Stone Medicine - Moss Agateby Alannah Hudis on 06/06/17
"Moss agate (also called mocha stone) is a semi-precious gemstone formed from silicon dioxide. It is a form of chalcedony which includes minerals of a green colour embedded in the stone, forming filaments and other patterns suggestive of moss. The field is a clear or milky-white quartz, and the included minerals are mainly oxides of manganese or iron. It is not a true form of agate, as it lacks agate's defining feature of concentric banding. Moss agate is of the white variety with green inclusions that resemble moss. It occurs in many locations. The colors are formed due to trace amounts of metal present as an impurity, such as chrome or iron. The metals can make different colors depending on their valence (oxidation state)." (Wikipedia)
Of interest: "Green Tree Agate and Green Moss Agate: These materials are often genetically related - that means they form under similar conditions. Green moss agate is a semitransparent agate with green mossy inclusions inside. Green tree agate is a white jasper with green mossy inclusions inside - however they are only visible where they are exposed at the surface. Green moss agate and green tree agate have been found together in the same deposit - having formed just a short distance from one another." (rocktumbler.com)
Moss Agate is one of the first stones I think of when I dream of loamy earth and green growing things. As a green earth stone, with its range of verdant hues, occasional white veins and, in thinner slices, translucency revealing mineral structures that look so like moss, moss agate is the quintessential stone for the garden. A friend of water as well as earth and the vegetal world, moss agate brings its nourishment to all growing things in nature.
This peaceful stone has a gentle energy that relaxes and fosters alliance with the earth. It grounds us to our Mother and reminds us that our personal nourishment in the foods we eat, the way we move and speak are an important part of our self care. Moss agate is an ally to those who desire to vision travel in nature.
Moss agate enjoys a moist environment on the ground, near growing plants. This placement helps to keep this stone refreshed and lively and enhances it ability to share its energy with the surrounding area.
Physically moss agate helps with joint mobility, heart rhythm and heat fatigue.