September’s Birthstone – Sapphire

sapphireThose born in the month of September have the sapphire for a birthstone. Available in many colours other than red (then it would be called a ruby), the sapphire represents dignity, loyalty, serenity, fait purity and wisdom. The word sapphire comes from the Persian word ‘safir’, which means ‘beloved of Saturn’.

 

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Moon, Saturn

Element: Water

Deities: Apollo

Chakra: Fifth Chakra, the Throat Chakra

Associated Metals: N/A

 

Lore: The sapphire was thought to guard against evil and poisoning, and venomous snakes would die if place in a container made of sapphire. It is the traditional favourite stone of priests and kings as it symbolises purity and wisdom. It was thought to make a stupid man wise and make a bad tempered man calm. Ancient Persians thought the earth rested on a giant sapphire and the blue of the sky was the reflection of the stone. It was thought to protect the wearer from poverty and promote spiritual enlightenment.

 

 

 

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

August Birthstone – Peridot

peridotThose born in the month of August have the peridot for their birthstone. The vivid green of the peridot has hints of gold is a perfect match for summer outfits. The peridot is an old gemstone, used since ancient times in Egypt. The peridot is the only gemstone that comes in only one colour which varies between shades of yellowish green and olive, to a brownish green, depending on the amount of iron within the stone.

 

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Deities: N/A

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart.

Associated Metals: Gold

 

Lore: The peridot is a symbol of strength and said to successfully ward off evil, enchantments and depression if you wear or carry the stone. It is also said that it protects the wearer from nightmares.

 

 

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July Birthstone – Ruby

rubyThose born in the month of July have the ruby for their birthstone. One of the most highly prized gemstones, large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. Because of this a rubies value increases with size more than any other gemstone. The ruby is only second to the diamond when it comes to hardness. the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the ‘king of gems’. It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red color signifies love and passion.

Energy: Projective

Planet: Mars, Saturn

Element: Fire

Deities: Buddha

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart

Associated Metals: N/A

Lore: Rubies are considered tokens of harmony and peace. It said that the wearer attracts both good luck and good friends. It is thought that rubies are effective for health problems relating to the blood and infections and increasing positive thought patterns. It’s also thought that they enhance energy, generosity and bring prosperity and success. Because of its qualities, a ruby is perfect for an engagement ring and a popular alternative to a diamond in either an engagement ring or wedding band. Some believe a ruby will turn a darker colour when danger is close and return to its original colour when the danger has passed.

 

 

 

 

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June Birthstone – Pearl

pearlThose born in the month of June are lucky to have the only birthstone that isn’t a stone. The pearl is created by certain mollusks as a defence against infections. Unfortunately, the creature must be killed in order to obtain the stone. For this reason, there is an alternative to the pearl – the Moonstone.

Pear Information:

The pearl has long been the symbol of purity. Ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the harden tears of joy from Aphrodite. Wearing pearls suggests chastity, modesty and stable marriage relationships. They come in a wide variety of colours such as black, grey and all the way up to the familiar creamy-white tones.

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Moon

Element: Water, Akasha

Deities: All oceanic deities, although the pearl is more goddess-oriented. Also associated with sky goddesses.

Chakra: Third Chakra – Solar Plexus

Associated Metals: Silver

Lore: Pearls, like jet, amber, and mother-of-pearl, are the product of a living creature. It is said that they can change bad fortune into good, and enhanced virility and the ability to attract the help of influential people. Because a living creature must be killed in order to acquire the gem, many people feel that there is a bad Karma in owning them.

 

*Personal Note* I own a pearl ring. It was originally owned by my Mother-in-law’s aunt and given to me after she died. I keep it in my jewellry box and don’t wear it.

 

 

 

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May Birthstone – Emerald

emeraldThose born in the month of May have the beautiful green stone of Emerald. The name emerald comes from the Latin word ‘smaragdus‘ which means green gem. Legend claims that Nero wore eyeglasses made from emeralds to enhance and protect his eyesight while watching the gladiator games, and was thought to be one of Cleopatra’s favourite gems. Romans dedicated the stone to the goddess Venus

The emeralds represents loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.

 

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Deities: Isis, Venus, Ceres, Vishnu

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart

Associated Metals: Copper, Silver

Lore: Emeralds are said to enhance eyesight or aid in the healing of ailments of the eye, and mental clarity, which is probably why they are a popular stone for earrings. If carried or worn during a long journeys it’s said to keep the traveler safe. Powers include fertility and clairvoyance.

 

 

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April Birthstone – Diamond

aprilI know this stone very well, as it is my birthstone.

Diamonds come in two colours, a light tint of yellow and the crystal-like, translucent stone. Once believed to ward off insanity, diamonds didn’t become popular until the Middles Ages that diamonds were sought out in great numbers.  In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” which means lightning.

 

Energy: Projective

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Chakra: Seventh Chakra – Crown

Associated Metals: Platinum, Silver, Steel

Healing Lore: Diamonds are said to enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. Bring balance, clarity and abundance to the wearer, and are thought to be effective for health problems relating to brain diseases, and the pituitary glands. It is also thought that diamonds draw out toxins from the body.

 

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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

aqua1As we journey into March, the first signs of spring appear. The month’s birthstone, Aquamarine, ranges in colour from a blue-green to a light sky blue that reminds one of tropical waters. Because of its colour, the ancient Romans thought it was a sacred stone of Neptune and sailors wore amulets made of Aquamarine to guard against dangers at sea.

Energy: Projective

Planet: Saturn, Venus

Element: Fire

Chakra: Fifth Chakra – Throat

Healing Lore: This stone is associated with good health, love and hope. It was once thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases just by drinking water that has a stone soaking in it.aqua2

More modern uses, it’s thought to help with dependency on drugs, aid in digestion, calm stomach ailments and maintain the health of the jaw and teeth.

Magical Properties: This stone is carried or worn to enhance or utilize psychic powers. It can be rubbed or worn on the body as part of a purification ritual. It is a soothing stone. A stone of peace, joy and happiness it is an appropriate gift for a groom to give to his bride on the day of their wedding. It can be used as a charm to help strengthen courage of the wearer and bring peace of mind.

 

 

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

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