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Agate is a type of chalcedony that comes in a variety of colours and appearances. There are also other specific types of agate as well including moss agate, blue lace agate and iris agate. Agates make great decorative stones because of their layers of patterns and colours that are mesmerizing to look at.
Physical Healing Properties: Helps with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowels in general. Balances the lymphatic system and blood circulation. Also helps with skin disorders and eye issues. Great for detoxification.
Emotional Healing Properties: Agates are very grounding stones, and they work well to protect you. They work to balance mind, body and spirit so that you feel at peace. The multiple layers and bands in the stones can signify emotions coming to the surface to be accepted. Heals emotional traumas on all levels and gives you the courage to start again.
Chakras: Each different type of agate will correspond with a different chakra, and there is an agate for every chakra.
Astrological signs: This stone is associated with Gemini.
History: Agates are a form of chalcedony which was named after Chalchedon, an ancient port on the Sea of Marmara where stones were mined and traded. It has been used throughout history as a stone for household items such as goblets and decoration. When it was one of the only gemstones used it was considered very valuable, but now the value is lower. One type of agate is higher in value though, and that is Chrysoprase.
How to use it: Hold in mediation or place on your body where you need assistance in releasing blockages. You can also make an elixir using agate by allowing the agate to sit in water overnight and then straining the water to separate the crystal and the water. You can also use agate slices as a coaster to put your drinks on and it will charge your beverage with the healing energy of the crystal.
Obsidian is molten lava that has cooled so quickly that it didn't have time to crystallize. Because of this, the stone works extremely fast and with great power. It is a stone without boundaries or limitations. This volcanic glass is a grounding and protecting stone, that brings wisdom. It is good for learning. It a truth enhancing stone that has reflective qualities that are unforgiving at exposing blockages, flaws, and weaknesses. Nothing can be hidden from the Obsidian stone. Obsidian is good for people who are sensitive, suffer social anxiety, and who are empathic. It is a grounding stone that helps to absorb any negative energy around you.
Physical Healing Properties: It is good for digestion, and nausea. It detoxifies and dissolves blockages and tensions in the body. It helps with arthritis, cramps, joint problems and injuries. Use Obsidian as an elixir to help with shock. It helps to alleviate pain and stops bleeding. It is a stone that helps you recognize the cause of disease.
Emotional Healing Properties: Obsidian is a grounding stone that impels you to grow and will offer its support when you choose to do so. It helps subconscious blockages and self-defeating patterns. It helps you to recognize your dark side. It is a stone that needs to be carefully handled, and it is best used with the guidance of a qualified therapist as the stone can bring about negative emotions and unpleasant truths. It is a protective stone that helps to guard against negativity. It is a good stone for highly sensitive people.
Spiritual Healing Properties: Obsidian provides deep soul healing and can help facilitate going back into past lives to heal any trauma or festering emotions that may have carried forward into your present life. It helps block a psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences. It acts as a mirror of the soul and lets you take a good long look at yourself and be able to smile at yourself. It vitalizes your soul's purpose. The stone eliminates blockages and helps to relieve tension. It helps to anchor the spirit into the body.
Astrological signs: Aries, Capricorn, Sagittaius and Scorpio.
How to use it: A large piece of Obsidian can help block geopathic stress or soak up any environmental pollution. Place under the bed or pillow to draw out any mental stress and tension, which may help to have a calming effect. While it draws out these tensions, it can also bring up the reasons for the stress, which must be confronted before peace can return. If you aren't quite ready to deal with that stress, you might want to wait to use Obsidian until you are. This stone is so effective at soaking up any negative energies that it is important to clean the stone under running water each time you use it for this purpose. Use as a ball or as a mirror for scrying.