Key Words: Clears, calms, encourages tolerance and flexibility

Chemical Formula: CaCO3

Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Capricorn

Chakra Alignment: Mainly Crown, with some variation according to colour

Element: Spirit

Healing Properties: Aragonite shares many of the properties of calcite. In addition to these attributes, aragonite clears unwanted energy throughout the body, including in each chakra and the energy body, and goes some way towards balancing all chakras. Although the vibration is high, it is surprisingly calming, making it especially effective in cases of oversensitivity. It can relieve tension headache by placing it directly on the Third Eye, and can also help relieve ‘foggy head’ and aid clarity. As with calcite, aragonite aids the absorption of calcium, promoting healing and strengthening of teeth and bones, and improving bone density. According to Gienger, it teaches us flexibility and tolerance (symbolised by its wide range of formation and habit), and stabilises physical and spiritual development. Shape and colour enhance energy, and as aragonite has a number of crystal habits and colours, each will work in a slightly different way. For example, the flowing stalactitc variety from China washes through the body like the flow of a waterfall, while the “sputnik” shape from Morocco clears from the inside out, and as many of these are coated with iron oxide, the energy tends to be more earthy and connected with the physical body. Purple aragonite from Spain is calming, and exceptionally clearing for the Third Eye. The pale pink aggregate from China provides the candyfloss – soft, gentle, fluffy and appealing.

Mineralogy: Aragonite forms at low temperatures near the Earth’s surface. It is found in the oxidation zone of ore deposits, as stalactites in caves, in the vicinity of hot springs, and in mineral veins. It can form coral-like aggregates in iron ore deposits, when it is known as flos-ferri. Aragonite displays a wide variety of colour, habit and appearance. It is most frequently sold as columnar radiating crystal clusters known as “sputniks”. Aragonite and calcite are pseudomorphs of calcium carbonate, and are chemically identical (aragonite forms under more limited physio-chemical conditions than calcite). The two are differentiated by crystal system: aragonite is orthorhombic, while calcite is trigonal. Pearl, mother-of-pearl, abalone and many other shells and hard outer coverings of marine invertebrates are aragonite. The columnar crystals frequently twin, sometimes coming together as six individual crystals creating a pseudohexagonal column. Purple aragonite is a good example of this. Aragonite is a relatively unstable mineral, and can alter to calcite.