Shamanic Star Stones, Mochi Marbles, Moqui Balls

Source: time ago I discovered Squidoo 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 reproduced some of the information here in an edited form. 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.

Source: 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

Source: 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

Source: 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.

Should you wish to purchase any of these stones, you can find them on the Squidoo lens: Shamanic Star Stones, Mochi Marbles or Moqui Balls…what are they really?



  1. ginnie waite says:


  2. Hello

    Love your website.

    I am lucky enough to have a pair of these stones and I hold them every evening to relax me and to clear any blocked energy, for protection etc. They are fantastic, I love them and so do my pets.

    I use the male one in my right hand and the female in my left, as this feels right for me. The male one has turned black whilst the female has remained brown. Would you have any idea why?

    Thank you!
    Sue x

  3. Kristin says:

    I recently acquired a single shaman stone, and after reading about them, it seems that I need 2 of them. Is this true? And how do I tell which one is the male and which is the female? Or can I use only one? I guess I need some guidance!

    • Namaste Kristin

      While it is true that the Shaman Stones work better in pairs, there is no written or unwritten rule which says you need to have two. As for telling the difference between a ‘male’ and a ‘female’ Shaman Stone, if you look at the second image in this article you will see that one stone is almost perfectly smooth while the other has a ridge around its equator. The female stones are always the smoothest stones while the male stones have a ridge or other slight imperfection (see the fourth image for more males).

      I hope this helps.


  4. Melissa says:

    Have you ever been to this website? They have a catalogue of shamanic stones from various animals. http: //www.bezoarmustikapearls. com. His other website is www. indotalisman. com


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