Astrophyllite is a rare and beautiful titanium mineral found in the Russian Ural Mountains that usually has a lustrous golden yellow, bronze or brown color. Astrophyllite means 'star sheets' and the mineral has this name partly because of the interwoven star shapes that the crystals sometimes form and partly because of its strange luster, which can be metallic in some crystals and similar to pearl in others.
Astrophyllite is prized as a power stone by many magic users and shamans. The crystal is believed to help you learn how to leave your body and travel on the astral planes, though this process can be dramatic and disturbing if you are not mentally prepared for it. Because it strengthens the magical senses and improves memory it should help you bring more knowledge back from your journeys into other realities.
Astrophyllite is said to enhances intuition and help you recognize hidden knowledge, especially the deep, universal truths that form the basis of most myths, legends, religions and archetypes. Astrophyllite is an excellent stone to work with if you feel dissatisfied with your lifestyle or your spiritual path, allowing you to examine these aspects of your self honestly and without emotion. It can lend you the courage needed to make changes or strike out in a new direction in order to achieve your goals or live a more satisfying life. It helps you to recognize and be receptive to new opportunities as they arise and is supposed to be especially useful if you need to find new ways to solve old problems that you have been struggling with for some time.
Meditating with a piece of Astrophyllite is said to help you recognize your value in the world and the gifts that make you a unique and vital part of humanity. It raises your sense of self-worth and helps you connect with the Divine power of the Goddess or God that is a part of your essential being.