Mookaite Properties, Meaning, Facts and Photos
What is Mookaite?
Mookaite is a variety of jasper from Western Australia. Used as a decorative material and for its healing properties, it can be incredibly colourful. Most stones take on a high polish.
Mookaite is made up predominantly of the microscopic remains of minute aquatic organisms called radiolaria. These organisms had a unique skeletal structure.
The scientific name for mookaite is Windalia Radiolarite.
The radiolaria measured 0.1 to 0.2 millimetres and produced intricate mineral skeletons. As ancient oceans receded they gradually died out and their skeletal remains slowly transformed into sedimentary rock.
Although many varieties of radiolarite can be found around the world, Windalia can only be found in one location in Australia.
Mookaite is a rock not a mineral. These two materials are not the same. Like most varieties of jasper, mookaite is made up of several different minerals and substances.
The beautiful colours in it occurs come primarily from impurities of iron and manganese. Along with precious opal, mookaite is one of Australia's best known gemstones.
On Mohs scale of hardness mookaite grades 6 to 7. Although relatively hard it's also brittle so will break or fracture quite easily.
The Meaning of Mookaite
The meaning of "mookaite" comes from the area where this variety of jasper is found. This trade name has never been officially registered.
It's common for the suffix "ite" to be used when when naming rocks and minerals. Trade names usually incorporate the location where a material is found, the person who discovered it or another identifying characteristic. Labradorite, sugilite and Englishite are just a few examples.
It's claimed the name "mookaite" comes from the Aboriginal word for "running water".
The deposit is located on private land in Mooka Creek on Mooka Station. This area is located on the west side of the remote Kennedy Range National Park. This type of jasper has not been found anywhere else in the world.
Although often pronounced "mookite" the correct pronunciation is "mooka~ite". This is because it's named after "Mooka" Creek.
Many articles online refer to mookaite by different names all of which strangely, are very similar. These include mookalite, mook, mookerite and mook jasper.
Mookaite Healing Properties
Mookaite enhances dream recall and promotes meaningful dreams. It provides an insight into one's subconscious mind and facilitate spiritual growth through dream exploration.
It emits a vibration that resonates with the harmony of the universe, facilitating a profound sense of connection with the world around you.
When used with meditation or mindfulness it promotes a deep state of inner peace and serenity.
Mookaite enhances self-assurance and belief in oneself. It provides a sense of inner strength and confidence which can help you to work towards a specific goal or ambition.
Like all varieties of jasper, mookaite is a nurturing stone that helps to alleviate stress. It's associated with personal growth and transformation. Its energy encourages a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. It can be used to unlock your full potential in order for you to become the best version of yourself.
Mookaite is believed to improve problem-solving abilities. It promotes logical thinking and provides a balanced perspective when faced with difficult choices.
The mookaite in the picture at the top of our page is courtesy of James St.John. The mookaite tumbled stones are from our collection.
Both pictures are clickable. The first photo redirects to a collection of mookaite images.