Maori Greenstone aka Pounamu Stone...

Highly Protective Magical Mystical Vibration...

Written By Liz Oakes

Maori Greenstone is a lovely soothing heart based stone that may ease stress and depression. For hundreds of years it has been used by the Maori people to create amulets to wear for protection.

It has a mystical energy and has long been believed to be a magical stone that will  help you to live a long life, and is commonly given to family members or as a gift of friendship.

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Pieces of the stone are often passed on through the family to children or grandchildren, as it is believed that they help those who wear them to make contact with ancestors in the spirit world.

They embody a strong earth based vibration, and they may be beneficial to use to create a protective grid for a number of reasons.

Where Is It From? Meaning Of Maori Greenstone

The meaning of this stone relates to the name of the Maori people, who are the original native people of New Zealand.

The common English name of this stone was Greenstone, and this relates to its color and may also be because Greenstone may be one of a few different minerals.

The meaning of Maori Greenstone relates to:

  • This stone actually comes from New Zealand, where it has been in use for hundreds of years by the Maori people
  • It has traditionally been carried or worn as a talisman to confer protection.
  • Maori Greenstone has a number of names, including being called Pounamu Stone, Tangawaite or Tangiwai.
  • The last three are words from the Maori language, and these names from the Maori language are commonly used in New Zealand, especially Pounamu stone.

It was first called Greenstone by Europeans who came to colonize New Zealand, and who had little knowledge about the stones make-up.

  • Its color is green, in shades from a lighter pale green, to apple green and with some being quite dark green.
  • The stones that are called Greenstone can be made from various minerals, and their color will depend on the actual mineral mix in the stones.
  • Many pieces are quite translucent and may have streaks of black or white through the stone.
  • The most common minerals in these stones are a type of green Serpentine found in New Zealand, Nephrite Jade or Bowenite.
  • Nephrite Jade is harder so is the preferred stone for fashioning into amulets.

Why Would You Use Pounamu stone?

These stones have a number of metaphysical properties that make them sought after by the Maori people.

One of the foremost and common reasons that they are used is as an authentic symbol of love, friendship and appreciation for another person

Amulets made from this stone are often passed down to children or grandchildren, as keeping them in the family line is an important role for them.

They are well known as a stone that brings magic into play in your life, promote a longer life.

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They may be kept on the body as talismans, and they are also sought after for their strong action to confer protection.

Their energy is calming so this may help you to deal with any fear related to any situation where you feel you need them, and are known to help those with a fear of heights commonly called acrophobia.

These crystals vibrate within both the heart chakra and the solar plexus chakra, which is known to support a growth in your self esteem.

How Will Greenstone Help You?

All types of Greenstone including Bowenite stone have an excellent action to create a protective barrier around you to bring protection from any type of negativity.


This includes its action to prevent psychic attack. It forms an impenetrable barrier when held or kept on you, which is a good reason to wear a pendant made from the stone.

How To Use It? Wearing Maori Greenstone...

Maori Greenstone is commonly seen made into amulets or pendants and they are usually carved by New Zealand artisans into long established quite traditional shapes.

These  green stones may be given as a gift of gratitude to someone who has helped you or to a family member as mentioned above.

As well they may simply be given as a gift to someone who does not have one, as it is a custom that you do not buy it for yourself.

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This stone is an Aquarius birthstone that is believed to give magical powers to those who keep it on their body.

For many hundreds of years they have been worn to shield the wearer from negative influences, and are still commonly worn because they are highly protective.

These crystals are beneficial to wear for quite a few other reasons.

They embody within them life-force energy that you can utilize to assist you when you are feeling like your energy is depleted and they are helpful if you are feeling anxious or stressed.

What Are The Healing Attributes Of Maori Greenstone?

These stones commonly sell under the name Bowenite. They have a number of useful healing attributes including:

  • Their energy is well known to aid depression and anxiety and to relieve stress.
  • They resonate strongly within the heart chakra region, and are known to bring an influx of healing energy or chi into the body.
  • Greenstones are said to be anti-aging, and may help you when you are particularly tired or are lacking strength or stamina.
  • Their vibration may assist the healing of issues within the heart and lungs, and these stones are particularly known to help to stabilize cholesterol and aid vein related problems.
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These healing stones are known to help you to assimilate Vitamins A and D and may support meticulous RNA/DNA structures.

They have long been known as a stone to aid longer life, and this may relate to how the chi energy flows through the entire body to help to create a feeling of increased well-being.

At these times it may be helpful to keep it on your body or locate it close by.

Who Should Use It? My Final Thoughts...

It is believed that Tangawaite stones can assist you with past life exploration through contact with ancestors in the spirit world.

They have a good resonance within the third eye chakra and may be beneficial when used on the forehead, or generally within this chakra.

They are useful stones to keep under the pillow both to aid restful sleep by calming stress and also for their action to help you to remember your dreams.


In summary: if you are moving house and would like to emotionally remove yourself finally from both the emotional energy related and specific people that you might have been in a relationship with,  using this stone may be helpful.

Gridding your new place of residence with these stones may help to relieve any stress or anguish related to past events, and it may also help you to release habits that are not in your best interest.

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves."  Gail Lumet Buckley, writer.

About Bowenite...

Bowenite has been found in a number of locations, including in New Zealand, where it has traditionally been used and revered by the Maori people. It is one of the possible minerals that make up Maori Greenstone.

Greenstone is well known for being highly protective and is said to emit a protective field of energy that deters those who may mean you harm.


It is a stone that is useful when you are moving locations, as it assists you to let go of the past and to embrace the changes that your life brings.

It has a lovely energy with beneficial crystal properties that may assist those who feel depressed, anxious or stressed, and it will help you to feel lighter and more liberated about your life circumstances.

Combining It With Other Stones

This stone has a quite mystical or magical vibration that is wonderful to use in your daily life.

If you'd like to boost the level of magic in your life, use some of the other magical stones along with it such as Hypersthene, Labradorite, Merlinite, Chalcopyrite, Blue Barite, Nuummite or Black Onyx as they also carry a quite mystical energy.

This is a good stone to help with stress relief and while it may be highly beneficial when used alone, using it with stones such as Lilac Lepidolite, Rose Quartz and Aquamarine may be beneficial.

This stone has traditionally been used to provide a shield from enemies, as it is known to radiate a protective field around it and the person wearing it.

There are also other crystals that you can also use for this purpose, and using them in combination, especially if you feel a need for additional security can be highly beneficial.

Some of the other stones that also provide a protective shield of energy includes Aegirine, Pyrolusite, Aurichalcite, Tantalite, Fire Agate, Limonite, Cookeite  and Black Tourmaline.


More Pictures Of Maori Greenstone aka Bowenite... 

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