Labradorite is a variety of feldspar that looks unassumingly dull and grey, till light hits the inclusions of magnetite crystals in it. This crystal displays an interesting property called labradorescence. When viewed from a particular angle, a schiller effect is observed, i.e. a colourful play of light across cleavage planes and sliced layered sections, in colors that range from shimmering violets, peacock blues, greens and yellows, in varied combinations. This makes it a crystal that helps us shift our perspective, and hence our awareness. The multiple colours also make for different possibilities in energy healing.
Labradorite is often called a magical stone. It helps one steer through periods of transformation and is highly protective of the aura. It prevents energy leaks from the auric field, in any kind of relationships with other people. It is, therefore, a good stone to wear when one is feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Labradorite is said to enhance psychic abilities, especially when used with other brow chakra stones like Lapis lazuli and Shattuckite. It brings hidden issues to surface, including feelings and memories from the sub-conscious mind, and Judy Hall believes, it even brings up psychic debris from past lives, in order to banish fear and “helps strengthen faith in self and trust in the universe” (The Crystal Bible, 2003, pg. 170). Like any multi-coloured stone, it resonates with more than one chakra, and can therefore be worn at the ears (for clairaudience), higher heart chakra, or used in meditation at the third eye or be programmed for use with the crown and higher chakras. It can be used with many other stones like Moonstone, Sunstone, Pietersite, Magnesite, as well as its own sister variety, which is Yellow Labradorite, a stone used for channelling.
Apart from these esoteric properties reported by various users, Labradorite comes in useful for emotional and physical healing. It regulates metabolism, improves digestion and eases menstrual tensions. It is also useful in dealing with gout and rheumatism. It lowers blood pressure, perhaps because it lowers stress and anxiety. It helps heal disorders of vision.
Another mysterious quality attributed to it by certain crystal therapists is synchronicity as well as serendipity. It allows one to be at the right place at the right time. It also increases one’s patience and teaches one the right timing to take action.
This mysterious and mystical stone is a calming and protective companion for periods of transformation.