Rutilated quartz is one of the many types of quartz that make up 12% of the earth’s crust yet the rarest to find. It is found in Kazakhstan, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Madagascar and the US (mostly in areas around mountain ranges) and has many benefits to mankind. The mineral often forms needle-like crystal inclusions in an “imbedded goldish” structure. Rutile needles can be reddish, golden, greenish, silvery or gray.
WHAT IS IT?
Rutilated quartz is a rare mineral that is mainly made up of titanium dioxide. One of its most outstanding physical properties is that is has a remarkably high refractive index which makes it to disperse plenty of light more than any other mineral known to mankind. It is a member of the larger quartz family and closely resembles its distant cousins- smoky quartz and rose quartz.
According to a popular Smithsonian publication entitles “Rock and Gem”, the stone took its name from the Latin version of the word red (rutilis). This is typically because the rock is predominantly found in prismatic structures that glow in red.
Rutile quartz can be found within other stones but is easy to distinguish especially due to its vertical striations which are known to exude colourful displays once exposed to the sun.
Also popularly referred to as sagenite or “The Hair of Venus”, this rare quartz crystal can be adorned as jewelry, placed around the house or carried in the pocket.
Some of its interesting properties include:
~How it forms
Forms deep within the Earth’s superhot surfaces in schists, pegmatite dikes and igneous rocks.
Composed of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicone dioxide (SiO2).
Rutile is a medium hard stone and comes 7th on the Mohs scale. At times it achieves 6 to 6.5 hardness.
Can be found in many color tones but is commonly available in goldish, dark and reddish shades.
SOME OF ITS USES
Some earth-based faiths claim that rutilated quartz is an energizing stone and can be used to assist with mental focus. Such is the power of rutile that it is believed to help ignite deep love feelings and stabilize relationships. It is also said that it (the stone) can re-energize slowed chakras to return to normal balance.
Further, the rare ore is of great help when it comes to solving mental hang ups. The stone is particularly reputed for its immense benefits in diminishing fears and aiding in faster decision making.
Lonely people are encouraged to have a piece of it around them as it can ease loneliness and bring immense happiness. Metaphysically, the rock comes in handy in helping one get of a rut with their life by clarifying thought patters and stabilizing emotional reactions. People also believe that the mineral can increase one’s self belief and self reliance.
In the spiritual realms, rutile is used for creating spiritual connections especially in terms of meditation, dream work and spiritual communications. People looking for spiritual interventions in their life are encouraged to use rutilated quartz’s psychic powers to obtain higher spiritual experiences.
If evil powers are blocking your path to success, you can take advantage of rutilated quartz metaphysical powers to neutralize their interferences. In particular, the mineral helps you to counter the powers of magic and negative energies.
Medically, the stone is said to cure food disorders, aid in tissue growth, strengthen the immune system, reduce depression, improve respiratory health and facilitate efficient absorption of nutrients from food in the digestive system. In addition, the ore is said to be useful in getting energy moving in meridians and areas where the physical power is sluggish. Its mystical powers are also quite useful in the discovery of the root cause of an illness.
HISTORY OF RUTILATED QUARTZ
Rutilated quartz has very little historical information available. However, available records show signs of its early usage in the ancient Roman and Greek times. Most accounts state that the ore was initially used an ornamental item before it slowly gained recognition as a form of divination. Legends suggest that rutile was prescribed by French doctors to cure bronchitis.
Being a pearl of wisdom, this sacred stone was passed on to different generations and gradually its usage started spreading across different corners of the world before eventually gaining recognition in America. Scanty records show that the minerals strong powers might have been discovered in North Africa during the historical pharaoh era.
If the available facts about rutile’s usage are anything to go by, then this rare ore has been of benefit to mankind for thousands of years. There is numerous historical data available about its widespread usage in the 14th century as a safety element during wars. According to images published then (14th century), army men wore it alongside their tools of war before going for battles. This was done to perhaps to appeal protect them from the enemy’s bows and arrows.
Gardeners and foresters are also on record for having used this precious stone to protect their products and trade. In ancient North America, native Indian-Americans are believed to have utilized it in the Eleusinian mysteries and ceremonial wands especially in areas around Southern California. Interesting analogies claim that the stone would be fed deer’s blood and kept wrapped in buckskin when not in use to restore its magical powers. In Shamanistic terms, the stone is inseparable with human existence. As such it is utilized in shamanic healing sessions, to unblock blocked energy paths and to rebalance the body.
Peschek-Bohmer (a popular author) in one of his many publications claims that great care on the rock is paramount for safe-keeping of rutile’s strong medicinal, spiritual and metaphysical properties. He suggests you cleanse it under running water twice a month before exposing it to direct sunlight to recharge its powers.
There is absolutely no doubt that rutilated quartz is amazing. Not only is does it boast a strong historical background but its current usage is remarkable. It’s multiplicity of roles and the innuendos associated with its efficacy make it one of the most adorable gifts that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.