by Rev. Tamera Crosby
As I have explained in prior gemstone of the month listings...there are many charts from which to choose and I have tried to include all that apply to this month of June, including the crossover for the Zodiac.
There is no one right or wrong choice on your birthstone...just go with the one you are most drawn to right now...it is probably what you need to help you through the current situations or may even be the stable, guiding energy of your life. It is up to you to choose...I am merely offering the 'traditional' or 'society driven' options for informational purposes. It may give you some insight as to why you are drawn to certain stones and why certain ones may even repel you...(that's usually because you are not ready to accept or work with certain problem areas in your life at the current time...it will come when you are ready.)
Below are the definitions associated with the gemstones of the month. Enjoy!!!...and remember...not all stones or crystals have to be perfect, beautiful, or gem quality to give you the benefits of their energies. The humblest stone, crystal, being or creature, may have more effect and more power to heal, enlighten, or expand your world than the priciest, biggest, or richest thing/being/creature in the world.
ALEXANDRITE--this is a great transformational stone. It offers the ability to change colors in certain lights and is often very hard to find in the natural state...most on the market now-a-days is manmade but it still contains the transformational properties when aiding you to change both within and without. It is said to help ease depression and find inner joy. It is good for glandular problems and also for the building of the blood.
PEARL--this gem has been linked with chastity and modesty, making it something of an angelic, pure birthstone. They are also linked to successful and happy marriages. They are not a true gemstone but they do embody the energies of the sea and nature. Very calming and often overlooked by today's generation as 'old lady' jewelry but they are also used in some of the cosmetics today, especially with some of the oriental creams or make-up I have seen. These beautiful gems are universal and an elegant touch to any occasion...especially when you are nervous and want to stay calm.
AGATE/MOSS AGATE--This stone shows moss-like tendrils (either black or green) through a semi-opaque to semi-translucent white to clear agate and is said to help with plant growth. It is very good grounding, good for lungs, and nervous disorders. (There are actually a few types of classification for this stone...the straight moss agate which normally has black manganese dendrites and the green moss agate which has green needles or tendrils and a harder to find form called Nairobi Moss Agate which also contains a reddish color in with the green.) Agates in general have energies which correspond to their coloring and that, in turn corresponds to the chakra of the same color. They are nearly everywhere and combine with other stones or even former creatures to create beautiful stones and wonderful energies. Some examples of the agatized items are agatized beach glass (Opalite) and agatized coral... a former living creature. It will also combine with bone or plant, making it agatized. All of which goes to show that one should never under estimate the power of the agate.
CHALCEDONY--This is a form of Quartz, which is also the basis for Agates and many other stones/crystals. It comes in transparent, translucent, or opaque and may have small amounts of opal included. Considered a scared stone by Native American Indians, it was used to help provide stability during ceremonial activities and also aided in opening pathways for thought transmissions. It is very useful for balancing the energies of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions, encouraging brotherhood of all mankind. Also said to help combat build-up of materials in the veins, aid with different forms of dementia, senility, and increase mental stability.
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.)
DIAMOND--Ah yes...the Diamond...the stone said to be a girl's best friend...well...I have a differing opinion on that one. Almost everyone has seen a diamond. It's one of the most sought after gems stones around and one of the priciest for really good specimens. It has been the traditional engagement ring stone for who knows how long because it signifies loyalty, faithfulness, and steadfastness in relationships and commitments. It is said to help one be the best one can be. It is also the elephant of the crystal world...it never forgets anything it has experienced...which is one reason people should be cautious when buying estate jewelry or pawned engagement/wedding rings...the diamonds store the bad as well as the good and if there was a lot of problems or anger associated with the former owner, that will stay with the stone and influence the next owner. Remember the 'curse' which is legendary to the Hope Diamond? Diamonds are one of the hardest minerals around so wouldn't it be logical that it would be hard to get rid of bad vibrations and memories which had been implanted through wearing or handling of the piece? One may be able to clear some of the memories but there will always be the core remembrance somewhere deep within awaiting to be awoken by a similar event. Diamonds are also used in industry for cutting, lasers, and more.
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.
AQUAMARINE--This is a variety of Beryl. As is obvious with the name, it is associated with the water and all elements of the ocean. It is said to calm the nerves; reduce fluid retention; strengthen kidneys, liver, and spleen; purifies the body; enhances clarity of mind; aids in creative self-expression; aids with physical/ emotional. mental balancing ; helps banish fears and phobias; is excellent for meditation, inspiration, peace, calmness, and love. This stone has several shading variations from the namesake aquamarine blue to a greenish blue and is not always the transparent gem quality but it works well no matter what the color or the quality of the stone/ crystal. This is a very peaceful and calming stone, working with the throat chakra but also working with the feminine side of one's character to allow a better flow of emotions and energy.
MOONSTONE--is said to help balance the male and female energies of a person; said to work with PMS or moodiness; is good for pregnant women or creatures; and almost all of the 'feminine' diseases. The brown moonstone is said to be good for the healing of the lower body and, in particular, the lowest part of the back. The pink and green moonstones are said to be good healing stones for females but will also work for males who tend to experience--'that time of the month'--as well. One of the most sought after versions of the moonstone is the Rainbow Moonstone and is said to have a connection to the divine Goddess and the divine feminine. One of the best stones for any female on the planet and is great for bringing out the nurturing qualities in some males as well. It works on all levels.
SARDONYX--Is actually a form of carnelian which is also an agate but it contains banding of colors like the orange-red and white to clear and contains all of the properties of a carnelian as well as that of Onyx and Chalcedony. It is said to bring happiness in marriage and live-in relationships, allowing one to realize the joys of living. It is also said to help attract friends, good fortune and self control while diminishing hesitation and promoting courage. It is also known as a 'stone of virtue'.