MOQUI (MOCHI) MARBLES
These stones may be used to align the energy centers, to relieve energy blockages, to ground and center, and to provide protection. Mochi-Moqui Balls are said to have been used for contact with ET's, for visioning, and for journeying.
Metaphysical Properties- Moqui Marbles/Balls pronounced (Mo-Key) are concretions of iron. They consist of an outer shell of hematite (iron oxide) with a sandstone center. The sandstone center is often stained in red and/or yellow from iron oxides. Occasionally there are additional rings of hematite in the center. Moqui marbles have been called by a lot of different names. Moqui marbles, MOQUI balls, ironstone concretions, navajo cherries, indian marbles or balls and others. Moqui Marbles formed in the lower part of the Navajo Sandstone Formation found predominantly in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
The part of the Navajo Sandstone Formation was laid down approx. 190 million years ago at the very beginning of the Jurassic era. Although we know when and where they formed and what they are formed form, we do not have enough geological information to know exactly how they formed. Moqui Marbles probably formed at a time when the original sand dunes that later became the Navajo Sandstone were under a sea.
The iron in the moqui marbles was probably originally in the form of Limonite, a hydrous ferric iron oxide. We do know that Limonite will form a gel when under pressure, the sand in this formation ranged from 1000-2000 feet deep with a sea above. This would have produced a tremendous amount of pressure; more than enough to cause the limonite to gel. We also know that heat will change Limonite to Hematite, which is a stable form of Iron oxide, Limonite is not stable.
We believe that what caused the moqui marbles to actually form was volcanic venting of hot gases, which would have caused bubbles to form in the gelatinis limonite, the volcanic gases might have also been hot enough to alter the Limonite to hematite.
MOQUI marbles are formed in areas where the Navajo sandstone formation has nearly eroded away and once again forming the sand dunes. After they weather out of the sandstone, they are scoured, sanded smooth and eventually polished smooth by the blowing sand.
The shifting sand dunes probably bury and expose the marbles many times during the sanding and polishing process. Moqui marbles are genuine geological oddity, they are also a great interest to people who study the metaphysical properties of rocks and minerals. These strange iron stone concretions are found at the base of the navajo sandstone formation and come in sizes from small to baseball sizes. Moqui balls have been used for centuries by the shamanic tribes of the continents. Although newly discovered in the he US, MOQUI mables have been found on several continents. and the ancient archeological excavations. they are are commeneded by the user of both the ancient and future ways.
Moqui balls can be used to enlighten the energy centers, to relieve energy blocks,. to stimulate the chi, to ground and center and to provide protection.
Grinding with two MOQUI balls promotes receptivity to frequencies which are usually in audible. the journey with the m balls allows one to live to the fullest, while understanding the sanctity of and performing healing for the Earth.
MOQUI balls need no special care, they are lovely to hold and act to protect when placed in ones environment. The energy being like a good friend.
Manifested by nature, enjoyed by mankind, the m balls bring synthesis of the male female duality and the actualization of singularity, allowing one to recognize the self and the independence and liberty of ones nature. M balls are said to have ben used for contact with ET's, visioning and journeying, they were sacred among the shamanic members of the ancient tribes.
Numerology- Mochi Marbles vibrate to the number 4. The number four is about building structure and order. It is a hard working number with much strength and endurance.
Gemological Properties- Ironstone concretions.
The word moqui, also commonly spelled moki or mochi, was what the Spaniards called the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona - a name which stuck until almost 1900. Problem was, the word moqui means "the dead" in their language and was, of course, a highly insulting name (typical in European's dealings with the Native Americans).
The Navajo Sandstone is a western rock formation famous to geologists and found primarily in Arizona and Utah. It's the remnant of a huge sand sea desert (an erg) on the western side of the supercontinent of Pangaea around 200 million years ago (early Jurassic Period). Dinosaur trackways are found in some areas of the formation. The coloration and weathering of the Navajo results in some spectacular scenery in northern Arizona and southern Utah as seen below.
Paria Canyon (the "wave")
Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park
The Navajo Sandstone is a quartz arenite with about 90% quartz, around 5% potassium feldspar, and 5% clays and other accessory minerals. It's very porous and permeable resulting in easy groundwater flow through the rock unit. Concretion formation is a diagenetic processess - this refers to changes that take place before or during lithification of a sedimentary rock while it's still underground.
Here are the proposed steps in the formation of these concretions (the explanation and figures which follow are based on a paper by Chan, et al., 2005):
1. A small number of detrital grains of iron-bearing silicate minerals (e.g pyroxenes, amphiboles, etc.) accumulated along with the quartz sand which eventually became the Navajo Sandstone.
2. Oxygenated groundwater circulating through the sediments chemically breaks down the Fe-rich minerals and the mobilized iron (Fe3+) then forms hematite (Fe2O3) coatings around the quartz sand grains (microscope view below right). This is what imparts the pink to orange-red color of the Navajo Sandstone.
3. Sometime after burial and cementation of the sediments (lithification), reducing fluids (there's evidence this may be hydrocarbons like methane) from underlying strata move up through the rock heterogeneously on a mm to regional scale (in other words, in some places they do and in others they don't - fluid flow in rock is complex and controlled by differences in porosity and permeability, the orientation and density of fractures, faulting, etc.).
4. This fluid removes the iron oxide films from the quartz grains and "bleaches" the rock from reddish to white. The bleached rock now has pore water with reduced iron (Fe2+).
5. The Fe-rich reducing fluids eventually meet with meteoric groundwater (water derived from the surface) which is oxygenated (oxidizing). At the boundary between the reducing and oxidizing fluids, precipitation of hematite Fe2O3 and goethite FeO(OH) occur and the concretions form (and geology students wonder why they have to take a year of college chemistry!).
6. While commonly spherical, some of the concretions are bulbous, pipe-like, and sheet-like in various areas. There is some evidence that much of this mineralization occurred around 25 million years ago even though the sandstone itself formed much earlier around 200 million years ago (that's not uncommon, diagenetic changes in subsurface rock can occur millions of years after the rock initially lithified).
7. More recent erosion of the sandstone has exposed bedding planes along which large quantities of these concretions (moqui marble) can weather out and be collected (I'm so jealous looking at the picture below, and filled with lust for this collecting locale but since it's now in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, collecting is not allowed).
The beige-colored slickrock in this area had collected spherical nodules along crevices and in shallow basins. They were heavy, dark brown and up to about 1.5 inches across; and there were millions of them. They were “Moqui marbles,” formed by iron dissolving out of sandstone and then precipitating onto iron cores. Silica also precipitated onto the cores; they were about 25% iron, and covered in rust. We’d noticed them sticking out of the canyon walls; as the sandstone erodes away, the Moqui marbles fall out and roll into low spots on the surface.
What I also find interesting is that paper by by Chan, et al., 2005 referenced about is titled Red rock and red planet diagenesis: Comparisons of Earth and Mars concretions. Turns out the so-called "blueberries" discovered by in the Meridiani Planum region by the Mars Rover Opportunity are hematite concretions very similar in form, and possibly origin, to the moqui marbles of Utah!
Mars "blueberries - Rover view and magnified
Moqui marbles are also known as shaman stones or thunderballs. One Hopi legend I heard was that the departed ancestors of the Hopi played games with these "marbles" in the night when spirits are allowed to visit the earth. When the sun rises they must return to the heavens so they leave the marbles behind to let relatives know they are happy and well.
There's a lot of New Age nonsense about moqui marbles (just Google the term to see). I'd like to see some archaeological evidence that shamans of any tribe used them (if anyone has a reference, send it to me). By the way, I paid $5.00 at the mineral show for my two samples which are about 2 inches in diameter. Check out what these greedy bastards are charging for them (I guess mine aren't specially "charged" with woo energy yet).
Shamanic Star Stones, Mochi Marbles, Moqui Balls
Some time ago I discovered Squidoo (now Hub Pages) and went a little mad creating lenses on various topics. One of them was about these amazing stones found in North America and I have removed that lens / Hub and reproduced the information here. Known variously as Shaman Stones, Mochi Marbles, Moqui Balls or Boji Stones, they can be found in two places in the western areas of the United States, although more commonly at the Navajo Sandstone Formations. For this article, I will refer to them as Shaman Stones in support of their spiritual and energetic nature.
These stones are believed to be among the most energetic on earth. The major properties claimed for them are: cleansing, relaxation, and being able to provide great boost to meditation and astral journeying. Each stone is said to have a distinct energy which depends on its size and gender. The gender of the stone is linked to the motion of a pendulum when it is held directly above the stones. If it moves in a linear direction the stone is male while a circular motion indicates the stone is female. Small stones are believed to have faster, more vibrant energy while the larger ones have a slower, deeper energy.
Metaphysical Properties of Shaman Stones
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources believe that Shaman Stones are deeply connected with the Earth. The stones are both grounding and energizing. Shaman Stones may be useful in connecting with one’s animal guides, and in providing psychic protection. They may also help with the purification of negative energies. Use on the third eye is said to enhance psychic abilities. Shaman stones have been used for centuries by spiritual tribal members (Shaman) and other mystics. They are considered sacred among the sages of many ancient tribes. The stones have been used in rituals to contact extra-terrestrials, spirit vision quests and astral journeying.
Unlike most crystals, Shaman stones don’t need any special treatment or care such as energising in the light of the full moon. They are thought to be able to realign the energy centres, relieve energy blockage, stimulate Chi energy, ground, and centre and protect a person who wears one on their body or carries one or more on themselves. The stones are said to be equally balanced between grounding and energizing and may act as a connector to the Earth’s energies.
As indicated above, Shaman stones have metaphysical properties. These properties can be used for or related to the following:
- aligning the energy centres;
- stimulating the Chi;
- bringing knowledge of both the ancient and future ways to the user;
- a preventive shield against numerous forms of negative energy, working on the physical, etheric, and emotional plains;
- for grounding, centring and protecting oneself;
- allowing for and understanding Earth healing;
- used for treating emotional and physical rigidity, instability, constrictions and restrictions; and finally, though not exhaustively
- it has been used to teach a person that the bonds and restrictions placed upon people are self-imposed and discarded easily.
To take advantage of the energy of Shaman stones you need to lie down and relax. Hold a stone in your hand, or one in each hand. If you’re receptive to their energy it is believed that you’ll soon feel warmth coming up your arms. Depending on what your intentions are and your mood, all kinds of fascinating things can begin to happen… or maybe you’ll just faze out of consciousness for a while.
Mundane properties of Shaman Stones
Geology: These stones are one of natures oddities. Cut one through the middle and you will reveal a hematite shell with a solid sandstone centre. The outer shell of hematite (iron oxide) congealed around a sandstone centre which may be stained in red or yellow from the iron oxides leaching into the sand. Occasionally there are extra rings of hematite in the centre. Shaman stones are also known as Navajo cherries, Indian marbles or just plain balls.
They are formed in the lower part of the Navajo Sandstone Formation found predominantly in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Part of this formation was laid down approximately 190 million years ago at the commencement of the Jurassic era. While we know when, where and what they formed from, there is yet little geological information to provide an explanation on how these stones came into being. It is highly likely that they were formed at a time when the original sand dunes, now the Navajo Sandstone formation, were underwater.
The iron in Shaman stones may originally have been a substance called Limonite which is a hydrous ferric iron oxide. This type of iron oxide is known to form a gel when under pressure. The sand in the Navajo formation ranged between 300 – 600 metres (1000-2000 feet) deep with a sea above it. At these depths there would have been a tremendous amount of pressure produced; possibly enough to cause the limonite to form a gel. We also know that heat can change Limonite to Hematite, which is a stable form of Iron oxide. This then solidified around a core of compressed sand and in theory, this could be how Shaman stones were created
Here is a by the way that is really out there
Earth has Shaman Stones. Mars has ‘Blueberries’. Moqui Marbles formed in the groundwater in Utah ‘s National Parks millions of years ago, even before marble-shaped pebbles nicknamed ‘blueberries’ were discovered on Mars by the Opportunity rover. After studying Shaman stones in Utah ‘s national parks, University of Utah geologists predicted similar stones would be found on the Red Planet (amazing don’t you think). The geologists said marble-shaped rocks known as concretions formed millions of years ago in groundwater-soaked rocks.
Maybe Earth and Mars are not so different after all.
***UPDATE FROM A READER***
Boji Balls or Stones and Moqui Marbles are two different stones. Boji Balls are found in Kansas and are composed of pyrite. Moqui Marbles are protective, grounding and excellent for astral projection. Boji Balls are grounding and align the subtle energy bodies quickly.
***UPDATE FROM A READER – February 2017***
It is illegal to take the Moqui Marbles from the land in Grand Staircase National Monument and they are federally protected.
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