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Birthstones
Michael Schweska
Physical Geology
Spring 2005
 

                          Zodiac, Planetary and Talismanic Birthstones

 
Ancient beliefs associated specific gemstones with the planets. It was believed that some planets influenced different stones and that stones transmit the powers given to those corresponding planets. It was thought that wearing the stone associated with the ruling planets at your time of birth would offer positive effects in your life.

Talismans are cut or engraved as an amulet or piece of jewelry. When worn they are believed to have magical powers and to protect the wearer against evil. In order to receive magical powers and influence, talismans are engraved on stones corresponding to the signs of the Zodiac.

 

Dates Zodiac Birthstone Ruling
Planet
Birthstone Talismanic Birthstone Zodiac Power - Hindu Version
Aquarius
(Jan.21 - Feb.21)
Garnet Garnet Uranus
(Turquoise)
Turquoise Jasper Jasper Garnet - guarantees true friendship when worn by an Aquarian
Pisces
(Feb.22 - Mar.21)
Amethyst Amethyst Neptune
(Aquamarine)
Aquamarine Ruby Ruby Amethyst - protects all Pisces from extremes of passion
Aries
(Mar.22 - Apr.20)
Bloodstone Bloodstone Mars
(Jasper)
Jasper Topaz Topaz Bloodstone - provides an Aries wearer with wisdom
Taurus
(Apr.21 - May 21)
Sapphire Sapphire Venus
(Aventurine)
(Emerald)
Aventurine
Emerald
Garnet Garnet Sapphire - protects from mental disorders if worn by a Taurus
Gemini
(May 22 - June 21)
Agate Agate Mercury
(Tiger's Eye)
Tiger's Eye Emerald Emerald Agate - guarantees long life, health and wealth to a Gemini
Cancer
(June 22 - July 22)
Emerald Emerald Moon
(Moonstone)
Moonstone Sapphire Sapphire Emerald - guarantees everlasting joy to a Cancer-born
Leo
(July 23 - Aug.22)
Onyx Onyx Sun
(Rock Crystal)
Quartz Diamond Diamond Onyx - protects a Leo wearer from loneliness and unhappiness
Virgo
(Aug.23 - Sept. 22)
Carnelian Carnelian Mercury
(Citrine)
Citrine Zircon Zircon Carnelian - guarantees success in virtually anything a Virgo wearer tries
Libra
(Sept.23 - Oct.23)
Peridot Peridot Venus
(Sapphire)
Sapphire Agate Agate Peridot - will free a Libra wearer from an evil spell
Scorpio
(Oct.24 - Nov.21)
Beryl Beryl Pluto
(Garnet)
(Ruby)
Garnet
Ruby
Amethyst Amethyst Beryl - guarantees protection for a Scorpio from "tears of sad repentance"
Sagittarius
(Nov.22 - Dec. 21)
Yellow Topaz Yellow Topaz Jupiter
(Topaz)
Yellow Topaz Beryl Beryl Topaz - protects Sagittarians, but only when they show the stone
Capricorn
(Dec.22 - Jan.21)
Ruby Ruby Saturn
(Lapis Lazilu)
Lapis Lazilu Onyx Black Onyx Ruby - protects a Capricorn wearer from any trouble

 

 



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