Sunstone was not commonly available until recently. It is a yellow, orange, to brown red stone with iridescent reflexions and is a member of the feldspar group. It is also known as Aventurine feldspar, but is not often referred to by this name.
The Greeks believed that Sunstone protected the earth from calamities and kept the sun on its correct course. During the Renaissance it was associated with the sun because of its shimmering golden-orange colour.
Believed by ancient magicians to be a piece of the sun, Sunstone was a prized possession and was used to attract the strength of the sun and its associated power and wealth. It is commonly associated with the Phoenix that appeared at the first sunrise.
It is a joyful, light inspiring stone which often instils the feeling of joie de vivre; it is good natured and heightens your intuition. It is a protective and powerful stone that adds its energy to other stones. This stone is traditionally linked to benevolent gods and is believed to bring luck and good fortune. Sunstone facilitates self-empowerment, independence and vitality.
Sunstone is often used along with Moonstone in Solstice rituals, either on the altar or by having the priest wearing Sunstone and the priestess wearing Moonstone, which together represent the balance of power between the physical, psychic and spiritual attributes.
Sunstone is extremely useful for removing 'hooks' or 'chording' from other people whether located in the chakras or the aura. It lovingly returns the connection to the other person. It is most effective on the 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra, but will clear all chakras, and will assist with self nurturing.
Sunstone is also said to be helpful in contacting animal or spirit guides.
Sunstone has a very positive effect upon your psyche; it promotes good humour, cheerfulness and an even temper. It may restore life’s sweetness and help you to nurture yourself. It may well provide the necessary stamina and energy to undertake projects and tasks that you could find daunting, and will overcome procrastination if this is holding you back.
It offers self confidence and helps you to discover your nature and live accordingly. It assists in maintaining a positive attitude towards life, revealing inherent strengths while allowing the sunny side of your personality rise to the forefront. Sunstone also helps you to maintain a beneficial sexual relationship.
Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty saying "no" to people, and if you continually make sacrifices for others. Sunstone will detach your feelings of being discriminated against, disadvantaged or abandoned. It will remove inhibitions and hang-ups, and reverse feelings of failure. Remove co-dependence. It will increase feelings of self-worth, and confidence, encouraging optimism and enthusiasm. It will switch all feelings to a positive take on things. Even the most incorrigible pessimist will respond to Sunstone.
Sunstone is a powerful stone for dispelling fears and phobias of all kinds. It is also a leadership stone that brings forth leadership qualities.
Sunstone stimulates your self healing powers. It stimulates the autonomic nervous system and enhances the harmonious functioning of all the body's organs. It will treat chronic sore throats and relieves the pain of stomach ulcers. It is also known to relieve cartilage problems, rheumatism and general aches and pains.
Sunstone is beneficial for general health and maintaining physical energy. It is exceptionally good for Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). It acts as an antidepressant and will free you from feelings of discrimination and failure. Sunstone easily increases a sense of self-esteem as well as self-worth.
Sunstone is particularly beneficial when used in the sunlight.