Anhydrite is profoundly calming, and creates a strong heaven-earth connection, raising not only our vibration but also our self-belief and self-worth, so we can “stand tall ” and achieve this connection – whether it be with our guides, the Angelic Realm, or with Source. It stimulates flow, and clarifies at a cellular level, purifying body and mind, and improves thought process as well as helping to end unhealthy thought patterns. Physically, it can strengthen skeletal structure, teeth, and cell walls, and improve blood clotting, as well as calming and enhancing function of the lower digestive tract (intestines), possibly through the process of general calming and clearing.
- Chemical Formula: CaSO4)
- Group: Sulphates
- Crystal System: Orthorhombic
- Hardness: 3 – 3.5
- Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Aquarius, Gemini, Pisces and Aries
- Chakra: Throat (blue); depends on colour
- Element: Air (blue); depends on colour
Anhydrite, along with gypsum (such as selenite/satin spar), is an important rock-forming mineral. Both are calcium sulphates, the difference being gypsum is hydrous (contains water), while anhydrite does not. If conditions are humid, anhydrite can convert to gypsum. It occurs mainly as evaporative deposits, but can also occur in granite pegmatites.
Angelite is a trade name given to a massive form of blue-grey anhydrite found in Peru. Angelite is carved decoratively and used in jewellery.
History and Tradition:
Anhydrite was named in 1804 by Abraham Gottlob Werner from the Greek άνυδρος (anhydros), meaning “without water”, in allusion to the lack of water in its composition, in contrast to gypsum (such as selenite and satin spar), which contains water.
Angelite is a trade name.