Spinel commonly occurs as octahedral crystals. In Sacred Geometry, the octahedron is aligned with the element Air, and the Heart Chakra. It is symbolic of humanity, compassion, heaven/earth connection, the natural world, and the purified state of matter, and is used to alleviate stress, and bring clarity in confusion. Melody recommends spinel for renewal of energy (as does Robert Simmons) and to encourage further attempts at difficult tasks. Naisha Ahsian suggests its use to “relax, release resistance, and let go of worry”. Red spinel is similar to ruby, red spinel has a strong connection with the Heart, but also creates a Heaven-Earth connection via the Crown and Root Chakras, enhanced by its octahedral shape. In addition, it forms a strong link with the Sacral Chakra, putting “fire in the belly”, increasing energy and momentum, and clearing the mind. Lavender spinel shares many of the healing characteristics of other varieties of spinel, although the effect may be softer and subtler. It has a strong and immediate relationship with the Heart, clearing and strengthening the chakra, and reinforcing our ability to love, as well as our connection with Source. This, in turn, emphasises the Heaven/Earth connection present in all varieties of spinel, thereby allowing us to manifest our heavenly aspirations on the earthly plane, and to experience true compassion – even in those bleak moments when we question whether humanity deserves it. Lavender spinel is excellent for general clearing, effecting the entire energy body and each individual chakra, with special focus on the Heart, Third Eye and Crown. It removes any blockages in these areas that might hinder the movement of Kundalini up the spine to the higher chakras, and encourages its flow. Also in common with other types of spinel, lavender spinel can be used for rejuvenation and renewal of energy, even when we have depleted our reserves. In addition, it clears the mind, helping us to see a more positive or obvious way forward through difficulties. Gahnite (Zinc Spinel) was named in 1807 by Baron Karl Marie Ehrenbert von Moll in honour of Swedish chemist and mineralogist, Johan Gottlieb Gahn [August 19, 1745 Voxna Bruk, Hälsingland, Sweden – December 8, 1818 Falun, Sweden]. The new name replaced automalite named by Anders Gustav Ekeberg.
- Chemical Formula: MgAl2O
- Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Sagittarius and Aries
- Chakra: Depends on colour
- Spinel is the name of a group of minerals that show intense colour variation, due to the inclusion of impurity elements. Spinel is found in mafic igneous rocks, aluminium-rich metamorphic rocks, and contact-metamorphosed limestone. Aluminium spinels, which are harder and clearer than iron or chromium spinels, are often faceted and set as gemstones. Crystals are octahedral.
History and Tradition:
- Named in 1779 by Jean Demeste from the Latin spinella, meaning “little thorn”, alluding to its sharp octahedral crystals. The earliest known treatment of spinel as a gemstone was discovered in a Buddhist tomb dating from 100 BC near Kabul, Afghanistan. Red and blue crystals were known during the Roman period in Europe, including some blue stones found in England from that time. Spinel was often confused with carbuncle (garnet) and ruby, and therefore much of the lore associated with it is confused with these gemstones. Hindu tradition divides ruby into four castes, two of which, Vaisya and Sudra (also known as bala), are, in fact, spinel. Two of the “rubies” in the British Crown Jewels – the Timur Ruby and the Black Prince’s Ruby – are bala spinels. See information on Ruby and Garnet for traditional uses of spinel.