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This is a well known fact now that gemstones are very fast at producing results whether positive or negative. It is true that in most cases, a gemstone representing a planet among navagraha is not likely to sit quietly on the finger of the wearer for a long period of time. It means that such gemstone may either bring positive effects or it may bring negative effects and something good or bad is likely to happen in most such cases where a native wears a gemstone belonging to a planet among navagraha.
For this reason, the use of gemstones is a practice which should be carried out with utmost care and under the supervision of an expert astrologer who knows exactly which gemstones are going to suit you according to your horoscope and what weights of those gemstones are going to suit you. However, some astrologers don’t have proper knowledge on the subject and they recommend gemstones to their clients merely on the basis of some preconceived notions. These astrologers don’t go through all the complex calculations to find out the working nature of all the planets in your horoscope and they may simply depend on one or two factors in order to recommend gemstones for you.
These astrologers may engage in practices like suggesting a gemstone for the lord of Sun sign of a native, suggesting a gemstone for the lord of Moon sign or birth Raashi or a native, suggesting a gemstone for the lord of birth nakshatra of a native, suggesting a gemstone for the lord of running planetary period or Mahadasha, suggesting a gemstone for the lord of ascendant or for the lord of some other specific houses of a horoscope and some other such practices; where they may recommend gemstones based on one or two factors.
As already explained by me in a previous chapter, the working nature of a planet and the overall theme of a horoscope are the most important factors which should be considered duly; before recommending gemstones. Since these theories ignore these factors of utmost importance, most of these theories and beliefs have given birth to misconceptions in gemstone astrology and they have become the causes of losses to many natives interested in astrology. In this chapter, we will discuss the theory of recommending gemstones on the basis of Moon sign of a native and will find out the astrological as well as the logical truth behind this theory.
Many astrologers and particularly the astrologers practicing in Indian astrology believe that Moon is the most important planet in a horoscope and Moon sign of a person is sufficient in itself to tell most of the things about a native. Accordingly many books, journals and much online material can be found giving predictions about different people; based on their Moon signs. Before we move ahead with the discussion, let’s get to know what the Moon sign of a person is, for the sake of convenience of the readers who don’t know what Moon sign is.
There are 12 signs in astrology which are counted from Aries to Pisces and each one of the planets is placed in one out of these 12 signs or the others, at any given time. Each planet among navagraha is continuously moving and it travels from Aries to Pisces in a cyclic movement. For example, Moon travels from Aries to Pisces, it spends almost 2.5 days in a sign, it completes its journey through 12 signs in about a month and it then repeats the process. The same happens with all other planets and based on their speeds of motion, they keep traveling through these 12 signs in a cyclic way. Hence at any given point in time, each planet is traveling through or placed in one of these 12 signs.
The sign in which Moon is present in the birth chart or birth horoscope of a native, is called the Moon sign of the native. For example, if Moon is present in the sign of Libra in the birth chart of a native, the Moon sign of the native will be Libra and Venus being the ruler of the sign Libra will be the lord of Moon sign of the native. In simple language, Moon was traveling through the sign of Libra at the time of birth of this native and hence Libra becomes the Moon sign of this native. Since the sign of Libra is ruled by Venus, it becomes the lord of the Moon sign for this native.
It should be noted that all 12 signs are ruled by 7 planets among navagraha. Sun and Moon rule one sign each whereas Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn rule two signs each, making it a count of 12 in all. The remaining two planets Rahu and Ketu have not been assigned exclusive lordship of any sign; as they are shadow planets and they work in a different manner.
Moving ahead, a group of astrologers believes that the gemstone which belongs to the lord of Moon sign of a native is always suitable for that native. Hence these astrologers recommend their clients to wear gemstones belonging to the lords of Moon signs in their respective horoscopes. However in actual practice, such gemstones prescribed for the lords of Moon signs can give positive results to some natives whereas such gemstones can give bad or very bad results to some other natives, depending on the working nature of such lords of Moon signs as well as on the overall horoscopes of these natives.
I’ve been told by many of my clients that they have suffered on account of serious problems in various spheres of their lives after wearing gemstones for the lords of Moon signs in their horoscopes. Some of these natives faced financial losses, some of them faced serious problems with their husbands or wives, some of them had to suffer injuries through accidents and some of them had to face bad name on account of false accusations after wearing such gemstones. As the number of people suffering from bad effects after wearing the gemstones for the lords of Moon signs is significantly high, it clearly suggests that this theory and belief of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of Moon signs is flawed and it is not an accurate theory.
Looking at some scientific and astrological facts related to this theory, each planet among navagraha continuously keeps moving from one sign to the next sign in a cyclic movement which is from Aries to Pisces except Rahu and Ketu which move in a retrograde motion from Pisces to Aries. This way, each planet is placed in one sign or the other at any given point of time and each planet has an approximate time period in which this planet travels through a sign completely, which means that a planet enters and leaves such sign during this period.
This time period of transit in a sign is different for different planets and in case of Moon, it takes about 2.5 days for Moon to travel through a sign and this time period is known as the transit of the Moon in a particular sign. As Moon remains present in a sign for about 2.5 days, this means that the Moon sign of all the people born during those 2.5 days will be the same. It further means that the lord of Moon sign will also be same for all the people born during each group of 2.5 days. Hence this theory states that about a million people born during a particular period of 2.5 days can wear the same gemstone which belongs to the lord of Moon sign in their horoscopes, which is same for all such natives.
It should be noted that the basic and the most important rule for wearing any particular gemstone is that the planet for which a gemstone is being worn, should be working positively in the horoscope of the native, which means that such planet should be a benefic planet for the native. Combining the results of this rule with the results of the above mentioned theory of wearing gemstones on the basis of Moon signs, this conclusion can be easily derived that the lord of Moon sign in a horoscope is always benefic for the native. This is because the gemstone for this planet is believed to be always suitable for the native and only the gemstones belonging to benefic planets are suitable for a native.
This means that a particular planet continues to be benefic for all the natives born during a period of specific 2.5 days as a million natives born during these 2.5 days will have the same Moon signs and hence the same lord of Moon signs. For example, if Moon enters Libra on a day and it leaves Libra after about 2.5 days, it means that the Moon sign of all the natives born during this period will be Libra and Venus being the planetary lord of the sign Libra will be benefic for all the natives born during the above mentioned period of 2.5 days. This is far away from the truth as no planet can continue to be benefic for all the natives even for a few hours, let alone a period of 2.5 days.
The working nature of all planets continuously keeps changing from benefic to malefic and from malefic to benefic; and a planet can completely change from benefic to malefic or from malefic to benefic in a matter of 30 to 60 minutes. It means that a planet can’t keep being benefic for all the natives born during a period of 2.5 days as it can change its nature dozens of times during this period of 2.5 days. All the planets keep changing their strength, working nature, level of activity and many other aspects related to them with every passing minute. This is what makes them behave differently with every passing minute and accordingly all the individuals are different from each other as there is a continuous change in the horoscopes due to continuous change in the characteristics of various planets.
Therefore in the present example, when Moon is placed in the sign of Libra, Venus can be positive, negative or mixed; depending on the factors which decide its working nature in a horoscope. Hence it may be the case that Venus is negative in a horoscope and the astrologer may recommend you the gemstone for Venus; merely because Moon is placed in Libra.
As soon as you start wearing the gemstone for this planet; such negative Venus may gain strength and you may start suffering with higher or much higher intensity. Similarly, many other such cases may be there when the planetary lord of the Moon sign may be negative or it may even be involved in the formation of a defect in the horoscope. Wearing the gemstone for such planetary lord of Moon sign in such cases may produce very bad or even disastrous results.
It should be noted that the basis of this theory of recommending gemstones on the basis of Moon signs lies in the fact that the placement of Moon in a sign always makes the lord of that sign positive. Another fact given in favor of this theory is that the gemstone for the planetary lord of Moon sign provides strength to such planet and as such planet becomes stronger; Moon being placed in its sign may also gain strength. Analyzing the first statement, no single planet can decide the working nature of another planet in a horoscope and sometimes it may not even decide its own working nature.
The working nature of each and every planet is decided by a number of factors; some of which have been mentioned in a previous chapter. Hence this belief that the placement of Moon in a sign always makes the lord of that sign positive is flawed. Looking at the other fact, there are no doubts that when any planet gains strength through its gemstone, some of that strength may be transferred to the planet placed in any one of its signs; where the percentage of such strength transferred to such planet may vary from mild to medium; depending on the overall horoscope.
However as we know, gemstones can only increase the strength of the planets they are related to; and they can’t change the working nature of their corresponding planets. It means that if the lord of the Moon sign or the Moon is negative in a horoscope; wearing gemstone for this planet may provide more strength to such negative planet or negative Moon; which may cause many types of problems for the native, depending on his overall horoscope. The worst case may happen if both Moon and the lord of the Moon sign are negative in a horoscope. In this case, two negative planets may gain strength and accordingly; the native may suffer from serious types of problems related to various spheres of his life; depending on the overall tone of his horoscope.
Hence the theory of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of Moon signs is flawed and accordingly the practice of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of this theory should be avoided as such types of misconceptions can cause serious problems for some natives. The primary and the most important rule for wearing gemstones is that the planet related to the gemstone worn by a native should be benefic in his horoscope. In other words, gemstones should always be worn for benefic planets and they should not be worn for malefic planets.
Vedic astrology lays many guidelines for deciding the benefic or malefic nature of a planet in a horoscope, some of which have been mentioned in a previous chapter. Accordingly, a good astrologer should analyze the horoscope of his client with due attention in order to decide which planets are benefic for the native and then the gemstones for such planets should only be recommended.