This one has been on my mind for a while. For many crystals, you can find websites upon websites and pages upon pages written about them in crystal healing books. Once in a while though you come across a crystal that you can find very little on. Hornblende is one of these.
Six months ago, I was shopping in one of my favourite crystal stores when I came across a number of single back crystals on one of the shelves. There was no label for them and the store owner had no idea what they were. Due to my background in Geology, I did however recognise them as hornblende. She was able to put a label on the shelf for the rest of the crystals. We looked at the crystal healing books she had in store and could find nothing about what they are utilised for metaphysically speaking.
I went home with two of the crystals and decided to do some research and experimentation.
Hornblende is an amphibole that occurs in colours from black to brown, light brown, yellow-green, green and dark green. It has a chemical composition of Ca2(Mg,Fe)4Al(Si7Al)O22(OH,F)2 The prismatic crystals of hornblende are often hexagonal in cross-section and frequently twinned. It also occurs in massive, compact, granular, columnar, bladed and fibrous habits. Essentially large crystals of hornblende are relatively rare, the crystals I have appear to have been broken off and most likely originally occurred as part of a massive twinned habit. Habit in this instance being defined as, “The development of an individual crystal, or aggregate of crystals, to produce a particular external shape, with development depending on the conditions obtained (sic) during formation.” (Allaby et al, 1990).
Some of the uses of hornblende from various websites (referenced below) include:
- Said to be useful for curing insomnia and inducing pleasant dreams… are said to have a positive effect on those who wear them.
- Encourages one to be less judgmental of others, to see and treat others around them equally.
- Creates a sense of ease at times of threat and of judgment. This stone open’s the heart and mind to feelings of fairness, helping the being to accept that they are neither above nor below those around them.
Being black in colour, of terrestrial origin and containing iron are all indicators that hornblende is a strong grounding and protective stone. It has another characteristic that sets it apart from other protective stones, that being its tone / frequency when the crystals are struck together. The majority of grounding and / or protective crystals have a bass sound when struck together, hornblende, I have found has a singing or tinkling sound, just slightly deeper pitched than singing quartz. Indicating that this is indeed a high vibrational protective stone.
My own work with the crystal has also revealed that it is especially effective when used in protection grids such as the triangulation grid which is used for protection, grounding and establishing boundaries. Its mirror like faces also work well for facilitating divination, much like obsidian is used as a scrying tool, the blackness of the stone allows for easier access into the subconscious mind.
Due to the high vibrational nature of this crystal (rare in grounding and protection stones), it is especially well suited for protection in rituals requiring intense protection, such as: house clearings involving the removal of entities and poltergeists; exorcisms; psychic surgery and cord cuttings.
I feel it is a real pity that such a powerful and versatile crystal has so little written about it. Perhaps it is because it needs to be resurrected as a healing stone for the new age we have entered, perhaps it is because it is most commonly found as tiny crystals in the matrix of igneous rocks such as andesite, dacite, serpentenite, syenite and granodiorite, or metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and amphibolite. Whatever the reason for the lack of acknowledgement of its healing traits, I really do hope that it gains the respect it deserves as a healing stone.
- Allaby M. & A. (1990). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Earth Sciences, Oxford, Oxford University Press
- Crystals and Stone for Healing (2009), Amphibole (online). Available at: http://www.crystalsrocksandgems.com/Healing_Crystals/Amphibole.html [Accessed 20 Jul 2016]
- Deer, W. A; Howie, R. A & Zussman, J. (1996). An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals. 2nd Essex, Longman
- Madcatwoman Enterprises (2013), Amphibolite also known as hornblende (online). Available at: http://madcatwoman-enterprises.tumblr.com/post/43443872098/amphibolite-also-known-as-hornblende [Accessed 20 Jul 2016]
- Pellant, C. (1992). Eyewitness Handbooks – Rocks and Minerals. London, Dorling Kindersley