Chalcedony

Properties: Chalcedony is not technically its own mineral classification. Although it is a variety of silica or Quartz found in microcrystalline form, it is usually cataloged separately from Quartz (often in white or blue chalcedony only), in order to distinguish it from the large variety and colors of the banded versions of Agate and other unique minerals in this division.

Known as a nurturing stone, it encourages the harmony, benevolence, generosity and humility of its owner. It absorbs negative energy and dissipates it, therefore, decreasing hostility, easing self-doubt and transforming sadness and melancholy into joy! It has been known to make one more reflective. It can be used to assist one in thought transmission through telepathy, helping you to remain open, enthusiastic and positive. A wonderful stone for enhancing good will, brotherhood and group stability. It is one of the best stone for easing bad dreams.

Folk Remedies: Throughout the ancient world, chalcedony has been used for problems relating to the eyes, gall bladder, bones, spleen, blood, and circulatory organs. Cleansing in nature, this stone was used to promote the healing of open sores. Known to foster the maternal instincts and was said to assist lactation.

Feng Shui: This stone can work well in the area most associated with it’s color, especially Knowledge, Skills area, Children, Creativity area and Career, Lifepath area.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 7

History: Chalcedony (SiO2) is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, which is composed of very fine inter-growths of quartz and moganite. Both silica minerals, quartz has a trigonal crystal structure, while moganite is monoclinic. This stone is a 6 – 7 hardness on the Mohs scale. Its waxy luster can have a semi-transparent or translucent look. It can be found in a wide range of colors, including shades of white, black, pink, red, blue, gray and brown.

Found in the US, Sri Lanka, USSR, Mexico and Brazil. The name “chalcedony” (pronounced kael-sedini) comes from the Latin chalcedonius and probably derived from the town Chalcedon in Asia Minor. The name first appeared in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia as a term for a translucid kind of Jaspis. The Greek word khalkedon appears in the Book of Revelation (Apc 21,19). Chalcedony was used in the Mediterranean region during the Bronze Age.

Found on Minoan Crete at the Palace of Knossos, in seals dating back to circa 1800 BC and various forms found along the Central Asian trade routes. At least three varieties of chalcedony were used in the Jewish High Priest’s Breastplate. (Moses’ brother Aaron wore the Breastplate, with inscribed gems representing the twelve tribes of Israel). The Breastplate included jasper, chrysoprase and sardonyx. Many semi-precious gemstones are in fact forms of chalcedony. The more notable are agate, aventurine, bloodstone, carnelian, chrysoprase, jasper and sardonyx.

Blue Chalcedony

This beautiful, stones benefits the Throat Chakra, therefore it is a wonderful stone for improving communications and listening skills. It improves mental and verbal flexibility, dexterity, learning and memory. It helps one accept new situations, assimilate new ideas and stimulates creativity. One of the best stones for encouraging optimism, lightheartedness and self-perception.

Green Chalcedony

 This stone is associated with the Heart Chakra and used to help with growth and self-love. This stone has impurities which often give it wavy lines and odd shaped patterns. The purer the mineral to more opaque and translucent it can appear. This stone connects us with the power of nature and helps us to reconcile with our struggle with being in a world of technology or being more within “within nature” …

White Chalcedony

This translucent, almost glowing stone has many micro-reflective quartz being outward as light passes through it. This stone is wonderful for the Crown Chakra as it links us to Universal truth, light and purity. It is a stone of “conscious thought” and can be used to bring higher levels of energy into our aura. It helps us to connect to our spiritual significance and brings about a sense of calm, enlighten, empowerment!

With Nurturing, Healing Energies

Chalcedony is known as a nurturing stone, it encourages the harmony, benevolence, generosity and humility of its owner. It absorbs negative energy and dissipates it, therefore, decreasing hostility, easing self-doubt and transforming sadness and melancholy into joy! It has been known to make one more reflective.

This stones offers us mental and verbal flexibility, dexterity, learning and memory. It helps one accept new situations, assimilate new ideas and stimulates creativity. One of the best stones for encouraging optimism, lightheartedness and self-perception.

The blue, green and white varieties of this stone are the most beneficial for healing and caring, self-awareness and spiritual.

Associations

Angels: Haniel, Raphael
Associated Crystal: quartz, agate families
Birthstone: July (non-traditional)
Color: Blue
Chakra: Throat Chakra
Element: Water
Flowers: Watercress, Water Lily, Hydrangea
Oils:  Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang
Gods/Goddesses:  Allat, Fuji, Kuan-Yin, Maat, Kupala, Yemeya
Planet: Moon
Zodiac: Cancer
Sabbat: Ostara, Litha
Tarot: The Chariot

Chaceldony Elixir

A crystal elixir or gem essence combines the energy of your crystal that is infused in either water or oil. It is often placed in the sun in order for the crystal to imbue the water or oil with the crystal’s energy or Qi and then the decoction is used for healing and anointing.

Here is what you need: A glass container filled with about 12 ounces of water. If you are going to be placing your essence outside, be sure to cover it.   Read more here

Cleansing & Charging Chalcedony

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 7

The Power of Color

Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you.  A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality.  It contributes in what attracts you to it.  The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.

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