Orthoceras, also known as Orthoceratites, is a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopod. Its name is derived from the words meaning “straight horn”, referring to it’s long, conical shell. These creatures roamed the seas during the Ordovician Period (485 million - 443 million years ago). They are the ancient ancestors of all ammonites and squid, and can be found in sizes ranging from a centimeter to over 14 feet long. Orthoceras are commonly found on a rock matrix, most of the time it being limestone. A majority of specimens on the market have been coming out of Morocco, Scandinavia, Sweden, as well as the Baltic states.
It’s not uncommon to find Orthoceras used as a carving and sculpting material due to the fossil’s hardness. Orthoceras can be carved into plates, spheres, palmstones, jewelry, lock boxes and other little trinkets.This fossil and the marine rock it’s attached to is so durable that its often even used to create furniture with. We personally have seen end tables, chairs, table tops, and even fountains!
When it comes to the energy in which this fossil possess, it's all about the ancient knowledge this sea creature holds. Having roamed the seas over 400 million years ago, this creature was living in a world that looked much different than it does today. By meditating and attuning yourself to this fossil’s energy, one may feel a connection to that ancient Earth, where so much knowledge is held. This stone will offer up an abundance of life force energy which can be used in areas where we need it most. Some ancient tales even suggest that wearing Orthoceras daily will also increase your life span as well.
Orthoceras activates our root chakra, grounding us down to this new earth with ancient energy. This fossil pushes us on a path of transformation, of not only who we are, but who we once were. Orthoceras helps us learn about the past lives in which our soul has lived. We can use the information gathered from visualizing these past lives and apply it to who we are today. History is constantly repeating itself, and only by learning from our mistakes can we move forward and grow on the path of altruism. Getting connected to this ancient creature may be a bit challenging, but the reward is well worth it, stick with it!