|An Epidote vien. Dammit Jim, I'm a gemologist, not a mineralogist!|
|The outer "layer" of this crystal has been severely eroded, |
but you can still see the nice light green color.
|Another attempt to capture beauty without proper camera skills.|
This crystal is actually a more brilliant color of green.
|A small Epidote crystal cluster.|
Epidote has been included in the mythology of various cultures, including the Greeks, Norse, and Native Americans. Metaphysically, it appears to be used for spiritual growth grounded in earth energies, and is thought to be an overall positive and balancing stone.
Nothing like fresh mountain peppermint and sage to make prospecting for the epidote an uplifting and pleasurable experience.
I also found some mica of interesting color. These pieces were picked up off the ground. There are very nice formations of mica "clusters" throughout the face of the rock. Mica is one of the names for "Coyote" in the Sioux languages. A trickster that creates a story out of our experiences and reflects them back to us in such a way to cause us to make sense of them. Fitting for this highly reflective mineral.
|A variety of Mica.|
|"Gold" Mica and "Black" Epidote in Matrix.|
|"Huh?" - Yes, it is blue, red, and purple. I believe it is some form of lava rock ... aren't they all?!|