Having existed in India for at least 2,000 years, Ayurveda (Sanskrit, “science of life”) is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine. A holistic tradition that integrates massage, exercise, diet and meditation, Ayurveda accords a special role to gemstones. According to ancient texts, the light of the Creator is transmitted to Earth by the planets; gemstones collect and then radiate this energy. If a person’s well-being is affected by in harmonious influences, an ayurveda healer can identify which planet is responsible and prescribe the appropriate gem to wear in order to correct the disruption.

The list below shows for each ayurvedic planet, the aspects that it represents and the principal gemstone associated with it.

Planet and gemstone correspondences

Sun (male aspects, vitality, success) – ruby

Moon (feminine aspects, peace of mind, comfort, well-being) – pearl

Mercury (education, intelligence, speech, humour) – emerald

Venus (love, beauty, art) – diamond

Mars (courage, confidence, physical strength) – coral

Jupiter (philosophy, spiritual growth, wealth, learning) – yellow sapphire

Saturn (fame, longevity, sincerity, justice) – blue sapphire

Rahu, the ascending node of the moon (restlessness, worldly success, force, selfishness) – zircon

Ketu, the descending node of the moon ( passivity, spirituality, non-attachment, selflessness) – cat’s eye chrysoberyl

The Subtle Body and Chakras

Originating in ancient India, and adopted by many alternative healing systems (including crystal healing), in the concept of the subtle body, which shares many of the principles of the aura. Linked to, but transcending the physical body, the subtle body is a scientifically undetectable network of channels (nadis), through which flows life-energy (prana). Our physical mental and spiritual well-being depends on prana flowing smoothly to all parts of the subtle body. If flow becomes sluggish, owing to a congested channel, or, on the other hand, too vigorous, then the likely result is physical illness or mental or spiritual unease. Identifying and correcting inappropriate energy patterns helps the body to regain balance, release stress and repair damage.

We can optimize the flow of prana by influencing the main receptors and distributors of life-energy in the subtle body, which are known as chakras (from the Sanskrit, “wheel”). The seven principal chakras are located in a line running down the centre of the body from just above the top of the head to the base of the spine. Each of these chakras governs certain physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our being and when functioning well, each chakra is believed to vibrate at the frequency of one of the colours of the rainbow spectrum. A malfunction in one chakra affects all the others, so it is important that the whole system is in balance.

Balancing chakras is at the heart of crystal healing. We can use crystals to “feed” each chakra with its main energetic colour. At the simplest level, placing one stone of the appropriate colour on each chakra for a minute will help to balance the whole system. This is by no means the only way to work with crystals and chakras, but it will be helpful in most cases.

The Aura

All living things have an aura – an energy field that surrounds the body. The aura is made up of several layers, which we cannot detect with our physical senses, but only using inner awareness.

Each layer of the aura contains certain aspects of our make-up. A problem in one layer will often affect other layers until the imbalance spreads through the aura and the body and manifests as distress or disease. Crystal healing can quickly clear away these subtle blemishes in the sam way that regular window cleaning allows maximum light to enter a room.

The layers of the aura are often represented like the concentric skins of an onion. In fact, the most subtle outer layers interpenetrated all the others, and they all weave together with the physical body.

Levels of the aura

Etheric body:  Closest to the physical, this acts as a blueprint for our organic body and shows imbalances just before they manifest on a physical level.

Emotional body:  This level is seen by psychics as swirls of colour that show our ever-changing emotions, it is easily cleared and balanced by crystals.

Mental body:  A structure that holds our ideas, beliefs and experiences. Stress here can lead to rigidity and prevent us from achieving our goals.

Astral body:  A boundary between everyday awareness and spiritual nature. Disorientation, fear and paranoia are symptomatic of imbalances here.

Spiritual bodies:  The subtle outer levels are more difficult to define. They feed us with universal energy, which helps us to reach ultimate fulfillment.

Today’s Runes for July 28th is Othila

Today’s Runes

Stone Runes are most commonly used for questions about the natural world and things beyond human control. Othila is the homeland. Land was the purest form of immovable wealth in Norse civilization, distinct from the movable wealth represented by Fehu. This rune speaks of stability and safety stemming from inheritance, both material and genetic. With respect to the question asked, consider the background of the people and families involved

Today’s Tarot for July 28th is King of Cups

Today’s Tarot

Click for Details King of Cups: The essence of water behaving as air, such as a billowing cloud in the blue sky: Great maturity, endless patience, tolerance of other points of view, and a deep knowledge of human nature. One who intuitively knows the strengths of those around him, and gently cultivates them. Remaining calm and relaxed in all situations, and making artful use of diplomacy or a quiet word to resolve conflicts. The ability to listen to what another person is saying, and truly understand what is in their heart. A rewarding partner and a beloved leader.

New Moon Report for July 28 – Mercury in Virgo

Mercury in Virgo

Thursday, July 28, 10:59 am PDT, 1:59 pm EDT

Brainy Mercury’s entry into its earthy home sign sharpens minds with practical perspectives and analytical skills. However, this transit doesn’t last very long as Mercury is turning retrograde on August 2. It will back into Leo on August 8 before returning to Virgo on September 8. A great asset of this intellectually astute transit is its capacity to break down complex issues into easily manageable pieces.

New Moon Report for July 28th – Venus in Leo

Venus in Leo

Thursday, July 28, 7:59 am PDT, 10:59 pm EDT

Amorous Venus needs a spotlight in theatrical Leo. Off-handed approval is not enough to ensure that we feel loved when we need to be adored. Relationships are likely to become more dramatic as if romance requires emotional extremes to be meaningful now. Keeping a sense of humor will help avoid the highs and lows of selfish behavior that can undermine a partnership. Self-aggrandizement and vanity are turn-offs while opening our hearts invites romance.