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From : Tandika Star 93:9600/5 Wed 24 Mar 93 15:55
Subj : stone request
SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Apophyllite is hydrous calcium potassium fluorsilicate
which is often found with a small amount of iron and nickle. The chemistry is
KCa4Si8O20(F,OH).8H2O. It ranges in color from clear thru white, gray, greenish,
yellowish and reddish. The streak is white. Hardness is from 4-1/2 to 5. The
crystals of this mineral are Tetragonal, usually cubelike or tabular, square in
cross section. They will often have a pearly luster on one side.
ENVIRONMENT: Apophyllite forms at low temperatures and is commonly found in
cavities in basalt of volconic rock, where it is associated with zeolites and
OCCURENCE: There are many outstanding localities in North America where
apophyllite can be collected. Excellent glassy crystals occur with prehnite in
the basalt in the Watchung Mts., Passaic Co., New Jersey, and the same
association has recenly been found in a diabase near Centreville, Fairfax Co.
Virginia. Large glassy crystals have come from the copper mines on the Keweenaw
NAME: The name comes from the Greek [apa], meaning 'off', and [phyllon], meaning
'leaf'. This refers to the the fact that the mineral flakes apart when heated in
LEGEND, LORE, MAGICAL PROPERTIES and HEALING: I was unable to find anything in
any of my sources for this mineral.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: This is not a mineral that I have in my collection, nor
have I ever seen one in person. However, judging from from the information and
the photos in the Audubon book, I can think of 2 possible uses. The first would
be as a "heart stone". This would be to regulate and strengthen the heartbeat.
In conjunction with this, I can see it used as a stone for atheletes, giving
them stamina and strengthening the muscular structure. If the pearlesence of the
stone was strong, I can also visualize it being used at the Transpersonal Point,
in much the same manner as Moonstone.
1. Scientific, Environment, Occurence and Name are from (or paraphrased from)
"The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".
4. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks,
by Tandika Star.
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