May Zodiac Gemstones: Sapphire & Citrine and More!
May brings joy to all especially those who are born in this spectacular month. Emerald the traditional birthstone for May is undeniably gorgeous. It is one of four precious stones which are of course ruby, diamond, emerald, and sapphire. Emeralds color is magnificent, and its lore dates back to biblical times.
So what is the drawback of having a May birthday and wanting birthstone jewelry? Well, you may not be surprised to hear that Emerald is costly! For those who can afford it, this is not a problem, but for others, it may present an issue. But don't worry we have you covered. Because as we look deeper into the month and discover the gems which associate to the star signs Taurus and Gemini, we find a much greater range of gems from which to choose.
Believe it or not, between the two signs Taurus and Gemini 11 new stones appear for birthstone jewelry in this month: coral, turquoise, aventurine, garnet, amber, rose quartz, tiger's eye, chrysoprase, citrine, white sapphire, and pearl.
So let's take a look at how these gemstones line up with the zodiac signs for our May born individuals.
Taurus (April 21 - May 21)
Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
What are Talismanic & Planetary-Stones? Let us explain.
Planetary Stones - In ancient times Gemstones were believed to be associated with different planets. Some of these planets were deemed to be ruling planets for the time in which individuals were born. A belief stemmed that wearing the stone of the 'ruling planet' at your time of birth would bring positive effects to your life!
Talismanic Stones - Talismans are amulets which have been cut or engraved as jewelry. Wearers of these stones are said to have protection by the magical powers the Talismans posses. These engraved Talismans are supposed to protect from evil, but they must have engravings on stones corresponding to the Zodiac sign of the barer.
Why is Emerald the Birthstone for May?
Emeralds position as the official birthstone of May dates back to The Breast Plate of Aaron. Another of our modern birthstones which relate to the bible. Written in Exodus is the breastplate of Aaron which was a sacred object worn by the high priest of the Israelites' so he could communicate with God. This Breast Plate was worn over the priest's sacred garments. Attached by straps to his chest the Breast Plate contained twelve gemstones which represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
Academic research was carried out by a Roman scholar who studied the twelve gemstones on Aarons Breast Plate and compiled the first list of Birthstones based on his findings.
It is to be square - a span long and a span wide - and folded double. Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be Carnelian, Chrysolite and Beryl; the second row shall be Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Emerald; the third row shall be Jacinth, Agate and Amethyst; the fourth row shall be Topaz, Onyx and Jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings. There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes. Exodus 28:16-20
Over the years many interpretations of the Breast Plate were made. Some suggested the twelve stones existed to represent the twelve sons of Israel. Others believed they represented the signs of the Zodiac and the months of the Roman calendar.
Who are some famous people that have birthdays in May?
Are there references to earth, fire, water, air, or Feng Shui?
So we are covering Feng Shui as it relates to two zodiac gemstones for May; we will discuss the applications for Agate and Tiger's Eye.
We will speak about these gemstones uses in Feng Shui, and the benefits you can obtain by wearing them will be our next section.
Agate in Feng Shui:
Agate is popular in Feng Shui and using it in cures and carvings is a favorite way to channel its benefits. You can buy Agate in a large variety of colors as well essentially every color of the rainbow. The intricate banding Agate provides displays mysterious patterns, layers, and shapes and some iridescence. The energy of Agate is unique as it combines strength from the stone with both water and air energies, allowing healing to be synergistic and all-encompassing.
An agate in blue forms has soothing healing energy and is considered to be one of the most potent healing gemstones.
You will see the colors of agate will affect the intensity at which the gemstone will heal. A great example is the healing powers of fire agate which is red. This red fire agate will hold the same healing benefits as a blue agate, but they will come about more energetically. Green agate will heal and additionally bring refreshment to one's mind and body.
Natures and its wiseness have provided agate with additional qualities which are protection and grounding. Many will wear agate for these purposes.
You can place agate in any area of your home that needs gentle healing or an increase of expression. When working with stones of different elements, you may choose to place them by their energy in specific locations of your home. For example, blue agate is perfect for placement in the east for health and the southeast for wealth. If working with fire agate, you can create excellent Feng Shui energy by placing it in the southwest area of your home for love and marriage.
Tiger's Eye in Feng Shui:
Tiger's eye is known to be highly protective with its energy that is watchful and vigorous. The different colors which are present in tiger's eye gemstones will hold varying degrees of power ranging from strengthening to grounding which depends on the number of reds or yellows present in the gem itself. The appearance of tiger's eyes has mystical effects for the viewer and due to its unique banding of rich colors near rich blacks this gemstone's energy is admittedly unusual.
Because of tiger's eyes watchful energy, it has long been a favorite for protective jewelry and home decor. Tiger's eye holds a unique ability which differs from the protective powers of other gemstones, and that's its ability to balance and clear emotions. So this gemstone can also be vital in calming one's mind and obtaining inner peace.
In Feng Shui, tiger's eye is useful for protection and cleansing. You can find tiger's eye in many forms that are useful for home decoration such as gemstone carvings, cabochon cut gems, perfectly symmetrical and balanced sphere or ball shapes, and beads that easily make wearable jewelry.
When placing tiger's eyes gemstones in your home for Feng Shui, some excellent ideas are; your home office which can benefit from the clearing and calming properties, for protective qualities tiger's eye is most effective when placed by a front door, window, or children's rooms. Tiger's eye is a good Feng Shui enhancer in the West and Northwest areas of your home because it delivers bright, fresh and earthlike energy. Clarity and crispness are associated with the metal Feng Shui element that dominates these areas. Because tiger's eye gives earthy energy, it provides support for metal elements - this is why tiger's eye is so effective at drawing power to these areas.
Why wear Agate? Are they used for Health, Luck, etc.?
Agate is a gemstone that's been worn since ancient times and it still hugely popular today. Agate's strength and beauty make it an excellent gemstone for jewelry and the variety of colors in which it is available are a bonus.
So here are five areas of your life agate can help you with healing, positivity, health, relationships, and wealth.
Positivity is something we can all use a little more of which is why choosing an agate for a gemstone is a beautiful decision. Wear your agate to cultivate feelings of inner peace, calmness, and gratitude.
The health benefits of wearing agate include a strengthened immune system, body, and metabolism. Agate is also used to heal stomach ailments, insomnia, and other digestive problems like indigestion or reflux.
Agate can help improve relationships by removing any disharmony which may exist in your environment. Removing the discord allows you to accept the negatives and focus on the positives of your relationships. By focusing on the positive aspects of your relationship, you will be able to build a stronger and deepened bond
Agate assists ones wealth in two ways. The first is by protecting the money you already have. Agate discourages wasteful habits; thus it protects your wealth. The second-way agate assists us in obtaining the wealth we desire is by energizing us to reach our financial goals. Better decision making and clearer solutions to financial problems can be found through agates calming and energizing power.
Why wear Tiger's Eye? Are they used for Health, Luck, etc.?
There are many reasons to wear tigers eye gemstones. Besides its beautiful appearance tigers eye can attract positive things to your life, protect you from negative energies, and provides both strength and courage.
To eliminate negative energies and attract harmony you may need to shake the bad before inviting the good. Tigers eye gemstones can help us to eliminate negative energy quickly. Wear the gemstone to expel the negative energy and promote positivity from within.
Individuals with health problems may also find relief through the tiger eye gemstone. Tigers eye had been used to treat bone conditions in the past and today proves to be great in alternative healing which relates to bone conditions.
Tigers eye can help reduce the stress associated with financial difficulties. By reducing stress, one can make clearer financial choices. Tiger's eye can help manage and attract wealth by reducing stress and improving decision making.
The tiger is a courageous and strong animal, and the eye of the tiger is the focal point of its strength and precision if courage and strength are what you desire try channeling these qualities through the gemstone tigers eye. If you are looking for a gemstone that will give you the courage to try new things look no further. Try a tigers eye gemstone today!
How are May's stones connected to April and June?
All of the months and traditional birthstones combine through the star signs or the Zodiac Signs. The current birthstone list is a twelve-month list that has one or more gemstones for each month. What positively connect the months are the Zodiac Signs and the gemstones that go with them. In this way, all the months of the year connect, and some zodiac stones are far from the traditional birthstone selected for the month. Zodiac stones give the wearer of gemstone jewelry many more options when choosing a piece to wear plus added the added significance of wearing a gem that's linked with your zodiac sign.
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