Sunstone Meaning, Properties, and Use Cases

Sunstone is sometimes referred to as the “seductress,” and for good reason. If you’ve been feeling like your life is lacking something, or you’ve gotten entrenched in your day-to-day routine, sunstone may be just the stone that you need to let it all go and shake things up a bit. 

Stones are our passion here at Chiji, and each of them is special in its own way. We’d like to share what we know about the common sunstone meaning and suggest a few ways that you can use it in your own life. 

Sunstone Basics

Although many crystals are found in the southern part of the globe, sunstone is unique because it is most commonly found in places like Norway and Sweden (it’s even been said that ancient Vikings may have used it to help them navigate the seas). It’s also recently been found in the state of Oregon. 

Sunstone is a member of the “feldspar” group of minerals, which are actually formed from magma! This is a powerful group, as it also contains gemstone superstars like moonstone, amazonite, and labradorite. 

There are many varieties of sunstone, and most of them are brown, orange, or yellow in color, although they can also be found as green or even colorless. Sunstone can also be clear or opaque, and some even possess inclusions of glittery minerals known as aventurescence. Most of even the most beautiful sunstones out there are actually all-natural, which makes them even more powerful.

Sunstone Connections

The first and most obvious connection is that sunstone is connected with the energy and power of the sun. Think about how you feel when you’re standing outside in the warm sunlight, especially if it’s the first warm day of the year. It feels refreshing, and it makes you feel renewed and happy. That means when you identify with this sunstone meaning, it can lend you that same energy, except it’s available to you all year round. 

Sunstone has also been used and revered in various different cultures throughout the history of the world. Indigenous people in Oregon, where sunstone is still found today, believed that the red color inside of the stone represented the blood of a powerful warrior who was injured by an arrow. Ancient Greeks and Egyptians related sunstone to their own sun gods, Apollo and Ra, respectively. 

Sunstone is also said to have “masculine” energy, which is why it often relates more strongly to gods than goddesses. It’s about action, expansion, and movement, but that doesn’t mean that only those who identify as male can benefit from working with it. 

Sunstone Properties

Let’s dig a little bit deeper into the specific properties of sunstone, so that you can figure out whether it is the right stone for you or not. Each sunstone’s meaning is different, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use them together to amplify your benefit.

Sunstone Can Be Uplifting

If you’ve been feeling a little down, sunstone can help to uplift you. This doesn’t just have to be mental; it can be physical as well. That’s part of what makes the stone so helpful for people who are looking to break out of their ruts and routines. 

Once you’re out of the fog that surrounds you and you can reset your mind, you’ll find that the possibilities really are endless, and you can see things from a new and different perspective. 

Sunstone Can Help You Focus On The Small Stuff

Another sunstone meaning relates to its ability to help you focus more on the small stuff that often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, especially if you’re hung up on dealing with the bigger things in life. When you use sunstone, it’s your reminder to stop and smell the roses instead of letting things pass you by. 

Another way to help you focus on the small stuff is by practicing mindfulness meditation. Even a few minutes a day can help you to learn to keep your mind on the present so that you can appreciate everything happening to and around you. You’ll also learn a few important techniques to be able to recenter and ground yourself if you find yourself getting anxious or stressed out, like focusing on your breath. 

Sunstone Can Empower You

Feeling empowered is life-changing. Whether you need additional empowerment to feel more confident in your own body, or you need a little strength to break off a toxic relationship (and to feel like you’re worth more than being treated poorly), sunstone can help you break free. 

It does this by helping to rebalance the energy in your entire body because being off-balance can throw everything up in the air and make you second guess yourself. 

Sunstone And The Chakras

Speaking of energy, while sunstone isn’t specific to any chakra, it has the ability to help with all of them in a more indirect way. 

As a brief refresher, chakras are the energy centers of the body. There are seven of them in total, starting with the root chakra at the base of the spine and ending at the crown chakra at the top of the head. Each has its own focus, from physical existence to higher consciousness. When any of those concentrated discs of energy are blocked, it can cause issues both with that specific area and also with the body as a whole. 

The way that sunstone can work on the chakras is by utilizing its higher frequency vibrations to clear out any bad energy that may be circulating around them (much like our Positive Vibes Crystal Energy Candle). However, it is considered to be most effective with two specific chakras - the root chakra (Muladhara, the first chakra, located at the base of the spine) and the sacral chakra (Swadhisthana, the second chakra, located just below the navel).

The root chakra is related to the feeling of being grounded, of being truly present. The sacral chakra represents sexuality and passion. To use sunstone to open up either of these areas, use chakra meditation. 

All you need is a quiet space where you are likely to not be bothered, a little time to yourself, and a comfortable area to lay down. You can supplement the space with some candles, too, if you’d like. Just put your piece of sunstone (the size doesn’t matter) on the area that you’re working with and visualize its brightness working to clear away any of the clouds that may be located there. You can spend as little or as long as you’d like here, and make sure that you check in with the rest of your body before you get up and go on with the rest of your day. 

You may even want to end with a total body scan meditation to help you identify any problem areas from head to toe.

How To Work With Sunstone

If you need a little more sunshine in your life, you’re probably wondering exactly how you can use sunstone to bring those vibes into your life. Realizing that you’re in a rut is the first step in making lasting change, so congratulations! You’re already well on your way to changing your life, whether that’s big change or small (we’d even argue that there really is no such thing as “small” change).

Regardless of which sunstone meaning has drawn you in, many people find it the most helpful to just keep the stone on or around them during the day. For that reason, jewelry that is made with sunstone (especially necklaces because they allow you to keep the stone close to your heart) is a favorite. 

You can also keep sunstone around you in an area that you are likely to notice during the day, like on your mantle or your desk. The reason for doing this is twofold. One, if it is near you, then you can be positively impacted by its vibrational energy. Two, just looking at it works as a reminder to breathe and pay attention to the current moment. 

If you want to promote an even more well-rounded sense of balance both in and around you, consider working with both sunstone and its natural counterpart, moonstone. Moonstone often represents new beginnings and connecting with your own intuition, while sunstone’s ability to help you feel more positive about change keeps your head up even when things get hard. You can carry one in each pocket or even combine them on a pendant. 

In Conclusion

Chiji wants you to love stones as much as we do. It’s hard to pick a favorite! Understanding and properly utilizing its power by expanding your knowledge of the sunstone meaning that you relate most to can help brighten up your environment and give you the energy and positive vibes that you need to move into a new phase of life… or even just change it up a bit! After all, with the sun on your side, how can you go wrong? Chin up, sunshine.


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