Three wonderful elements that make up the world around us. These things share something unique in common, something a little more than just matter itself; birthstones! For centuries, cultures around the world have used stones and gems to interconnect phenomenon with the spiritual earth around us. The commonly known “birthstone” is an example of this. Birthstones were assigned in correspondence with the 12-month period of time in a year. Thus, both you and I have our own birthstones.
There is further correspondence between birthstones and the zodiac calendar. Each period of time is assigned a zodiac and is thought to be ruled by each planet in the solar system. With a stone assigned to each zodiac in accordance with each planet, the astral energy can be received through the stones as healing powers.
Above: Crystal Healing/Meditation
Now, if you’re a skeptic, you may be wondering where these ideas came from. However, this is not a new practice. Ancient Greeks would rub crushed hematite on their bodies before battle believing it would make them invincible. Indian tradition practices crystal meditation to heal emotional and physical imbalances, often tuning into and strengthening the flow of energy throughout the seven different energy centers in the body known as Chakras.
The Chinese would use crystal tipped needles during acupuncture, believing they were medicinal. The dead of Ancient Egypt were often buried with a quartz atop their forehead in hopes that it would guide their spirits safely to afterlife. The bible Exodus 28:15-30 spoke of Aaron’s gold breastplate, imbedded with 12 stones to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. This specific reference is where experts believe the concept of the birthstone itself was established.