Wulfenite is a lead molybdate mineral with the formula PbMoO4. It can be most often found as thin tabular crystals with a bright orange-red to yellow-orange color, sometimes brown, although the color can be highly variable. In its yellow form it is sometimes called "yellow lead ore".
It crystallizes in the tetragonal system, often occurring as stubby, pyramidal or tabular crystals. It also occurs as earthy, granular masses. It is found in many localities, associated with lead ores as a secondary mineral associated with the oxidized zone of lead deposits. It is also a secondary ore of molybdenum, and is sought by collectors.
It was named for Franz Xavier von Wulfen (1728–1805), an Austrian mineralogist.
Chemical Composition: PbMoO4
Hardness: 2.75 - 3
Metaphysical Properties: Promotes contact with the spiritual world and assists in transitioning from the physical to astral plane. Excellent for channeling and connection to higher being and one's higher self. Facilitates one's development, without allowing roadblocks to impede one's progress.
Corresponding Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
*This is a lead-based mineral. Do not allow children to handle specimens. Wash hands after handling.