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Staurolite

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Also known as Fairy cross and fairy stone, Staurolite is derived from the Greek words stauros, which means “cross” and lithos which means “stone.”  Together it creates “stone of the cross.”

7 – 7.5 (hard enough to scratch glass).

The crosses have dark reddish-brown coloring from high hematite content, often in a gray mica and schist matrix.

US, Norway, Switzerland, France, Scotland, Russia, Australia, and Brazil.

It occurs with almadine garnet, micas, kyanite.

Staurolite is the official state mineral of Georgia, and is also found in Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia, US.

Staurolite often appears as two pieces which join together as a cross.  They can appear as 90 degree angle cross called a Maltese cross, or as 60 degree angle crosses, which are called St. Andrew’s Cross and look like an “X.”  Much rarer, there are staurolite which have both the 90 and the 60 degree crosses, and they resemble more a six-pointed star.

History

There are many legends and tales about staurolite throughout the ages.  One Gaelic legend states that when the Tuatha de Danann and the fairie races were defeated in ancient Ireland, and subsequently sent to live underground, the remaining fairies around the world wept tears of iron.  The iron was representative of the Iron Age, which began with the defeat of the Tuatha de Danann.

Later tales of Richard the Lionhearted place staurolite front and center as a healing stone.  Some stories place Richard as suffering from malaria and that staurolite helped heal him, while others report that his healers used staurolite to aid their wounded during the Crusades in the Middle East.

This excerpt comes from the website of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in the US:

The Legend of the Fairy Stone: Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan’s reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion, they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form beautiful crosses.

For many years people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief that they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Staurolite crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, hence the stone’s cross-like structure. Found only in rocks once subjected to great heat and pressure, the mineral was formed long, long ago, during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrew’s cross, an “X,” but “T” shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought-after. The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance as at Fairy Stone State Park.

Another legend originating in Georgia, US offers this take, that fairy crosses are the tears of the Cherokee, shed during the great exodus of the “Trail of Tears.”   Yet another states that staurolite was in fact a “good luck” gift made to John Smith from Pocahontas.  There are reports made that many well-known figures in modern times carried staurolite, including but not limited to President Theodore Roosevelt, President Wilson, Charles Lindberg and Thomas Edison.

Spiritual Attributes

Staurolites are very grounding.  It is this grounding, this connection to the earth, that is the basis for the belief that staurolite is a tool for communicating with animals and other entities of the natural and fairy realm. 

They are said to make you feel more calm and relaxed, relieve stress and help dissipate fear and anxiety.  The staurolite grounds you, connecting you to the earth, which also helps you to be less fearful, and to stay calm during situations that would normally make you anxious.  It is said to bring you back into your body, should your mind tend to “float away” on you.  By bringing the body to a place of calm and balance, staurolite improves the entire condition of the mind and body, improving overall health.

Many sources cite that staurolite is an excellent tool for assisting in overcoming addictions.  Its grounding, calming effects lend strength to those seeking to stop smoking and release other addictive behaviors.  The energy of staurolite can be enhanced and strengthened by using it in conjunction with amethyst, iolite or sugilite… which all lend their potent support to those wishing to put an end to self-destructive habits.

It is said that staurolite can help you find lost objects, and can boost the clarity of your dreams.  All legends and modern day sources agree that staurolite is an overall good luck stone, and this good luck quality is the most common reason it is worn or carried.