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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal

Petrified Wood

Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Grounded Master of Acceptance"

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ˈpe-trə-ˌfīd ˈwüd

Petrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by stone, bit by bit, as it decomposes.  The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone.

Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal  can be found fossilized in wood. More often than not its coloring is brown, but it has been found in grey and even green color.

What is considered an Organic Gem?

While many minerals are considered gemstones, there are also a number of materials that have been infused, infilled or partially replaced by organic materials; as well as natural organisms that have been mineralized then used and considered valuable ‘gems’ throughout all our time.

Organic materials considered gemstones include but are not limited to: Amber, Bone, Coral, Ivory, Pearls, Mother of Pearl, Abalone as well as meteorites such as Moldavite

Organic materials that have been mineralized to gemstones include: Dino Bone (Gem Bone, Gembone) Petrified Wood, Fossils such as Ammolite and Ammonite; during the mineral infilling the organic structure is preserved therefore it remains an organic material, and thus an Organic Gem.


Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure

Petrified wood comes from Argentina, Egypt and the Czech Republic, but the most famous source is of course The Petrified National Forest Park in Arizona. This material is quite heavy and has a Mohs hardness similar to the agate.

Metaphysical Properties

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Petrified wood is a stone that is good for grounding and stabilizing one’s emotions. It is particularly useful in calming survival-based fears, as it assists one in accessing their practical side for answers,     then offering a feelings of safety and security. It is a stone of business success, and a wonderful stone for general protection.

It also offers “gentle hours in the day”, to assist one in keeping pace with  the day, keeping the hours from neither hurrying by or moving too slow one is therefore moving forward in a good and steady manner, helping one be more productive. It helps one feel that all will be right, and to be connected to their spirit in  such a way that ones knows that time is not really what it appears, and that there is no such real thing as time…just energy.

During a crisis, a piece of Petrified Wood will give one  strength and support, providing insight into cause and effect. Lessons will be remembered which in turn helps one to avoid repetitive mistakes. Petrified Wood will  help one forget petty worries, so that no thought or action is useless. Petrified Wood is an excellent gem for leaders; as it has endured the ravaging changes of time and become stronger.

Learn more about the Color Brown!

Healing Properties

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Petrified Wood stabilized general health and the body’s defenses. It generates calm and encourages contentment. Physically,  it is beneficial for the bones, backaches, skin and hair. Petrified wood is also used for past life regressions because of its inherent link with the past.

Healers have used Petrified Wood on atrophied limbs and to assist in alleviating symptoms of paralysis. It can help align one’s spine or to give more control over bodily functions. Use this stone to strengthen your spiritual and physical backbone.

A Petrified Wood Elixir will add thickness and shine to one’s hair.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth & Akasha
Planet: Earth
The Mother Goddess
Powers:  Longevity, Healing & Protection
Candle Color: Brown

Petrified wood consists of ancient trees that a millennium  ago were covered with mineral rich water; that water slowly dissolved the wood and came to replace it with the different minerals within the      water.

Being that it is fossil, it is ruled by Akasha. As well due to its great antiquity, it may be carried or utilized in spells designed to extend a life span or to increase our enjoyment, and evolution within our lives. It is also quite helpful in rites to recall past life incarnations.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: All

Associations: Sun

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone for any month

Stone of any sign, and it is connect with the earth element. To dream of petrified wood is a signal for the need to do away with  any non-productive life patterns, relationships or ideas.

Chakra Properties

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The amorphous tree quartz or Petrified Wood works best on the 1st, Root/Base and the 4th, or Heart Chakra

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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