is highly compressed carbonized wood. It can protect the wearer against illness and violence. It is calming, providing the diminishment of depression. This is the stone that witches use for protection from negative spells against them. Some Native American nations have used this stone for the release of sorrow and anguish brought on by the passing of a loved one. So no matter how dark thing may seem, it keeps your spirit light. A stone for working through sorrow, loss, abandonment, and fear. The transition from wood to stone is a very unique insight into transformation.