Stone of the Month – Feb 2021

By Janet Edkins

Bead weaving jewelry artist channelling the healing power of Gaia's crystal & stone gifts.
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February 8, 2021

Stone of the Month for February – Agate

Agates, of all descriptions/stripes/colors/names all carry powerful but extremely gentle energies, they aid us in centering & balancing our emotional, physical, mental & intellectual, and spiritual bodies.

My number 1 concept for “Self-Care for the Soul” is Self-Acceptance and Agates reign supreme for this. They can help with self-analysis and enhance our perception of patterns and behaviours so we know what to work on. As we do this, the agate of your choice will gently but firmly assist in clearing, and with speaking your truth. My personal experience is this helps raise self-confidence.”Agates can help you create a sense of safety & security by dissipating internal tensions.” This for me builds a spiraling, upward building of all the self-… fill in the blanks that we need. One thing that came to my attention specifically, recently: Green Agate has the ability to aid our mental & emotionak flexibility. In these stressful time we could all doe with a piece of green agate on our person or in a pocket.

Agate is a very common stone, formed from minute quartz crystals laid down in bands. There are many forms of banded agate, often with much larger quartz inclusions where they have grown together (main image). Here are few different versions so you can see the endless variety:

My number 2 concept is Self-Belief. Do I need Acceptance to have Belief or do I need Belief to find Acceptance? Either way, a stone that has helped me enormously is Labradorite (Spectrolite). I was gifted a very special piece, which of course I bead wrapped to wear (if you see me out 99 times of 100 I’ll be wearing my Labradorite). “It’s a protective stone which creates a barrier to negative energies, especially those shed during therapy! It strengthens our faith in ourselves and the Universe and is a great companion during times of change.”

So last but not least is concept number 3, Self-Love. Rose Quartz for me is the hands down winner in this category, renown the world over. “Said to bring deep inner healing and self love. Strengthens our empathy and sensitivity and helps us accept necessary change. This one stone can encourage self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, self-trust and self-worth.

Coming to self-love was quite a process for me, shedding many layers of self- doubt, criticism, & sabotage, to name just a few. If you struggle with these or others, here are a few other stones that might be helpful:

Chalcedony – eases self-doubt and allows for inner reflection
Garnet (Hessonite) – conveys self respect by eliminating feelings of inferiority & guilt
Hematite – boosts self esteem & resilience and enhances willpower
Jade – promotes self sufficiency & soothes the mind
Larimar – dissolves self-sabotaging behaviours, especially tendencies to martyrdom
Rutilated Quartz – counters self-hatred
Tigers Eye – heals issues with self-worth & self criticism, can unblock creativity

Love & Blessings till next time. J

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