Gemstone: Tree (Dendritic) Agate

Tumbled tree agate, a type of dendritic agate

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a reference post on any gemstones, so I pulled one at random from my collection…and I was horrified to realize I had no earthly idea what it was anymore.

A quick search of images on the Internet revealed that I had a particularly lovely example of something variously called green tree or tree agate.  It is a dendritic agate from India known for its fine green mossy veining over a stark white stone.  It is not, however, the only type of dendritic agate.  These agates vary in the translucency of the stone and the color and prominence of the branching forms.  In particular, most branching forms of dendritic agate are black in color.

As earlier learned with blue lace agate, the book Love is in the Earth, notes that all agates  “provide for balancing of yin-yang energy and for balancing of the physical, emotional, and intellectual bodies with the etheric energies.”  Agate also:

stabilizes the aura, providing for a cleansing effect which acts to smooth dysfunctional energies and to both transform and eliminate negativity.  It further assists one in the development of precision in examination of oneself and of circumstances relevant to ones well-being.

[…]  Agate can be used to stimulate analytical capabilities and precision.  It provides for perceptiveness to situations and awakens ones inherent talents and adroitness.  It is also used to produce inspiration from and connectedness with the entities residing in the spiritual worlds.

It has been reported to strengthen the sight, to diminish thirst, and to promote marital fidelity.

A more translucent example with black dendrites

As with blue lace agate, however, dendritic agate also has its own special properties.  In particular it “enhances gentleness and encourages one to […] tak[e] time to enjoy each moment” and “helps one to remain as a directed energy during situations of discordant and/or disorienting confusion” as well as to assist in “the centering of self in all situations.”  More generally, dendritic agate conveys a message that one must recognize and accept one’s origin in one’s own awakening.  Therefore it is used to assist in connecting to natural states and in enhancing communication between the intellectual world and the vegetable world.  It’s also a stone that can help “in healing the Earth, stabilizing the center and energy vortices, and stimulating a peacefulness within the structure of the inner environment.”

In the body, dendritic agate opens and activates chakras and can be used to treat skeletal disorders, disorders of the nervous system, and degraded capillaries.  It is also a “a stone of plenitude” that helps to provide abundance in one’s life, much as the Greeks used it to produce plentiful crops.  Therefore, it can also be used to encourage generous yields in agriculture and in business.

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