Chemical Formula: Ca2Al3Si3O12(OH)
Zoisite was at one time classified as a member of the Epidote Group, but this has recently changed, and it is now considered a dimorph of clinozoisite. It is calcium aluminium silicate hydroxide, and is formed through regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration of igneous rocks. Well known zoisites include tanzanite, which is purple-to-blue and much prized by jewellers, collectors and practitioners, and thulite, which has pink colouration due to the presence of manganese.
General Healing Properties: All zoisites have an amazing capacity for clearing and stimulating the entire chakra system and energetic body, usually with an emphasis on one particular area according to colour and chakra alignment. They convey a better understanding of the body/mind connection, so we comprehend the emotional root of illness and recognise repeating patterns. Zoisite leaves the user feeling more balanced with a positive outlook, so all varieties can act as antidepressants. Its stimulating effect organises thoughts, clears the mind, and leaves the user feeling awake and alert. More sensitive people may feel an all-over tingling sensation, as if the energy field has just been scrubbed – this may continue for some time after use.
Chakra: Heart and Upper Heart
Element: Water, Wood and Earth
This material is massive and forms in association with ruby. It is not often used on its own (without ruby) in therapeutic practice. It clears and stimulates the chakras, particularly the Heart and with it the lungs, as well as the body’s energy field, removing unwanted/unhealthy energy and clearing it out through the legs and into the Earth. The Heart is affected wherever the zoisite is held, but it may be necessary to place it on or near the other chakras for best results. The energy is a bit fizzy, and might feel slightly uncomfortable to the client/user, but the end result leaves the user feeling more awake, alert and clear-headed. In conjunction with ruby, this stone is one of the supreme Heart and immune system balancers, and is beneficial in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and illnesses in which the immune system is compromised, such as ME and CFS.