In this post, 2 different crystal writers and teachers… Nicholas Pearson (USA) and Brian Parsons (UK) have come together to discuss their views about and experiences with the pink crystal Rhodonite… hope you enjoy!
Rhodonite is a manganese silicate, which generally crystallizes in opaque, pink masses marbled with streaks and patches of black. It typically contains traces of iron, magnesium, and calcium, and will occasionally occur as small, prismatic crystals.
The name of this gem comes from the Greek for rose, referring to its characteristic color.
Rhodonite is emotionally stabilizing, a quality which makes it my favorite go-to stone for times of transition. The action of this stone is to help rebuild the emotional seedbed, and in doing so it can transform our relationships.
Rhodonite helps us to rearrange our emotions, beliefs, and ideas relating to the heart. Although it does not foster significant changes to the components of these patterns, it helps us piece them back together in ways that enable more peace, resilience, and clarity at the heart.
Connecting to the energy of Rhodonite also makes the heart less permeable; it prevents one from being easily offset or pushed off-course by outside influences. Rhodonite is extremely grounding.
However, its focus is predominantly on grounding the emotional body, one of the subtle bodies that makes up the aura. The grounding forces of Rhodonite invite order, balance, and tranquility to the energies that comprise the emotional body.
When we wear Rhodonite for extended periods of time, the emotional body becomes less likely to overreact in times of trauma and stress.
I can remember a significant episode in my life when I was faced with trauma while wearing Rhodonite. At that point in my life, my primary transportation was a motorcycle, and one night, on my ride home, I was in a collision with a car. When I finally became aware that I was lying on the ground, other drivers had stopped to offer assistance. I was able to respond calmly and honestly to emergency personnel and law enforcement despite having just been hit by a car. I remained level-headed throughout my entire time in the hospital, and it only occurred to me how uncharacteristically well I was handling the situation when I had to remove my necklace of Rhodonite beads for the X-rays. Once they were gone, I felt panic begin to rear its head until I replaced the beads around my neck.
Rhodonite is well suited to relieving the effects of stress, trauma, grief, and depression. Rather than merely working at the symptomatic level, which it does by grounding and settling the intense emotional waves, Rhodonite goes one step beyond by rebuilding the foundation upon which the emotions play out.
We can expect to handle the trials of life with better poise and dignity after being transformed by Rhodonite’s influence. As we strengthen our emotional body with Rhodonite’s aid, we make space by tidying up chaotic patterns held there. Thereafter, we are left with a better awareness of what our feelings and beliefs are, and we have room to assess other aspects of the heart. In doing so, there is a hidden opportunity to find what your passions and talents are. In many cases we find latent gifts that are being eclipsed by an out-of-balance psyche.
Rhodonite helps integrate these skills in order to put them to use along the path to wholeness. One easy method to restore your heart to its full strength is to do what you love. Thanks to Rhodonite’s capacity to tease out our talents, it can also encourage us to apply them in a concrete way. If you have a love of words and language, it might help you to seek your inner voice for writing or speaking publicly.
Perhaps Rhodonite will rearrange the emotional debris hiding your passion for cuisine, thereby gently insisting that you spend more time in the kitchen. All the while, as this gem grounds your heart and its love into this world, you are better equipped to use what you love to serve the world.
Rhodonite is a triclinic crystal. It has a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on the Moh scale.
The color of Rhodonite is pink, but its triclinic structure works in a white way.
However, the different shades of pink which various types of Rhodonite manifest goes from light to dark pink. But they all have the same focus… which is a grounded and practical expression of love.
But what does that mean in practical terms?
All pink crystals are to do with the self – self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance…
Now, in the crystal literature, Rhodonite is often believed to be a very grounded love, and the kind of vibration you want to use when you need to give yourself a boost of courage / confidence… when asking someone to marry you, or asking your boss for a pay rise.
Now, these are all the sort of situations where you are probably afraid of being rejected, afraid of a rejection of your Self.
It is at times like this that we are often divided, part of us wants to ask, another part wants to hold back, afraid of what might happen… (psychology refers to these different aspects of our self as sub-personalities).
The fact that Rhodonite is triclinic means that it is an all embracing, all inclusive vibration… it’s the kind of pink that includes all the colors of the rainbow… which means that its pink vibration can reach all parts of your Self… the part that wants to ask / move forward, and the part that wants to hold-back.
Rhodonite is also an excellent vibration to use when you are going through major change – starting a new job, being made redundant, going through mid-life change of any kind.
It’s at times like this that we are also divided – afraid of letting go of the known past, uncertain about our future and what will happen to us next, while also (possibly) being excited about new opportunities… and I think this is one of the reasons why the crystal therapist Sue Lilly suggests it is an excellent stone for women going through the menopause… where big emotional and mental change is part of the territory, and the ability to love the new self emerging from the change cocoon is essential.
How we respond to change actually tracks back to our early childhood, and how we explored the world around us. Were we the kind of child that felt confident enough to leave our mother’s side, for short periods, in order to explore the world around us… or were we the kind of child who was afraid to leave her side, and was anxious of change?
OK, confession time… back in the 1990s… Rhodonite was definitely not my most favorite crystal… in fact, I used to run away from it… but as Sue Lilly also once told me… the crystals you love tell you something about yourself, and the crystals you hate… they show you what you are suppressing.
Well… to cut a long story short, after doing some deep healing work with Rhodonite… I got my 1st proper job, paying decent money… Rhodonite literally kick-started my career.
Because, thanks to Rhodonite, I was no longer hiding who I was.
And now it is one of my favorite crystals, and I find it is a very grounded and practical pink vibe… which also helps you to ground and express your unique energies and life path in this world… gives you the courage and strength to show people who you are… and be able to cope with whatever reaction you get, because you know who you are inside, and so don’t need other people to confirm and validate you.
So it is great for creative artists, or anyone whose career opens them up to the fear of rejection. Rhodonite helps you to toughen up, and deal more effectively with the emotional knocks which we all receive from time to time through just being a member of the human race.
And at uncertain times, Rhodonite can makes us feel alright about ourselves, and confident that we will be able to handle whatever these changes bring.
(c) Nicholas Pearson / Brian Parsons, January 2017