OK, so X words are really hard to come by! Especially in a metaphysical A to Z challenge. So I am using some creative license here.
So what is chiastolite and why did I choose it for my X post? Excellent question! Wonder no more!
Chiastolite is a stone that just so happens to be found in the town in which I live! It's often called an "x" or cross stone because it has a distinctive x in it when cut.
It has strongly protective properties. It's often thought of as a stone of power as well. Some associate it with prosperity and love. I like to think of it as a stone of balance. Like the 'x' in tic-tac-toe, it is it's own yin-yang. The balance of the black cross mark against the brown stone is grounding to me. The natural markings are often remarkably balanced and evenly spaced. I think it can help us to recognize the need for balance in our lives. The 4 quadrants remind us of all our bodies, the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual and the need to nurture and balance all of them equally.
It is associated with the sacral and root chakras most strongly. I think it is a great stone to help connect to both earth and spirit, and by doing so, really taps into all of our chakras, again, bringing balance. It grounds us and allows us to truly bridge the gap between earth and spirit.
Some cultures associate the cross marking of the stone as a sign from God or assign religious significance to it. It can be worn as jewelry like may other stones and crystals are, carried as a tumbled stone or displayed as a raw stone.
If you don't have chiastolite as part of your crystal collection, perhaps you should consider adding it to see what it has to teach you. Besides, it's a pretty cool stone since it makes an "x" every time!