Wavellite is a quite attractive and rare phosphate mineral that usually occurs in translucent green spherical or radial clusters. It can also come in yellow, yellow-green, white, colorless and brown varieties. It exhibits an orthorhombic crystal system, a vitreous to resinous or pearly luster, a Mohs scale hardness of 3.5-4, a specific gravity of 2.36, and a white streak. Upon heating, it may swell and split. Wavellite was first discovered in 1805 by its namesake, William Wavell, in England. It forms in association with variscite and crandallite in aluminous metamorphic rock fractures in phosphate rock deposits and hydrothermal regions. It is found in many locations: notably in the Ouachita Mountains in Mount Ida, Arkansas, but also in the Czech Republic, Brazil, Bolivia, France, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Austria and Ireland. In the United States, it also occurs in Pennsylvania and Colorado. This mineral is also sometimes referred to as “bialite,” “fischerite,” “lazionite,” “devonite,” or “lasionite.” High grade specimens are very collectible among mineral collectors.
In terms of metaphysical healing, wavellite is often used in magic and crystal healing to promote the smooth flow of energy and to enhance the decision making process. Though there are a handful of crystals valued for their ability to improve the decision making process, wavellite is believed to be the only one among them to work at the “root level.” This means that, instead of just helping you to think logically, it should assist you in journeying deep inside of yourself in order to become familiar with your uniqueness. It may additionally allow you to see and examine the larger picture and reveal to you a range of paths open to you. One might seek out this mineral if uncertain about a career, relationship or other major life change. The best way to make use of wavellite’s decision making enhancement qualities is to meditate with it during a full moon. When worn in the form of jewelery, meditated with and/or simply kept on one’s person, wavellite is also said to calm anger and gently bring issues suppressed deep within the psyche to the surface so that much needed healing of the soul may then occur. This makes is a particularly valuable mineral for those who have suffered abuse and trauma in childhood and are seeking peace in adulthood. Another thing that this mineral is said to do is help its keeper to recognize the “law of one,” or that we are part of something complete and whole. That is to say, we are all from the same source and one and the same. Wavellite resonates with the solar plexus and heart chakras and is associated with the zodiac sign of aquarius, the element of air, and the energies of love, luck, healing and abundance. Its vibration number is 1.
In the realm of physical healing, wavellite also serves many useful purposes. Specifically, crystal healers have used it to treat dermatitis, increase blood flow and stabilize blood counts (red versus white blood cells), and clear “cellular memory” that may have otherwise induced disease states. In general, wavellite is regarded as a great “balancer of energy flow,” performing as a regulator for peak physical health. All healing benefits (and simple beauty and rareness) considered, wavellite’s desirability in the crystal trade is not surprising. It is an uncommon mineral that would make a very valuable addition to anyone’s collection.