The name ‘chiastolite’ derives from the Greek chiastos meaning “cross marked” – its most distinctive feature being that it appears with the shape of (you guessed it!) a cross formed from graphite in the stone itself.
Chiastolite is a very protective stone – historically, the cross-shape was said to ward off the ‘evil eye’, or the negative intentions/influences of others. Overall, in fact, the stone exhibits a number of very protective qualities – but unlike many other protective stones, chiastolite’s energy focuses as much on resolving underlying problems as it does protecting you from the more obvious ones.
A Simple Practice for Releasing Negativity
Most protective practices ‘repel’ negative energy – not allowing it to attach itself to you, but not necessarily getting rid of it. We can use chiastolite in this practice for those who want a slightly more positive approach!
As with all practices that involve stones or other physical objects, I recommend cleansing your materials prior to using them with white sage smoke.
- After cleansing for the first time, begin carrying your chiastolite, in your pocket or purse, wherever you are likely to run into a source of negativity or conflict.
- When you encounter the source of the conflict, grasp the stone in your hand and squeeze as hard as you can. Feel the disruptive energy associated with the situation pass from the source, through you, and back out into the stone. It is best to do this during, or soon after, the situation in question.
- At this point, the negative energy generated by the situation is trapped safely within the stone.
- Later, when you have the opportunity to do so, take the stone out of your pocket and, taking the deepest possible breath, submerge it in running water (Rivers and natural bodies of running water are best, but the sink works perfectly well for this. Avoid sources of water that recirculate, like fountains).
- Keeping the stone submerged, slowly let out your breath and allow the energy trapped in the stone to be carried away by the living water.
- Repeat as necessary!
Earth Lore, of course, carries chiastolite stones at both stores, as well as white sage.