Barite, also known as “heavy spar,” is the main source of the heavy metal barium. Its name derives from the Greek word “barus” meaning “heavy.” It frequently occurs in limestone, hot spring deposits, and with hematite ore. The range of colors for barite includes blue, white, grey, yellow, brown, and a brownish-rose. It is transparent to translucent to opaque. It is sometimes multi-colored and banded with stripes.
According to the legends of the Native American religion, it is said that Indian warriors, who had progressed from the physical world to the spiritual realm, reappeared at night and carved the barite roses. These carved roses were spread about so that those on the physical dimension would not know where the warriors had gathered.
Barite comes from a number of areas including Italy, Morocco, England, Australia, Belgium, South Africa, and the United States (Arizona, Oklahoma, and Nevada). It is used in the manufacture of paper, glass, and rubber and is also utilized in radiology for x-rays of the digestive system. This mineral crystallizes in several different forms including:
-Tabular: Flat, tough, four sided crystal.
-Stalactitic: Icicle-like formations.
-Fibrous: Fine, parallel threads; some fibrous formations are flexible and can be bent around.
-Rosette Aggregate: A grouping or cluster of crystals that markedly resemble roses.
-Plate-Like Masses: Small, flat, and flaky crystals.
Metaphysical Properties of Barite
– A unique stone for use in healing of the Earth.
-Signifies the understanding that all things are possible.
-Enhances companionship, harmony, and love.
-“The message which the energy of this rose conveys is that the most sacred areas of ones life are those in which ancient hatred has been transformed to present love.” (Melody, pg. 146).
-Initiates self-sufficiency and motivation.
-Facilitates the release of emotions and feelings that have been “locked up.”
-Encourages one in reaching personal freedom from the “requirements” of others and of oneself.
-Eradicates pain and brings peace, tranquility, and quietness to the inner self.
-Supports a strong, yet fragile, bond to the spiritual world.
-Cleanses and stimulates the throat chakra.
-Helps in restoring intuitive energies.
-Creates motivation to pursue ones goals, or “go for” ones dreams, without any limitations.
-Eases shyness and allows for communication of new thoughts and ideas.
-Assists one on their spiritual journey.
Healing Properties of Barite
-Gets rid of toxins from the body.
-Supports one in recovering from addictions.
-Soothes the nervous system.
The astrological sign for barite is Aquarius. It vibrates to the number one.
Melody. (1995). Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals. Wheat Ridge, Colorado: Earth-Love Publishing House.