The bi-pyramidal shape of this crystal is associated with the element Air and with the Heart Chakra, and symbolises humanity, compassion, heaven/earth link, and ‘the Spirit of the natural world’. As such it can be used to treat stress, lack of clarity and confusion. Anatase helps us to view problems from all angles, thereby making it easier to find a clear and decisive solution. In healing, it can be used to treat sinus problems, but otherwise is useful mainly on a mental and spiritual level.
- Chemical Formula: TiO2 – titanium dioxide
- Group: Oxides
- Crystal System: Tetragonal
- Hardness: 5.5 – 6
- Birthstone: Secondary Birthstone for Scorpio
- Chakra: Heart and Root ; affects all upper chakras
- Element: Air and Spirit
Anatase is one of the five forms of titanium dioxide found in nature (other examples are brookite and rutile). It is found in contact metamorphic deposits.
History and Tradition:
Named in 1801 by Rene Just Haüy from the Greek ανάτασις (“anatasis”) for “extension,” in allusion to the length of the pyramidal faces being longer in relation to their bases than in many tetragonal minerals.