Mystic Botswana Agate

Botswana agate is a gray and brown banded gemstone with white patterns of circles or ovals. There are many legends regarding the properties of this beautiful stone. One such legend contends that it protects against hurt, frustration, pain, and changes and helps one look toward the solutions rather than dwell on problems. Another legend tells how it was used in spells and was believed to be a guard against sorcery, demons and possessions.  In Botswana, South Africa, it is made into bracelets and used to prevent the children from falling, as well as, adults who tend to stumble.  It has been said to repel spiders, reduce toxins in your body and is especially good for those that frequently come in contact with fire such as fire fighters or people who smoke and want to quit.   Thus, Botswana Agate serves as a “comforting” stone, helping one make changes without the frustrations that may normally be experienced.  

In a nutshell, legends suggest that “carrying a bit of Botswana agate in your pocket can help one cope easily with the minor changes that life throws at us daily….relief from depression and/or grief…. helps focus on solutions instead of problems, and thereby increases creativity….increases the power of one’s intuition….helpful in overcoming addictions and other self-destructive compulsive behavior patterns….helps to deal with repressed emotional issues….helps one achieve and cope with success….a stone of sensuality….beneficial to the nervous system….can help rid the body of toxins….helps in the healing of broken bones.”  from United In Spirit wiki.


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