Ammonite and Turquoise Ring set in Sterling Silver,
Designed by Dee, size 7′
The metaphysical properties of a fossil are revealed in its geology, cultural associations, and effect on the chakra system:
1. Fossil: Because of their literal connection to the past, fossils support longevity, memory, and past life recall. They are also used to contact spirit guides, honor ancestors, or connect to ancient sources of knowledge. Ammonites are especially well suited for past life work since they are used as an index fossil. They help date the rock layers in which they are found because of their wide distribution, large numbers, and specific time span.
Ammonites only lived in the last chamber of their shell, using their phragmacone to stay afloat. Sometimes we are so focused on the future or the past, including our past lives, we neglect today. Use ammonites to regain perspective on the present, to integrate information about the past or potential future, or reorient after altered states of consciousness like shamanic journeying.
2. Shell: Because they come from the ocean, shells are connected to the Moon, water, and qualities culturally associated with the feminine like intuition, emotions, and the unconscious. Because ammonites are fossilized shells, they help transform the emotional past, releasing dysfunctional family patterns, childhood trauma, or suppressed feelings. Lunar materials are also associated with sleep, dreams, and techniques like lucid dreaming. This is especially true for ammonites since they were used historically for prophetic dreams.
3. Home: Both shells and materials ruled by the Moon symbolize the home. A lot of ammonite terminology is domestic: their shell is a phragmacone, Greek, “a cone of fences”, each chamber is a camera, Latin “a vaulted room”, and the dividers between them are septa, Latin, “walls”. Because of this architectural connection, ammonites are used for the spiritual protection of a house. Since the animal moved from chamber to chamber as it grew, walling off the old ones, they support individuals selling a home, in the process of moving, or adjusting to a new location.
4. Spiral: Both ammonite and nautilus shells are commonly used to illustrate the golden spiral, a growth pattern based on the Fibonnaci sequence with a ratio of 1.618. Unfortunately research suggests this is only rarely true. The nautilus is a logarithmic spiral but its average ratio is 1.33. Because these numbers are close, the inner chambers resemble the golden spiral but the outer ones deviate from it. While an individual shell may be a golden spiral, it is not true for all of them.
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
The properties of ammonite stimulate one to bring thought symbols and those inspiring thoughts into manifested form.
It provides for insight to the basis from which to start and allows one to retain the complete thought from conception to use.
Ammonite is a protective stone, giving stability and structure to one’s life. It can eliminate caustic attributes and can transform negativity into a smooth, flowing energy. It also tends to encourage and to supplement ones survival instincts. It is a stone to assist one in the development and fine tuning, for ones survival in our ever changing and complex world.
It brings a calming sense of peace and atonement to the user, calming those times when pressure to perform is overwhelming.
Chakra: 1st Root Chakra
Ray: 5th Concrete Science
Elements: Earth, Wind
Vibrates to the number: 9
Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Pisces, & Scorpio
Turquoise is another gift from the Earth, bringing the blue of Father sky to the Earth and melding together the energies of the heavens with the consciousness of Mother Earth.
It strengthens and aligns all chakras, meridians, and subtle bodies. It actually elevates all chakras and can facilitate attunement between the physical level and the higher planes of existence. It can bring all energies to a higher level. It does, however, primarily stimulate the throat, heart, and naval chakras, bringing communication skills to emotional issues, to creativity, and to intuition, while all allowing for the application of love in all issues.
It is excellent for spiritual attunement, for healing and cleansing of both the energy centers and physical body, and for providing protection. It has been said that turquoise changes color to warn of impending danger and/or to indicate infidelity in thought or action. It can be used to protect against environmental pollutants as well.
Turquoise is a healer of the spirit, providing for a soothing energy and bringing peace of mind. It has also been known to guide one through the unknown, protecting while promoting one’s independence and action.
It can be used to balance the male/female aspects of one’s character bring forth the qualities and mental clarity and spiritual clarity, and providing for the balancing of energies. It also provides for a bit of an increase in one’s psychic powers, and can help one to develop one’s natural powers. It is said to assist one in communication activities, and both written and oral, such, that, that which is relayed to others, is direct and correct.
It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, kindness, and the recognition of beauty. It is said to promote spontaneity in issues of romance and to stimulate the initiation of romantic love.
Turquoise is also a master healer, emanating a purifying energy, which tends to dissipate negativity; it is an excellent anti negativity stone (where the negativity is not within the self).
It has been used for emotional, mental, and physical problems. In ancient times, it was used to heal eye problems (especially cataracts). It has been used to strengthen work animals. It acts to strengthen the entire anatomy, and can be helpful in the amelioration all dis-eases and disorders. It can aid in the absorption of nutrients, can help to stimulate the regeneration of tissue, and can act to increase circulatory flows to the muscular tissue. It is been used in the treatment for headaches and in the repair of physical damage, which has affected the body. It has also been used to assist one in maintaining stability during ambulatory motions.
Vibrates to the number: 1
Chakra: 5th Throat
Ray: (Sagittarius) 4th Harmony through Conflict, 5th Concrete Science, 6th Idealism/Devotion (Pisces) 2nd Love-Wisdom, 6th Idealism/Devotion (Scorpio) 4th Harmony through Conflict
Planet: Jupiter, Mars
Vibrates to the number: 1