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Aventurine: A Multi-Faceted Stone

By Brenda Durbin

When considering a crystal for the Spring Equinox or St. Patrick’s Day, we often think of Green Aventurine.  Many crystal lovers instantly recognize Aventurine in its most familiar color variety-Green.  Aventurine is a variety of sparkling quartz with inclusions of various minerals which create the various hues, as well as an effect known as aventurescence.  Aventurine grows in a variety of colors other than Green, including Red, Blue, White, Peach, Pink, Orange, Brown, Gray and Yellow.  The Blue and Green varieties have inclusions of Fuchsite (Chromium Mica) giving them a cool, flashy sheen.  Warmer colors are attributed to inclusions of Goethite (Iron Oxyhydroxide) and Hematite (Iron Oxide).  Aventurine was named after a type of material created when Italian glassworkers accidentally spilled copper filings into a batch of molten glass. They named their discovery "a Ventura" meaning "by chance." The resulting decorative material was a very popular addition to jewelry. It is a product that we now call Goldstone, or sometimes, imitation Aventurine or Sunstone.  The name Aventurine was later adopted as the name of the natural, sparkly stone that we are so familiar with today.  

Aventurine connects us to the knowledge of the source of our greatest happiness, at the same time revealing the prickly irritants that stand in the way of our true bliss.  Aventurine soothes our jangled nerves and instills a sense of patience, encouraging the kind of deep relaxation that leads to restful sleep. It helps us become more tolerant of those who choose to stand firmly on our last nerve and offers a level of acceptance that may help defray further damage to all involved.

Known as "the gambler's talisman" for its lucky attibutes, this stone has the abilitiy to dissolve negative feelings that pinch the flow of our natural abundance.  Green Aventurine prompts us to finally “roll the dice” and take a chance.  It is often used in abundance rituals along with a green candle, or placed in cash boxes or pocketbooks with Citrine and Amazonite to attract money.  Holding or carrying Green Aventurine shifts us from a plodding mentality that may ensure survival ( but does not allow us to thrive), to one of glorious expansion of our true natural talents and abilities that creates space for new, leafy green abundance and personal growth.  Placing a trio of Citrine, Green Aventurine and Rose Quartz crystals in the Southeast corner of your living room can help draw prosperity and stockpile abundance.  It is the lucky stone of opportunity, said to open doors no matter what our need might be.  It is a great stone to have on hand when playing the lottery, interviewing for a job or going to an audition.  A Green Aventurine thumb stone is the perfect talisman to ease stress when sitting down in front of this month’s stack of bills to be paid.  It can help us feel more stable in our financial situation and give us confidence when making important financial decisions.

Green Aventurine is the all-purpose healer and traditional Heart Chakra stone that many crystal healers carry in their first set of healing stones.  Many healers choose the gentler Green Aventurine over Green Tourmaline for their female clients.  It has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help relieve pain, boosting our own ability to regenerate and heal when we are in recovery mode.  It can soothe skin irritations, improve allergies, heal skin eruptions and can help strengthen connective tissue.  It calms nausea and can help reduce feelings of panic and anxiety.  It is a great crystal to carry for comfort if you have a hard time fitting in. A tumbled Green Aventurine can be placed under the left arm to activate the Spleen Chakra, helping to instantly cut negative ties and dissolve hooks. Green Aventurine can be laid on the Heart Chakra to encourage needed release and to facilitate gentle clearing, activation and healing of the heart on both a physical and emotional level.  Green Aventurine has traditionally been used in Medicine Wheel rituals to help connect with the love and guidance of guides and angels when held in ceremony at the level of the heart.  It has been rumored to help one attract a helpful, loving partner later in life.

Green Aventurine encourages plant and garden growth and has been known to help connect one to the fairy folk, water elementals and nature devas who are ready and waiting to help us resolve earth’s environmental issues.  It can help us adjust our natural selves to the idea of city living, at least for a little while.  Green Aventurine can bring the solitude of the cool green meadows and wooded forests we seek into our living space, helping to create a visible reminder of our connection to the natural world.  Blue Aventurine can keep the chakras in our feet clear and our base chakra open to allow for full flow of energy, especially while practicing “earthing,” or grounding while walking barefoot on the earth.  Peach Aventurine is also another great choice for this practice as it helps to bring healing energy from the earth into the physical body.  A Red Aventurine bracelet can be a valuable ally when you are ready to start a weight loss regimen, assisting with your goals and providing a visible reminder, and it can enhance libido and fertility as well.  Excess energy can be effectively grounded by holding a piece of Red Aventurine while standing flat on the floor and visualizing a connection with the earth, allowing this energy to flow out through your feet and into the ground.

Green Adventurine, and indeed, all colors of Aventurine are beautifully supportive crystal allies, ready to blend with your energy to create balance and harmony in your life. Lean into the cool comfort, peace and abundance that Green Aventurine brings this Spring!

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Posted on January 26, 2016
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