I recently picked up a piece of peanut wood from my local crystal boutique. It has quickly become one of my absolute favorite stones!
Peanut wood is a type of petrified wood with a dark, chocolate-brown color and cream-colored, peanut-shaped spots running throughout. It is classified as a fossil gem.
An in-depth article on Geology.com details the ancient, natural history of peanut wood.
Essentially, peanut wood formed over time from driftwood that was carved out by wood-eating, Cretaceous-era crabs.
It eventually became waterlogged and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The wood was then covered (and the holes filled in) with the shells of dead plankton called radiolarians.
Over time, the wood (and cream-colored shell fragments) mineralized into the “gem” we know today as peanut wood.
Most peanut wood comes from Australia.
While peanut wood can be enjoyed for its beauty, as well as its fascinating and complex natural history, it can also be used in a mindfulness or spiritual practice.
Peanut Wood Meaning and Properties
There isn’t a lot of information out there on peanut wood. Intuitively, I attribute peanut wood to transformation – particularly in transforming past pain or trauma into purpose.
You can also work with it while you are healing from a physical injury.
Peanut wood reminds me that bad things that happen can lead to good things in the future – that our scars can be beautiful and serve a greater good.
Ultimately, we have a choice. We can focus on what’s broken. We can focus on the pain inflicted on us in the past. We can focus on the scars.
Or, we can channel our pain and scars into something beautiful. We can transform past hurts into something that heals ourselves, but also heals others who have overcome similar challenges – or perhaps are going through them presently.
How I Work With Peanut Wood
While I firmly hold a naturalistic worldview (ie: I’m skeptical by nature), I still pay attention to the metaphysical properties of stones and use them in mindfulness and so-called “placebo magickal practice”.
Here is how I work with Peanut Wood:
Meditation is one of my favorite ways to work with crystals.
I simply hold the crystal in my hand and reflect on its metaphysical properties, or the natural processes that created it.
In the case of peanut wood, I reflect on the deep scars in the wood that have been patched up with tiny cast-off shells of plankton. I can appreciate that endings and hardships – often those that scar us – can be transformed into something truly beautiful.
Peanut wood helps me find ways to turn past hurts and traumas into something useful, and beautiful – something that heals me, but also helps heal others.
If you are able, find a tree that has suffered some trauma, but thrives anyway. This could be a tree that has healed and is still growing despite being damaged in a storm, or has sprung up from the stump of its former self. Meditate at the base of this tree.
You can also take a photograph, make a sketch, or paint the tree and place the image on your altar next to your peanut wood stone to remind yourself that there is beauty and strength after trauma.
Journaling is also a great way to work with crystals.
Hold or wear the crystal, or keep it next to you, while you write in your journal. Reflect on the meaning of the crystal, and how it applies to your life.
Use peanut wood to process past hurts, and how they are affecting the present (and future).
Where is your energy stuck? What can you do to move past injury or trauma, and how can you use your unique experience and perspective to help heal others (while healing yourself)?
Corresponding Energies For Peanut Wood
Brown or Green Candles: When working with petrified wood, such as peanut wood, I burn brown or green candles since they represent the colors of trees.
Essential Oils: When working with peanut wood, I go for earthy scented essential oils – particularly woody aromas like cedar wood, ho wood, sandalwood, cinnamon, pine, fir, or spruce. You can also use eucalyptus or tea tree oils.
Tarot: I like to work with certain tarot cards while also working with crystals.
Two of the Major Arcana cards that I associate with peanut wood include Death and The Tower.
Both of these cards represent sudden endings or upheaval – which can be traumatic and leave physical or emotional scars.
Three Minor Arcana cards that I associate with peanut wood include the 3 of Swords, the 10 of Swords, and the 9 of Wands.
Each of these cards depict trauma that, while painful, offers the opportunity for growth and transformation, while paving the way for healing.
Herbs/Plants: When working with peanut wood, I incorporate herbs and teas that have healing or soothing properties such as tulsi, rosemary, and lavender.
Animals: It’s difficult to think of an animal to associate with peanut wood, but the one that comes to mind is yet another fossil – ammonite.
Ammonites are an extinct marine mollusk related to present-day octopus, squid, and cuttlefish.
Ammonite fossils are stunningly beautiful – another example in nature where death and endings are transformed into something beautiful – and that can help inspire spiritual growth.
Do YOU Work With Peanut Wood?
If so, please leave a comment below and share!