We have all of these affectionate nicknames for one another at the DG – sometimes spurring from a funny moment, others have to do with the roles we play at the Shop, and still others we share as small private jokes. They are representative of our many faces and attributes – some stay the same over time, and some change as we grow and evolve.
The same is true of our work with Crystals and Stones. There are some that are always there in our tool kits, no matter what. They are integral to the work and the healing that we do; Smoky Quartz for example, is an ally that Rhianna would never choose to live without. Others, we call upon in certain situations or to help guide us through an experience – like the Fire Agate that energized Nicole to take a major leap of faith. It is always interesting to share with one another how we feel when holding a new crystal or the reaction we have to a new specimen in the shop. It’s fun to see which ones call out to us, and how we perceive, from person to person, their energies in unique and subtly differing ways.
The stone we are sharing with you today is one that Shayleen was instantly attracted to. Like Nuummite it is ancient and, for some, carries an intense vibration that feels like the ‘dawn of time’ itself. It is rare, difficult to obtain, and may never be available in large quantities. Most of the information out there is research-based and highly scientific in nature –thus far, we’ve seen nothing about it in our go-to Crystal books, because it is still so comparatively new. Its name is Isua Rock.
It comes from the Isua Greenstone Belt, which was formed in the Archean era in what is now Southwestern Greenland. The belt is between 3.7 and 3.8 billion years old and suffice it to say, that was long before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Scientists are not 100% sure exactly how the belt was formed, as there is some discussion concerning the details around plate tectonic processes and volcanic activity. We can say however, that the Isua belt contains both volcanic and sedimentary rock, and there is ongoing research surrounding the 2016 discovery of stromatolite fossils on site, indicating that life may have already been evolving on Earth over 4 billion years ago. There is intense debate within the scientific community regarding the specific timing of this evolution – the first appearance of life – but the indication appears to be that the Isua sediment, and that of Nuuk, further to the west (where Nuummite was discovered in 1810) are the most likely possibilities at present. Furthermore, with the exception of Zircon that has been discovered in Australia, the Isua are the most ancient rocks known to us at this time.
In regard to the actual formation of the rocks, late geochronologist Stephen Moorbath wrote:
“Chemical sediments were precipitated in warm ocean water fed with iron-rich chemicals derived from hydrothermal vents discharging massive volumes of basaltic lavas into the water from the hot mantle below. Clastic sediments were produced close to the shorelines of a low-relief volcanic landscape.”
Essentially, this means that Isua Rock came from the original, formative, primordial soup of the Earth. These rocks came into being at the very beginning; as part of her core energy, her transformational fire, and her cooling waters. They are no longer forming on Earth today. Says Dr. Marcia Bjornerud of St. Lawrence University: “They are believed to have precipitated out of seawater at a time when there was a lot of iron dissolved in the oceans.” Our oceans are different today – there is little, if any, Iron dissolved within the seawater due to differing environmental conditions. The surviving banded rocks however, are Iron-rich, containing Magnetite and Hematite, as well as (primarily) volcanic rocks like pillow basalt, and some sedimentary rock as well. All in all, I think we can say that having the opportunity to hold and work with just one of these rocks is pretty special. Isua Rock holds not only the energetic vibration of the Earth and the Ocean in their earliest known stages, but is also coded with the beginnings of life on this planet.
5 Ways to Work with Isua Rock
1. Meditate with one in each hand to access the raw elemental powers of the Ocean in her oldest days and deepest knowing. What does she remember of Atlantis and Lemuria? Ask her what ancient knowledge she wishes to share with you.
2. There are times in our lives when we are called to do our shadow work and learn the lessons that the Dark Goddess has to teach us. Isua’s volcanic memories remember her touch. Place your Isua Rock on your altar to Pele or Kali in gratitude for her teachings and to say “Yes, I am ready, and like Isua, I will survive the fire”.
3. Carry this stone with you when you are feeling lost in the world or to yourself. Isua’s deep ties to Mother Earth will help you to sink in to your body and remember that you belong here.
4. Isua Rock holds the energetic records and essence of the transformational state. If you are ready to step out of an old habit, or are feeling stagnant and need to shake things up on your journey, create a grid with Isua. Adding Fluorite will align you with your destiny, and Citrine will provide a boost of abundance and positive transformation. Be ready for a major push toward (or along) your Soul Path.
5. Also a grounding stone, Isua Rock is deeply connected with the Earth. Composed in part of iron, which is strong and durable, at 3.8 billion years old these rocks have clearly stood the test of time! Go to this stone when you are in need of strength — when you really need to go the distance. It will help to both ground and energize you.
Love & Blessings,
~ Dreaming Goddess