Stibnite forms some of nature’s most outstanding natural crystals that arrange themselves in complex, elegant shapes. Stibnite crystals are long, slender and prismatic. They have at first a silver, metallic luster and over time, take on colorful Iridescence.
Stibnite is the primary ore of antimony, which is an important mineral in the modern world for scientific and industrial applications. It also has very specific medical uses.
The ancient Egyptians used Stibnite to create a shimmery eye make up and aid in curing eye infections. A vase made from Stibnite derived antimony was found at Telloh, Chaldea, and dates back to 3000 BC.
Well-formed Stibnite specimens are sought by collectors for their rare natural beauty and Stibnite has a metaphysical healing reputation that spans thousands of years across multiple societies.
Stibnite as a Healing Crystal
Stibnite was used medicinally by some of mankind’s earliest civilizations to treat eye infections and other maladies. While this is not recommended today, we do use Antimony in certain medications. In metaphysical crystal healing, Stibnite is now more commonly associated with its non-physical healing properties like being able to sense changes in the body and increase awareness of our own physical state. It is also useful for healers or therapists working to detect underlying issues.
Stibnite as a Crystal of the Underworld
Rebirth and Manifestation
Stibnite was a mysterious and enchanting mineral to ancient peoples. And still, its strangely beautiful appearance sparks the imagination. Along with being a cosmetic and medicinal stone, Stibnite was linked with the underworld and its ruler, Pluto. Pluto precedes Hades and is a more caring and protective figure than the malevolent Hades. Pluto is a figure of discipline and protection as well as a provider - Pluto was seen as responsible for providing the ‘seeds of wealth’ because mineral wealth was found in the earth. Seeds also grow in the Earth and so there is some control over the harvest.
In modern Crystal metaphysics, Stibnite is strongly associated with Pluto and the concepts of rebirth and manifestation. Stibnite calls upon the ancient powers of the underworld to bring a bountiful harvest. But we ‘reap what we sow’ so to speak. Stibnite is also somewhat of a ‘trickster’ in that we may receive an excess of what we intend. Or, if we are not deliberately well-meaning in intention, it will act as a dark mirror. The most common example would be the manifestation of wealth which can bring untended consequences or complications. Sodalite is recommended to be paired with Stibnite when using it for manifestation to bring us clarity of intention and foresight.
Stibnite as a Crystal for Change
Stibnite is a mineral filled with potential energy. Elementally, it is a crystal of fire, its energy is one that inspires action and sparks or rekindles passions. Thought to be a stone of change, Stibnite is often used when one is working to make a significant change in themselves or their circumstances. Stibnite also has an association with luck and chance. It is said to increase co-incidence or perhaps heightens our awareness of such synchronicity.
Early in our history, Stibnite was recognized as a stone of change and creation; George Starkey was a colonial American Alchemist who, through his work in chemistry, would have a lasting impact on the science throughout history. But he might be better known for his work in alchemy and his quest for the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ which he believed Stibnite was a precursor to. There are many manuscripts that mention the potential of Stibnite, whether it be scientific or magical.
Stibnite is a stone used to bring about great change and the beginning of any great change is a significant event. Stibnite is thought to help us find where to start a new journey or bring new paths to light.
Stibnite as a Crystal for Illumination and Revelation
Knowledge, Power, New Paths
As a stone of Pluto, Stibnite Deeply connected to the subconscious and otherworldly where hidden knowledge lies. Stibnite may be a bringer of new paths, but it does not necessarily show us which path to take. Stibnite illuminates all paths, and it is our job to choose which information is beneficial. Sphalerite is often used in conjunction with Stibnite when seeking knowledge, as Sphalerite is a stone of truth and improved judgment.