This week, Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch Communications challenged writers to: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the word crystalline.
In her post, Charli wrote about hunting for agates. She also mentioned many other types of rock, including quartz, chert, silica, gneiss, granite, mica… She used terms like metamorphic and fossilised, and I was transported back to my high school science classes. Sadly, I wasn’t inspired to be a rock-hound like Charli, and needed to check my understanding of these words and terms.
My research uncovered both science facts and assorted beliefs about the seemingly magical properties of agate, some of which I’ll share with you.
#12 Science facts about agate (without getting too technical):
- A type of quartz
- Most commonly found in volcanic rock, sometimes metamorphic
- Fine grains and bright colours, often in bands
- Many are hollow geodes
- Weather resistant
- Often found in soil or on the shoreline of waterways
- Many different types of agate
- Found in many different countries
- Many uses including art and jewellery
- Polishing, often by tumbling, helps to expose their inner beauty of colours and patterns
- Each agate is unique
- Can vary in size and value
Due to the bands of colour, agate is also known as Earth’s rainbow.
A collection of beliefs about the metaphysical properties and healing powers of agate
Can be used to create balance in emotional, physical and intellectual energy of an individual and of the universe.
Worn as an amulet, it provides protection.
Different colours and types of agate are considered to have different metaphysical properties, for example; some are thought to be calming, some uplifting, others bring abundance, some have healing powers, and others bestow strength. In fact, it seems agate can help with almost everything from marketing your writing and managing your overwhelming multitude of tasks to preventing traffic accidents.
Agate is a zodiac stone for my birth sign Gemini. While I may not dare agree with it (pass me the agate. I’m sure it will help me), I rather like the description. It tells me that Gemini is the sign of the inventor and that,
Those born under this sign can see both sides of an issue. They’re flexible and can go with the flow, and can be lively and talkative, or restless and nervous depending on their setting. Those born when the Sun is in Gemini are quick thinkers, quick-witted, and quick on their feet.
Disappointingly for me, I was not born in summer. I’m a Southern Hemisphere winter Gemini baby. Does that make me the opposite?
It seems that with a small collection of differently coloured agates one could conquer almost everything, be self-aware and self-confident, courageous and strong, peaceful and healthy. Perhaps a collection in every home, on every corner, and in every classroom, could be the answer to humanity’s problems.
#12 Agates for a classroom collection?
- Blue – creativity, problem solving, courage
- Banded – creates a healthy environment, removes negativity, cuts ties to negative relationships, helps seek solutions and to try new things, offers protection, encourages creativity
- Blue lace – healing and calming, nurturing and supportive, reduces anger, reduces fear of being judged, assists with verbal expression
- Botswana – creativity, problem solving, quit smoking, energises the brain
- Bull’s eye – focus
- Colorin – helps accept changes associated with aging
- Crackled fire – energy and protection, prevents burn-out
- Crazy lace – focus, reduces negativity
- Dendritic – abundance, peace
- Green – enhances thinking, improves decision making, resolving disputes
- Laguna – builds community, improves learning, especially in mathematics
- Moss – self-esteem, friendship skills, try again
What do you think? Is it worth a try? I know of at least one teacher who thought so. I was employed to replace her when other teachers and parents became concerned that the children weren’t learning anything useful. She may have found a sense of calm and balance, but the children were disrupted, distracted, and disengaged. Like many things, the power is in the actions we take, and not manifested by the object itself.
Charli likens rock hunting to writing. She says,
the more you show up to the beach and the page, the better your chances of finding a crystalline wonder.
I think polishing the agates to reveal their inner beauty must be a little like writing, and teaching too.
That’s one reason why I keep showing up. I don’t know that I’ll ever find a crystalline wonder, but I’m prepared to put in some effort to find out.
This is my response to Charli’s challenge. It didn’t go quite where I intended and maybe not where you’d expect, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
Her mother wanted Chrystal; father, Clementine. Calm registrar decided: Baby Crystalline.
Parental spats continued as Crystalline grew up. Never in agreement, it made her so messed-up.
Crystalline retreated, spent days all on her own, searching by the water, for brightly coloured stones.
She gathered a collection that healed her aching heart, ignited self-compassion and made a brand-new start.
Believing stones worked magic, curing each and every woe, she took the heart stones with her, wherever she would go.
She shared their healing powers, with any she could find, she told them “Pay it forward. She became their darling Crystalline.
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.