by Rev. Tamera Crosby
Well...here we are...mid-summer and into another month. Seems like I only did the June Gemstones a couple of weeks ago. BUT...there is a difference this time!!! This is my favorite month...July!!!
Let's play a tiny bit of trivia before I delve into the July Gemstones.
1.What month and day is the commemoration of Bastille Day?
2.What month and day was the first Russian Sputnik launched?
3.What month and day is my birthday?
(I do hope you noticed that I purposely did not ask for the year on any of the questions!)
For the answer to the above questions...you'll have to check some of my other blog listings. You didn't think I would just give the answers at the end of this entry, did you?
Now onward to the purpose of this blog listing...July Gemstones.
RUBY--This is the modern as well as the traditional gemstone for the month of July. It is one of the hardest gemstones besides diamonds and sapphires and is used commercially for many items, including but not limited to---use in lasers to amplify energy. They mostly use the clearer or gemmy variety but even the raw or low grade ruby stones can do the same thing for whomever is carrying or wearing them. They are not discriminate amplifiers, either. They will amplify the good as well as the bad so if you are a wearer of rubies, be aware of your thoughts, especially while driving...they can just as easily amplify road-rage as they can protective and healing energies.
There was one woman at a show who must have had 8-10 ruby rings as well as a necklace and earrings on the day I first saw her. I don't remember how the topic came up but I asked her if she happened to be a bit on the road-rage side when driving and she admitted that she was very impatient when in traffic. I told her about how the rubies amplify energy and thoughts and suggested that maybe she would benefit from wearing a few less of them at a time. When I next saw her at a show a few months later, she was wearing less of the rubies and was a whole lot calmer.
Rubies have always been a favorite of mine and anyone who has seen me has probably seen my special ruby...it is a massive ruby record keeper which I wear on braided cording. It was not a stone which wanted any metal wrapped around it. My standing joke is that I had always wanted a large ruby to wear but had never specified that it was gem quality. I got my wish.
Rubies also have a lot of legends and lore pertaining to them. One of my favorites is about its protective qualities. It is said to change color or darken if the wearer is in danger...thus is one of the reasons goblets of the nobility were often encrusted with rubies...to warn them if the drink was poisoned.
So...in my introductory ramblings about the Ruby...we've covered part of the energies and uses for them...they are protective and amplify energies.
They also are said to aid regeneration of physical/spiritual heart; enhance circulation; vitalize blood and entire body/mind system while strengthening immunity. They are also said to activate sluggish or dormant conditions on physical/spiritual levels; refine lower passions as well as enhancing courage, integrity, selfless service, joy, spiritual devotion, power, leadership. They are also said to help banish the sense of limitation.
ALSO...besides Quartz, Rubies are one of the few gemstones which sometimes have record keepers etched or raised on their faces. This means that they hold information from the past, present and perhaps even the future in them. They are knowledge libraries to the ones who can tune into them and decipher their messages.
EMERALD-- The Emerald is a stone of the heart chakra, opening one to more love and healing past hurts . It is also a stone to work out things with father figures...whether your actual father or someone who has felt like a father to you. It also helps when there is no father figure present. The Emerald is also a stone which helps one to realize prosperity and helps with dream work/ meditation. It deepens spirituality and consciousness. A wonderful all around healing stone.
ONYX---A variety of chalcedony. Relieves stress. Balances male/female polarities. Strengthens bone marrow. Aids detachment. Enhances emotional balance and self-control. Higher inspiration. Works with chakras and attitudes according to color of stone.
CARNELIAN--This is a variety of Chalcedony which, in turn, is a form of Agate. It is a very highly evolved mineral healer. It is said to energize the blood; aid the kidneys, lungs, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and tissue regeneration. Also said to vitalize the physical/ emotional/ mental bodies while aligning the physical and etheric bodies: enhances attunement with the inner self; facilitates concentration; and opens the heart. This is a warm, social and joyous stone working with the root and the sacral chakras. This is also said to help with self-esteem, fears, angers, hidden emotions and sexual problems. It is often carried as a talisman stone. (EXTRA NOTE: According to Edgar Cayce readings, carnelian is also great for sinus and allergy relief...which I can confirm...at least for me. I have never been overly drawn to it...nice and all but never really wore it until I found that reading in my studies about gemstones. I had been given a lovely stretch bracelet of carved turtles and spacers which was carnelian and so decided to try it. WOW!!! The effect was almost instant when I first put it on so I have been wearing it almost every day since and have had a LOT less problems with my sinuses. Not to be considered a cure-all because if it's a really bad allergy day, I still have some problems but they are significantly less than I used to have and I have backed off using a lot of the over the counter sinus stuff. This is only my personal reaction and it may not be the same for everyone and is definitely not a replacement for prescribed medicines...it is just a booster for whatever therapy you currently use...as are all stone companions.)
GARNET---(Red)--is said to strengthen, purify, vitalize and regenerate bodily systems, especially the bloodstream. It is also said to have a strong affinity with root Chakra, helping to harmonize the potent forces of the kundalini. Thus it may also help to stimulate the pituitary gland. while aligning subtle bodies. It is also said to help increase love, compassion and enhance the imagination.