There are many traditions surrounding birthstones, and it’s not always easy to find one that represents you. Interestingly, birthstones go back as far as the Bible. In Exodus 28, for example, we read that Aaron was to wear a breastplate adorned with twelve precious stones. These gems would represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Over time, these stones were probably linked to the twelve signs of the zodiac and eventually to the twelve months of the calendar.
Originally, gems were associated with astrological signs, and people were meant to wear their birthstones on corresponding months. This practise still exists in some countries, but it’s not nearly as widespread. Regardless of your astrological sign, there’s a birthstone that will fit your personality and bring you luck. Rooted in history, each birthstone possesses unique properties and according to some experts, specific powers. In this article, we will look at some of the most popular gemstones. While these are just a few of the many options, you can find a birthstone that suits you best.
January Birthstone – Garnet
Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. When people heard of the word “Garnet” they tend to think of a red gemstone that resemblances to a pomegranate seed. In fact, it comes in almost every colour:
- Green (Tsavorite and Demantoid),
- Orange (Spessartine and Hessionite),
- Purple (Rhodolite),
- Yellow (Mali and Topazolite),
- Pink (Malaya),
- Red (Almandine and Pyrope),
- Black (Melanite).
A Garnet is known to bring order and stabilise in chaos. It increases commitment, honesty, hope and faith. It is a stone of truth and purity as well as a symbol of love and compassion, simply trust that the information will be released as it is needed for awareness and healing of spirituality.”
Garnet is strongly tied to the element of fire and closely associated with the Root Chakra. Therefore, it is also commonly used in healing reproductive disorders and regulation of the menstrual cycle for women.
February Birthstone – Amethyst
Amethyst is the month of February birthstone and is also connected to the water signs of Pisces and Aquarius. Throughout history, this purple gemstone has been known for its healing and cleansing abilities. It is excellent to use as an aid to quiet the mind and help with cleansing and consecration of sacred space. Therefore, Amethyst Geode is often used in Feng Shui Practice.
The energy from an Amethyst is closely related to the Crown Chakra, thus Meditation practitioners like to use them in healing rituals related to treating depression or anxiety, mood disorders, and stress relief. Furthermore, on the magical level, Amethyst is capable of sharpening the mind and enhancing our intuitive powers.
You can see psychics or fortune-tellers using Amethysts as a divinatory tool to enhance their power or interpret messages with greater understanding and wisdom. Not only it is used in these events to amplify the energy, but it is also used as a Talisman to help to bring feelings of happiness, as it is a stone of pure love.
March Birthstone – Aquamarine
Aquamarine, the month of March birthstone. This Bluish-Green Gemstone, associated with Poseidon and Neptune was first called “water of the sea” by Roman fishermen, who used it for protection over the water and it was also worn by sailors to prevent seasickness. Aquamarine is a Water element stone, powerful for healing both physical and emotional. It is beneficial to physical ailments of the heart, lungs, and nervous system and calming the spirit and the soul.
The energy of the Aquamarine gemstone is connected to the Throat Chakra thus it is used to open up communication. In addition, it’s calming, soothing and cleansing abilities allow one to flush out emotional baggage from the past, reduce stress, eliminate anger and let things go. Some psychics even used it in rituals to connect with their spiritual guides.
April Birthstone – Diamond/Clear Quartz
Diamond is the birthstone for April along with its semi-precious cousin Clear Quartz. Diamond, created by fire, sustained from tremendous pressure. A supreme gift of Mother Earth with a strong connection to the sun is believed to have strong amplifying qualities. It is also known as the master healing crystal for it contains the full spectrum of light that works on every level of bringing the body’s energy into balance and harmony. Diamond and Quartz are often seen in use for working related to astral travel and scrying, meditation, and intuition.
Since Diamond and Quartz typically enhance or amplify whatever emotions, it is advisable to stop wearing them if you are feeling blues and down, wait until things get better for you. On the other hand, if you are feeling upbeat, Diamond will make it double.
May Birthstone –Emerald/Chrysoprase
The Emerald is the birthstone for May. It is the most popular green gem in the world and is also known for its magical effect on boosting spiritually and healing emotionally, especially when you are feeling emotionally vulnerable. According to the Egyptians, Emerald is considered as a “Sacred Stone of Eternal Life”. Not only that, but the ancient Greeks also used it in talismans.
Spiritual practitioners use it to calm the mind and allow them to dive deeper into a meditative state. The energy from the Emerald can neutralize negative influences and promotes prosperity in your life. Therefore, many use emerald to revive lost passion, lift spirits, restore confidence and self-esteem, or even boost business in times of economic downturn.
Another semi-precious alternative birthstone for May is Chrysoprase. This lovely green healing crystal promotes good feelings of love and forgiveness. Its energy attracts an abundance of love and compassion into your life, as well as the possibility of attracting new love. Good news for those who are seeking a soulmate. This is a crystal for happiness that helps anyone who needs a lift. Chrysoprase promotes joy, self-acceptance and independence. It encourages forgiveness and compassion towards others.
June Birthstone – Pearls/ Moonstone
Evolved from the humblest of life forms, here comes the Pearl. This supreme elegancy beauty is the birthstone for June. Pearls are unique, it is the only gemstone created by the sea creatures and are not found within the earth. It absorbed the energy from the sea and harness the power of the moon, purifying its surrounding for them to thrive. Therefore, Pears are believed to absorb the negative energy of the wearer and bring a sense of calmness that promote peace, nobility, and purity. It also enhances personal integrity. Pearls are also believed to hold on to good memories, so put on a Pearl whenever there is a happy occasion. You’ll feel it the next time you wear that pearl again.
Moonstone is another birthstone for those born in June along with Pearls. They are adored for their moon-light sheen and a floating play of light known as adularescence. There is a great deal of mystique and magic surrounding this gemstone. The Roman believed that it was created by the solidified rays of the moon while in India it is considered a sacred gemstone as it is believed to encapsulate a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune. The Moonstone symbolises the beauty of being to the fullest and promote inner growth, nobility and acceptance.
July Birthstone – Ruby
The bright Red Ruby is July’s birthstone. It is empowered with power, strength, passion, and recovery. Rubies have an intense inner power that can help to overcome your fear and challenges giving you the strength to take risks and try new things. The properties of Ruby can even enhance your influence on others to see your side in any situation.
In some traditions, it is used to ward off negative energy and hostile magic. Ruby might appear to be fiery, but they are deeply sensitive and creative gemstones that will help you develop your inner self and spirituality. It is useful if need to get back to life after you’ve been hurt or recover from a broken heart, depressive state, or other emotional issues that are dragging you down.
Ruby is closely associated with the Root Chakra and Heart chakra. Therefore, it is advisable to wear a Ruby on the left side of the body to ensure it protects the energies and health of your Heart chakra if your Heart energy is being attacked or sucked dry by needy or malicious individuals.
August Birthstone – Peridot
Peridot is the birthstone for August. This gemstone is associated with prosperity, growth and peace. Carry a Peridot with you to attract positive energy and it will create a magical energy shield to ward off evil spirits. If you are suffering from nightmares or restless sleep, try to place a Peridot under your pillow, you will be surprised to find out how effective it is. It will help you maintain a sense of balance even during times of emotional or spiritual struggles.
The colour green is related to the Heart Chakra. The energy will open up and activate the heart and solar plexus chakra, infusing with kindness, joy and wise acceptance. Peridot purifies the subtle bodies and mind. It is often used to cleanse the auras, releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels. In the magical perspective, this gemstone brings the understanding of one’s destiny and purpose as it releases and repels negative vibrations promoting clarity and well-being.
September Birthstone – Sapphire
This September birthstone, Sapphire is a worldwide symbol of Wisdom and Truth. The Blue indicates the strong water connection and it is also the astrological zodiac sign of Libra. They are believed to have the power to help maintain inner peace and are good for self-improvement and mental state. Sapphires are used to calm nerves and promote mental clarity, helping with focus and concentration. They have also been used as remedies for treating disorders of the respiratory system and breathing issues since it is connected to the Throat Chakra.
Based on some magical traditions, Sapphires are being used in certain rituals that involved prophecy and spirit guides. It is also believed that Sapphire can be used to banish evil spirits and send negative spells back to the sender. Therefore, Psychic or Fortune Teller use them to get a connection with astral and psychic realms but also protect those who took those journeys. It is a great tool that helps to connect with the universe and open up your internal and spiritual self to the powers of the universe.
When it comes to love and fidelity, you might want to wear a Sapphire as it will enhance the faith and trust element. However, if you suffer a betrayal in the relationship, get rid of that Sapphire that may have given you as a gift.
October Birthstone – Opal/ Tourmaline
Opal is the birthstone for the month of October. This stone sparkled with multiple ranges of colours. It can enhance self-worth, confidence, self-esteem and help you to understand your full potential. Opal tends to absorb all the energies around it and amplifies the sources, whether or not they are positive or negative, it brings out the characteristics to the surface and aids in accessing one’s true self.
Opal is unique as it is closely linked to all four classical elements. They are often used in spiritual and emotional healing. Since they amplify traits, they are incorporated into rites for protection as well. They are definitely a perfect enhancer or booster for magical workings.
Tourmaline is also the birthstone for October. Its colour ranges from black to blue to purple, but pink and green are the most commonly found varieties. They are infamous for developing empathy, sharpening awareness and overcoming fear factors. The Red Tourmaline is used to boost love, lust, and sexual potency, as well as the creative forces. Wear a Red Tourmaline if you need more creative juices in your job.
Black Tourmaline is quite rare and it is associated with the earth element. Psychic used them in rituals for grounding and stability which is very effective in redistributing the negative energy. Think of it as a psychic lightning rod, which takes that negative energy and deflects it away, grounding it back into the earth itself.
November Birthstone – Citrine/Topaz
Citrine and Topaz, both are birthstones for November. Citrine is known to harness the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energising and life-giving. This golden gemstone is believed to support the wearer with vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope. It is often used in Feng Shui to attract wealth and prosperity, success and positive vibes. It also encourages generosity and sharing good fortune. Citrine is indeed a gemstone of abundance and manifestation.
The Topaz symbolises love and affection. Its energies are connected to honesty and trust, loyalty and fidelity, internal enlightenment and protection from deceit. Wear topaz to prevent gossipmongering from spreading malicious rumours about you, it can protect you from the fallout. It can also be used to stimulate the intellect and allows you to articulate your thoughts and feelings to others
December Birthstone – Turquoise
“If cold December gave you birth, The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue, Success will bless whatever you do.”
Turquoise, the birthstone for December is best known for boosting happiness, wealth and attracting good luck. In some cultures, it is used as a talisman to shield from an evil attack therefore, it is also known as a powerful shielding stone.
In the magical perspective, Turquoise is associated with the element of water and is commonly used in Chakras Alignments. Healers often focus on the healing power with the 5th Chakra (Throat) which is the centre of communication, serenity, creativity, and spiritual bonding. With regards to spirituality, especially the Native American tribes of the Southwest tend to incorporate them into rituals to bring about wisdom and intuition.