About Wulfenite

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

Mineralogy and Geology of Wulfenite

Mineral formula: Pb(MoO4)

Grouping: member of Sheelite Group

Crystal system: Tetragonal

Crystal habit: Occurs in many different forms; commonly thin tabular, pseudo octahedral, occasional cubic or pyramidal. Can be granular or massive.

Cleavage: Distinct/good on {011}; indistinct on {001} and {013}

Fracture: Irregular / uneven, subconchoidal

Color: Orange, yellow, reddish-orange, gray, brown, colorless, black

Luster: Adamantine, sub-adamantine, resinous

Diaphaneity: Transparent, translucent, or opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 2 ½ - 3

Specific gravity: 6.5 – 7.5

Named after: Franz Freiherr von Wulfen, a Jesuit brother, in 1845. It was originally known by other names.

Type locality: Bad Bleiberg, Villach-Land District, Carinthia, Austria

Geological occurrence: A secondary mineral typically found as thin tabular crystals in the oxidized zone of hydrothermal lead deposits.

Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Wulfenite assists with dealing with the “roadblocks” of life, recognizing that they do exist, and not allowing them to impede progress. It also is reputed to assist with contact of the spiritual world and to assist with white magic, as it creates a strong connection between this world and higher vibrational dimensions.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – when orange-red, sacral; when golden yellow, solar plexus
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 7
  • Zodiac – Sagittarius
  • Birthstone – no traditional association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional association


* 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.