Sodalite is a stone that is ascribed the drama of a grand opera, ranging from how keeping a piece of it is akin to holding a piece of the stormy sea directly in your hand, to being described as a phenomenon that contains within its component atoms all the beauty of the heavens.
It’s a bold perception that has implications beyond its beauty as well as physical properties and delves into the realm of its many spiritual undertones.
These descriptions are particularly fitting, given sodalite’s amusing, seeming contractions; being a transparent, translucent light mineral that is relatively hard yet fragile at the same time.
In this article, let’s dive into the many interesting faces of sodalite, and see not just if you should fancy getting yourself one or more of it, but to see if there is even a good justification to deny the seduction and intrigue it evokes.
What does Sodalite look like?
Typically found in royal blue as well as deep, lazurite, or as ultramarine blue stones, and mottled with white calcite patches or veins, sodalite is made up of a silicate of sodium, aluminum, and a smattering of chlorine that is found in various alkaline-rich igneous rocks and has a glasslike luster befitting the source of its name being salt stone (sodium) from the Ancient Greeks, mimicking the blue of the sea and a character befitting its many romantic stories.
It is sometimes called “poor man’s Lapis Lazuli” because and is often mistaken as such due to its blue color and the blue-and-white combination, especially seeing as lapis lazuli is the more expensive mineral, and contains flecks of pyrite with a rich ultramarine color as compared to sodality’s more royal blue hue.
Don’t let this quality fool you, however, in the demand and value, people put into sodalite, especially the unique qualities and meaning people associate with it, and the frugally wise, economical nature associated with the gemstone.
The meaning of sodalite
Sodalite is associated with wisdom and empowering the analytical side of a person, clearing one’s vision and promoting communication, emotional balance, intuition, clarity, and poetry. This allows whoever looks at its beauty to get suffused with profound sentiments while encouraging rational thought, truth as well as objectivity, earning it the fondest memories of believers who confer to it related epithets like “Poet’s Stone,” “Logic Stone” and “Thinker’s Stone” even as it is classified more as crystal instead of rock.
It has various associations:
- Chakras: Third Eye / Brow Chakra, Throat Chakra
- Colors: Blue, White
- Zodiac: Sagittarius
- Elements: Water, Air
- Numerical Vibration: Number 4
Where Sodalite stone is found
Sodalite is not considered a surface stone and is brought up from the deepest bowels of the planet through seismic activity, whether through eruptions, or rocks that result from upheavals in the earth and mined in the formations of the resulting aftermath as masses inside igneous rock.
It was discovered in Greenland by Europeans in 1811 and became known as an ornamental stone around 1891 when vast deposits of it were discovered in Ontario, Canada.
The energy of sodalite stone
Sodalite brings calming, soothing energy and order, with an empowering vibration that encourages one to not only get a handle on the stresses of everyday life but during times of high pressure. This has the effect of rinsing the body of toxic vibes and pushing one’s confidence, creating a virtuous flow that cycles through the calm.
The upshot of this brings us back to one of the many qualities it engenders: focus. This enables the prioritization of what matters, getting a good handle on what is important, at the expense only of nonessentials that would otherwise have distracted and worsened what would have been an already tense situation.
How to use sodalite and where to put them
There aren’t a lot of empirical studies factually pronouncing the efficacy of healing crystals and stones— including those seeking sodalite meaning. But although many of its claims are anecdotal, there is a large multitude of people who swear by (not at) them. Especially as a form of complementary as well as alternative medicine.
People who champion the healing essence of crystals suggest several ways to apply sodalite healing properties.
- Intentionally place them over the base of your throat area. Particularly while meditating, this is to attune the stone to one’s throat chakra.
- Carry it with you. Bring the stone around as you go about your day (or evening), in whatever convenience such as in your purse, bag, or simply inside your pocket.
- Wear it as jewelry. Whether as a bracelet, ring or necklace (such as with beads or in rough cuts). Like carrying the stones as noted above, this allows one to take in the crystal’s energy as you go
- Set it as decor. Fill your home, office, or any room with balancing energy. This is especially suitable for larger dimensions, where it can be ideally placed as a center of attention, in the corner, on your desk, or on a side table. It will have the added benefit if being a great talking point, or just enlivening the location with its charm.
What sodalite does spiritually
While other stones help bring active energy, sodalite crystal is the opposite and brings about order, stability, objectivity, and calmness to the mind. It encourages rational thought and brings spiritual balance, just like the chakras it is associated with. As an effect, it enhances self-esteem, particularly as a result of better powers of communication, wisdom, focus, and clarity of mind.
Thus, it lifts the spirit in a way that calms and soothes instead of the positive side of aggressiveness, and the result is not the typical short-term gratification, but rather, the longer-term fulfillment from a well-thought-out course of action.
Where sodalite is used
Widely appreciated as a stone of the intellect that is used to enhance one’s quality of thought, focus, and communication, sodalite is also commonly an ornamental gemstone.
Some of the uses of sodalite
Sodalite has its general use as a crystal, including health and spiritual benefits, but is found to be cut and carved for various purposes beyond those seeking mere sodalite meaning.
- Jewelry. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, beads. You name it, where crystals and stones shine, sodalite crystal does them one better, either in their exquisite charms, healing properties, or plain beauty in the face of good economics, particularly when the glamor in a blue stone is hard to resist.
- Ornaments. Figurines, statues, and decor. It’s like gold— but in blue! Whereas sodalite jewelry is chic for you, sodalite ornaments make your home, office, or any room gleam in radiance
- Meditation. Sodalite is among the few crystals seemingly fine-tuned for meditation due to its calming properties as well as its ability to open poignant inspirations of clarity
- Crystal Grid. Amplify your energy with serious manifesting and connect your goal and desire with the power of sacred geometry using a crystal grid. Choose your intention, prepare your sodalite, decide on sacred geometry, then place your sodalite down on your grid then activate it.
- Statues. A blue tectosilicate mineral that’s laced in streaks of white veins and white calcite found in igneous and metamorphic rocks makes for impressive figurines and outright statues that wow as well as beam with energy
- Pyramids. As an attractive vessel for positive energy, a sodalite pyramid placed in the southwest or southeast of your home or office promotes wish fulfillment
- Obelisks. As a stone of insight, what better way to commemorate, honor, and serve someone— or simply adorn a room— than a sodalite crystal in the form of a rectangular pillar with a tapered top forming a pyramid or pyramiding as used in ancient Egypt: the obelisk
- Touchstone. Keep sodalite in your pocket or purse, and during moments of stress, distress, or general discomfort, you’ll find that one of the easiest and most convenient fixes would be a simple touch, holding, or rubbing of your crystal, like a touchstone. If you’re having any difficulty in the areas sodalite is within its best element, such as speaking or thought— where sodalite is known for enhancing communication as well as focus— you can hardly do any worse than enjoy the magic wrought by having a sodalite stone handy.
- Ritual Bath. Sodalite goes a long way as a key component in a chakra balancing ritual bath. But do this with care, avoiding soaking sodalite crystal with long and frequent exposure to water because doing this can make it toxic.
Caveats about sodalite stone
If sodalite as a decorative, ornamental, or stylish piece is located in an area that gets in contact with other objects a lot, such as being mounted on a part of your body that can be moving vigorously, or in touch with other objects, for example— like on a ring on a finger or used as a bracelet— there is a risk of it getting visibly scratched.
This is because sodalite ranks somewhere in the mid-range (5.5 to 6) on the Mohs scale, which, among others is a measure of a mineral’s hardness, particularly the ability of a mineral to get scratched or create non-elastic dislocations visibly. In uses where it is not knocked about regularly— such as in earrings and pendants— that is where it shines best.
Additionally, when used for its metaphysical attributes, it is important to be patient and not expect results overnight. Furthermore, it is said that you can amplify its efficacy when you use it with intent and “program” it with a specific intention consistently before a connection develops and they can start working.
What sodalite stone is good for
With the various metaphysical associations of sodalite made to rational, logical thought, wisdom, and the ability to imbue its holder with the power to communicate effectively, it is no surprise that sodalite helps in objectivity and communication as it is known for healing properties.
- Calmness. Like the first step towards other payoffs, having sodalite in your presence gives you serene calming energies amid a world— or simply your immediate surroundings or situation— gone astray
- Logic. Sodalite promotes rational thought and reasoning that is superior to the normal deductions and inference of people, particularly of the type that helps in situations requiring solutions and a good approach to one
- Clarity. While sodalite assists in logic to help form correct reasoning, it is potently paired with the ability to see things in a way that is clear of the fog of uncertainty and instead imbued with lucid certainty
- Communication. As above, and added by sodalite, when you have a steady approach to things (calmness) and use proper reasoning in your approach and plans (logic) in a way that is clear and without a doubt (clarity), you’re able to communicate with power and persuasion that convinces and converts effectively and dare we say, even effortlessly.
- Cleansing. Among its outward benefits, sodalite cleanses and refreshes one’s body, mind, and soul, giving you inner (and “fresh”) peace
- Charging. As it soothes and cleanses, sodalite can charge you not with energy for the attack, but the energy to endure and succeed
- Emotional Balance. Like calm and the benefits of associated chakras, sodalite promotes a good fit between various elements that make up a person spiritually and emotionally
- Perception. A natural outcrop of clarity, when you are calm, collected, and see things clearly, the perceptions of meaning and insight would come naturally.
- Intuition. On the opposite side of the coin from logic, sodalite promotes the ability to understand and get a feel for something without the need for conscious reasoning. When paired with logic, makes for such a potent combination.
- Intelligence. Sodalite promotes the enhancement of the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and the other qualities mentioned on this list. And then some. See below.
- Wisdom. Similar to the cultivation of traits listed above, wisdom is like the sum greater than all its individual parts. Calmness leads to a methodical approach to doing things and getting them done, while logic serves as a good plan and reasoning behind the approach, while clarity lets one see all, without doubt, enabling more effective communication, and so on, all the way down the list until we hit intelligence, which is then our basis for wisdom, coming full circle in a crystal collection that is given superpowers by the use of sodalite in its core.
What god is sodalite associated with?
While there is a dearth of information pertaining to gods and goddesses associated with sodalite, sodalite crystals are believed to honor at least four far-reaching goddesses:
- Hera, the Ionic and Homeric Greek goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth, who is among the twelve Olympians and is the wife of Zeus.
- Venus, the Roman goddess of love
- Nuit (also “Nut”), a goddess of the sky, stars, and cosmos; the vault of the heavens, which is why Nuit is typically depicted as a naked woman who is covered with stars
- Danu, the Celtic river goddess
(Credit for list: CrystalVaults)
Healing crystals: What they are
People of different cultures dating all the way back to ancient times believed that crystals are elements and compounds that the body responds to in different ways. Such expectations are generally good and are usually predisposed towards crystals that have healing energies, sodalite among them, believing in their ability to produce an outflow of good energy that yields a bountiful range of benefits.
These benefits as they pertain to sodalite are in fact general enough to be a shared package of good tidings among healing crystals in general. These include:
- Reducing anxiety
- Removing stress
- Alleviating pain
- Promoting good vibrations
- Focusing the mind
- Reducing panic attacks
- Alleviating infection and inflammation in the body (for conditions like colds, headaches, fevers, and muscular inflammation)
- Mending deficiencies of chemicals in the body like calcium, reducing acid
- Helping with radiation damage
- Providing comfort
- Addressing trauma
- Boosting the immune system
- Lowering blood pressure
- Alleviating constipation
- Promoting good digestion
- Increases mental health
- Relieve symptoms of menopause
And many more. So much so that specifically, sodalite itself has been used for physical healing in the form of cleansing the lymphatic system and treatment of gland metabolism, retention, and improvement of cellular hydration.
Emotionally, spiritually, and in chakra– meaning healing properties– sodalite shines. (See more on this in the section under sodalite’s association with chakra, below.)
This belief may seem like something that is antiquated in today’s more secular society as a portion of the population, but in truth is a persuasion carried by millions the world over.
These benefits range from the general sense of “feel good” awareness— a positivity that provides endorphins that create a general feeling of well-being, resulting in all the good that comes along for the ride such as higher resistance to illness and disease— all the way to actual physical miracles allegedly manifested by many over the years.
Healing crystals, however, have in their history the agency and formation to be one with the Earth, minerals embedded in rock formations, or the aftermath of eruptions over eons. As such, they retain and exert beneficial energies that connect inhabitants with their geology in ways that mere superstitions cannot.
The science behind the sodalite healing crystal
While scientific research (none of them peer-reviewed) exists maintaining that healing crystals do have a positive effect on people, they are mostly indirect effects that have less to do with the stones themselves as much as the belief that people project onto them.
This means that sodalite healing and benefits accredited to crystals can be misconstrued to be of a placebo effect resulting in the power of suggestion that enables a person’s conviction to kick into high gear and produce the intended effects. If you believe in something so strongly, this autosuggestion is likely to bring about a self-fulfilling prophecy not so much because of the item itself (a healing crystal for example) but the faith one puts in it.
Therefore, arguably that effect and its association to the object demonstrates its validity, however remote. What does it matter if a stone actually has powers, if a person’s acceptance of said powers is enough to bring about unambiguous and favorable results?
Just the same, since crystals are component elements that emanate from deep within the earth and hold energy, then it follows that just as humans are products of energy, then this interplay of energy exchange is clear. If people can get sick from toxins or exposure to radiation from elements (like nuclear fallout), the flip side is that a different combination of energies can also bring healthy results.
The Chakras sodalite is associated with
Chakras are an ancient energy system believed to be energy centers in the body. These bitfields (also known as energy vortices) send and receive energy, affecting nearby organs in ways both physical and not.
A balanced chakra is ideal and provides copious benefits while an imbalanced one spells all sorts of bad news, not necessarily catastrophic but otherwise becomes a basis for a kind of discomfiture or other effects that one would not want to be associated.
A highly spiritual stone, sodalite is linked to chakras whose energies go beyond the mundane.
Third Eye / Brow Chakra
A stone of insight that releases deep intuition, sodalite is known for qualities that promote sound thinking and wisdom. As such, the Third Eye Chakra meshes favorably with sodalite’s associations with insight, emotional and intellectual acuity, and intuition.
The third eye chakra— also known as Ajna, is believed to be honed for perception (and wisdom), awareness, and spiritual communication. It’s as if you’re talking about the properties of sodalite itself. And like sodalite, you attain seeing things with clarity, conviction, and self-awareness with a balanced third-eye chakra. Insight, intuition, and balance follow, in a perfect match for the stone.
While sodalite is believed to assist with balancing metabolism and is able to treat areas of the body that include the throat and related elements such as vocal cords as well as assistance in digestive disorders, its uses go beyond the physical too, as it promotes effective communication and emotional stability.
When the throat chakra is in balance, the ability to be eloquent, communicate effectively, and to be able to express one’s thoughts come more naturally.
However, on the flip side, if your throat chakra is imbalanced, it means energy is obstructed, even obscured, and its effects can be enumerated in a way one would want to avoid.
Just to hammer this important concept home, below are examples of less-than-ideal effects believed by many of a misaligned or imbalanced throat chakra, and its effects can be singular or a mix of various, including a combination of abstract and physical effects:
- Ineffectual communication
- Inability or difficulty expressing o one’s thoughts
- Timidity of expression
- Social anxiety
Physical healing effects:
- Thyroid issues
- Neck pains
- Sore throat
- Jaw pain
- Dental disorders
- Mouth ulceration
- Earaches and hearing problems
The Zodiac Sign that is good for Sodalite
Sodalite is a healing crystal for the zodiac sign Sagittarius.
This Sagittarius connection is as interesting as they get, seeing as Sagittarius is known for curiosity and energy, qualities strongly associated with sodalite.
Also known for its penchant for traveling among the zodiac signs, Sagittarius is associated with an open mind and philosophical view that motivates them to travel and wander about around the world in search of deeper meaning. It’s the kind of peripatetic curiosity that blends perfectly with one of sodalite’s chakras, the Third-eye, for the perpetual search for insight, and understanding of their nature and place in the universe.
After all, being represented by the archer (a half-man, half-horse centaur), Sagittarius seeks insight and answers even in the strangest of places in order to satisfy its quest for knowledge and isn’t afraid to use its bow and arrow to explore the world— nay, the universe— in its epic, unbounded quest for wisdom and knowledge.
Ideal users of sodalite stone
As a fashion item, sodalite fits well as an accessory to just about any casual or elaborate wardrobe. And whereas anyone can enjoy the stylish side of the crystal, adherents to its emotional powers would find that those who seek aid in communication and clarity of thought would find it most expedient.
Pairing sodalite with other crystals
Sodalite is best paired with other stones similar to its diverse associations. This includes stones affiliated with communications or the third-eye chakra, including citrine, moonstone, lapis lazuli, turquoise, or blue lace agate.
The wonders of sodalite capture the interest of a wide range of personalities.
There are classes of people who choose to be empirical and objective about their belief systems, seeking facts more than interpreted truths, and proof instead of perceived benefits. In these, sodalite proves to be a gem in that its encompassing beauty is not just useful in various applications— from decor to jewelry— but when paired with its economies that don’t sacrifice quality— such as being a worthy alternative to the more expensive but also blue crystals like lapis lazuli as well as blue lace agates.
However, there is another group that believes in the healing of crystals in general, for which sodalite healing properties is a perfect fit. These are believers who seek sodalite’s many symbolic benefits— calling it a “Poet’s Stone” for example. But there are also its champions who live by or amplify their life through sodalite’s spiritual and healing factors.
These benefits run the gamut of strong metaphysical properties, classical belief systems (like chakras) as well as belief in the physical deliverance from ailments and bad luck.
In all these, sodalite hits strong nerves just as it does all the right notes. A kind of Goldilocks of crystals where one can avail of the many benefits they provide in general, plus a host of its very own features and perquisites. It is without the high cost of say, a lapis lazuli, yet provides the same kind of attention to those who wear it. A beneficial economy instead of frugality.
Health-wise, while primary health issues require a trained medical professional, sodalite proves to be a complementary aid and alternative medicine whose benefits go beyond the standard, and otherwise provide good fortune to believers.
And there lies its essence: while people say true healing comes from the mind, from within, having sodalite as a tool and charm amplifies one’s convictions to the point that it likely becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, in the same way that many attest to its efficacy.
Otherwise, even skeptics do not deny the simple thrill, enjoyment, and allure of the marvel that is sodalite.
In the undeniable drama contained in a stone, a masterful story woven by its owner, it is therefore in the many different ways they choose to use and benefit from it, that sodalite truly shines, and why you would not be remiss in wanting to get your hands on one. But not just your hands, but your neck, wrist, or desk table as well.