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Zodiac Gemstones

Zodiac Gemstones

Early civilizations in both India and Babylon as far back as 3000 BC attributed rare and beautiful gemstones with magical properties. The early gem buyers sought advice from astrologers first, in hopes that they could influence the forces that were identified with the planets in their favor. There was no formal classification of gemstones, a gem was assigned each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone.The Indian and Babylonian systems both linked the ruling planets with their corresponding gems. Giving rise to the zodiac type system that we use today.

Josephus in his writings, proclaimed a connection between the twelve stones in the High Priest’s breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac. It was not until the 18th century in Poland, that there is any documentation of people actually wearing birth stones or zodiac stones. People wore or carried gemstones at first, for their therapeutic and medicinal properties. These properties were then associated with characteristics of the zodiac, making them talismans for those born in the same months.

Stones in the High Priest's Breastplate

 

Birth MonthZodiacBreastplate PlacementZodiac GemstoneQuick Characteristics

January

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

 Stone 11

Beryl

 Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous

February

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

 Stone 12

Jasper

Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive

March

(Mar 21- Apr 19)

 Stone 1

Carnelian

Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious

April

(Apr 20 – May 20)

 Stone 2

Peridot

Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience

May

(May 21 – Jun 20)

 Stone 3

Emerald

Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable

June

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

 Stone 4

Ruby

Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective

July

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

 Stone 5

Lapis Lazuli

Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative

August

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

 Stone 6

Onyx

Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful

September

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

 Stone 7

Sapphire

Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection

October

 (Oct 24 – Nov 21)

 Stone 8

Agate

Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding

November

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

 Stone 9

Amethyst

Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism

December

 (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

 Stone 10

Topaz

Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful

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