Known by a few names, Iolite is a magnesium iron aluminum cyclosilicate. In mineralogy, this is called Cordierite. The transparent variety is what we see in gemology, and is where we see Iolite name. Iolite comes to us from Greek for violet. It was used primarily by the Vikings for directions. Nicknames for the stone include, “water sapphire and Vikings’ Compass”. Light scattered by air molecules is polarized and in the direction of the polarization is at right angles to the sun, even
when the sun is covered by fog or in winter months, sits below the horizon. Iolite occurs in different color variations from sapphire blue to violet, yellow, light blue depending on the light angle hitting the crystal. Iolite is sometimes used as a substitute for sapphire for this reason. It is much softer and more abundant than sapphire, hence less expensive for commercial markets. Iolite stimulates the inner knowing. It is very useful during shamanic ceremonies as well as reiki treatments. Iolite helps to clear the mind of visions and helps with journeys to visit with spirit guides. Iolite gives off an electrical charge, re energizing the auric field and aligning it. Iolite releases addiction origins and their causes, as well as released codependency traits, allowing the user to expresses themselves, free from the expectations of others.