Dendritic Agate Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Dendritic Agate
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Dendritic Agate, sometimes called Tree Agate, is not banded, and therefore not strictly an Agate in scientific terms but is included in the Agate family. It gets its name from a Greek word meaning tree-like. These Agates are usually colorless, white, or gray, and have tree- or fern-like inclusions of iron or manganese, called dendrites. Less common are green Tree Agates with white dendrites.
Dendritic Agate is known as the Stone of Plentitude. It brings abundance and fullness to all areas of life, from business to agricultural endeavors. [Melody, 86][Hall, 43] It was associated with the ancient Greek dryads, woodland and tree spirits, and was buried in the fields at the time of sowing to insure a good harvest. [Eason, 254]
Historically, Agate has been discovered with the artifacts of Neolithic people, and was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to Babylon. Its medicinal uses continued through the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, and spread throughout Africa and the Middle East into Russia. Agate sparked a world renowned stonecutting and polishing industry in Germany that flourished from the 15th to the 19th century, and exists today. [Simmons, 6][Mella, 67-68]
Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. [Simmons, 6] Dendritic Agate encourages perseverance and patience, and promotes a peaceful inner and outer environment. It has a strong connection to the plant kingdom and deepens our own connection to the Earth and our place in the Universe. [Hall, 44]
Dendritic Agate Uses and Purposes - Overview
Dendritic Agate is ideal for examination of self, and the self-imposed limitations and patterns that make up one's life experiences. It is a helpful talisman for anyone involved in therapy, meditation, rebirthing, a twelve-step program, or any path of serious work that requires a day-to-day behavioral change necessary to achieve desired results. [Simmons, 8]
Agate promotes inner stability, composure, and maturity. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence. It is a great crystal to use during pregnancy. [Gienger, 7] Agate also helps new mothers avoid the "baby blues" sometimes experienced after giving birth, and an Agate jewel worn between the breasts encourages lactation. [Megemont, 15]
Agate promotes marital fidelity. [Melody, 82] Dendritic Agate strengthens family connections, and a crystal next to a photograph of an estranged family member helps bring him/her home. [Eason, 254]
Dendritic Agate is a protective amulet when traveling, especially by air and against traffic accidents. [Megemont, 16][Eason, 254][Mella, 69]
In the workplace, a bowl of Dendritic or Tree Agates bring a breath of fresh air to stagnant air-conditioned environments. [Eason, 254] As a professional support stone, Dendritic Agate stabilizes the energy levels of secretaries, and provides travel protection for airline and postal workers. [Mella, 129, 132]
Dendritic Agate Healing Therapies - Overview
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Dendritic Agate Physical Healing Energy
Dendritic Agate is beneficial in healing parts of the body that branch, such as aligning the vertebra in skeletal disorders, treating neuralgia and conditions of the nervous system, and stimulating veins and capillaries in the circulatory system. [Eason, 254][Hall, 44]
Agate is helpful to the heart and blood vessels. Wearing an Agate in the middle of the chest strengthens the cardiac muscle, and heals emotional disharmony that prevents acceptance of love. [Megemont, 16][Hall, 39]
Dendritic Agate is especially helpful in alleviating back pain caused by stress and inner tension. [Ahsian,8]
Placed on the abdomen or used as an elixir, Agate stimulates the digestive system and relieves gastritis. It is beneficial for the eyes, hollow organs such as the stomach, uterus, intestines, etc., and heals skin disorders and itching due to insect bites. [Hall, 39][Gienger, 7][Megemont, 16]
A cold Agate placed on the forehead is generally effective in curing fever. (If the fever returns, however, consult a doctor.) Agate may also reduce the symptoms of epilepsy, and for some people guards against sleepwalking. [Megemont, 15]
Agate enhances mental function by improving concentration, perception, and analytical abilities. [Hall, 39]
Dendritic Agate Emotional Healing Energy
Dendritic Agate assists in overcoming emotional boundary violations and emotional strain. [Gienger, 7] It helps heal the pain of unhappy childhood or effects of divorce. [Eason, 254] Agate overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart, by healing anger, fostering love, and lending the courage to start over. It is useful for any kind of trauma. [Hall, 39]
Dendritic Agate is beneficial in self-analysis and uncovering hidden circumstances that might interfere with well-being. It promotes self-acceptance and confidence, encouraging the speaking of one's own truth. [Ahsian, 8]
gate stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negative energies. Its cleansing effect is powerful at all levels. [Melody, 82][Hall, 39]
In shades of gray, Dendritic Agate stimulates the Root Chakra. The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body gains strength and stamina, and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one's own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.
White Dendritic Agate identifies with the Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head, and is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. When the Crown is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life.
Green dendrites or green Tree Agate is associated with the Heart Chakra, located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the heart chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.
Dendritic Agate Spiritual Energy
Agate raises awareness and links into the collective consciousness of the oneness of life. It encourages quiet contemplation of one's life experiences that lead to spiritual growth and inner stability. [Hall, 39][Melody, 82]
Dendritic Agate encourages the acceptance of one's origin and the connection to the natural states of the universe. It is a stone to help heal the Earth and to stimulate a peacefulness within the structure of the inner environment. [Melody, 86]
Dendritic Agate is usually colorless, white, or gray with tree- or fern-like inclusions.
Clear Agate represents earthly solidity and love of the nurturing soil. [Megemont, 15]
White Dendritic Agate is the color of cleanliness, purity, unity and innocence. The timeless, natural powers of the white rays are those of the moon. It is the color we see when the moon reflects the sun's light to us. It is the color of natural cycles, birth, and regeneration - the feminine gender, manifested as the Goddess in many cultures. Just as the moon is our only illumination in the dark world of night, white talismans are of the spiritual world that is sensed but not seen. They are the guides to understanding and knowledge we don't even know exists.
Silver Dendritic Agate embodies the silver ray of reflection and the path to inner consciousness. Much like pure white, lighter gray is the color of the moon, the feminine, the cool stillness of night, magic and ambiguity. It is lonely, altruistic, and aloof. A mystery. As Seekers, silver objects find patterns and the inner meanings of events. Use light gray or silver talismans for quiet meditation, finding your real purpose in life, and for calm reflection on life's meanings.
Green dendrites or green Tree Agates are "growth crystals" - powerful conduits of the earth's Life Force of birth, development, and creation, and of the power of nature's constant renewal. They are potent aids in nurturing, whether of fledgling family relationships or a new business venture. Lighter Green crystals promote spiritual growth and renewed commitment to a higher purpose. Those of a darker hue are talismans of physical growth and strength, and safety in travel.
Agate provides a wide variety of crystal formations conducive for meditation focus. The intricate movements within the crystal encourage a calm, relaxing state and open the mind to higher thought and inner truths.
The Divinatory meaning of Dendritic Agate: Not a time to be alone; seek support and, if in doubt, go back to your spiritual roots for the answer. [Eason, 254]
Dreaming of Agate signifies a journey. [Kunz, 358]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Dendritic Agate of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Dendritic Agate The table below gives you the information about them.
Dendritic Agate honors Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Childbirth. She represents the love of the mountains and the forests where she chose to spend her life. Her comfort is sought by women in labor.
Dendritic Agate honors Flora, the Roman Goddess of Plants. Her powers are the reason why flowers grow and blossom.
All Agates honor Hanwi, The Sioux Moon Goddess. Her name means "Night Sun" and she guards her people during the night, protecting them from harm and from evil spirits.
All Agates honor Aurora, Roman Goddess of the Dawn and Mother of the Winds. She brings the beauty of dawn each day, the vivid colors streaked and swirled across the clouds.
All Agates honor Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women. She protects women through all of their changes, and is a skilled healer, particularly with herbs.
All Agates honor Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. Born directly out of Chaos, the primal emptiness, she was the first (or one of the first) beings to appear during the process of creation, and is honored as being the Earth itself.
All Agates honor Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge. She rules the gifts of prophecy and magic, and powers death and rebirth. She is the guardian of spiritual transformation.
All Agates honor Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the Night. She is usually seen riding in a chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky. Agate is strongly associated with Nyx because of its properties to protect against stress and for keeping bad dreams away.
Dendritic Agate can also can be used in devotions to Clota, the Goddess of the River Cldye; Callisto, the Greek Moon Goddess; Chirakan-Ixmucane, the Mayan Creator Goddess; Dione, Phoenician Earth Goddess; Itzpapaloti, the Aztec Butterfly Goddess; Jana, the Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things; and Hathor, the Egyptian Goddess of the Milky Way and Night Sky.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Dendritic Agate is not a traditional birthstone.
Dendritic Agate is not a natural birthstone, being primarily clear and without color.
Agate is one of the zodiac stones for those born under the sign Gemini, between May 21 and June 20, when the Earth is approaching summer. The constellation Gemini is known as the Sign of the Inventor and is seen as twins side by side in the sky. It is closely associated with the planet Mercury. Those born under this sign can see both sides of an issue. They're flexible and can go with the flow, and can be lively and talkative, or restless and nervous depending on their setting. Those born when the Sun is in Gemini are quick thinkers, quick-witted, and quick on their feet.
Dendritic Agate Amulets and Talismans
Agate amulets were worn in antiquity to guard from all dangers and to enable the wearer to vanquish earthly obstacles, such as high winds and lightning. [Kunz, 51]
Ancient seafarers used Agate in amulets of protection from the fury of the surging ocean. [Kunz, 39]
Dendritic Agates are Seeker Transfomer crystals. Seekers contain the crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They're pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They're also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.
Dendritic Agate utilizes Metal energy, the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization - of ideas, concepts, and groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives to find our way without being a victim of others.
The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings. Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area. Its energy of crystallization will solidify your efforts and determination.
Dendritic Agate also utilizes Wood energy, the energy of growth, expansion, new beginnings, nourishment and health. It enhances vitality, brings abundance, and keeps us growing physically. Use green crystals to enhance any space used for eating, in the room of a small child, or in a place of your home where you are beginning a new project. Wood energy is traditionally associated with the East and Southeast areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Family and Health area, and the Prosperity and Abundance area.
Dendritic Agate in Ancient Lore and Legend
In former times, Tree Agate was supposed to insure fertile crops if tied around the ploughman's arm, or attached to the horns of the oxen plowing the fields. [Fernie, 312]
Ancient Romans valued the Agate for its reputed medicinal and talismanic properties. Powdered and mixed with water, it was said to counteract serpents' venom. Pliny, a Roman historian, quoted the Magii as teaching in Persia that storms might be averted by burning Agates. [Fernie, 311-312]
Agates were believed to make their wearers agreeable, persuasive, and give them the favor of God, guarding them from all dangers, and enabling them to vanquish earthly obstacles, such as high winds and lightning. [Kunz, 51] Ancient seafarers used Agate in amulets of protection from the fury of the surging ocean. [Kunz, 39]
The wearing of Agate was believed to be a cure for insomnia and was thought to induce pleasant dreams. [Kunz, 52]
Legends claim Agate to have the power to secure the wearer from danger and to protect children from falling, and to endow their owners with strength, courage and the ability to heal fears. [Mella, 68]
Agate has a rich history of divinely revealed images within its natural veining, inclusions and markings. Such images as the Virgin Mary, Jesus, John the Baptist, angels and various other human forms have manifested themselves in these natural works of art and are found in churches and museums around the world.
Agate is believed to be the middle stone in the third row in the breastplate of the High Priest. [Kunz, 276]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).