Properties: This mineral consists of barium sulfate. The baryte group consists of barite, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. Barite is generally white or colorless, and is the main source of barium. Baryte and celestine form a solid solution (Ba,Sr)SO4. Barite is used by the Native Americans in their ceremonial practices. They used it to go from physical matter to the spiritual plane. In dream therapy, barite is used to promote and stimulate the dream state, allowing one to remember their dreams.
Barite has a very strong effect on and is beneficial to the psyche. It is used to assist in psychological issues, particularly obsessive-compulsive behavior, neurosis as well as agoraphobia and obsessive cleaning.
With barite, the mind/body connection is made even stronger as well as assists in healing when it is utilized for its colors. The white or colorless mineral stimulates the entire Chakra energies due to its mineral makeup.
Anglesite (PbSO4) lead sulfate, occurs as an oxidation product of primary lead sulfide ore, galena. occurs as prismatic orthorhombic crystals and earthy mass and is isomorphous with barite and celestine. It contains 74% of lead, is white or gray with pale yellow streaks. It was discovered in the Parys copper mine in Anglesey; the name anglesite, from this locality, was given by F. S. Beudant in 1832.
Anhydrite: (Angelite) is not a common mineral, as it easily alters to the much more common mineral Gypsum from the addition of water into its chemical structure. Anhydrite and Gypsum are chemically almost the same mineral, except Gypsum has the addition of water.
Celestite”The blue variety of Barite is used to stimulate conversation as well as to give the courage needed to speak in front of large crowds. This sky blue colored cluster of crystals, made of orthorhombic structure, is often seen as Celestite or celestine. Celestite has the same structure as Barite (BaSO4), and forms very similar crystals. The two may seem identical by ordinary methods, but a flame test can distinguish them. By scraping the dust of the crystals into a gas flame, the color of the flame will confirm the identity of the crystal. If the flame is a pale green, it is barite, but if the flame is red, it is celestite. The flame test works because the elements barium (Ba) and strontium (Sr) react with the flame and produce those colors. Normally barite is not blue, but many specimens of blue barite are often misidentified as celestite.
Barite Roses: These very unique stone is an aggregate of barite (barium sulfate) crystals and sand whose iron content gives it a reddish hue. The barite crystals form a circular array of flat plates, giving the rock a shape similar to a rose blossom. Rose rocks appear either as a single rose bloom or as clusters of blooms. The rose rock was selected as the official state rock of Oklahoma in 1968.
The rose rocks I have are lovingly hand picked in Oklahoma by Steve Kowalski. These stones are more rare than diamonds due to the fact they only formed in a small area 250 million years ago from a sea eroding barite deposits. American Indian legend tells that spirits of Indian warriors returned to carve the Barite rose. It provides a strong and delicate connection to the spirit world, and assists one on the path toward the journey and the goal. It can help relax the nervous system. In addition to the dream and spiritual journeying, they offer a good solution for relationship loyalty, addiction, cleansing.
Barite roses, which sometimes have a white, red or brown tint to them, are considered “desert roses” and in Native American cultures are believed to be gifts from those who have passed into the spirit world, returning at night to carve out the rose as a gift of rememberance. Barite has a strong grounding quality that assists in matters of money and finance. It does this by clearing obstacles in one’s path and strengthening your resolve. It assists those who may have a very polarized idea about money (its never enough… or you have run up too much debt). It allows us to see the “middle ground” and to find balance in our way of thinking.
Folk Remedies: On a physical level, Barite is used to cleanse the system of toxins, to soothe a nervous stomach and to assist in the healing of addictions. In the 20th century scientists discovered that barite (barium) could protect against dangerous x-rays, radioactivity and ultraviolet radiation. Barite’s protective properties helps those working around computers and those working around low levels of radiation. It is used to reduce the level of skin damage. Therefore, it is useful for treating sunburn. Barite water is used to treat scaly, irritated and inflamed skin. Therefore, it is very useful for acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Another wonderful folk remedy is using barite water to treat fungal infection. Use barite to augment the energy of other stones.
Special note: Barite TOPICAL water can be made by placing this stone in 4 cups of water and placing it in the sun for 48 hours. Strain the concoction into a clean glass with a stopper or cover. Apply this water TOPICALLY ONLY to skin inflammation, dermatitis, acne, fungal infections, eczema, psoriasis and sunburn. NOT for drinking.
Feng Shui: Use in the Center area for health and balance, in the Prosperity corner for balancing your thoughts about money and in the Career area for strengthening your resolve. Add two barite roses to your Relationship corner.
Crystal Cleansing: This stone is self regulating and does not need recharging. To clean, use method 1,2 and 5 – 8
History: Barite (BaSO4) OR Baryte (as it has now been re-classified) is a well-known mineral used in industry and is found in a large range of colors and crystal formations. This mineral is rich in barium. Barium is a chemical element with symbol Ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in Group 2. This soft and silvery metallic alkaline earth metal is non-magnetic. Because of its high chemical reactivity, barium is never found in nature as a free element.
This mineral consists of barium sulfate. The baryte group consists of barite, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. Barite is generally white or colorless, and is the main source of barium. Baryte and celestine form a solid solution (Ba,Sr)SO4.
Barite commonly occurs in large numbers of deposits found in the zinc-lead veins in limestone, within hematite ore and hot spring deposits. It is also found alongside meteorites. Barite often metamorphosis into other minerals, replacing organic materials such as fossils, shells and even wood. Barite is widely used in the manufacturing of paints and coatings.
Barium, is an orthorhombic mineral form of barium sulfate (BaSO4). It is the chief barium ore and is also called barytes and barite. Discoverd only about two hundred years ago, barite was used as a protective stone. It is a white or colorless mineral which is often tinged with blue, brown, gray, red or yellow.
It’s name is derived from the Greek word “barys” meaning heavy. In the 20th century scientists discovered that barite (barium) could protect against dangerous x-rays, radioactivity and ultraviolet radiation. It is also used to add weight to oil well drilling mud to keep oil in the drill hole and prevent oil from gushing out of the hole. Barite is found all over the world either in masses, crystals or the famous desert rose. Some of the many countries are Mexico, Canada, England and the USA.