ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER

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Turquoise, Zircon & Tanzanite: The Power of Three

People born in the last month of the year are ruled by Jupiter – the planet of knowledge. Consequently, they love to share their wisdom, are extremely helpful, honest, energetic, determined, organized and born managers.

And helping them along are their triumvirate of birthstones namely, Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite – three of the most significant and spectacular birthstones.  

About the Gemstones:

Turquoise: This blue-green gemstone was known as a symbol of wealth and prosperity in many cultures and was often used in talismans and amulets in ancient times. The stone is also associated with qualities like strength, sensitivity, connection to the spiritual realm and protection against evil, and is said to be a symbol of friendship, peace and good fortune.

Zircon: It’s considered to be the symbol of purity, chastity, integrity and dignity with the power to protect against all kinds of evil, illness and negative energy. The stone is also believed to possess healing properties and is used to improve digestion, ensure restful sleep and tranquility.

Tanzanite: Though a relatively new discovery, Tanzanite has enjoyed its time in the limelight courtesy the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster movie, The Titanic, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet, featured a prominent heart shaped tanzanite pendant necklace surrounded by diamonds and christened – The Heart Of The Ocean.

Mystical Powers:

Some civilisations believed Tanzanite gave its wearer a special pathway to the spiritual realm, others said that it activates the heart chakras and offers visions to the future. Others believe this gemstone can compel the wearer to speak the truth to save his honour and integrity.

Tanzanite is associated with creativity and is also used to repel lethargy, depression and anger allowing its wearer to attain excellence and pursue his passions. The stone is also believed to strengthen the immune system, heart, pancreas, chest, throat and spleen and stimulate fertility.

Native Americans have long since revered the turquoise as a sacred gemstone. It was often placed in the tombs of their leaders to ensure a smooth passage to the heavens and to guard the dead.

It is also believed to cure acidity, alleviate gout, stomach ailments, rheumatism and viral infections. Said to contain anti-inflammatory properties, turquoise was also used to relax cramps and bring peace and happiness to the wearer.

Jewish legends believe Zircon was the name of the angel sent to earth to guard Adam and Eve. The stone has since been associated with qualities like loyalty, honour, purity and chastity.

Zircon is also said to be useful to reduce the pain of childbirth, improve appetite, bestow strength and confidence on the wearer, enhance mental faculties and encourage the wearer to follow his dreams. The stone is also said to improve creativity and foster feelings of love, loyalty and commitment.

Famous Personalities born in DECEMBER:

Actor Salman Khan. Dec 27. 1965.

Actor. Rajnikanth. Dec 12. 1950.

Actor. John Abraham. Dec 17. 1972.

King George VI of England. Dec 14. 1895.

Scientist Srinivasa Ramanujan. Dec 22. 1887.

Actor Anil Kapoor. Dec 24. 1959.

Politician Sonia Gandhi. Dec 09. 1946,

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

 

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ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER

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CITRINE & TOPAZ: For Healing and Prosperity

People born in the cool climes of November are blessed with two ruling Birthstones, the spectacular Topaz and the gentle, golden-hued Citrine. November-born can be defined as wonderfully creative, attractive and highly emotional people.

They like to play fair, have little tolerance for nonsense, are extremely loyal and work is a top priority for them. However while their actions may be clean and honest they are also notoriously private and are very prone to be misunderstood.

About the Gemstones:

Known for its ability to exhibit a spectacular array of colours, Topaz with its golden glow and shine is said to represent Ra, the Egyptian Sun God. Highly revered by the ancient Egyptians, this gemstone was used in the making of amulets and talismans worn usually by noblemen and kin of royalty.

It was also believed to control heat, and was said to possess the power to cool boiling water – thought to be as metaphor for its ability to calm the rage in its wearer and giving him clarity of thought in difficult situations.

The ancient Romans are also believed to associate Topaz with the power of the Sun God and Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

Contrary to the fire and passion associated with the Topaz, the Citrine is a lot more gentle in its quality and disposition. As a Healing Quartz, it is said to signify peace, prosperity, healing, creativity and loyalty in man.

Mystical Powers:

While the topaz is said to signify strength, tenacity, dedication and resilience, it is also said to have the power to balance emotions and thoughts. The topaz is also believed to cure blood disorders, insomnia, gout, tuberculosis and control anger bouts arising out of insanity.

Often used to enhance spirituality, topaz is also prized for its ability to promote wisdom and bestow clear thought upon its wearer. For these very reasons, it was often used in the making of crowns and jewellery worn by rulers, kings and members of royalty.

The golden-hued Citrine is a healing stone by definition with the power to focus mental clarity, cure ailments related to the heart, kidney and liver and stimulate the memory.

Often found in colours ranging from light yellow to deep orange these gemstones are believed to bless their wearer with hope, strength, energy, vitality, success and good fortune.

Famous Personalities born in NOVEMBER:

  • Actor Shahrukh Khan. Nov 02. 1965.
  • Actor Aishwarya Rai. Nov 01. 1973.
  • Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Nov 19. 1917.
  • Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Nov 14. 1889.
  • Actor Kamal Haasan. Nov 07. 1954.
  • Actor Anushka Shetty. Nov 07. 1981.
  • Cricketer Virat Kohli. Nov 05. 1988.
  • Actor & Model Yami Gautam. Nov 24. 1983.

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER

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Opal & Tourmaline: Dual Symbols Of Hope And Peace

People born in the month of October come under the purview of the zodiac sign of Libra. Librans can be characterized by their balanced approach, brilliant skills of diplomacy, superior intellect and very logical mind. They are therefore very gifted when it comes to analyzing tough situations and coming up with apt solutions.

Opal and Tourmaline are the birthstones for people born in this month. Both these dual coloured gemstones are known for their vivid display of colours and beauty and are highly prized across the world for their spectacular radiance, unique colour combinations and crystal structures.

About the Gemstones:

The ancient Roman civilisation was known to prize opals greatly as a symbol of hope and wish fulfillment, and it was christened as the ‘Anchor of Hope’, by the people of the Orient. Legends tell the tale of Queen Cleopatra’s ploy to wear a magnificent set of opals to attract the attention of Mark Anthony, the ruler of Rome.

Queen Victoria, a great believer in the power of gemstones was also said to wear them in her crown, to protect herself and her regime from enemies and all kinds of evil. Interestingly, the Russians believed Opals to be evil and never allowed them to be used in jewellery of any kind.

Unlike Opals, Tourmalines are a fairly recent discovery and per se don’t have any such legends attached to them. However this gemstone has quite a reputation as a – Stone of Peace – and is supposed to repel all kinds of negative emotions like jealousy, anger, fear and aggression, thereby ensuring that the wearer remains calm and balanced in all situations.

Mystical Powers:

According to some legends, Opal fell to the Earth, when lightning struck it and they had the power to make the wearer invisible to others. Not surprisingly, Opals began to be highly sought-after by pirates, spies and thieves.

On the positive side, its unique ability to change colour was believed to indicate the health and mental state of the wearer. Many believed the opal brought immense good fortune to the wearer as the stone possessed the virtues of each gemstone whose color was captured by the Opal’s spectrum of colors. As a result, the stone was considered lucky and is also associated with purity, innocence, hope and faith.

Opal is also said to posses healing properties and is believed to hold the remedy for enhancing one’s creativity, calming nerves and strengthening memory. The tourmaline on the other hand is believed to have more psychological effects than physical.

The gemstone is said to help the wearer retain calm under the most stressful situations, enhance creativity and control negative emotions.

Famous Personalities Born in OCTOBER:

  • Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Oct 02. 1869.
  • Actor & Bollywood legend:  Amitabh Bachchan. Oct 11. 1942.
  • Actor Parineeti Chopra. Oct 22. 1988.
  • Actor Asin Thottumkal. Oct 26. 1985.
  • Former President of India Abdul Kalam. Oct 15. 1931.
  • Actor Sunny Deol. Oct 19. 1956.
  • Actor Rekha Ganesan. Oct 10. 1954.
  • Actor Freida Pinto. Oct 18. 1984.

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER

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SAPPHIRE – A Gemstone of Lore And Legend

People born in September are ruled by the zodiac sign of Virgo. Hard working, loyal, diligent, honest and extremely capable are all terms that can be used to describe people born in this month. However they can also be moody, depressed, irritable and reserved when things don’t go their way.

Sapphire, that coveted, beautiful, blue-hued gemstone is the birthstone for people born in the month of September. Associated with the star sign of Virgo, this gemstone has been used for adornment since ancient times and is said to symbolize wisdom, power and faith.

About the Gemstone:

Sapphire is the hardest stone after diamond and often used in many industries as an abrasive. The famous gemstone ‘Lone Star’ is one of the largest blue sapphires in the world, originating in a mine in North Carolina and weighing a fantastic 9719.5 carats.

In ancient Greece, the Sapphire was associated with Apollo, the God of Clairvoyance and Prophecy and the son of Zeus – the King of the Gods and often worn by those who sought his blessings and help when visiting his oracle at Delphi.

In olden times, it was common for warriors to gift their wives a necklace made of sapphires to ensure their fidelity while they were away at war. It was believed that the color of this gem would darken if worn by an unfaithful or unworthy person.

Healing Powers:

Sapphires are said to possess the ability to protect the wearer from envy and harm and attract divine blessings. Said to indicate the purity of the soul, a sapphire also signifies truth, faithfulness and sincerity.

It was often worn by priests during the Middle Ages as a talisman against impure thoughts and temptation. Sapphire is thought to boost intuition and clairvoyance and promote good health.

Often used to adorn royalty, sapphires were believed to ensure a pure and wise reign. Some people believe that wearing a sapphire helps to develop a positive attitude and improves inner peace of the wearer.

The healing properties of this gemstone are believed to include the power to reduce inflammations, stop nose bleeds, rheumatism, and cure ulcers. Sapphires are also known to increase the mental clarity and focus of the wearer and reduce the adverse effects of any nervous disorder.

This gem is also said to balance the circulatory and endocrine systems and was often used as a talisman to guard against impure thoughts and negative energies.

Famous Personalities Born in September:

  • Actor Kareena Kapoor. Sep 21. 1980.
  • Actor Akshay Kumar. Sep 09. 1967.
  • Actor Ranbir Kapoor. Sep 28. 1982.
  • Former PM Manmohan Singh. Sep 26. 1932.
  • Freedom Fighter Bhagat Singh. Sep 28. 1907.
  • Singer Lata Mangeshkar. Sep 28. 1929.
  • Actor Prachi Desai. Sep 12. 1988.

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – MAY

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EMERALDS: A SYMBOL OF NEW BEGINNINGS

Coveted the world over for its distinctive bright green colour and brilliance, the emerald is the perfect astro-stone for those born in the spring/summer month of May. People born in this month are known to be expressive and witty.

They are also among the most sociable and are always ready for fun and making friends. On the flip side however, they also have a tendency to get restless, serious and moody without warning.

As the birthstone for May, the emerald whose name is derived from the Greek word – Smaragdus – which literally translates into – Green – the emerald is also said to symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.

About the Emerald:

First mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, Queen Cleopatra is said to have been obsessed with emeralds – even going to the extent of claiming ownership of all the mines in Egypt that produced them.

Like Aquamarine, an emerald belongs to the mineral family of beryl with a colour range from a light green to a much deeper, rich green. The darker the colour, the more valuable the emerald.

It’s also one of the reasons why most emeralds are heat treated – to enhance, darken their colour. However, very often the colour of emeralds used in jewellery depends on the quality and precision of the cut given to it by the gemologist. The most sought-after emeralds are an intense blue-green colour that is not easy to find.

Though the availability of high-quality emeralds is limited, this gemstone is mined in countries including Zambia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Colombia. Some estimates state that the oldest emeralds date back approximately 2.97 bn years.

Mystical Powers:

Like most gemstones there are several beliefs of mystic and healing associated with this green gem. Some believed they could cure stomach ailments, stop bleeding and control epileptic fits.

Emeralds are also supposed to ensure loyalty and domestic bliss among married couples. They are said to keep partnerships on an even keel and change colour if things go amiss. As per ancient Vedic beliefs, an emerald is associated with the heart chakra and is said to have a soothing effect on both the emotions and the heart itself.

They are said to ensure physical, emotional and mental equilibrium, bringing harmony to all areas of one’s life.  Raising consciousness, an emerald is believed to be able to bring in positive actions, eliminating negativity and enhancing the wearer’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Famous Personalities Born in MAY:

  • Priscilla Presley (Actor/Singer), 24 May, 1945.
  • Florence Nightingale (social reformer/ statistician), 12 May, 1820.
  • James Stewart (Actor), 20 May, 1908.
  • Michael Oher (American Football Player), May 02, 1729.
  • Sunny Leone (Actor/Model), May 13, 1981.
  • Madhuri Dixit (Actor), May 15, 1967.
  • Anushka Sharma (Actor), May 01, 1988.
  • Rabindranath Tagore (Poet/Nobel Laureate), May 07, 1861.
  • Ajith Kumar (Actor), May 01, 1971.
  • Trisha Krishnan (Actor), May 04, 1983.
  • Mohanlal (Actor), May 21, 1960.

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – MAY