Properties:
Adamite has a profound stimulating effect on the sacral chakra, with a connection to the root and earth chakras. Energy flows down the legs and into the ground, creating a sense of being “rooted” to the earth, linked to the energies of the earth itself and all life that goes on beneath the surface. Time seems to slow, until you can sense the growth of trees and the even slower geological process. Adamite can aid meditation by drawing down and embedding spiritual energy, thereby quieting “monkey mind”, bringing stillness and deepening the meditative state, and can also be used in shamanic journeys to create a path below into the other world. Its grounding qualities help to calm and clear the mind in general, and the warmth it brings to the sacral area strengthens self-belief and dispels inertia. Adamite can be helpful in treating illnesses of the gut, but take care when using as a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which often needs a more gentle approach.

Attributes:

  • Chemical Formula: Zn2(AsO4)(OH)
  • Group: Phosphates, arsenates and vanadates
  • Crystal System: Orthorhombic
  • Hardness: 3.5
  • Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Cancer
  • Chakra: Depends on colour (Sacral for information above)
  • Element: Depends on colour (Fire and Earth for information above)

Mineralogy:
A secondary mineral found in zinc deposits containing arsenic-bearing minerals, often in association with azurite, smithsonite, mimetite, hemimorphite, olivenite and limonite. Adamite forms a solid solution with the copper arsenate olivenite, and the intermediate, structurally distinct member Zincolivenite. It can be highly fluorescent.

History and Tradition:
Named by Charles Friedel in 1866 for Gilbert Joseph Adam (April 7, 1795 Seine-et-Marne, Fontainbleau, France – 1881 Paris, France), Inspector (Auditor) of Finance for the French Government, who supplied the first specimens of his mineral. Adam was a wealthy mineral collector and his mineral collection was described in Annales des Mines in 1869 and later in a published catalog (1869). Adam was a member of Société géologique de France and received the honour of Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur. Information from Mindat

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