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Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

Serpentine Cabachon by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead by Gabrielle Hampton and Marc Lapidary of Hampton’s Rock Shop

Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

 

Serpentine gets its name from the Greek word “serpens”, which means snake, because of the appearance of the stone resembles snake skin.  It is not just one stone but a group of minerals.  It belongs to the metamorphic rock type and is an important mineral in the rock forming process.  The mineral is made up of a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminum, zinc, nickel, and manganese along with hydroxyl and in some rare cases water.   It comes in various colors including: green, yellow, white, gray, brown, black, purple and sometimes it is multicolored.  The multicolored varieties are most often found to be green, yellow and white.  It’s semitransparent to opaque.  Serpentine’s hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from between 2.5 to 6.  Its luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky.  It can be found   in Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.  The Aztec culture highly prized the stone and there is a rare form found in Arizona, known as Arizona Lizard Stone.   The stone is also called New Jade in some circles.  The mineral was highly prized by the Aztec civilizations.  It is often used in jewelry and architecture.  In ancient times it was used as an offering to the gods when asking for blessings.

Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Metaphysical Uses

Serpentine is often used when communicating with the Devic Realm or the realm of the elementals. This is because it resonates with earth energy.  The mineral encourages contact with the elementals and may even help to contact the angelic realm for guidance.   This stone is most powerful when stimulating the crown chakra but is extremely useful in unblocking all of the chakras’ and clearing stagnant energy.   It is one of the safest stones to use when activating the kundalini energies.  It helps to raise the Kundalini up the spine.  This process can be dangerous and can also arouse sexual feelings.

Brown Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Brown Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Physical uses

Serpentine is believed to protect against diseases, snake bites, and the bites of venomous creatures.  It assists in the healing of the heart and lungs and in cellular regeneration.  It is also believed to help ease pain associated with the kidneys, stomach cramps, and tension.

Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewely
Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewelry

*White Bear Jewelry is not a qualified medical professional.  If you are experiencing any of the above issues please seek proper medical attention.

 

A special Thank You to Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton for the use of their beautiful pictures of Serpentine.  You can see more of their work at Hampton’s Rock Shop. Please see below for the shop’s contact information.

Source Links

“Serpentine: A Stone of Earth Energy and Kundalini Activation” by Healing-Crystals-for-You.com

“Serpentine Gemstone Information” by Gemselect.com

“The Serpentine Mineral Group” by Minerals.net

 

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