Mysterious Moqui Marbles in Zion National Park

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Moqui Marbles still in the sandstone - Zebra Slot

Moqui Marbles still in the sandstone - Zebra Slot 

Living Stones

Moqui (pronounced "Mo-Key") Marbles consist of a sandstone center covered by a shell of hematite, an iron ore. They can be as small as an toy marble, or as large as eight inches in diameter. The majority of Moqui Marbles come from Utah’s Navajo Sandstone Formation (now part of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument), and in Zion National Park.

They were discovered by the Moqui Indians and can also be called Moqui Balls, Thunderballs, or Shaman Stones.

The same type of stone formations, nicknamed "blueberries" have been discovered on Mars by the Opportunity Rover in 2005. This was predicted by Utah geologists who were studying environmental conditions that create the formations. However, there is a difference between the Earth marbles and Mars' blueberries, in that the Utah stones are mostly sandstone, and the Martian stones are pure iron oxide (rust). Scientists believe that the presence of rust can mean there was once water on Mars, and that in turn can be tied to the possibility of life.

Broken Moqui Marble

Broken Moqui Marbles 

ET Phone Home

Moqui Marbles are reported to have mystical properties in ancient cultures. Legends include the marbles protecting you from false friends, fires, and floods, giving you the blessing of fertility, and that the marbles were a way to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens. Perhaps the latter came from reported mumbling sounds coming from the rock, or the out-of-body rituals practiced using the stones. Or some would say, that the Mars connection was known by the ancients and the marbles were actually used as communication devices.

Healing Stones

Current day, the marbles are used in therapies to align energy centers, open energy blockages, and stimulate chi. When rubbed together, the marbles promote your receptivity to frequencies. The vibration frequency is associated with the number four, which has traits of building structure and order.


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