Aegirine grounds and protects, while gathering and consolidating scattered energy, making it easier to be centred. This effect is stronger when the crystal is held in front of the body with the termination pointing downwards. Physically, it can cleanse and stimulate the lymphatic system. Unlike most grounding crystals, aegirine allows the Crown chakra to remain open and clear, enabling higher communication, channelling and inter-dimensional work to take place, while remaining solidly in the body. In this way, it helps you to ‘walk between worlds’, and can be an aid in shamanic work, lucid dreaming and visions. Aegirine helps you remember the person you truly are.
- Chemical Formula: (Na,Fe)Si2O6 – sodium iron silicate
- Group: Silicates – inosilicates
- Crystal System: Monoclinic
- Hardness: 6
- Birthstone: Secondary Birthstone for Piscesr
- Chakra: Root and Heart
- Element: Earth
Aegirine is found worldwide in mafic igneous rocks, and metamorphosed in iron-rich sediments and schists. Crystals are prismatic (sometimes intergrown with other crystals, such as smoky quartz from Madagascar), and acicular (as in the radiating patterns and inclusion in charoite).
History and Tradition:
Aegirine was first described by P. H. Ström in 1821. He recognised it as a new mineral, and suggested the name wernerin, after German geologist, Abraham Gottlob Werner, but Berzelius, who analysed it, named it achmit (acmite), after the Greek for “spear head”, in reference to its crystal habit. In 1834, the priest and mineralogist Hans Morten Thrane Esmark found a new mineral in Norway, and named it aegirine, after Aegir, Norse god of the sea. They were believed to be two separate species until 1871, when they were recognised as the same mineral.