Blue Sapphire is called Shani Ratna or Neel Ratna in Sanskrit and Neela Pukhraaj or Neelam in Hindi. Blue Sapphire is worn to provide extra strength to Saturn. This gemstone transfers energy of Saturn into the body of the wearer and through such energy, Saturn may gain extra strength in his horoscope as well as in his aura.
Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Blue Sapphire belongs to the family of corundum. Blue Sapphire is available in different colors and shades of Blue; like light Blue, medium dark Blue and dark Blue. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing Blue Sapphire.
Depending on the overall horoscopes, different colours of Blue Sapphire may be suitable for different natives. Some may benefit more by wearing dark Blue Sapphires whereas some others may benefit more by wearing light ones. Appropriate weight of this gemstone is an important factor. Different weights may be suitable for different natives, depending on their overall horoscopes. In general, weights between 2 and 6 carats of this gemstone are suitable for most people.
Saturn represents analytical ability, perseverance, patience, practical nature, hard work, authority, lawfulness, discipline, governess, judgement, administrative skills, management skills; and a number of other things in general. Depending on which houses it rules in a horoscope, it may represent a number of other things and people for the native. For example, if Saturn rules the fourth and fifth house in a horoscope; it represents mother, home, family, community, nation, traditions, beliefs, security, education, properties, vehicles, mental health, emotional wellbeing, peace of mind, children, love affairs, romance, entertainment, creativity, fame, spiritual growth, politics and many other things; in addition to its general significances.
Though this gemstone may produce wonderful results when Saturn is benefic in the horoscope of the wearer, it may cause serious problems when Saturn is malefic in the horoscope of the wearer. Hence care should be taken when wearing Blue Sapphire.
When buying Blue Sapphire, you should get a lab test report with it. The report should mention ‘Natural Blue Sapphire’ or ‘Natural Sapphire’ along with other details. This tells you that the Blue Sapphire has been made through natural processes and it is not fake.
Blue Sapphire is generally worn on the Middle finger of right hand in Silver or Gold. However, based on a native’s requirements as well as on his overall horoscope, it may be worn on some other finger or in a pendant or bracelet.
Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing Blue Sapphire. They include purification and energization of this gemstone. Since these procedures have already been discussed in the chapter for Ruby; we’ll skip them and move on.
Once you’ve got your duly purified (optional) and energized (optional) Blue Sapphire, fitted in a ring, pendant or bracelet; the next step is to wear it. Vedic astrology recommends that Blue Sapphire should be worn on a Saturday morning, when wearing it for the first time. Before wearing Blue Sapphire for the first time, you should put the ring, pendant or bracelet in Gangajal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water for about 12 hours prior to wearing it. This means you should do so on a Friday evening so that you may wear it on the following Saturday morning.
You should take bath on the chosen Saturday morning, sit or stand in front of the ring, pendant or bracelet and you should chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Saturn for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, you should take the Blue Sapphire ring, Pendant or bracelet and you should rinse it with clean water, in case you had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water. You should then wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it.
If you had put it in Gangajal, simply wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it. In case you’ve got it purified through Vedic procedures, you don’t need to put it in Gangajal or a mixture of unboiled milk and water. In such case, simply keep it at a clean place after purification and wear it on the chosen morning after chanting Mantras.
For the sake of convenience, here are Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Saturn:
Saturn Mool Mantra: Om Shanichraay Namah
Saturn Beej Mantra: Om Praam Preem Praum Sah Shanichraay Namah
You may wear your Blue Sapphire anytime between 6 AM to 11 AM in the morning, when wearing it for the first time. Though more specific details about timing may be obtained specifically based on your horoscope; they may not be needed. Once you have worn it, you may keep wearing it permanently; unless you’re asked to wear it for a specific period of time. If you wish or need; you may take off this gemstone for an hour or two as that may not compromise the results given by this gemstone.
However, removing Blue Sapphire for days and months may gradually reverse the effects given by this gemstone. Hence this practice should be avoided.