Rhodonite, named after the Greek word "Rhodon" that means "Rose", is a manganese metasilicate mineral, typically found in pink colour.
Rhodonite which is more scarlet in colour is one of the natural birthstones of those born in the first month of autumn (September 23 – October 21). Scarlet crystals bring you strength, vitality, willpower and dedication. Rhodonite which is red in colour is one of the natural birthstones of those born in mid-autumn (October 22 – November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion and love. There is no zodiac stone designated for Rhodonite, though its relationship to Rhodochrosite indicates it would have an affinity to those born under the sign of Scorpio.
Rhodonite’s History & Legends
Rhodonite was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1790’s near the village of Maloe Sidelnikovo. The locals called it orletz, "the Eagle Stone", after noticing eagles in the region carried small pieces of Rhodonite to their nests. Soon after, the inhabitants began placing small pieces of the stone in their babies’ cribs, in hopes their children would grow as strong and free as the great eagle. It later became customary to give Rhodonite to travellers as a protective stone, believing it would make the traveller's heart beat faster if danger approached.
Rhodonite’s Healing Properties
Rhodonite is deeply connected to the heart chakra. The heart chakra is where our love, trust and ability to bring compassion comes from. For those who feel like they need a helping hand in overcoming the life traps of forgiveness, fear, compassion and true open-hearted authentic and healthy love – this is the stone you need to bring lashings of peace and layers of healing vibrations into your life.
Healing emotional wounds and putting you on the pathway to complete unconditional love – when it comes to mental and emotional wellbeing this is where Rhodonite shines. For those who want to clear their heart of pain and bring down the barriers that may be holding them back, Rhodonite is ready to go to work on helping you dismantle anything that could be having a negative impact on your self-worth.
All love starts with self-love and the more we are able to stand in the light of our own self-confidence and our own talents, the better equipped we can be to turn that love outwards and send it spiralling into the universe. If you have issues with abandonment or betrayal or anything that translates to unhealthy attitudes towards relationships, Rhodonite can be an amazing relationship counsellor to get your love life back on track. It’s a stone that encourages mutual understanding and the ability to embrace compromise from a place of pure and honest acceptance.
Rhodonite is an outstanding stone for the restoration of physical energy that has been drained due to emotional trauma/drama and may be used as an aid to help reverse mineral depletion. It supports the flow of chi throughout the meridians of the body, directing essential strength to the endocrine system which increases one’s energy and vitality. It strengthens the muscles and heart, and stimulates circulation. Though not a purifier in itself, Rhodonite boosts the organs and glands, allowing them to purify the body more effectively. It is thought to assist in ridding the body of gallstones or kidney stones and can support the healing of the liver from disease or damage.
Rhodonite contains manganese and is considered one of the best stones for healing injuries, cuts and bleeding wounds, and for soothing insect bites and stings. It may be useful for reducing scar tissue or birth marks and aiding skin conditions due to allergies.
Traditionally used to calm stomach ulcers, Rhodonite is also believed to aid in treatments for auto-immune diseases, soothing inflammation of the joints and arthritis, easing symptoms of emphysema and other chronic or progressive lung conditions. Rhodonite encourages bone growth and, placed behind the ears, fine-tunes auditory vibrations to assist hearing and relieve tinnitus.
Rhodonite is the core for everybody that has ever desired to discover the potential to expand their love and give back to the planet. Many who accept the pink light of Rhodonite into their lives will undoubtedly sense the boundaries from around the Crown Chakra fall away. We all build shields to protect ourselves; some are reasonable limits, while others stem from obstructions or a lack of faith in the world. With Rhodonite at your company, you may try to restore your emotions to the point of clarity and refinement before embarking on the path to your deeper purpose.