MINERAL MONDAY: BLUE LACE AGATE
We are going back to back blues this month and last because my intuition is feeling it and so are a lot of people I am interacting with. Kyanite (last month’s mineral monday) and blue lace agate have been the two most popular stones at our markets for the past few months. Though their properties do differ greatly I find it interesting to take note their similarity in hue and how they both work with the throat and the third eye, looking at how you are expressing and manifesting your highest self and truth within the physical world.
Blue lace agate is a specific form of agate that is found primarily throughout Namibia in Southwest Africa. Recently there have been many mines drying up and it is becoming increasingly difficult to source (so I have been hoarding some serious beauties for my collection). Small deposits of it can be found in Brazil and India though all of the pieces we work with come right from Namibia where it is the most beautifully banded in gorgeous shades of blue.
Agates in general are an effective nurturer of the mind, body, and soul. They offer a stabilizing energy that dissolves blockages and chaotic energy in your aura and chakras. Agate balances yin and yang energy — feminine and masculine — which elevates you to a state of precision, acute self examination, and general connectedness to what you are meant to do in this life. There is an energy of inspiration from spirit guides, a level of comfort, and a general assuredness that you are where you are supposed to be.
Intention is a good word for what blue lace agate is trying to inspire within your communication center. It activates and links the heart, the throat, and the third eye — opening up pathways to your higher self and aiming to align you with your true path. Blue lace agate fosters a safe space for introspection where you can identify what is and what is not working in your current way of communicating and expressing yourself. Is this who you are? Is this who you want to be? Is that what you really wanted to say? Intention is everything and this mineral urges you to say what you mean and mean what you say — leaving aside murky intention and allowing your true self to shine.
It is a great stone for those who feel unheard or unseen, inviting them to find their voice and to claim the space they need to express themselves freely. It clears self doubt and minimizes the fears of judgement from others. For those who tend to overshare without much direction or conviction, blue lace agate helps with remaining present during communication, listening intently, and thinking about what we really want to contribute to a situation with our words and creative expression. To communicate with the world and people around you with your heart open and your ears open is a magical thing that everyone can always use a little work on. All in all it is working to get you to put words to your beliefs and your truths.
I don’t often touch on the physiological properties because I am not a doctor and don’t have too much active experience with seeing that kind of healing first hand (besides with malachite which I have seen work in an astoundingly regenerative way). But I will mention that blue lace agate is known to strengthen the skeletal structure and ease related conditions like arthritis while also enhancing the healing rate of breaks and fractures. It can also have soothing effects on the throat and voice itself, preventing overstimulation for those constantly using intense levels of communication (whether verbal or non-verbal). It is also effective at clearing blockages from the nervous system — which comes from that nurturing and clearing “safe space” energy.
key words: communication | reflection | expression
when you might want some blue lace agate handy:
high pressure communication situations like a job interview or an oral exam
if you seek guidance on whether or not you are on the right path
when you struggle maintaining intentional communication
if you feel like you just can’t express yourself the way you are trying to!
Every day I like to address my collection and see if anything jumps out at me — if something does then I like to take a moment to think about its properties (often I refer to my crystal books or even a quick google is helpful). When I am able to resonate with the properties of a stone that has caught my attention, I am in tune with its energy and it is in tune with mine. This practice also helps you grow your working knowledge of the stones!! There is so much to it and it is easy to get overwhelmed. If you take it day by day, crystal by crystal, it comes to you.
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