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History of Gemstones

The history of gems and humanity can be traced back to the beginning of civilization.  The most notable instance of this is the breastplate of the high priest in biblical times.  Kings, conquerors and rulers of the past and present have also sought after gemstones for their monetary and esoteric value as well.  This can be seen in the Crown jewels of England and the famous Hope Diamond.  In present times gemstones hold the same value and are seen as a status symbol.

Gems and crystals are composed of many different minerals; most of the Earth’s crust is formed of 3 of these minerals, oxygen, silicon and aluminum.  Oxygen and silicon make up 75% of the Earth’s surface.

The connection to humans is that we too are also made up of minerals.  Gems and crystals have electromagnetic fields that influence everything around them.  This allows them to interact with our own electromagnetic field by just being near us and also by direct contact to the skin.  For advanced effectiveness the gems and crystals can be set in pure electrolytes such as copper, silver, or gold, this will create an ionic balance in your system.

Connection between Gemstones and Astrology

We know that color frequencies affect human consciousness on a subtle level.  Therefore the frequencies of light in different colors can be used as a therapeutic tool on its’ own.  There are many stories from the Vedas, the oldest and largest body of text from India, describing the origin of crystals.  The most significant in regards to Astrology is from the Kurma Purana.  “It states that gems were created from the seven different kinds of rays of light emanating from the seven major planets of our solar system.

These rays were transmitted in seven colors of the rainbow: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.” [1]  If we are to assume that the human system is influenced by colors, vibrations and the celestial bodies of the solar system, including stars, an Astrologer can use a person’s natal horoscope to help understand that individual.

Vedic Astrology referred to as Jyotish in Sanskrit means the Science of Light and is the sister Science to Yoga and Ayurveda.  These systems were passed down orally and eventually written down in what is known as the Vedas (pure knowledge).  The great sage Parashara codified Jyotish into a system that can be used for interpretation and prediction.  The natal chart or horoscope is a blue print of the solar system at the time of birth.  It shows exactly where the five planets (Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn) Sun, Moon and two lunar nodes (Rahu and Ketu) are when you make your first entrance onto the earth plane.  The Zodiac or 12 constellations (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces) is also integral and divided into 12 “houses” that cover all aspects of life.  By interpreting the planets, Zodiac and houses Astrologers are able to interpret and make forecasts for clients.  One of the therapeutic tools available is to prescribe a remedial measure for a client.

Remedial measures are useful in order to enhance auspicious occurrences and alleviate any inauspicious or negative conditions in one’s chart.  Through understanding and action (karma), one is able to appease the planets and dispel or lesson the negative tendencies or influence.  This is similar to breaking a bad habit though conscious awareness and effort.

One of the remedial measures available is a gem prescription.  As mentioned above, the connection between gems and crystals and humans has a long history.  Not just through the mineral kingdom but also through the vibrations of color and light; the light inside yourself and emanating from the universe.

[Article by Lori Satter, gemologist]

[1] The Healing Power of Gemstones, Harish Johari