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Agate

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The name agate is from an old locality on the achate river in southwestern Sicily. And some lore ,"Agate" comes from the Greek word "Agateeq" which means happy.

Agate's historical importance encompasses fossils, folklore, and science. Human use of Agate stone can be traced back to Stone Age man in France, circa 20,000-16,000 BC. The Egyptians were also known to have used this Agate prior to 3000 BC. It was highly valued by ancient civilizations, as it was said to render the wearer invisible.

In ancient times Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet, it was also said to quench thirst and protect from fevers. And there are legends that tell us that Persian magicians used Agate to divert storms.

In medieval times, the wearing of Agate was said to bring God's favor and make one agreeable and persuasive, giving victory and strength to the wearer and protection from all dangers. Wearing Agate was also thought to give pleasant dreams and cure insomnia.

Early Greeks made amulets of Agate for protection from the elements of the sea. 

Some of the earliest primitive stone tools (axes) fashioned by man's ancestors 2.5 million years ago in the Omo valley in Ethiopia, were made of quartz varieties such as Agate. These Agate materials were used because of their hardness and their isotropic brittleness which made it possible to shape the tools with relative ease.

Tree Agate for Lammas, the First Harvest. Not only is there a connection with the symbolism of the Green Man, but the properties of this particular form of Agate are strongly connected to the growth and well-being of plant life and agriculture, something which was extremely important to the survival of our ancestors. Known as the "Stone of Plentitude", Tree Agate brings prosperity and abundance, especially in the form of bountiful crops and generous yields and that is very much what Lammas is all about.

Tree Agate, also known as Dendritic Agate or Moss Agate, is an opaque cryptocrystalline variety of Chalcedony Quartz.  As its alternate name Dendritic Agate suggests, this unique stone's Chlorite, Manganese or Hornblende inclusions make it appear to have distinctive mossy or tree-like markings.  These markings are called dendrites, a name derived from "dendron", the Greek word for "tree".

The ancient Greeks noted Tree Agate as a stone of abundance and would sow some into their fields to ensure a good and plentiful harvest.  Placing Tree Agate in your own garden is said to help increase the fertility of your plants and produce healthy vibrant flowers and foliage.

Small Agates were hung in fruit trees to bring about a more prolific yield. And often used as a talisman by shamans, Tree Agate was also used to predict weather, guard against natural disasters, and for locating food and water.  Agate was used to divine the degree of strength or weakness of their sick. Afterward, Agate would be used as an elixir to dispel the sickness.

This sturdy stone encourages communication with the deities of the plant kingdom and can deepen your knowledge of their realm. Agate will also prompt you to renew and revitalize your own personal connection to the Earth and her life-giving powers.  As the other two Harvest Festivals approach (and especially Samhain), Tree Agate can be used to connect us with our ancestors, our roots providing for an uncanny openness to communication with the spirit world.

Agate is said to have been one of the stones used in the breastplate of the Judaic High Priest.  Early Egyptians fashions drinking vessels out of this versatile stone.  Tree Agate was a favorite stone used in jewelry in the Victorian era.  And more currently, children's marbles were once made of Agate and subsequently called "aggies".

The astrological sign of Agate is Gemini, Libra and Capricorn

Agate is a birthstone for the month of May, June and September

Agate is the symbolic gemstone for the 12th wedding anniversary.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Agate is a very nurturing and protective energy stone, one that is extremely calming and soothing.  Agate was used as a “sacred stone” by the Native American Indians, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribes.

Agate has successfully been used to provide a pathway for receiving thought transmissions.

Agate also helps strengthen the body's connection to the Earth.

Agate is used for balancing the energy of the body, emotions and spirit.

Agate is a stone to encourage “brotherhood” among all. It symbolizes benevolence and good will, the benevolence stemming from the nurturing energy within the stone.

Agate alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy, while enhancing generosity, responsiveness, receptivity, courage, energy, and  strength.

Agate is also very good at dispelling fears. It brings a gentle acceptance of oneself and of others to the wearer.

Agate is believed to help discern truth, accept circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty.

Agate is also called a” stone of harmony”, helping to improve and harmonize relationships.

Agate bringing the elements of one's being into harmony it greatly enhances healing.

Agate has been reported to promote marital fidelity.

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

Black/ Banded Agate
This is a stone for grounding and centering the energies of the Root or Base Chakra.
Use for self control, grounding, resilience, quiet power, grounding, invisibility, peace and anxiety.
Black agate is considered a receiving stones and is used for calming, soothing, inward meditation and reflection.
When used for Chakra healing and balancing,
Black Agate represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane.
Ideally, when using black stones at the Root Chakra, they bring us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

Blue Lace Agate (energy: receptive, element: water)
Helps to focus on the inner source of love within you that transforms and heals all wounds.
Contains the qualities of flight, air, movement, and grace.
Highly inspirational when working with the inner self. Works well with not only the Throat Chakra, but the Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakra. Strengthens hereditary skeletal structure, outward manifested growths, such as arthritis.

Botswana Agate
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.
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. Botswana agate 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.
Strongly recommended for firefighters, people who smoke, and for anyone who comes in regular contact with excessive amounts of heat or smoke. Helpful for anyone who wants to quit smoking. Beneficial to the circulatory system, the skin, and the brain. A pleasant side effect may be giddiness. Soothes depression.

Fire Agate
Most often found in North America. Comes in shades of orange, brown, blue, or green. Strong connection to the energies of the earth. Excellent stone to use before meditating. Induces a feeling of relaxation. Helps alleviate problems relating to the stomach and endocrine system. Helps you examine and deal with problems in a calm and safe manner. Helps take the edge off difficult experiences. Recommended for dentists, optometrists, and those in the healing profession.

Moss Agate (energy: receptive, element: earth)
Connects one to Nature. Translucent, transparent Agate containing inclusions of minerals that look like moss or foliage. Improves ego and self-esteem, emotional balance and strengthens positive personality traits. Allows one to see all the beauty one's eyes touch. Wear this stone to make new friend and to discover "treasure".

Purple Agate
It is the stone of meditation and spiritual transformation. This stone works on the upper Chakra.
It assists in allowing trust with your own intuition and opens the spiritual flood gates to a realm of endless possibilities. It gives us the space to "be" our spiritual selves and clears the mind for extraordinary vision and insight. Agate is composed of microscopic crystals of Quartz laid down in colorful bands or ribbons. The appearance of Agate is waxy and soft.
Almost always translucent and occasionally transparent. Agates are grounding stones. They help obtain a better physical/emotional balance. They work to raise consciousness. Builds self-confidence.

Red/Banded 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.
This is a stone for grounding and centering the energies of the Root or Base Chakra. The color for theRoot Chakra is red or black and it is grounded with your power. When this Chakra is open, you feel in good health and connected with your physical body. It is used to ground your essence into your physical body. This Chakra gives you determination, grounds you and helps in survival in the physical realms.
Red is a projecting stones which assists in destroy disease, strengthens conscious, courage, strength, physical energy, luck, and success. Red stones are used for protection, courage, energy.

Titanium Agate
This stone is infused with titanium and additional metal oxides to form one of the most precious crystals on the planet.
It increases lifeforce and vitality, attuning to the highest attribute of the Crown Chakra.
It's rainbow colors have been shown to stimulate the entire aura body! An exceptional stone for creativity. This agate removes blockages and enhancing the flow of creativity due to its intensely visual colors.
It has been used for increasing intuition and therefore an exceptional stone for promoting clairvoyance as well as all forms of "seeing". Consider this crystal for assisting in meditation, an alternative medicine career or yogic practice. This crystal appears to stimulate the upward movement of the kundalini and is exceptional for any tantric practice.

Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy Lace Agate is a balancing and protecting stone. It brings laughter to it's 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."

Eagle Eye Agate
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.

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

Eye Agate
Eye Agate, sometimes call Orbital or Cat's Eye Agate, is used to treat growths, and stimulate regenerative powers of the body.  Attunes one to other planets of this solar system.

Black Agate (energy: projective, element: fire)
A protective stone, wear for courage andd successful competitions.

Black and White Agate (energy: projective, element: fire)
Worn as an amulet, this agate guards against physcial dangers.

Brown or Tawny Agate (energy projective, element: fire)
Long ago worn by warriors for victory in battle, today is 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.

Grey with White Stripes Agate (energy: receptive, element: water)
This Agate is often used for intellectual pursuits.

Brecciated Agate (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 Agate (nodules with water trapped inside)
Used to contact water devas, and to balance emotions.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Agate heals the eyes, stomach and uterus; cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas; strengthens blood vessels and heals skin disorders.

Agate works with chakras according to stone color. Agate is said to help with issues of the teeth and gums.

Agate is also believed to cure insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams.

In addition to the generic healing properties of Agate, specific colours and types have additional attributes:

Botswana Agate
Botswana Agate is beneficial to smokers and those wanting to quit smoking.  It helps you to look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems.  Helps to explore unknown territory and your own creativity.
Botswana Agate aids in seeing the bigger picture.  Releases repression.  It helps the body to assimilate oxygen.  Aids depression.

Bulls Eye Agate
It treats disorders of the reproductive system. Aids in the treatment of growths and stimulates regenerative properties.

Crazy Lace Agate
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. Its ability to absorb emotional pain, Crazy Lace Agate should be cleansed frequently.

Fire Agate
In healing Fire Agate is believed to aid stomach and circulatory problems. It is also thought to help reduce cravings and may be of benefit in the treatment of addictions and destructive desires.

Moss Agate
In healing Moss Agate is believed to speed up recovery from illness or injury and to boost the immune system. It is thought to be anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling in the lymph node, easing the symptoms of colds and flu and lowering temperatures. Moss Agate is also believed to help reduce the pain of childbirth.

Red Agate
Help with blood, relieve anemia, stop bleeding, heal rashes and wounds.

Tree Agate
It is a good stone for plants and trees and can be gridded around a growing area to improve the health of the plants. Tree Agate is a slow acting crystal and should be worn, or carried, for long periods of time to get the full benefit.

White Agate
White Agate is “The ultimate pregnancy stone”. It helps to protect mother and baby from harm, soothes labour pains, eases morning sickness, ensures a healthy milk flow for the baby.

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