Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals. The words ammonite and ammonoid are both used quite loosely in common parlance to refer to any member of subclass Ammonoidea. However, in stricter usage the term Ammonite is reserved for members of suborder Ammonitina (or sometimes even order Ammonitida). The ammonite mollusc was a shelled cephalopod, usually appearing in a coiled, spiral shape. The extinction of ammonites coincided with the extinction of dinosaurs. Ammonites inhabited the world’s oceans and now appear as fossils in marine rocks. Because of their rapid evolution and wide distribution, ammonite fossils provide a useful tool for indexing and dating rocks. It is said that the original discus used by the ancient Greeks in their Olympics was in fact a fossilised ammonite. In India, ammonite fossils are identified with the god Vishnu and are used in various ceremonies. They are mostly collected in Nepal, from the bed of the River Gandaki where it cuts through Jurassic sediments. These fossils are known as “shaligram shila”. The word ammonite is derived from Ammon, an Egyptian god who took the form of a ram. Ammonites are similar in appearance to a ram’s horn.
Ammonite activates metaphysical powers and inter-dimensional exploration. Ammonite is particularly effective when placed on the third eye chakra. It represents coming full circle and knowing a place for the first time. Ammonite has the souls path encoded within it and it a useful support for rebirthing.
This stone takes you deep into your centre and into completion. lt activates personal empowerment and the spiritual will. Ammonite converts negative energy into a gently flowing positive spiral. This stone is a powerful Karmic cleanser if placed on the third eye this stone releases your mental obsessions and past life imperatives.
Psychologically ammonite stimulates your survival instincts and the knowledge that you will get there if you persevere.
Physically ammonite is excellent for anything that needs structure and clarity, relieving birth trauma that interferes with the energy flow. This stone is ideal as an earth healing stone.
Feng Shui masters call ammonite the seven colour prosperity stone. It is believed that it stimulates the flow of qi, life force through the body. This stone is exceedingly fortunate and it is suggested that you keep one in your home to bring wealth, health, vitality and happiness. If placed in the business premises it will promote beneficial business dealings. When worn, ammonite will impart charisma and sensuous beauty to the wearer.
Ammonite is helpful for overall well being and longevity, depression, lbour pains, cell metabolism, osteomyelitis and tinnitus. Ammonite awakens Kundalini energy and cellular memory. It stabilises the pulse and overcomes degenerative disorders. It supports the cranium and inner ear, lungs and limbs.
Ammolite on the other hand, is an opalized version of the Ammonite; found primarily along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains from the US and Canada. These are the fossilized shells of the Ammonite; the opalization is formed by minerals filling in the sedimentary rocks or veins in rocks; it has also been known to replace organic materials in fossils, wood and shells, even bone. The ‘opalilzed’ or iridescent Ammolites are comprised primarily of Aragonite, which is the same mineral that creates a nacreous Pearl. Ammolite was given the official gemstone status in 1981 by the World Jewelry Confederation. This iridescence would not have been visible during the animal’s life. It is simply the coating or replacing of the shell by the opal.