March Birth Stones

Since 1912 the official U.S. “modern” birthstone list has been the American National Association of Jewelers, which is used by jewlers to define the month stones.

Two other lists include the mystical birthstones which are originally from Tibet and date back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.

March Birthstones
Modern – Aquamarine: Associated with the Throat chakra, aquamarine helps overcome the fear of speaking. Aquamarine encourages service and healing to the world and to humanity. It’s energy is compassionate and supports taking responsibility for ones’ actions. In stressful situations that demand compromise and negotiation, it can provide strength and courage while speaking with clarity and reason. It is sometimes used to heal or soothe anxiety.

Mystical – Jade: Jade is the ultimate “Dream Stone,” said to help one understand dreams. It’s also used to access the spiritual world and is often used to better comprehend the meaning of rituals. Jade has long been used as a protective talisman and powerful healing stone. It is said to bring good luck and wisdom while releasing the negative. Jade has long been a symbol of love and virtue.

Ayurvedic – Bloodstone: In antiquity Bloodstone was called Heliotrope, the Sun Stone and said to bestow the blessing of healing. It was reputed to have a coagulant effect that could cure most wounds and was carried for protection and courage. Heliotrope was used ground or powdered, and mixed with honey to cure tumors, draw out snake venom and staunch hemorrhages.

In the Middle Ages Heliotrope became known as the “Blood Stone” was said to have been formed at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when the blood of his wounds fell onto the dark green earth and turned to stone. It was also believed to have magical properties with the ability to control the weather.

April Birth Stones

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list has been used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.

April Birthstones

*Modern and Ayurvedic – Diamond: The diamond is a symbol of perfection and illumination. On the spiritual level it’s said to activate the Crown Chakra which can activate your inner vision and open the mind to new possibilites. The hardness of the stone has been associated with strength, purity, faithfulness and protection.

*Mystical – Opal: The brilliant flashes of the fire opal are said to inspire love, hope, innocence, purity and luck. In ancient times it was believed the opal embraced the virtues of all of the gemstones whose colors were reflected in the flashes. Spiritually, the opal is said to bring the full spectrum of light energy thereby clearing and soothing the aura

May Birth Stones

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list has been used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.


Modern –
Emerald. The Emerald is said to influence the mind by improving memory, intelligence, and enhancing the ability to see the future and help with spiritual guidance. It is also calming and rumored to be good for people who suffer from anxiety or insecurity. Folklore suggests that Emeralds are also worn to enhance love and contentment. Cleopatra prized emeralds above all other gems.


Mys
tical – Blue Sapphire. Blue Sapphire is said to promote dreaming, astral travel and the ability to bring information into consciousness. This stone is used for healing and spiritual growth. Healers sometimes use Blue Sapphire with the throat chakra to promote communication, and self expression.  Blue Sapphire fosters loyalty, commitment, and fidelity. According the Bible, Blue Sapphire was one of the original stones in the breast plate of the High Priests.

 

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Ayurvedic Agate, which can come in many different colors.
Agate has been found with the remains of humans from as early as 20,000-16,000 B.C. The Egyptians used agates prior to 3000 B.C. for talismans, jewelry and house decorations. Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible. Farmers, soldiers and even magicians used agates for good luck and to please gods. Agates have been used to see the future, for health and to enhance creativity.

June Birth Stones

Ah, June, the beginning of summer. You can almost taste the corn on the cob and feel the sun on your shoulders. In the Pacific Northwest we still will have cool days and some rain, but the days are long with sunrise at 5am and sunset after 9pm! Enjoy the Summer Solstice, June 21!

The energy of June is about making choices regarding home, love and compassion. As you move into the Solstice decide what you want to release, including relationships that no longer serve you. If you feel trapped, remember there is always an opening, a way out. Have courage and find that way.

June feels like a feminine month and the pearl and moonstone birthstones really reflect that. I became curious about the recent auction of the “Sleeping Lion” pearl, recently sold at auction for $494,000. It’s the largest known fresh water pearl at 2.75 inches and 5.4 oz. The pearl originated in China and was owned by Russian empress Catherine the Great. After being traded around Europe for many generations it was sold in 1979 to the Amsterdam Pearl Society which recently auctioned it off.

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list has been used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.

June is an unusual birthstone month in all three traditions. Modern, Mystical and Ayurvedic name both the pearl and moonstone as the birthstones options. Another stone, alexandrite is also listed as a June birthstone in some birthstone charts.

The pearl and moonstone are both connected to the moon in the sky and the Divine Feminine.


Pearl –
There are both fresh water and salt water pearls and, unless a pearl is a rare vintage, has been farmed.

Pearls are unusual in that they are created by a living being in the water. Perhaps because they are formed in the water and are fairly delicate, they are considered a feminine stone that is ruled by the moon and water.

As such, pearls are said to work with the lunar cycles to help balance the body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels. It is also said to help nurture true love, especially with discovering love and caring for your own self.

Pearls can calm emotions and quiet negative thoughts and feelings, anxiety and uneasiness.

Peals are often given as a gift of love to demonstrate loyalty and sincerity.

 


Moonstone
– The Romans believed that moonstone was formed from the light of the moon. In many parts of India the moonstone is still held sacred and holds special significance for lovers. In many cultures this stone is credited with bringing good fortune and protection for women and children.

Because of the relationship to the moon in the sky it’s been connected to women’s cycles and health issues, as well as with enhancing intuition and emotional healing.

Moonstone can be emotionally calming and help in releasing frustrations brought on by emotional triggers to clear the mind for taking appropriate action.

Moonstone can be a tool as you work to increase your intuition and psychic abilities.

 


Alexandrite
is considered a “new” stone in that it was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1830 and was named for the former czar Alexander II.

Alexandrite is unusual in that the color changes according to the light. It can be red to violet in some light, and then the same stone can turn to green in a different light. Because it is such a rare and expensive stone there are many synthetic alexandrite gemstones on the market.

Alexandrite is said to be especially useful while working to heal the chakras and as a calming stone. Perhaps because of the magic of changing colors, Alexandrite is a joyful gem that prompts your imagination and can help you find emotional maturity as you become attuned to your inner voice.

July Birth Stones

I use birthstones as an excuse to highlight different stones in the course of the year. Remember, you can use the energy of the stone at any time, no matter when you were born.

This month’s stone is the passionate, courageous Ruby. The color red is often associated with the root chakra and the physical world.  It can assist in grounding your energy and stimulating healing energy, as well as activating your sexual drive.


Ruby –
Esoterically Ruby is said to be protective and resistant to negative energy. Turn to ruby when your energy is depleted or you want to call in more passion to your life.


Carnelian –
In the ancient cultures of Arabic civilization the July birthstone is Carnelian. Carnelian was said to guard against evil, and should disaster befall a traveler to guard the soul after death. Similar to the Ruby, Carnelian is said to help purify the blood, as well as relieving menstrual cramps and associated back pain. It was sometimes worn to help cure fertility and increase passion.


Onyx – In the old world of Hebrew, Italian and Roman cultures Onyx is the July birthstone. In some very early civilizations Onyx was feared. In China Onyx was considered such bad luck that only those with no other way to make a living went into the Onyx mines. And then the Onyx was sent to faraway lands where it was not feared. Onyx now is use to integrate the dualities within the individual.  It is used to build up mental and physical strength to help the user be in control by helping one center and connect with one’s High Self. Onyx has intense energy that may be challenging for everyday wear.

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.

August Birth Stones

I use birthstones as an excuse to highlight different stones in the course of the year. Remember, you can use the energy of the stone at any time, no matter when you were born.


Modern – Peridot –
Peridot is the only stone that comes in only one color, although the green/yellow comes in various shades.
Peridot is said to be the stone that helps one cultivate a positive attitude and protects the wearer from negativity, and as such, reduces stress. Indo-Iranians, Vedic and Persian cultures valued Peridot for ritual cleansings and healings.


Mystical – Diamond – Diamonds are said to magnify energy of other crystal healing tools. Diamonds do not lose their power or luster over time. Since ancient times diamonds have represented the purity and faithfulness of love. Diamonds are a symbol of abundance in physical life.


Ayurvedic – Sapphire –
Sapphire is said to promote dreaming, astral travel and the ability to bring the information into consciousness. This stone is used for healing and spiritual growth. Healers sometimes use Blue Sapphire with the throat chakra to promote communication, and self expression. Blue Sapphire fosters loyalty, commitment, and fidelity. According the Bible, Blue Sapphire was one of the original stones in the breast plate of the High Priests.

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.

 

September Birth Stones

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.


Modern: Sapphire

Blue Sapphire is said to promote dreaming, astral travel and the ability to bring the information into consciousness. This stone is used for healing and spiritual growth. Healers sometimes use Blue Sapphire with the throat chakra to promote communication, and self expression. Blue Sapphire fosters loyalty, commitment, and fidelity. According the Bible, Blue Sapphire was one of the original stones in the breast plate of the High Priests.

Black Sapphire brings the wisdom of confidence in one’s own intuition. It is protective and grounding, relieves anxiety and sorrow, and is a talisman for seeking and maintaining employment.

Green Sapphire brings the wisdom of fidelity and integrity. It encourages compassion for others, stimulates vision, and improves dream recall.

Orange or Padparadsha Sapphire brings the wisdom of loving creation from the heart to the world. It unites one’s creativity, sensuality and spirituality, and is a talisman of artists, writers and singers.

Pink Sapphire brings the wisdom of resilience. It stimulates emotions and encourages love, forgiveness, and release of the past. It honors acceptance and strength of heart.

Violet Sapphire brings the wisdom of spiritual awakening. It stimulates meditation, opens the Crown Chakra and allows the kundalini to rise unimpeded. It initiates oneness and peace.

White Sapphire brings wisdom and strength of spirit, providing the inner resolve needed in overcoming difficult obstacles to one’s spiritual path. It brings clarity to the mind, and communication with higher guidance.

Yellow Sapphire brings wisdom and prosperity. It not only assists in bringing financial abundance, but stimulates the inner will through the solar plexus to creatively focus and manifest one’s goals and ambitions.


Mystical – Agate

Agate, which can come in many different colors. This stone is said to be excellent to use for inner peace, strength and protection against negativity which can bring you down, making it brilliant for people who often worry needlessly.

Agate has been found with the remains of humans from as early as 20,000-16,000 B.C. The Egyptians used agates prior to 3000 B.C. for talismans, jewelry and house decorations. Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible. Farmers, soldiers and even magicians used agates for good luck and to please gods. Agates have been used to see the future, for health and to enhance creativity.


Ayurvedic – Moonstone

Moonstone – The Romans believed that moonstone was formed from the light of the moon. In many parts of India the moonstone is still held sacred and holds special significance for lovers. In many cultures this stone is credited with bringing good fortune and protection for women and children.

Because of the relationship to the moon in the sky it’s been connected to women’s cycles and health issues, as well as with enhancing intuition and emotional healing.

Moonstone can be emotionally calming and help in releasing frustrations brought on by emotional triggers to clear the mind for taking appropriate action.

Moonstone can be a tool as you work to increase your intuition and psychic abilities.

October Birth Stones

Modern Opal and Tourmaline


Opal –
The brilliant flashes of the fire opal are said to inspire love, hope, innocence, purity and luck. In ancient times it was believed it embraced the virtues of all of the gemstones whose colors were reflected in the flashes. Spiritually, the opal is said to bring the full spectrum of light energy, thereby clearing and soothing the aura.


Tourmaline – Tourmaline is multicolored, most frequently from a black or blue on one end to a pink at the other end. Legends say that tourmaline journeys through the rainbow and collects the colors as it travels along a rainbow. The watermelon tourmaline displays the blue of one end and the pink of the other end of the rainbow.
Black tourmaline is considered a protective stone and believed to strengthen the body and spirit. It is also thought to inspire creativity.
The watermelon tourmaline, which is rarer, is thought to protect the heart and balance the chakras.


Mystical Jasper

Jasper is the elemental earth stone and is said to align with the electromagnetic energies of earth. The energy of jasper tends to slow one down to the rotation of the planet and to connect with the energies of the moment. It can help one connect the physical and spiritual world.

Aurvedic: Opal (see above)

November Birth Stones

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.


Modern and
Ayurvedic – Yellow Topaz, also known as Golden Topaz and Imperial Topaz, is said to be useful as an aid to manifest your intentions to bring what is in your highest good. Yellow Topaz is useful for your Solar Plexus Chakra which is your the third chakra located behind your belly button. This chakra is important for your empowerment. The energy center holds your relationship to your self-esteem and confidence.


Modern – Citrine
is also connected to empowerment. It can be used to dissolve feelings of loneliness or being unworthy of love. Citrine is energetically connected to the sun and is considered a happy stone. It’s said to remove all kinds of negative emotional energy. Citrine is also connected to the solar plexus (see above).


Mystical – Pearl
is said to work with your solar plexus and throat chakras enhancing communication. This stone will help you discover and use your hidden potentials and it has the power to make decisions and communicate through both your heart and mind. The Pearl is said to work with the lunar cycles to help balance body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels. It is also said to help nurture love of your own self. Pearls can calm emotions and quiet the negative thoughts and feelings, anxiety and uneasiness.

December Birth Stones

*Modern – Turquoise is considered to be a sacred stone by many cultures and to have powerful healing powers to help center a person, relieve stress and moderate excesses. Many Native Americans,Tibetan healers and shamans use turquoise in healing and ceremonies to support clarity and enhance trust.


Mystical – Black Onyx
is considered to be one of the most powerful stones for protection. It is said to absorb negative energy and can be used as a talisman to avert the drain of personal energy. It can also be used near doors and windows to protect against invasive negative energy from outside. Black onyx is especially good in times of stress and grief and can help relieve confusion.


Ayurvedic – Ruby

Ruby is said to be related to sexual and life passion, strength and physical energy. It can be used to boost your energy level, intuition and spiritual insight. It is sometimes considered to be a good luck stone because it represents good fortune, love and loyalty. Ruby can help to motivate your intentions and goals.

*Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.