About Barite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Barite

Mineral formula: BaSO4

Mineral group: Member of the Barite group

Crystal system: Orthorhombic

Crystal habit: Typically found as thick to thin tabular crystals, usually in clusters with the crystals growing parallel to one another, or nearly so. Also as bladed, white masses.

Cleavage: Perfect on {001}

Fracture: Irregular / uneven

Color: clear, white to yellow or gray, brown, blue and intermediate shades.

Luster: vitreous, pearly

Diaphaneity: transparent, or translucent, or opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 3

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 4.5

Named after: the Greek βάρυζ, heavy, due to its unusual heaviness for a non-metallic mineral, in 1800 by Dietrich Ludwig Gustav Karsten

Geological occurrence: Commonly found as a gangue mineral in metallic ore deposits of epithermal or mesothermal origin; but it may also be found as lenses or replacement deposits in sedimentary rocks, both of hypogene and supergene origin.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Barite is a mineral of expansion, encouraging one to pursue one’s dreams without restraint, while enhancing harmony, friendship and love. In this expansiveness it assists the release of trapped emotions and feelings. Barite is also known for promoting independence from the limiting thoughts of other people, or from yourself.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – for yellow barite, the solar plexus chakra; for blue, the throat chakra
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 1
  • Zodiac – Aquarius
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations


* 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.