(Red Aventurine) Aventurine is a variety of mineral (usually Quartz or Feldspar) which is spotted with bits of Mica or Hematite. It is translucent to opaque and contains plates of mineral inclusions that give it an iridescent or glistening effect. This sparkling effect is known as “aventurescence.” It is often mistaken for Malachite, Amazonite, and Jade. The most common colour for Aventurine is green, although it is also found in a salmon-red or blue. It is used to balance the heart chakra and is considered to be a protector of this centre in both dimensions – the etheric and the physical. It is often associated with the zodiac sign Libra – the scales – since it weighs and balances the alignment of the intellectual –logic and reason – and the emotional bodies. It is believed to have the ability to shut down either as appropriate. Aventurine relieves the tension of migraine headaches and soothes the eyes. For this, use tumbled Aventurine and gently stroke across the temples away from the face. Visualise the soothing colour of the mineral entering your body and flushing out energy blockages. It can be worn as jewellery around the neck to balance emotions. Aventurine also makes for a very good pendulum if you are lucky enough to find one. Alternatively you can make a pendulum or necklace for yourself from a tumbled stone and a silver plated wire cage on a chain. Aventurine brings with it good luck.
Red Aventurine has a type of metallic glitter within the mineral caused by light reflections from tiny inclusions of hematite, goethite and Mica. The healing qualities are the same as for green Adventure. It is also used on the sacral and base chakras. It soothes period pains, and is used on Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and intestinal wind. Some healer’s work with it for the added vibrational quality of the colour red.
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