Galena is a stone of the alchemical process of self-transformation. As a lead-based mineral, it carries a vibrational pattern of lead that symbolizes the beginner in alchemy, the human being in the initial state of unpurified physicality.
Galena does not have static energy. Just as a beginner has already embarked on the journey, so Galena is a powerful stone for initiating the process of awakening. The long process of the alchemical transformation of Lead to Gold and from Beginner to Master carries within it its initiating seed, the ultimate pattern of perfection.
Galena can act as a powerful mirror, reflecting light into the deepest darkest regions of our shadow self. Galena lends us the courage to face and embrace the deepest and most feared regions of our own soul. It encourages compassion, love, tolerance, and peace and asks us to accept the aspects of ourselves we have long feared.
Galena is strongly grounding and moves rapidly into alignment with Mother Gaia. It can be used to create cortices for Earth Healing ceremonies, or for shamanic journeys. It is an ideal stone for journeys to the underworld or otherworld for soul retrieval or to discover answers hidden in the shadowy depths.
It has long been used in magical practices as a stone of protection and power, and is useful in past-life regression work, guiding our visions to the appropriate lives and memories needed to be witnessed and healed.
Galena is a primary source of Lead, and thus counters radiation and electromagnetic pollution, but is not recommended for internal use, such as making gem elixirs, or for children. Hands and surfaces should be washed after handling Galena.
Galena harmonizes well with Nuummite, Labradorite, Ajoite, Black Tourmaline, Moldavite, Fulgurite, and Dolomite. It is associated with the Root Chakra and the responsibility of Capricorn.