Chemical Composition:SiO2


Hardness:
6.5 to 7

Description:

Agates are a form of Chalcedony Quartz, they come in various colors and may have banded stripes, variegated sections, mosslike inclusion, wavy lines and any other variation you can think of. There are thousands of named varieties and no two stones are ever exactly alike. They are sold by color and particular type. They may be dyed, polished, carved, and even cut into gemstones. Avoid the dyed varieties, while their inherent properties will not be affected the color association is changed and that can lead to unpredictable results when using the stones for healing or magick.


About:

Agates get their name from the achate river region in Southwestern Sicily. They are found throughout the world and some agate varieties have become known by the name of the region in which they were first discovered (Brazilian, Botswana, etc.) and retain the name even when found elsewhere.

Agates are formed when gas bubbles are trapped in solidifying lava and then become filled with alkali and silica bearing water when coagulates into a gel. The alkali attacks the iron in the surrounding lava and bands of the resulting iron hydroxide are created in the gel which loses moisture and crystallizes leaving the bands intact. Many different forms of agate are known, but all began the same way.

They are polished to bring out the natural color and design, rough agate is dull and not very interesting to look at. Many agates are sliced into slabs and then polished to further enhance their beauty.


Lore & History:

They have been used as gemstones, talismans and amulets for thousands of years. In fact, some of the very first primitive tools were formed of agate. Such examples were found in Ethiopia that tested to being created over 2 1/2 million years ago!

The ancient Greeks believed that amulets made from agate would offer protection from accidents at sea and during Medieval times it was believed that carrying a piece of agate would attract favor from God and make the bearer more agreeable and pleasant to be around. Agates were believed to lend strength to the wearer and bring victory and protection. White agate in particular was believed to aid insomnia and to bring pleasant dreams.


Healing Properties:

Agates lend their aid to stomach complaints, and ailments of the colon, liver, spleen and kidneys. Placed on the body agate will also help increase circulation.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Grounding, will enhance perception and stimulate mental faculties. Helps balance ones physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual states.


Astrological Correspondence:

Gemini, June Birthstone, 12th Wedding Anniversary

Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Earth


There are hundreds of agate varieties but only some are used in healing and metaphysical work, following are some of the more widely known and used types.




BLUE LACE AGATE

Other Names:

Light Blue Miracle Stone; Blue Agate


Description:

A beautiful light blue agate with bands of light blue and opaque white running through it in a lacy or wavy pattern.


Healing Properties:

Cooling, used for healing the entire body but especially helpful for ailments occurring above the neck. Used for treating arthritis, and the strengthening of the skeletal structure. Said to be helpful in treating blockages of the nervous system and in disorders of the pancreas and digestive tract.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

5th and 6th chakras

Will help bring patience and peace. Opens third eye and will aid one in reaching higher spiritual planes. Especially helpful for reaching inner attunement.

Astrological Correspondence:

Pisces


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Air


Where to Wear:

Forehead, Throat




BANDED AGATE

Description:

Various colors, all with strong, distinctive banding


About:

This is the type of agate historically used to prepare water to dispel sickness.


Healing Properties:

Used in healing to treat intestinal disorders and ailments of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Solar Plexus Chakra

Energy booster, Helps open one's psychic abilities. Very useful in removing energy blockages and for removing negative energies. In meditation it helps enhance concentration and prevent distractions.


Astrological Correspondence:

Sagittarius and Scorpio


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Earth


Where to Wear:

Forehead, Throat




BOTSWANA AGATE

Description:

A beautiful stone with delicate colors and subtle patterns, usually contains lots of pink to peach color, but may also include violet, browns, blues, and grays.


Healing Properties:

Calms nerves and lifts depression


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Helps bring small "gifts" and pleasure. Use when low in spirits for an energy "pick me up". Also used for wish magick.




BRAZILIAN AGATE

Other Names:

Brown Agate


Description:

Beautiful stones with all shades of brown in subtle bands and patterns


Healing Properties:

Relieves Depression, Attracts Strength and eases Stress.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Promotes courage, relieves depression, protects the wearer, supports a spiritual state. Helps encourage communication in relationships. Promotes spiritual growth and maturity, inner stability, and a true sense of reality. When worn it will help one resist outside influences of a negative manner.


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Eros, Saturn, Earth




CRAZY LACE AGATE

Other Names:

Mexican Lace Agate, Lace Agate


Description:

Gorgeous stones with twisty, wavy, lacy patterns and bands running throughout. They come in a wide variety of colors, but whites, pinks, blues and grays predominate.


Healing Properties:

Lower Abdomen and Solar Plexus Chakras

Similar in effect to Blue Lace Agate but for the lower chakras. Used to renew strength and energy during low physical periods. Helps to heal the skin, heart, spine, and teeth.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Use in spells for job security, pay raises, promotions, or for a new job. Use in meditation to get an overview of your life and to aid decision making.


Astrological Correspondence:

Aries


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Earth



   

FIRE AGATE

Other Names:

Sunset Agate; Flame Agate


Description:

Beautiful stones containing all the colors of the sunset arrayed in various irregular patterns and bands, this agate usually has inclusions of Goethite or Limonite which cause the stones to be iridescent.


Healing Properties:

Helps assist healing of the colon, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Promotes energy and strength, especially while healing.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Lends energy to meditations and rituals. Use in spells to increase communication skills and to increase the persuasiveness of ones writing and speaking. Use in ritual to heighten visualization. Will help one discover the truth in a matter and to aid in accepting ones fate.


Astrological Correspondence:

Aries


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Mars, Fire


Where to Wear:

Forehead




MOSS AGATE

Other Names:

Dendritic Agate, Tree Agate


Description:

Moss agate is generally clear to light colored with "mossy" looking areas inside the stone. Considered to be the most powerful of all the agates


Healing Properties:

Heart Chakra

Used in treating colds and flu, and fungal infections. Beneficial for treating eye and bone disorders. Helps for detoxification and for treatment of nervous-system disorders.

Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:

Centering and Grounding, use in ritual or spells when life gets to be overwhelming and relief is needed. Use in meditation to strengthen friendships, improve self-esteem, agreeability and persuasiveness. Helps one perceive the beauty in everything. Native American Indians used Moss Agate as a "power stone" for controlling the weather. The Ancient Greeks used moss and tree agate to produce plentiful crops. Use in spells designed to bring riches, wealth, and long life. The green moss agate is especially beneficial for gardeners as the stone will help insure healthy, vigorous plant growth.


Astrological Correspondence:

Gemini and Virgo


Deity/Elemental Affinity:

Artemis, Venus, Earth


Where to Wear:

Anywhere



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