Published July 2015  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Septarian Nodule is a fascinating sedimentary rock that was formed during the time of the dinosaurs.  It is a combination of several minerals, including Aragonite, Barite, Betonite and Calcite.  The most famous specimens come from Madagascar and Utah, USA.  Both deposits look very similar with a vivid yellow entwined with grey and brown.  But stones in other deposits have a different coloring, such as black and orange.  Because of its scaly and cracked appearance, it is sometimes marketed as “Dragon Stones”, a name that dates back to a Malagasy legend that dragons once roamed the area.  Septarian Nodule is a stone of patience, purpose and confidence.

Septarian Nodule

Septarian Nodule Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Septarian Nodule reminds us that we are each born with a great spiritual power inside us, and that we have the responsibility to use that power and shine Light into this world. It is a shaman stone, helping us to find our true self and better understand the mysteries of this world. It offers protection and speed during astral travel, and provides a deep earth connection during meditation. Septarian Nodule teaches us that the most sacred actions are those in which love and courage are linked.

Metaphysical Properties Septarian Nodule
Chakra Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus  .
Element Water
Numerology 8 and 9
Zodiac Cancer and Capricorn

Emotional Healing Properties

Septarian Nodule enhances self confidence and brings courage to the heart. It encourages us to release any attachment to drama or ego. Instead we are to look for that calm place of balance deep within, and to live from that place. It is a phenomenal stone to work when engaged in personal work, particularly emotional healing and growing up. It helps us to be more patient and to feel comfortable with taking on greater responsibilities. Septarian Nodule reminds us to align ourselves with Love and to forgive ourselves and others for any past offences. It helps to release any emotions that may feel “trapped” inside us and shines a light on the path leading to our own personal freedom.

Mental Healing Properties

Septarian Nodule helps us to find a “Purpose” in life and to take positive action in manifesting it in this world. This stone has a courageous energy that helps us to release our fears related to failure, poverty or making mistakes, and instead encourages us to be curious and excited to find out what is possible. At the same time, it enhances our sense of practicality and common sense. It provides mental discipline and helps us logically determine the root of any problem we might be facing and how to solve it. Septarian Nodule gently reminds us that sometimes we have to let go of what we already know and be open to change and personal evolution, in order to become our Highest Self. It is a highly creative stone as well as a grounding stone, the combination helping inspire us artistically and help us complete art projects.

Physical Healing Properties

Septarian Nodule is recommended when problems with our physical body are preventing us from moving forward in other aspects of our life. For example, we might have an injury, illness or disorder that hasn’t been properly treating. The stone gently but firmly pushes us to take care of it and not to waste any more time dithering around. If we are reluctant to visit a doctor, Septarian Nodule helps us acknowledge those fears and then go visit the doctor anyway. It is a lovely talisman for the stomach, pancreas and other internal organs in the lower-half of the body.

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Septarian Nodule Mineralogy

Where does Septarian Nodule come from?

Deposits have been found in Australia, Canada, England, Madagascar, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and the United States (Utah).

Mining and Treatments

Septarian Nodules are mined in their primary location.  Unless already broken, Septarian Nodules are mined as rounded geodes, which are then cut open and polished.  At one time, they could be picked off the surface of the ground, but today they require a little digging, which may be done by hand or by bulldozer.

All Septarian Nodules are completely natural, enhanced only by cutting, and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Septarian Nodules are not a mineral, but rather a very unique kind of sedimentary rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients such as flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In this case, it combine Aragonite, Betonite, Calcite and may occasionally include white/clear Barite.

Septarian Nodule’s energy works well with its family – other sedimentary rocks.  Try it in combination with Dragon’s Blood Jasper, Outback Jasper, and Stromatolite

Septarian Nodule Formation and Crystal Associates

Septarian Nodules were formed at the end of the Cretaceous Period (145 million -65 million BCE).  At that time, the oceans were larger and extended far inland.  Regular volcanic eruptions spewed ash and lava in to the oceans, killing the coastal sea life where it fell, and trapping their bodies in the sediment, forming little clay balls, composed mainly of grey Betonite. When the ocean receded, these mudballs would dry out and crack. When the ocean returned, it deposited more sentiment and broken shells on top of the cracked Betonite clay balls. Calcite crystals began to form out of the shell fragments in the cracks, taking on a bright yellow luster.  In between the Calcite and the Betonite, a thin wall of dark brown Aragonite formed.

Septarian Nodule’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Aragonite, Barite, and Calcite

Mineralogy Septarian Nodule
Rock Type Sedimentary Rock
Major Minerals Aragonite, Betonite (Volcanic Ash), Calcite
Minor Minerals Barite
Color Varies: Usually Yellow, Grey, Brown and Clear
Texture Concretion
Transparency Opaque
Special Features Fluorescent

History of Septarian Nodule

Septarian Nodules are a relatively “new” stone for the metaphysical community and its properties are still being explored. This unique stone is a concretion stone with beautiful angular cavities called “septaria”, which comes from the Latin septum or “partition.” (Some sites incorrectly suggest that it comes from the Latin septem, or “seven”, in reference to the number of cracks that commonly occurs within a geode.) Nodule is the term meaning a small lump of material, it can be as scary as a cancerous lump in the body, or as benign as a lump of minerals forming a small geode.

Septarian Nodules also goes by the name Dragon Stone (as does a rare type of Epidot found in South Africa – see Dragonstone for more information).  Supposedly, this name come from an ancient Malagasy legend about dragons whose bodies were fossilized and preserved in the bedrock. The pattern on the rock is thought to resemble the scales on the dragon’s bodies, while the outside often looks like an egg.  Unfortunately, this “myth” is probably modern marketing, since Malagasy mythology does not seem to include dragons.

Dragon, Septarian Nodule

Additional References:

  1., Message Board: Identify Help, “Septarian Nodule (Septurian),”

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