Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Sunstone
With the radiance of the sun and the fire of the solar ray, Sunstone carries the energy of Ra, the sun god, whose energy brings all potential life from within the Earth. It is a Stone of Leadership – of personal power, freedom, and expanded consciousness. Truly reflecting the qualities of Light, it brings openness, benevolence and warmth, strength, mental clarity, and the willingness and ability to bestow blessings upon others. [Simmons, 388][Ahsian, 388]
Known as a joyful stone, Sunstone inspires the nurturing of self in order to be of service to others. It restores the enjoyment of life, good nature and provides a sense of abundance. [Hall, 283]
Sunstone is a member of the Feldspar family, and is named for its warm shades of gold, orange, reds and browns that sparkle like the sun. Inclusions of Goethite or Hematite refract light between the different crystal layers and produce an iridescent effect as the stone is viewed from various angles. Sunstone may be clear and transparent, or opaque, and is readily available on the market. Clean red specimens, however, are rare.
Sunstone Uses and Purposes – Overview
Sunstone is an abundance stone. It encourages independence and originality, is inspirational in revealing talents, and attracts fame and unexpected prosperity. It is an excellent “good luck” crystal for competitions. [Eason, 116][Melody, 628]
Wear Sunstone to feel alive and enthusiastic. It increases vitality and is beneficial in starting, and maintaining, a fitness program or aerobic activity, and for occupations requiring high energy throughout the day. [Eason, 116]
As a workplace crystal, Sunstone increases your profile and brings opportunities for leadership and promotion. Place next to your computer when advertising your own business or services online. [Eason, 116]
Sunstone provides a source of strength if you are dependent on others emotionally, or have suffered the sudden loss of a partner. It helps alleviate fearfulness and stress, and protects against those who drain your energies or finances. It is also an excellent crystal for phobia sufferers to ease fear of the dark, enclosed places, or the presence of other triggers. [Eason, 116][Melody, 628]
Worn as a ring on the receptive hand, Sunstone helps one receive what is needed and desired. On the transmitting hand, it channels multiple healings and blessings to others. Worn as a pendant, Sunstone brings the heart’s wisdom into alignment with the mind’s inspirations. [Simmons, 388]
Sunstone Healing Therapies – Overview
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Sunstone Physical Healing Energy
Sunstone warms the body, increasing metabolism, digestion, and vitality. It stimulates self-healing powers, regulating and harmonizing all of the organs. [Ahsian, 388][Hall, 284][Gienger, 84]
Sunstone is used to treat chronic sore throats, and to reduce stomach tension and ulcers. Placed on the Solar Plexus, it is excellent for lifting depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, and is helpful in chasing away nightmares. [Megemont, 173][Eason, 116][Melody, 629][Hall, 284]
Since ancient times, Sunstone has been used as a grid around the body to relieve cartilage problems, rheumatism, and general aches and pains. Today it is also used to treat osteoarthritis, cramps, fever, various infections, and athletic injury. [Megemont, 173][Melody, 629][Hall, 284]
Sunstone Emotional Healing Energy
Sunstone is highly effective in cleansing the aura and chakras, and for removing hooks from possessive loved ones, lovers, or anyone draining of your energies. Sunstone surrounds these hooks with love and positive energy, and returns them to the source. It is especially beneficial when ties need to be cut, or if you have difficulty saying “No.” It helps remove co-dependency, overcomes procrastination, and encourages self-empowerment and independence. [Hall, 284][Melody, 629]
Those who hold back because of fears and self-doubt may find Sunstone melts away the sense of unworthiness, feelings of being discriminated against, disadvantaged or abandoned. It emanates a rich and positive spectrum of energies that re-balances one’s emotional patterns, and encourages optimism and enthusiasm. It can help transform anger into energy and judgment into joy. [Simmons, 388][Ahsian, 388][Hall, 284]
With its powers of the sun and light, Sunstone clears and cleanses all the chakras, restoring joy and nurturing the spirit. [Hall, 283] It is particularly energizing to the Base and Sacral Chakras, stimulating leadership and will, creativity and sexuality.
The red and brown shades of Sunstone activate the Base, or Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine that controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When its spiritual energies are out of balance, you will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body regains its strength and stamina, and the spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.
The gold and orange shades of Sunstone identify with the Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It controls the flow of energy and is the center of gravity of the body. It is the center of the Life Force of the body, and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body. Gut feelings, intuition, and other “non-linear” communication comes from this chakra. When it is out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration. When it is in balance you have grace, feel pleasure in life, find you are flexible and can “go with the flow” and do so in good spirit.
Sunstone Spiritual Energy
Sunstone relates to people of faith – missionaries and others who give themselves in service to the world. It encourages us to act with grace, and aids in active, joyous meditation. [Megemont, 172]
Sunstone carries yang energy, and balances with the yin of Moonstone. Worn together, these stones integrate god and goddess powers, assertive and outward success and inner harmony within your life. [Simmons, 388][Eason, 116]
Gold energy in Sunstone brings success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power. It is traditionally the color of kings, riches, and the sun. Gold touches a deep part of our minds, conjuring up images of mystical places and adventure. Light Gold crystals provide us with the simple pleasures of life–cheerfulness and contentment. Dark Gold crystals have a deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.
The energy of Orange in Sunstone brings joy and friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness. It is a happy and sharing stone, integrating the parts of our communal lives, bringing things and people together. It is a stone of physical pleasure and intimacy. In lighter shades, Orange Sunstone promotes companionship and affection, while darker crystals deepen the sense of belonging and home.
Sunstone contains Scarlet energy, combining the energy of the pure red ray with the exuberance and joy of the orange. It reflects the color of strength and vitality, both physical and spiritual. Scarlet crystals are amulets of protection from physical harm. They help overcome fear and improve self-reliance, and are the crystals of victory, success, and skill. Lighter shades of scarlet, the lightly tinted red-oranges, are excellent talismans of dedication in young relationships. Dark Scarlet crystals are the key to the physical pleasures of maturity – in love, in life, and in relationships.
Red Sunstone brings a self-confidence built on fearlessness. It reflects the color of passion, energy, and life. It motivates. It is a very strong color – the color of fire and blood. Dark Red crystals embody strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion. It is a masculine color, particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life.
Meditating with Sunstone on the Third Eye will enable one to see the highest path of action in any situation. [Simmons, 388]
Sunstone is an alchemical stone bringing a profound connection to light and the regenerative power of the sun during meditation and in everyday life. [Hall, 283]
The Divinatory meaning of Sunstone: Enjoy the present without worrying if the good times will last. [Eason, 116]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Sunstone of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
|Date||Crystal Color||Name of Guardian Angel|
|September 13-17||Dk. Orange||Chavakiah|
|September 29-October 3||Scarlet||Haamiah|
|October 14-18||Lt. Orange||Hahahel (Hahael)|
|November 13-17||Dk. Red||Asaliah|
|November 18-22||Lt. Orange||Mihael|
|November 28-December 2||Dk. Scarlet||Daniel|
|December 8-12||Dk. Red||Imamiah|
|December 22-26||Dk. Orange||Mebahiah|
|January 6-10||Orange||Ieilael (Ieliel)|
|January 11-15||Lt. Scarlet||Harahel|
|January 21-25||Orange||Umabel (Umbael)|
|January 26-30||Lt. Scarlet||Iahhel|
|January 31-February 4||Lt. Scarlet||Anauel|
|March 16-20||Dk. Red||Mumiah (Mumijah)|
There are other Angels that are partial to Sunstone . The table below gives you the information about them.
|Purpose||Crystal Color||Name of Angel|
|Guardian of the Fourteenth Mansion of the Moon; Virgo.||Dk. Gold||Ergediel|
|Risnuch helps you while Dealing with Agriculture and Animals.||Dk. Gold||Risnuch|
|Ruler of Earth/Wind.||Dk. Gold||Ruchiel|
|Samael is known as the Severity Angel; Tree of Life, is the Guardian of Tuesday, and the Ruler of Mars.||Dk. Gold||Samael|
|Guardian of the Twenty-Fourth Mansion of the Moon and is associated with Aquarius.||Dk. Orange||Abrinael|
|Protector and Ruer of the dates Sept.13-17; Virgo.||Dk. Orange||Chavakiah|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates December 22-26; Capricorn.||Dk. Orange||Mebahiah|
|Guardian of the Eleventh Mansion of the Moon; Leo.||Dk. Orange||Neciel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates August 13-17; Leo.||Dk. Orange||Reiel|
|Ruler of Saturn.||Dk. Orange||Sabathiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates November 13-17; Scorpio.||Dk. Red||Asaliah|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates December 8-12; Sagittarius.||Dk. Red||Imamiah|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates March 16-20; Pisces.||Dk. Red||Mumiah|
|Angel of Fertility.||Dk. Red||Samandiriel|
|Master of the 11th Tarot Card “Justice”.||Dk. Red||Zuriel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates Nov 28-Dec 2; Sagittarius.||Dk. Scarlet||Daniel|
|Master of the 19th Tarot Card “The Sun”.||Dk. Scarlet||Nakiel|
|Angel of Hope||Dk. Scarlet||Phanuel|
|Ruler of Earth/Earthquakes||Dk. Scarlet||Ra’ashiel|
|Angel of Pride, and the Sea||Dk. Scarlet||Rahab|
|Angel of Purity||Dk. Scarlet||Tahariel|
|Guardian of the Nineteenth Mansion of the Moon which is Scorpio.||Gold||Amutiel|
|Gabriel is the Foundation Angel and known as the Tree of Life. The Angel of Monday, and the Ruler of the Moon, Earth, and Lighting. Gabriel is also the Master of the 2nd Tarot Card “The High Priestess” and Tarot Card 12 “The Hanged Man”. Gabriel is also the Angel of Pregnancies/Child Birth, the Angel of the North Wind, Creativity, and Truth. he is also associated with the sun sign Aquarius, and also the Guardian Fifth Mansion of the Moon; Taurus.||Gold||Gabriel|
|Master of the 2nd Tarot Card “The High Priestess”.||Gold||Schelachel|
|Uriel is the Master of the 21st Tarot Card “The World”. Also, he Heals Resentment and is the Ruler of the South Wind. Uriel is also known as the Angel of Music and Repentance, and is associated with the sun sign, Libra.||Gold||Uriel|
|Master of Tarot Card 0 “The Fool”.||Lt. Gold||Chassan|
|Angel of the Mountains||Lt. Gold||Rampel|
|Guardian of the Ninth Mansion of the Moon; Cancer-Leo.||Lt. Orange||Barbiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates October 14-18; Libra.||Lt. Orange||Hahahel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates November 18-22; Scorpio||Lt. Orange||Mihael|
|Ruler of Earth/Moon.||Lt. Orange||Ophanniel|
|Ruler of Earth/Constellations/Stars||Lt. Orange||Rahatiel|
|Master of the 14th Tarot Card “Temperance”.||Lt. Orange||Saritaiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates Jan 31- Feb 4; Aquarius.||Lt. Scarlet||Anauel|
|Angel of Dreams.||Lt. Scarlet||Duma|
|Master of the 5th Tarot Card “The Hierophant”.||Lt. Scarlet||Eraziel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates January 11-15; Capricorn.||Lt. Scarlet||Harahel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates January 26-30; Aquarius.||Lt. Scarlet||Iahhel|
|Angel of Music.||Lt. Scarlet||Israfel|
|Ruler of Venus.||Lt. Scarlet||Nogahel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates April 5-9; Aries.||Orange||Elemiah|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates January 6-10; Capricorn.||Orange||Ieilael|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates August 2-6; Leo.||Orange||Terathel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates January 21-25; Aquarius.||Orange||Umabel|
|Master of the 16th Tarot Card “The Tower”.||Red||Graphiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates October 19-23; Libra.||Red||Mikael|
|Guardian of the Tenth Mansion of the Moon; Leo.||Scarlet||Ardifiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates Sept.29-October 3; Libra.||Scarlet||Haamiah|
|Ruler of Mars.||Scarlet||Madimiel|
|Yroul helps you Deal With Fear.||Scarlet||Yroul|
Sunstone honors Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge. She rules the gifts of prophecy and magic, and powers death and rebirth. She is the guardian of spiritual transformation.
Sunstone may also be used to honor Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War. She is the most powerful goddess of Lower Egypt, and is usually depicted with the head of a lion and the body of a beautiful woman.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Sunstone is not a traditional birthstone
Sunstone which is gold in color is the natural birthstone of those born in the magical month of midsummer (July 22 – August 21). Gold crystals bring you success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power.
Sunstone which is orange in color is the true birthstone of those born at the end of summer (August 22 – September 22). Orange crystals bring you joy, friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness.
Sunstone which is scarlet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in the first month of autumn (September 23 – October 21). Scarlet crystals bring you strength, vitality, willpower, and dedication.
Sunstone which is red in color is the natural birthstone of those born in mid-autumn (October 22 – November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion, and love.
Sunstone is not associated with any zodiac sign; however, it will bring out the sensuality of Virgos, and will temper the sexuality and possessiveness of Aries. [Megemont, 173]. Sunstone is most often associated with the Sun.
Sunstone Amulets and Talismans
As an amulet of protection, Sunstone is a powerful Barrier Filter. Barrier crystals have incredible abilities to help us focus and amplify our efforts to keep undesirable elements out of our lives. Its crystalline structure gives it strength in all directions, allowing it to provide barriers to attack from all directions simultaneously.
Crystals with the earth power of a Filter, absorb positive energy flow but work to keep negative energy away from us. They help us view the world in a “glass half full” outlook, to see the best in others, the beauty in life, and the good in humanity. They keep us focused on the positive in situations and to not be overwhelmed by the negative. In our technological world, Filters also work to keep harmful electromagnetic transmissions from sapping our energy and health.
unstone utilizes Fire energy. Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion – of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family. Red and scarlet crystals should be used sparingly, to bring the sun’s power and the fire element’s energy to your space. Use orange crystals as an accent and as an accessory in rooms where high energy is needed.
Sunstone in Ancient Lore and Legend
Ancients believed Sunstone once formed part of the sun and fell to earth during a full solar eclipse. [Eason, 5]
In Oriental cultures Sunstone was known as a “phenomenal gem” to be worn on Sundays. Phenomenal gems exhibited a moving line, star, or changes on the surface as the light varied, and was considered to bring good fortune to the wearer. [Kunz, 333-334]
In ancient Greece, Sunstone represented the sun god, bringing life and abundance to all fortunate enough to possess it. It was used often in the ornamentation of goblets and plates, and was believed to counteract poison and produce strength. [Melody, 628]
In ancient India, Sunstone was revered as protection from the destructive forces of other realms. [Melody, 628]
Sunstone was used by the Canadian Indians in rituals of the medicine wheel to show spirit guides the connection with the golden white healing light of the sun. During those ceremonies Sunstone was placed in the center of the medicine wheel, and it has been reported that during contact with the spirit guides, the stone emitted a golden glow. [Melody, 628]
Sitting in the sun surrounded by a circle of Sunstones was an ancient remedy for rheumatism. Physical contact with a large specimen also relieved aching feet and spinal problems. [Melody, 629]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author’s name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).