Petrified Wood is a member of the quartz group, a silicon dioxide mineral. It has a hexagonal crystal system and a hardness of 6.5 to 7. In this stone, the organic wood substance has been replaced by silicon.
Metaphysically, Petrified Wood is known as a stone of patience and aids a slow, steady growth toward spiritual transformation. It is said that Petrified Wood instills strength of character and helps one live by their ideals. It can provide one with a sense of peace during times of change. It can assist with past life recall and is beliveved to be especially useful for grounding insights one gains from experiencing these memories. Petrified Wood is said to aid in turning past weaknesses into new strengths, just as this perishable wood has evolved it's form into that of an immortal stone. Petrified Wood is believed to carry an imprint of recent history (100 to 200 million years) of Earth, and can be used to access Akashic records of this planet.