One of the best things about Vedic astrology or Jyotish is the fact that even though it’s based on karma, it’s not about resigning yourself to what’s seen in your chart.
Quite the opposite.
Jyotish has built-in means of actually adjusting the energies we see coming up. It does this by including remedies or upayas that you can use to enhance positive indications and help alleviate challenging ones.
These remedies include such things as herbs, scents, rituals, mantras, colors, and lifestyle changes.
But one of the most powerful and popular upayas is the use of gemstones.
Gemstones as Remedies
First, these are not the same as Western astrological gems. They are not chosen based solely on your birthday but instead on a thorough analysis of your entire chart.
And they aren’t just worn because they’re pretty — even though they can be breath-taking! Instead, they should be thought of as a powerful influence you can use as an effective tool.
Which Gemstones for You?
The main thing that a Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer) looks for in your chart is which planets are weak or otherwise afflicted. If they are friendly planets in your chart (each rising sign or lagna has its own particular set of friendly and unfriendly planets), then it’s good to strengthen them.
Especially if you are going into a planetary period or dasa of one of those planets (i.e. a time when that planet’s energies will be especially active), strengthening it can be an immense help.
Each planet rules one or two houses (i.e. life areas) and strengthening that planet also helps in the affairs related to that house, as well as anything else that planet represents or influences in your chart.
How to Use Vedic Gemstones
In Jyotish, gemstones are used in a very specific way.
First, they must be of Vedic quality, purchased from an authorized Vedic gemstone dealer. A stone that is flawed can actually cause harm rather than good.
You then wear them in such a way that they have constant contact with your skin. Most jewelers create settings such that the stone doesn’t touch your body so you need to use a jeweler who knows how to set stones specifically for this purpose.
Each different type of gemstone has its own requirements with respect to:
- Minimum size
- What metal it’s set in
- Whether it’s worn as a ring or pendant
- Which hand to wear it on
- Which finger to wear it on
- Which day to begin wearing it
- An auspicious day and time is chosen, as this is the “birth” of your relationship with that stone. It will always be on the day of the week that relates to that planet (a Sunday for Sun, a Monday for Moon, etc.)
- A ritual to practice upon first wearing. These can be quite simple and even self-designed, but they always require chanting of the corresponding planet’s mantra
- A way to cleanse them regularly
As you can see, a lot goes into harmonizing the energy of the gemstone with its intended purpose. For this reason, just as is true of a prescription for medicine, a Jyotish gemstone must be prescribed by a qualified Jyotishi.
You especially have to be careful wearing the stones for the malefics Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu, and to some degree, the Sun.
List of Gemstones by Planet
Take a look at each of these in turn. This is a small subset of what these planets may affect by their nature. Many more indications are apparent for each individual chart. As you do so, consider both sides of the coin, e.g. if it says confidence, that includes lack of confidence as well as over-confidence.
Ask yourself if you have issues related to the areas that each planet and its gemstone address. If so, that gemstone may be beneficial to you.
Note that I’m listing secondary semi-precious stones here as well as the primary precious gemstone. Those typically have to be used in higher “dosage” such as many of them in a strand or a huge one as a pendant. Sometimes they are more accessible than the more expensive precious gems so they should not be overlooked.
Primary: ruby; Secondary: garnet, spinel, sunstone, red zircon, red tourmaline
Influences: ego, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, self-worth, self-image, strength of will, courage, drive, motivation, identity, energy, digestion, heart, eyesight, bones, success, career, father, authorities
Primary: pearl; Secondary: cultured pearl, moonstone
Influences: receptivity, intuition, groundedness, emotional stability, sociability, intimacy, friendliness, contentment, moodiness, depression, negativity, clarity of mind, body fluids, weight, lungs, fertility, mother, home
Primary: red coral; Secondary: pink coral, carnelian, red jasper
Influences: energy and motivation, assertiveness, courage, anger or hidden resentment, aggressiveness, immune system, muscles, blood, injuries or accidents, male sexual vitality, brothers, neighborhood
Primary: emerald; Secondary: peridot, jade, green zircon, green tourmaline, aquamarine
Influences: adaptability, wit, intelligence, all forms of communication, commerce, speech, memory, analytical skills, education, self control, addictions, dependencies, subtle healing modalities, nervous system, skin, thyroid
Primary: yellow sapphire; Secondary: yellow topaz, citrine, yellow zircon, yellow tourmaline
Influences: joy, enthusiasm, optimism, will, faith, dharma, spirituality, compassion, friendliness, generosity, prosperity, wealth, fortune, grace, guru, husband for women, children, guru
Primary: diamond; Secondary: white sapphire, clear zircon, quartz crystal, white coral
Influences: beauty, charm, grace, refinement, sensitivity, harmony, love, affection, delight, romance, feminine qualities (for women) or relationships with women (for men), expression of feelings, artistic abilities, creativity, reproductive system, fertility, urinary tract, the beloved, partner, spouse
Primary: blue sapphire; Secondary: amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, blue zircon, blue tourmaline
Influences: calm, detachment, realism, stress, insomnia, ungroundedness, practicality, responsibility, commitment, consistency, endurance, difficulty from authorities, vitality, longevity, bones, chronicity
Primary: hessonite garnet; Secondary: other golden grossularite garnets
Influences: psychic disturbances, hypersensitivity, fear, anxiety, escapism, strange fantasies and imaginations, cloudy perceptions, easily influenced, out of touch, unwholesome pursuits, nervous or mental disorders
Primary: cat’s eye (chrysoberyl family); Secondary: quartz cat’s eye
Influences: psychic insight (or lack of), liberation, intuition, idealism, discrimination, concentration, perception, vision, self-destructive, constriction, contraction, freedom (or lack of), attachment to past, mysterious diseases
(Jyotish does not traditionally use the outer planets so there are no stones for them.)
So in conclusion, if you experience certain chronic issues or even if you just want to enhance what’s already working well, then consider getting a Jyotish “Gemstone Reading”. It can make all the difference!
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Patti Foy has been practicing Vedic astrology (Jyotish) professionally since 1998. She’s certified as an accredited Teacher and Tutor for both the American College of Vedic Astrology and the Council of Vedic Astrology where she received the title of Jyotish Visharada, CVA. You can contact her, read more of her articles, and access her intuitive guidance and transformational services (including but not limited to Jyotish) at her blog www.Lightspirited Being.com.
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