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Howlite Stone Meaning

sheila of satin crystals holding a howlite pointAre you curious about Howlite stone? You've come to the right place to learn all about Howlite crystals, from geological facts to metaphysical healing properties.

Howlite is the stone to direct you on the right track in life. Cut out the distractions and focus your Crown chakra on a positive path. 

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Can you benefit from Howlite crystals?

You may benefit from Howlite crystals if you can relate to any of the following:

  • You are seeking a positive path in life

  • You want to open your Crown chakra

  • You are seeking a soothing stone

  • You are attracted to white crystals

  • Your mind is racing

    What is Howlite?

    Howlite is a snow-white marble-like crystal with irregular gray mineral veins. 

    Very rarely will you find Howlite in crystal formations. It is usually found in nodules resembling cauliflower heads. It is a relatively soft stone but it is found in tumbled stones, polished figurines and jewelry pieces. 

    Where is Howlite found?

    Howlite is most commonly found in California, but is also found in Canada, Turkey, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Pakistan, Namivia, and Germany. Howlite is found when mining in borate deposits. It is a byproduct of mining for other minerals like Gypsum. 

    Where was Howlite first discovered?

    Howlite was first discovered in Canada in 1868 by a Canadian mineralogist, Henry How.

    hand holding white howlite tumbled stones

    What are the healing properties of Howlite?

    In crystal healing, Howlite is known for its minimalist energy. Its clean white tone clears the slate for your mind while its trickling gray veins give you a path to follow. It is popularly used to find the path you are meant to be walking in this life. 

    Howlite provides you with the clarity of your future path, your true goals, and where you should be heading. It is a great stone to work on the Crown chakra, connecting you with your Higher Self. When you are spiritually connected, you will have all the pure answers from your subconscious mind. It also roots you to the earth through its dark veins. Balance both Crown and Root with Howlite. 

    Here are other spiritual properties of Howlite:

    • Howlite can slow the overactive mind and help you achieve a deep and restful sleep.

    • Howlite is a soothing stone for the mind, helping to reduce anger.

    • Use during spiritual regressions to help access past lives. 

    How do you use Howlite in healing?

    Here are some ideas on how to use your Howlite crystals in healing:

    • Meditating with Howlite can help you to connect with the higher realms

    • Place Howlite in a room where you want a more relaxed energy

    • Wear Howlite jewelry for clarity in your daily goals

    • Rub a smooth Howlite stone when you feel anger rising

    • Place Howlite on your Third Eye when you want to calm racing thoughts

    • Lie in a crystal grid with Howlite at the top of your head, below your sacral, and at both feet to find balance between the two portals of your body. 

    • If you are feeling restless of anxious, hold your Howlite for patience

    How do you clean Howlite?

    Howlite can be washed in water but don't use any harsh chemicals. Salt water is not recommended as it is more abrasive, especially if your Howlite is polished. 

    You should still be careful using the water method if your Howlite is in its raw form or has any natural fracture lines within its polished form. In this case, we recommend gently cleaning the crystal with a wet cloth. 

    Howlite should be kept separate from harder stones and jewelry if you want to avoid scratches or damage. 

    If you are looking to metaphysically cleanse, charge, and program crystals, visit our Crystal Care guide. 

    Can you shower with Howlite jewelry?

    Showering with Howlite is not recommended. Prolonged and repetivite water will wear down your Howlite's polish, structure, and jewelry components. You may also get a build-up from your soaps and shaampoos.

    Remove your Howlite jewelry before showering, swimming, or washing the dishes. 

    sheila of satin crystals holding a howlite point to her crown chakra

    Sheila's Personal Experience with Howlite

    I am not attracted to pure white stones, but I love Howlite because of its unique gray inclusions. My first experience with Howlite was many years ago when I offloaded a whole box of rough California Howlite stones from a vendor at a gem show. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, but they were so cool. For those that know me, you know I love the rough stones unlike my sister Lisa.

    I was mesmerized thinking that these snow white stones came from the dirty earth!

    Over the years, my box of Howlite has been sold, gifted and some still reside in the soil of my potted plants...getting dirty again.

    What chakra is Howlite?

    Howlite is connected with the Crown and Root chakras. Its white surfaces purifies your connection with your higher realms while its dark veins roots you to the physical world. 

    Where should you put Howlite in your home?

    In the home, Howlite can be kept in the kitchen, dining room, or living room for group harmony. Place this peaceful stone wherever you have friends and family gathering. 

    For Feng Shui energy, place Howlite in the "Knowledge & Growth" bottom left corner of your home. For more on placing crystals, visit How to Clear & Fill the Home with Crystals

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    What are the mineral facts of Howlite?

    Howlite is a white stone with gray veins or webbing. It is a 3.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Its scientific name is Silico Boro Calcite. 

    Surface Color: White, Gray

    Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White

    Group: Borates

    Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None

    Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks) to Even

    Luster: Dull, sometimes Vitreous (glassy)

    Transparency: Translucent in thin splinters (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent) otherwise Opaque

    Crystal System: Monoclinic (Three axes, all of them are unequal in length. Two of them are at right angles to each other, while the third is lies at an angle other than 90°)

    Crystal Habit: Nodules (resembling cauliflowers)

    Hardness: 3.5

    man and woman wearing howlite bear necklaces

    Is Howlite found in jewelry?

    Howlite makes gorgeous and versatile jewelry pieces for its unisex appeal. The handsome stone takes a nice polish and can be found in all sorts of jewelry pieces from necklaces to bracelets to cufflinks. Here at Satin Crystals, our Howlite bracelets, rings, and necklaes are some of the most popular jewelry pieces both for their looks and healing properties.

    Because Howlite is a porous stone, it is easy to dye and is often found in a lot of gaudy colors passed off as other gemstones. Please always buy from reputable gem dealers and if you want real Howlite, it should always be in its white formation! 

    Can you wear Howlite everyday?

    You can wear Howlite everday, but keep in mind that it is a softer stone and may wear down with extensive use, environmental factors, and chemicals or sweat from your body. 

    If you have dyed Howlite, the color may fade, the chemicals may absorb into your skin, and the stone may break easier. 

    Does Howlite scratch or break easily? 

    Howlite is a softer stone, so it can scratch easily. Luckily, its white surface does not make the scratches as obvious as it would on darker stones. 

    Howlite can break upon impact. Handle with care. In metaphysical circles, broken crystals could mean that it has absorbed too much energy and has done its job or you need a stronger piece. 

    Find out what else your broken Howlite could mean in crystal healing: Broken or Lost Crystal Meanings.

    Is my Howlite real?

    Luckily for us, Howlite is rarely faked. To tell it apart from plastic, you can press a hot pin to the surface. If it is plastic, it will melt and smell. 

    Magnesite may be passed off as real Howlite. They are very hard to tell apart.

    Is Howlite a Turquoise?

    Howlite is not Turquoise, but you may also see Howlite mislabeled as White Turquoise. This makes the stone more valuable because Turquoise is more popular and well-known compared to Howlite.

    Actual white varieties of Turquoise are much chaulkier than Howlite. They are soft and crumbly at a 1 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. They need to be stabilized to be used in jewelry whereas Howlite does not. True White Turquoise will have a tinge of blue or green that will not be seen in your Howlite stones. 

    White Buffalo Turquoise, on the other hand, comes only from one mine in Nevada. It has distinct white and black patterns. Webbing patterns like the ones seen in Howlite are not as common in White Buffalo Stone and if they are seen, they are very pricey. 

    Dying Howlite a blue or green color allows uneducated or deceptive vendors to sell Howlite as Turquoise. Keep in mind that Real Turquoise is a 5-6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, much harder than the Howlite's 3.5. Howlite is easy to dye and has thre natural webbing that is characteristic of Turquoise, making it a cheap alternative to create and pass off as Real Turquoise. 

    Is Howlite dyed?

    Howlite is often dyed in a range of colors. This is to imitate other stones or simply to expand the range of options for the customer. As long as you know that you are buying a dyed stone, there's no problem. It is when you are purchasing a dyed stone under the assumption that it is a more valuable stone is when the deception kicks in. Always educate yourself before buying crystals!

    How can you tell if Howlite is dyed?

    If your Howlite is any color but white with gray veins, it is dyed. The dye may seep when placed in acetone unless they have coated the dyed Howlite with resin. 

    A more extreme way to test if your Howlite is dyed would be to break it open and see if it is white inside. Most of the time the dye will not seep past the surface of the stone. 

    Can Howlite be pure white?

    Howlites main surfaces are white so if you happen to have a piece that is in between the veins, your stone could be pure white. 

    How can you tell Howlite from Magnesite?

    Howlite and Magnesite are very similar in appearance. They are both white with dark veins and even have the same hardness range on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. They are both porous and often dyed to imitate Turquoise. 

    The white of Howlite is usually brighter and cleaner whereas Magnesite is more dull in appearance. Magnesite may have more of an off-white look and brown veins whereas Howlite's veins are most usually gray. This is just a general observation and not a rule. Many Howlite and Magnesite pieces are indistinguishable from each other using your naked eye. 

    Do note that Magnesite comes in more colors than Howlite whereas Howlite only comes in white. 

    Some people claim you can tell the difference between the two stones with your tongue. This has not be tested by Satin Crystals, so proceed at your own risk. You would need the raw version of the stones. Supposedly, the rough Magnesite will stick to your tongue while rough Howlite would not. 

    There are also some claims that Magnesite and Howlite will fluoresce different colors under UV light, but there is not definitive guide as to what to expect. Depending on the stone and the UV's wavelength, the glowing colors could vary widely. 

    An advanced test would be to place the powder of both crystals in hydrochloric acid. The Magnesite powder would bubble whereas the Howlite would not. 

    Chemically, Howlite is a calcium borosilicate hydroxide mineral and Magnesite is a magnesium carbonate mineral. You will need advanced gemological tests to determine Howlite from Magnesite if your home tests are inconclusive. Gemologists can test for cleavage, refractive index, etc. 

    Is Howlite for safe travel?

    Howlite can be programmed for safe travel. Because it represents stillness, Howlite can be your point of stability, your calm in the middle of the chaotic new worlds during your journeys. 

    Wear Howlite jewelry or keep Howlite tumbled stones in your backpack, purse, or pocket during your travels to remind you to keep level-headed and follow common sense despite the wild freedoms you may be experiencing. 

    Is Howlite a grounding stone?

    Howlite is not a traditional grounding stone because of it's infamous white color, but the gray veins do have grounding qualities. When using Howlite for grounding, try to find the stones with the most webbing. These natural veins remind you to root into the earth and connect with grounding energy. 

    Does Howlite glow?

    Howlite can glow a blue, yellowish white or off white color under shortwave UV light. It will not always fluoresce, it just depends on the crystal when it was formed. 

    Is Howlite dangerous?

    There is no known dangers attached to natural Howlite. However, if you have dyed Howlite, you may have some unwanted chemicals in the coloring process.

    What is Angel Aura Howlite?

    Angel aura is a vaporized gold, silver and/or platinum treatment sprayed over stones to give it a rainbow glow. The Howlite may be natural, but the angel aura effect is manmade. Because they are treated with natural metals, some may argue that the angel aura treatment is also natural. 

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    Howlite is a positive addition to your crystal healing collection. Shop the Howlite Collection at Satin Crystals or buy your favorite pieces right here:

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