This week I popped into a local emporium owned and run by a friend of mine. He stocks a lot of the green man and also several crystals.
I noticed a wooden box filled with an assortment of polished gems and decided to have a rummage to see if anything caught my eye.
I selected a couple of amethysts and rose quartz as they are two of my favourite to work with and two crystals that I had no idea what they were or of their properties.
Once home, I set about researching my finds...
One of the crystals I discovered is called Turritella.
This lovely brown stone with it's strange circular markings turns out to be a crystal that holds fossils of tiny sea snails. Turritella is the name of a medium sized sea snail but these aren't the snails that lay fossilised in these beautiful stones. They are in fact, 'elimia tenera', a fresh water snail but on discovery of the crystal, they were originally thought to be the Turritella and the name stuck!
This crystal is a variety of chalcedony, a mineral of the quartz family and is commonly found in the Green River formation in Wyoming. It has an abundance of fascinating healing and magickal properties -
Turritella Agate is a spiritual crystal, deeply connected to the earth and home, to one's personal roots and ancestry, even the events of one's past. It is a survival stone, one of strength and protection. Ancient life held within its form lends the power of wisdom and healing. It is also recognised as a record keeper crystal - worked with to gain access to past worlds and past life recall.
It is also a useful travelling stone - it protects against danger, alleviates fear with regard to traffic accidents and helps as a bond with loved ones at home.
It's healing properties are many - it can alleviate tiredness, help with swelling of the hands and feet and can help with ageing, digestive problems and skin problems too.
Being a brown stone, this crystal is strongly connected with the earth, the home, the hearth and of nature - a wonderful all round grounding stone, allowing you to relax and recharge those inner batteries!
Turritella can also be found as a black stone - this is said to enhance your connection to the physical natural world. Bringing power and strength, it is a crystal that offers protection.
Turritella is an excellent fertility crystal, said to promote success in IVF treatment.
As well as its physical healing properties, it is good to work with for emotional healing too..
It can dispel negative thoughts and those emotions which lay unrested that prevent you from moving on in personal relationships. Deep rooted traumas and phobias can be alleviated by carrying this crystal in a pouch or in your pocket.
A crystal that helps with self confidence and acceptance of yourself allowing you to heal emotionally.
Being an agate crystal, it has connections to many goddesses:
Agates honor Aurora, Roman Goddess of the Dawn and Mother of the Winds. She brings the beauty of dawn each day, the vivid colors streaked and swirled across the clouds.
Agates honor Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women. She protects women through all of their changes, and is a skilled healer, particularly with herbs.
Agates honor Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. Born directly out of Chaos, the primal emptiness, she was the first (or one of the first) beings to appear during the process of creation, and is honored as being the Earth itself.
Agates honor Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge. She rules the gifts of prophecy and magic, and powers death and rebirth. She is the guardian of spiritual transformation.
Agates honor Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the Night. She is usually seen riding in a chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky. Agate is strongly associated with Nyx because of its properties to protect against stress and for keeping bad dreams away.
Turritella agate belongs to a class of crystals that is known as a seeker transformer crystal.
Transformer crystals and minerals are oxides that form as less stable chemical compositions become more stable ones when they come into contact with oxygen. The transformative powers of these stones and crystals are legendary.
These crystals work with you to change your life, your situation and anything that you wish to better yourself at. For example, learning a new language, being a more positive person, getting rid of bad habits.
Turritella 'seeks out' and aligns with the natural energy and power of our minds which is looking for inspiration and ideas. It acts as a sort of compass, prompting us to move forward with our intentions. Having a Turritella as a talisman is a wonderful way to transform our ways of thinking, to grow as a person and to change our lives.