The first historical references to the use of crystals come from ancient the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, emerald and clear quartz in their jewellery. They also carved grave amulets of the same gems. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health
Although no longer in use medicinally, gemstones continued to hold meaning. Until recently, jet was popularly worn by those in mourning, and garnet was often worn in times of war. There is a tradition in a local family here in southwest England: every female descendent wears an antique moonstone necklace for her wedding, which has been in the family for generations. It was only recently that one family member realised this was a fertility symbol.
In the 1980s, with the advent of the New Age culture, the use of crystals and gemstones began to re-emerge as a healing method. Much of the practise was drawn from old traditions, with more information gained by experimentation and channelling
Agate comes in many different colour variations, most commonly seen as white, grey, yellow, brown and red. Agate is a gemstone that is highly grounding and can help you to center and balance the mind, body and soul. It can bring a very calming and soothing energy and can be very useful in times of stress, anxiety or anger.
It’s a great stone to carry or wear when having a hard time feeling positive, when negative thoughts are taking over and you need a little motivation, agate has your back!
Agate can assist you with transmuting negativity into positivity. Making it a great crystal to work with when struggling mentally, as it can help you to rebalance and harmonize your mind.
This is also a great crystal to use when you needs to overcome any deep rooted feelings of anger and resentment, good to use when needing to find forgiveness and let go of grudges.
Great to use during full moons or with releasing rituals, as the stones transmuting energy is very strong.
Agate is a great stone to use during times of challenging Mercury aspects, such as squares or oppositions, or during retrograde periods, as it may assist you with mental clarity, concentration and healthy positive communication.
Agate may also be beneficial for those with their natal Mercury in Pisces or Sagittarius, as Mercury is detriment in these signs it can be helpful with improving communication, mental clarity and other Mercury related areas that may be challenging.