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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal

Petoskey Stone

Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Awareness"

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ˈpātäs-kē ˈstōn

A Petoskey Stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral.

The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the northwestern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. In some areas of Michigan, complete fossilized coral colony heads can be found.

Petoskey stones are found in the Gravel Point Formation of the Traverse Group. They are fragments of a coral reef that was originally deposited during the Devonian period, about 350 million years ago.

When dry, the stone resembles ordinary limestone but when wet or polished using lapidary techniques, the distinctive mottled pattern of the six-sided coral fossils emerges. Other forms of fossilized coral are also found in the same location.

In 1965, it was named the state stone of Michigan. The word Petoskey is the English approximation of the Native American Indian word “Bidasiga” meaning Rays of the Living Sun.



Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure

This interesting stone is a variety of Calcite; formed by the fossilization of ancient coral, Hexagonaria.  Petoskey Stones are found on many beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, as well as in rock quantities from Traverse City to Alpena.  The honeycomb patterned stone has a hardness from 4 to 5.

History tells us that 350 million years ago a shallow sea spread over what is now known as Lower Michigan.  The climate was tropical and extensive coral reefs flourished in the sea – brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, corals and stromatoporoids.

As time went by marine animals died, others were born and lived out their lives on the calcium carbonate remains of their ancestors.  Continually, silt & black mud fell to the bottom of the sea, filling crevices and then solidifying until they became rock.  Finally, the Michigan Basin was full.  In the central section the sedimentary rock attained the greatest thickness and so warped downward.  This caused the strata along the outer edge of the basin to rise until finally fossils buried deep within the earth were exposed.  Outcrops of strata of the Devonian Era can be found in the northern section of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore and the area north to the Mackinac Straits and south to Alpena.

The Ice Age which began a few million years ago and at that time glaciers moved southward over the Michigan Basin, pushing many of the Devonian fossils southward.  So it is possible to find many of these marine fossils as far south as the Ohio River.

Metaphysical Properties

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Some say that the eye configurations the stone shows (particularly when polished) that it will mystically help stimulate the third eye and one’s general psychic awareness very quickly.

Petoskey Stone is also said to keep misbehaving spirits from channeling incorrect information or interfering with one’s life.  In particular, as far as awareness, Petoskey Stone is said to enhance the awareness of one’s emotions, which can be a great favor when one is dealing with emotional issues that may be alluding them. Additionally it’s said to be beneficial in conveying  creative expression of all kinds.

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Healing Properties

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Petoskey Stone is said to clear out negative energies from ones aura as well as one’s immediate environment.

Also said to discourage initial infections and infectious diseases; as well as alleviating symptoms of if one should fall prey to an infection.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Water & Earth
Planet: Earth
Powers:  Psychic
Candle Color: Brown

If you channel, this crystal will help keep the alpha levels away from your channel of communication.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Sagittarius

Associations: Jupiter

Birthstone: Not a birthstone for any month

Chakra Properties

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Although particularly helpful and related primarily to the 6th, Third Eye/Brow Chakra, Petoskey Stone is known to work wonders on the 7th, Crown Chakra as well, if need be, at the same time

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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