Gemstones and Birth Nakshatra

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Wearing gemstones is a practice which should be carried out with utmost care and under the supervision of an expert astrologer who knows exactly which gemstone is going to suit you according to your horoscope and what weight of that gemstone is going to suit you. However, some astrologers recommend gemstones on the basis of baseless theories and beliefs which have given birth to various misconceptions in gemstone astrology. In this chapter, we will discuss some facts associated with the theory of recommending gemstones on the basis of Birth Nakshatra of a native which is also called Janma Nakshatra of the native.

Many astrologers and particularly the astrologers practicing in Vedic 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 and accordingly many books, journals and much online material can be seen giving predictions about a person based on his Moon sign or Raashi. Before we move ahead with the discussion, let’s get to know what is the Moon sign of a person, for the sake of convenience of the readers who do not know much about it?

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 other, at any given time. The sign in which the Moon is present in the birth chart of a native, is called the Moon sign of the native. For example, if Moon is present in the sign of Aries in the birth chart of a native, Moon sign of the native will be Aries and Mars being the ruler of the sign Aries, will be the lord of Moon sign of the native.

Similarly there are 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Vedic astrology and these nakshatras are counted from Ashwini to Revati. Each planet is placed in one out of these 27 nakshatras at a given point in time. The nakshatra in which Moon is placed in birth chart of a native is called Birth Nakshatra or Janma Nakshatra of the native. For example, if Moon is present in Ashwini nakshatra in the birth chart of a native, then the Birth Nakshatra of the native will be Ashwini and Ketu being the ruler of Ashwini Nakshatra, will be the lord of Birth Nakshatra of the native.

Moving ahead, a group of astrologers believes that the gemstone which belongs to the lord of Birth Nakshatra of a native is always suitable for that native and hence these astrologers recommend their clients to wear gemstones belonging to the lords of Birth Nakshatras in their respective horoscopes. But in actual practice, such gemstones prescribed for Lords of Birth Nakshatras of the natives can give positive effects to some natives whereas such gemstones can give bad or very bad effects to some other natives. I have been told by many of my clients that they have suffered on account of serious problems in various spheres of their lives after wearing the gemstone for the lord of Birth Nakshatra in their horoscopes.

Some of these natives faced physical problems and diseases, some of them had to face injuries through some kind of accident, some of them faced financial problems and some of these natives experienced many other kinds of problems related to various spheres of their lives after wearing such gemstones. As the number of people suffering from bad effects after wearing the gemstone for the lord of Birth Nakshatra is much more than the number of natives benefitting by wearing such gemstones, it clearly suggests that this theory and belief of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of Birth Nakshatra is flawed and it is not an accurate theory.

Looking at some scientific and astrological facts related to this theory, we know that each planet continuously keep moving from one nakshatra to the next nakshatra in a cyclic movement which is from Ashwini nakshatra to Revati nakshatra in case of all planets among navagraha except Rahu and Ketu which move from Revati nakshatra to Ashwini nakshatra. This way, each planet is placed in one nakshatra or the other at any given point of time and each planet has an approximate time period in which this planet travels through a nakshatra completely, which means that a planet enters and leaves the nakshatra in this period.

This time period of transit in a nakshatra is different for different planets and in case of Moon, it takes about a day or so for Moon to travel through a nakshatra and this time period is known as the transit of the Moon in a particular nakshatra. As Moon remains present in a nakshatra for about one day, this means that the Birth Nakshatra of all the people born during that one day will be the same which further means that lord of Birth Nakshatra will also be same for all the people born during each group of one day. Hence this theory states that about 400,000 people born during a particular period of one day can wear the same gemstone which belongs to the lord of Birth Nakshatra in their horoscopes which is the same for all such natives.

It should be noted that the basic and 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 Birth Nakshatra, this conclusion can be easily derived that the lord of Birth Nakshatra in a horoscope is always benefic for the native as 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 planets continues to be benefic for all the natives born during a period of specific one day as all 400,000 natives ( approximately ) born during this one day will have the same Birth Nakshatra and hence they will have the same lord of Birth Nakshatra. For example, if Moon enters Pushya Nakshatra on 17th of October and it leaves Pushya Nakshatra on 18th of October, it means that the Birth Nakshatra of all the natives born during this period will be Pushya Nakshatra and Saturn being the lord of Pushya Nakshatra will be benefic for all the natives born during the above mentioned period of one day.

This 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 one day. 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 minutes which means that a planet can’t keep being benefic for all the natives born during a period of one day as it can change its nature many times during this period of one day. All the planets keep changing their strength, working nature and many other aspects related to them with every passing minute which makes them behave differently with every passing minute and accordingly, all 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.

Hence the theory of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of Birth Nakshatra is flawed and accordingly the practice of recommending and wearing gemstones on the basis of this misconception 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 or in other words, gemstones should always be worn for benefic planets and they should almost never be worn for malefic planets.

Vedic astrology lays many guidelines for deciding the benefic or malefic nature of a planet in a horoscope and accordingly, a good astrologer should analyze the horoscope of his client with great care in order to decide which planets are benefic for the native and then the gemstones for such planets should only be recommended.

 

By
Himanshu Shangari