Agate is said to be named for the place it first was found — along the River Achates (now called the River Drillo) in Sicily. This distinct and dramatically banded variety of chalcedony is composed of quartz layers. This composition varies greatly and can be of many colors. In ancient times, agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet.
Blue Agate inspires loyalty and trustworthiness. It is a support crystal for all caregivers, calming stress-related situations and overcoming communication difficulties. Carry or wear Blue Agate if you struggle to express your emotions without getting upset.
Blue Agate counteracts the repression and suppression of feelings caused by past fears, judgments, or rejections. It dissolves old blockage patterns and doubt, and permits new methods of self-expression and growth. Blue Agate is especially beneficial in helping men realize and accept their feelings and sensitivities.
As a support crystal, Blue Agate assists those who fear speaking in public or sharing thoughts and ideas with strangers. It is a great stone for those who communicate for a living, such as workshop directors, lecturers, teachers, or anyone who must connect in a clear, intelligent manner. Blue Agate also tranquilizes and relaxes the mind of executives, and calms stress in postal workers.
Blue Agate’s calm, centering properties also aid those who are unable to stop talking, or who speak before thinking about the consequences of their words. It encourages discernment about the thoughts they share and the beauty of inner silence. It helps those who have trouble keeping a secret, and promotes understanding in the sanctity of trust. It is an excellent stone for imaginative children who present created stories, and may need help in discerning whether an event was real or imagined.
Agate promotes inner stability, composure, and maturity. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence. It is a great crystal to use during pregnancy. Agate also helps new mothers avoid the “baby blues” sometimes experienced after giving birth, and an Agate jewel worn between the breasts encourages lactation.