Category Archives: Crystals (Individual stones)

blue tiger’s eye for power + communication

Like other forms of tiger’s eye, the blue variety (often called Hawk’s Eye) is a form of quartz in which silky asbestos fibers have been trapped, giving it a distinctive sheen. The form of asbestos is crocidilite, and iron-bearing mineral that’s normally blue in color. When that iron rusts before it gets trapped within the silica, it turns brown and results in golden tiger’s eye. But if the silica infiltrates the fibers before the iron has time to rust, the blue color is retained, resulting in blue tiger’s eye.

Combining the raw power of tiger’s eye with the blue color association gives an interesting and useful combination of metaphysical characteristics. All tiger’s eye is great for removing habits that no longer serve, plowing through details of your to-do list, and getting down to business. It can make you feel grounded, empowered and protected. Along with this, the blue variety boosts the power and effectiveness of all forms of communication. When it comes to setting and achieving goals, communication is an important factor that’s  sometimes overlooked. Another traditional use is for averting the evil eye.

One way to use this stone: Blue tiger’s eye makes a great pocket stone — one you’ll want to keep with you throughout the day. It’s a great choice for a palm stone or worry stone, but a small polished piece in your pocket or bag can serve just as well. You might want to keep it on your desk as you work, study, and manage various projects in your life. Then when you’re done for the day, keep your blue tiger’s eye near your phone to “recharge” it overnight.

sodalite for mutual understanding

Sodalite increases empathy between speaker and listener, which promotes a more meaningful understanding between people who are trying to communicate. If you have anyone in your life who talks past you, talks over you, or just doesn’t seem to “get” you, sodalite can help make dealing with this person more manageable — possibly even pleasant! It’s also good for lifting the emotional “overlay” in certain conversations that can distort perceptions and make it hard to understand what the other person is getting at. Some people also use it to help prepare for public speaking, and/or give them confidence while giving a speech or presentation. On a more spiritual level, you can also use it to tune in to spirit guides, angels and other non-human guides. Sodalite is associated with all forms of communication: spoken, written, nonverbal, telepathetic, interspecies — basically whatever kind of communication is needed in a particular situation. In fact, some writers have found sodalite so helpful that it’s sometimes called the “poet’s stone”!

Metaphysical properties: Use at 5th chakra (Throat chakra) or at 6th chakra (3rd eye/brow chakra) for increasing accurate intuitive thoughts, to encourage successful stilling of the mind during meditation, to bring out the truth in any situation, to help you stand up for yourself, for protection from electromagnetic pollution, to enhance group cooperation, to aid in speaking your truth, to banish habits & negative thinking patterns, to aid in absorbing new information, to remove fear, to banish guilt, to encourage confidence, to promote a healthy metabolism, to remove insomnia, and to reduce fevers.

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sugilite for interpersonal harmony

Sugilite was named for Ken-ici Sugi, the Japanese petrologist who discovered it. Its rich pink-to-purple color comes from the combination of metal elements within it, including iron, manganese and aluminum. It’s uncommon, and usually comes in small pieces. It can be a very helpful crystal to use at work and in other situations where group cooperation is needed, because it can help clear away “negative vibes” that remain after discussions, competitive situations, and other uncomfortable interactions. Even if there are no special problems in your workplace, sugilite can help maintain a harmonious, cooperative environment.

Sugilite is also helpful for many spiritual purposes, including shamanic work and personal transformation. It’s sometimes also called Sugelite, Sugalite, Lavulite, Luvulite, or Royal Azel.

Properties: Use at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to aid in opening one to divine energy, to enhance meditation, to promote astral travel, to stimulate lucid dreaming and dream healing, to aid one in learning and understanding shamanic practices and rituals, to communicate with one’s ancestors or spirit guides, and to aid in working with the Violet Flame of St. Germaine.

One way to use this stone: You can make a spray mister to take to work to clear away negative energy and promote harmony. Just put a small piece of polished sugilite at the bottom of a glass spray bottle, and fill it up with purified water. If you plan to have it sitting around for awhile, you can add a little witch hazel or vodka to keep it fresh. Adding a couple drops of a purifying essential oil will make it smell nice and add an extra dimension of effectiveness; we suggest palo santo, sage, or an evergreen oil of some type.

The image in the square above was photographed by Ra’ike

cavansite for spiritual direction

Cavansite is a recently discovered stone that seems to grab everyone with its vibrant blue color. Its name comes from a simple abbreviation of the names of the minerals that make it up: Calcium vanadium silicate. It forms in little globules or rosettes, often on a white-to-brown matrix of heulandite or stilbite. Although it’s somewhat fragile, it’s often made into beautiful jewelry. It’s a good crystal for spiritual growth, especially when you’re coming out of a time of crisis or change. Cavansite can help you reach better self-knowledge through spiritual means, and improve all types of communication. If you’ve recently been feeling spiritually restless or unbalanced, there’s no better crystal for helping get firmly back onto your chosen spiritual path.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to facilitate deep emotional healing, to connect one with the energies of the sea and the water element, to enhance one’s ability to express love by means of creative endeavors, to stimulate compassion and create a gentle and nurturing attitude, and to clear and balance one’s chakra system. It’s good for meditation and connection with spirit guides.

One way to use this stone: Cavansite can aid you in all kinds of dream work, spiritual guidance while sleeping, and sleep journeying. Set your intention of what you want to do; it might help to write this intention down in your dream or crystal journal, or simply on a slip of paper. Then set your cavansite on a bedside table or somewhere else near the head of the bed while you sleep. (Unless the cavansite is firmly embedded in its matrix, it’s going to be too fragile to put under the pillow.) As soon as you wake up, record whatever you experience. Don’t try to interpret it right away; just write it down as you experienced it. Later you can meditate on these experiences, and see what message comes out of them. This can be a very powerful way to connect with your spirit guides.

sunstone for charisma

Sunstone is a type of feldspar, like moonstone and labradorite. It has a warm, sparkly look due to bits of hematite, goethite or sometimes copper naturally included in the stone. Sunstone has an extremely positive, warm, outgoing personality, making it perfect for people who have trouble putting themselves forward, either socially or in the workplace. It is associated with a sense of joy, and can be especially helpful for chasing away winter blues.

Lore: Sunstone is such an attractive stone that people have been noticing, collecting and wearing it for a long time. Some ancient people believed it consisted of pieces of the sun that had fallen to earth during a solar eclipse. Many cultures used it as a ward against harm, for example embedding pieces on the rims of plates and cups to counteract poisoning.

Properties: Use at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) or 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) to instill joy and happiness, to manifest abundance, to promote a positive self-image and self confidence, to encourage inner strength, to enhance feelings of gratitude and one’s willingness to share, to bring light to dark or negative thoughts, for psychological healing, to stimulate creativity, to aid in digestion and problems associated with the sexual organs, to counter the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), to warm the heart and soul, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, and to promote a positive attitude.

Ametrine… (sigh) It’s complicated.

Ametrine is a naturally occurring combination of amethyst and citrine. Both minerals have the same chemical composition, but when exposed to high heat purple Amethyst transforms into golden citrine. In ametrine, that transformation was only partially finished, creating a beautiful golden-to-violet range of color, uniquely combined in each individual piece. The combination makes it an interesting crystal metaphysically, connecting the solar plexus with the higher chakras, connecting physical and mental planes. In fact, it’s a wonderful crystal for communication, especially when connecting with the spiritual realm. Most pieces on the market are heat-treated amethyst, since naturally occurring ametrine is uncommon. In fact, it was unknown in Europe until Spaniards brought some back from South America to the Queen of Spain.

Lore: There’s a legend that goes along with this origin story, saying that the ametrine mine was a wedding gift to a soldier marrying the daughter of the chief of the Ayoreo tribe. But soon it was time for the soldier, Don Felipe, to go back to Spain. His bride Anahi was torn between her husband and her tribe, but in the end decided to go back to Spain with Don Felipe. The tribe didn’t want to lose her, though, and some of them conspired to kill Don Felipe. Anahi warned her husband of the plot in time to save him, but was herself accidentally injured in the attack. As she lay dying, she gave Don Felipe a piece of ametrine, telling him the two colors represented her divided loyalty. He took some of the precious stone back to Spain, along with a broken heart. There’s still an Anahi Mine named after the young woman in Bolivia, where the stone comes from.

Properties: (Also known as Bolivianite, Trystine, Amethyst-Citrine, or as Citrine-Amethyst) Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra), the 6th Chakra (3rd Eye/ Brow Chakra), or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for enhancing lucidity, to aid in decision-making, for personal strength, to increase knowledge, and to create a connection between oneself and the Universe. This stone is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine found in the same stone. This combination is due to uneven heating during the crystal’s formation. Therefore, it also embodies the properties of both of these stones.

One way to use this stone: If there’s someone on the other side you want to communicate with, you can use ametrine to help make that connection. Find some small thing that belonged to them, or a photograph of them, or if that’s not possible simply write their name on a piece of paper. Place the ametrine on top of this, and cover the ametrine with both your hands. Be very focused on the person you want to communicate with. You may feel a message coming from them, and/or feel called to deliver a message to them. This technique also works for connecting with animals, spirit guides, and other types of beings.

unakite for heart balance

Unakite is primarily green epidote, combined with clear quartz and inclusions of pinkish feldspar. It’s sometimes called Unakite Granite, and is named after the Unakas mountains in North Carolina where it was first found. Since it contains both pink and green, the two colors associated with the heart chakra, it can be the perfect stone for heart healing, balance, and other work with the heart chakra. This balancing effect can be especially helpful for couples working together. It’s also an excellent support stone for pregnancy and childbirth.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for creating emotional balance, to stimulate compassion and empathy, to encourage gratitude, for spiritual ascension, to establish a connection with nature (especially with the plant kingdom), to balance chakra energy, to instill determination, and to facilitate feelings of love and friendship. This stone contains Epidote, so these properties also apply.

azurite for spiritual growth

Along with malachite, azurite is a mineral commonly found near copper deposits, where it can take on an astonishing variety of formations. You may see it as a crystal, a stalactite, a bright blue stone with lighter patterning, a midnight blue mass, a prickly little nodule, or in hundreds of other forms. Along with the variety of formations, it’s gotten a lot of different names over time, including Chessylite, Chessy Copper, Lasur, Blue Malachite, and Kuanos.

Lore: Because it is a soft stone with an intense color, ground-up azurite has long been used as a pigment. For example, priests in ancient Egypt would use it to paint the Eye of Horus on their foreheads. Its connection with the brow or third eye chakra is very strong, and it’s often recommended as a crystal to use for intuitive development and connection with heaven. In fact, ancient people of China believed it helped them find the Heavenly Gateway, the path between heaven and earth. It’s a good crystal to have near when you’re meditating, or when you want to connect with your guides and angels.

Properties: Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) to enhance a connection with the Earth, to facilitate the growth of one’s nurturing qualities, to enhance psychic vision and mystical experience, for protection during astral travel, and to aid in acceptance of one’s natural intuitive gifts.

Safety and care: Be mindful of the fact that this ore contains a lot of copper. It may also give off harmful sulfur fumes when exposed to water, so please keep your pieces dry and handle them with care.


septarian for calm

Septarian shields are a formation where brown aragonite has formed into a concretion or nodule*, then cracked as it dried out over time. The cracks were then filled in with a solution of calcium carbonate, which hardened into a white-to-yellow mineral. When these nodules — a type of geode — are cracked open, we can see the two minerals have formed a fascinating pattern. No two pieces are the same. The name “septarian” comes from the Latin word for the number seven, because seven is a common number of main divisions to find in the geode. This formation is also called a Thunder Egg.

Properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to promote bravery and courage, to calm fiery attitudes (anger, frustration, etc.), for grounding, to connect one with the energies of the fire element, to aid one in learning the importance self-control, to stabilize the emotional body, to aid in transformation (physical, emotional, and spiritual), and to help someone to become well-rounded. This stone contains Golden Calcite and Brown Aragonite, so these properties also apply.

Lore: Septarian shields are great for peaceful contemplation, but they originated from processes that were not peaceful at all. Way back in the time of the dinosaurs, when water covered a large part of what is now America, volcanic eruptions killed large numbers of tiny sea animals. After their shells sank to the bottom of the sea, mud balls formed around them. Later, when the seas dried up, the mud balls were left high and dry, and they cracked. But as they say, nature abhors a vacuum; in time, mineral-rich water filled in the cracks with chalky guck. The pretty patterns we see in the geodes we call septarian shields come from the conglomeration of all these sources: whitish calcite from in the center, brown aragonite from the shells, and grey limestone from those primeval mud balls. When you crack one open, you’re seeing a piece of the earth’s history.

* Note: There’s a technical geological difference between concretions and nodules, but the septarian shields are commonly called both concretions and nodules.

rhodochrosite for releasing negativity

Like Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite is an ore of manganese. Although they are similar in color, you can usually tell rhodochrosite because it often forms as a stalactite, showing distinctive circular banding. But it can also take a gemmy, semi-translucent form. In whatever form, it’s an excellent stone for dismissing negativity, releasing our emotions from “the dark side” and restoring light to the soul.

Lore: Another name for rhodochrosite is “Inca rose,” and it’s said that the Inca believed it to be the petrified blood of their former kings and queens. They used this stone for funerary jewelry and items. It grows as a stalactite, often forming interesting bullseye, zigzag and circular patterns, and is found near silver ore. Great quantities of it were left behind in Inca silver mines — mines abandoned many centuries ago — untouched by the silver miners. This is perhaps not too surprising, since the elements in it can interfere with silver mining. In the US and Europe, rhodochrosite used to simply get tossed on the slag heap, until modern rock hounds started picking it out for collector specimens, jewelry and other decorative uses. Rhodochrosite’s association with the heart chakra comes from India, and it’s still valued nowadays as a crystal for love and for strengthening the heart. It’s also helpful for finding balance, and for regulating many inner organs. And rhodochrosite can also be beneficial for memory — which seems most appropriate for royal blood turned to stone! Rhodochrosite is the national stone of Argentina. In South America, it’s even said that somewhere under the Andes mountains lies a giant, heart-shaped piece of rhodochrosite, which “beats” once every two hundred years.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to stimulate the memory, to encourage empathy and a compassionate attitude, to instill confidence, and for emotional balance. Rhodochrosite is a good companion stone to Rhodonite. When used together, the two stones will enhance each other’s energetic qualities.

One way to use this crystal: You can use rhodochrosite in a drumming meditation to release negativity. Set the crystal in front of you, close your eyes, and drum to the beat of your own heart. (If you don’t have a “real” drum, it’s fine to use a box or piece of furniture as a substitute.) Gradually, drum louder and with more intensity, until you feel the negativity detaching from you, ready to be released. Slowly decrease the intensity of your drumming as you watch the negativity recede, until it is so faint you can no longer hear it. Open your eyes and thank the stone and the drum for helping you in this work.


rhodonite for forgiveness

Rhodonite is a silicate mineral, an intense pink ore of manganese, usually showing black veins where that manganese has oxidized. It’s often found in close proximity to rhodochrosite, with which it has both a physical and energetic bond. Both are quintessential heart chakra stones, well suited for emotional healing and connecting with the great River of Compassion that flows through the universe. When you need to release a burden of fear, shame, resentment or regret, rhodonite is a sure helper. It can also help you rebuild self-esteem and self-worth after psychological trauma.

Lore: A lot of rhodonite is mined in the Ural Mountains of Russia. People in that area called the stone “orletz,” or “eagle stone,” because it was claimed that the great mountain eagles of the area carried chunks of it their claw to place in their aeries. Area residents decided to do the same, placing pieces of rhodonite in their babies’ cradle, the idea being to make the infant as strong as a mountain eagle. In St. Petersburg, there’s a beautiful altar carved from massive rhodonite at the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in the Winter Palace, pictured here. This church was built on the site where Czar Alexander II was assassinated. Rhodonite’s association with blood and with the heart seem to extend worldwide.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for encouraging love, to promote group cooperation, to reveal all aspects of a given situation, for grounding, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to encourage successful meditation using mantras, to encourage new friendships, to stimulate generosity and the spirit of giving as well as gratitude, to heal the physical body as well as the emotions, to facilitate independence, to encourage compassion, empathy, and forgiveness, to aid in healing form past life experiences, to bring peace and calming, to enhance confidence, to heal wounds and insect bites, to reduce arthritis pain, & to ease the symptoms of shock. Rhodonite is a good companion stone to Rhodochrosite. When used together, the two stones will enhance each other’s energetic qualities.

charoite for working with the past

Charoite is a recently discovered stone that only comes from one area, near the Siberian Chara River for which it is named. Its most noticeable feature is the swirling pattern of white and lavender, sometimes with specks of black aegerine. It is a good stone for both past-life recall and for releasing negative karmic “leftovers” from past lifetimes. When we feel stuck in a negative pattern that seems beyond our control, conscious use of this crystal can help us move forward.

One pattern it can help break is that of making big plans, but then not following through. Working with this crystal can give chronic procrastinators the push they need to keep moving and meet their goals.

One way to use this stone: Lie down someplace where you won’t be disturbed and place a piece of charoite on your third eye chakra. Meditate on what ideas or patterns you would like to release, and what “leftovers” (whether from you current lifetime or a past one) may be keeping you from reaching your highest good. Allow the crystal to help you break up and take away these blockages. When you are done, invite pure white light in to take the place of the negative things you have released. Show your gratitude to the stone and cleanse it well afterwards.

CHAROITE: Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/ Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to aid on the path of spiritual service, to stimulate creative energies, for inner reflection, to promote a positive attitude, for protection, to promote compassion and empathy, to stimulate mystical experiences, to aid in spiritual healing, for shamanic journeying, to facilitate communication with members of the fairy realm, to increase the power of H.A.D.O or water-crystal healing, to cleanse one’s emotional and psychic bodies, to encourage deeper states of meditation, and to induce a feeling of peace and tranquility.


jet for mourning & protection

Jet is a living material: coal exposed to water. Burnt pieces of firewood washed out to sea may in time transform into jet. The mineral’s most famous fan was no doubt England’s Queen Victoria, who favored jewelry made of jet and hematite during her long years of mourning. Queen Victoria popularized the idea of wearing somber clothing and jewelry for mourning, but English jet had already been used for centuries for rosaries and other religious artifacts. English monks and nuns found praying with a  rosary of jet particularly effective for combating delusions, depression, bad dreams, and evil spirits. Irish wives burned jet to ensure the safety of their husband while them men were out at sea. This protective stone has also been worn in many places to counteract the evil eye.

Jet originates from fossilized wood, and in nature is a dull, dark material. But it can be polished to a high shine, and so makes very nice jewelry. When compared to other black, polished stones, it is very light and feels almost “plasticky.” Here’s what crystal healer Ashley Leavy says about distinguishing jet from other, similar black stones: “Jet has a little bit more of a silvery black appearance than just a straight black color. It’s also very lightweight because it’s carbon-based. You’ll notice its weight difference in comparison to other tumbled stones. It also usually has a very high polish on it depending on its place of origin. An exception to this rule about the highly polished surface is tibetan jet. This type of jet can have an almost matte finish. Tibetan jet is rarely seen in larger, rounded, tumbled stones. It’s typically found in flatter pieces because the nature of the material.”

Metaphysically, it is a powerful protective stone, one which is especially good for “sweeping” negative energy that has come about from arguments or other negative interpersonal encounters. It helps heal grief and calm fear, putting things into perspective. With its help, even people who suffer severe anxiety or depression can learn to heal themselves, becoming more self-reliant.

JET: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to balance the male and female energies within one’s body, to connect one with his or her ancestors, to aid one in learning to appreciate nature and the plant kingdom, to instill respect for all things ancient (as well as for the elderly), and to boost one’s energy and overall vitality. Element: Earth  Flower: Black Elderberry Essential Oil:  Oregano  Companion Stone: Amber

turquoise to connect with the sky

Turquoise is a soft, sky-blue stone that has often been connected with heavenly realms and air energy. Often what is sold is turquoise is a “fake,” either a dyed piece of howlite or low-grade turquoise which has been ground up and reconstituted, usually with the help of binders and dyes. Here’s a video which will provide a good introduction to spotting real vs. fake turquoise:

This beautiful stone has been treasured by people all over the world since prehistory. The oldest known pieces of jewelry are the four turquoise bracelets found on the mummy of the Egyptial Queen Zer. A lot of turquoise is found in the southwestern US, where it has traditionally been a valuable trade item. Some tribes such as the Dine consider it an especially holy stone, and it is incorporated into their symbolic and spiritual culture. For example, Turquoise Boy and Turquoise Girl are magical people who reside in the mountain and help the people.

Lore: People have always treasured turquoise for its beauty, as well as for bringing good luck and health. One story from the Egyptian Papyrus of King Snefru (4700 BC) tells of a day when the king was in a bad mood, so he had arranged for beautiful maidens to row him around the palace’s lake. The king was just starting to enjoy himself when one of the rowers lost her turquoise hair decoration in the water. The maiden was distraught, and the king wasn’t too happy either. But then the court magician, Zazamankh, spoke some magic words that divided the waters and brought the gem back safe up in the boat. While this story sounds a little unlikely, it shows how much turquoise was valued.

A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Turquoise: “I embody the ancient spirit of the sky.  Feel your mind become clear in my presence and graciously accept the gifts spirit is raining down upon you.”

Common Healing Properties of Turquoise:

  • Enhances communication with beings from other realms
  • Helps you to be mindful of the present moment
  • Enhances self expression and communication
  • Helps you to live in the moment
  • Removes negativity from yourself and your environment
  • Enhances self confidence
  • Relieves energetic symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn
  • Aids in relaxation
  • Promotes spiritualascension
  • Helps you to remain on the path that is for your highest good
  • Boosts the immune system energetically
  • Aids in removing negative energy associated with ailments of the eyes
  • Reduces energetic causes of acidity in the body and aids in energetic detoxification
  • Reduces inflammation


smoky quartz for spiritual grounding

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Smoky quartz is a form of quartz with traces of lithium and/or aluminum, which give it a gray-to-brown shade, ranging from pale to almost black. It’s a great stone for grounding higher energies, making it an excellent helper for those working with dream healing, astral travel and shamanic journeying. Smoky quartz offers great protection against negative energies that can interfere with healing work or spiritual growth. It is the national gemstone of Scotland, and the ancient Celts used it to adorn both ceremonial jewelry and weapons.

Since it is materially the equivalent of natural citrine, it can grade into that mineral and be hard to distinguish. In these cases, it’s best to work instinctively with the stone to determine which energies are most prominent. It is one of the traditional birthstones for Scorpio.

This crystal is wonderful for meditation and spiritual endeavors, but also very helpful for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and dealing with negative energy in everyday life. If your own emotions and moods sometimes get in the way of inner peace, try “filtering” out negativity by selecting a piece of smoky quartz that speaks to you personally and working with it on a regular basis.

QUARTZ, SMOKY: (Also known as Smokey Quartz) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra) for grounding, protection from negative energy, to increase energy during meditation, to encourage environmental concern and ecological consciousness, to relieve stress and promote peace and calming, to block electromagnetic pollution and reduce to reduce stress caused by electromagnetic frequencies stress, to aid in detoxifying the physical body, to remove fear, to enhance passion, to dispel bad dreams, to use in scrying divination to promote insight, to stimulate concentration, to promote communication, to aid in stilling the mind for successful meditation, for use with people undergoing chemotherapy, to aid in manifesting, far energetic support in dealing with pain, especially headaches and lower-body pain. Since this is a variety of Quartz, these properties also apply.