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Agate - Origin and Benefits

Let's discover together the agate, protective and soothing stone!


Hardness: Between 6.5 and 7.



Let's Learn!


Agate originates from Dirillo (formerly Achates) in Sicily, where it was first discovered. From the Greek akhatês, its name is taken from this river.


Thus, many civilizations such as the Celts, the Mesopotamians, and the Egyptians, to name a few, exploited this stone for its virtues as well as for its beauty.


The Celts dedicated it to Ceridwen, goddess of birth and death emblematic of their pantheon.

(See the Witch Queen in Anglo-Saxon mythology? That's her!)


A Greek legend would say that King Mithridates had more than 4,000 agate containers.

Greek mythology then brings agate closer to Gaia, goddess of the Earth and Nature. But also to Aesculapius, Greek god of medicine.


The Romans associated her with Aurora, goddess of dawn and mother of the winds.


It is also associated with the planet Mercury.


It was therefore used in jewelry, to make objects, decorations as well as objects of worship, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Considered a protective stone for many civilizations, the Persians burned it to chase away storms, to protect crops, when the Romans used it to heal people by transforming it into an elixir (reduced to powder) to heal snake bites.


Today, this stone is used in lithotherapy for its virtues, and in jewelry for its richness of colors.

In Islam, it offers protection and longevity to its wearer.


But what is it?



Agate belongs to the Calcedon quartz family and is mainly made up of silica formed through volcanic lava.

It can be made up of water molecules.

The lava is transformed, after eruption, into drops (known as melaphyre drops) which solidify into a mass of quartz.

These stones are therefore composed of several layers formed by different varieties of quartz and inclusion of other minerals. This explains this variety of shapes, patterns and colors.


There are deposits in Germany, Australia, and the United States, but also in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Madagascar, and China.


Virtues and Properties!


In lithotherapy, it is considered a stone of anchoring and luck.

Thus, physical, emotional and intellectual benefits are linked to it.


Psychological


It calms anxieties and harmonizes yin and yang. By bringing courage, it helps to gain self-confidence and self-acceptance, thus bringing a certain maturity.

Thus, it decreases the feeling of anger and dissipates disturbing inner elements and emotional shocks, which gives a feeling of security.


Agate brings more sincerity, develops concentration and promotes memories, logic and memory.


Considered a protective stone, it helps protect against negative people and environments.

(If worn with a talisman around the neck or wrist, its protection will be increased tenfold.)


It also helps fight anxiety, stress, and negative thoughts, and decreases feelings of tightness. It will therefore prevent discouragement and boost your determination.


Placed close to you at night, it promotes deep and restorative sleep.



Spiritual


Agate allows balance between body and mind while removing energy blockages that may have taken place.

It will then stabilize your aura and help fight psychic disorders as well as heal emotional and affective wounds.


It is an excellent stone for mediation thanks to its soothing and concentration properties..

Its action may depend on the chakras on which it acts and its color.


Black, red, orange and yellow agates act on the physical chakras, namely the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the solar plexus chakra.


Green (moss agate) and pink agates act on the heart chakra.


Blue and purple agates act on the throat and third eye chakras.


Finally, white and beige agates act on the crown chakra.


Phisycal


Agate is renowned for its healing properties.


It helps the body to relax and reduces muscle, joint and nerve pain.


It is suitable for athletes to protect their joints and knees.


It also helps to fight skin problems, irritations, redness and small imperfections of the skin.


It would also relieve the bites of poisonous insects and reptiles, edema and infections.


It stimulates fluid circulation, blood circulation and intestinal transit, and regulates breathing.


It also reduces bloating and eye fatigue.


When it acts on the sacral chakra, it helps the development of sexual life.


It therefore promotes relaxation and well-being.


Places


Agate can also be used to soothe and harmonize the overall energy of a place, thus bringing calm and luck.

Positioned in the room of an ill person, it will restore positivity and courage to continue to fight.


Association with other ctrystals


Agate cannot be mixed with any stone!

For a calming effect: blue agate can be worn/used with fluorite, larimar, amazonite or aquamarine.


The agate associated with the labradorite makes it possible to reinforce the soothing virtues of the two stones.


For a stimulating effect: fire agate can be worn with carnelian, citrine, amber, red jasper or calcite.


Pairing agate with amethyst enhances their healing and protective benefits, especially for dental pain.


It is necessary to avoid the association of contrary energies. Using stones that have similar energies and/or that act on the same chakras is advised.


Purification and ways to Charge it


All varieties of agate can be purified with water (distilled or spring with a little salt), salt, underground or by fumigation.


To recharge them, all varieties of agate can be exposed to the rays of the sun EXCEPT blue agate for which we recommend the soft light of the moon.

They can also be placed on a cluster of quartz or an amethyst geode.


To be done according to your feelings and use between once a week and once a month.


All you have to do is do some more research to choose your way of purifying and recharging your stone! The more you "resonate" with a method (which will not endanger the stone and which will not destroy it), the better the effect.


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Disclaimer : always research further. / If you are sick or have a medical condition, see a health specialist and don't just rely on the stones.

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Written by and for SparkStudio in 2022.

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