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choosing gemstone by zodiac sign

It can be said about the link “Planet - Zodiac signs - Gemstones” that it does not belong within the framework of scientific knowledge. But as said the great doctor, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, poet Avicenna: “If you happened to learn, that certain mystic has produced any action or has set something in motion which is beyond other’s power, do not hurry up to deny it entirely. Perhaps, you can discover the reason of all of it, proceeding from decree of nature”.

One of the first written sources that mentioned the precious gemstones, was the Bible. Thus begun the cult of so-called “stones of months”.


Exodus 28:15-21
15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.
16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.
17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.
18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.
21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

The gems of New Jerusalem
"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were Heavenly Jerusalemgarnished with all manner of precious stones.
    The first foundation was jasper;
    the second, sapphire;
    the third, a chalcedony;
    the fourth, an emerald;
    the fifth, sardonyx;
    the sixth, sardius;
    the seventh, chrysolyte;
    the eighth, beryl;
    the ninth, a topaz;
    the tenth, a chrysoprasus;
    the eleventh, a jacinth;
    the twelfth, an amethyst."

The original set of twelve stones expanded with time. Numerous new legends and myths appeared.
Years went by, empires collapsed and disappeared, but stones and legends about them remained.
Charles the Great sought to decorate his crown with twelve precious stones like those in the breastplate. Astrologists, alchemists, healers, magicians used the Bible story about twelve precious stones in many different ways. It’s not about 12 tribes anymore, but 12 apostles, 12 Zodiac signs, 12 months.

The first written document where month of birth was brought in correspondence with the certain stone belongs to Isidore bishop of Seville in 635. And by XIII century, the literature about magical properties of stones was abundant in Europe. Each stone was, in representation of the astrologist, in direct submission to one of the planets and, receiving from it cosmic energy, could influence the person, healing his organism and helping in affairs.
At the same time it is considered that character, and in many respects, the fate of the person depend not only on planets, but also on constellations of the Zodiac.

Sincere thanks to Alfred D. Sandstrom (plainvanillagraphics.com) for authorizing me to display his artwork on my pages



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