The History and meaning of Chalcedony
Chalcedony is the birthstone month of May in ancient Hebrew calendar
Chalcedony is the gemstone for the 12th Anniversary year of marriage
Chalcedony is a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood and good will and enhances group stability. It can be used to assist thought transmission and telepathy. This gemstone absorbs negative energy and then dissipates it to prevent onward transmission. Chalcedony is also known as the Speaker's Stone, the stone of one who must measure his words. It encourages reflection and meditation, its gentle radiance preparing us for action but helping to hold back words we might regret.
Blue Chalcedony is the colour of shallow pools of water reflecting the sky as winter gives way to spring. It marks the beginning of life and emotion, and is a colour of faith and trust. The Light Blue colour ray helps us reflect on, question, and relax in our acceptance of the life we have.
Chalcedony brings the mind, body, emotions and spirit into harmony, instilling feelings of benevolence and generosity, Chalcedony removes hostility and transforms melancholy into joy. Psychologically Chalcedony eases self-doubt and facilitates constructive inward reflection. It creates an open and enthusiastic persona. It absorbs and dissipates negative thoughts emotions and bad dreams.
Chalcedony is a powerful cleanser including open sores. It fosters the maternal instinct and increases lactation, improves mineral assimilation and combats mineral buildup in veins. Chalcedony lessens the effect of dementia and senility. This gemstone increases physical energy. It balances the body, emotions, mind and heals the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.
History & Legend
As early as the Bronze Age chalcedony was in use in the Mediterranean region, on Minoan Crete at the Palace of Knossos, chalcedony seals have been recovered dating to circa 1800 BC. People living along the Central Asian trade routes used various forms of chalcedony, including carnelian, to carve intaglios, rings and beads that show strong Graeco-Roman influence. Fine examples of first century objects made from chalcedony, possibly Kushan, were found in recent years at Tillya-tepe in north-western Afghanistan. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often used to make seal impressions. The term chalcedony is derived from the name of the ancient Phoenician town Chalkedon in Asia Minor, in modern English usually spelled Chalcedon, today the Chalcedony district of Istanbul.
In ancient times, chalices would be formed out of Chalcedony and lined with silver to prevent poisoning. Chalcedony was considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, using it to promote stability during their ceremonial activities. It is still in use today for meditations, and as a pathway for receiving successful thought transmissions
Blue Chalcedony is a demure crystal, subtle and mystic, cool and serene, ethereal yet solid. It has an inviting, soft blue translucence, and an almost imperceptible movement within the stone that invokes a stillness of silent reverence. It's calming, and speaks of spirit and trust.
Blue Chalcedony is a creative stone, it opens the mind to assimilate new ideas and helps acceptance of new situations.
Blue Chalcedony imparts mental flexibility and verbal dexterity, enhancing listening skills and communication. It stimulates the ability to learn new languages and improves memory. Blue Chalcedony gives a feeling of light-heartedness and the ability to look forward optimistically. It improves self-perception. This stone was traditionally used in weather magic and for clearing illnesses associated with changes in the weather.
As a stone of communication, Blue Chalcedony stimulates the Throat Chakra.
The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. In balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel.
We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release.
Chalcedony has a hardness of 6 – 7 on the mhos scale
Chalcedony is a member of the Quartz family with a cryptocrystalline structure
Chalcedony has a waxy luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent. It can assume a wide range of colours, but those most commonly seen in gemstone jewellery are blue, white, pink and grey.
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