|The late Liz Taylor loved a bit of bling |
- but did she know how much
energy those little rocks contained?
Since time immemorial, humans have longed to possess shiny, sparkling rocks. Gems and crystals have always stirred the human imagination.
It was not only their indestructibility, the vivid colours or the mysteriously regular geometrical patterns that attracted people to them; people wearing gemstone jewellery intuitively recognised that these precious stones held a powerful key to their wellbeing. It is likely that, over time, these healing qualities were systematically explored.
|An Indian amulet |
studded with carnelians.
But this knowledge ceased to be part of Western astrology centuries ago. Western European astrologers were once familiar with the lore of planetary gemstones and celestial magic, too, but the onset of rationalism in the middle of the 17th century put an end to this practice.
|An Ancient Egyptian scarab |
made of lapis lazuli.
To understand how astrological gemstones work, we have to take a close look at one of the first principles of astrology itself – light.
|Genesis 1: And God said, “Let there be light,” |
and there was light. God saw that the light
was good, and he separated
the light from the darkness.
Further divisions of the cosmos, resulting in the four elements (Fire, Air, Earth and Water), the three modes (moveable, fixed and mutable signs), and the 12 zodiac signs (3x4), provide a perfect reflection of nature itself.
Having recognised the basic patterns symbolised by the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, we find that the following number, five, corresponds with the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury. Adding the lights (Sun and Moon) brings us up to number seven.
|The Koh-i-Noor Diamond - |
like all diamonds it has an
octahedronal crystal structure.
The basic idea taken from the above is the fact that the perfectly pure unit, being the source of everything, constantly creates by dividing, adding and multiplying. When manifestation takes place, the essence splits into several different parts. This can be compared to light, splitting into the colours of the rainbow when shining through a prism.
Our seven planets, or their corresponding gemstones, being in a more manifest stage on the path of creation, symbolise these seven parts of divine light or essence. As these planets can be in different positions in the astrological chart, the astrologer can find out how well their essential natures are expressed at any given point. This is known as essential dignity or debility.
Once the astrologer has established which planet in the client’s chart is essentially debilitated or afflicted by a transiting planet, a progression or other events, the appropriate gemstone or crystal in the shape or form of a ring, pendant or any other suitable piece of jewellery should be worn during the time of affliction.
Because gemstones are more essentially pure than human beings, the application of a chosen crystal or stone can have a positive, uplifting or transforming effect on the person wearing it.
Some of the most important gemstones and their planetary correspondences are:
|Why be discreet when |
you could have GLAMOUR?
These are from a recent auction at Christie's.
Ruby, Amber – Sun
Opal – Mercury
Hematite, Garnet – Mars
Amethyst, Hyacinth – Jupiter
Jet, Onyx – Saturn
Emerald, Beryl – Venus
Moonstone, Pearl – Moon
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Here are a couple of previous OA posts on gems.
What is the point of your astrology?
Royal Wedding: The Bling of Power