Tiger's Eye Properties

ˈtī-gərs-ˌ ī

Stone of Grounded Balance

Told to contain both the power of the Sun and the Earth, the ancient Egyptians used Tiger’s Eye to transmit the power of the Sun God Ra, to create material success. As Tiger’s Eye combines the Sun energies and the Earth energies they help to create a high vibrational state that is grounding as well, which in turn draws spiritual energies down to the Earth.

Tiger’s Eye is a member of the Chatoyant group of Quartz, the fibrous crocidolite mineral is the cause for this shimmering and flashes of light; presenting in several colors according to the exact nature and amount of the inclusions. Tiger’s Eye is black with iron oxide staining that creates the yellow and brown stripes.

  • Hawk’s Eye is Blue and is less silicified than Tiger’s Eye, but is the same material
  • Bull’s Eye or Ox Eye has a dark red/mahogany as it’s chief color
  • Cat’s Eye a term coined in the 18th century is not a Tiger’s Eye as the chatoyancy is not the same This is not a term generally used any longer as it is also a term applied to the green variety of Chrysoberyl
  • Eagle’s Eye is another name for Pietersite
  • Falcon’s Eye is a term used for Hawk’s Eye in Germany
  • Red & Strawberry Tiger’s Eye are a result of having been heated naturally or artificially
  • Tiger Iron is similar to Tiger’s Eye with a Hematite rich make up
  • Wolf’s Eye is a term sometimes used for a material whose color make up is somewhere between the brown of typical Tiger’s Eye and the blue of the typical Hawk’s Eye

Scientific Gemstone Properties

Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure

Tiger’s Eye is a quartz composite; it begins as a fibrous blue crocidolite (which is comprised of sodium and iron) and as the quartz becomes embedded between the fibers the transformation begins…Hawk’s Eye is the gemstone formed first, then as the process progresses and further quartz is embedded it becomes Tiger’s Eye.

During the process the sodium and iron is dissolved, traces of hydrated oxide from the iron are left behind and the quartz takes on the fibrous formations as well as the blue hue of the crocidolite; this is what creates the parallel lines within these gemstones.

Tiger Eye is found in only one place in South Africa, very near many of the diamond mines. It is said that there are mountains just outside of Griquatown that are made up almost entirely of Tiger’s Eye.

Metaphysical Gemstone Properties

Tiger’s Eye is a wonderful power stone with a reputation for attracting luck and money…often resulting in wealth of all kinds. It is also said to be used to discern the truth in any given situation.

Enhancing courage, physical strength, passion and vitality Tiger’s eye tempers these qualities with mental clarity and a joyful outlook on life to keep one grounded. Helping one to understand any cycle in life that one is living.

As a balancer of the yin/yang energies Tiger’s Eye softens stubbornness and offers clearer insight, strengthening one’s connection to the will and personal power one possesses. Centering and balancing the emotions to further assist with the integration of the the two hemispheres of the brain, to bring one’s awareness to perception. It will help in gathering scattered information and help make it one coherent whole.

Healing Gemstone Properties

The most common medicinal use associated with Tiger’s Eye is healing ocular disorders; assisting with night vision as well. Also told to be helpful to the nervous system, helping to calm stress related issues; bringing a calmness to unsettled turmoil.

Assisting to slow the flow of energy through the body, Tiger’s Eye may create a warm feeling as the energies are activated, assisting the ill or weak to regain the proper flow of energy to enhance their vitality.

Said to help one make changes where the mind is concerned; lifting depression, aiding in personality disorders, healing issues of self-worth and dissolving creative blockages as well as those with addictive personalities.  If one is in constant worry over one’s health Tiger’s Eye may help prevent hypochondria or psychosomatic effects.

Magical Gemstone Properties

Energy: Projective
Element: Fire
Planet: Sun
Powers:  Money, Protection & Divination
Candle Color: Gold

Ruled by the Sun, the golden flash and liquid movement of Tiger’s Eye in the light of the sun makes it an excellent tool for divination or visionary work.  Tiger’s Eye was historically used for protection, especially against dark magic.

To recharge place Tiger’s Eye in the late afternoon sunlight for a few hours.

Zodiac Gemstone Properties

Zodiac Stone of: Leo & Capricorn

Associations: Sun

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone for any month

To dream of the Tiger’s Eye symbolizes a need for one to keep alert; that someone has raised a veil of illusion to keep a truth hidden.

Tiger’s Eye is best used on the lower chakras to bring about a balance of energies between one’s emotional and physical health. On the 1st, Base/Root Chakra it will assist one in disciplining sexual and emotional lives, bringing grounding and illumination where one must be practical.

On the 6th, Third Eye/Brow Chakra it will flush excess energy and slow down the Chakra to assist in the grounding.