About Gems Stone

The love of precious stones is deeply implanted in the human heart and the cause of this must be sought not only in their coloring and brilliancy but also in their durability. The sheen and coloration of precious stones are the same today as they were thousands of years ago and will be for thousands of years to come. In a world of change the permanence has a charm of its own that was early appreciated.

Gems have been used at different times and among different peoples, in various ways and some of the curious ideas and fancies have gathered around them. Many of these strange ideas may seem strange enough to us now.

The influence exerted by precious stones was assumed in medieval times without question. Auto-suggestion may also afford an explanation that is mysterious in the effects attributed to precious stones, for if the wearer be firmly convinced that the gem he is wearing produces certain results, this conviction will impress itself upon his thought and hence upon his every organism. 

He will really experience the influence, and the effects will manifest themselves just as powerfully as though they were caused by vibrations or emanations from the material body of the stones.

The use of precious stones in early times as amulets and talismans is shown in many ancient records, and several scholars have assumed that the belief in the magi efficacy of stones gave rise to their use as personal adornment.

For the middle ages and even down to the seventeenth century, the talismanic virtues of precious stones were believed in by high and low, by princes and peasants, by the learned as well as the ignorant. The true explanation is to be found in the prevailing idea that an occult sympathy exists between the stone and the wearer.

The present age could afford us nearly as many examples of faith in talisman and amulets as any epoch in the past, if the people are willing to confess their beliefs. It is only very rarely that purely intellectual conception can satisfy us; they must be given some external, palpable and visible form to exert their greater influence.  

Stones in Astrology

The old sacred science of Astrology is based on the idea that there is a correspondence between the positions of the planets and the signs of the zodiac on one hand and the events occurring on the other. Furthermore, there is a relation between each planet and each sign with every person and every object on this earth, so that everything earthly has its correspondence with something in the heavens.

Astrologers of today are of the opinion that an influence is coming down from the heavenly bodies in the form of some sort of radiation. It is sufficient to believe that there is some sort of correspondence, so that what happens to a particular planet or sign will correspond with some event concerning persons or things ruled by that planet or sign.

It would thus appear a simple matter to make a list of rulerships of particular things, and say that when, for example, a planet has good aspect, it will be lucky for a particular object, which corresponds with that planet. Astrologers do tell, for certain people born at a certain time, a particular stone will be lucky, or that on a particular day it will be advisable for everyone to wear a particular stone.

Unfortunately, the matter is not so simple as all this. Granted that planets and signs correspond with precious stones, we will find that different authors gave different relationship for the same. It is not that some authors are right and some are wrong, but it is partly because there are different scales of correspondence and under one circumstance one scale should be applied, whilst under another, a different scale holds good. Under ordinary circumstances, of course, there are nevertheless certain gems under certain planets, just as there are certain plants, certain animals and certain types of human beings.

From the earliest times in man’s history, gems and precious stones have been in great esteem. The astrologers of ages gone by found much in the matter of gems that we have already come to forgetting. With them each gem possessed certain planetary attractions peculiar to itself, certain affinities with various virtues and a zodiacal concordance with the seasons of the year. Moreover, these early sages were firm believers in the influence of gems in one’s nativity-that the evil in the world could be kept for contaminating a child properly protected by wearing the appropriate talismanic, natal and zodiacal gems. The idea that the birth stones possess a certain indefinable, but nonetheless real significant value, has long been present and still exercises a spell over the gifted minds.

The wearing of the appropriate zodiacal gem was always believed to strengthen the influence of the zodiacal sign/planet upon those born under it, and to afford a sympathetic medium for the transmission of the stellar influence, the gem thus something more than a mere symbol of the sign/planet. The material form and color of the stone was believed to attract the favor and grace of the saint or angel.

Metals and precious stones usually lie with their seeds deep down in the earth and require continuous moisture and mild heat. This they obtain through a reflection of the Sun and the other stars in the manifold movements of the heavens. Therefore, also, the metals and precious stones are nearest related to the planets and the stars, since these influence them potently and produce their peculiar qualities, for they are enduring and unchangeable and show their concordance with the stars and the planets.

The nature of the magnet is in iron and the nature of the iron is in the magnet, and that nature of that polar stars is in both iron and magnet, and hence the nature of the iron and the magnet is also in both the polar stars, and since they are Martian, that is to say, their region belongs to Mars, so do both iron and magnet belong to Mars.

Hence it is that the influence over human fortunes ascribed by astrology to the heavenly bodies is conceived to be strengthened by wearing the gem appropriate to certain planets or signs for a subtle emanation has passed into the stone and radiates from it. A combination of several different gems, each partaking of special quality, was believed to have an influence similar to that exercised by several planets in conjunction, that is grouped in the same “house” or division of the heavens.

In ancient Hindu astrology, nine planets were referred to. These included the Sun and Moon, which, however, are also termed luminaries and also two shadow planets-Rahu (Dragon’s Head) and Ketu (Dragon’s Tail), being situated at the Moon’s nodes and thus responsible for eclipses. Today Rahu and Ketu are imported in Western astrology and used therein. Besides these nine planets o0f ancient Hindu Astrology, in modern times, three more have been discovered-Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and are being used by today’s astrologers.

The whole theory, whether consciously or unconsciously, rested on the idea of harmony, of the accord of certain ethereal vibrations, either those of the visible light of the stars and planets or the purely psychic emanations from the spiritual “powers and principalities”.

The virtues attributed to each particular stone, more especially the therapeutic virtues, rendered it necessary to recommend the wearing of one or the other, according to the disease from which the person was suffering, for his/her dearest wish. The belief in the special virtues of the stones was paramount.

Stones in Healing

Most precious and semiprecious stones and jewels have, since days antiquity, been associated with healing. Though many jewels and stones are not used in medicine in a physical sense, as they were in ancient and medieval times, they have retained their power, through the centuries, to heal in the deeply mystical way known to the healers of old. The medicinal use of precious stones may be traced back to very ancient times. It has been conjectured that their employment for such purposes was introduced to Europe from India, whence many of the stones were derived. Either the color or the constitution of the stone originally indicated its use for this or that disease. That gems or stones, when applied to the body, exert an action upon it is well proven by the experience of many persons, that any-one who doubt this must be called over-bold. We have proof of this power in the Carnelian, Hematite and the Jasper, all of which when applied, check hemorrhage. It may also be possible that many virtues not possessed by gems are falsely ascribed to them.

A distinction is often made between the talismanic qualities of precious stones for the cure or prevention of diseases and the medical use of them as mineral substances. In the former case the effect was attained by merely wearing them on the person, while in the later cases they were reduced to a power, which was dissolved as far as possible in water or some other liquid and then taken internally. As, however, the end to be attained is the same whether the stone be worn or taken internally as a powder or liquid, it seems more logical to treat both these methods of therapeutic use together.

The belief in the curative properties of precious stones was at one time universal among all those whom gems were known. When we read today of the various ills that were supposed to be cured by the use of these gems, we find it difficult to understand what process of thought could have suggested the idea of employing such ineffectual remedies. It is true that the constituents of certain stones can be absorbed by the human body and have a definite effect upon it, but the greater part of the elements are so combined that they cannot be assimilated, and they pass through the system without producing any apparent effect.

In ancient and medieval times, however, other than chemical agencies were supposed to be efficient in the cure of diseases and the primitive animistic conception of disease, long held sway among those who practiced the medical art. Remedies were prized because of their rarity, and also because it was believed that certain spiritual or planetary influences had aided in their production and were latent in them. Besides this, the symbolism of color played a very important part in recommending the use of particular stones for special diseases.

Stones in Religion

Very early and very naturally, the religious nature of man led to the use of precious stones in connection with worship. Precious stones are not only endowed with life, they also are subject to disease, old age and death; “they even take offence if an injury be done to them, and become rough and pale”. That precious stones had sense and feeling was quite generally believed in medieval times.

A common belief was that spirits, good or bad, dwelt in the stones, and in case a great misfortune befell a family, this was sometimes laid to the change of such a spirit. When these objects had once been worn, there was a disposition to attribute certain happenings to their influence and power, and in this way there arose a belief in their efficacy, and finally that they were abodes of powerful spirits.

In ancient times, gems were supposed to possess mystic and occult powers and always endowed with the power to influence destinies for weal or woe, and modern science, far from doing away with these ideas, has rather seemed to find a good reason for them.

The precious stones could, under certain circumstances, lose the powers inherent in them was firmly believed in medieval times. If handled or even gazed by impure persons or sinners some of the virtues of the stones departed from them. Therefore, in order to restore their positive virtue it might become necessary to sanctify them, and a kind of ritual serving this purpose has been preserved in several old treatises.

The Hindu regarded an imperfectly shaped gem as a bringer of ill luck to the owner. Virtue of every gem depended upon its perfection, and they regarded a poor or defective stone as a source of unhappiness and misfortune.

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