March 31, 2015
 
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Rock On: Powerful Gemstones for Every Sign

Gemstones are more than just pretty ornaments. These natural, earth-based beauties also have the power to heal, protect, relax and clarify, and certain gemstones are particularly beneficial for each Sun sign (not to mention your Moon and Rising signs as well).


Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Diamond: Like Aries, a sign known for its strength and survival skills, the diamond is the hardest of the gems. It carries masculine energy, evoking your inner warrior and helping you to pursue your goals and persevere in challenging times. Considered the stone of innocence and purity, this precious gem also assists you with attaining spiritual clarity and speaking your heart's truth. Associated with wealth, the diamond can help you attract abundance in all areas of life.
Bloodstone: A deep green stone with red specks, bloodstone (also known as heliotrope) can help calm, center and ground overwrought Aries energy, especially in survival situations. Bloodstone is traditionally associated with many healing properties, including removing energy blocks, releasing emotional traumas and aligning the chakras. It is said to increase courage and enhance the intellect, while lessening confusion and anxiety.
Additional gemstones associated with Aries: jasper, ruby, carnelian, garnet

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Amber: Amber is not actually a stone but the petrified resin of trees that once grew in forests along the Baltic sea -- appropriately earthy origins for nature-loving Taurus. Amber's gold-orange color is known for grounding and stabilizing higher spiritual energies into the physical body. Its influence is simultaneously calming and energizing, enhancing patience, protection and balance. Amber is said to absorb negative energy, thereby promoting the body's ability to heal itself.
Rose quartz: Traditionally associated with Venus, the planetary ruler of Taurus, this beautiful pink stone opens and heals the heart. Rose quartz is recommended for all love-related matters, whether you are recovering from a painful relationship, interested in attracting a new romance, or simply looking to get in touch with your true feelings. Rose quartz can strengthen self-worth, thereby helping you feel deserving of love. Its gentle vibration radiates peace and calm, soothing sensitive emotions.
Additional gemstones associated with Taurus: turquoise, blood coral, emerald, sapphire

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Agate: Mentally active (and sometimes hyperactive) Gemini can benefit from the grounding and calming influence of this stone. By strengthening the body's connection to the earth, Agates enhance courage and vitality while protecting from energy drains and stress. Considered a stone of harmony, the Agate can inspire the Twins' multiple personalities to come into a state of balance and integration. Carry or wear agate when you have to make an important decision -- this stone will sharpen your sight, stimulate your intellect and dispel fears.
Citrine: Appropriate for brainy Gemini, citrine was traditionally called the stone of the mind. Citrine enhances mental clarity and opens the mind to new ways of thinking. By strengthening the intellect, this stone diminishes irrational mood swings and promotes a sense of well-being and self-confidence. Citrine is also known as the lucky "Merchant's Stone," bringing success and prosperity, especially in the realm of business and commerce.
Additional gemstones associated with Gemini: chrysoprase, pearl, moonstone, white sapphire

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Moonstone: This magical gemstone is, not surprisingly, associated with the Moon, Cancer's planetary ruler. Moonstone is said to absorb the healing power of the Moon, and the most powerful time to wear it is during a Full Moon. Moonstone offers protection for Cancer's sensitive nature while enhancing intuition, feminine energies and psychic abilities. Considered a stone of inner growth and spiritual perception, moonstone is an excellent ally during meditation. Additionally, moonstone brings success in both love and business.
Pearl: Cancer's ever-shifting emotional tides are supported by the pearl, which attunes its wearer to the ebb and flow of life while providing a calming and centering influence. Traditionally called the "Mother Stone," the pearl resonates with Cancer's maternal energy, fostering motherly love and protection. Pearls are also said to increase fertility. On a material level, they attract fame and wealth.
Additional gemstones associated with Cancer: emerald, ruby

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Tourmaline: Tourmaline is often associated with the heart, the part of the body ruled by Leo. This stone can help you open yourself to love and it enhances compassion, happiness and serenity. Leo is a naturally creative sign, and tourmaline provides added inspiration -- or can help jumpstart the process if you're feeling blocked. Tourmaline strengthens your ability to manifest your goals, and it attracts abundance and prosperity as it makes others more receptive to your talents. Traditionally used as a meditation stone, tourmaline is also considered helpful for channeling.
Carnelian: Carnelian's warm red-orange color resonates with Leo's innate vivacity and can provide an extra boost of energy. This stone supports healthy self-expression, self-assertion, individuality and courage and is considered one of the best allies for promoting your talents and manifesting your desires. Also considered to have protective properties, carnelian is particularly associated with protection from envy, gossip and anger.
Additional gemstones associated with Leo: sardonyx, onyx, golden topaz

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Blue sapphire: Considered a sacred stone in Buddhism, the blue sapphire brings order and clarity to the mind, thereby increasing your ability to access spiritual wisdom. Since Virgo is prone to anxiety and worry -- populating the mind with distracting or unproductive thoughts -- this gemstone is particularly useful. The color blue is traditionally associated with the heavens, and Virgo benefits from this reminder of a higher perspective. Blue sapphire also increases mental flexibility, helping Virgos release hardened attitudes and open themselves to new possibilities.
Jasper: Ameliorating the Virgo tendency toward hyper-analysis, jasper helps you reconnect with your earthy, feminine nature, including sensuality and healthy sexuality. Jasper comes in many colors, and while each variation holds particular healing powers, all colors are said to balance emotions and vibrations in the body. A stone of gentleness and relaxation, jasper can assist an ever-busy Virgo to take a break and experience peace and comfort.
Additional gemstones associated with Virgo: carnelian, jade, moss agate

Libra (Sept. 23 –-Oct. 22)
Lapis lazuli: Considered a stone of universal truth and friendship, lapis is said to foster harmony in relationships -- always a priority for significant-other-oriented Libra. At the same time, lapis supports expressing your authentic self and inner truth, which can sometimes be challenging for this peace-seeking sign. Highly valued for its spiritual properties, lapis helps you to access sacred knowledge, expand consciousness, communicate with your spirit guides and purify your mind and soul.
Opal: Libra readily appreciates the qualities of this lovely and seductive stone, which stimulates the erotic nature. Opal helps release inhibitions and embrace spontaneity, ameliorating the Libran tendency to mentally evaluate all sides of a situation -- and therefore postpone taking action. Opals contain water, correlating with the emotional realm, and bring to the surface feelings that have been repressed. One of the seven sacred stones of the Cherokees, opal is also valued for its spiritual properties, helping open the mind to mysticism and higher wisdom.
Additional gemstones associated with Libra: emerald, rose quartz, peridot (chrysolite)

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Aquamarine: The name of this beautiful blue gemstone refers to the ocean and resonates with Scorpio's watery nature. The element Water represents the emotional realm, and Scorpio's waters run deep -- so deep, in fact, that this sign sometimes gets lost in the depths. Aquamarine can soothe Scorpio's intense emotions and counteract the forces of darkness, bringing a sense of tranquility, as well as clear insight, to underlying feelings. By aligning the physical and spiritual bodies, aquamarine can help you attune to higher levels while remaining grounded.
Black obsidian: This powerful stone -- which is actually natural glass formed from lava -- absorbs darkness and converts it into light. Obsidian enhances Scorpio's innate transformational and occult powers. The color black symbolizes mastery over the physical plane, and black obsidian is said to draw higher forces into the body to be used in pragmatic ways. Black obsidian acts as a mirror, reflecting any imperfections in one's nature and magnifying fears and insecurities. In this way, any dark areas are brought into the light to be released or healed. 
Additional gemstones associated with Scorpio: topaz, beryl, Apache tear, coral

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Turquoise: Valued as a sacred stone in many spiritual traditions, turquoise helps truth-seeking Sagittarius attune to higher consciousness. Additionally, turquoise is considered a communication stone, enhancing a speaker's eloquence, honesty and creativity -- and offsetting the Sagittarian foot-in-mouth syndrome. Turquoise improves the mind by increasing intuition, sensitivity and positive thinking, resulting in a calmer mental state that leads to greater wisdom.
Topaz: Although naturally buoyant and optimistic, Sagittarius sometimes loses faith, and topaz can be a great ally in releasing negativity and returning to joy and love. Topaz can help you meditate upon and visualize your desires, then take action to manifest them. By assisting you to connect with universal energies, Topaz brings insight into what is needed for the highest good of all. The ancient Romans dedicated this gemstone to Jupiter -- Sagittarius' ruling planet -- which is associated with success, confidence, expansion, faith and self-realization.
Additional gemstones associated with Sagittarius: sapphire, amethyst, ruby

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Ruby: By enhancing confidence, courage and joy, ruby can compensate for the Capricorn tendency toward melancholy and negativity. Ruby's deep red color strengthens the heart and invites love for self, others and Spirit. Capricorn has a well-deserved reputation as the hardest-working sign of the zodiac, and ruby is a great ally in restoring depleted energy reserves and promoting stamina, vitality and strength. Ruby is said to increase generosity as well as attract abundance and prosperity.
Black onyx: This deeply grounding stone enhances the Capricorn traits of perseverance, spiritual strength and humility. Black onyx absorbs or deflects any negativity in your environment, helping you to stay focused on the task at hand. If you're feeling victimized by external influences, Black onyx can bring back the sense that you are the master of your own fate. Black onyx is also considered useful for letting go of the past and promoting healthy change, as well as releasing old beliefs that no longer serve you.
Additional gemstones associated with Capricorn: garnet, agate

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Garnet: If Aquarians get stuck in the mental realm, garnet can help bring this sign back into the body by boosting sexual energy, passion, sensuality and general vitality. Friends and community are of great importance to Aquarius, and garnet both stabilizes relationships and enhances popularity. Garnet is said to promote success in business and improve higher education and professional prospects. On a spiritual level, garnet heightens clairvoyant abilities and is considered a powerful ally for accessing the wisdom of dreams.
Sugilite: One of the newest and rarest gemstones, sugilite has been associated with the New Age -- otherwise known as the Age of Aquarius. This deep purple stone is considered to have powerful healing and metaphysical properties. Sugilite balances and integrates mind, body and spirit; opens the psyche to higher states of consciousness; and supports the ability to channel. Additionally, sugilite opens the heart to unconditional, divine love, balancing the Aquarian tendency to live in the mind.
Additional gemstones associated with Aquarius: amethyst, moss agate, opal

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Amethyst: Hyper-sensitive and energy-absorbent Pisces can greatly benefit from amethyst, which repels vibrations that the body does not need. Calming both the mind and nervous system, amethyst has been called "nature's tranquilizer," and is useful for releasing tension and soothing anxiety. Amethyst can also assist with healing from grief and releasing addictions, and supports general emotional stability. Considered an excellent meditation stone, amethyst enhances psychic abilities and spiritual awareness.
Jade: A highly revered stone in Asian cultures, jade is said to provide a link between earth and spirit. This quality can be helpful for Pisces, a sign associated with escapism and addictions due to the challenge of integrating higher consciousness on the earthly plane. During stressful times, jade can help reduce anxiety, worry and fear, bringing in a sense of peace, balance and confidence. Jade helps you accept things as they are, enabling you to move forward and take the next practical steps to resolve a challenging situation.
Additional gemstones associated with Pisces: aquamarine, bloodstone, rock crystal, sapphire

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