Ammonite Fossils (and Why They Rock!)
Did you know that ammonites are one of the most widely known fossils? They also happen to be my family's FAVORITE fossil, and the most represented in my personal collection.
My family has spent a lot of time collecting ammonites over the years, and those moments are some of our fondest memories growing up. There’s nothing like enjoying a beautiful day of fossil hunting with the family and bringing home beautiful treasures from the earth!
There are more than 10,000 different ammonite species – each fossilized shell more beautiful and unique than the last. By the end of this post, we’re sure you’re going to love them just as we do.
What Are Ammonites?
Ammonites lived in the sea between 240 – 65 million years ago and went extinct around the same time as the dinosaurs. They belong to the cephalopod predator group that includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus.
They had a soft body protected by a hard outer shell. The shell is divided into progressively larger chambers and separated by thin walls. These walls protected the shell from being crushed. Elaborate lines connected the ammonite to its shell. Ammonites grew new shell material as they aged and always lived in the outer chambers.
Their chambers helped them move through the water. A thin, tube-like structure pumped air through the inner chambers, which also helped with buoyancy.
The name “ammonite” originated from the Greek Ram-horned god, Ammon.
Ammonite fossils have been collected from every continent. Their shells come in all different sizes (some are as small as an inch and as large as nine feet) and colors (though the most common are brown and gray).
Ammonite shells are used today as index fossils – helping date other fossils found in the same marine rock layer. They are the perfect index fossils because they are abundant, and their various species lived during distinct time periods that can easily be identified by the detailed patterns on their shells.Sacred Geometry and the Golden Spiral
Sacred geometry's cultivation unveiled the blueprint for creation. This ancient science investigated and illuminated the physical and energetic patterns that create and link everything. It also uncovered the exact way the energy of creation arranges itself.
All natural patterns of growth or movement extend from one or more geometric shapes. An essential aspect of sacred geometry is the relationship between the progression of growth and proportion.
The spiral is a common element of sacred geometry and all organic development and follows the Fibonacci Sequence in its expansion rate.
The Fibonacci sequence (also called the golden spiral or golden ratio) is a list of numbers where every number is the sum of the previous two numbers. It begins at 1 and grows infinitely: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 …The golden spiral is the epitome of beauty and symmetric perfection.
The ammonite shell shape is a naturally occurring example of the golden spiral (and one of the main reasons why it’s so aesthetically pleasing!). This repeated spiral is a reflection of continuous creation in harmony.
When you write the Fibonacci sequence as a series of squares, the first square would be 1×1, the second square 1×1, the third 2×2, the fourth 3×3, the fifth 5×5, the sixth 8×8, and so on. When you draw a quarter circle in each of those Fibonacci squares, you see they connect to form an ever-increasing spiral, just like in the ammonite fossils.
Metaphysical Properties of Ammonites
The ammonites’ spiral shape symbolizes continual change and evolution. It converts negative energy into positive energy. The ammonite shell acts as a filter: absorbing the heavy, negative energy that’s no longer needed, guiding it through each chamber, and releasing it as positive, high vibrational energy. They are also a powerful karmic cleanser.
Since these fossilized creatures are millions of years old, ammonites are powerful earth healing fossils that hold ancient knowledge. They have absorbed an abundance of cosmic and earth energies over time and stimulate your life force (Chi) within.
Ammonites activate your Kundalini and life path energies so that you attain an expanded state of consciousness and uncover your life’s true journey. They also assist in interdimensional exploration.
Ammonites are attractors for health, prosperity, and success. You can never have too much of that! Keep these in your home if any of these are things you want to attract more of.
Physically, ammonites increase stamina and vitality. They support childbirth and the birthing process. They help to clear birth trauma and ease labor pains. They heal cranium, inner ear problems, degenerative disorders, and blood pressure problems by stabilizing your pulse.
Ammonite shells are an organic example of sacred geometric symmetry in the Fibonacci sequence (also referred to as the golden spiral or golden ratio). The golden spiral is the true essence of natural beauty, and its symmetry is perfection in nature. Their continuous coils reflect divine creation in harmony.
Ammonites transmute negative, low vibrational energy into positive, high vibrational energy. They help you to unveil your life’s purpose and activate your Kundalini energy. They are super attractors for health, prosperity, and success. Their spiral symbolizes continual change and evolution.
Do you have any ammonites in your collection? Share your pictures or tell us about them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!
Becca Benevento is a guest blogger and lifestyle writer.