Key Words: Constructive self-reflection, conflict
resolution, healthy brain function

Chemical Formula: (K,Na)3(Fe,Mn)7Ti2Si8O24(O,OH)7
Birthstone: Secondary Birthstone for Scorpio
Chakra: alignment depends on colour

Mineralogy: Astrophyllite usually occurs as bladed crystals, which radiate from a common centre (stellated). It forms in cavities in alkali-rich granites, syenites, syenite pegmatites and gneisses. In its raw form it resembles mica, and when polished can bear a similarity to nuumite. Mineralogy books and MinDat describe the colour as golden-yellow to brown, but there is polished material coming out of Russia via China that is deep blue, and which is marketed as astrophyllite.

Gold: The lovely play of light of the golden blades of astrophyllite cheers the heart and lifts the spirits. It subtly warms, strengthens and energises from within, more as if it were a glowing coal than a wildfire, and can balance when fire is lacking (Chinese system), without increasing heart rate, blood pressure or anxiety, and helps us to be gently but fully present in the physical body. Astrophyllite facilitates self-reflection, helping us to examine the trigger or root of conflict with others from within ourselves, own our part and take responsibility, so we are able to resolve the issue, shift our consciousness and learn from the experience. It can help us become aware on misdirected energy flow in the body, and helps to redirect and balance the energy. Physically, astrophyllite works on a cellular level, strengthening cell structure and regulating cellular fluid, and supports nerve function.

Blue: (There is no mention of this colour in any mineralogy books or on Mindat – so no idea if it is really astrophyllite) Blue astrophyllite grounds, calms, and aids communication – this is particularly helpful in children with learning and behaviour problems, such as ADHD, where a calm approach and facilitating communication is key. It has also shown itself useful in treating other brain dysfunction, particularly when there has been an interruption to the synapses, such as in cases of cerebral palsy or other brain damage.