Stones: Where do STONES come from??

Yard Stones

by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2001


Long ago, further back than the first stones date, swirling clouds of

Star Dust became caught in the gravitational pull of Grandfather Sun.

One theory says the dust came from the explosion of a twin Sun,

explaining how they came to be so close to the Grandfather. Of

course, no one really knows exactly what happened.


Most scientists agree that gases and space dust were pulled into

orbital paths around the Sun. Somehow these gases began to liquify,

raising the temperatures of these swirls, then as they gained

density, they attracted more Star Dust and space debris, growing and

slowly developing an outer crust.


Every stone on Mother Earth shares a connection to those natal Star

energies that spawned ours, and the planets around us. Many of them

hold the footprints of the very first organisms to nourish and thrive

on Mother. Others have been transformed, reshaped and moved by the

constant labor pains of Earth.


The oldest stones have been dated back 4.5 billion years. Most

gemstones and crystals began forming approximately 200 - 400 million

years ago. Many of them date back to the shifting of the continental

plates, which caused catastrophic earthquakes, volcanoes, floods,

mixed with the tremendous friction created by the massive forces at

work equaled the perfect conditions for crystal growth.


The geological truth is, these conditions still exist. In some areas

(mostly below the oceans), only three miles separate Earth's outer

crust from her molten heart. Most of the time, there are 20 to 30

miles of insulating stone between you and the magma. Continental

plates in the Himalayas Mountains are still pushing together, as they

are all around the world. As much as an inch a year in some regions.

All this means, stones, gems, crystals are still being formed, the

process is not complete.


It also means any stone can be a tool for manifesting your higher

good, your fullest potential. Inside every stone is the story of

change, evolution, strength and improvement. Inside every stone is

your story of challenge, survival and spiritual triumph.


In the simplest geological terms, there are three basic types of

stones that you will find in your back yard. Igneous, sedimentary and

metamorphic. The formation of these stones is as complicated and

diverse as the most rare crystal, even breaking down into several

subclasses. I'll try to keep it simple.



These are some of the oldest stones on Mother Earth. Formed by the

cooling of molten magma, many of these original stones contained high

concentrations of minerals. As Mother slowly aged, these minerals

would precipitate out of these stones, which then became perfect

hosts for growing crystals. Obsidian, Limestone, Quartz, Agate are

all examples of Igneous stones. Extremely hot liquid minerals that

cooled into solids. These are the teachers. The stones that will

help you see your greatest potential. If your lessons are endurance,

persistence and spiritual maturity, or if your path involves any kind

of learning, carry an Igneous stone from your back yard.


You can recognize these stones by their hard, compact appearance.

Some may have a crystallized surface.



Stones that are formed by the weathering process of the planet. As the

mountains wear away, the gravel, dust, sand is washed into creeks,

hillsides, ravines and valleys. It collects, building layer over

layer, pressure from water, time and crawling glaciers create new

stones from the remains of the old.


Sedimentary stones are created from their environment, just as we are

shaped by ours. Often, when our childhood environment was painful, we

carry those pains with us. Using Sedimentary stones can help you

become a new person, by breaking down those old walls, and building

something more beautiful and much stronger from the remains.


Chrysocolla, Turquoise and Selenite are some of the stones formed

through the sedimentary process. You can pick these stones from you

yard by looking for layers within the stone, a tendency to crumble

and they also weigh much less than other stones of equal size.



These are stones that were quite literally smashed together by

tremendous geological forces. The weight of land masses crashing

together creates friction, causing nearby stones to become heated to

the point of being very soft, but not quite liquid. This halfway

point allows the different minerals to be folded together.


Charoite, Tiger Iron, Jadeite and Nephrite are examples of

Metamorphic stones. To identify possible Metamorphic stones in your

yard, look for folded lines, distinctive zones or a woven together

appearance. These will be the most difficult stones to locate, unless

you live in a geologically active region.


As survivors of change, a Metamorphic stone is your best companion for

navigating the changes in your life. They will also help you initiate

change from within. Meditate with this stone to examine your

motivations, goals, desires. Are these really what you want? What are

you doing to achieve them?


Use your free Stones exactly as you would any crystal or gem. Cleanse

them before using, introduce yourself and your intent and charge it

with that intention.


If stones are not readily available in your yard, try a nearby stream

or creek. The dirt road that goes into the woods by my house offers a

treasure trove of stones. It's hard not to bring them all home.

Please be aware, that if you are in a national or state park, it is

against the law to remove anything. Be sure to leave a gift behind

when you collect your stone. Some recommend tobacco, personally, I

like leaving other stones.


Abundant blessings,