Cat’s Eye is called Ketu Ratna or Vaidoorya in Sanskrit and Lahsuniya in Hindi. Cat’s Eye is worn to provide extra strength to Ketu. This gemstone transfers energy of Ketu into the body of the wearer and through such energy, Ketu may gain extra strength in his horoscope as well as in his aura.
Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Cat’s Eye is available in different colors and shades ranging from green to yellow to brown. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing Cat’s Eye.
Depending on the overall horoscopes, different colours of Cat’s Eye may be suitable for different natives. 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 3 and 6 carats of this gemstone are suitable for most people.
Ketu represents spiritual growth, the occult, paranormal, psychic perception, mysteries, corruptions, detachment, depression, delays, losses, destruction, unfortunate events and diseases among other things.
Though this gemstone may produce good results when Ketu is benefic in the horoscope of the wearer, it may cause serious problems when Ketu is malefic in the horoscope of the wearer. Hence care should be taken when wearing Cat’s Eye. In general, most natives may not be able to handle the energy of Cat’s Eye; even when Ketu is benefic in their horoscopes. Hence this gemstone should be worn under the supervision of an astrologer.
When buying Cat’s Eye, you should get a lab test report with it. The report should mention ‘Natural Cat’s Eye’ along with other details. This tells you that the Cat’s Eye has been made through natural processes and it is not fake.
Cat’s Eye is generally worn on the Ring finger of right hand in Copper 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 Cat’s Eye. 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) Cat’s Eye, fitted in a ring, pendant or bracelet; the next step is to wear it. Vedic astrology recommends that Cat’s Eye should be worn on a Tuesday morning, when wearing it for the first time. Before wearing Cat’s Eye 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 Monday evening so that you may wear it on the following Tuesday morning.
You should take bath on the chosen Tuesday morning, sit or stand in front of the ring, pendant or bracelet and you should chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Ketu for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, you should take the Cat’s Eye 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 Ketu:
Ketu Mool Mantra: Om Ketve Namah
Ketu Beej Mantra: Om Straam Streem Straum Sah Ketve Namah
You may wear your Cat’s Eye 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 Cat’s Eye for days and months may gradually reverse the effects given by this gemstone. Hence this practice should be avoided.