Gemstones of the Zodiac

Gemstones of the Zodiac

Helpful and healing gemstones for every zodiac sign

Emily Trinkaus

Emily Trinkaus on the topics of zodiac, insight, astrology

Gemstones are more than just pretty ornaments. These natural, Earth-based beauties also have the power to heal, protect, relax and clarify. Certain gemstones are particularly beneficial for each zodiac sign. When thinking about which gem is appropriate for you, a friend or a loved one, consider not only Sun signs, but the Moon and Rising signs as well.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Diamond: Like Aries, a sign known for its strength and survival skills, the diamond is the hardest of the gems. The diamond carries masculine energy, evoking your inner warrior and helping you to pursue your goals and persevere in challenging times. Considered the stone of innocence and purity, this precious gem also assists you with attaining spiritual clarity and speaking your heart’s truth. The diamond, associated with wealth, can help you attract abundance in all areas of life.

Additional gemstones associated with Aries: Bloodstone, Jasper, Ruby, Carnelian, Garnet

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Amber: Amber is not actually a stone, but the petrified resin of trees that once grew in forests along the Baltic sea — appropriately earthy origins for nature-loving Taurus. Amber’s gold-orange color is known for grounding and stabilizing higher spiritual energies into the physical body. Its influence is simultaneously calming and energizing, enhancing patience, protection and balance. Amber is said to absorb negative energy, thereby promoting the body’s ability to heal itself.

Additional gemstones associated with Taurus: Rose Quartz, Turquoise, Blood Coral, Emerald, Sapphire

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Agate: Mentally active (and sometimes hyperactive) Gemini can benefit from the grounding and calming influence of this stone. By strengthening the body’s connection to the Earth, agates enhance courage and vitality while protecting from energy drains and stress. Considered a stone of harmony, the agate can inspire the Twins’ multiple personalities to come into a state of balance and integration. Carry or wear agate when you have to make an important decision — this stone will sharpen your sight, stimulate your intellect and dispel fears.

Additional gemstones associated with Gemini: Citrine, Chrysoprase, Pearl, Moonstone, White Sapphire

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Moonstone: This magical gemstone is, not surprisingly, associated with the Moon, Cancer’s planetary ruler. Moonstone is said to absorb the healing power of the Moon, and the most powerful time to wear it is during a Full Moon. Moonstone offers protection for Cancer’s sensitive nature while enhancing intuition, feminine energies and psychic abilities. Considered a stone of inner growth and spiritual perception, Moonstone is an excellent ally during meditation. Additionally, Moonstone brings success in both love and business.

Additional gemstones associated with Cancer: Pearl, Emerald, Ruby

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Tourmaline: Tourmaline is often associated with the heart, the part of the body ruled by Leo. This stone can help you open yourself to love, and it enhances compassion, happiness and serenity. Leo is a naturally creative zodiac sign, and tourmaline provides added inspiration — or can help jumpstart the process if you’re feeling blocked. Tourmaline strengthens your ability to manifest your goals, and it attracts abundance and prosperity as it makes others more receptive to your talents. Traditionally used as a meditation stone, tourmaline is also considered helpful for channeling.

Additional gemstones associated with Leo: Carnelian, Sardonyx, Onyx, Golden Topaz

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Blue Sapphire: Considered a sacred stone in Buddhism, the blue sapphire brings order and clarity to the mind, thereby increasing your ability to access spiritual wisdom. Since Virgo is prone to anxiety and worry — populating the mind with distracting or unproductive thoughts — this gemstone is particularly useful. The color blue is traditionally associated with the heavens, and Virgo benefits from this reminder of a higher perspective. Blue sapphire also increases mental flexibility, helping Virgos release hardened attitudes and open themselves to new possibilities.

Additional gemstones associated with Virgo: Jasper, Carnelian, Jade, Moss Agate

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Lapis Lazuli: Considered a stone of universal truth and friendship, lapis is said to foster harmony in relationships — always a priority for significant-other-oriented Libra. At the same time, Lapis supports expressing your authentic self and inner truth, which can sometimes be challenging for this peace-seeking sign. Highly valued for its spiritual properties, lapis helps you to access sacred knowledge, expand consciousness, communicate with your spirit guides, and purify your mind and soul.

Additional gemstones associated with Libra: Opal, Emerald, Rose Quartz, Peridot (Chrysolite)

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Aquamarine: The name of this beautiful blue gemstone refers to the ocean, and resonates with Scorpio’s watery nature. The element Water represents the emotional realm, and Scorpio’s waters run deep — so deep, in fact, that this sign sometimes gets lost in the depths. Aquamarine can soothe Scorpio’s intense emotions and counteract the forces of darkness, bringing a sense of tranquility, as well as clear insight, to underlying feelings. By aligning the physical and spiritual bodies, Aquamarine can help you attune to higher levels while remaining grounded.

Additional gemstones associated with Scorpio: Black Obsidian, Topaz, Beryl, Apache Tear, Coral

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Turquoise: Valued as a sacred stone in many spiritual traditions, turquoise helps truth-seeking Sagittarius attune to higher consciousness. Additionally, turquoise is considered a communication stone, enhancing a speaker’s eloquence, honesty and creativity — and offsetting the Sagittarian foot-in-mouth syndrome. Turquoise improves the mind by increasing intuition, sensitivity and positive thinking, resulting in a calmer mental state that leads to greater wisdom.

Additional gemstones associated with Sagittarius: Topaz, Sapphire, Amethyst, Ruby

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Ruby: By enhancing confidence, courage and joy, ruby can compensate for the Capricorn tendency toward melancholia and negativity. Ruby’s deep red color strengthens the heart and invites love for self, others and spirit. Capricorn has a well-deserved reputation as the hardest-working sign of the zodiac, and ruby is a great ally in restoring depleted energy reserves and promoting stamina, vitality and strength. Ruby is said to increase generosity as well as attract abundance and prosperity.

Additional gemstones associated with Capricorn: Black Onyx, Garnet, Agate

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Garnet: If Aquarians get stuck in the mental realm, garnet can help bring this sign back into the body by boosting sexual energy, passion, sensuality and general vitality. Friends and community are of great importance to Aquarius, and garnet both stabilizes relationships and enhances popularity. Garnet is said to promote success in business and improve higher education and professional prospects. On a spiritual level, garnet heightens clairvoyant abilities and is considered a powerful ally for accessing the wisdom of dreams.

Additional gemstones associated with Aquarius: Sugilite, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Amethyst: Hyper-sensitive and energy-absorbent Pisces can greatly benefit from amethyst, which repels vibrations that the body does not need. Calming both the mind and nervous system, amethyst has been called “nature’s tranquilizer,” and is useful for releasing tension and soothing anxiety. Amethyst can also assist with healing from grief and releasing addictions, and supports general emotional stability. Considered an excellent meditation stone, amethyst enhances psychic abilities and spiritual awareness.

Additional gemstones associated with Pisces: Jade, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Rock Crystal, Sapphire

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Gemstone of the Day – Tourmaline

Gemstone of the Day – Tourmaline

Tourmaline is often referred to as the rainbow gemstone, due to the huge amout of colors that it is available in. This was certainly believed by the ancient Egyptians who believed that when Tourmaline traveled from its home in the earth’s core to the surface, it did so along a rainbow, which subsequently gifted the gemstone with all of the colors of the rainbow.

Tourmaline is the excellent channeling stone for communication with higher forces. Tourmaline helps to break up energy blockage, which we mentally experience as anxiety, stress or confusion. This stone clears higher frequencies, effectively as it forms a protective shield all over the body (Aura).

All tourmalines are said to enhance understanding, increase self-confidence and amplify psychic energies. They are told to neutralize negative energies, dispel fear and grief as well as aid in concentration and communication.

Tourmaline helps you to move beyond limited thinking, to an expanded sense of reality, and see past experiences in new ways. It teaches us that we are light beings in physical form, and helps us to experience the physical and spiritual worlds as one.

Associations:

Astrological Sign: Black, Green – Capricorn — Blue – Libra, Taurus

Chakra: Use the particular color of tourmaline that relates to that particular area

Element: Blue Water, Black-Earth, Green-Earth, Pink-Water, Red-Fire, Watermelon-Fire & Water

Planet: Mars, Venus

Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 25th – ‘Tourmaline’

 

The birthstone most associated with October is the tourmaline. An old Egyptian legend tells how this stone, when making the trip from the heart of the earth up to the sun, traveled along a rainbow, collecting all the colors along the way. No matter the color, all tourmaline are said to increase self-confidence while neutralizing negative energies as well. Tourmaline is also believed to dispel fear, relieve grief and aid in concentration and communications. I think that you’ll agree that this surely is one precious gem!

 

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

 

Nigerian Tourmaline, what is it really good for?

Nigerian Tourmaline:
Nigerian Tourmaline is an unsual stone and not all that easy to find. The energies of this stone fall between those of Golden Tourmaline and Dravite or Brown Tourmaline. It is a stone of grounding and courage. It can help to bring together the conscious and the unconcious into a complete and balanced whole. It is a stone of great energy and can help one to find their strenghts and confidence by helping you to see and bring into the light the parts of self that seem difficult to acknowledge.

Element: Earth, Spirit, Water
Chakra: (1st) Base, (3rd) Solar Plexus, (4th) Heart

LEPIDOLITE

LEPIDOLITE

SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Lepidolite a potassium, lithium, aluminum
fluorsilicate mica. Its chemistry is complex: K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10-
(F,OH)2. It is pink, lilac, yellowish, grayish white or a combination of
all of these. The streak is colorless. It is one of the softer stones,
with a hardness of 2-1/2 to 3.

ENVIRONMENT: Lepidolite is confined to granite pegmatites, where it
occurs either as fine-granular masses near the core of the pegmatite or
as stubby or tabular crystals in cavities. It is commonly associated
with microcline, quartz, and tourmaline.
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OCCURENCE: Large fine masses of lepidolite have been mined at the
Stewart Pegmatite at Pala, and superb sharp crystals have been obtained
from the Little Three Pegmatite near Ramona, both in San Diego Co.,
California. It has also been mined in substantial amounts in several New
England states and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

NAME: The name comes from the Greek [lepidos], meaning ‘scale’, in
allusion to the scaly aggregates in which the mineral commonly occurs.

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LEGEND and LORE: Lepidolite is a stone that could certainly be con-
sidered “new age” in the sense that it is just now coming into recogni-
tion by healers and magicians. There is no “past lore” on this stone, to
the best of my knowledge.  Part of this may be due to the fact, that it
is native to the United States.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES: “This stone soothes anger, hatred or any other
negative emotion. To quiet the entire house, place lepidolite stones in
a circle around a pink candle.” (2)

HEALING: Lepidolite is also know as the “Dream Stone”. It will protect
the individual from nightmares, especially those caused by stress or an
upset in personal relationships. It can be used in the same types of
circumstances as Kunzite, namely for manic depression or schizophrenia.

NOTES: Lepidolite has been used as a source of lithium. The above
description of the appearance of this stone may be deceiving, as I found
Cunningham’s to be, also. All of the specimens of this stone that I have
seen so far have been grey to a pale lavendar grey with “sparkles” of
the lithium mica embedded in it. The heart-shaped cabuchon that I have
also has very distinctive crystals of rubellite (pink tourmaline) and
veins of white running through it. I was originally looking for a MUCH
brighter lavendar stone. It is unusual, also, to find specimens that are
cut and polished. Usually the stone is too “crumbly” to take a good
polish. However, it is equally handsome in rough form.

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1. Scientific, Environment, Occurence and Name are from (or paraphrased
from) “The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and
Minerals”.

2. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from “Cunningham’s En-
cyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic”, by Scott Cunningham.

YOUR BIRTHSTONE

 

YOUR BIRTHSTONE

January…. Garnet is known as the stone of health. Use this stone to ensure stability and encourage success.

 

February…. Amethyst is known as the happy stone. Wearing this stone will bring you peace and harmony.

 

March…. Aquamarine was originally given to sailors to ensure a safe voyage at sea. This stone brings courage to the wearer.

 

April…. The Diamond represents life, joy and innocence. Wearing this stone enhances confidence, trust, and love.

 

May…. Emerald is known as the nature stone. This stone brings serenity and peace of mind.

 

June…. The Pearl represents youth. Wear pearls for truth.

 

July…. The Ruby represents wealth. It is said the wearer of the ruby will never have to want for money & will always be content.

 

August…. Peridot is the stone of Understanding. This stone will help shed light on a situation. Wearing this stone will help keep you ‘right on track.’

 

September…. Sapphire is the stone of purity. Wearing this stone will help balance the physical and emotional parts of your life.

 

October…. Tourmaline is the stone of Truth. Wear this stone to dispel fear and to enhance insights.

 

November…. Topaz is the stone of goodness & faith. This stone increases creativity and feelings of joy. To inspire bright ideas, wearing the Topaz would be perfect.

 

December…. Turquoise is known as the “magical stone” for the stone changes color over a period of time. This stone brings hope and victory to the wearer.

 

 

 

Magickal Properties of Stones

Magickal Properties of Stones

 

Here is a small list of stones and some of their magical uses.

Astral projection: quartz crystal, opal and tourmalated quartz

Success in business: bloodstone, malachite, green tourmaline and yellow zircon

Centering and grounding: calcite, brown zircon, hematite, kunzite, moonstone,
obsidian and black tourmaline

Courage: agate, amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, carnelian, diamond, lapis
lazuli, sardonyx, tiger eye, red tourmaline and turquoise

Divination: azurite, flint, hematite, jet, mica, moonstone, obsidian and tiger
eye

Dreams: amethyst and azurite.

Friendship: chrysoprase, pink tourmaline and turquoise

Gardening: agate, jade, malachite and brown zircon

Happiness: amethyst, chrysoprase and yellow zircon

Healing and Health: agate, amber, amethyst, aventurine, azurite, bloodstone,
calcite, carnelian, cat’s eye, celestite, chrysoprase, coral, quartz, diamond,
flint, garnet, hematite, jade, jasper, jet, lapis lazuli, peridot, petrified
wood, sapphire, sodalite, staurolite, sugilite, sulfur, sunstone, topaz,
turquoise and red zircon.

Love: agate, alexandrite, amber, amethyst, beryl, calcite, chrysocolla, emerald,
jade, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, malachite, moonstone, olivine, pearl,
rhodocrosite, sapphire, shard topaz, pink tourmaline and turquoise

Money, wealth and prosperity: aventurine, bloodstone, calcite, cat’s eye,
chrysoprase, coal, emerald, jade, mother-of-pearl, olvine, opal, pearl, peridot,
ruby, salt, sapphire, spinel, staurolite, tiger eye, topaz, green tourmaline and
brown, green or red zircon

Purification: aquamarine and calcite

Travel: chalcedony and orange zircon

Wisdom: chrysocolla, coral, jade, sodalite and sugilite.

Pick the stones you feel most comfortable with. They can be used in spell work
or carried on your person. I have found either way effective. You don’t need to
be rich and to buy emeralds, rubies or sapphires to use in spell work. You don’t
need to have the most expensive or largest stones to work with; in fact the
ruby, emerald and sapphire I work with are not polished or cut. I think the most
I paid for them was a few dollars each. They all work wonderfully! One more
stone I use regularly is rose quartz. It is terrific for healing, finding love
and keeping the peace (all three of my children have one). It is a good stone
for finding comfort and peace of mind. I keep extra rose quartz on hand to give
to friends and family when they are in need.

Gemstone of the Day for April 15 is Tourmaline

Gemstone of the Day

Tourmaline

Powers & Magickal uses: Love, Friendship, Money, Business, Health, Peace, Energy, Courage, Astral Projection.
Pink Tourmaline:
Energy type: Receptive. Associated element: Water.
To attract lovers and promote friendship.
Red Tourmaline:
Energy type: Projective. Associated element: Fire.
Used to increase personal energy during rituals, and to increase courage.
Green Tourmaline:
Energy type: Receptive. Associated element: Earth.
Used to attract wealth and stimulate creativity.
Blue Tourmaline:
Energy type: Receptive. Associated element: Water.
Used to reduce stress.
Black Tourmaline:
Energy type: Receptive. Associated element: Earth.
Used to absorb negativity.
Watermelon Tourmaline:
Energy type: Projective & Receptive. Associated elements: Fire, Water.
Red and pink tourmaline encased in green tourmaline! Used to balance the energies within the body.
Tourmalated Quartz:
Energy type: Receptive. Associated element: Water.
Used to aid astral projection if placed under the pillow at night.