It is said that inside us all is a book waiting to be born; we each have our own story to tell. As a writer I have to say I agree whole heartedly with this sentiment. I have also found each crystal, rock, flower, plant, tree, bird and animal has a unique story to tell us, of its birth, growth, energetic and magical properties.
Humanity is at a pivotal point of transition when evolution is deciding our fate; we are each discovering we are multi-dimensional beings, woven into the rich tapestry of the ‘One’. We hopefully are all learning to listen more deeply to the wisdom of the Earth and to the gifts of our Mother.
The crystal I want to focus on this month is Petrified wood and in my experience it is one of the best storytellers I know. If we quieten our minds to listen they are profound teachers of ancient wisdom. If we are on the path of initiation into the sacred mystery of earthlore and healing, Petrified wood can become a powerful hierophant.
Each piece of Petrified wood has its own ‘personality’, its own ‘guardian’. These guardians will take you through portals into forms of awareness which you may have forgotten, but need to develop once again in order to help our beloved planet. Petrified wood started its life with enormous vitality, as a living breathing tree, its roots going deep into the ground, its branches reaching skyward. All trees do remarkable things, linking the earth and sky energies. It was buried and fossilized; its organic parts were replaced by minerals. As each piece is unique, you will need to find a piece of Petrified wood that speaks directly to your Soul, to help you in walking your own path of transformation and growth.
History Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning ‘rock’ or ‘stone’; literally ‘wood turned into stone’) is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization.
All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly silicate such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the stem tissue. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three dimensional representation of the original organic material. The petrification process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral laden water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant’s cells; as the plant’s lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mould forms in its place. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibres slowly change to stone. Growth rings, outer bark and even worm holes in the wood can be preserved in this process. Sometimes jasper, pyrite or even opal can be found fossilized in wood. More often than not its colouring is brown, but it has been found in grey, cream and even green colour
Scientific Properties: Hardness: 7. Crystal system: triclinic, amorphous, trigonal. Petrified wood comes from Argentina, Egypt and the Czech Republic, but the most famous source is the Petrified National Forest Park in Arizona.
Initiation: Past Life Recall
Angel: Archangel Thuriel
Physical: Petrified wood is a transformational stone and is particularly good for conditions that are difficult to diagnose or treat, progressive and old age related illnesses (stiffness in joints and spinal degeneration).
Emotional: Petrified wood is helpful when your emotions are frozen and you can’t find your way forward. It is grounding, bringing stability to scattered emotions.
Psychologically: Petrified wood eases survival based fears. It gives strength and support in times of turmoil or change. Petrified wood also eases trust related issues and aids us in becoming reliable.
Mental: Petrified wood gives us gleanings into our ancient past while supporting the lessons we need to bring forward with us into the present and future.
Spiritual: Petrified wood brings wisdom, insight into akashic records, and is especially gently grounding, giving a sure foundation upon which to spring forth into deeper intuition and insight.
Magic: Petrified wood assists us in making steady spiritual growth, developing patience, perseverance and inner peace. It assists you in remembering who you truly are.
Chakra: Earth Star
Affirmation: “With my every breath, I nurture and honour all life”.
Crystal Placement: Place in the Earthstar chakra during crystal therapy, to fully integrate the session.
Meditation: A favourite way is to meditate with your chosen piece of Petrified wood. * Imagine strong, wholesome roots growing from the soles of both of your feet and anchoring themselves deep into the essence of Mother Earth. * Then, focusing on your breathing: on the in breath say “With my every breath, I nurture and honour all life”. On the outbreath say “I release all resistance to being fully present in this moment”. * Continue for several breaths. * Allow your mind to become still and invite the ‘guardian’ of the Petrified wood to guide you in your meditation.
Cleansing: Sound Strike or ring a singing bowl, bell, gong or tuning fork over the Petrified wood for swift, effective energetic cleansing.
Archangel Thuriel Archangel Thuriel is the Angel of the Animals. This angel will support you in your endeavour to heal all sentient life forms, by ‘tuning’ you in to the ‘Spirit of the Land’ for renewed inspiration and reclaiming ancient wisdom. With this angels help you can raise and absorb the Earth’s energy or ‘Chi’ into your heart chakra to strengthen your light body, allowing your wings to unfurl. Invoke Archangel Thuriel to deepen your connection to all life through the blissful state of peace and contemplation.
© Hazel Raven 2012