Agate is a variety of chalcedony which is
a microcrystalline quartz. Agate is a more translucent microcrystalline
quartz and technically is striped, though many stones named agates are
not striped, whereas jasper is more opaque. There are many, many
different types of agates in many different colour combinations,
and they are found all over the world. Different types are known
for different appearances and/or properties.
Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore
Agate's most noticable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage,
protection, healing, and calming. Historically it was placed in water for cooking
or drinking to dispel sickness. The Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of any
specific type of agate depend to some extent on the color of the agate, but all agates have certain things in common.
Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to
give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered
to give strength in both battle and physically.
Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for
both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one
of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. However, because
it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of
energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.
Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children, and makes an excellent
stone for children's amulets, medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates
are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling.
Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. It can
also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. In the same way, it assists with acceptance
of all things. It can be very beneficial for self-examination as well as examination of the circumstances
one finds oneself in. These qualities make agate superior for easing anxiety and stress. Particularly
when placed on the Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra, it can help one to accept one's emotions, thereby helping overcome those emotions that one wants to remove.
Because of the harmonizing qualities of agate, and its emotional energies of removing and releasing
resentments and bitterness, it is also considered by many to be an excellent stone for helping to heal and improve relationships.
Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy.
As far as relationships go, agate is a stone of marital and romantic fidelity.
Agate can strengthen the body and the body's connection to the earth. It also increases energy. Agate
enhances healing of all kinds by bringing the elements of the healee into harmony. Physically, agate is
particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance, insomnia.
Chakras: All agates can remove blockages from any chakra. Agate also relates to specific chakras according to the stone color.