Recognize the beauty around and within you.
Attract life-long prosperity and abundance.
Reduce sensitivity and banish depression.
Release the past and give birth to a new life.
Let Moss Agate refresh and enliven your soul!
Mineralogy of Moss Agate
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Colorless Agate with green (chlorite) and red/brown (iron hornblende) inclusions
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: Agate is found all over the world. The best Moss Agate is mined in India. Additional deposits are found in Australia, China, Russia (the Urals), and the United States (Colorado).
Mineral Family: Moss Agate is a Silicate mineral. Agate is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal family tree. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. 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 a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Agate). All microcrystalline Quartz fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate. Moss Agate is a type of agate which is colorless with dark green inclusions, reminiscent of moss.
Formation: Moss Agate is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Agates are formed when thin sheets of Quartz are layered with other minerals, creating a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Mining: Agates are the primary product of numerous mines worldwide. Typically, Agates are found in their primary deposits and still have their original relationship with the host rock. 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.
Enhancements: Lab created Agates are rare, while dyed Agates are extremely common. Moss Agates are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Moss Agate
Moss Agate is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, many other types of Agate have rich histories. It is certainly possible that Moss Agate may have used by indigenous cultures for ornaments as well as for healing and spiritual purposes.
Moss Agate itself may not have any historical stories or symbols associated with it. But the plant moss, which the dendritic strands within the agate closely resembles, does. Moss is a symbol for luck, money, maternal love, and patience. Moss also reminds us that even when our background or past lacks stability or strong roots, we can still thrive and create a lush future for ourselves.
Photos: Moss Heart
Healing Properties of Moss Agate
Spiritual: Moss Agate brings a spiritual awareness to everyday life. This is a stone which helps us to see the beauty of life and to feel refreshed in our soul. It puts us in touch with our Highest Self, allowing that to guide our actions. When placed in gardens or houseplants, Moss Agate attracts devas and other nature spirits which create a more lush and vibrant environment. Moss Agate is a wonderful manifestation stone and is particularly good for attracting wealth. Moss Agate is attuned to the Root, Sacral, and Heart Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Virgo and connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 1 and 7.
Emotional: Moss Agate helps us to understand and release wounds from our past and embark on a new life. It radiates a very peaceful energy which can help calm mood swings and show us how to detach ourselves from addictions to emotional drama. Moss Agate is particularly useful for helping us deal with the daily challenges of life and to build and maintain a healthy self-esteem. It gives us the tenacity to survive stressful times and inspires us to be hopeful and determined to improve our future. By connecting us with our Highest Self, we are better equipped to self-sooth and give ourselves the emotional comfort, love and acceptance we sometimes really need. Moss Agate also improves communication skills and improves relationships.
Mental: Moss Agate helps us to see the positive side of things and to resist the urge to sweat the small stuff. There is a “wholesome” quality to Moss Agate which can help us to stay in integrity and to make good decisions that will serve us well in the future. Moss Agate reveals the bigger picture and reminds us to be patient, conscious and wise. This is a particularly good stone for anyone working in agriculture, botany, or environmental studies as it helps us to clearly communicate with plants and understand what is needed to make our world more healthy.
Physical: Metaphysicals refer to Moss Agate as the “midwife stone” and use it when working with women during pregnancy and labor. It is said to have a stabilizing influences on all the systems of the physical body and to boost the immune system. It is often used to treat common illnesses like the cold and flu, and their various symptoms, but it is also said to be good for stabilizing the body during chronic illnesses. Moss Agate is believed to reduce sensitivity to weather and environmental pollutants, particularly air-quality. Moss Agate is also believed to help with fungal infections, hypoglycemia, and dehydration.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Moss Agate
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Moss Agate was artisanally-mined in Maharashtra, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Moss Agate was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Moss Agate Tumbled Stone
Color: Green and white, may be translucent. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Moss Agate
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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