Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Power Of Agates

Top of the mornin' to ya!

Today I am going to share with you some of the ways that you can use agates. Since the times of Ancient Babylin and Ancient Greece,  agate has been used as a charm of healing and protection. I believe we all could use a bit of extra protection from stress and ill harm, especially these read on for more info.....


The Power Of Agate

Belonging to the quartz family, agate was one of the first tones used by humans, with worked pieces dating back to 25,000BC. The crystal is found in many varieties:

It may also have green or brown-black inclusions (moss agate) or regular bands around the edges (fortification agate). Agate is sacred to the Greek God of Healing, Aesclepius, and has long been associated with healing and protection.

In Ancient Babylon, the various shades and colors of agate were believed to have different properties:
  • Red agate to cure insect bites and stings
  • Green to cure eye infections
  • Black or striped agate to protect women from disease.
It also has a long history of use as an amulet for protection from drowning, falling, mischievous fairies and poison.

Axinomancy: Agate Divination

The Vikings and Saxons used agate to find lost items by ax and stone - a method of divination known as axinomancy. A double-headed ax would be made red-hot and then placed in the ground, the shaft being pushed into a hole. A round agate pebble would then be placed on the ax head.

If the pebble stayed on top of the ax, the questioner had to look elsewhere for the lost item; if it fell to the ground, the questioner had to follow the direction of the rolling stone to find the missing item.

You can divine by holding an agate pendulum over your palm and asking it questions requiring the response "yes" or "no". It is recommended that you first ask two questions you know the answer to to verify the direction used for yes and no, for example, say out loud, "Am I 35? (in this example you are 40) obviously the answer would be no, so note the direction the agate is swinging (it will be circular). Then ask a question you know to be yes and note how it swings in the opposite direction. Note these directions.

Different Ways To Use Your Agate

Digestive Difficulties~Agate has been used for centuries to treat digestive disorders. The Ancient Greeks would hold a piece to the stomach to ease pains and diarrhea.

  • You can experiment using this Grecian method the next time you suffer from indigestion. Hold a piece of agate to your stomach if you are suffering  with pains or nausea, and allow the calming energy of the stone to suffuse your Sacral Chakra with its healing energy.

  • Agate's power comes from its ability to promote the circulation of energy around the body, which in turn encourages the digestion of food into energy. This speeds up the removal of unpleasant or distressing stomach pains caused by indigestion.

Soothing With Agate~Agate helps to induce a peaceful and calming atmosphere. It is an ideal healing crystal to use when you are practicing massage.
  • A smooth piece of agate, such as in the shape of an egg or sphere, can be used in a massage session. The stone is gently rolled over areas of muscular tension to help the person relax and to ease tension.

  • Agate is also good for relieving stiffness in the should and lower back muscles. This has the added benefit of helping the recipient to ground themselves and feel more connected to their body.

  • Agate is also good for calming the Brow Chakra

Moss Agate

For millenia,l moss agate has been used as a talisman to help crops grow and to protect them from adverse weather conditions.

  • Place a piece of moss agate discreetly in your flower or vegetable garden and enhance its beneficial effects with this simple blessing ritual.

  • At the next new Moon, bless the moss agate with the elements,

  1. Incense (air)
  2. Red candle (fire)
  3. Water
  4. Earth
For each element recite this incantation:

"Power of the {element} bless this stone with your beneficial qualities to help my plants grow well".
  • Bury the moss agate close to the plants in your garden to improve your harvest.

Clearing Boundaries

A certain type of agate called fortification agate is very good for helping you to establish boundaries. If you have a problem with people taking advantage of you and intruding into your time and space - perhaps you find it difficult to say no - get some fortification agate.
  • Meditate by holding the agate in your hands and visualize your aura as an all-encompassing golden egg. See the edges clearly defined, forming a barrier between you and the outside world.

  • feel your inner strength grow and proclaim "I will not be influenced by others unless I decide it is for my benefit". Then carry the agate around with you to help you maintain your focus and newly found fortitude.

How Wearing Agate Benefits You

  • Wearing agates helps you stay grounded and for good luck .
  • They help obtain a better physical/emotional balance.
  • They work to raise consciousness.
  • Builds self-confidence.
  • Agate enables the person wearing it to choose their friends carefully.
  • Agate brings prosperity.
  • It is a protector of children.
  • This stone helps us to have patience, and allows for inner peace. 
  • Agate balances emotions and brings insight to any situation.

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