Magnesite, the Zodiac birthstone for Aquarius, is a soft stone ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 on Moh’s scale. Because of this, it can be easily dyed most any color. Natural stones are most frequently found is shades of white or gray but can also be found in yellow, browns or even pale pink or lilac. It can be found in Austria, Brazil, Korea, China and in the US in California.
Magnesite is thought to have a calming and relaxing effect. It brings resilience and patience as well as promoting a positive attitude towards life. It is also said to “assist in awakening the mind to communication from the heart”. It is said that if a Magnesite stone is placed on the forehead one can feel a rhythmic, pulsing energy as it triggers the opening of the “third eye” of the mind. It may be due to the high magnesium content that Magnesite is said to aid both the emotional and physical bodies in “relaxing and releasing” stored tension or stagnation. It is said to help relieve constipation, muscle spasms and chronic muscular tension caused by stress. It is also thought to enhance brain function, soothe sensitive skin and heal fibroid tumors.