“If one were to try to sum up the ‘virtue’ of Preseli Bluestone in one phrase, one could say that it anchors body, mind and spirit in an expanded horizon of awareness……The more one looks, the more complete, but also the more complex, the patterns become. They reach out in all directions, becoming the past, the present and the future.” (Lilly, S and Lilly, S 2011)
Old and new generations agree, the Preseli Bluestone is one of the most mystifying and beautiful stones found in the world. This stone has not only mesmerized man by its beauty and metaphysical powers but also by its historical significance.
Physical Properties of Preseli Bluestone
Preseli spotted dolerite, or Preseli Bluestone or Bluestone, is a rare igneous rock made out of various minerals that have been pressed together to create a blue-grey stone with white flecks or snowflakes. Minerals found in Preseli Bluestone include:
The stone is one of the strongest found in the world and is only found naturally in the western mountain range of Wales called Preseli Hill. The stone is called bluestone gem because of the way it will change color when wet.
Preseli Bluestone Healing Properties
With all of its various elements, Preseli Bluestone is one of the ancient stones that healers have used for centuries. It is said that the stone has electric energy that connects to the inner energy of the world. It is believed that the stone can invigorate the electrical impulses of the body and has a strong connection to the heart. So much that people with pacemakers or tachycardia should be careful handling the stone.
The stone is a grounding stone and connects with the throat chakra. Healers feel the stone is best used to help someone who is lost and looking for fulfillment outside of themselves. If someone is dealing with addiction or some type of emotional disconnection, this stone can help them find their inner peace within themselves instead of looking outside.
Historical Influence of Preseli Bluestone
The most notable historical influence Preseli Bluestone has is that it is one of the main stones that was used for the famous Stonehenge rock formation in southern England. This large rock structure includes two types of stone, sarsen stone and Preseli Bluestone. The sarsen stone was used primarily for the larger outer circle stone formations while 43 Preseli Bluestone were used to create the inner circle formation.
Scientists still debate how each of the 4,000-8,000 pound stones were moved over 150 miles from their quarry area of Preseli Hills to Wiltshire, where Stonehenge is located. There is no denying that the people who constructed Stonehenge knew of the durability and grounding capabilities of these colorful stones. More interesting is that handmade Preseli Bluestone tools can be found all over England and date back as far as 5,000 years ago.
Preseli Bluestone Today
Today people admire the exotic color variations and white snowflakes in Preseli Bluestone. It is used in healing ceremonies and to promote personal growth. People will wear or carry Preseli Bluestone stones or talisman to help ground them during personal reflections and rebirth. They will hold the stones while meditating to center themselves and help deepen the conscience level within oneself.