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Location & Composition of the Crystal
Agate the “Stabiliser” was in modern times discovered along the banks of the river Acate (also known as the Dirillo River) in Sicily amongst the artefacts of Neolithic people, hence the name Agate. It is a common crystal found in Africa, Brazil, Czech Republic, India and Morocco. It is a Silicon Dioxide of the silicates, tectosilicate class of crystals.
It comes in various shades of black, blue, brown, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, light brown, white and yellow and is translucent even though they may appear to be opaque in appearance. It has bands within it that can be of the same colour or multi-coloured and is often found as layers lining Geodes. There are many different named agates and generally, the name reflects the area where the crystal is found or is descriptive of their colour and pattern.
General Information & Legends
Agate is a gentle crystal that works slowly and deliberately behind the scenes on the root cause of an issue. It is a useful crystal for anyone who is easily hurt and helps stop obsessive thoughts and destructive patterns of behaviour. It is a great crystal to use to help bring clarity and stability to a situation and to overcome negative emotions by cleansing and removing them from the aura.
It can help you bring a sense of balance and centeredness into your life by helping you to slow down and analyse what you need to do; it harmonises Yin and Yang. It is also believed to help discourage overspending and wasteful habits and thus increase your wealth.
Agate is a crystal that has been used throughout history by the ancient cultures such as the Babylonians, Egyptians, Islamic civilisations and Romans to protect against negative energy including tragedies and natural disasters; it has been discovered that they were used by the early Egyptians before 3000BC.
The Romans used to turn Agate into powder and mix it with water in order to counteract the venom of serpents. Ancient seafarers used Agate in amulets of protection from the angry power of the ocean. The properties of Agate eventually reached the African continent and then spread throughout the Middle East and into Russia and from there the rest of the World.
Connections: Goddesses & Angels
Agate is associated with a large number of Goddesses and here are just some of them: Aurora, the Roman Goddess of the Dawn and Mother of the Winds, Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women, Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge, Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess, Jana, the Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things and Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the Night.
Agate is not associated with any particular Angel, although you can use an Agate of the colour associated with each or any of the Angels.
Agate in itself is not associated with any particular chakra. The colour of the crystal resonates with the chakra associated with that colour as follows:
Crown Chakra – white
Third Eye Chakra – purple
Throat Chakra – blue
Heart Chakra – pink or green
Solar Plexus Chakra – yellow
Sacral Chakra – orange
Root or Base Chakra – black, brown or red
Healing: Physical, Emotional & Spiritual
In crystal healing, Agate is said to help with illnesses and symptoms relating to blood vessels, constipation/diarrhoea, digestion, digestive system, eye disorders and infections, gastritis, lymphatic system, pancreas, rheumatism, skin infections and irritations, stomach problems and the uterus.
Emotionally, Agate is said to assist with acceptance, analytical abilities, anger diffusing or release, balance, bitterness, calming, concentration, courage, harmony, perception, security, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-worth, soothing, strength, trauma and truth.
On a spiritual level, it aids abundance, aura cleansing, balance, clarity, grounding and spiritual growth.
Birthstones & Anniversaries
Agate is a traditional, ancient and modern birthstone for the Zodiac signs of Capricorn (22nd December - 19th January) and Gemini (21st May - 20th June). It is also an ancient and modern birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio, (23rd October - 21st November) and a modern birthstone for the Zodiac signs of Aries (21st March - 19th April), Virgo (23rd August to 22nd September) and Pisces (19th February to 20th March).
Agate is on the alternative list for the 12th and 14th anniversaries.
Agate is a perfect crystal for meditating with to encourage quiet contemplation and introspection and to give support during change, instability and stress; keeping the user centred, grounded and protected.
I am balanced, grounded, protected and supported.
Important to Know
As with all crystals you use regularly, don’t forget to cleanse and recharge it at least once a month.
For crystal healers who use crystals in their work, they should be cleansed after each client to remove any negative energy prior to being used on someone else.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Although the powers of crystals and stones are well documented and have been proven to help bring positivity into people's lives, they are never a substitute for medical advice.
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