Healing Stories and Articles by Alannah
(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
"Chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus is a gemstone variety of chalcedony (a cryptocrystalline form of silica) that contains small quantities of nickel. Its color is normally apple-green, but varies to deep green. The darker varieties of chrysoprase are also referred to as prase. (However, the term prase is also used to describe chlorite-included quartz, and to a certain extent is a color-descriptor, rather than a rigorously defined mineral variety.)
Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. This sets it apart from rock crystal, amethyst, citrine, and the other varieties of crystalline quartz. Other members of the cryptocrystalline silica family include agate, carnelian, and onyx. Unlike many non-transparent silica minerals, it is the color of chrysoprase, rather than any pattern of markings, that makes it desirable. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek ?????? chrysos meaning 'gold' and ???????? prasinon, meaning 'green'.
Unlike emerald which owes its green color to the presence of chromium, the color of chrysoprase is due to trace amounts of nickel compounds in the form of very small inclusions.
As with all forms of chalcedony, chrysoprase has a hardness of 6–7 on the Mohs hardness scale and a conchoidal fracture like flint." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoprase)
Chrysoprase comes in a variety of intermingled shades of green and has a waxy luster. An earth stone that also resonates with the element of water, chrysoprase enjoys being refreshed on moist ground.
Chrysoprase aids attunement to earth energies and ecological balance and understanding of our place in the web of creation. Its peaceful energy is enjoyed by animals and it is beneficial in the garden for all green, growing things.
Physically, chrysoprase attunes to the heart chakra and helps to open heart centered communication with the elements and beings of nature. It also has a stabilizing effect on bodily energies and helps maintain iron balance in the body.
"Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz. It often contains an abundance of impurities, and therefore some regard it as a rock instead of a mineral. Jasper is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colors, but may be used to describe other opaque colors of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green and orange. Some forms of Jasper are banded, and these banded Jaspers may appear similar to Agate, but unlike Agate they are opaque. When Jasper is dull and lacking interesting colors or patterns, it is not Jasper but rather Chert." (http://www.minerals.net/mineral/jasper.aspx)
"The classification and naming of jasper varieties presents a challenge. Terms attributed to various well-defined materials includes the geographic locality where it is found, sometimes quite restricted such as "Bruneau" (a canyon) and "Lahontan" (a lake), rivers and even individual mountains; many are fanciful, such as "forest fire" or "rainbow", while others are descriptive, such as "autumn" or "porcelain". A few are designated by the place of origin such as a brown Egyptian or red African.
Picture jaspers exhibit combinations of patterns (such as banding from flow or depositional patterns (from water or wind), dendritic or color variations) resulting in what appear to be scenes or images (on a cut section). Diffusion from a center produces a distinctive orbicular appearance, i.e., leopard skin jasper, or linear banding from a fracture as seen in leisegang jasper. Healed, fragmented rock produces brecciated (broken) jasper. While these "picture jaspers" can be found all over the world, specific colors or patterns are unique, based upon the geographic region from which they originate." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper)
The jaspers are the quintessential earth stones. They like to be refreshed by being laid on open ground, to connect with the energies that nourish them. Jasper reminds us to embrace embodiment, to care for the physical self that supports our journey through this life. Jasper also connects us deeply with the nourishing energy of the earth, reminding us of Source.
Jaspers, like all stones, carry the memories of the earth in their cells, which they are agreeable to share if one is willing to be very quiet and pay close attention. Picture jasper shares its earth memories in visual form in the patterns in the stones. Jaspers may seem more reticent than some other stones, but in reality they simply have a slow, steady energy and patience is required to access communion with them.
All colors of jasper support the organs and structure of the lower body. They are especially beneficial for the adrenals, kidneys and organs of elimination. Structurally they support the lower back and resonate with the base and second chakra energies.
"Calcite is the one of the most common minerals. It occurs in a great variety of shapes and colors, and it constitutes a major portion of many of the earth's rocks.
Calcite belongs to the calcite group of minerals, a group of related carbonates that are isomorphous with one another. They are similar in many physical properties, and may partially or fully replace one another, forming a solid solution series. All members of the calcite group crystallize in the trigonal system, have perfect rhombohedral cleavage, and exhibit strong double refraction in transparent rhombohedrons." (http://www.minerals.net/mineral/calcite.aspx)Calcite "has a defining Mohs hardness of 3, a specific gravity of 2.71, and its luster is vitreous in crystallized varieties. Color is white or none, though shades of gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, or even black can occur when the mineral is charged with impurities.
Calcite is transparent to opaque and may occasionally show phosphorescence or fluorescence. A transparent variety called Iceland spar is used for optical purposes. Acute scalenohedral crystals are sometimes referred to as "dogtooth spar" while the rhombohedral form is sometimes referred to as "nailhead spar".
Single calcite crystals display an optical property called birefringence (double refraction). This strong birefringence causes objects viewed through a clear piece of calcite to appear doubled." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcite)
As can be seen in the above photos, calcite comes in a dizzying array of colors, shapes and luster. As a group, they have commonalities, but also have particularities of medicine depending on color and type. Calcites are lovely stones to have in a healing collection. They have a cheery aspect and are easily communicative. As a group they are beneficial for maintaining mineral balance in the body and are especially good for the teeth, bones, muscles and tendons.
These stones prefer to be refreshed in moonlight, direct sunlight may fade their colors and they are not fond of getting excessively wet. Communally they correspond to the elements of air and water vapor.
Individual correspondences of some of the colors of calcite are:
Blue: The moon: moon phases/moon magic; watery systems/tidal volume in the body; evening/nighttime
Green: Muscles; heart & lungs; daytime; growth; garden;
Orange: Sunshine; stomach; nourishment
Yellow: Muscle & tendon healing; urinary tract; kidney function; optimism
Optical: White light; physical vision; scrying
(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
"Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown due to ferric impurities. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. However, a heat-treated amethyst will have small lines in the crystal, as opposed to a natural citrine's cloudy or smokey appearance. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between cut citrine and yellow topaz visually, but they differ in hardness. Brazil is the leading producer of citrine, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The name is derived from the Latin word citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron". Sometimes citrine and amethyst can be found together in the same crystal, which is then referred to as ametrine. Citrine has been referred to as the "merchant's stone" or "money stone", due to a superstition that it would bring prosperity." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz#Citrine)
Sunny citrine, a stone of light and sunshine has a cheerful aspect, promoting optimism and banishing sadness. Citrine is a stone that fosters openness and reveals possibilities. Through all of its shade gradations, from milky white to golden hues, this stone is a benefactor of abundance. While often associated with material wealth, citrine's strength lies in its ability to open our hearts to the abundance that is all around us, and through its encouraging disposition, help support the ability to perceive and accept that abundance.
Energetically, citrine is associated with the Solar Plexus and the Summer season. The Plexus governs the organs of the belly and physically citrine is beneficial for the stomach, pancreas and spleen, and the whole of the urinary system. This stone is also good for the heart in that it engenders hopefulness and relaxation.
Citrine enjoys bathing in the sunlight which refreshes it and renews its energy. This is a good stone for children when they are sad or fearful.
"Moss agate (also called mocha stone) is a semi-precious gemstone formed from silicon dioxide. It is a form of chalcedony which includes minerals of a green colour embedded in the stone, forming filaments and other patterns suggestive of moss. The field is a clear or milky-white quartz, and the included minerals are mainly oxides of manganese or iron. It is not a true form of agate, as it lacks agate's defining feature of concentric banding. Moss agate is of the white variety with green inclusions that resemble moss. It occurs in many locations. The colors are formed due to trace amounts of metal present as an impurity, such as chrome or iron. The metals can make different colors depending on their valence (oxidation state)." (Wikipedia)
Of interest: "Green Tree Agate and Green Moss Agate: These materials are often genetically related - that means they form under similar conditions. Green moss agate is a semitransparent agate with green mossy inclusions inside. Green tree agate is a white jasper with green mossy inclusions inside - however they are only visible where they are exposed at the surface. Green moss agate and green tree agate have been found together in the same deposit - having formed just a short distance from one another." (rocktumbler.com)
Moss Agate is one of the first stones I think of when I dream of loamy earth and green growing things. As a green earth stone, with its range of verdant hues, occasional white veins and, in thinner slices, translucency revealing mineral structures that look so like moss, moss agate is the quintessential stone for the garden. A friend of water as well as earth and the vegetal world, moss agate brings its nourishment to all growing things in nature.
This peaceful stone has a gentle energy that relaxes and fosters alliance with the earth. It grounds us to our Mother and reminds us that our personal nourishment in the foods we eat, the way we move and speak are an important part of our self care. Moss agate is an ally to those who desire to vision travel in nature.
Moss agate enjoys a moist environment on the ground, near growing plants. This placement helps to keep this stone refreshed and lively and enhances it ability to share its energy with the surrounding area.
Physically moss agate helps with joint mobility, heart rhythm and heat fatigue.