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The Magic of Rocks and Stones

Thunderegg

By Patricia J. Martin

In the true tradition of Ostara where the fertility of rabbits and eggs prevail and where the Goddess Eostre bursts forth from her hidden abode to begin renewing the earth and fulfilling the promise of Spring, I found some very interesting connections within the physicality and essence of a most interesting stone called ~ the Thunderegg!

An often drab and uninteresting egg-shaped or spherical stone with a matrix shell comprised of silica birthed within volcanic ash, it's what is encapsulated inside of these natural wonders that has captured the minds and hearts of collectors over the years and throughout the world.  When cracked open, the inside of the Thunderegg (called the lens or window) is most often comprised of a beautifully banded, moss or plume Agate, but can alternately contain Jasper or occasionally Common Opal.  When the two inner surfaces are polished, the glorious configurations spring forth and truly come to life, usually in the shape of a star or flower-like pattern - the most famous of the "flowers" being the Priday Plume variety which were mined many years ago on the Priday ranch in Madras, Oregon.

 

    

Star Thunderegg                                  Priday Plume

Different from a Geode which is simply a hollow rock containing crystal druse, the Thunderegg is a specific geological departure from the norm and is filled solid with its inner mineral beauty.  They can range in size from less than an inch to four feet in diameter, with weight ranging from less than an ounce to over a ton.  Most of those collected, though, are approximately the size of a baseball and weigh between one to two pounds.

 

    

Oregon Thundereggs

In myth, the Thunderegg was believed by the Pacific Northwest Native Americans to be thunderous rock eggs thrown across the valley between two mountains (specifically Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson in Oregon) by the warring Thunder Gods whenever they became angry with or jealous of each other.  Hence, the English version of the Indian name "thunder eggs".  Or, as another story goes, they were thrown from the mountains by the angry gods who were displeased with the humans there.  Thundereggs are also associated with the Norse god, Thor (known as Donner in German), the god of thunder.

 

Donner (Thor) calling upon the storm clouds, by Arthur Rackham to Wagner's Das Rheingold

Found extensively in northeastern Australia, but also very prolific in Oregon in the U.S. where they adopted it as their state rock in 1965, Thundereggs are also found in Germany, Mexico, Canada, France and various regions in Africa.   These uniquely constructed nodules were formed millions of years ago following volcanic eruptions.  As lava poured forth and began to cool, certain pools of it became "frothy" and developed gas pockets.  As this bubbling brew was hardening, minute amounts of mineral-rich water seeped inside each cavity where, later, as it slowly evaporated, it left behind traces of silica or other minerals.  These trace minerals then began growing within the shell and, over time, filled the "egg" solid with the Agate, Jasper or Common Opal we find there now.  It is commonly thought that through the growth process, the expansion and contraction of the gases (that, or the drying out process) is what created ruptures or cracks in the matrix which eventually became the reason for the unique "star" patterns of internal mineral growth. 

Because the Thunderegg's beauty is held hidden within until we crack them open, this aspect of the stone resonates with the astrological Sign of Scorpio.  Its stellar Agate insides work well with Virgo and Gemini, both of which share Agate as one of their birthstones.  And because the Thunderegg is most often highly-collected in its duo form - the two pieces of the split stone having its inside faces polished and where those two facial designs appear identically mirrored to each other - it becomes an excellent representation of the Equinox, the time of equal day and night...a time of balance...and thus finds its connection with Libra and its ruler Venus, the goddess of love.  These two mirrored pieces of one stone may be used in love spells or as a bonding talisman between two lovers or friends.  And therein lies yet another connection with Ostara - a time of budding love, fertility and joyous renewal. 

Thundereggs, by their very own surprise insides, teach us how better to look within ourselves and appreciate our own inner light and beauty, which it then prompts us to unleash and share with the world.   They push us to recognize that all creatures possess this same inner beauty and light and that, though we may need to search for it, it is always there.  This makes the Thunderegg a perfect catalyst stone for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, pushing us to jump into Spring and to activate our Winter musings, insisting we now bring out and release our very best!  For those in the Southern Hemisphere at this time, it will pull you inside yourself to bask in the beauty there as you enter the Mabon harvest and prepare for Winter.  These marvelous "eggs" can also help ease stressful situations and will aid us in finding joy and peace no matter where we are in the world. 

Metaphysically, the Thunderegg is known to quell anger and hostility in those who work with it.  It also acts as a glue, enhancing community cooperation and bringing people together to work for a common cause.  It brings stable progress and helps us put the right thought together with the right action in order to manifest our intentions properly and in the best manner. 

Thundereggs are excellent for helping us reach and work with the Other Realms and for providing a link to them, along with facilitating a greater awareness for what we will gather there. 

With the main lore connected to Thundereggs revolving around the mythos of being a weapon of the gods or being attached to the thunder of Thor, we can connect this hearty stone to clairaudience - its own "thunder" creating an attention-grabbing way for us to hear and discern what messages we are receiving from practically anything around us.  If you have trouble hearing or noticing opportunistic mystical guidance, a Thunderegg can be a very helpful aid.  If you feel your mind is very active already and that you have no problem in receiving subtle messages, then I would suggest saving Thunderegg medicine for another time.  I personally haven't used Thunderegg medicine very often, but I do own one that has helped me in receiving Totemic messages, as I find the designs within the egg often mimic the shape of whatever is trying to get our attention.  For example, I noticed years ago that my smallest Thunderegg contains the image of not only the initial Squirrel I saw there, but also one of a Dolphin and a Dove...each viewable as you turn the stone deosil.  It is my "Work + Play = Rejuvenation" stone.

 

         

The three sides of my egg ~"Squirrel" "Dolphin" "Dove"

Thundereggs collected from Mt. Hay in Queensland, Australia, have earned the nickname "Amulet Stones" and when polished on the outer surface and placed under a UV light, often exhibit a shimmering Spring green glow.  They are carried for good luck and protection.  For other myth and lore connected to Thundereggs we can look to the essence of its center, be it Agate, Jasper, Opal or other mineral.  Finding out what your "egg" contains will give you strong hint of its additional powers.  Since the majority of Thundereggs contain Agate in some form, we can expect those to help us in the following ways: For eloquence of truths, enhancement of perceptions, analytical prowess, and strength of protection.  For creative dreams, increased concentration, enhancement of memory, and communication with all others.  And for good health in skin, bones, liver, spleen and stomach areas, along with balance to the Nervous and Endocrine Systems. 

But for however you use the versatile powers of your Thunder"egg"...may the fertility and abundance of Spring and the hand of Eostre knock loudly on your door!

 

Sources:

Love Is In the Earth, Melody

Cash & Treasures with Kirsten Gum, Travel Channel

http://www.theearthstreasure.com/Thundereggs.htm

http://www.azbluerockers.com/catalog/Priday_Agate-26-1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Thunderegg, itself.

 

© 2010 Patricia J. Martin

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