Chalcedony (chal.ced.o.ny) is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz.
Cryptocrystalline stones are divided more by the character of the stone rather than its colour, such as the pattern of the crystal, the visual effect and the form that the crystal takes.
Chalcedony is transparent to opaque depending on the structure and type of crystal for example agate is translucent while jasper is opaque.
Chalcedony is a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood and goodwill and will enhance a groups stability. It can be used for telepathy and transmission. This stone absorbs negative energy and then dissipates it so that the energy doesn't move to someone else.
Chalcedony brings the mind, body and spirit into alignment. It sends feelings of generosity and benevolence to you. Chalcedony removes unwanted feelings of hostility and removes sadness. This stone removes self doubt and builds self confidence. Using this stone to meditate will help you become a more open and enthusiastic person.
Chalcedony is a powerful healer and cleanser. This stone helps if you have a lack of maternal instinct, lessens the effect of dementia and senility. Chalcedony balances the mind, body, emotions and spirit into a whole. It heals the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.
Blue chalcedony is a good all round stone for the throat chakra and physical throat health. It can help strengthen your vocal apparatus and to help prevent or heal vocal strain. It is an excellent choice for soothing sore throats and throat infections. Blue chalcedony is useful for healing problems associated with the throat, neck or head. Use this stone for a headache, sore throat or an earache. It is beneficial for calming inflammation and sinus conditions. Blue chalcedony enables the fluids of the body to flow correctly, so that a build up of pressure, such as behind the eyes or in the mucous membranes is avoided. It will ease hay fever and plant allergies that cause respiratory problems and may speed the dissolving or passing of gall and kidney stones. It also can increase lactation in nursing mothers.
For those who experience frequent bouts with irrational anger, fear, panic or anxiety, blue chalcedony can assist in calming these emotional patterns and dissolving them in the energy field. For those who tend to speak before considering the impact of their words, this stone helps you become more conscious of your words and the tone of your voice. Blue chalcedony relieves hostility and irritability. It promotes feelings of kindness and compassion. This stone brings your emotions into a balanced state when used with conscious direction. With this stone in hand, set your intention to realign your emotions and sort out all those unsettling feelings.
Blue chalcedony elicits the soothing energy of a peaceful lake. Use this stone to help turn off the incessant chatter going on in your mind. Breathe deeply and relax. The calming vibration of this stone slows inner talk, assisting you in sorting out the many mental images and conversations going on inside. Blue chalcedony is the reality factor, replacing illusions and vague promises with practical plans and realistic timetables for any joint or collective venture, whether at home or work. It melts away blocks to learning new foreign languages and codes or technical information, such as understanding computer manuals. When holding blue chalcedony you will find that your stress and irritability has been dispelled and replaced with a sense of calm and happiness.
This stone helps with divine communication, speech and channeling work. It assists in repairing the energy field and sealing leaks or holes. Blue chalcedony provides spiritual power and innate wisdom. It can be used to tap into your connection with your ancestors and the wisdom and knowledge of those who have walked on this planet before you. Blue chalcedony is a stone for telepathic and psychic communication, whether with earth guardians, spirit guides or angels.
Pink chalcedony is used by new mothers to increase their milk supply and to protect the baby from harm in the early days of life. Pink chalcedony is a Goddess stone. Pink chalcedony signifies that the secret fears that may keep you awake are unfounded and that you should talk about them to a trusted friend. They will then lose their power over your life.
Pink chalcedony relieves shock and trauma. It is an excellent stone for helping first time mothers when they are giving birth. It is helpful also for postnatal problems, especially after a prolonged birth or one involving medical intervention, such as forceps or cesarean section. Pink chalcedony will make it easier to cope with difficult children or relations. Use is if you work for a large or impersonal organisation. It will help you settle in more easily and create a home base for yourself. It can ease the the tension of people who feel unloved, such as at a time of divorce. It will help people who have conflicting loyalties or is afraid to love again.
It can be used in rituals to increase self love and self esteem. Use it in gentle banishing magic by allowing the stone to absorb your regrets and then hold it under flowing water.
Purple chalcedony helps you reach the meditative brain-wave patterns of Theta and Delta while remaining conscious. It is excellent for those who tend to fall asleep during meditation. It can be used to help balance the effects of narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.
Purple chalcedony offers a sense of emotional protection from negativity and it helps you feel more connected to your higher source. It is especially useful for assisting children in coming to grips with their psychic abilities and in protecting them from negative energies.
Purple chalcedony offers both psychic awakening and psychic protection. It enhances the dream state and can help with lucid dream work. It allows you to remain positively centred as you receive intuitive or energetic information from external sources and prevents you from being thrown off centre by any negativity that you may encounter on a physical level.
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded chalcedony, a mineral of the quartz group. The name agate comes from the river Achetes in Sicily, where agates were found in ancient times. Agates have been discovered with the artifacts of Neolithic people, and they were used by the early Egyptians before 3000 BC. The stones were also used in jewellery in ancient India.
Agates are stabilising and strengthening which can help you to build a lasting connection or resonance with whatever energy pattern a particular variety represents.
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Bloodstone is dark green with red or yellow spots and blotches. It used to be known as Heliotrope, from the Greek meaning 'sun turner'. Bloodstone strengthens the base chakra, the source of your physical energies, and it helps you dispel sluggishness in that chakra.
Bloodstone is useful for all types of blood ailments. It works at the source of the blood, within the bone marrow. It can assist in strengthening and fortifying the blood and overcoming blood weakness such as anemia. It is stimulating to the liver and the endocrine system. It is also useful in balancing female hormonal imbalances and helping to stabilise the hormones throughout menopause. Bloodstone is good for women to keep on hand during their childbearing years. This stone helps ease the birthing process and lends supporting vibrations so the baby easily travels through the birth canal. This stone is also useful for hormonal balance, PMS, menopause and any physical issue involving hormone imbalance or blood disorders. It is also good for the liver, heart, lungs and spleen. Bloodstone will help you stay on course if you are beginning a detox programme or a diet.
This stone is useful against bullies, emotional as well as physical, in the home and workplace. It will support you if you are a single parent or are the only carer of an elderly relation.
Bloodstone can keep you from becoming discouraged when you meet obstacles on your path. It can assist you in feeling capable and self sufficient. It strengthens your sense of connection to the Divine, revealing feelings of isolation or loneliness as illusion. Bloodstone helps you truly recognise that your feelings and emotions are behind what you manifest in your life and that your heartfelt emotions create your reality. Use this stone to clear your emotional birth canal, so that you have a clear channel for the emotions that help determine your life's purpose.
Bloodstone provides a mental boost when motivation is lacking. A stone of birthing, it is useful when you are developing an idea, such as an invention, a writing project or any other creative endeavour that you have only just thought about previously. With this stone in hand, you will be motivated to take action on your dreams and goals, cultivating it from the idea stage to actualisation.
Bloodstone instills courage and assists you in taking the right action. It can help you fulfill your commitments in the face of obstacles. It is excellent for those undergoing tremendous change in their lives due to spiritual awakening. It can help you to maintain faith in and trust the Divine and to overcome loneliness and find your inner strength. As bloodstone is associated with birth and the birthing process, it helps align you with the birth of your consciousness. Use this stone to bring forth your true spiritual nature. Allow it to help you bring your spirituality into everyday life in a grounded and real way. Use bloodstone in goddess rituals and for exploring past lives, especially in dreams. In storms and weather magic, use it to give you courage to shed destructive habits and people.
Carnelians were used in Ancient Egyptian magic as protection for both the living and the dead. A carnelian was placed on the neck of a mummy to ensure the protection and rebirth of the spirit in the afterlife. Another carnelian amulet was the Eye of Horus; which is still believed to offer protection against the evil eye. Carnelian is associated with the solar plexus chakra, it energies your system and fills you with confidence and courage. Carnelian removes doubt and despair and reminds you of your unique strengths.
Carnelian warms and cleanses the blood and kidneys, stimulates a healthy appetite and increases physical energy. A stone of both fertility and male potency, carnelian can relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms and overcome sexual anxieties that prevent orgasm. Carnelian relieves addictions of all kinds, especially problems centering on food that may be linked with low self esteem. It also alleviates arthritis, especially in men. Carnelian will aid in preserving ancient sacred sites and old buildings and reviving the energies if they have become derelict or forgotten over time.
Carnelian brings abundance in every way to the home and family. It assists in decision making and all forms of buying and selling. Traditionally a protector against fire, storm and malevolence of all kinds, carnelian can be placed near entrances of the home, garages and outbuildings, on your desk at work to radiate positivity. Carnelian defines and strengthens your identity, so that your true self shines through without fear or the need to conform to the expectations of others.
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In medieval times chrysoprase was engraved with the image of a bull to give strength and protection to the wearer. The medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen recommended chrysoprase for turning anger into soft words of forgiveness. A stone of spring, chrysoprase represents a change of heart by others or a new opportunity for you concerning situations that have seemed hopeless or avenues that you thought closed.
If you or the people work with are new to healing, chrysoprase will make the body, spirit and mind receptive to these previously unknown healing energies. It is good for stomach ulcers and other digestive disorders and skin perforations or infected areas. Chrysoprase will fill the mind and spirit with optimism and give the impetus to get back into mainstream life after illness or despair.
At any time of the year, open all the windows and doors at home and place a chrysoprase near the front and back or patio doors. This will give your home a psychic spring clean and attract all types of abundance - of health, happiness and enthusiasm as well as materially. At work chrysoprase is excellent for beginning a new job, venture or project.
It is excellent for helping to mend a heart broken by first love. It also assists those who fear failure and who are stressed by exams, unfamiliar subjects or coursework. Chrysoprase is an excellent stone for meditation, especially outdoors to connect you with natural energies, nature spirits and magical animals.
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All forms of jasper were held in high regard by the ancients as it was believed to bring rain and cure snakebite. The ancient Egyptians used it to protect against all enemies, wild animals and fear. Jasper worn on the naval has been considered a cure for stomach ache for thousands of years. The Persians powdered this stone, along with turquoise for the treatment of gallbladder, liver and kidney diseases.
A powerful healer, it strengthens the liver and gallbladder and is soothing to the stomach and nerves.
Jasper works on the chakras according to the colour of the stone. It drives away evil spirits, hallucinations and nightmares. This is a stone that works primarily on the physical body, it can protect and ground. It helps you keep your feet on the ground and not get caught in extremes of emotions. Jasper's vibrations are very subtle and are used for long term changes, rather than quick ones.
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Onyx is a type of chalcedony, which is microcrystalline quartz. It is similar to agate, except it has straight rather than curved bands of colour. It may be brown and white, black and white, or solid black.
The name onyx comes from the Greek word onychos, meaning fingernail.
Black onyx has been used for at least 5000 years. For centuries in the Middle East, this stone has been used as a worry stone because of the belief that it absorbs negative energy and relieves stress.
Use this stone on present illnesses of the mind or body that have their origin in other lifetimes. Onyx helps in gaining emotional balance and self control. It also balances the male and female polarities within each person. Onyx helps with spiritual inspiration, resolving past life problems and facing transformational challenges of this life. It protects against black magic and evil spirits. Onyx is helpful in recalling present and past life physical happenings.
Working with onyx can assist in balancing karmic debts, It also opens the inner gates to listening to the voices of the deities.
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Pietersite is thought to help to balance the endocrine system, stimulate the pituitary gland. metabolism and body temperature, ease eye infections, improve long distance focus of the eyes and night vision. This is the stone for those of you who have tried and failed many times to beat an addiction as it strengthens your willpower to stick to the task.
Pietersite is also called the Tempest Stone because it is believed to carry the power of the storm within, a specimen of pietersite in the home will bring order out of chaos. Have a large polished egg in your workplace between you and your visitors to minimise unwanted interruptions. Pietersite is protective when driving in bad weather conditions and calms nervous people and animals during storms. It guards homes and businesses against storm damage. This stone acts as a shield against the adverse effects of technology, particularly if you work long hours with a computer. Pietersite boosts self esteem in people who lack confidence in their abilities.
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Sardonyx has been used for cameos, jewellery, mosaics and statues. Stones containing bands of black, white and red were said to signify humility, virtue and courage. It is said that using a sardonyx talisman would bring marriage within the year.
Sardonyx eases back and spinal pain, menstrual cramps, bowel or bladder problems and cleanses the body. Sardonyx will bring healing between a couple or parents and children. It is good for legal matters and for obtaining justice. It offers you the courage to be yourself and not to be intimidated by others.
Sardonyx can be used to mend family/marital rifts.
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chalcedony harmonises well with....
chalcedony and the chakras
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z