Written By Liz Oakes
The Sunstone has a strong solar energy, and embodies within it the warmth, strength, and openness of the sun.
They awaken cosmic consciousness which makes them strong stones for the more challenging times we are living in.
This is an excellent healing crystal for a number of reasons but they are especially known to assist those with seasonal affective disorder or SAD.
They also help to release stress, boost the metabolism and digestion which may aid weight loss.
They aid mental clarity and help you to be open to blessing others with your personal abilities and gifts and may also enhance your creativity.
These golden stones are a powerful aid to bring joy and other positive feelings into your life, and have a number of other healing properties.
They are beneficial healing crystals for you to use when you feel that life is no longer pleasant, as these stones help you to feel that life is worth living!
Deposits of this stone have been found in Norway, Greece, Russia, India, Canada and the USA. Its color is yellow, orange or red-brown.
The meaning of this stones name relates to the fact that these crystals have lovely sparking inclusions distributed through the stone.
So it is these shining bright orange sparkling areas of the stone is what has given it the Sunstone name.
It often has quite transparent areas in the stone where you will see tiny pieces of Hematite or Goethite, like in the photos here, including the pendant below.
This gorgeous sparkling effect is known as schiller, and is particularly obvious in pieces known as Lava Fire Sunstone.
In some places the stone is known as Aventurine Felspar, but the name is not commonly used as its too close to the name of Aventurine stones, especially the orange and peach Aventurine stones.
They are strong stones to enhance leadership qualities, although this leadership is from a new way of thinking.
This leadership brings the aspects of responsibility for being of service and aiding others to help themselves on their journey.
This stone embodies a useful energy to relieve stress, and is particularly helpful if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder during the shorter days of the year.
It carries a strong anti-depressant vibration and a Sunstone is effective if you are feeling stressed.
The spiritual meaning of these crystals relates to their powerful energy to support and assist the development of the Merkabah within the Lightbody.
Their vibration has a strong action to help spiritual healing, and through this you may awaken your cosmic consciousness.
By the action of these stones to enhance this area of your life, you will create a more simple and straightforward way of thinking.
It is a strong manifestation stone and will bring the things that you most desire, in the best manner for your overall spiritual growth.
Used at the solar plexus chakra they may aid you to manifest money if that is what your highest and best needs are at the time.
By creating an improved state of consciousness you may enhance your effectiveness at manifesting, and the overall health of this chakra may also improve.
These stones have a number of healing properties that may be of value. As they create an overall increase in the vital force of your body this is quite beneficial.
They are said to aid you if you suffer from a constant or chronic sore throat. In the past they have been used to assist muscle and cartilage problems.
It is said that if you have aching feet, issues in the spine or are suffering from rheumatism that it could be helpful to sit with your feet on a piece of this stone.
These are also good stones to use for weight loss for a number of reasons. This includes their action to aid the metabolism and the digestion and to release stomach tension.
Their action within the solar plexus chakra is also beneficial for weight loss, as it can stimulate your willpower.
Their energy will enhance your creativity and may help you to be open to blessing others with your personal abilities and creative gifts.
If you are feeling that life is not what you want it to be, these stones may help you to feel better.
For anyone who is stressed or who is feeling depression, using a Sunstone may help you.
The energy of these stones help you to release anxiety and stress and will stimulate mental clarity and clear thinking.
The Sunstone will help you to increase the flow of life-force energy within the the sacral chakra as well as the solar plexus or power chakra, and will activate and align these chakras.
By assisting the movement of energy within the chakras above and below the sacral or navel chakra, they help to clear feeling of lethargy and lassitude and stimulate increased enthusiasm.
These are excellent stones to enhance leadership qualities, and may aid you to help yourself and encourage others to help themselves.
These bright stones embody warmth, strength and vitality within them, which makes them positive stones to improve your life.
These lovely bright crystals are also beneficial to bring positive changes to your love life, by stirring romance into life, and enhancing sensuality.
When you use these stones at the sacral chakra, they help to galvanize the fire in your spirit, assisting you to feel an increase of vitality and enthusiasm for life.
This may also have an advantageous effect on your sexuality, aiding those who feel that their intimate relationships are lacking appeal, to gain interest in stirring romance back to life.
As you continue to improve the flow of energy to the lower chakras you may eliminate problems that have been causing lack and limitations, including in the bedroom.
By boosting your excitement about life and animating your desire to take action they are excellent stones to animate your love life, bringing fire to your intimate relationships!
By their action to light a spiritual fire within you, they help to arouse dormant emotions and to sharpen old feelings and desires that have been slumbering, waiting to be awakened.
Have you been affected by the SAD disorder? Many people find that in wintertime, when the days are shorter, that they begin to feeling depression caused by the season.
Sunstones are effective to help you if you find that in winter you suffer from the SAD disorder, as they bring warmth and strength while helping to relieve stress.
Enhancement of the third eye chakra may be an added benefit of wearing Sunstone earrings, which will stimulate this area.
It may be especially useful for you to wear rings made from this stone as jewelry.
If you wear a ring made from this stone on your healing or dominant hand, it will help you to aid others.
It will accentuate your healing energies and bring through a variety of blessings to others.
These stones are a powerful aid for bringing an increase of abundance and prosperity into your life.
They will help you to attract into your life the things you most wish for, and aid you to achieve your deepest aspirations and goals.
Sunstone rings are not common, but if you can obtain one they are powerful to wear.
Worn on the receptive hand, they assist you to be open to receive the things you most wish for or desire.
Lovely Sunstone jewelry is easy to buy, as these vibrant stones are found on the zodiac birthstones list. These stones embody potent healing qualities that will re-energize your body.
They are both a Leo birthstone and a Libra birthstone, and they make beautiful and quite unusual birthstone jewelry.
Wearing it as earrings or a lovely pendant may aid you to unite the energy of the will, from the solar plexus chakra, with the vibration of the heart chakra.
They are very effective if you are feeling anxious or stressed, as they embody a sound anti-depressant vibration.
If you use it during meditation and place it at the third eye chakra it is said to allow you to see your highest path of action in any situation.
Wearing Sunstone earrings or if you'd prefer a pendant or ring made from this stone, may aid you to break the sometimes loving binds that have kept you from living your authentic life.
Many of you have people in your life that you have difficulty in saying 'no' to.
The energy of these bright sparking stones may assist you to let go of people in your life that no longer serve your best interests.
If you wish to enhance your intuition, their vibration will also help you to do this, and they may aid you to bring dishonesty to light.
These lovely crystals may be called a truth detector, especially if you are in business. Using this stone may assist you when you are doing business dealings, to be sure that the other party is speaking the truth.
The picture below is of a fairly new find of naturally occurring Iolite Sunstone. This stone embodies a combination of both minerals, separate but together.
This mixture is an alternative to using Sunstone as it has the energy of both stones.
If you wish to obtain spiritual aid, combine it with the magical qualities of the Labradorite Crystals which may bring you help from those in spirit.
Using Sunstone with the beautiful Rainbow Moonstone in particular, is a lovely combination, that balances the male-female energies. This is powerful for people of both sexes to do.
Other stones you may choose to use with it to help to balance male female energies includes Purple Scapolite or Poppy Jasper.
To strengthen its vibration to manifest abundance, including money, combine it with any of the solar plexus chakra stones, such as Fire Agate, Amber Stone, Chrysoberyl or Yellow Apatite.
To accentuate its ability to aid you with seeing who is telling you the truth, combine it with White Topaz, which is also known as Silver or Clear Topaz, Blue Euclase, Montebrasite or Blue Azurite.