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Birthstone

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Supernatural powers have been attributed to objects since ancient times. Gemstones—precious and semi-precious—have been so assigned by astrologers and magicians for thousands of years. The Greeks and Romans believed that there was a force inherent in the stones.

The particular power attributed to a stone is usually based on the stone's color. For this reason there are frequently a number of different stones equally useful for various purposes. For example, in gem therapy ruby, garnet, and red coral would all be useful for the heart and for blood circulation and stimulation, as their red color corresponds to that of blood. Because blue is believed to having a calming effect, sapphire, beryl, lapis lazuli, were used against fevers.

Stones are also associated with birth dates and, as birthstones, are believed to have potency for those people born under their particular zodiacal sign. To carry your birthstone is to ensure good luck, health and prosperity. Medieval astrology established such a relationship, although the particulars have been changed over the years to accommodate availability of the stones, their cost, and even their popularity.

Originally it was suggested that the stones corresponded to those on the Breastplate of Aaron, the Jewish High Priest, but this does not hold up under scrutiny. The twelve stones were also said to represent the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac, and were set in four rows of three. According to the instructions given in Exodus 28:17-20, the stones were arranged as follows: Sardius, Topaz, and Carbuncle in the first row; Emerald, Sapphire, and Diamond in the second; Ligure, Agate, and Amethyst in the third; and Beryl, Onyx, and Jasper in the fourth. But these names do not necessarily equate with the names used today. For example, the "sapphire" of the Bible was more probably lapis lazuli rather than what we now know as sapphire, and "diamond" was probably what we now know as white topaz.

Birthstones, then, are not constant; they change over the generations. Here are the associations according to some magicians and Witches:

AriesRuby, Bloodstone, Red Jasper
TaurusGolden Topaz, Coral, Emerald
GeminiCrystal, Carbuncle, Aquamarine
CancerEmerald, Moonstone
LeoRuby, Sardonyx, Amber
VirgoPink Jasper, Turquoise, Zircon
LibraOpal, Diamond
ScorpioAgate, Garnet, Topaz
SagittariusAmethyst
CapricornBlack-and-white Onyx, Beryl, Jet
AquariusBlue Sapphire
PiscesDiamond, Jade

If you wish to be directed by the day of the week on which you were born, then the following are the gems associated with the days:

SundayGold and Yellow gems
MondayPearls and all white stones
TuesdayRubies and all red stones
WednesdayTurquoise, Sapphire, and all blue stones
ThursdayAmethyst and all purple stones
FridayEmerald and all green stones
SaturdayDiamond, also black stones

David and Julia Parker give the following, as the stones associated with the zodiac signs:

AriesDiamond
TaurusSapphire
GeminiAgate
CancerPearl
LeoRuby
VirgoSardonyx
LibraSapphire
ScorpioOpal
SagittariusTopaz
CapricornTurquoise
AquariusAmethyst
PiscesMoonstone

To complicate the issue, many authorities give the calendar months rather than the zodiacal signs. For example, Arthur Edward Waite, writing as "Grand Orient" in The Book of Destiny (University Books, 1972) gives the following:

JanuaryGarnet, Zircon
FebruaryPearl, Amethyst
MarchJasper, Ruby
AprilDiamond, Sapphire
MayAquamarine
JuneAgate
JulyRuby, Cornelian
AugustMoonstone, Sardonyx
SeptemberChrysolite, Sapphire
OctoberOpal
NovemberTopaz
DecemberMalachite, Turquoise

The Encyclopedia Britannica agrees on some of these, giving a table of both traditional and modern stones:

Month Traditional Modern Synthetic
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Bloodstone Aquamarine Aquamarine
April Diamond White Sapphire
May Emerald Emerald Emerald
June Pearl Alexandrite Cultured Pearl
July Ruby Ruby August
August Sardonyx Peridot Peridot
September Sapphire Sapphire
October Opal Tourmaline Rozircon (pink or green)
November Topaz Topaz Quartz Topaz (citrine)
December Turquoise Zircon Zircon

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