Gemstones and Misconceptions

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Wearing gemstones is without any doubt a concept that dates long  back in the history and perhaps no one knows when and where were the first gemstones worn and who wore those Gemstones and Misconceptionsgemstones. The only thing we do know is that people have been fascinated by the beauty of gemstones and have worn them. And many of them have worn them even without knowing the good or bad effects that the gemstones may bring to them. I guess they were just charmed by some gemstone and so they wore it. And even to the date there are many people who wear gemstones only because they are attracted or fascinated by some particular gemstone or gemstones. While on the other hand there are many people who wear gemstones to get benefits from them.

And when it comes to the benefits given by gemstones, there are so many different concepts regarding which gemstone or gemstones are suitable for a person. There are a number of beliefs, methods and techniques in astrology and every astrologer generally prescribes or recommends a suitable gemstone or the suitable gemstones for his client depending upon the kind of astrology and belief he is practicing in. And as different theories or techniques of astrology use different methods  to prescribe the gemstones, it is quite possible that a person may get different kinds of recommendations from different astrologers depending upon the method of astrology they follow and also upon the extent of knowledge they posses irrespective of the method of astrology they follow. So I’ll discuss some of the concepts and misconceptions practiced by astrologers in prescribing the gemstones.

Let’s start it with the Sun Signs. Many astrologers now a days are prescribing gemstones on the basis of Sun Sign of a person which would mean that all the people born in a particular period of about a month are supposed to wear the same gemstones. And many astrologers pay importance to Sun Signs only even when predicting the nature or luck of a person, Which in my opinion is absolutely wrong because if the Sun Sign alone is to decide everything in the horoscope of a person, then there would be only 12 types of people in this world which is not found in actual practice as there are millions of different kinds of individuals having different natures and different lucks. So this theory does not hold good in my opinion. I’ve been strongly recommending my clients as well as some of my fellow astrologers that they should not pay attention to the Sun Signs alone as there are a number of Signs, Planets and aspects in a horoscope and they result in so many different permutations and combinations which make people different from each other. So in my opinion no predictions should be made from the Sun Signs alone and no gemstones should be prescribed seeing the Sun Signs alone.

And there is this concept of wearing the gemstones based on the date of birth alone. According to this concept, all the people born on a particular date, month and year should wear the same gemstones as they are supposed to have the same lucky gemstones which would indicate that they may somehow have the same lucks also. Which again does not sound convincing to me as it would again restrict the number of permutations and combinations which are the backbone of astrology in my opinion. Different persons born on the same dates can be and generally are quite different from each other with different natures and different lucks. So wearing a gemstone based on the date of birth alone does not sound convincing to me. In fact gemstones worn based on such theories can cause great damages to the wearer if they are not suitable according to the horoscope of the person wearing them.

Then there are some astrologers who believe that the safest way to prescribe a gemstone is to find out the Ascendant in the natal chart or horoscope of a person and then prescribe the gemstone belonging to the ruling planet for that Ascendant. For example if the Ascendant in someone’s natal chart or horoscope is Aquarius, then Blue Sapphire is the safest prescription as Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, so Saturn becomes the Lord of Ascendant and the Lord of Ascendant can never bring bad results to the native according to these astrologers. Whereas I have personally witnessed many cases where people wearing gemstones based on the above mentioned concept have suffered huge financial, physical and emotional losses after wearing the gemstones. Some astrologers even believe in prescribing the gemstone based on the birth constellation which was rising at the time of birth of a person. Whereas in my opinion, this is again a theory with very limited scope and needs a very little knowledge on the part of the astrologer to assign a gemstone to some person. All you have to do is put the birth details provided by the person in a software and get a horoscope on your screen in matter of seconds, look at the Ascendant or the Constellation and assign the gemstones. And believe me, prescribing a gemstone is not as easy and simple as any of the above mentioned methods make it look. There are a number of aspects and concepts which are to be analyzed properly before predicting anything from a horoscope and before prescribing any gemstones.

And there is one more belief among some astrologers practicing in Vedic Astrology. The astrologers practicing in this belief prescribe the gemstones based upon the ruling periods of planets irrespective of the fact whether they are working positively or negatively in a horoscope. For example, if a native is running under Saturn’s main period and Jupiter’s sub period, such astrologers would prescribe him a Blue Sapphire and a Yellow Sapphire without even bothering to know whether both of these planets are working positively or negatively in the horoscope of that native. Gemstones worn according to this theory can be the most destructive ones compared to all other theories, if any or both of the planets having their ruling periods are negative. A planet gains additional strength in its ruling periods whether it is positive or negative. And in case of negative planets, the strength of a negative planet is already at very high levels during its ruling period and you’re just adding more to its strength by wearing the gemstone for that planet. Imagine the kind of damage it can do when it is already at its worst and you are supplying it with additional energy. On the other hand if the planets having their ruling periods are positive, wearing gemstones for them will further enhance the benefits coming from them. So it is of foremost importance to check the nature of a planet before prescribing gemstone for that planet.

And last but not the least, there are some astrologers who believe that gemstones should be worn for the planets which are working negatively in your horoscope and not for the planets which are working positively in your horoscope. They believe that the nature of the planets acting negatively in your horoscope can be changed by wearing gemstones for them. And some of them even go further and say that they have especially charged these gemstones so that they would  transmit only positive radiations to your body even if those planets are working negatively for you. And with due respect to the beliefs of every astrologer, let me tell you one thing that the functional nature of a planet for a person is decided as and when he takes birth and it can not be changed merely by wearing a gemstone for that planet. Gemstones work in a scientific way and they only transmit the energy of the planet they belong to, into your body, which means that they can only strengthen the energy of a planet  inside your body and accordingly change the strength of the radiations emitted by you. But they are not capable of changing the functional nature of a planet.

For example, an Injection of Insulin when injected in a person’s body is only supposed to increase the amount of insulin present in the body of that person. So it should only be used in case of the persons who are suffering from High levels of Blood Sugar. And what would happen if you inject the same amount of insulin in the body of a person who is already suffering from Low Blood Sugar. Well this one is easy, and there are no points for guessing it. So as soon as you wear a gemstone for a planet which is negative for you, its negativity gains strength and starts bothering and troubling  you with even more strength. So it is my strong advice to everyone reading this article that if someone recommends wearing a gemstone saying that this will change the nature of the planet, and the negative planet will start behaving positively, don’t buy this opinion and just find an excuse to leave the place as soon as you can. The effects of negative planets can only be reduced by the use of some special astrological remedies, and the use of gemstones is absolutely prohibited for the planets indicating negative results in your horoscope.

So the gemstones are worn only for positive planets and not for the negative planets. And talking about the positive planets, let me tell you one more secret that even a planet working positively in your horoscope is quite capable of giving some side effects. And as you wear the gemstone for this particular planet, you start getting many of its positive results along with some negative ones, which may be different in different cases. For example, if Saturn is working very positively in someone’s horoscope and it is giving good results in the professional life of this person with an added side effect which brings throat problems in the case of this person. Now as this person wears a Blue Sapphire, his professional life will become far better while at the same time, his throat will start giving him more problems. However this phenomenon holds good only in some cases and generally the planets working positively  for a person are capable of giving their good results to the native without any major side effects. And wearing gemstones for such planets would definitely enhance the chances of success in the fields of your life ruled by the lords of the gemstones you are wearing.

Now coming to the end and summarizing the discussion, the gemstones should only be prescribed and worn after a proper analysis of the horoscope and not by looking at just one sign, date or constellation. And the most important thing to remember is that never wear gemstones for the planets working negatively in your horoscope and only wear gemstones for the planets working positively in your horoscope and which are not giving any major side effects.

By

Himanshu Shangari