Today we’re going to talk about Labradorite, an amazingly beautiful stone that you’ll definitely remember if you’ve seen it in person. Think of the effect from Tiger’s Eye and imagine that with varying colors and you’ll have a basic idea of what it looks like.
So, what can it do? In this article we’re going to take a deep-dive into the lore surrounding this stone and approach the lore from a few different angles. We’ll tell you how to incorporate it into your home’s Feng Shui, for instance, and also what Runes you might want to considered hosting on this lovely and powerful stone.
Read on to find out these things and more in the sections below. If you haven’t worked with Labradorite before, you’re about to find out that it’s well worth considering! Let’s take a closer look at the ‘real’ Spectrolite and the ‘stone of mystics’!
Getting Started With Labradorite
While we are going to explore the properties and uses of this stone in detail today, we’re going to start out with a quick profile to get you grounded with a few quick facts about Labradorite, such as where it comes from, colors, and a quick list of common uses. Without further ado, here’s your at-a-glance profile of Labradorite.
Labradorite – aka Spectrolite, The Stone of Magic
Color: Labradorite is most commonly going to be blue, but there are colorless varieties, as well as gray, brown, red, and green colored varieties too!
Found in: Labradorite is found on almost every continent, but it’s most commonly mined from Labrador, Canada, along with Madagascar, and some of the most famous pieces comes from Finland and are marketed as ‘Spectrolite’.
Most commonly used for: Boosting imagination, psychic strengthening, spiritual communion, balancing out anxiety, and for healing associated with respiratory and digestive health.
Description: Labradorite is a dark, semi-precious stone which is considered part of the Feldspar family and known for showing colorful, iridescent depths that have been compared (and even attributed to) the famous Aurora Borealis. Blue, red, gold, and green are some of the colors that you can see inside it and it has often been compared to Opals for it’s iridescence.
Labradorite is believed to add a little fire to the imagination and carrying or wearing it is said to stimulate psychic awareness, as well as promote communication with higher realms and entities. It is also said to stimulate the 3rd eye and Throat Chakras, allowing for better expression in both the spiritual and physical planes.
From a healing perspective, Labradorite promotes mental stability by lessening or dissolving completely the effects of anxiety and it is also good for respiratory and digestive health. Finally, Labradorite is also considered to act as a psychic shield when carried, as represented by its appearance as a container for the shimmering lights that are so much like our auras.
Labradorite has long has associations with the mystical and creative fires. One Inuit legend even says that Labradorite was a piece of the Northern Lights, pried out when a warrior thrust a spear into them and managed to remove fragments of this phenomenon.
It’s certainly easy to see how these interpretations came about when you look at a chunk of Labradorite in person. The stone looks like nothing more than a piece of ice, holding blues and shimmering golds that have been frozen in place, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see the rarer ‘champagne’ variety, which is colorful beyond compare – so much so, that the Finns like to call it ‘Spectrolite’!
Birthstones and the Zodiac: Where Does Labradorite Fit In?
While it is not considered to be an ‘official’ birthstone for a specific month or timeframe within a month, some Western traditions state that it could be worn as a birthstone for Leo or Libra. As there are no baneful effects, it would be good for any Zodiac assignation but alas, this stone is not really considered ‘official’ for doing so according to the lore which we know.
Now that we’ve talked about the birthstone and Zodiac aspects of Labradorite, it’s time to take a look ‘under the hood’, as it were, and see what Numerology has to say about this stone. Taking the name of stones to see if the numbers match their properties is a fun little exercise and you might be surprised what you can learn. So, with that in mind, let’s break down the proper name and see what the full arrangement, as well as the broken down consonants and vowels will tell us about Labradorite.
To do this, we’ll calculate the following:
- Personality number – Overall count of consonants in the name
- Heart’s desire number – Overall count of vowels in the name
- Destiny number – overall count from all letters of the name
The ‘Personality number’ is the general energy that this stone sends into the world and we calculate it by adding up the consonants of the name and reducing it to its core number.
- 1+1=2 (11/2)
Major Influence Number: 2 (11)
First off, we have a 2, with an occurrence of 11 to build it, and we try to take note when we see occurrences of numbers such as 11 and other master numbers like 22. With 11, we have the influence of creativity and spirituality… so thus far, this is matching what we already about Labradorite. 2’s significance as a major influence number also adds harmony, balance, and an increased sensitivity to notice when such energies are imbalanced to begin with. This further supports Labradorite’s properties as an ‘energy’ stone, so it looks like the Numerology is already ‘hitting the nail on the head’!
Minor Influence Number: 2, 9
2 Appears again in our minor influence numbers, further enhancing Labradorite’s ability to harmonize and appreciate the balance (or lack thereof) of energies, both perceived and felt. Added to this, we a mirroring aspect of 9 (which appears twice in the initial calculation, as does 2, and with the total of 29 we would be amiss not to notice that!). 9 is the number of the old soul, especially one in aspiration of achieving higher-consciousness. This personality trait helps in the recognition of patterns in both spirituality and physical life, drawing on the experience of trials experienced in this life and the ones before it. This further seems to cement Labradorite’s reputation as a ‘stone of mystics’.
Heart’s Desire Number
The ‘Heart’s Desire’ is the motivation and goals to which this stone is most aligned. This is determined by the count of the vowels in the name, broken down to their essential number.
- 2+2=4 (22/4)
Major Influence Number: 2 (22)
In the ‘Heart’s desire’ we get to see how a stone’s purpose is aligned and as a major influence number, once again 2 is rearing its head in the name of harmony and balance. Furthermore, we have another Master number in the form of 22 to keep 11 company. 22 is an interesting number to come up with this stone, as this is number of energies that are adept at bridging ethereal and physical energies together – like a builder that can create conduits to the intangible. Once again, Numerology shows us that there’s definitely quite a lot hidden in names if you know how to look!
Minor Influence Number: 1
As a minor influence number, we have a number of leadership and drive in the form of 1. This number is a strong push to initiate action, whether in leading others or in driving one’s self to move forward when those others might hesitate. This can teach you many things but you must be careful, as 1 can indeed be the loneliest number if you let yourself detach too much from your community and social support structure.
The ‘Destiny number indicates how the stone effects are expressed towards one’s goals and it is determined by calculating the total of all of the letters on the name and reducing them to their core number.
Major Influence Number: 6
With the ‘Destiny number’ we get to see how the stone can promote your intended goals and the first number that comes up as a direct and major influence is the number 6. 6 is a number of the healer and represents nurturing and support in both the physical and emotional realms. This also promotes communication and understanding of both animals and children, as this nurturing spirit both feeds you and fills you when this stone is carried or worn.
Minor Influence Number: 1, 2, 9
We have a trio of forces in the minor influence category of this stone. Starting off, we have the inspirational push towards exploration and leadership in the form of 1, while 2 is also present to help us keep our balance and maintain the harmony around us and within us. 9 is also present, bringing ‘old soul’ energies so that we can make the most of this stone’s influence intuitively, as your soul recognizes this sort of healthy energy right away.
It’s a good combination and we’d have to say that once again, Numerology has proven it’s worth in confirming the lore on Labradorite. Labradorite definitely seems to be inclined towards bridging the physical and the spiritual, and as it looks like the Northern Lights trapped in ice or glass, it just goes to show that Nature often gives us enormous hints when it comes to the gifts that she gives.
Feng Shui Advantages of Labradorite
In this section we’re going to explore enhancing the Feng Shui of your home with Labradorite. Adding this stone to particular Baguas can help to promote wellness and growth in these parts of your life and we’ll also give a ‘room to room’ set of tips that you can use directly or as inspiration for putting your Labradorite to it’s best uses. Let’s take a look at where and how this stone can be the most helpful.
Baguas: Gen and Kan
Placing Labradorite in the Gen area of your home, the area of knowledge and self-growth, can help to promote ascension of the spirit and to more firmly root the important lesson of trusting your intuition. This is also a good way to keep one moving through life with an eye on the physical, but also on the spiritual, as this is the type of balance that one should maintain.
Kan, your ‘work’ and life path, can also benefit from the addition of Labradorite, as it helps you to grow in knowledge and to keep the spiritual close, especially against the dangers of material success. This is a good way to help to keep yourself centered, especially when your work life is taking a serious toll on your personal time and your ability to spiritually recharge.
Placed in the bathroom, Labradorite can help to recharge the spirit when you cleanse in the morning or ‘wash away the day’ when you get home from work. This will help to center you, making your physical wash an ‘energy wash’ at the same time.
In the bedroom, Labradorite can help to remind that devotion is not just a physical thing, as lovers become one on multiple levels. It can also promote psychic dreaming and communion with the higher planes and entities when we sleep.
Placed at the entrance of your home, Labradorite acts as a spiritual beacon, and as such this may not be a good placement unless the home is well-warded. As such, we can’t really recommend this placement for Labradorite – the potential to attract negative attention is a bit too risky with this powerful stone.
Food doesn’t just nurture the body, but it also fills the spirit. The scent of mom baking, for instance, is one the special memories that we keep close, or dad cooking up a special recipe for the super bowl. The smells and tastes of the kitchen really don’t get enough credit, when you think about it, and a little Labradorite in this area of the home can help to cement and remind all in this area of the sanctity of the kitchen and it’s powerful, if often-unsung role in our lives.
Placed in the living room, Labradorite (especially with the presence of family heirlooms) can help to promote the presence and assistance of ancestral spirits, and encourage a more spiritual bent in conversation and choices of entertainment. This can be quite useful in this day of reality shows and other mindless entertainments, when there are so many overlooked options that can better feed the soul and the mind.
If you have a desk in this area or a study-nook, then Labradorite can help you to be more expressive in your writing and business communiques, while your study-nook will be much more likely to be used if you’ve got a little nudge from Labradorite reinforcing it.
Chakras and Labradorite
Labradorite is associated with three Chakras. First, it is considered to be aligned with Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra, as its primary color is blue and also in that it promotes communication. This makes Labradorite a good choice if you are making a set of Chakra stones, but there’s another Charka that you can use it for – the Third-eye Chakra.
While the color of this Chakra is purple, Ajna can be stimulated by Labradorite as it promotes psychic awareness and spiritual communication. For this purpose, one might be better served to use it for meditations to stimulate of unblock Ajna with the help of their Labradorite.
Finally, gold Labradorite may be used for meditation or as a Chakra stone for Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra, and this can help to unblock this Chakra and boost one’s inner power and self esteem at the same time.
Elder Futhark Runes and the Suitability of Labradorite
If you like to work with Elder Futhark Runes, then this section should come in handy. Here we will take a look at the suitability of Labradorite for use to host a complete set of Runes, as well as which specific Runes might be a good fit with this stone if you are creating a customized, multi-stone set.
Labradorite is definitely one of the most beautiful options for this and you don’t often see Rune sets made of it, which is a pity. Let’s see how this stone might pair with the Odin’s Runes of Power!
Labradorite Stones as a Complete Set
With it’s associations with Bifrost, the Rainbow bridge, Labradorite is definitely a great choice for hosting your Runes, putting them in tune from the very first with the forces which they represent and interact with. As they are strongly associated with wisdom and magic, Labradorite makes a solid choice for hosting your entire Rune set should you desire to do so.
Labradorite Use for Specific Runes
Now that we’ve established that Labradorite makes a good host for an entire set of Runes, let’s take things to the next level and look at some Runes that might harmonize the best with Labradorite for those who are creating a custom set for divination or wish to use it in specific Rune workings.
Fehu is the Rune of Cattle, which is associated with money and the energy behind it – Cattle being a symbol of wealth and easy to barter with. Golden Labradorite is an excellent choice for hosting Fehu and can help to remind the owner that gold and other forms of currency are mobile power that must be circulated in order to be beneficial.
Ansuz is a Rune of speech and has heavy associations with Odin and his color blue. That color, interestingly enough, also associates with the Throat Chakra and public speaking, while the stone itself is associated with wisdom and mysticism –definitely a good fit for the rune itself and the god of poetry and magic associated with it! Labradorite as a host for Ansuz is a perfect fit!
Hail is a destructive force that later gives life, as ice falls from the sky but later melts into life-giving water. Labradorite is a good fit for this Rune, as it’s appearance is quite ice-like and a piece with a little gold color in it as well can remind the owner that there are sparks of life, even in the harshest of hosts or lessons.
Nauthiz is the Rune of ‘need-fire’, which is that creative spark that saves us when all seems dark. Even the shape of it gives you an idea of it’s meaning, as the lines are arranged to cross like two sticks being rubbed together desperately for building a fire. Find a piece with mostly blue color, but a little gold as well, to represent that creative spark that comes to us when it’s a ‘matter of life and death’.
Isa is the Rune for Ice, which holds energies and emotions in complete, dangerous stillness – for though it is beautiful, ice is also quite slippery and dangerous! A nice, blue Labradorite is a good choice for Isa for divination or even as a focus for some more detailed Runic work with it.
Laguz means ‘lake’ and is a Rune of spirituality, as expressed in water. The shimmering blues and other colors housed in Labradorite remind one of looking into the beautiful depths of a clear pond and the stone itself will pair powerfully with this most spiritual of Runes.
Creative Ways to Use Labradorite
Labradorite is a good stone to carry if you experience occasional anxiety. In cases where panic pops up on you, the reassuring feel of the stone and gazing into its depths can help to calm you, while its overall influence should help to reduce episodes in the first place.
Worn as a necklace, it can help the owner to ‘find their voice’ and it can also give a helpful nudge when performing divination or other magical works. If you are having trouble with blocked memories, this is also a good stone to use as a meditation focus – it’s heavily associated with the ‘old soul’ personality type, and this will help you to draw the fragments of events together to make the memories in question much more cohesive.
It’s is also good to have close for shamanic ventures, especially where it is desired to separate the consciousness for travel or communication with other realms and entities. A final use that you might consider is using Labradorite as a consecration tool. As it promotes energy and mysticism in the self, cleansing and blessing your shamanic gear with Labradorite can help to enhance it’s efficacy.
Labradorite as a Meditation Tool
Labradorite, with it’s shimmering depths, makes for an excellent meditation focus and it’s overall harmony with all things mystical definitely counts as some nice ‘icing on the cake’. As this is a fairly common use for the stone, however we’ll focus today’s meditation offering on making an ‘anxiety stone’ with Labradorite. This gives you a mediation that you can perform to help with feelings of anxiety and also something to carry with you that will be ‘charged and ready’ to help.
To do this, we recommend that you include a little incense (which we’ll explain as we go). One of the following calming varieties will do quite nicely:
Choose one or more of your favorites for this mediation, light them up, and get your Labradorite handy. Here is what you will want to do:
- Seat yourself comfortably, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair where you can easily relax.
- Get your breathing ordered, by breathing in once for 3 seconds, holding it in for 3 seconds, and exhaling for 3 seconds. Do this until you are able to keep this rhythm without thinking about it.
- Focus your attention on the stone. Look into the depths and try to see all of the colors of the individual stone.
- Visualize the stone growing larger, as if you were sinking into its depths. The blue of the stone is like a warm water, both comforting and comfortable to immerse yourself in. Imagine your anxiety as a glass shell around you, beginning to crack.
- Feel the warmth of the Labradorite-water warming and filling in those crack, widening them until the shell around you breaks. You’ll feel your anxiety falling away into the warm depths of the stone in your mind.
- See the stone shrinking down again, the trapped anxiety replaced with the vibrant colors of an aurora. Contemplate this for as long as you like and you may conclude the mediation after getting up and placing the stone near one of your lit incense sticks.
Try this meditation two or 3 times in a week and carry the stone with you during the time in-between. When you feel anxiety rising, you can rub the stone in your pocket discreetly or even just take it out and look into it, enjoying the colors and catching the scent of the incense that you’ve been burning around it.
The sight, feel, and the scent of it will help you to find your center, turning those waves of anxiety back into the warm and soothing depths of the Labradorite’s ‘pool’ envisioned in your meditation. It’s a handy thing to have, so don’t forget to carry it with you – you’ll be glad that you did!
Is Labradorite Expensive to Obtain?
It depends… Labradorite comes in different colors and qualities and while you can find some pieces for $3 to $7, higher end and in-demand colors such as watermelon (red and green) or pieces with mostly red or green along with the blue can cost as much as $40 per carat.
Blue is by far the most common, and you can also find golden Labradorite quite easily. Once you do, it’s all a matter of the other colors involved, as well as the natural inclusions in the stone. If you look around, you can definitely some deals, but remember to be suspicious if the pieces are quite nice but the price is suspiciously low. We’ll talk a little more about that in the next section.
How Can You Tell if Labradorite Is Genuine?
When you are checking out Labradorite at your local gem and mineral show or shop, there are a few things that you can look for to help to make sure that you are getting the genuine article. Let’s look at the things you can check and consider when determining if the Labradorite that you are looking at is the ‘real enchilada’:
- Bring a blacklight – A portable, battery-powered blacklight can help you spot a fake fast. Faux Labradorite is made with a baking process that involves sealing the ‘stone’ with a UV resin. This is going to glow in the presence of a blacklight, which won’t happen with real Labradorite.
- Steel-needle test – Labradorite scores well on Mohs Hardness Scale at a healthy 6 to 6.5. A steel needle or knife, however, is only a 5.5. As such, you shouldn’t be able to scratch a real Labradorite with one – though you’d better ask the vendor before you test a piece this way. Real Labradorite should be resistant to steel-needle scratching.
- Watch those colors – Usually, unless you are looking at rarer pieces, you aren’t going to see 5 to 7 colors in one piece. More often, you’re going to see 2 or 3. So, consider the colors vs. the price and that should give you a good idea of the likelihood that it’s legitimate.
- Refraction – The refraction of the layers shouldn’t be uniform. You’ll see some bits refracting when you turn it, but if the whole effect moves in every direction that you turn it, then it’s probably a fake.
- Painted fractures – Look for black-painted fractures that seem a bit on the wide side. The kind of fractures that you should see in real Labradorite should be very thin and should run parallel.
- Temperature – Real Labradorite should feel cold. It’s hard and dense, so it shouldn’t get warm very quickly. Faux Labradorite, however, it usually largely composed of resins, and they will consequently feel a bit warmer when you pick them up and warm up even more fairly quickly.
- Backside – Cabochons of Labradorite are one of the most common cuts that you’ll see and they are usually easy to check. If the flat back of the piece is solid black and completely opaque, then that is a big, red flag. The backside can be black on a legitimate piece, but the coloration will be a bit uneven and interspersed with bits of gray, often with a little depth but no ‘shimmer’. Simply put, if it looks too ‘clean’ on the back then it might be fake.
How to Clean Your Labradorite
While Labradorite is pretty touch stuff, we don’t recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner on it or tossing it in a rock polisher/tumbler. Just use a bowl of warm, soapy water and clean it well with this and the aid of a clean, serviceable cloth. Give it a rinse afterwards, but don’t let it soak in water for very long.
While it should be fine, with your Labradorite and other stones at home, we really don’t recommend soaking them for long periods of time. There’s really no use for it unless you are giving them some sort of chemical clean because they are ‘raw’, so stick to soap, water, and a rinse and your stone will look good and will be just fine.
Preparing Your Labradorite Before Use
Labradorite is a stone of mysticism and wisdom, so you can prepare it in a standard manner such as with smudge sticks, incense, or a sprinkling of salt, or you can get a little creative with it. Salt it first for good measure or let it spend a night buried or soaking up moonlight and after that, consider what you will be using it for and get a little inspiration from that.
For instance, if you are looking to win knowledge and wisdom, you can give it a bit of time in your study. This will encourage you to learn more but it also helps to consecrate the stone in the presence of all of that untapped knowledge.
You could also consecrate the stone by storing it in your Rune bag, as Runes are symbols specific to the energies around us, and this type of immersion should help to charge your stone up quickly for use.
History on Labradorite Throughout the Ages
Labradorite is a beautiful stone, but it’s history doesn’t go as far back as some stones which we presented in previous articles. Discovered in 1777 in Labrador, which was a Canadian province, this stone was believed by the Inuit peoples to be a piece of the Northern Lights which a bold warrior managed to chip-free with his spear. As the story goes, the Northern Lights had become ‘stuck’ in stone and were only freed by the warrior’s assistance – with Labradorite being the remains to which the Northern Light were still trapped and held fast. While sometimes worn as ornamentation, more often Labradorite was powdered and made into a medicine, as the ‘’fire within the stones was believed to be a powerful sickness cure.
The stone itself is quite hard to shape, though in the 18th century those scintillating colors made Labradorite a popular and rare addition to many an expensive jewelry piece. These days, with modern tools, everyone who wants on can have a nice piece of Labradorite of their own.
Put it in jewelry or even simply in your pocket – the beauty is worth it and let’s just say that you won’t mind the perks of owning one for yourself!
Some Final Words on Using Labradorite
As you can see, while it hasn’t gotten the rich history behind it of many of the stones that we’ve already talked about, Labradorite is definitely worth your time. This hard and beautiful piece of the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ is perfect for jewelry, Runes, or even just for displaying naturally in your home and it’s even easy to find.
So, be sure to check this natural beauty out and see some Labradorite first-hand the next time that you are out looking for stones in your local gem and mineral store. Opals are fragile, but Labradorite let’s you take a little bit of rainbow fire home with you that you can easily display without worry of cracking it.
The beneficial effects that come it won’t hurt a bit, either!