The name agate is derived from varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the quartz family. Agates usually display bands of layers or stripes, and it is not uncommon to find “eye” markings especially on agate slices. Agates’ colors range from clear or milky white to pink, brown, blue, green, and white. Many of the agates on the market are artificially colored. They are usually associated with volcanic rocks and are common in certain metamorphic rocks. Agates are found all around the world. They were popular among many ancient civilizations, and the Babylonians used them for healing and ornamentation.

Due to their lower intensity and slower vibration, agates are grounding stones that balance and stabilize the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. They harmonize the yin and the yang, and work slowly but calmly to bring great strengthen to the areas that need balancing. They emit a warm and protect energy and are excellent for situations that call for grounding and security.

Physically, agates enhance physical strength and endurance. They also transmute negative energies so by placing them on the heart or stomach, or drink them in an elixir, they bring relief to ailments such as heartache and digestive issues. Agates are also known to heal the lymphatic system, pancreas, blood vessels and skin disorders.

Emotionally, they help overcome negativity, anger, and fear. They encourage self-acceptance and confidence by allowing us to create a sense of safety.

Mentally, agates aide in concentration and expression of thoughts and ideas. They aide in finding practical solutions as well as expression of truths. They build self-confidence and allow us to bring attention to hidden agendas as well as disease.

Spiritually, agates help us tap into collective consciousness by allowing us the space of quiet contemplation so we can grow spiritually, and become aware of the oneness in life.

Types of agates

Blue agate

Blue agates are soothing and calming. Their peaceful energy can be used to help with poor sleep and stressful situations. Blue agates’ gentle energy dissolves old patterns of judgment and allow us to release and accept what is. Being the color of the throat chakra, they are wonderful in activating and healing the throat chakra to allow freedom of expression. Blue agates help areas such as shoulder, neck, thyroid and throat. They are also helpful with lower fevers.

Dendritic agate

Dendritic agates are also known as tree agates since the markings often mimic trees. They bring abundance and fullness and they are often associated with agriculture and house plants. Some like to tuck them into plant pots or bury them in the fields for good harvest. They are known to deepen our connection to the earth. Dendritic agates allow us to remain centered at times of confusion and challenge, and provide a peaceful environment for us to enjoy life. They are excellent stones for chakra imbalances and they work especially well with circulatory system and nerves conditions.

Fire agate:

Fire agates provide strong grounding functions and are great tools for shielding. Being a deeply protective stone, they provide a deep sense of calm and security. They are linked to the fire element and stimulate the root chakra. Fire agates are said to present absolute perfection and can clear etheric blockages to strengthen the aura. They enhance our visions both on the physical, and intuitive levels. They can also help with relaxation during meditation practices.

Moss agate:

Moss agates are another stabilizing stone that are connected with agriculture and botany. They allow us to see the beauty in everyday moments and reduce sensitivity to harsh environmental factors. Moss agates help to increase self-esteem, self-expression and expansion by allowing us to release our fear in order to grow. Given their optimistic nature, they promote trust and hope for those feeling down due to imbalances in life. Moss agates are anti-inflammatory and help speed up recovery of long term illnesses. They also treat depression and boost the immune system.