Ammolite is a rare iridescent gemstone formed from the fossilized shell of Ammonite, a marine invertebrae animal that became extinct on Earth around 65 million years ago. It is called a biogenic gemstone as it is made from natural processes. Other biogenic gemstones include pearl and amber.
The primary composition of Ammolite is aragonite. However, calcite, silica, pyrite and a myriad of trace elements may also be present such as aluminium, iron, copper magnesium, chromium and manganese. The iridescence of Ammolite is due to the micro-cellular structure of aragonite forming in layers which refract various rays of the visible light rainbow spectrum. Ammolites with thicker layers refract more greens and reds, whilst those with thinner layers refract more blues and violets.
The Ammonites which create Ammolite once inhabited an inland sea (the Western Interior Seaway) that split the continent of North America in half during the mid to late Cretaceous Period (between 65 and 100 million years ago). As the seas gradually receded, the Ammonites were covered in layers of bentonite clay. This sedimental clay preserved the shells of the Ammonites, inhibiting their conversion into calcite. Whilst Ammonites are found all over the world, Ammolites are only found in the Rocky Mountains of North America.
Ammolites have historically been used by native peoples of North America as amulets to assist with hunting and for use in ceremonial work for healing. In more recent times, Feng Shui practitioners have used Ammolite to promote prosperity, well-being and improve the flow of ‘chi’.
In nature, the Ammolite shell forms a spiral referred to as the ‘golden mean spiral’ which is a mathematical representation of the fibonacci sequence of numbers. This mathematical sequence is the foundation upon which nature continually expands and evolves.
In the human body, our DNA twists, our chakras energetically turn and the proportion of our body parts in relationship to each other are all made manifest according to this magical number sequence. Plants grow, flowers bloom and our spiral galaxy turns in relationship to the spiral. This sacred spiral is so deeply engrained in our world that it forms the basis of architecture, music, economics and the aesthetics of art.
Thus Ammolite, as a direct conduit of the energetics of golden mean spiral, is a sacred gemstone which we can work with for our own personal awakening and for the evolutionary consciousness of the planet. This crystal awakens our awareness of the evolutionary shift in consciousness that is happening around the world as we come to the end of many cycles of creation.
On the 21 December 2012, on the Summer/Winter solstice at 11:11 UT (Universal Time), we come to the end of a 225 million year galactic cycle (the time it takes for our solar system to make one complete revolution around the core of our Milky Way Galaxy), we come to the end of a 26,000 year cycle (the movement of our Solar System through every house of the zodiac) and we come to the end of a 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan longcount calendar . This generation thus sits on the threshold of an evolutionary shift in consciousness, a quantum leap into a new world as we begin the next evolutionary cycle of our planet and galaxy.
Ammolite is one of the key crystals on Earth today that we can work with in order to be conscious and active leaders of this evolutionary shift. Ammolite assists us in anchoring our energy field into the electromagnetic field of mother Earth, and into her crystalline core to assist us in fully awakening our DNA. As our ‘junk DNA’ becomes active, we have the potential to grow as a human species in LOVE, consciously Living the One Vibrational Energy that gives rise to all of creation. As we grow in LOVE we honour our diversity, and come together in unity and enduring peace.
Traditionally, Ammolite is placed over the Light Activation Point (the energy centre just above the third-eye) or worn as a pendant over the higher-heart, to support its greatest potential of weaving the threads of awakened wisdom through every level of being. Within our holographic universe each of us are fractals of the whole, thus as we individually embrace our highest potential, we are the highest frequencies of light, love and illumination for all of creation to do the same.
© Simone M. Matthews 2012
Simone’s Crystal Article also appears in the current issue of The Art of Healing Magazine: www.theartofhealing.com.au
The above photo was provided courtesy of Rebecca DeCarlo from ‘That Crystal Site’. www.thatcrystalsite.com.au
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