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Get to Know: Dendritic Crystals

Dendritic crystals and I are new friends, like we just became friendly earlier this year. The more time I spend with it the more my appreciation of this stone grows. Dendrite refers to the sea kelp or fractal shaped inclusions that are the result of iron, manganese, or hematite within the stone. There are two common types of Dendritic crystals both of which are technically quartz. Let me explain; dendritic agate is actually a type of quartz, more specifically its a variety of chalcedony which is identifiable by its milky or opaque appearance. 

Dendritic Agate Necklace on a green background  

The second common dendritic crystal is dendritic quartz which is easily recognized by its transparent and iridescent background. Most dendritic specimens are found in Brazil, India and Montana.

Now that we’ve covered the basic background on how these crystals are formed and where they’re found let’s get into the esoteric and metaphysical properties. With inclusions that resemble the natural world it’s not hard to see the connection between these crystals and its energetic capacity for grounding. Think back to a time you tried to change or alter an aspect of your behavior, how grounded were you when you attempted the change? If you weren’t very grounded how easy was it to maintain the changed behavior?

Both dendritic agate and quartz work to keep us grounded so we can spend more time and energy on our internal journey instead of expending energy trying to get into the right headspace. It allows us to cultivate a sense of balance, making it much easier to see the steps needed to change whatever our desired behavior is.

A mantra associated with dendritic agate is:

“I am committed to doing the inner work that brings truth, growth and balance to my life.” (The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons + Naisha Ahsian) 

Ultimately dendritic crystals give all who desire to work with it the gift of presence. Allowing us to see ourselves with balance so that we neither retreat into a self deprecating loop or use action as a means to escape bettering ourselves. 

It offers no judgement when held and does it’s work slowly and silently unlike gemstones like Moldavite or some varieties of Quartz which can feel like hot iron in your bare hand. 

Have you spent any time with dendritic crystals? What was your experience, I’d love to hear from you.

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