Peridot is a fascinating, yet underrated crystal healing stone to work with. It has a very rich, deep, and interesting web of connections with the history of the Heavens and the Earth.
Peridot is the French word for, “olivine.” It is also known as, and less commonly referred to as Chrysolite. When the stone is referred to as peridot, it actually describes a high grade, gem-quality stone of Olivine that is clear, translucent and with a bright greenish color. The clear, glassy and bright green qualities are distinguishing of a peridot. Otherwise, Olivine is named for the more common ‘grade’ of the stone, and exhibits a visible cloudiness or milkiness.
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August, commonly associated with the zodiac fire sign, Leo. It is a stone of the light, the heart, the Earth and the stars.
Geologically, it is thought to be the most abundant crystal formation at the mantle of the Earth. One way that olivine is discovered or acquired, is from sites where there is a history of volcanic activity.
During an explosive volcanic eruption, olivine crystals are ejected into the air and covered with liquid magma. The rapid cooling turns the formation into somewhat of an instantaneously-made geode called an Olivine Bomb.
The outer ‘crust’ of an olivine bomb is a basalt layer of cooled molten lava, and the inside is a sparkling drusy conglomerate of olivine, fused together as a result of the super-heating and rapid cooling.
More interestingly is that peridot is also known as an extraterrestrial gemstone. Peridot crystals are found on deep-space asteroids, formed over 4 billion years ago as the Earth, stars, and other planets were still forming. These extraterrestrial specimens that have fallen to Earth come from Pallasite meteorites. Referred to as “Palladots,” these are thought to be the purest and most pristine formations of peridot available. Due to their quality and rarity, “palladots” are quite expensive and may be difficult to obtain.
It is said that features of extraterrestrial peridots had originally set the standard for which gemologists grade peridot by, and distinguishes the best peridots from the more abundant olivine.
The fascinating, formative origins of olivine and peridot have special significance for crystal healing. The stones carry a connection with the abyssal reaches far below Earth’s surface, to the far-reaching beginnings of our solar system and even perhaps our home galaxy. It is worthwhile to connect with its origins as well as the following metaphysical properties to facilitate thorough and meaningful spiritual healing:
Metaphysical Meaning and Properties
As a yellow-green stone, it is perfect to use for aligning the 3rd and 4th chakras. It inspires us to take action from the heart.
Because it functions well to assist at the solar plexus and heart levels, it is wonderful to use for emotional disorders known to affect the endocrine system which includes the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and spleen.
It is a silicate stone composed with high traces of magnesium. Peridot is great for healing emotional issues connected to root dysfunctions associated with the bones, and for digestive organs including the large and small intestines. It can be used to help with emotionally healing our relationship with the cycles of life and how they flow; reflected as having a connection to circulatory organs such as the lungs, and of course, the heart.
As a stone that, in the heavens has traveled for billions of years, and as an abundant stone formed over billions of years within the depths of the Earth, peridot vibrates very strongly with the energy of ‘release.’ Peridot is magical and effective for learning to detach and let go. It is also a stone that reflects tremendous patience in the most chaotic of circumstances. Peridot will show us the glimmering light of love during times of tremendous upheaval.
Lightweight and typically small, this stone is potent and has a wonderful, uplifting energy that is nurturing, patient and accepting. In essence, peridot connects to the action of the heart, working from benevolent virtues.
Its metaphysical properties can be used for energizing or for clearing. It is not recommended to leave the stone in sunlight, but rather to cleanse or clear it by moonlight, salt or soil.
It is a joy to work with, no matter if the grade or clarity is that of the common olivine or gemmy peridot. If peridot didn’t previously resonate with you for use, perhaps the history of its origins and uses for healing will open new opportunities to work with.
Blessings of good health and heart-based healing,