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serpentine stone meaning and uses

Serpentine Stone Meaning and Uses

In this article we are discussing the serpentine stone, answering your top five questions about this crystal. And I will reveal if you are somebody who could benefit from having Serpentine in your life.

Top 5 questions about serpentine stone

The top five questions that we are going to answer about Serpentine today are:

  • What is the energy of serpentine stone?
  • How can you use Serpentine in your healing practice?
  • What other names will you find Serpentine under?
  • How can you tell if Serpentine is real, fake, or if it’s actually jade?

Is Serpentine harmful to humans? Can you wear it safely? (This is what we’ll be talking about.)

What is serpentine stone?

serpentine stones
serpentine stones

Serpentine is a yellowish-green to dark, almost blackish-green stone. It is named because it usually has a snake-like pattern, or it is also very slippery to the touch, with a soapy texture, unlike other stones which may be glossy, glassy, or rocky.

In the gemstone trade, we call this stone serpentine, while geologists refer to it as serpentinite, but both terms refer to the same stone.

Serpentine is the green mineral found in the serpentinite rock.

Serpentine stone meaning

In crystal healing, serpentine stone is best known for its life-giving energies.

It’s great for the Kundalini, which is your dormant serpent energy at your root chakra that can awaken with the help of Serpentine to rise up to the crown for your spiritual awakening.

It is also great for harnessing your Chi or life force energy, so if you’re feeling low or down, you want to reactivate your auric energy, use serpentine stone.

Serpentine stone is very popular for use in past life regressions or when you’re in therapy or doing guided meditations that transport you to your past because it helps you confront your past traumas, accept them, and overcome them so you can move forward peacefully.

Serpentine is a stone for the heart chakra, as the green color vibrates with your heart chakra for emotional balance.

However, it’s also great for your root chakra because it roots you down to the Earth.

Serpentine stone is connected to the Earth element, so it helps you bond with your natural self and the natural world around you.

It’s great for people doing any kind of Earth healing, Earth magic rituals, and so on. Those are Serpentine’s metaphysical properties.

What is serpentine stone good for?

  • Serpentine stone can benefit those who want to:
  • Raise their Kundalini energy
  • Unblock their heart chakra
  • Harness their qi energy into their aura
  • Learn from past life traumas and move forward
  • Ground and connect with Earth elements
  • Detoxify their body physically or metaphysically

How to use serpentine stone?

There are many ways you can use this stone in healing. I’m going to show you a few ways here.

Crystal layouts

First of all, you can do crystal layouts, which involve lying with crystals on you and around you in a very calm, meditative state. It’s kind of like putting yourself in a web of healing.

One crystal layout I would recommend is placing a Serpentine heart at your heart chakra and then surrounding your body with Serpentine tumbled stones. This is so you can let go of past traumas and help heal your current emotional self.

Wear serpentine jewelry

Another way you can use Serpentine is to wear it at your heart chakra in necklace pendant form. You just have it with you throughout the day to activate and open up your heart chakra.

Even better is if you also have some Serpentine anklets, so it’s both opening the heart and connecting you, grounding you down with the Earth element at your root chakra.

Besides pendants at your heart chakra, you can wear all kinds of Serpentine jewelry and hold little Serpentine amulets with you throughout the day if you want to harness that life force Qi energy that you need to excel and shine in your life.

Serpentine eggs

Serpentine eggs are perfect to hold in the palms of your hands. They’re smooth, curved, and fit perfectly while you are doing past life regressions

Hold onto your Serpentine eggs and transport yourself back to the past to confront those issues you have been avoiding so that you can come back and start on new beginnings. The egg shape is also great for new beginnings.

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Use serpentine stone for meditaiton

For your Kundalini meditations, I recommend holding at least one Serpentine sphere in each hand and having at least one Serpentine stone at the base of your spine, as this is where your Kundalini energy lies, and you want it to rise up while you’re doing your meditations.

serpentine stone sphere
serpentine stone sphere

Use serpentine wands to remove tension

You can work with Serpentine wands.

You can use a facial roller and a double-terminated wand, which you can press into acupressure points. You can use these to physically remove tension from your physical body and metaphysically remove any obstacles from your metaphysical body, so together they can help clear the way to a fresh new you.

Use serpentine for plants

You can use Serpentine stone for your garden or surrounding your potted plants, especially if you have pieces that are broken and you no longer want to use them for your healing sessions. You can place them right back into the Earth for that Earth healing. You can, of course, also use them for your Earth rituals if you are grounding into the Earth.

Learn more about crystals for plants here.

Use serpentine stone for feng shui

You can use Serpentine stone for feng shui balance by placing it in your knowledge and growth area, as this is perfect for your spiritual advancement in life.

A perfect example would be this Serpentine owl, as the owl is a symbol of wisdom, so they are perfect for your knowledge centers.

Other names for serpentine stone

Now, besides the geological name serpentinite, Serpentine stone goes by many other names, so you might be finding them under other pseudonyms in the gem trade and also some misnomers to act like other stones.

First, let me show you a few different stone names that Serpentine might go under.


You might find Atlantisite, a green Serpentine with purple stichtite minerals, so you’ll see tiny purple inclusions, and those are the stichtite mineral inclusions. It is from Australia, and it is best known for connecting with the lost civilization of Atlantis.

Infinite Serpentine

You might also find Infinite Stone, which is the Infinite Serpentine, a grayish-green Serpentine from South Africa. This is a marketing term for the South African Serpentine.


If you have a Serpentine with rich black veins traveling through, this is known as Asterite, and healers like to use it for astral travels.


Ricolite is a banded Serpentine with white talc from New Mexico.

Noble serpentine

Another term you might hear for Serpentine is Hilarite or Noble Serpentine, and this is a lime green stone most similar to this color here. This is not actually Hilarity, but it is a similar color. Hilarity only comes from a certain location in Washington state in the USA, so it is a trademarked term, but you will probably find a lot of fakes out there, so do your research if you are looking for that particular stone.

New jade stone

Now, those are some names of actual Serpentines, but Serpentine also masks itself as jade.

A lot of jade out there is probably Serpentine.

Here we have “New Jade,” as it is called, which is Serpentine.

You can find “Peace Jade,” which is the white, cloudy look of Serpentine, and we have a lot of other names that Serpentine goes by to pretend that it is jade because, of course, jade is much more valuable than Serpentine in the gem trade. So make sure you know exactly what you’re buying, as most likely, a lot of the jade out there is Serpentine.

Identify serpentine stone

Lucky for us in the gemstone trade, there is not much fake serpentine out there.

Serpentine is very abundant, affordable, and easy to find, so there is not much incentive for vendors to pass off fake serpentines.

However, scientists do make synthetic serpentines in laboratories because serpentine has versatile uses in everyday life, so you might find it in industrial settings.

In the gemstone trade, serpentine is probably genuine if it is labeled as such.

However, serpentine is often dyed to look like other stones.

For example, it could be dyed purple to pass off as the much more expensive sugilite stone, or it can be dyed green to pass itself off as jade, which is the most popular practice.

Serpentine stone vs jade

The best way to find out if your jade is real is to send it to a certified laboratory for scientific testing. However, there are easy ways to determine for yourself if you know the Mohs scale of hardness, which measures the hardness of every stone in the world.

Serpentine is around 3 to 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness out of 10, while real jade is always 6 to 7.

Real jade will easily scratch serpentine, but serpentine will not scratch jade.

If you scratch a serpentine stone with a piece of jadeite jade, it will leave a white mark. However, when you scratch the jade with the serpentine, the powder from the serpentine comes off, but the jade remains unscratched.

If you scratch two pieces of serpentine together, you should see a white residue or powder coming out. Serpentine has a soapy feel, whereas jade has a glossy, glassy feel (subjective test).

Serpentine sometimes has black magnetite veins, which are magnetic, while jade does not have these inclusions.

Jade is much denser than serpentine, so if you toss two stones of the same size, the jade will be heavier.

Is serpentine stone dangerous?

Most serpentine is perfectly safe and has nothing to do with asbestos.

However, one type of serpentine, called chrysotile, may form white fibers known as white asbestos under very high temperatures.

While white asbestos can be harmful if inhaled for prolonged periods over many years (e.g., by lapidary workers), it is not the most harmful form of asbestos and can dissolve in the lungs.

For casual use, such as crystal healing, decoration, or jewelry, serpentine stone poses no risk. You can hold, touch, wear, or even lick it without any issues.

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