Chiastolite is a variety of Andalusite which contains a naturally occurring cruciform pattern or black cross and is also known as the "Cross Stone". It occurs in brown, grey, reddish brown and olive green varieties. The name Chiastolite derives from the Greek "chiastos" meaning cruciform or cross marked. In some ancient texts Chiastolite was also called "Lapis crucifer", which literally means "cross stone".
It is a prismatic metamorphic rock and is a polymorph with two other crystals or minerals - Kyanite and Sillimanite. (A polymorph is a mineral that shares the same chemistry but a different crystal structure with another, or other minerals). Chiastolite contains black or brown clay and/or carbonaceous material inclusions in the crystal. These inclusions are arranged in regular symmetrical shapes. Usually they are in the form of a cross or X. This stone has a Mohs hardness of 7.5.
In former times it was revered because the cross within it was seen as highly spiritual. Ancient people revered the cross within it as a sign from God. Since ancient times it has been used for protection, as it was intuitively known that this stone had highly protective qualities. Chiastolite with its cross marking was used to deflect the evil eye, to ward off ill-wishing and curses.
As a stone with a cross in the middle it is often associated with Christianity; however its discovery and lore long predates this religious association.
Chiastolite is a powerfully protective stone. It has the property of transmuting dissension into harmony. It is a creative stone with the power to dispel negative thoughts and feelings. It helps you find your path as it transmutes conflict into harmony and assists with problem-solving and change by strengthening analytical capabilities.
This stone has strong metaphysical properties, and in meditation it will aid you in connecting with the Akashic records to discover past life information. Its use as a bridge between worlds, or in times of change as an accelerator to release old limiting beliefs is renowned. Chiastolite can be used to empower and enhance astral travel.
It is a gateway into the mysteries, and is helpful for those making the transition beyond death. It facilitates understanding and exploration of immortality and is linked to death and rebirth. It dissolves illusions and calms fears, enabling you to face reality. It aids in the transition between one situation and another, especially at the psychological level, and releases worn-out patterns and conditioning.
It releases feelings of guilt and balances and stabilizes your emotions. It dispels negativity and helps to transform all inharmonious vibrations into harmonious ones. It maintains spirituality and invokes protective forces when dealing with trauma or during illness. It assists in attuning to your soul's purpose.
Chiastolite is used for healing rheumatism and gout by relieving over acidification, blood disorders, veins, blood circulation, balance of blood pressure (high or low) and for stimulating lactation. It also helps with paralysis and nerve problems.