Not to be confused with lapis lazuli.
Sodalite is a dark blue mineral, commonly found in Brazil, as well as Canada, Ashley Leavy, founder and educational director of the Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy, tells mbg. "It can range from light, medium, to dark blue with white veins or splotches, and sometimes the blue is so dark it looks almost black," she adds.
Today, it's become popularized as a gemstone and can be found in crystal shops everywhere, though Leavy notes it's not one that comes up a lot historically. "I think the one thing that's important to know is that it's frequently confused with lapis lazuli, so it's important that people have identified the correct stone," she explains. (Lapis lazuli is typically a lighter shade of blue, often accompanied by golden streaks.)
Sometimes called "the poet's stone" in the crystal world, sodalite is most well known for its ability to help with communication, which brings us to our next point.
Leavy tells mbg that working with sodalite can help with communication in a lot of different ways, from helping you speak clearly and confidently to keeping you levelheaded in emotionally charged conversations. It's also though to help you to more clearly understand people and the meaning behind their words so you can more effectively communicate with them, she adds, and can even increase group cooperation this way.
Sodalite is also great for enhancing your intuition, Leavy says, adding that it can help you "accurately interpret the guidance that you're receiving."
Because this stone is considered so great for communication, Leavy notes working with it can also encourage truth, particularly when it comes to speaking the truth (or your truth).
Having good communication skills and strong intuition can help people move through the world with courage, so sodalite naturally helps boost confidence this way. It can be a particularly helpful stone to have around when you're standing up for yourself or public speaking, Leavy adds.
"If you tend to kind of get stuck in a loop of negative self-talk, it can help you break through that," Leavy explains.
Lastly, again, this is a stone that is thought to facilitate a clear head. Along with keeping you calm and collected, Leavy says, "It also helps with absorbing new information and learning new things because of its ability to bring some mental clarity."
Thanks to sodalite's ability to keep the mind clear and support the third-eye chakra, it's a good one to use in your meditation practice. You can meditate as you usually do, with the sodalite either in your hand or nearby on an altar.
Leavy says sodalite is an excellent stone to wear as jewlery, particularly as a necklace or earrings, depending on what you're looking for.
If you wanted to speak more clearly and confidently, for example, having it as a necklace near the throat chakra would be best. But if you'd prefer to be a better listener, she says, sodalite earrings would make more sense. "Having it right there near the physical part of your body where you're using your voice is really helpful," she adds.
With your favorite crystals, there is always, of course, the option to simply keep a piece on you when you think you'll need it. "You can hold or rub it like a touchstone if you're feeling like you're fumbling over your words, or you're having a difficult time working up the courage or getting the clarity to say something that needs to be said," Leavy explains.
If you have a crystal grid at home, sodalite would make an excellent addition, Leavy says, especially if you're working on themes like communication, intuition, confidence, and/or mental clarity. (Psst...here's our guide to creating your own crystal grid if your interest is piqued.)
Last but not least, Haugen recommends incorporating sodalite into a chakra-balancing ritual bath, should you be working on supporting or unblocking the third-eye chakra. (You'll find step-by-step instructions for the ritual bath here.)
According to Leavy, sodalite and citrine complement each other well. "They're not quite opposite each other on the color wheel but fairly close," she explains, adding they have a really nice balance of energies. "Whereas citrine has this really vibrant energy, sodalite has a quality that's very calming—so it helps you kind of stay present and think things through instead of just taking rash action," she says.
Along with citrine, other crystals associated with the third-eye chakra would be helpful to use in tandem with sodalite, such as moonstone or lapis lazuli. Stones associated with communication, such as blue lace agate or turquoise, would also make for an effective pairing.
Leavy tells mbg that sodalite doesn't require any special instructions when it comes to cleansing and charging, and your preferred methods should be fine. "I think whatever is convenient and ethical and affordable is a good method, so I usually go for something like sound bathing," she says.
You could also, for instance, leave your sodalite out under the light of the full moon to cleanse and charge it, give it a rinse with water (though you should avoid soaking it), or even use your breath.
Here's our full guide on cleansing and charging crystals for more ideas.
As aforementioned, sodalite is associated with the third-eye chakra, which is all about intuition, imagination, thinking, and wisdom.
Yes, according to Leavy, sodalite can be a good crystal to sleep with because of its connection with intuition. "It can bring intuitive messages in your dreams, so you can pop a small one in your pillowcase or place it on your bedside table," she notes.
Sodalite is great to wear as jewelry and will be particularly more potent if you wear it near the part of the body you're working with. For example, as aforementioned, earrings for better listening or a necklace for improved speaking.
Sodalite has a ton of benefits, with plenty of ways to use it in your everyday life (by itself or with different crystals). Whether your intuition is lacking or you want a bit more confidence when you speak, having a piece of this beautiful blue crystal can help.
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