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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 chapters, we will look at certain characteristics possessed by each one of these gemstones and in the present chapter; we will discuss some important facts associated with Pearl, which is the gemstone for Moon.
Moon as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Moon can vary from horoscope to horoscope. It means that in some horoscopes, Moon 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 Moon is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers still think that the presence of Moon in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Moon in a horoscope.
This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Moon in a horoscope and the placement of Moon in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Moon can become weak in a horoscope due to its placement in its sign of debilitation or in another sign which is not friendly towards it, due to affliction from one or more than one malefic planet in the horoscope, due to weak placement in some specific houses of the horoscope and various other factors. When Moon becomes weak in a horoscope, it may not be fully capable of protecting its general as well as specific significances and hence the native may see bad results or decreased number of good results related to the significances of Moon.
If such weak Moon is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Moon so that it may start working properly in the horoscope and it may protect its significances. This may result in good things happening to the native in various spheres of his life with increased frequency and increased quantum. This extra strength is provided with the help of a specific gemstone called Pearl which transfers the energy of Moon from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.
Pearl is called Mukta or ShashiRatna in Sanskrit, Moti in Hindi whereas it is called Mukharid in Urdu and this gemstone captures the energy of Moon from its upper surface and transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Moon transferred by Pearl into the body of the native provides extra strength to Moon and it starts working in a stronger way in the horoscope, body as well as in the aura of the native. This increase in strength of Moon affects two major energy equations in the horoscope of the native.
The first energy equation is that of the house in which Moon is placed in the horoscope of the native and the second energy equation is the net energy equation of his horoscope. Looking at the first energy equation, the house in which Moon is placed witnesses more energy due to which, the results produced by Moon by virtue of its placement in this house may increase in number as well as in quantum. If Moon is present along with one or more than one planet in this house, the net share of Moon’s energy in the overall energy equation of this house may also increase, as it receives more strength through its gemstone. This theory has been discussed in details in the previous chapter and interested readers may read it from there.
As Moon gains strength through its gemstone, its net share in the overall energy equation of the horoscope also increases. Since Moon is positive in the horoscope, the overall energy equation of its house of placement as well as that of the entire horoscope shifts towards positivity. This is due to the fact that negative energy in this horoscope has the same strength whereas positive energy has increased in strength. As a result, the native may witness better results in many spheres of his life, depending on the overall tone of his horoscope. It should be noted that a Pearl is only capable of increasing the strength of Moon within the body and aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Moon and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Moon in a horoscope.
It means that if Moon is working positively in a horoscope, wearing a Pearl may increase the strength of Moon and as such positive Moon gains strength, it may start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand if Moon is working negatively, which means that Moon is malefic in the horoscope, wearing a Pearl may provide additional strength to this negative Moon. As this negative Moon gains strength, it may start causing problems and losses for the native with increased frequency and quantum. Hence utmost care should be taken that only those people should wear a Pearl; who have benefic Moon in their horoscopes whereas the natives having malefic Moon in their horoscopes should not wear Pearl as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.
Looking at the composition of Pearl, this gemstone is made by oysters during the process of their defense against some foreign bodies or elements. Pearls are available in a variety of colors like white and white with a hint of yellow, pink, blue or even black; and sometimes a pearl can be much more towards bluish or blackish color or even yellowish color in some cases. The color of this gemstone is an important aspect to look for when purchasing a Pearl though color is not the only aspect which decides 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 Pearl but even then, making a check for proper color can still make a difference in the kind of Pearl you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Pearl may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Pearl 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 Moon if benefic in your horoscope.
For example, based on the working of positive Moon in your horoscope, your astrologer may recommend a yellowish white or pure white Pearl for you. This may be because of many reasons, one of which may be the fact that the placement of Moon may be such in your horoscope that it may not do well with intense energy radiations of this planet, which are supplied through a Pearl like dark bluish white Pearl. Hence your astrologer may recommend a yellowish white or pure white Pearl which provides relatively less intense energy radiations of Moon, in order to avoid some side effects which may arise due to you not being able to properly handle such intense energy radiations of Moon by wearing a dark bluish white Pearl.
Similarly, based on the working of positive Moon in your horoscope, your astrologer may recommend a bluish white Pearl for you. This may be because of many reasons, one of which may be the fact that the placement of Moon may be such in your horoscope that it may do particularly well with intense energy radiations of this planet, which are supplied through a bluish white Pearl. Hence your astrologer may recommend a bluish white Pearl which provides intense energy radiations of Moon, instead of suggesting a pure white or yellowish white Pearl which may provide less intense energy radiations of Moon. In this case, you may witness fewer benefits if you choose to wear a pure white or yellowish white Pearl, though you are still likely to witness benefits as Moon is positive in your horoscope.
Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Pearl when wearing 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 Pearl which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer. This is because changing the weight of your Pearl at your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted results for you.
For example, wearing a Pearl much less in weight than the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer may not bring significant good results whereas wearing a Pearl 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, a Pearl can also produce negative effects due to the native not being able to handle so much extra energy of Moon, which may be transferred into his body through this gemstone, if he ignores the advice of his astrologer and chooses to wear a much bigger Pearl. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of Pearl recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.
Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Pearl, which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Pearl 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 Pearl 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 Pearl 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 Pearl 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 Pearl should be worn on a Monday morning, if the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Pearl on a Monday 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 Sunday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Monday morning.
The native should take his bath on such Monday 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 Moon for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, he should pray to Moon and ask it to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Pearl ring or Pendant, he should rinse it with clean water in case he had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water, he should then wipe it with a clean cloth and after completing all these procedures, the native should wear his Pearl ring.
It should be noted that a Pearl should be worn on a Monday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Monday evening when wearing it 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. It should be noted that removing your Pearl few times during a day for short durations of time is allowed and there is no harm in that. For example, you may remove it while bathing or while doing another job which may require you to remove your gemstones.
Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Moon are given below for the convenience of readers:
Moon Mool Mantra : Om Chandraay Namah
Moon Beej Mantra : Om Shraam Shreem Shraum Sah Chandraay Namah
Wearing a Pearl with proper procedures recommended by Vedic astrology can bless the native with a number of good results which come under the general as well as the specific significances of Moon, according to the horoscope of the native. Therefore, all natives choosing to wear Pearl 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 Pearl in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.
A good frequency to clean a Pearl is once every one to two 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 Pearl for a long period of time can result in big deposits on the surfaces of this gemstone, particularly on the lower surface of this gemstone. Such deposits can temper with the working of your Pearl in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Moon which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a Pearl should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.