|Banded agate (Sulaimon stone) necklace. Image, courtesy of Pixabay|
Sulaiman stones and akik (aka Sulemani akik) stones embody the same basic concepts and energies; in other words they are the same stone, no matter how different one may look from another. Yet there are subtle differences that become apparent when describing each type, that will soon be shown. Outside of Islam, people generally do not call the magickal and mystical Sulemani akik stone of tradition, by its full name, but instead simply call it Sulaiman stone, or Suleman stone (there are a number of spellings of the name). Anyway, as a magick practitioner and demonolator this crystal caught my attention deeply, as it is regarded to be a powerful stone in protection magick, healing magick, and in magick in general. One unusual characteristic of this stone, is that crystals of it are not comprised of a specific mineral with a specific look, or range of looks; but rather are from within a range of types of a mineral (chalcedony), that relate to biblical legend.
Within Islam this stone provides a symbolic connection to Muhammad, that secondarily contains mystical powers and energies; whereas outside of Islam it is a magickal tool, and provides an ideal vessel to call djinn to; but is also one that draws djinn energy to those desiring it, by its very nature.
Though for the rest of this article the Islamic version of this stone will primarily be referred to as Sulemani akik, it is more rightly called simply akik, unless its from Yemen. However, that's confusing given that non Muslims call it Sulaiman stone.
|One example of what Sulaimon stone may look like (a Wikimedia file)|
What Sulaimon Stone Is
While browsing, one may read that Sulaiman stone can be entirely black agate, or alternatively may be largely black or grey, but banded, either softly or more visibly so. Pale, white, and even colored agates--basically any agate, no matter what it looks like, may be crafted as this stone. In some ways these descriptions mildly conflict; it is somewhat confusing that you can go to one site and see yellow agate labelled as Sulaiman stone, and on another the stone you see may be black, red, or green; yet each is as likely to be a true representation.
As an observation--to say "entirely black agate" may seem like a contradiction in terms, as agate by its very nature is banded. However, its bands can be widely spaced, allowing for entirely one colored stones to be cut.
Traditionally akik stone is relative to the Islamic religion, and there are rules to wearing it--including that a stone containing it is to be crafted of silver, that during prayer one is not to wear one set in iron, and that wearing one set in brass is tabu. The main reason this stone is popular in Islam (according to Wikipedia), is because "the prophet Muhammad took to wearing one on his right hand, after idols were removed from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, 630 CE." Both Sunnites and Shiites may wear them. For the record, Sulemani akik and akik stones are for the most part the same, meaning that they embody the same concepts and are worn for the same general reasons. But where they differ, is that the Sulemani version of the stone comes from Yemen, and the name Sulemani refers to the stone descending from a specific lineage of people within Islam.
The Sulemani, or Yemeni version of the stone is believed by Muslims, to be the highest quality available, where outside of that faith, people tend not to make such distinctions. But then again, outside of Islam people tend towards not wearing agate jewelry so much, which may explain their lack of concern for details in that sense, if there are any. I am no expert, but it's agate, not rubies or diamonds--how fine does it get? However, it's possible that stone from Yemen may hold more perceptible metaphysical qualities, or just different ones than from other areas. Yemeni akik is at times richly colored. Agate by nature is not commonly found in rich colors, thus some stones are potentially color enhanced. By the way, Akik (aqeeq) means quartz in Arabic, and agate in Turkish.
What Meditation Revealed
I meditated what this stone is--what makes it a Sulaiman stone, and also how to choose one. An agate stone that is black or deep grey will be amongst the most powerful, and more so if offset by a fairly neutral, pale color. A Sulaimon stone can be half or a bit more banded with a pale color, and still be powerful. The banding can be wide, thus if your stone appears roughly half and half black and white, it can have strong energies. Your stone may have other colors in it, so long as it primarily fits this description; as well it can be blotchy or mottled in pattern rather than striped.
Note: a stone with deep coloring in its bands could call you as its keeper, and in such cases that's fine--that's the best stone for you. When a stone calls your attention to it, it usually has a lesson for you, or may even have a spirit that wants to connect with you, associated with it.
Now, what makes it a powerful stone is not the fact that it is agate, but rather that it is a quartz stone with certain traits. Of course this means that there are other stones apart from those traditionally used, that can embody what a Sulaiman stone is. Originally this article was written to include a range of mentions of which stones. But upon asking the universe if it were wise to publish the article as it was, I was urged to take that out. I was told, "magicians need to earn special knowledge, it cannot all be given away." Thus to those who do not meditate, you are looking for a stone that fits the description previously provided. Those who do, are advised to meditate upon which powerfully magickal stone type suits you best.
To to reduce the vision's content for the sake of clarity, of course it is not wise to say that there are many other stones that are Sulaiman stones besides the agates traditionally used; but it can be said that there are stones equal to it magickally, as well as otherwise metaphysically and energetically, that could be used in place of it. Furthermore, my vision did not suggest that other stones traditionally used are not genuine, but rather, that if they are other than largely black or deep grey, they just aren't as powerful for metaphysical purposes. If you were wanting to target life issues relative to a specific chakra, a colored one could help; but ideally you should have a darker, neutral colored one to use along with it.
Sulaiman means Solomon. That the name Solomon is at the root of this stone's title, associates it with King Solomon and his virtues--this regardless of that its history points in another direction (it's named after a tribe, after all). The energies people have long attributed to it, recognizably relate to the biblical king. Solomon was known as a man of wisdom, who possessed a range of talents; as well he had many wives and lovers. Solomon was extremely wealthy, and was known to have had marvelous buildings erected. These things all relate to this stone. Note: This stone should not be confused with King Solomon stone, also known as Eilat stone.
What Sulaiman Stone Energies Consist Of
A Sulaiman crystal is traditionally believed to be most powerful when it comes to wisdom, health, wealth, and protection, and related magicks; and this is the case, as this is where the beliefs of mankind as a whole, support its energies (because of the power of all those beliefs propelling it!). However, at the same time, King Solomon, the stone's namesake and raison d'etre, as it were, was a man who worked with magickal concepts innumerable; thus the true expanse of the magickal ability of this stone, is equally as unlimited.
To enhance magick accordingly, use one or more of these stones, combine it with the most appropriate Solomon Seal, and activate the seal. Or, simply use it to support your magickal energies--just program it accordingly. Or otherwise imbue it with djinn energies for even more power. Use it beside a drawing of the Udjat, or the All Seeing Eye, if you like--especially if the eye is drawn within a pyramid, with the sun above it and rays coming down. Meditate the sigil for other details you can add, to tailor it more to you... it's a powerful symbol. And along with this stone... POWER... know what I mean?
As a wealth drawing charm, carry it in your pocket. Its energies also work to enhance physical strength and health, to attract an ideal mate, for success in matters of administration, authority, and politics; to reach success when the odds seem stacked against you, to make wiser choices, to pull a team together to reach a common goal, for success in architectural drafting/building, to achieve better comprehension, to gain respect from others; also use in energy clearing, to block the evil eye, to divide and conquer, working with demons (demonolatry), especially djinn, and also in higher learning.
The great value of having a Sulaiman stone that is mostly black but with a contrasting color: it will help turn things around, including one's perspective when necessary; and additionally, it assists in analyzing and assimilating darker aspects of self.