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GEMS & PLANETS
Different gemstones are said to receive their potencies from the cosmic energies of various planets. Vedic astrology and the Ayurvedic system of medicine tell us that certain planets can have effects on bodily organs and parts of the body. The planets are also said to have effects on our minds and subtle parts of our consciousness. In addition, their specific positions in the horoscope indicate the path of destiny.

The medical and astrological uses validate each other. Different planets have influence on different parts of our bodies. A weak planet in the chart often manifests physically as a weakness in the part of the body affected by that planet’s cosmic energy. Gems have the power to harmonise planetary influences. The birthstone gemstones for each planet are as follows:

Celestial Body
Primary Gemstone
Secondary Gemstone
Sun

Red tourmaline, red spinel, red garnet, red zircon, sunstone

Moon
Mars
Mercury
Jupiter
Venus
Saturn

Secondary Gemstones: (for financial purposes, these can be used instead of primary gemstones)

Secondary gemstones may be worn as rings, bracelets or earrings. Either primary or secondary gems may be worn as necklaces. The jewelry should be fashioned in such a way that light will pass through the stone to the body. This means that the piece must be open-backed and the stone must be mounted so that it comes into physical contact with the skin.

ZODIACAL SIGNS, GEMS & BIRTHSTONES
All gems are related to planetary forces, and anyone wearing jewels from their natal planets will be in harmony with his or her stellar rays.

This is a chart of the gemstones related to each zodiacal sign and recommended Maha Lakshmi birthstone necklaces:

Sign
Birthstone Gems
Taurus
Golden Topaz,Yellow Coral, Emerald
Gemini
Pearl
Cancer
Red coral
Leo
Emerald & Green Jade
Virgo
Yellow Sapphire
Libra
Diamond
Scorpio
Blue Sapphire
Sagitarious
Amethyst
Capricorn
Smoky Quartz, Beryl
Aquarious
Blue Sapphire
Pisces
Diamond, Jade, Aquamarine
Aries
Ruby, BloodstoneRed, Jasper

Many people prefer to use stones that relate to their astrological sun sign. Your sun sign is the sign that most people identify with when looking up their horoscope. These sun signs are as follows:

Aries
The symbol of this sign is activity – initiative, ambition or creativity. Arians always rise from the lowest to the highest form – from red to white.
Gems: All red stones, like garnet, ruby, red jasper

Taurus
The symbols of this sign are love and wisdom. Taurus are closely attuned to products of the earth. They need to transform the love of personal to that of selfless service.
Gems: All yellow stones like topaz, citrine, amber

Gemini
This is the sign of duality. It symbolizes life and death, joy and sorrow, health and sickness, abundance and poverty.
Gems: All purple stones, like amethyst or fluorite

Cancer
This symbolizes love and life. The magic power of love is the message and quest of this sign.
Gems: All green stones – emerald, jade, peridot, agate, green jasper

Leo
This is the sign of wisdom and activity. Divinity and humility are keynotes for meditation for the native of this sign.
Gems: All gold and orange stones – amber, orange jasper, carnelian, fire opal, topaz

Virgo
This sign symbolizes reason transformed into wisdom. Knowledge and understanding produce wisdom.
Gems: Amethyst and fluorite

Libra
It symbolizes the balance that must be weighed with the deeds of the year. It symbolizes the unfolding of love leading to unity.
Gem: Yellow stones – topaz, amber, citrine

Scorpio
This is one of the most powerful signs. Its force being dual in aspect, it moves from the lowest depths to the greatest heights. It purifies the animal nature and lifts forces to a higher plane of expression.
Gems: Red and clear crimson stones – ruby, garnet, coral, red jasper, bloodstone

Sagittarius
This sign symbolizes high idealism and noble aspirations. Its highest expression is a spiritualized mind.
Gems: Blue Stones – Sapphire, lapis-lazuli, blue topaz, sodalite

Capricorn
This sign denotes the mystery of the darkest night and the glory of the light. This sign symbolizes the crossing of the bridge of darkness before reaching the radiation of the great white light. The goal for a Capricorn is to conquer one’s ego.
Gems: Black and white stones – black tourmaline, jet, moonstone, opal, pearl

Aquarius
This sign symbolizes promotion of communication and group work. The goal of an Aquarian is to achieve oneness of the whole, or wholeness of the one.
Gems: Clear blue stones – blue topaz, lapis-lazuli, sapphire

Pisces
This sign symbolizes selfless service, the ideal way to achieve success. It denotes the spirit struggling to rescue humanity from greed.
Gems: Soft blue and indigo stones – blue topaz, indigo sapphire, azurite

BIRTHSTONES BY MONTH
The origin of modern western “birthstones” can be traced to the days of Moses when he gave instructions about the “breastplate of judgment.” This is corroborated by the academic texts of the Gemological Institute of America. In the Bible, the breastplate is described as being set with 12 gemstones, each with an engraving of the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

In the book of revelations, gems in the breastplate were described as being the foundation stones of the temple of the “New Jerusalem.” The order that the 12 gems were given was used as the order for birthstones for the months. For no seemingly relevant reason the first of the birthstones was assigned to the month of March. Together the two lists are as follows:

Month
Gems
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

These stones were used as birthstones until August 12, 1912 when the American National Retail Jewelers Association (ANRJA) changed the list of stones which would be more advantageous commercially for the jewelry industry. Then, in 1938, the American Gem Society (AGS) adopted the new list, adding one additional stone, citrine, to the list. In 1952, the list was once more changed and gained the approval of ANRJA, AGS, NJA (National Jewelers Association) and ASIA (American Stone Importers Association). This then, established the official list of birthstones that is still used today.

This list has absolutely no correlation to the astronomical/astrological signs of the zodiac. Its purpose is purely commercial. Since the sun changes signs every month around the third week, it is not possible to assign any stone to an entire month. It is the sign of the zodiac that is the determining factor at birth, not the month in which one is born.

Month
Gems
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
Peridot or Sardonyx
September
October
November
December

The signs of the zodiac each have a planet that is the Lord, or ruler, of that particular sign. Each of the planets also has a gemstone that vibrates and transmits cosmic energy. Therefore the only meaningful system of birthstones is according to the sign which the sun, or moon, tenants at the time of birth, although it is more practiced in Asia to choose a stone according to the moon sign.

The list of birthstones accepted throughout Asia since ancient times is according to the position of sun, or moon, as follows:

Sign of Zodiac
Ruling Planet
Birthstone
Aries & Scorpio
Mars
Taurus & Libra
Venus
Gemini & Virgo
Mercury
Cancer
Moon
Leo
Sun
Sagittarius & Pisces
Jupiter
Capricorn & Aquarius
Saturn

GEMS FOR EVERYDAY
You may wish to wear a certain stone on a particular day, or wear one that represents the day of the week on which you were born.

Day of the Week
Ruling Planet
Gems to Wear
Sunday
Sun
Monday
Moon
Tuesday
Mars
Wednesday
Mercury
Thursday
Jupiter
Friday
Venus
Saturday
Saturn

 

 
 
 
 
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