Agates, in any of their many varieties, can be some of the finest specimens of stones to be found by a collector. Every aspect of their intrinsic lace is an imprint of epic natural events, spanning millions years since their formation.
Obviously each stone is unique, and many Agates are gorgeous. Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, USA, Uruguay and Canada are just a few countries where it is widely distributed.
Agate has the same chemical composition as quartz, but a different physical structure. An agate forms tiny crystals and fibers instead of large crystals, and its shapes become diagrams and drawings that are given different names for differentiation. It is found in rock cavities of various types, especially lava, amongst altered rock or granitic layers. This is why they show show parallel, usually thin, lines giving the impression of bands, when cut transversely. Agate’s outer layer is made of a dark-green mineral substance deposited on the wall of a cavity. Sedimentary rocks can also contain agates. They are usually found in limestone, or dolomite and may have debris in them that decay away later.
Iron and aluminum are infused into chalcedony or microcrystalline quartz to form agate. It displays some very detailed patterns of bands, orbs, swirls, or zigzags. When exposed to heat or sun for a long period of time, the colors may fade.
Agates were used to dispel storms by Persian magicians. Agate is associated with Gaia, the goddess of the Earth in Greek mythology. Romans used to hold it in high regard. It was commonly thought that the agate would protect people from diseases and harm.
In Ancient Rome, wearing an agate ring or tying it to the left arm ensured that you would be honored by the plants, who would enable the Earth to be fertile.
Historically, it was used to reduce fevers when applied directly to the forehead.
Agates were carved with serpents riding on snakes as symbols of ceremonial magic. Amulets like this prevent snake bites, scorpion stings, insect bites, and insect stings.
Ancient cultures considered agate to be a powerful guard against sorcery and possession by demons. The scryer studied the stone markings to determine future trends.
Symbolism: Strength, Courage, Longevity, Gardening, Love, Healing, Protection. All agates are thought to symbolize inner stability, mental poise, maturity, protection, warmth, security, a sense of truth and realism, and pragmatic thinking.
Some of the most common associations that have been traditionally made with various types of agates:
Apricot agate is thought to have been associated with compassion, protection, and stability, and it was said to be useful in dealing with challenging situations.
Banded Agate: (Element: Fire) It is traditionally considered a stone for protection. Relaxes and restores energy to the body.
Black Agate: (Element: Fire) Another protective stone. Wear to succeed in competitions.
Black and White Agate: (Element: Earth). The stone acts as a protective amulet against physical harm.
Blue Lace Agate: (Element: Water). Carry or wear to achieve peace and happiness. De-stress by holding in your hand. Put one on your desk or other work station and look at it when you're feeling stressed. Blue Lace Agates surrounded by blue candles help soothe an unstable home psychic atmosphere and reduce household quarrels.
Brown or Tawny Agate: (Element: Fire). Brown agate is today worn for success in any endeavor. Warriors once wore it in battle as a sign of victory. Italy and Persia regarded it as a defense against evil eye. Additionally, it is a wealth talisman.
Crazy Lace Agate is traditionally associated with elegance, mental agility, dynamism, vivacity, variety, and flexibility in thinking and acting. It is also said to be beneficial for healing from infections.
Green Agate: (Element: Earth). Worn to promote healthy eyes. According to old legends, women who drank the water green agate rings were washed in were magically protected from sterility.
Moss Agate: (Element: Earth). As a result of its unusual markings that suggest moss or trees, the moss agate makes an excellent talisman for any gardener. Traditionally, it is worn to relieve stiff necks, to boost energy in the depleted, and for healing. Additionally, it is used in spells aimed at bringing happiness, prosperity, and long life. It is a stone for discovering treasures and making new friends.
Pink agate allegedly supports transformation, comfort, appeasement, newfound confidence in unpleasant situations, and successful mastery of challenges.
Red Agate: (Element: Fire). Ancient Romans wore this stone to battle insect bites, heal the blood, and promote peace and calm. Red agate was considered beneficial to strength, stamina and perseverance, as well as improve inner balance and assist in the development and conscious use of personal abilities.
Snake Skin Agates are believed to enhance clarity and communication, to ease agitated emotions, and to encourage sensible and educated thinking and behavior.
Thunder Egg Agate is believed to supports awareness, alertness, maturity, a good sensitivity, inner stability; it reduces stress, and it improves understanding.
White Agate is thought to support calmness, peace, self-confidence, bolsters inner composure, promotes kindness, sincerity, and is believed to protect mothers during pregnancy.
Across many cultures and religions, agate is used in spells and rituals related to strength, courage, longevity. Wearing an agate or carrying it while gardening will increase the growth of your plants and ensure a healthy harvest. Agates can be placed in the ground in a garden to encourage abundance, and small agates hung on trees increase the yield. It is thought that moss agate is the best choice for gardening and obtaining good produce.
Agate is often used in love spells as well as to avoid envious thoughts and remove distrust; in other words, to make its wearer friendly and agreeable. Additionally, it is worn as a truth amulet, ensuring you speak truthfully, and also ensuring favors from powerful people.
It is believed that children should wear agate jewelry as protective amulets. According to traditional beliefs, agate is particularly useful in preventing children from falling and can also prevent adults from stumbling.