the origins of Labradorite came from the stars, we can definitely give testament to its healing powers, connection to the Chakras, and deeper meaning.
Let’s explore the intricacies of Labradorite and how it can be used in your daily life and spiritual ceremonies.
Origins of Labradorite
Labradorite is so named because of its discovery in Labrador, Canada.
Discovered in 1770 by Moravian missionaries, this stone is relatively new in terms of geological history. Since its discovery, it has been adopted into spiritual practice for its abilities to help dispel negativity, inspire creativity, help influence psychic abilities, and balance the Chakras.
Labradorite can now be found in North America, Madagascar, Norway, Russia, and Australia. Most of the mining for Labradorite in the United States takes place in Oregon through relatively small operations.
Most Labradorite is mined and produced outside of the United States and imported.
Physical Properties of the Stone
Labradorite is radiant in appearance, displaying a multifaceted brilliance that reflects light at every angle. The colorful array of light that reflects from Labradorite is often referred to as labradorescence.
Labradorite is typically found in deep blues and greens, some greys, and deep purples. It is a member of the feldspar family of rock formations. Most feldspar rocks are typically igneous. Igneous rocks form from molten lava, either from active volcanos or from lava in the earth’s crust. However, Labradorite is not always igneous.
Many varieties of Labradorite can also be metamorphic, which means they have been altered by chemical changes, heat, and pressure while buried deep below the earth’s crust. Labradorite can also be sedimentary, which means they form by the accumulation of sediments.
Labradorite has a Mohs’ hardness of 6-6.5, making it a sturdy stone that is not easily damaged. Due to its strength, it usually isn’t necessary for Labradorite to be treated or preserved.
There are several different variations of Labradorite, including a beautiful gold color.
How Labradorite Is Harvested
Labradorite in its natural form does not display the hallmark iridescent brilliance for which it is known. It isn’t until Labradorite has been cut from stone and polished that it refracts light as brilliantly.
The brilliance a stone can offer once it has been cut and polished is referred to as the Schiller effect. When light reflects on different surfaces of a stone and reflects different colors of the rainbow, it is said to possess the Schiller effect.
Meaning of Labradorite
Labradorite is a stone of transformation. This means it has the ability to help you safely and effectively make transitions in your life. If you’ve ever felt “stuck in a rut,” this stone can help shift your perspective and your life, safely transitioning you out of it.
Labradorite boosts self-confidence and promotes right use of the will, which can help you eliminate bad patterns in thoughts and actions. It can spark a sense of purpose that can help those who feel they do not have a clear and concise path in life.
Whether you are transitioning to new positions in work or relationships, eliminating negativity or bad patterns, or journeying from the metaphysical world to the physical, Labradorite helps encourage transformation by giving you the mental ability to focus, energy to carry out transformation and safety during your passage.
Labradorite encourages strength and perseverance and can assist with both personal and external transformation when used in both settings. If you’ve ever felt you don’t have the will to continue until a task or transition has been made, the use of Labradorite can help you find renewed energy, strength, and will.
Labradorite is also a stone of protection, offering protection against negativity. This goes hand in hand with Labradorite’s ability to transform, allowing individuals to cast off negative behaviors and ideas and transform their lives. As such, Labradorite is often used to help rid the self of addictive behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse or even chain-smoking.
Protection from Labradorite also extends to protecting one's psychic abilities and awareness. Labradorite protects the mind from negative, self-defeating thoughts that can cause mental instability and unstable mood.
Many users feel that Labradorite can protect against misfortune and wear Labradorite jewelry as a form of good luck.
Benefits of Labradorite
Labradorite has a wide variety of benefits that center on its ability to transform, protect, and promote mental clarity.
Mental Benefits of Labradorite
Labradorite helps with the transformation of the mind. It is connected to the Third Eye Chakra and can help clear the third eye when placed atop the Chakra during meditation.
Working with Labradorite encourages new levels of self-discovery, heightens intuition, and brings new awareness and consciousness, elevating psychic abilities.
If you are looking for a crystal that can help you gain better mental acuity, Labradorite is what you will want. Using Labradorite and having it near you can help spark creativity, improve concentration, and stimulate your imagination.
Labradorite is beloved by artists, writers, and musicians as it helps keep channels of creative thought process flowing.
Protection Benefits of Labradorite
Labradorite helps protect people and situations from misunderstanding and assumption. Having Labradorite near facilities clearer communication and elicits mutual respect.
Many users enjoy placing Labradorite in their workplace. Labradorite naturally wards off negativity and can be useful in relationships with clients and customers, helping ease tension and dispel distrust.
The protecting benefits of Labradorite also extend to personal misfortune. Labradorite is often worn as jewelry as a means of protecting the body and mind from misfortune, illness, and mental harm.
Labradorite also helps protect those who engage in travel between the spiritual realm and the physical world, offering safe passage.
Metaphysical Benefits of Labradorite
If you are new to exploring the metaphysical, it can be intimidating. Exploring your past lives, unlocking never-before-discovered memories, and contacting other realms can help you manifest new experiences in your own life.
These can be exhilarating experiences but can at times feel unsafe or frightening. Labradorite is the companion stone for your journey through the metaphysical, offering safety and a compass to find your way back home.
Whether you are exploring coincidence control, unlocking a gift of prophecy, or simply deepening your connection with tarot and psychic readings, Labradorite can help you keep mentally focused and safe.
Healing Properties of Labradorite
In addition to offering proactive benefits, Labradorite is also able to help heal and restore. Labradorite offers healing and restoration to both the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. In fact, Labradoriteis considered to be one of the best crystals for headaches. Because of Labradorite’s healing properties, it is a beloved stone of many healing practitioners.
Physical Healing Properties of Labradorite
The physical healing properties of Labradorite are numerous. Closely connected with the Throat Chakra (but said to be able to balance all Chakras), Labradorite offers respiratory assistance by supporting lung function.
When you’re feeling congested or have a nagging cough, placing a Labradorite stone on your chest can help provide relief. Many users feel Labradorite by their bedside helps restore their body from bronchitis.
Labradorite is even effective in helping alleviate feelings of stress and emotional instability, helping bring you back into balance and improving your mood.
Labradorite has also been used to support eye and brain health and even help improve blood pressure. Its ability to rebalance energy and redistribute it can help support healthy organ function.
People of menstruating age use Labradorite to help calm feelings of discomfort, emotional instability, and inconsistency related to their periods, often using the stone on their lower abdomen to help rebalance and restore the flow of energy.
Emotional and Mental Healing With Labradorite
Because Labradorite offers transformation and protection, it can also help restore inconsistencies or incomplete journeys in your mental and emotional healing.
If, for instance, you’ve not fully healed from a traumatic experience and feel stuck, Labradorite can help you move through the experience and find peace on the other side. Being stuck in old thought patterns or behaviors can create an imbalance in your life. Labradorite helps restore homeostasis.
Lacking understanding or illumination of situations, experiences, and events can rob you of your joy and cause negative emotions to rule in your life. Labradorite can help restore joy, encourage spontaneity, encourage peace, understanding, and even empathy.
Fears of change can also cause mental and emotional stagnance, and Labradorite can help strengthen resolve, instill a sense of self-confidence and self-trust, and restore universal faith so that change and adventure can flow freely in and out of your life.
When feeling burdened, overwhelmed, and stressed, Labradorite can help calm the mind, order your thoughts, and help you embrace stillness, which can allow for deeper meditation and connection with your daily spiritual practices. It can also help you become more present-minded and conscious.
Throughout our lives, we experience times of intense spiritual connection and other times of spiritual disconnect. During periods of spiritual disconnect, it can be tempting to rest on our laurels and settle into self-doubt and pity.
Labradorite has the ability to recharge your spiritual journey and unlock deeper levels of the subconscious mind you may not have reached before.
Labradorite also acts as a companion stone on your spiritual journey, helping you achieve better access to your physic abilities. Keeping it near when you practice clairvoyance, prophecy, and readings can help you garner a better connection between the spiritual world and the physical world.
Often referred to as the temple of the stars, Labradorite helps prevent others from draining your personal energy, protects your aura from leaking vital energy, and keeps your energy safe.
What Chakra Is Labradorite Good For?
Every crystal connects to a particular Chakra, and most stones will connect to a particular one. While Labradorite favors the Throat Chakra, it is effective in opening and balancing all the Chakras, making it of supreme value in reiki and other balancing and restorative practices.
The Throat Chakra controls the voice of the body. Without a clear, open, and balanced Throat Chakra, it is impossible to express oneself completely, communication is lost, and the ability to understand each other fully (and therefore empathize) is blocked.
Additionally, when the Throat Chakra is blocked, all Chakras below it will lose a portion of their function. The Throat Chakra helps you speak your inner truth, both to yourself and to others. This is the highest form of self-expression and is essential in achieving a deep level of self-knowledge and awareness.
Labradorite connects to the Throat Chakra to balance, open, and clear it. It’s an essential stone for keeping communication clear and peaceful.
How to Use Labradorite
You can use Labradorite in your spiritual practices much like you would use other stones. This sacred stone can be used in meditation and reiki, and can simply be kept close by you for protection and reassurance.
Labradorite in Meditation
When you practice meditation, place your Labradorite wherever it is most comfortable. You can keep Labradorite in your palm or place it next to you. You can also place Labradorite on an altar.
Labradorite’s powers will emanate from the stone during mediation, enveloping you in awareness and helping bring mental clarity and focus to your meditation practices.
Labradorite for Healers
If you practice reiki, Labradorite can help send energy from your hands. Labradorite is also thought to increase sensitivity in the hands, making it ideal for use in massage. If you are a massage therapist, warming your hands with a Labradorite stone prior to your practice can help send energy through your hands.
The use of Labradorite on your clients during stone massage is also recommended for healing, restoration, and transfer of energy.
Labradorite in Jewelry
One of the most popular stones in jewelry, Labradorite can encase you in its transformative powers and protection against negativity when you wear it close to your body.
Using Labradorite in your jewelry can help you stay open to change and help you practice staying present and conscious, focusing on the here and now, and calming your mind from worry about the future or lamenting the past.
Cleansing Your Labradorite Crystals
All crystals need to be activated, cleansed, and recharged from time to time.
In the case of Labradorite, its ability to protect against negativity also means it will need to be cleansed more frequently, especially when used during periods of high stress. If a Labradorite stone resides in your workplace, it should be cleansed weekly as it will come in contact with energy from numerous individuals.
It’s also necessary to cleanse your Labradorite stones after particularly active rituals that involve metaphysical contact, psychic energy, and deeper contact with the spiritual realm.
To cleanse your Labradorite, you can use several different methods.
Freshwater Cleansing Method
Fresh, running water can be used to cleanse stones of the build-up of negative energy. Negative energy is removed from the stone and returned back to the earth with running water.
Cleansing your stone in a freshwater stream is preferable, but if you are unable to access a source of fresh water like a lake or a stream, you can simply cleanse your stone under a running faucet.
For each Labradorite stone, place it under running water for approximately one minute. Let the stone air dry for best results.
Saltwater Cleansing Method
Using salt water is the preferred method of many to cleanse their Labradorite stones. Salt is used to absorb energy and negativity. If you are near a source of salt water, like the ocean, you can soak your Labradorite stone in a bowl of seawater for up to 48 hours.
If you do not have access to salt water, you can mix a tablespoon of sea salt or table salt into a bowl of spring water.
Make sure your stone is completely covered while it is being cleansed. Remove from the water when complete and allow to air dry.
Labradorite is especially sensitive to sound cleansing. Sound cleansing can take on a ritualistic feel of its own, especially if you sound cleanse by means of using chants.
Sound cleansing can be accomplished by allowing a single tone to spread over an entire area, bringing the energy of the area in tune with the vibrations of the tone. This can be useful and time-saving if you have a large collection of stones.
Sage smudging can remove negativity from your crystal and restore harmony between it and the environment.
You can cleanse your Labradorite with sage smudging in the same way you would use sage to cleanse other items and areas in your home—by lighting a fresh sage bundle and allowing the smoke to cover your stone.
You may need to move your Labradorite through the sage smoke several times if your stone feels especially heavy with negativity. Normally, about half a minute is all that is needed for cleansing your stone.
Labradorite responds well to moonlight and is richly connected to moonstone. Moon cleaning works best when the moon is fullest and brightest and when your crystal can connect with the earth.
Placing your stone directly on the earth or even slightly buried into the earth in direct moonlight will help cleanse your stone, return negativity to the earth, and recharge your stone for use.
Centering Among Other Stones
Some crystals, including Labradorite, are able to cleanse and recharge by being among other stones. Placing your Labradorite stone in the center of a geode of other crystals will help cleanse and charge it and can also help activate it when you first receive your Labradorite stone.
Cleansing Tips and Tricks
You’ll know your Labradorite needs cleansing when you begin to feel negative energy, experience mental fog, or resist change. When cleansing, here are two tips that can help keep your stone charged.
- While cleansing with sunlight is an option for many other crystals, Labradorite does not respond well to direct light. In fact, direct sunlight and even intense indoor light can cause your stone’s brilliance to fade. If this happens, place your stone in the center of a geode of other crystals in a dark place to recharge.
- When you cleanse your stone, be sure to visualize your intentions and goals. Labradorite acts like a sponge, collecting your energy, so fueling it with positive intentions and goals can help supercharge it before its next use. It can also help manifest the completion of your goals.
When cleansing Labradorite jewelry, always make sure to check with the manufacturer to ensure the other jewelry parts, like chains and clasps, are able to be cleansed safely in the manner in which you’d like to cleanse them.
Some metals may react negatively with salt cleanse or develop rust.
Cleansing and recharging your stones is an important part of crystal usage.
Labradorite is a mesmerizing, brilliant stone beloved for its beauty just as much as it is its protective and healing benefits. Labradorite helps transform the physical, emotional, and spiritual state, helping bring joy and peace where there is unhappiness and discord.
Labradorite helps open the Throat Chakra, facilitating communication and understanding of self and others and helping increase feelings of empathy.
Using Labradorite in your spiritual ceremonies and meditations can help transfer energy, help you keep mental clarity and focus, and allow you safe passage between the spiritual realm and the physical world.
If it’s exploration of your own mysterious, untapped clairvoyant and psychic abilities you want, Labradorite is the companion stone you need.