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About Agate


Stone of Personal Precision

Agate, which is from the Chalcedony family is known by many varieties and names. No gemstone is more creatively colored and striped by nature than the Agate. Each individual Agate forms by minerals filling a cavity in host rock. As a result, Agate is often found as a round nodule, with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. The unbelievable bands in Agates sometimes may look like eyes, fanciful scallops, mazes, leaves or even landscapes.

In ancient texts tell us that Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet, it was told to be able to quench one's thirst as well as protect from fevers; there are even legends that tell us that Persian magicians used Agate to divert unwanted storms.

Bowls created from Agate were very popular during the Byzantine Empire, collecting these bowls became common among European royalty during the Renaissance and as such many museums in Europe, including the Louver, have spectacular examples.  There is one collection of over 3,000 Agate bowls which was accumulated by Mithradeates, King of Pontus; as an example of how enthusiastically the Agate was regarded in the past.

Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.

Agates occur in nodular masses in rock such as volcanic lavas. When split open, they often reveal an amazing variety of colors, patterns and a beautiful distinct banding that distinguishes the Agate from other forms of Chalcedony.

The mining of Agate in the Nahe River valley in Germany was documented in 1497, which gave rise to the cutting center of Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Originally, the river was used to power the grinding wheels. When the Nahe Agate deposit was exhausted in the nineteenth century, Idar cutters started to develop the agate deposits of Brazil, which also sparked exploration and discovery of Brazil’s rich deposits of amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, topaz, and other gemstones.

Although the small town of Idar-Oberstein is still known for the finest agate carving in the world, today Idar imports a huge range of other gem materials from around the world.

Agate is said to enhance one’s perceptiveness and to stimulate general analytical capacity, as well as provide balance between one’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is also said to alleviate hostilities and promote goodwill.

It is said that Agate will improve one’s memory and concentration as well as increasing stamina.  Assisting in discerning the truth, as well as encouraging honesty from all those in its presence.  It is said to enhance personal courage, protect against danger.  Providing a calming influence, preventing insomnia and used to ensure pleasant dreams.

Agates are amongst the oldest known Healing and Good Luck stone, in general enabling the wearer to choose between true and false friends.

Told to help the bearer avert storms and lightning, protecting children from danger, especially in preventing falls, and danger in general.

Physically said to improve circulation, treat disorders of the pancreas, as well as cleansing and balancing the bridge between one’s heart and mind.

Energy: Various…see below
Element: Various…see below
Deity: Bragi
Powers: Strength, courage, longevity, gardening, love, healing and protection

The numerous types of agate – vaguely distinguishable by color or marking – are used in various types of magic. Though any type of agate may be worn for the above uses, these particular stones have traditional energies. A list of some of the major ones and their magical attributes are as follows:

  • Banded Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) For protection, restores bodily energy and eases stressful situations.
  • Black Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) A protective stone, wear for courage and successful competitions.
  • Black and White Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) Worn as an amulet, these agate guards against physical dangers.
  • Blue Lace Agate (energy: receptive, element: water) Wear or carry this stone for peace and happiness. Place in your hand to destress the entire body.
  • Brown or Tawny Agate (energy projective, element: fire) Long ago worn by warriors for victory in battle, today it is used for success in any undertaking. Prized in Italy and Persia as a guard against the evil eye. Also a fine wealth talisman.
  • Creamy Yellow Agate (energy: receptive, element: sun) Helps to lighten moods when used properly within a spell.
  • Mustard Yellow Agate (energy: receptive, element: sun) Useful in contacting the creative side of the mind and building an inventive mood.
  • Green Agate (energy: receptive, element: earth) This agate is generally worn for improved health of the eyes.
  • Moss Agate (energy: receptive, element: earth) Due to this stone’s curious marking, the moss agate is especially the gardener’s talisman. It is also worn to relieve a stiff neck, lend energy to the depleted, and for healing purposes. It is also used in spells involving riches, happiness, and longevity. Wear this stone to make new friends and to discover “treasure”.
  • Red Agate (energy: projective, element: fire) Also known by many as the “Blood Agate” this stone was worn in ancient Rome to guard against insect bites and to heal the blood, as well as to promote calm and peace. It is also said to drive away spiders.
  • Grey with White Stripes Agate (energy: receptive, element: water) is often used for intellectual pursuits.
  • Brecciated (broken pieces, usually brown and red, held together by quartz) Used for optimism, tranquility, helps to avoid negative behavior and is a vibrational changer.
  • Enhydritic (nodules with water trapped inside) Used to contact water devas, and to balance emotions.

Zodiac Stone of: Gemini (Elementally)

Associations: (Generally Speaking) Mercury

Birthstone: Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month

Stone of Gemini (Elemental) to sensitize and strengthen willpower.

There are so many different varieties of Agates, it’s amazing. Not only are there several named “general” Agates, this is also the base family for Carnelians, Chalcedony and Onyx.

Agate, Blue Lace
Blue lace agate is a gentle, calming stone that engenders tranquility. It assists in flight, grace, reaching higher Spiritual planes, communicating with angels as well as activates the 5th, or Throat Chakra. It can ease the harsh edge off communication in difficult times, enhance public speaking, and smooth discussions. It is an inspiring stone that can assist in inner attunement, and has been used to perform miracles. As with all agates, it is a protective stone. Physically it has been used to aid with arthritis, headaches, digestive issues, growth, and bones.

Agate, Moss
Holding this gentle and nurturing stone makes one think of sunlight dappling through the leaves and the scents of loam and fresh moss. It is especially beneficial as a gardener’s talisman. It balances the emotions, heals the heart and brings a positive outlook. Moss agate can also be used to enhance plant growth and to grow prosperity, manifesting wealth and abundance into your life.

It also leads one toward the characteristics of agree-ability, persuasiveness, strength in all endeavors and efficacy in all pursuits. It will assist in improving the ego and self-esteem, while providing for emotional balancing and strengthening of the positive personality traits. It allows one to see the beauty within all that ones eyes touch.

Agate, Botswana 
Stone of Scorpio
Botswana agate is sometimes called the “change stone” because of its property of helping one handle change in a positive way. It gently helps one make transitions of any kind in a way that change is not as difficult or painful as could be without it; it is a comforting stone. Carrying a bit of Botswana agate in your pocket can help one cope easily with the minor changes that life throws at us daily.

Relief from depression and/or grief is another property of Botswana agate. It helps focus on solutions instead of problems, and thereby increases creativity. It increases the power of one’s intuition. It stimulates the 7th, or Crown Chakra and energizes the auric body.

Botswana agate is helpful in overcoming addictions and other self-destructive compulsive behavior patterns, as well as dealing with repressed emotional issues. As a success stone, it helps one achieve and cope with success. It is also a stone of sensuality. It is beneficial to the nervous system and can help rid the body of toxins, as well as help in the healing of broken bones. Quite a powerful agate.

Agate, Crazy Lace/Mexican Lace
Stone of Aries
Crazy Lace Agate is a balancing and protecting stone. It brings laughter to its possessor and absorbs emotional pain. Crazy Lace Agate is used to help with decision making by balancing the physical, emotional, and mental so that it is easier to make decisions.

It also helps one stay focused. Although, generally a protective stone, it has particularly strong emotionally protective properties. It is also said to ward off the “evil eye.” Physically, crazy lace agate is excellent for increasing stamina and energy, and is good for skin disorders such as acne, eczema, etc., is beneficial for the endocrine system and the heart.

Agate, Fire
Stone of Aries
Fire agate is a stone of courage, protection, and strength. It relieves fears, halts gossip and even reflects any threat of harm back to the source. Fire agate can help with spiritual advancement and progression, it promotes and enhances energy, including meditation, ritual, and healing energies. It also balances masculine (active) and feminine (receptive) energies.

Emotionally, it can take the edge off the emotional charge of problems. Fire agate is often used in spells to increase skills in communication in writing and speaking. It can also heighten visualization. Physically, fire agate enhances all healing energies, and assists with healing of the circulatory system, lymph system, intestines.

Agate, Tree
Tree (Dendritic) Agate is said to assist with introspection and self-discovery. It can give a wider viewpoint of the world. Tree agate relives tension, fever, and skin eruptions. It also brings plentiful crops.

Agate, Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. Agate increases energy – however, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, this agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.

Agate, Leaf
Silver Leaf Agates are said to help with grounding and balancing as well as to open the wearer up to acceptance, protection and abundance.
Golden Leaf Agates are to assist with acceptance, it offers emotional and physical balance, connects to nature and fosters love.

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