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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 White Sapphire, which is the gemstone for Venus.

Venus as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Venus can vary from horoscope to horoscope. It means that in some horoscopes, Venus 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 Venus is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers still think that the presence of Venus in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Venus in a horoscope.

This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Venus in a horoscope and the placement of Venus in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Venus 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 Venus 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 Venus.

If such weak Venus is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Venus 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 White Sapphire which transfers the energy of Venus from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.

Diamond is called Heerak in Sanskrit and Heera in Hindi whereas White Sapphire is called Shvet Pukhraaj or Safed Pukhraaj. Though both Diamond and White Sapphire are recommended for Venus, White Sapphire is a better option for Venus in most cases. This is because Diamond is perhaps the only gemstone among all the gemstones assigned to navagraha, which can intensify the energy radiations of Venus captured by this gemstone during its transit time; and this intensified energy of Venus is something that many natives may not be comfortable with. It means that many natives may experience side effects like irritation, restlessness, increased anger and other such things due to a sudden and sharp increase in the energy of Venus inside their body.

It should be noted that all other gemstones for navagraha except diamond transfer the energies of their corresponding planets with very good efficiency but they don’t make any significant changes to the nature or intensity of these energies. However, the physical composition of diamond is such that it may increase the intensity of energy of Venus captured by it; by focusing such energy on a single point. For instance, a piece of normal glass lets the sunlight pass through it as it is; without making significant changes to its properties.

On the other hand, a piece of magnifying glass has the ability to focus all the sunlight captured by it on a single point, thereby increasing the intensity of sunlight by amplifying some properties of this light. As a result, we may be comfortable with the sunlight that falls on us through a normal glass but we may not be able to bear the high intensity sunlight falling on us through a magnifying glass as it can cause an instant burning effect.

Analyzing this equation, a piece of magnifying glass may not capture more energy of Sun than a piece of normal glass over the same area. However, normal piece of glass lets the energy of Sun pass through it without focusing the entire energy on a single point whereas a magnifying glass has the ability to focus all such energy on a single point. As a result, a magnifying glass reduces the net area over which it transmits the sunlight and it increases the intensity of sunlight to a significant extent.

Hence if you use a normal piece of glass to let sunlight fall on your hand through it, where such piece is exactly the size of your hand; you may receive the sunlight as well as the heat contained in it distributed over your entire hand; making it easy for you to bear it. However, if you use a magnifying glass of the same size, it may tightly pack the entire sunlight received by it and it may transmit such sunlight on a very small point. As a result, a small part of your hand may receive intense sunlight as well as heat whereas the rest of your hand may not receive anything at all. As a result, you’re likely to do much better with the first type of transmission carried out by normal glass.

A diamond has the ability to intensify the energy of Venus captured by it by packing it tightly and focusing it on a single point. Sometimes this energy may become too intense for you to handle and you may not be able to deal with it or channelize it in a proper way. A white sapphire on the other hand provides a comparatively balanced and evenly spread flow of energy from Venus and this is why a white sapphire is a better choice as a gemstone for Venus in most cases.

A white sapphire is always likely to transmit the energy of Venus much above satisfactory levels but it is not likely to transmit excessive or intensified energy radiations of Venus into the body of the native wearing this gemstone, like a diamond may do. This is what makes white sapphire a better gemstone for Venus when compared to Diamond; as a Diamond can prove too much to handle for some natives, even if Venus is working as a benefic planet in their horoscopes.

Coming back to the main topic, a White Sapphire captures the energy of Venus from its upper surface and it transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Venus transferred by White Sapphire into the body of the native provides extra strength to Venus 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 Venus affects two major energy equations in the horoscope of the native.

The first energy equation is that of the house in which Venus 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 Venus is placed witnesses more energy due to which, the results produced by Venus by virtue of its placement in this house may increase in number as well as in quantum. If Venus is present along with one or more than one planet in this house, the net share of Venus’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 Venus gains strength through its gemstone, its net share in the overall energy equation of the horoscope also increases. Since Venus 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 White Sapphire is only capable of increasing the strength of Venus within the body and aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Venus and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Venus in a horoscope.

It means that if Venus is working positively in a horoscope, wearing a White Sapphire may increase the strength of Venus and as such positive Venus gains strength, it may start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand if Venus is working negatively, which means that Venus is malefic in the horoscope, wearing a White Sapphire may provide additional strength to this negative Venus. As this negative Venus 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 White Sapphire; who have benefic Venus in their horoscopes whereas the natives having malefic Venus in their horoscopes should not wear White Sapphire as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, White Sapphire belongs to the family of corundum which is a type of gemstones. This gemstone should be absolutely colorless in order to be a White Sapphire as the addition of even a hint of any other color may change this gemstone from White Sapphire to some other sapphire. For example, a hint of yellow in this gemstone can make it a light colored Yellow Sapphire which is the gemstone for Jupiter and not the gemstone for Venus. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing a White 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 White Sapphire but even then, making a check for proper color and proper clarity can still make a difference in the kind of White Sapphire you are going to purchase. Due attention should also be paid to the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer and it is strongly advised to wear a White Sapphire which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer. This is because changing the weight of your White Sapphire at your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted results for you.

For example, wearing a White Sapphire much less in weight than the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer may not bring significant good results whereas wearing a White 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, a White Sapphire can also produce negative effects due to the native not being able to handle so much extra energy of Venus, 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 White Sapphire. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of White Sapphire recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a White Sapphire, which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a White 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 White 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 White 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 White 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 White Sapphire should be worn on a Friday morning, if the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a White Sapphire on a Friday 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 Thursday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Friday morning.

The native should take his bath on such Friday 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 Venus for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, he should pray to Venus and ask it to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the White 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, he should then wipe it with a clean cloth and after completing all these procedures, the native should wear his White Sapphire ring.

It should be noted that a White Sapphire should be worn on a Friday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Friday 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 White Sapphire 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 Venus are given below for the convenience of readers:

Venus Mool Mantra : Om Shukraay Namah
Venus Beej Mantra : Om Draam Dreem Draum Sah Shukraay Namah

Wearing a White Sapphire 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 Venus, according to the horoscope of the native. Therefore, all natives choosing to wear White Sapphire 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 White Sapphire in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.

A good frequency to clean a White Sapphire 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 White Sapphire 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 White Sapphire in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Venus which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a White Sapphire should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.

 

Himanshu Shangari