Our fulgurites come from Arizona, and vary in size and shape to such an extent that we list pieces individually. We have a beige and grey piece approx 2” long with no central hole. We also have a dark grey-brown piece, approx ¾” long, with a central hole. Jessica likes to use pieces with holes for jewelry, but obviously you can use them anyway you like. If using it for jewelry, we recommend not letting it set against the skin much because of its raspy texture. They can also be fragile, and you should be careful with your fulgurite.
Fulgurite, sometimes called “lightning glass”, is formed by lightning striking sand. It’s a rare phenomenon, though it can occur anywhere with sandy soil, as most lightning strikes on sand do not result in fulgurite. However, it is somewhat less rare in stormy deserts of Arizona, where our fulgurite comes from. The name “lightning glass” can also be a misnomer, as not all fulgurite contains glass － sometimes sand and soil are fused by heat but do not totally vitrify (turn into glass). Even when vitrification occurs, they don’t tend to look “glassy,” instead looking very sandy. Many people have become attracted to fulgurite due to the movie Sweet Home Alabama, but this movie’s portrayal is entirely inaccurate; fulgurite cannot be formed by lightning rod, it has never been harnessed by human intervention (and trying to would likely kill you), and the result doesn’t look remotely like the glass sculptures seen in the film.
In magic, fulgurite is believed to create inspiration and transformation, and it is often associated with strength, confidence, and spiritual awakening. It is also thought to protect against other energies, specifically those of the electric or magnetic variety. It can also be used to weaponize or “sharpen” magical energy, or it can be used to direct intense power. Its unique for uniting all four elements of the Greek system: air, water, earth, and fire. It is connected to the zodiac signs Scorpio and Capricorn and the astrological planet of earth.
Through lightning and thunder, fulgurite is often associated with Astrape (and, to some degree, Bronte), Ba’al, Dianmu, Fulgora, Jove, Summanus, Taranis, Thor, and Zeus, among other lightning, thunder, and storm deities and spirits.