Nurture yourself and take good care of others.
Joyful manifest new ideas, dreams and passions.
Ground your creativity energy and finish projects.
Communicate effectively and listen more fully.
Let Septarian Nodules inspire you to be in balance!
Mineralogy of Septarian Nodule
Color: Yellow, Grey, Brown and Clear
Gravity: Varies, 2.60-2.94
Hardness: Varies, 1.5-4
Luminescence: Pink and Yellowish-white (long wave) / Blue and Blueish-white (short wave)
Location: Septarian Nodule deposits have been found in Australia, Canada, England, Madagascar, Morocco, New Zealand, Spain and the United States (Utah).
Rock 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! Septarian Nodules combine grey Betonite, Yellow Calcite, Brown Aragonite, and may occasionally include white/clear Bartite.
Formation: 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 Argaonite formed.
Mining: 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.
Enhancements: All Septarian Nodules are completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Septarian Concretion, Dragonstone, Septerye
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). This name come from an ancient Malagasy legend. The Malagasy are the primary ethnic group in Madagascar where some of the finest Septarian Nodules have been found. They believe that long ago dragons roamed the earth, and when they died their bodies were fossilized and preserved in the bedrock. The pattern on Septarian Nodules resembles the scales on the dragon’s bodies, while the outside often looks like an egg. Reminding us that dragons may one day live among us once more.
Healing Properties of Septarian Nodule
Spiritual: 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. Septarian Nodule 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. Septarian Nodule is attuned to the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer and Capricorn. It is attuned to the element Water and vibrates to the numbers 8, and 9
Emotional: 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. Septarian Nodule 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: 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, Septarian Nodule 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: Septarian Nodule has been used by metaphysical healers to treat the brain, stomach and pancreas. It is said to provide vitality and stamina to the body, and strengthen muscles and bones. It is also believed to help balance hormonal and sugar levels within the body and to release toxic buildup.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Septarian Nodule
I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.
In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals. The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows. The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community. They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.
In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.
Septarian Nodule Tumbled Stone
Color: Yellow, brown and gray. 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.
Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.
The miners sells directly to the tumbler. The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
Safe Handling of Septarian Nodule
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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