Barite - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Barite (also known as Baryte or Heavy Spar)  is a Sulfate mineral of the Barite group and consists of barium sulphate. Other Barite groups include anhydrite, anglesite and celestine.


The stone is formed in a quantity of depositional environments and can be formed through a number of processes, some which include hydrothermal, evaporation and biogenic, among others.


Barite occurs commonly in hot spring deposits, hematite ore, limestones and lead zinc veins. It is also known to be identified with meteorites. It can form in the tabular formation which is referred to as the desert rose.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Barite crystals belong to the Orthorhombic system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.

The name derives from the Greek word for heavy, hence the alter name , heavy spar.


When it forms in the tabular it has been likened to a desert rose and native american mythology associated this with Indian Warriors returning in the night to carve the roses. It is said that where they were found in large numbers, was where these warriors had gathered.



Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Barite appears in many shapes and colours which can be opaque, and, at some times, transluscent or transparent.


Primary Barytes refer to the first marketable product which includes those found through tabling, flotation, washing, jigging and media separation. These are crude forms and require upgrading to a minimum density or purity.


Most barites are crushed to be used as industrial filler. Some are cut for jewellery yet as the stone is a soft 3-3.5 on the Moh scale; this is in small quantities.



Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Barite is associated, as a group, with:


  • Celestine
  • Anglesite
  • Anhydrite


It is also known as a variety of names which include:


  • Barytine
  • Barytite
  • Schwerspath
  • Baryte
  • Heavy Spar
  • Tiff
  • Blanc Fixe


Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Barite crystals.


Mental: Barite crystals are known to produce verbal clarity and aid in the formulation of words. It is also an aid to the strengthening of the memory.
Emotional: The crystal helps to alleviate anxiety and confusion. It also helps to reduce shyness. It aids in the release of trapped feelings and promotes independance and motivation.
Physical: Barite is a strong healer of addiction and the removal of toxins from the body. It strengthens sensitivity to colds and alleviates stomach aches and sore throuts. Barite is also great for improving posture.


Crystal Chart - Barite


Crystal: Barite
Mineralogy: Barium Sulphate
Geometric form: Orthorhombic
Formation: Primary and / or Secondary
Family: Sulfate
Birthstone: Barite is associated with the Astrological sign of Aquarius.


Appearance: Pearly, vitreous, soft, brittle and can be transparent to opaque.
Aura: Barite is a dispeller solidifier which helps to rid the aura of the unwanted and banish cravings and habits that are obstacles to success.
Colour: Colours range from brown, grey, yellow, white and light shades of blue. Barite can also appear in colourless form.
Chakra: Barite is known for its ability to aid in the balance of many of the upper Chakras. It is associated with the Throat Chakra.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary