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Vedic astrology recommends 9 gemstones, one for each planet among navagraha. These nine gemstones are called Ruby, Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, White Sapphire or Diamond, Red Coral, Emerald, Blue Sapphire, Hessonite and Cat’s Eye, and they are worn for Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu respectively. Through this series of articles we will look at certain characteristics possessed by each one of these gemstones and in the present article, we will discuss some important things about Blue Sapphire, which is the gemstone associated with Saturn.

Saturn as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Saturn can vary from horoscope to horoscope, which means that in some horoscopes, Saturn may be very strong, it may be having average strength in some horoscopes and it may be weak or very weak in some other horoscopes. The strength of Saturn is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers and people interested in astrology still think that the presence of Saturn in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Saturn in a horoscope.

This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Saturn in a horoscope and the placement of Saturn in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Saturn can become weak in a horoscope due to its placement in its sign of debilitation, due to affliction from one or more than one malefic planets in the horoscope, due to weak placement in some specific houses of the horoscope and various other factors. When Saturn becomes weak in a horoscope, it is not fully capable of protecting its general as well as specific significances and hence the native may see bad results or fewer good results related to the significances of Saturn.

If such weak Saturn is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Saturn so that it may start working properly in the horoscope and it may protect its significances. This results in good things happening to the native in various spheres of his life. This extra strength is provided with the help of a specific gemstone called Blue Sapphire which transfers the energy of Saturn from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.

Blue Sapphire is called Shani Ratna or NeelRatna in Sanskrit, Neela Pukhraaj or Neelam in Hindi. This gemstone captures the energy of Saturn from its upper surface and it transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Saturn transferred by Blue Sapphire into the body of the native provides extra strength to Saturn and it starts working in a stronger way in the horoscope, body as well as the Aura of the native. It should be noted that a Blue Sapphire is only capable of increasing the strength of Saturn inside the body and Aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Saturn and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Saturn in a horoscope.

It means that if Saturn is working positively or Saturn is benefic in a horoscope, wearing this gemstone will increase the strength of Saturn and as such positive Saturn gains strength, it will start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand, if Saturn is working negatively which means that Saturn is malefic in the horoscope, wearing the gemstone for Saturn will provide additional strength to this negative Saturn and as it gains strength, it will start causing problems and losses for the native with increased strength and quantum. Hence, utmost care should be taken that only those people should wear this gemstone, who have a benefic Saturn in their horoscopes whereas the natives having a malefic Saturn in their horoscopes should not wear a Blue Sapphire as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Blue Sapphire belongs to the family of corundum which is a type of family of gemstones and this gemstone is found available in different colors and shades of Blue ranging from light Blue, medium dark Blue to dark Blue. The color and clarity of this gemstone are 2 important aspects to look for when purchasing a Blue Sapphire though color and clarity are not the only aspects which decide the quality of this gemstone and there are many other aspects which can affect the final quality and efficiency of this gemstone.

Hence it is very difficult for a common man to test or check the exact quality of a Blue Sapphire but even then, making a check for proper color and proper clarity can still make a difference in the kind of gemstone you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Blue Sapphire may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Blue Sapphire belonging to a color which has been recommended by his astrologer. Changing the color of this gemstone against the recommendation of your astrologer can result in some side effects which may keep bothering you along with the benefits, though the change in color of this gemstone, alone is not likely to make this gemstone produce all negative effects for you, if Saturn if benefic in your horoscope.

Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Blue Sapphire when purchasing this gemstone. Due attention should also be paid to the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer and it is strongly advised to wear a Blue Sapphire which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer as changing the weight of this gemstone with your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted and unwelcome results for you.

For example, wearing a Blue Sapphire much less in weight than the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer may not bring significant good results or any results at all whereas wearing a Blue Sapphire which is much higher in weight compared to the weight of this gemstone, recommended by your astrologer can cause mild or serious side effects. In some extreme cases, it can also produce negative effects due to the native not being able to handle so much extra energy of Saturn, which has been transferred into his body through this gemstone. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of Blue Sapphire recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Blue Sapphire which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Blue Sapphire is the process through which any negative energy attached to this gemstone is removed with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures whereas energization of a Blue Sapphire is the process through which this gemstone is charged with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures so that it may produce its optimum results. The processes of purification and energization of a Blue Sapphire are technical processes and they should be conducted only by expert pandits who know the proper procedures to carry out these processes. Once the native has got his duly purified and energized Blue Sapphire fitted in a ring or in a pendant, the next step is to wear this gemstone, which also involves some specific procedures.

Vedic astrology recommends that a Blue Sapphire should be worn on a Saturday morning when the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Blue Sapphire on a Saturday morning, the native should put this gemstone in GangaJal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water about 8 to 12 hours before the time of wearing this gemstone, which comes out to be Friday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Saturday morning.

The native should take his bath on Saturday morning, say his prayers and then he should sit or stand in front of the ring or pendant and he should first chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Saturn for 108 times or 27 times and then he should pray to god Saturn and ask him to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Blue Sapphire ring or Pendant, he should rinse it with clean water in case he had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water, then he should wipe it with a clean cloth and after completing all these procedures, the native should wear his Blue Sapphire ring.

It should be noted that a Blue Sapphire should be worn on a Saturday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Saturday evening for the first time as doing so can cause some unwanted side effects or initial problems for the native. However, once this gemstone is worn, the native should keep wearing it for the rest of his life unless otherwise directed by his astrologer. Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Saturn are given below for the convenience of readers :

Saturn Mool Mantra : Om ShaniChraay Namah

Saturn Beej Mantra : Om Praam Praum Praum Sah ShaniChraay Namah

Wearing a Blue Sapphire with proper procedures recommended by Vedic astrology can bless the native with many good and very good things which come under the general as well as the specific significances of Saturn, according to the horoscope of the native. Therefore all natives are advised to wear this gemstone with proper procedure in order to get maximum benefits from this gemstone. After initially wearing this gemstone, the native should regularly clean his Blue Sapphire in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.

A good frequency to clean a Blue Sapphire is once every 3 to 6 months depending on the nature of job of the native and depending on how fast this gemstone accrues greasy deposits of oil and dust on its surfaces. Not cleaning your Blue Sapphire for a long period of time can result in big deposits on the surface of this gemstone, particularly on the lower surface of this gemstone. Such deposits can temper with the working of your Blue Sapphire in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Saturn which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a Blue Sapphire should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.


Himanshu Shangari