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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 Hessonite, which is the gemstone for Rahu.

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

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

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

Hessonite is called Rahu Ratna or Gomedak in Sanskrit and Gomed in Hindi. This gemstone captures the energy of Rahu from its upper surface and it transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Rahu transferred by Hessonite into the body of the native provides extra strength to Rahu 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 Rahu affects two major energy equations in the horoscope of the native.

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

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

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Hessonite belongs to the family of garnet which is a type of gemstones. This gemstone is found available in different colors and shades of Orange Brown ranging from light Orange Brown, medium dark Orange Brown to dark Orange Brown. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing a Hessonite, 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 Hessonite but even then, making a check for proper color and proper clarity can still make a difference in the kind of Hessonite you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Hessonite may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Hessonite 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 Rahu if benefic in your horoscope.

For example, based on the working of positive Rahu in your horoscope, your astrologer may recommend a light colored Hessonite for you. This may be because of many reasons, one of which may be the fact that the placement of Rahu may be such in your horoscope that it may not do well with intense energy radiations of this planet, which are supplied through a dark colored Hessonite. Hence your astrologer may recommend a light colored Hessonite which provides relatively less intense energy radiations of Rahu, in order to avoid some side effects which may arise due to you not being able to properly handle such intense energy radiations of Rahu by wearing a dark colored Hessonite.

Similarly, based on the working of positive Rahu in your horoscope, your astrologer may recommend a dark colored Hessonite for you. This may be because of many reasons, one of which may be the fact that the placement of Rahu may be such in your horoscope that it may do particularly well with intense energy radiations of this planet, which are supplied through a dark colored Hessonite. Hence your astrologer may recommend a dark colored Hessonite which provides intense energy radiations of Rahu, instead of suggesting a light colored Hessonite which may provide less intense energy radiations of Rahu. In this case, you may witness fewer benefits if you choose to wear a light colored Hessonite, though you are still likely to witness benefits as Rahu is positive in your horoscope.

Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Hessonite 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 Hessonite which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer. This is because changing the weight of your Hessonite at your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted results for you.

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

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Hessonite, which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Hessonite 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 Hessonite 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 Hessonite 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 Hessonite 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 Hessonite should be worn on a Saturday morning, if the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Hessonite 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 such 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 Rahu for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, he should pray to Rahu and ask it to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Hessonite 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 Hessonite ring.

It should be noted that a Hessonite should be worn on a Saturday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Saturday 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 Hessonite 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 Rahu are given below for the convenience of readers:

Rahu Mool Mantra : Om Raahve Namah
Rahu Beej Mantra : Om Bhraam Bhreem Bharaum Sah Raahve Namah

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

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

 

Himanshu Shangari