Crystal System: Trigonal
Hardness: 6.5 - 7
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Beneficial for: Analytical Abilities, Concentration, Destructive,
Giving up bad habits, Maturity, Negative Energies, Obsessive Thoughts,
Protection, Perception, Psychic Attack, Security, Self-Confidence, Stability, and Stress Release
Botswana agate is a variety of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is predominantly banded in shades of pink and gray, though some layers may contain a muted brown. Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. It is excellent for balancing emotional, physical, and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe. Botswana agate, is named for the location where it was first discovered and predominantly mined. The volcanic activity that produced these lovely stones dates back nearly 187 million years ago, and though the igneous stones of
Botswana began as volcanic flow, they did not originate from normal, mountainous volcanoes. Rather the lava flowed in waves from long faults along the lower rock layers and rolled across the landscape, depositing layer upon layer of silica/quartz, creating the extra fine banding and patterns which make Botswana agate's highly unique and desirable. Native tribes have also called the stone, the Sunset Stone, believing it capable of retaining sunlight and its comforting nature, similar to feeling sunshine. Botswana agate, is a gentle and soothing stone, giving comfort to the user. It is mainly used for protection and comfort. Botswana Agate is an excellent choice for meditating, and can be used to focus thought energy to finding solutions to problems. A crystal of possibility and hope, Botswana agate encourages artistic expression and exploration of the unknown, while still maintaining logic and attention to detail that brings projects and ventures into reality. It also releases emotional repression and blocks to fertility, by lending the knowledge that sexuality is a natural function and sensuality is the body's appreciation of the fullness of life. Agate stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negative energies. Its cleansing effect is powerful at all levels. Agate raises awareness and links into the collective consciousness of the oneness of life. It encourages contemplation of one’s life experiences that lead to spiritual growth and inner stability.