Ammonites are fossils of sea snails that are millions of years old. The fossil is formed when the shell and its contents mineralize and are subjected to pressure. They often have an iridescent quality to them. Their spiral shape suggest continual change and evolution. In the past they have been placed in homes to attract health, prosperity and success. Ammonites were used in folk medicine across Europe for snake bites, fertility, and birthing pains. In 18th century Germany and England they were added to water as “drakestones” (“dragonstone”) or “crampstones” to treat livestock. Sliced in half to make a pair, they were often given as wedding presents as they represented a journey and two parts coming together as a whole. They have been associated with the Root and Third Eye Chakras, the Zodiac signs of Cancer and Aquarius and the Element of Earth.
They have been used in healing to work with issues with blood pressure, the ears, lungs and degenerative disorders. Ammonites have also been said to help lift the heaviness felt during depression and to improve stamina and vitality.
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