Geology of Origin
Do You Know Your Geology of Origin?
It is very common as a human to feel the pull to explore your ancestry.
You may know the meandering lineage of the humans that came before you. The countries of origin, the immigration routes, the stories (real and imagined!), the names, the food, and/or the fashion of your ancestors.
But what do you know about your geology of origin?
What crystals and rocks exist in the land where you were born?
In the land you were conceived?
What about the geology of the lands of your ancestors, lands you may have never even set foot on?
Of course crystals tend to be the real show stoppers. But not all locations in the world have crystals as part of their geology. You may find rocks, minerals, and fossils may also be a part of the geology.
Researching Your Geology of Origin
Just like researching your ancestry, there isn’t one magical website or reference guide that will show you your geology of origin. It is literally a treasure hunt.
So where can you research your geology of origin? Of course we live in a world where more information than we could ever digest is at our fingertips. Online resources are vast and can often require a basic understanding of geology in order to decipher what you are reading. I suggest purchasing a couple geology books written for kids. I mean really, who remembers their elementary and middle school science lessons? Reading a kids geology book allows you to take it back to the basics and learn things like the difference between a rock and a mineral. With that basic geology foundation, online searches will be less likely to confuse you with all their terminology.
Whether you visit in person or online, geological and natural history museums are a wealth of information. Geology departments at universities exist around the world and may also be a way to access more localized information about a particular area you are interested in. And if you want to get right to the source, look for people with dirt under their fingernails- local gem, mineral, and rockhounding groups- and reach out to them. Many of them even host rockhounding digs where you can excavate your own rocks and crystals.
“I have discovered some of my geology of origin! Now what?”
Once you know your geology of origin you may feel drawn to have pieces of those crystals, rocks, minerals, or fossils to spend time with. I would suggest sourcing your pieces as close to the source as possible. I have countless pieces of chrysocolla. But the pieces that came from land that I am tied to are infinitely more precious to me than the others. You may feel a sense of homecoming when you find a piece that is directly from a land you are connected to.
If you can’t find pieces directly from that land, of course it is perfectly ok to work with pieces from other parts of the world. This is when you get to switch from your research mind that just sleuthed out your geology of origin, to using your intuition in choosing pieces that you are drawn to and excited to spend time with.
There are a myriad of ways to work with crystals and rocks. Placing them in your home, making elixirs, on the body treatments, and grid building are just some examples. My personal favorite? Sacred adornment- actually wearing your geology of origin in the form of jewelry. There is something magical about wearing crystals and rocks that were part of the lands of my ancestors.
So this is your invitation to embark on an adventure full of clues, intuition, and treasure finding. An invitation to deepen your relationship with crystals, rocks, minerals, and fossils by learning which ones are already a part of your lineage and story. And to learn about another facet of your ancestry through your geology of origin.
Want to learn about your geology of origin? Visit moontreeapothecaries.com to sign up for your free copy of Geology of Origin: A Research Guide, coming in April 2021.
About the Author
Jess alchemizes her studies of The Wheel of the Year and Daoist Stone Medicine into a stone medicine practice based in play, curiosity, and sacred adornment. Combined with her background in science, she is always on the hunt for finding the science in spirituality and the spirituality in science. Her favorite personal titles are Stone Witch and Mystical Scientist. She is the creatrix behind Moontree Apothecaries and Sacred Adornment School.
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