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Sunstone - Origin and benefits

Let us discover together the sunstone, also called "heliolite", a stone of power and balance.

Hardness: between 6 and 6,5

Chakras : solar plexus chakra, root chakra, sacred chakra

Let's learn!

The name "heliolite" comes from the Greek "helios" in reference to the sun god helios, and from "lithos", stone.

In Antiquity, it was given magical virtues and is used during rituals, especially those dedicated to Helios.

The Scandinavian people, especially the Vikings, revered this stone.

In Norse mythology, if one possessed this stone, it was possible to access Valhalla, places where the brave deceased warriors are brought to rest in peace.

According to archaeologist Thorkild Ramskou, this stone is a Viking heritage that would have made it possible to orient oneself at sea before the invention of the compass.

In Ancient Greece, it represented the god of the sun, Helios, and gave good fortune, prosperity, and longevity to its owner.

For the Celts, it represented cosmic light.

For Buddhists, it is linked to the protective and benevolent god Vishnu.

In the Christian religion, it is linked to the twelve apostles of Jesus.

In Greece it symbolizes the Father, when for the Hebrews it is the mineral of the High Priest.

In astrology, it is associated with warmth, authority and the male sex.

It was not until the Renaissance that it was renamed in favor of the sun and baptized "stone of the sun" in 1801 by the mineralogist Jean-Claude Delamétherie.

In the 1980s, another variety was discovered in Oregon in the United States, Oregon Sunstone.


This stone belongs to the oligoclase family, from the feldspar group.

It has colors ranging from variations of brown, red, to variations of orange.

It has a metallic effect thanks to the presence of hematites or goethites which reflect the light with their iridescent blue-green color, which gives a natural glitter effect to the stone.

There are deposits mainly in Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia, India, and Madagascar.

Virtues and Benefits

Whatever the beliefs and cultures, it is a symbol of power and harmony.


A positive stone, it will chase away gloom, sadness, emotional blockages and worries and give self-confidence.

It will give courage and optimism, in particular thanks to the warmth it gives off. Thus, it will promote action and initiatives.

In addition, it is reputed to be a lucky stone as well as a stone of abundance for the person who possesses it.

It will drive away nightmares and thus promote peaceful sleep.

An empathetic stone, it will make you want to create social ties and meet people.


Stone of carnal desire, it offers benefits on all the sexual organs, fights against erectile dysfunction and promotes fertility and procreation.

It will also strengthen the heart and the nervous system while stimulating the immune defenses. It will then promote the purification of the blood and its good circulation while revitalizing the body.

If placed on the solar plexus it will activate an inner well-being by ensuring the proper functioning of the intestinal transit and the digestive system. In this way, it will avoid bloating and swollen bellies.

Purification and Recharging

For purification, it is possible to pass it under a jet of running or distilled water (salted or not) or to let it soak in a container made of natural material such as glass or porcelain overnight.

You can also bury your stone in the ground for several weeks or even months for a deep purification (don't forget where you buried it though).

To recharge it, nothing better than the sun's rays for half a day to a whole day.

You can also place it on an amethyst geode or on a cluster of quartz for several hours.

It's up to you to do more research and see what you prefer.


It is possible to combine sunstone with citrine, landscape jasper or tiger's eye to act on the solar plexus.

As for the sacral chakra, you can combine it with carnelian or garnet.


Disclaimer : always research further. / If you are sick or have a medical condition, see a health specialist and don't just rely on the stones.


Written by and for SparkStudio in 2022.


Sources : / / / "La bible des cristaux" Lisa Butterworth, 2022, Hachette Livre, Marabout.

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