Not recognized by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), septaria stone is quite common but only specialists really know about it. This stone, from the Latin “saeptum” meaning “enclosure” and “barrier”, owes its name to English mineralogists who discovered it by accident. According to a certain 19th-century work, the Dictionary of Natural Sciences, the old name of this rock would be helmondite which is a term much less used nowadays. In 1796, James Parker patented the so-called Roman cement in which the use of this rock is involved. James Parker lacks information and the books he consulted are too old and do not mention the existence of this stone. The English clergyman therefore threw into the fire the stones he had collected from a beach north of the Isle of Sheppey, which is located in the south-east of England. After throwing them into the fire, James Parker was able to discover a technique for making durable and extremely solid cement. Using his extensive experience in the field and plans conception, he created the Roman cement that marked the 19th century, used in many buildings of the time. In the same way, a legend linked to this stone was born in New Zealand. A canoe would have been filled up with a large quantity of nodules and would probably have sunk under the weight of the stones in the water. This is how a large reef would have appeared at the site of the wreck, representing both the wrecked canoe and the numerous stones it was carrying.
It is assumed that septaria stone ewas formed from a concretion of marine sedimentary components. The geological period during which the stone appeared has not yet been fully established, but it is hypothesized to date from a period close to the Cretaceous and Paleogene, some ten millions of years ago. During those times, the seas and oceans were at a much higher altitude than today. As a result, when the oceans retreated, the sediments were solidified and dried out by the surrounding air. Several million years later, the oceans recovered these solidified sediments. Each passage of the seas and oceans led to a drying up of the increasingly extreme concretions allowing the crystallization of many minerals in the sediments that had become rocky. The stones’ colours and compositions are different according to the soil in which they grow. This stone is composed of several minerals and particularly calcite, baryte and aragonite. Limestone or whewellite (extremely rare), are minerals that can also be present in certain concretions. Septaria stone can have many colours on its surface: grey, beige, red, white, green, yellow or black. It is an organic mineral capable of diversity; it can be totally opaque but also particularly translucent.
Septaria stone is a sedimentary rock that belongs to the marl family. Marls are rocks composed of a mixture of limestone, yellow calcite and clay. The stone’s colours are mainly brownish-maroon with some yellow due to the presence of yellow calcite in the composition of the stone. Through a succession of ocean movements and volcanic eruptions, the sediments that were initially deposited on the ocean floor have undergone multiple transformations. The gentle but repetitive action of the water resulted in crystallization. Indeed, the passage of water on the ground has allowed the creation of cracks in which different sediments have infiltrated to allow the formation of minerals, including quartz, celestite or dolomite. The stone’s surface forms a peculiar snail-like pattern. This snail pattern is an important element and allows experienced people to gather a lot of information about the present and past condition of the stone.
Fossilized remains can still be found in some of these concretions today. The concretions of this brown and yellowish rock form calcareous structures around a core that has cracked due to dehydration and pressure. Different minerals fill these cracks and form concretions that join the pieces of the rock together. The main deposits are located all over the world. They can be found in the United States, New Zealand, Morocco and even France.
It calms emotions and helps improve communication with others. It is a stone that has gradually accumulated the history of several millennia and is therefore related to the origin of the world. This characteristic makes it possible to use this stone to be in tune with the world and to remember the accumulation of our different past lives, so it is mostly used for meditation. This stone provides a gentle energetic action on the mind which avoids a blocking situation and offers a new spiritual start.
This strong link between septaria stone and the earth helps keeping away memories that we wish to forget but which remain anchored in our mind. This rock offers the possibility of observing the world from above and thus to raise one’s thoughts while remaining clinging to the ground that allowed us to grow. This open-mindedness is also favoured by the real link between the solar plexus and the yellowish veins that make up the stone. Thanks to this stone, the will to exchange, communicate and express oneself is strongly increased. The energetic force that septaria stone provides allows a better self-esteem but also an improvement of self-confidence. It is important to be aware of the emotional control that this stone offers us to remove our blockages and transform our fears into energy.
Septaria is a versatile rock as it strengthens bones, kidneys, muscles but also teeth. It can also help to fight nightmares and sleep disorders when placed in a room. Septaria stone’s powers allow becoming aware of one’s laughter and becoming a new person to discover a new world. In the same way, it can decipher the messages conveyed in our sleep so that we can move forward and find answers to our questions.
It is an anchor stone that improves the connection between the physical body and the energetic elements of the Earth. It can be used to heal the deep wounds of the soul, body and mind. People wearing this stone will experience real changes in their lives: more energy, more laughter, better memory and greater emotional control.