Tiger Eye, also called Tiger’s Eye or Tigers Eye, is one of my favorite stones. It was the first stone whose energy I felt – a rush of grounding energy causing me to inhale and exhale deeply. Tiger Eye started me on the path to working with natural gemstones.
Tiger Eye contains the gentle grounding energy of earth and combines it with sun energy. With its vibrant golden color, Tiger Eye is stabilizing, enduring, enhances courage, brings passion and physical strength, and allows these attributes to become tempered with mental clarity, insight, and a joyful outlook. Use Tiger Eye to build confidence and increase one’s sense of security, as well as to bring abundance, prosperity and financial independence. The liquid movement of light across the stone makes it an excellent tool for vision or divination work.
Tiger Eye is a warm stone, promoting energy flow through the body when worn, and is thus quite beneficial to the weak or sick. Healing eye disorders is one of the most common medicinal uses associated with Tiger eye. This stone can help slow the flow of energy through the body; it’s particularly useful for mental disease and stress-related illnesses, acting as an emotional balancer. Using Tiger Eye with one’s lower chakras balances yin-yang as well as the energy between mental, emotional, and physical health. When worn as jewelry, tiger eye should be worn for short periods only.
Historically Tiger Eye has been used in protective medicine and as a good luck stone. It was carried as a talisman against ill wishing, curses, and dark magic. Roman soldiers would wear engraved stones during battle.
Geologically, Tiger Eye is a variety of quartz that displays a chatoyancy (cat’s eye) when a piece of the polished stone is moved back and forth in incident light. The color, usually amber to brown, forms when fibers of the mineral crocidolite are replaced by silica. This structure of parallel fibers is preserved in the stone and the chatoyant “eye” crosses the parallel fibers at right angles, giving Tiger Eye a liquid luster and light movement the stone is so loved for.