Published May 2014  •  Updated August 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Fire Agate is a fabulous iridescent crystal found only in Mexico and the southwestern United States.  It is a brown Agate that has tiny inclusions of Goethite or Limonite, which create the dancing rainbows of yellow, red and green.  Fire Agate is a relatively “new” healing crystal from a historical perspective, but its flash and sparkle have made it quite popular in the modern era.  Energetically, it is a stone of both passion and protection.  It encourages us to have healthy boundaries in all of our relationships.  It is particularly recommended for protection from a toxic work environment.  Fire Agate is a great choice for change-makers and encourages us to follow our bliss.

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Fire Agate Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Fire Agate is at once grounding and inspiring, making it an incredible tool for spiritual awakening. It is the stone of the Hero’s Journey, giving us the courage to follow our spiritual path, even into the Dark places we fear, and to emerge triumphantly again into the Light. Fire Agate helps us feel safe and can be used to repel psychic and emotional vampires.

Metaphysical Properties Fire Agate
Chakra Root, Solar Plexus and Sacral
Element Fire
Numerology 7 and 9
Zodiac Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Fire Agate has a passionate and joyful energy that is also fiercely protective. It is a stone that inspires great courage within us and urges us to follow our bliss and leave behind the humdrum of routine. Anyone preparing for a big change would do well to work with Fire Agate’s energy. Fire Agate helps us to feel energetically protected. This feeling makes it easier to build a strong and healthy emotional foundation that can whether the storms of life. Its energy is also a wonderful aphrodisiac, helping us to attract new lovers and incite passion in existing relationships.

Mental Healing Properties

Fire Agate helps us to think for ourselves and not allow the opinions of others to negatively influence us. Fire Agate encourages us to follow our dreams and to believe that we can achieve even the loftiest of goals. It is also a highly creative stone making it useful for all types of artists, particularly those who need to regularly produce or perform. Fire Agate gives us the mental stamina to stay the course and do what needs to be done. Fire Agate can also help us to navigate the tricky terrain of a negative work environment. It shows us how to keep negative coworkers from bothering us so that we can stay productive and peaceful.

Physical Healing Properties

Fire Agate is the stone of “eternal youth” and reminds us to stay active and make healthy choices throughout our life.  It encourages us to stretch, play, and keep our muscles strong.  It reminds us to drink water, wear sunscreen, and get enough sleep so that our skin and eyes are bright.  Fire Agate sparks our passion and heightens physical pleasure.   It is particularly good for maintaining a vibrant sexual connection in long-term relationships.  Fire Agate is also an excellent talisman for women going through menopause, especially if experiencing hot flashes. It helps us to tolerate the unpleasant parts of growing older while making sure we have habits that will keep our spirit young and our body healthy. 

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Fire Agate Mineralogy

Where does Fire Agate come from?

Agates are found all over the world.  The variety called Fire Agate is found in Mexico and the United States.

Mining and Treatments

Fire Agate is mined in it’s primary deposit in association with the igneous rock in which it formed.  Agates are common minerals that not valuable enough to be the primary focus of any large-scale mining operation.  It is however commonly mined in tandem with other precious metals and minerals in small-scale and artisanal mines, especially if the stones are particularly colorful or distinctive.  Agates are also found in alluvial deposits, sometimes completely loose loose and already naturally polished in rivers and on beaches.  Agates are usually ball or almond-shaped nodules ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to several yards in diameter.  If the Agate fills the entire hollow space left by the gas bubble, it is called an Agate Almond.  If a hollow remains in the center, it is called an Agate Geode.

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Mineral Family

Fire Agate is a silicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is divided into two main groups, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline.  Macrocrystalline quartz has well-formed crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst or Clear Quartz.  Microcrystalline quartz has crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope.  These are typically grouped together under the name Chalcedony, or it’s subcategories Agate and Jasper.  Microcrystalline quartz can be colorless or appear in every shade of the rainbow.

Fire Agate’s energy works well with its family – other Agates.  Try it in combination with Apricot Agate, Blue Lace Agate, Botswana Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Dendritic Agate, Gray Agate, Moss Agate, Sardonyx, and Tree Agate.

Fire Agate Formation and Crystal Associates

Agates are created after a volcanic explosion has transformed magma and lava into igneous rock. During the cooling down period, various gases form bubbles, which then become hollow spaces in the igneous rock.  Agates are formed long afterwards, when silica-bearing water permeates the rocks and begins to fill the hollow spaces.  Sometimes the hollow fills quickly and the resulting Agate is a solid color or has a random scattering of trace inclusions.  Depending on which inclusions are added, the Agate will take on a variety of different colors, patterns and transparency levels.  Fire Agate is a brown agate that contains traces of Goethite or Limonite, which produce an iridescent effect, or “fire.”

Fire Agate’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Snow Quartz

Mineralogy Fire Agate
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Brown, rainbow iridescence
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Cryptocrystalline
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Fire Agate

Agate has one of the oldest historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Archaeological evidence amply shows that Agates have been treasured since the very earliest times. Agates have been found in many Stone Age graves and appear to have been kept either for their beauty or, perhaps, for their energetic power. Early lapidaries, dating as far back as 3000 BCE, referenced seals, rings, beads, and other ornaments which were carved out of Agate. The Sumerians were the first to describe the power of stones, and their texts state that wearing Agate gave a person special favor with the gods.

The name “Agate” was first used by the Greek writer Theophrastus (372-287 BCE). He wrote that all Agates came from a Sicilian river then called the Achates River, and today known as the Dirillo River. Agates are still found along this river today. In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) repeated Theophrastus’ claim and further stated that looking at Agate rested the eyes and that sucking on a piece of Agate could quench thirst. As a result of these beliefs, Agate was still being prescribed by druggists for treating eye conditions as recently as the early 20th century.

Fire Agate was not specifically included as a distinct mineral in any early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  Various modern lapidaries have suggested that Fire Agate was used in alchemy traditions and to worship fire deities, but this cannot be considered historically accurate. Alchemy was a medieval European chemical science and speculative philosophy that sought a method to turn base metals into gold. Fire Agate is found almost exclusively in Mexico and the American Southwest, neither of which has a comparable alchemy tradition or any native religions that worshiped fire deities. That being said, its understandable how anyone seeing the brilliant colors of Fire Agate could find themselves inspired to evoke fire energies and the power of transformation in their own life!

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