Sunday, June 28, 2015

Trio of Natural Agate Slabs

These three slabs are made of natural agate. They reflect the tones of the Earth beautifully. Each one has unique forms and markings. One of them has a shape that resembles The Eye of Horus which is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. And upon that very slab is found a marking that looks like a feather. The second piece has bold bands framing a lighter and more delicate shade of agate at the center. The middle agate's markings resemble a butterfly in flight. All of the three slabs let soft light pass through their lighter colored centers when held to the light.

They are wonderful stand-alone pieces as well as make lovely natural platforms for other crystals or pieces of artwork.

"Byzantine - The "Rubens Vase" - Walters 42562"
 (Byzantine Empire) - Walters Art Museum:
Carved in high relief from a single piece of agate,
this extraordinary vase was most likely created
in an imperial workshop for a Byzantine emperor.
About Agate: The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist, who discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates (Greek: Ἀχάτης) in present-day Sicily, sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Colorful agates and other chalcedonies were obtained over 3,000 years ago from the Achates River, now called Dirillo.

Agate is one of the most common materials used in the art of hard stone carving, and has been recovered at a number of ancient sites, indicating its widespread use in the ancient world; for example, archaeological recovery at the Knossos site on Crete illustrates its role in Bronze Age Minoan culture. Most agates occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or ancient lavas, in former cavities produced by volatiles in the original molten mass, which were then filled, wholly or partially, by siliceous matter deposited in regular layers upon the walls. Agate has also been known to fill veins or cracks in volcanic or altered rock underlain by granitic intrusive masses. Such agates, when cut transversely, exhibit a succession of parallel lines, often of extreme tenuity, giving a banded appearance to the section. Such stones are known as banded agate, riband agate and striped agate.

In Meditation and Healing: Agate is a stone of strength and courage, it tones and strengthens the mind & body by grounding and stabilizing emotions and physical energy. Agate helps one with self-acceptance and to see past the obscurities and find the truth. Its healing and cleansing qualities eliminate negative energy, soothing and calming the mind, body and emotions. Agate slabs in particular have the ability to evenly distribute the energy of other stones. When other rocks are placed on top of an agate slab the slab's vibration helps to regulate and evenly radiate the energies throughout the space. 
Agate occurs naturally in many colors but is also often dyed brilliant bright colors. Chakras: Throat

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1 comment:

  1. Really they reflect the stones of the earth beautifully.