What is Agate?
Agate is one of the most commonly used stones in malas in modern times. There are numerous different types of agate, differing in color, opacity, and hardness. Agate is harvested all over the world, with main mines in Germany, the United States, and Mexico.
Common types of agate include moss agate, blue agate, eye agate (Botswana agate), and black cracked agate. Agate is a type of chalcedony, and is often associated with volcanic rocks.
Agate is a form of chalcedony, which is a silica. What this means is that agate has small amounts of quartz and moganite interwoven. This is what gives agate its streaks and colors.
Meaning of Agate
As one of the most commonly used stones in modern Buddhist prayer beads, it is important to understand the benefits of using this stone. Agate’s meaning in Buddhism is often associated with healing and protection. In ancient cultures, agate was a stone of physical healing, especially in the kidneys. The kidneys are believed to be where we hold our fear. Agate stones in a mala help us heal from fear and any physical ailments. Having agate in contact with the skin promotes physical wellbeing.
For meditation, agate helps rid our fearful energy and focus on our healing. Counting agate beads while reciting mantras may help rid fears and negative energy.
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