Septarian (Dragon Stone)

Septarian is also known as The Dragon Stone. The most interesting thing about the Septarian is how they were formed. During the Cretaceous period, somewhere between 50 to 70 million years ago the Gulf of Mexico reached the area that is now known as Southern Utah.  Volcanos errupted and the molten rock killed the sea life there and left it to decompose.  This sea life had a chemical attraction for the sediment that was around them and it formed mud balls.  As the ocean receded over time, the balls began to dry and crack but because of the bentonite content they also shrank and trapped the cracks inside the balls.  Calcite crystals were formed in the cracks and a thin wall of calcite was transformed into aragonite which separated the bentonite clay exteriors from the calcite centers.  Because of this, the nodules are called Septarians!
The name, Septarian is from the Latin word "septum", which means seven or "saeptum", meaning a wall or enclosure.  So, the stone Septarian also got it's name because it seems that they form in a pattern of seven.  Very interesting, the mudball that forms as mentioned above, splits into a pattern of seven.  It splits into seven points and radiates in all directions which is what gives this stone that very distinctive design.
 
For healing, they are grounding stones and help us with patience and tolerance.  It will also help you gain confidence, if you need to speak in public, this is a good stone to keep in your pocket.
 
Chakras: Root
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Number Vibration: Number 66
MOHS: 3.5 - 4
Chemical Comp: Complex Concretion mainly composed of Calcite, Aragonite, Limestone and/or Dolomite
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