The literal translation of petrified wood is ‘wood turned into stone’ as it takes its name from the Greek petro, meaning ‘stone’. As such, the study of this wood that transcends the ages is carried out in geology, but also in palaeobotany as well as in the study of palaeoenvironments. This transcending of time occurs by three means:
The origin of petrified trees is established at around 225 million years ago. At that time, there was a huge forest, made up in particular of araucarias, but also of ginko bilboa, schilderias and woodworthia. There were animal species such as theropods, carnivorous dinosaurs, and pre-sauropods, large grazers. Over time, they were succeeded by long-necked species: sauropods. These giants, weighing the equivalent of 15 elephants each (around 100 tons), were in close proximity with these trees and fed on them.
Later, two major events took place which led to the fossilisation of these forests. First, a huge flood cleared thousands of the forest’s trees. As a result of these incessant torrents, a mighty river was formed. This river carried these trees for miles. During this journey, they suffered heavy damage: the roots, branches, and bark were destroyed. Each part was battered by this force of nature. However, as they were submerged and therefore protected from the air, the trees did not rot. Second, a volcanic eruption took place. The spewed ashes formed a mantle up to 800 metres thick above the submerged trees. On contact with water, the ash dissolved and mixed with other sediments made up of minerals. This mixture then slowly penetrated the insides of the trunks. This penetration varied depending on the porosity of each trunk. It gradually entered by following the natural path: the wood fibres that lead to its lifeblood. Thereafter, these fossil trees were no longer made of wood, but of silicates, i.e. quartz. This is called silification. There are cavities filled with agate, others of citrine, opal, amethyst or chalcedony.
The resulting colours are thus specific to each tree, depending on its path, its trunk, its shape, its weight and its submersion. In photos of the deposits, it can be noted that trees of the same species in the vicinity may have completely different colours. Indeed, the very essence of the tree does not affect the colouration of its beautiful petrified wood. It is the chemical components carried by water mixed with ash combined with dissolved sediment that gives them their hue. Depending on the composition of this natural mixture, we find different colour ranges:
As such, depending on the colour of each part, we can find information on biological changes. Various colours are also found in the densest areas of each tree, as well as at the core and at the nodes of branches. Today, many petrified wood products are commercialised.
Composed of petrified wood, its organic matter has been almost completely replaced by a mineral whether silicate, quartz, pyrite, and many others. However, its anatomical structure has been preserved, and is the same as when it was still a tree. Petrification is a process that occurs to wood submerged under a layer of sediment, cut off from oxygen and in contact with mineral-rich water. This water then circulates through the sediment, and permeates these minerals by capillarity action and over time, the wood cells. Crystallisation can also sometimes be observed on parts of the tree.
It is estimated that the time required for the petrification process is less than one hundred years for some pieces of wood, while for others much longer. This is particularly the case if the process involves recrystallisation phases. However, shop carefully as not all fossil woods are petrified. For example, for those preserved as lignite.
Psychologically, petrified wood has many virtues:
First, it helps improves attention so that you are less distracted. It is particularly recommended for restless children who are at times hyperactive, as it returns them to stability and control.
Petrified wood is also used for guiding, in teaching you patience and how to let go. It stablises and removes negative thoughts, such as limiting beliefs. Thanks to its journey, having transcended the ages, it allows you to reconnect with your deeper identity. You can then approach events, however diverse and unexpected, with sufficient distance. By giving you perspective and courage, this wood grants you access to deep serenity, no matter the uncertainties of your daily life, all whilst restoring your spontaneity. With this petrified wood, you will reach a high level of wisdom and courage, and you will radiate naturally on a daily basis.
Linked to the Mysteries of Life, as well as your profound knowledge, this high-quality wood stone aligns you with the world, allowing you to relinquish control. In this way, you become rooted with reality and your goals will be more easily realised.
This wood grant you a desire for transmission, developing your intuitions as well as your sensory communication with the elements of nature. You then live in the present moment, in total connection with yourself and the world around you.
Through anchoring, rooting, and fostering understanding, your body will reintegrate its place in nature, away from fantasy or a mind too rigid. Stimulating the root chakra, you will return to the fundamentals, detaching yourself from the material. Allowing connection with your ancestors and your origins, you will then be able to communicate during meditation sessions, hypnotic trances or lucid dreams. You will naturally establish a link with the knowledge of the Ancients.
This wood is also credited with the virtues of longevity, perseverance, patience and reinforces strength and courage to face challenges. By promoting the recognition of the small pleasures of life, this fossil offers a simple and pure happiness, making every moment beautiful. It also provides insight and clarity. It is particularly useful for those who are too active, who can no longer connect with their inner self, or for those dwell on the material. But it is also useful to those wishing to enter a state of meditation or trance to reconnect with their origins.
Petrified wood helps your body to heal through its strengthening action on the bones, tendons, and joints. It is the perfect support for regenerative disorders.
This wood is also recommended seniors. Indeed, it offers excellent protection against bone fractures. It is also ideal for children as it promotes physical and intellectual growth. It works in case of chronic fatigue or great turmoil. It also boosts energy and vitality, promotes bone growth, and strengthens organs such as the heart or spleen. Finally, it helps to strengthen the nervous system.