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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Acceptance"

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Chalcedony is a nurturing stone of calmness and composure which symbolizes brotherhood and goodwill, enhancing group stability. Quite popular in ancient times Chalcedony was carved with symbols and motifs of water and air deities as well as water sprites, as this stone is associated with the weather.

Considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, it was said to be used daily to promote stability during ceremonial activities as well as meditations for a creating a pathway for receiving successful transmission from the spirit world.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.

It was once believed that Chalcedony was a fibrous variety of cryptocrystalline quartz, although more recently the International Mineralogical Association has officially recognized this stone to contain monoclinic polymorph of quartz known commonly as Morganite.  The percentage of Morganite would typically range from less that 5% to as much at 15%. And although once thought that this content was a misnomer, it is now scientifically proven.

The Chalcedony is a child of the Quartz family, sibling to Amethyst, Ametrine Aventurine, Citrine (as well as others) and is the parent of Agates, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Jaspers and Onyx…it sometimes has been known to contain trace amounts of Opal as well.

Metaphysical Properties

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Chalcedony can present in a few different colors, but it’s mainly known and most popular in it’s blue hue.  It’s a stone with wonderfully gentle almost dreamy energy. Said to foster balance between mind, body and spirit, it is a stone of peace and calm. Told to reduce and often negate feelings of anger, irritation and hostility, Chalcedony absorbs the negative energy then dissipates it to prevent forward movement of the negativity.

A creative and nurturing stone, not only does it alleviate melancholy, Chalcedony is known to open the mind to new ideas, enhancing receptivity and responsiveness and is told to help the mind assimilate new ideas.  Creating constructive inward reflection, it symbolizes benevolence, enhancing generosity, and an enthusiastic personal outlook on life. Blue Chalcedony soothes and fosters mental and emotional stability and can engender emotional honesty.

It is also considered the Speaker’s Stone, imparting mental flexibility, verbal dexterity, improving memory. Chalcedony also enhances listening skills and communication, encouraging reflection and meditation preparing one for action, and stimulates the mind to make new languages easier to learn. In addition, it is known to be of assistance in helping one hold back words that must be measured, so as not to feel regret later.

Learn more about the mysteries of color…start with the beautiful Color Blue of Chalcedony!

Healing Properties

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Chalcedony is the best stone to be used for any problems or issues with the neck, tonsils, vocal chords as well as ailments that are the result of weather, such as allergies.  Said to protect against inflammation, infections and fevers, and to heal open sores.

Powerful cleanser emotionally as well, Chalcedony is said to lessen the effects of dementia, senility, obsessive thoughts (such as jealousy), as well as to increase emotional stability. It is also known to banish fear, hysteria, and sadness.

Worn while sleeping, Chalcedony protects one from nightmares, night visions, fear of darkness, and sleepwalking, as well as psychic attack during this unconscious state.

An elixir of Chalcedony shall be made by placing the stone in water with a pinch of salt, then brought to a boil. This may be used as treatment for hoarseness, sore throat and other ailments.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Planet: Moon
Goddess Whope
Powers:  Peace, Protection, Luck & Nightmare Defense
Candle Color: Silver

In the 16th century, in Renaissance magic, Chalcedony was often prescribed by Sorcerers and Alchemists to diminish or dissolve unwanted illusions and fantasies. The stone was often engraved to assist in successful law disputes as well as health and safety.

Used to ward off psychic attack, black/negative magic, as it will repel the negative vibrations and absorb only the positive.  Known to be successful to provide safe pathways for receiving thought transmissions crafted with positive intention.

A potent elixir may be created adding Crystal Quartz with the Chalcedony in a glass of water overnight.

Chalcedony should be cleansed and charged once a month under warm running water.  If one is able, recharging the Chalcedony by placing it inside an Amethyst geode overnight. This will produce the most powerful charge possible.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Cancer & Sagittarius (Elementally)

Associations: Moon

Birthstone: Not a Traditional or Modern birthstone for any month.

Chalcedony is an Elemental Zodiac stone of Cancer and Sagittarius, meaning that all of the minerals are intrinsically tied to these signs, not simply partially. Considered a wonderful good luck stone for Cancers and extremely protective for Sagittarians.

Chakra Properties

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Known as a Speaker’s Stone, Chalcedony is a stone of communication, and therefore stimulates the 5th, Throat Chakra, the fact that the stone is colored blue only intensifies it’s power.  When the Throat Chakra is in balance it will allow one to bring their personal truth out into the world in a kind and caring manner.

The voice of our inner selves, the 5th, Throat Chakra is much like a pressure valve, and when open will allow the energies from the lower chakras to move upward and continue it’s path enabling one a natural release of free expression.

A word of caution when using Chalcedony with the Throat Chakra, please do not place it in conjunction with Azurite, as the power that the two stones may develop is very strong, and needs to be worked with by a qualified individual.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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