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A crystal of golden light, Heliodor radiates the warmth and power of sunshine, the illumination of higher thought, and a centered, more vibrant physical well-being. Its name literally translates from the Greek as a gift of the sun.
Heliodor invokes the celestial Golden Ray of knowledge and learning, to stimulate the higher mind and enable the brain to function more efficiently. It is a stone of true nobility and selfless leadership, and allows one to make decisions based on wisdom instead of emotion or reaction.
Yang in nature, Heliodor helps one develop aspects of the male virtues - assertiveness, self-confidence, physical and mental strength, benevolence and power. These traits serve both men and women.
Heliodor is the yellow variety of the Beryl family, generally referring to the greenish-yellow crystal, but includes all yellow, yellow-green, light green and brown Beryl.
Golden Beryl is a variety of Heliodor with a bright, pure yellow to golden yellow color. For the purpose of this article, we will refer to both as Heliodor except where the metaphysical properties may vary.
While Heliodor and Golden Beryl are the yellow varieties of Beryl, the Beryl family also forms in other colors used as gems, such as green Emerald, blue Aquamarine, pink Morganite, Red Beryl or Bixbite, and the colorless variety, Goshenite.
Heliodor is a hope stone, alleviating irritability and nervousness, and providing relief from heavy burdens and immense pressure. It brings stability and optimism.
Heliodor has been used as a talisman to bring out honesty in others, and to regain what has been lost in terms of employment, prospects or money. It is an excellent crystal for the self-employed, or for those who struggle to balance care-giving and career.
In the workplace, Heliodor boosts drive and determination to succeed if others have worn away your enthusiasm. Carry or wear Heliodor to persuade others to back you financially or with resources.
Keep Heliodor in your home, or wear it as a gem, to increase your happiness and buoyant energy, especially in winter or if your home is dark with little natural light. It also helps you acclimate if you move to a colder part of the world, and a small piece of Heliodor allows tropical animals, fish and birds to live happier in a cold environment.
Golden Beryl increases the capacity to recall new information, and is a good study stone, especially for reluctant students.
Golden Beryl guards against psychological and emotional manipulation of others, unfriendly ghosts, and dark energies of any sort. Keep a dish of tumbled stones where the sun will shine on them to avert spookiness and to attract angelic energies. Golden Beryl is also a great naming-day or christening gift for a child as a good-fairy gem.