Labradorite is a feldspar which often has rainbow coloured flashes, called labradorescence. It is named after Labador, Canada, where is was first found, although it can be found in many countries, including Australia, the Adirondack mountains in New York, and most famously Madagascar. The most common colours for Labradorite are blue, green and gold, with reds, pinks and purples being a lot rarer. Gem quality Labradorite, called Spectrolite, can be found only in Finland, with a black base colour and high contrast colour flashes. "Spectrolite" from other countries is just high quality Labradorite.
The Inuit people have prized Labradorite for centuries, and many local myths surround the crystal. One is that the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, froze and fell from the sky and became trapped inside some rocks on the coast of Labrador. An Inuit warrior, wandering along the coastline, saw that the lights were trapped, and attempted to free them by smashing them with his mighty spear. He managed to set most of them free, but some remained trapped in the rocks, and these are the stones we know as Labradorite.
This is especially interesting as the Inuit believe that they see the spirits of their ancestors in the Northern Lights, so some spirits must have also remained trapped in the rocks too. It also has ties with another myth that the lights inside Labradorite are actually evolved beings, trying to connect with us, leading to it's reputation as a strongly spiritual stone, and one tied to Transformation.
The Inuits also have a legend that tells of an entity known only as "Mighty Being", who struck Labradorite with his fist and initiated travel up into the sky. The local people called Labradorite "firestone" and "fire rock" due to it's amazing flashes of colour that seem to be trapped inside the rock.
Labradorite Metaphysical Properties include:
- Boosting mental sharpness and intellect
- Stimulating inspiration and originality
- Aiding scientific analysis, helping to seeing many possibilities at once
- Allowing magic to happen
- Helping with insecurity, anxiety, stress
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