About Apophyllite

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Keep reading to discover more about apophyllite

  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology of Apophyllite

Mineral formula: AB4[Si8O22]X · 8H2O where A = K, Na, NH4, Cs; B = Ca (in apophyllite rootname members), Sr (in mcglassonite rootname member); X = F, OH

Mineral group: member of the phyllosilicate group and now the name of a group of related minerals

Crystal system: tetragonal

Crystal habit: Prismatic, tabular, massive

Cleavage: Perfect on (001)

Fracture: uneven

Color: white, colorless, or pale shades of blue, green, brown, yellow, pink, violet

Luster: vitreous to pearly

Diaphaneity: opaque, translucent or transparent

Moh’s scale hardness: 4½ - 5

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 2.3 – 2.4

Named after:  the Greek for "away from" (ἀπό, apo) and "leaf" (φύλλον, phyllos), in allusion to the way it exfoliates upon heating.

Geological occurrence:  as secondary minerals in vesicles in basalt or other volcanic rocks.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Apophyllite, with its high water content, is stone for journeying, assisting with keeping in touch with the physical body. It enhances clarity of thought, and can be considered a stone of truth, assisting the seeker identify and correct issues within themselves. It has a calming effect, thus is helpful for stress. It can also help to release blockages of all types. A great stone to have with you!

Pyramidal apophyllite crystals, or pyramids carved of apophyllite, are considered to be energizers of the third eye.

Apophyllite works to soothe feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry. By working to absorb negative thought patterns, apophyllite supports creative, productive problem-solving.

Apophyllite is considered by many to be THE stone to assist with reiki, assisting the practitioner to get out of the way of the healing, and the client to have greater reception to the healing.

According to Judy Hall (see below), apophyllite offers the power of vision.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – third eye
    • Green – heart chakra
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 4
  • Zodiac – Libra, Gemini
  • Birthstone – none traditional
  • Wedding Anniversary – none traditional


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.