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The Power of Gemstones

After being reduced to ashes, Amitabh Bachhan rose like the Phoenix to once again reach the pinnacle of success. He was recently spotted wearing 2 blue sapphires on his middle finger, a topaz on his little finger and a smattering of other gemstones. How strong a role did these stones play in his success? 

We've all heard stories like: Oh, I was waiting for a verdict in my favour for a number of years. Then I wore this yellow sapphire, and within a week I got the good news! I don't know if it's because of the ring, but you never can tell. The 'science' of astrology is something that has fascinated Indians for centuries. Along with a craving for knowledge of what the future holds, the desire for love, luck and happiness pushes us towards Vedic astrology and numerology in the hope that we may somehow influence our destiny. Gemstones have been used for therapeutic purposes in accordance with astrology for centuries. While many scoff at the idea of gems exerting any influence over us, others have complete faith in this science. But before experimenting with stones, it is important to understand more about them. Do they really work? How do they work? 

The planets in their set orbits through the Milky Way constantly emit both positive and negative magnetic vibrations. Vedic astrology is the science that studies how these influences affect each person both for good and for ill, and how certain remedial agents like gemstones, metals and plants protect the body and mind. 

A play of colours

Planets radiate their energy and influence through colour. The astrological powers of gemstones are derived from the special cosmic influences of their associated ruling planets. The ancient gemological texts of India explain that white light is actually composed of nine colours, symbolic of the nine planets. The nine 'planets' for astrological purpose include:

  • Sun (which is essentially a star, and not a planet)
  • Moon (a satellite), 
  • Rahu (the north node of the moon)
  • Ketu (the south node of the moon)
  • Jupiter (brihaspati) 
  • Mercury (budha)
  • Venus (Shukra)
  • Saturn (shani)
  • Mars (mangal)
Each of these 9 'planets' exerts a particular influence on you, depending on their position at the time of your birth. Some planets have a strong influence on your life, while others have a weak influence. 

The 9 colours to correspond with the 9 planets include the primary colours, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red (which are visible in the form of a rainbow) and ultra-violet and infra-red (which remain invisible to the naked eye). 

How does this science work?

To take an example, Jupiter is associated with the colour BLUE. Most wealthy individuals possess a strong Jupiter in their horoscopes. If Jupiter is weak in your horoscope, you may be required to balance it out by wearing a natural yellow sapphire or topaz, as yellow stones transmit light blue colour waves. 

Similarly, Saturn is a very strong planet, and it influences one's work, employment and ageing. While it has a dark, malevolent nature, if properly balanced it can also induce great benefits. Saturn transmits its energy through VIOLET waves, which are found in gems like blue sapphires and amethysts. 

In this manner, gemstones are used to balance out the influence of planets. 

The positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto with regard to the earth and other plants at the time of your birth are considered inconsequential, and these planetary positions of these planets are not considered in any astrological calculation. 

Why gems?

Gemstones are the most natural means of transmitting colour waves to your body. They encourage the transmission of pure colour, and can be worn permanently, thus ensuring a constant influence. Thus when wearing a gemstone, care should be taken to insure that it is kept in constant contact with the skin, and it should not be removed. If wrongly worn, the stones may even have an adverse reaction on your health. The blue sapphire is an especially powerful stone, and should not be worn unless it suits you. Remember, Princess Diana was gifted a huge blue sapphire ring by Dodi moments before stepping into the car, which ultimately let to a fatal crash. 

Here is a rough guide as to what stones correspond with your sun sign.
Aries Ruby
Taurus Sapphire
Gemini Aquamarine
Cancer Moonstone and pearl 
Leo Topaz
Virgo Green or white jade
Libra Opal
Scorpio Bloodstone
Sagittarius Turquoise 
Capricorn Diamond and onyx
Aquarius Mixed azurite, malachite
Pisces emerald and amethyst 

To find out which gemstone suits you, it is best to consult an experienced astrologer. Wear the stones carefully and enjoy the benefits of this powerful science for the rest of your life.

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