Intaglio; Chalcedony; helmeted head of Roma to right; gem fractured across upper part; in metal mount. (British Museum, number 1913,0307.292)
The name chalcedony comes from the Latin chalcedonius (alternatively spelled calchedonius). The name appears in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia as a term for a translucid kind of Jaspis. The name is probably derived from the town Chalcedon in Asia Minor (Today Turkey). The Greek word khalkedon (χαλκηδών) also appears in the Book of Revelation (Apc 21,19). It is a hapax legomenon, a word found nowhere else, so it is hard to tell whether the precious gem mentioned in the Bible is the same mineral known by this name today. (Wikipedia)
Chalcedony in Spirituality
Its is a powerful stone for communicating with spirit and can be used to encourage speaking in tongues or the language of Light. It is very beneficial in repairing wounds and deep anger patterns in the energy field. [Ahsian, 105]
It stimulates telepathy and all communications with the invisible realms, assisting in the remembrance of past lives and articulating regained wisdom. Because it connects to the subconscious, Blue Chalcedony is a good stone for those in therapy or those who counsel others. [Simmons, 105]
Chalcedony Healing Effect
Chalcedony is useful for treating chronic hoarseness and inflammation of the throat. It protects against weakness in general, bad moods, obsessive jealousy and depression. It reduces sleepwalking, soothes chilblains, and is a source of protection during travel. [Megemont, 50]
Blue Chalcedony encourages the flow of fluids within the body and reduces edema. It helps with sensitivity caused by weather changes or pressure, such as glaucoma, and stimulates milk production in nursing mothers. [Gienger, 22][Hall, 102] It helps alleviate plant allergies, hay fever, and other respiratory problems. It aids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia, childhood illnesses, gallstones and inflammation, and may soothe the symptoms of autism and Asperger’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, bi-polar and obsessive compulsive disorders. [Eason, 244]
Chalcedony in Legends
Chalcedony is reputed to be the Speaker’s Stone, the stone of one who must measure his words. The great Roman orator, Cicero, is said to have worn one around his neck. [Megemont, 49-50]
In ancient times, chalices were carved of Chalcedony and lined with silver to prevent poisoning. [Hall, 101]
Chalcedony was attributed with the power to drive away phantoms and visions of the night. [Kunz, 65]
A man with his right hand raised aloft, if engraved on a Chalcedony, brings success in lawsuits, renders the wearer healthy, gives him safety in his travels and preserves him from all evil chances. [Kunz, 134]
Chalcedony is listed in the Book of Revelation as the stones garnishing the third foundation of the walls for the New Jerusalem; its significance, according to the Archbishop of Mainz in the first century, is the flame of inner charity. [Kunz, 303, 305]
Chalcedony Color Energy
Light in hue, Chalcedony is the different color of shallow pools of water reflecting the sky as winter gives way to spring. It marks the beginning of life and emotion, and is a color of faith and trust. The Light colors of ray helps us reflect on, question, and relax in our acceptance of the life we have.
Light color talismans help us develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They’re excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful. Light colored crystals also assist in dealing with grief, letting go of the past, and curing guilt.
Chalcedony is a one of demure quartz mineral, subtle and mystic, cool and serene, ethereal yet lasting. soft translucency of stone is inviting, and an almost imperceptible movement within the stone that invokes a stillness of silent reverence. It’s calming, and speaks of spirit and trust.
Chalcedony is a member of the Quartz family with a cryptocrystalline structure, perfect for magnifying its crystal energy to soothe and restore balance, from the conscious mind to the inner child, all the way down to the animal self. Its name may be derived from the Greek port city of Chalcedon. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome used varieties of Chalcedony in jewelry and carvings, and, as gems of antiquity, they were believed to imbue their holders with certain powers. [Simmons, 104-105]
Chalcedony is known as the Speaker’s Stone, the stone of one who must measure his words. It encourages reflection and meditation, its gentle radiance preparing us for action but helping to hold back words we might regret. The great Roman orator, Cicero, is said to have worn one around his neck. [Megemont, 49-50]
Considered a nurturing stone, Chalcedony absorbs negative energy and dissipates it before it can be passed on. It promotes brotherhood and good will, opening the mind to new ideas, instilling feelings of benevolence and generosity. [Melody, 193][Hall, 101-102]
Chalcedony was considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, using it to promote stability during their ceremonial activities. It is still in use today for meditations, and as a pathway for receiving successful thought transmissions. [Melody, 193]
Chalcedony is an excellent crystal for public speakers and those who speak for a living. Lawyers and political speakers might benefit from touching this stone to the tip of their tongue while listening to their opponents to enhance their counter arguments.
Actors might rub it against their lips and throat, while singers may drink a glass of water in which Chalcedony has soaked for an hour before going on stage. Wearing this crystal around the neck helps overcome stage fright and the fear of public speaking. [Megemont, 50]
As a stone of peace and peace-making, Chalcedony encourages stillness and calm in the home for those at odds with one another, vying for their place in the pecking order. It is also beneficial for daily journeys to work, or stressful trips involving children. [Eason, 244]
Chalcedony brings a significant energy to the Throat Chakra and is a calming and warming stone.
Chalcedony Emotional Energy
Chalcedony eases self-doubt and brings a helpful peace to inner reflection. It can remove hostility and encourage a light-hearted optimism. [Hall, 102]
Blue Chalcedony calms and centers the emotional energy field. It is an excellent crystal for those who tend to worry, by encouraging life in the present instead of projecting into an imaginary future. It also assists in calming those with bouts of irrational anger, fear, panic or anxiety, and helps those who speak too quickly before considering the impact their words have on others. [Ahsian, 105]
Chalcedony and Throat Chakra Center
As a stone of communication, Chalcedony stimulates the Throat Chakra.
The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. In balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel.
We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release.
Meditation with Chalcedony
As a calming stone, Chalcedony assists in meditation if your mind is naturally over-active. Gaze into the depths of the crystal and listen to your inner voice of wisdom, speaking in your mind. [Eason, 244]
The Divinatory meaning of Blue Chalcedony: A legal dispute will be settled in your favor. [Eason, 244]
Dreams of Chalcedony signify friends rejoined. [Kunz, 358]
Chalcedony and Guardian
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Chalcedony can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
|June 16 – June 21||Blue||Caliel|
|July 28 – Aug 1||Lt. Blue||Haaiah|
There are other Angels that are partial to Chalcedony. The table below gives you the information about them.
|Aids you while dealing with Anger.||Blue||Af|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates June 16-21; Gemini.||Blue||Caliel|
|Ruler of Earth/Snow||Blue||Shalgiel|
|Understanding Angel Tree of Life, the Ruler of Saturn, and the Guardian of Thursday.||Blue||Tzaphiel|
|Raguel helps you to Heal Relationships.||Lt. Blue||Raguel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates July 28-August 1; Leo.||Lt. Blue||Haaiah|
Chalcedony Symbolic Uses
Chalcedony honors Whope, the Lakota Sioux symbol of Peace. She is not only the symbol of harmony, but also of meditation and friendship. Chalcedony is considered a sacred stone by Native Americans.
Chalcedony stones are also used in devotions to Clota, the symbol of the River Clyde; and Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Chalcedony was historically the birthstone for May.
Chalcedony Natural Birthstone.
With its beautiful different colors Chalcedony is one of the birthstones of those born while the world awaits the vernal equinox and spring (February 19 – March 19).
Chalcedony Zodiac Sign
Chalcedony is one of the zodiac stones for those born under the sign Gemini, between May 21 and June 20, when the Earth is approaching summer.
The constellation Gemini is known as the Sign of the Inventor and is seen as twins side by side in the sky. It is closely associated with the planet Mercury.
Those born under this sign can see both sides of an issue. They’re flexible and can go with the flow, and can be lively and talkative, or restless and nervous depending on their setting. Those born when the Sun is in Gemini are quick thinkers, quick-witted, and quick on their feet.
Chalcedony Talismanic Properties
Chalcedony was used by ancient seafarers as an amulet to prevent drowning. [Kunz, 39]
Chalcedony was also used as a talisman by the Assyrians and Babylonians as far back as 4000 B.C. in the form of a seal, or signet, carved into a cylindrical pendant and engraved with religious or mythological subjects. Worn suspended from the neck or wrist, it not only protected its wearer, but its imprint on a document legitimized a contract. [Kunz, 121]
Chalcedony is a Seeker Transformer talisman. Seeker crystals contain the energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance or speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.
Chalcedony Feng Shui
Chalcedony utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use blue crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer.
Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.
The symbols [ ] enclose the author’s name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)