Cinnabar - 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.
Cinnabar is a Sulfide mineral that is a common ore of mercury. It generally occurs in vein fills associated with recent volcanic activity and alkaline hot springs.

The stone is deposited by aqueous solutions of epithermal ascension that appear near the surface and are not red hot which can be far removed from their igneous rock source.


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. Cinnabar crystals belong to the Trigonal 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.
Cinnabar was used in ancient South America as a pigment for art. It was also processed into a fine mercury for gilding objects. It was known for its toxicity to humans and the mining of the stone was seen as a death sentence to the ancient Romans.


The stone has been widely used for its colour. The Olmec culture used it extensively and it was found in the royal burial chambers during the Mayan Civilisation where in Palenque, the tomb of the Red Queen was found with her remains and associated objects covered with the bright red powder from Cinnabar.


In China, the Song Dynasty employed Cinnabar in carved lacquerware where it was made less toxic through entraining the powdered pigment. Modern times saw the jewellery industry use a resin based polymer as a substitute for the toxicity.


Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Cinnabar is found sometimes in crystals with a non-metallic, adamantine luster but it mainly appears as large granules or earth form deposits.


The crystals are sometimes twinned and appear with distinctive spikes with six ridges around the point of a pyramid. It has an uneven to sub-conchoidal fracture and is very soft with a Mohs Scale rating of 2-2.5.


The Cinnabar crystal is used mainly for decorative purposes due to its striking scarlet and red colours.


Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Other varieties of Cinnabar include and are not limited to;


  • Hypercinnabar
  • Metacinnabarite
  • Hepatic Cinnabar
  • Synthetic Cinnabar



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 Cinnabar crystals.


Mental: Cinnabar is a fantastic aid to problems of concentration, providing a focus of the mind. It is said to have benefits relating to the industries of finance and business.
Emotional: The crystal helps to ease restlessness and nervousness. It also aids other forms of instability by providing focus and grounding.
Physical: Cinnabar is an aid to the diseases of the skin, mucous membrane and intestine. It also helps with the indurate glands. Caution needs to be taken as some Cinnabar may contain metallic mercury which is a poisonous substance.


Crystal Chart - Cinnabar


Crystal: Cinnabar
Mineralogy: Mercury Sulphide
Geometric form: Trigonal
Formation: Primary
Family: Sulphides
Birthstone: Cinnabar is associated with the Astrological sign of Leo.


Appearance: Adamantine luster with a perfect prismatic cleavage. Cinnabar has an uneven, subconchoidal fracture and can be transparent in thin pieces.
Aura: Cinnabar is a connector that opens the channels to the source of all being.
Colour: Cinnabar is striking in its colour that includes a variety of red hues that can sometimes be found with a scarlet streak.
Chakra: Cinnabar is associated with the Root Chakra as a grounding source that provides focus.




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