Genesis Stone Healing Properties, Meanings, and Uses

Welcome to the Crystal Encyclopedia minor entry page for Genesis Stone. Here you will learn everything that we have discovered so far about this crystal, including what is a Genesis Stone, how they were formed, and its metaphysical properties. We will update this crystal guide as we discover new information.

Quick Overview of Genesis Stone

What is a Genesis Stone?

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Genesis Stone is the nickname given to banded iron formations, also known as BIF. These stones are sedimentary rocks composed of alternating thin layers of jasper, hematite, or magnetite. They are extremely hard and old stones dating back to 1.8 - 2.5 billion years. Because of their tremendous age, practically all BIF formations have endured faulting, fracturing, folding, compaction, veining, intrusions, and metamorphism. Their colors range from dark gray, red-brown, and golden yellow.

Genesis Stones received their name from their connection to the early origins of life. They are a "secondary" or "trace" fossils. This means they are rocks that contain evidence of life but no primary evidence, such as bones. They represent proof of one of the first forms of life on the planet: photosynthetic cyanobacteria, sometimes known as blue-green algae.


How were Genesis Stones formed?

Genesis Stones were created in ancient iron seas by oxygen-forming bacteria, laying the groundwork for life on Earth. It was later carved on the Wyoming plains by the sun, wind, and sand.

It is believed that these pieces were formed under unique conditions in Earth’s history that have not occurred since. They are theorized to have formed as a result of iron precipitation from the Earth's historic oceans. Photosynthetic bacteria produced free oxygen, which oxidized the copious dissolved iron at the time. Because oxidized iron is insoluble in water, it will precipitate out of the oceans and onto the muddy sea floor. The results of the alternating bands of iron oxide and shale are unknown. It’s believed that they are due to seasonal fluctuations. The iron layer formation or the shale (mud) formation never seemed to last long enough to build a layer thicker than about 10 cm.


What is Genesis Stone's Metaphysical Properties?

Genesis Stones is referred to as “The Stone of New Beginnings.” Formed before time by the earliest forms of life, these unique stones possess all four of the Fundamental Energies of Life:  Water, Fire, Air, and Earth Energy.  Like Empedocles, Plato recognized that four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - underlay all physical changes and underlie all mental and spiritual ones too. Used wisely, Genesis Stones can bring fundamental changes to your life and spirit with its combination of the four fundamental energies.

Water Energy of Genesis Stones


Formed in the Seas of Iron, the prehistoric oceans, as the iron was precipitated out in the forms of Hematite and Magnetite, interlaced with Jasper, the Genesis stone is one of powerful water energy being formed in the strongest water ever on Earth.

These stones bring the powerful water energy of new beginnings, overcoming obstacles, primeval growth, and incredible perseverance.   When you need the power of water, the power of crashing through barriers, of wearing down hardened objections or powerful forces, the water energy of Genesis Stones is exactly the water energy needed.

And…. This water energy of overcoming obstacles, crashing through objections, and defeating powerful forces is combined with powerful Earth energy in Genesis Stones.

Earth Energy of Genesis Stones

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These Genesis Stones’ color rays are brown and gold as layers of iron-based oxides and quartz intermingle. These are the rays of the earth's element and the energy of constancy, security, and physical power. These color rays associate the Genesis stone with the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and controls the kinesthetic energy for feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical energy and spiritual energy for the body. Carved into seemingly endless smooth patterns by the winds, these stones also bring us incredible air energy.

Air Energy of Genesis Stones

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Genesis stones have been carved by the wind since the early days of the Earth.  The desert winds have smoothed, etched, carved, and imbued the stones with the delights, power, and enchantment of the very essences of life.  Air energy is the energy of freedom, delight, and vital breath.  The winds brought the Universe into being and are the energy of the first breath of life (Om).  With its powerful air energy, the Genesis stone brings wisdom, change, and fulfillment to new opportunities and paths.

Fire Energy of Genesis Stones

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Fire energy is life, heat, excitement, celebration, adventure, and change.   Genesis Stones have been gathering the Fire energy of the sun for eons as they lay in the deserts of the West.  The sun is the source of all life and heat and power for life.  The Fire energy of the Genesis Stones is the energy of beneficial change and beginnings for your spirit.

No other stone known brings such elemental energy to your life. Use these as you start a new job, move to a new town, start a family, start a new relationship, or make any changes to your life and your direction to your goals.  It is the true stone of success in New Beginnings that brings the elemental energy of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth from the earliest of times.


How to use Genesis Stones?

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Genesis Stones work well together with Sunstones (fire), Blue Lace Agates (water),  Citrines (air), and other Jaspers (earth).  They also seem well suited to gaining the blessings of the angel Gazardiel, the Angel of Dawn and Dusk.  They have an affinity for Comfrey, the Herb of Good Choices, and Dandelion, the herb of Adaptability. Simple rituals with brown candles, dressed with these herbs conducted at dawn with several Genesis Stones, can be highly effective in assuring new ventures are successful.

Genesis Stone Ceremony

A simple ceremony you can do to bring out the powerful currents of success and fortune in new ventures and life paths using a Genesis Stone.


Form a simple Inzug rune.  You can do this on the stone with your finger, on a board, or on paper upon which you place the stone. Now add fire. You can use Sunstones, Sunstone essence, oil of Sunstone, or light a candle nearby and hold the stone above the flame.  Now seek the blessing of the Angel Gazardiel for the venture.

To make this even more effective, do this at Dawn or Dusk because Ageel Gazardiel is the angel who assures the sun rises and sets each day.

Each month on the dawn of the day after the New Moon, place your Genesis Stone outside until after sunset to recharge it. It would be best if you only used this talisman for special requests for major new parts of your life or those of others.

Send a blessing to a family with a new baby.

Send a blessing to someone with a new job or new home.

Send a blessing to someone graduating from school.  You can also use this stone to find new paths in your life or offer guidance to another.  To do so, use it in a meditation with a candle nearby for the fire energy.

When you are not using this stone, put it away.


More Genesis Stone Information

What is Genesis Stone?

A Genesis Stone is a Banded Iron Formation composed of alternating layers of Jasper, Hematite, or Magnetite.

Where are Genesis Stones found?

Banded iron formations were first discovered in Michigan in 1844. Most BIFs can be found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States. Wyoming is a popular source in the United States.

How are Genesis Stones formed?

Genesis Stones were created in ancient iron seas by oxygen-forming bacteria, laying the groundwork for life on Earth.

Can Genesis Stones go in water?

Genesis Stones are water safe.

Can Genesis Stones be left in the sun?

Genesis Stones are sun safe.

How hard are Genesis Stones?

On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Genesis Stones range from 5.5 - 7.

How to use Genesis Stone?

When placed strategically within a home it is excellent for cleansing entire rooms and allows the energy to remain positive. Wear or carry a Genesis Stone to help keep yourself "down to earth" and to alleviate stress and induce tranquility.

What do Genesis Stones look like?

Genesis Stones are gray, brown, red, and yellow. They have thin layers of each color.

What healing properties does Genesis Stones have?

Genesis Stones' cleansing effect eliminates negative energy and stabilizes the aura. It is particularly grounding as a worry stone and may be used as a rescue stone for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger, or panic. It is also effective for banishing nightmares or harmful thoughts.

Jessica Bilyeu

Written by Jessica Bilyeu

Chief Operating Officer of Crystal Vaults

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“Banded Iron Formation: Mineral Information, Data and Localities.” Mindat, n.d.


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