Healing with Birthstones

Kelli Fox

People have valued gemstones for their healing properties for centuries. Crystals, especially those of the quartz variety, are in widespread use today for treating everything from physical to emotional to spiritual issues. But precious and semiprecious stones also have beneficial qualities. When used with care and respect, these mineral beauties can enhance our health, our relationships and our wellbeing.

Most people are familiar with the gemstone associated with their birth month, but certain stones are also associated with the Signs of the Zodiac. Read about your Zodiac Sign and its corresponding gemstone, and read on to learn about the healing properties of your personal astrological gemstone healer.

Aries (March 20th - April 19th)

Bloodstone: True to its name, bloodstone is helpful with many conditions related to the blood. This gemstone can improve blood circulation, stop blood flow and generally cleanse the blood of toxins. Similarly, it is helpful with issues related to menstruation, such as easing monthly cramping. You can also tap into the healing power of bloodstone to mellow that hot Aries temper while increasing your humility and compassion. Aries rarely lacks courage, but when faced with a daunting choice or task, carry a chunk of bloodstone to help keep up your spirit, strength and bravery.

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

Sapphire: Sturdy Taurus is thrown off by anything that undermines that innate sense of stability, so use sapphire to ground you when dealing with nausea, vertigo, or motion or altitude sickness. This gemstone also helps increase your sense of calm, hope and happiness when life is hectic or overwhelming. If negative thoughts creep in, sapphire helps turn your mind toward the positive once again. Finally, when seeking truth and transformation, especially through a meditation practice, use this gemstone to help you reach your goal.

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

Agate: This gemstone is helpful for a wide variety of ailments — everything from asthma to bruises to circulation and more — including several conditions that might especially affect Geminis. Agate can relieve the pain of arthritis and bursitis, helping this manually dexterous Sign stay active and nimble. This stone also eases the process of childbirth — especially helpful when the Sign of the Twins is, in fact, having twins. When communicative Gemini suffers from laryngitis, agate can help you regain your voice. Though Gemini is generally adept at talking your way out of trouble, use agate to ease anger and conflicts, and stimulate the right kind of passion.

Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)

Emerald: Emotional Cancer deals with deep feelings and their effects on both physical and mental levels. Fortunately, emerald helps alleviate a variety of conditions, ranging from the common cold to fever and more. When you’re up late working or tending to loved ones, soothe your tired eyes by gazing at this lovely stone. Emerald can also help flush toxins from the body and strengthen your heart and immune system. If emotional stress causes ulcers, emerald can help you heal. Grief and guilt are also alleviated by this gemstone, which helps restore a sense of inner calm and tranquility. Emerald provides great protection in general, something that is highly valuable to the Sign of the Crab.

Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)

Onyx (also sometimes associated with Peridot): Leo is great at endurance tasks and follow-through, but when this energetic Sign feels scattered or stressed, onyx can help you refocus on the task at hand. This gemstone will also help this gregarious Sign stay connected with loved ones. Leo’s passion and flair for drama are legendary; when life starts to feel a little too hectic, use onyx to help you maintain a centered sense of calm. This stone also helps with broken bones, fractures and bone marrow disorders, as well as issues related to childbirth and the reproductive system. Peridot is also sometimes classified as Leo’s birthstone; read Libra – Peridot to find out more about this gemstone’s healing powers.

Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)

Carnelian: Virgos tend to be perfectionists, which can lead to chronic physical ailments such as tension, back pain, heartburn or asthma. This Sign’s gemstone, carnelian, can relieve these symptoms, along with infections, colds and reproductive issues. Carnelian is also helpful in protecting against fear and anger — one’s own or someone else’s — and strengthening self-esteem. Exacting, self-critical Virgo can sometimes use a boost in the ego department, along with the boost in happiness and comfort this stone can provide.

Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)

Peridot: Living life on the party circuit may be a way of life for sociable Libra, but too many rich foods and drinks can lead to heartburn, indigestion or liver issues. Peridot assists with detoxifying the liver and soothing intestinal problems. This stone also alleviates the heaviness of grief, anger, depression or hurt feelings. Libra loves being in balance, so use peridot when feeling stressed or in need of insight. This artistic Sign will also receive a creative boost from this gemstone; use it for inspiration in creating your next masterpiece.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

Beryl: Beryl comes in many colors and even many names, including emerald (its green variety) and aquamarine (its light bluish-green form). This beautiful gemstone relieves physical conditions related to the heart and throat, and can diminish symptoms associated with asthma and emphysema. This stone is also helpful in building up courage, which determined Scorpio needs in times of crisis or when working hard toward a goal. This intense Sign is also no stranger to tension and stress; when life is overwhelming, use beryl to find a sense of inner calm. This stone also increases one’s selflessness and generosity.

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)

Topaz: Easygoing Sagittarius isn’t normally one to hold a grudge, but if you’re having trouble forgiving someone or letting go of disappointment, topaz can help. This Sign also avoids stress whenever possible, but when life forces you into a difficult situation, use topaz to help you stay balanced and calm. This gemstone aids in meditation and higher thinking, which will benefit this lifelong student and teacher.

Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)

Ruby: Rubies are helpful with many issues related to the heart and the blood, such as anemia or low blood pressure. This gemstone can also ease problems concerning both fertility and menopause. On an emotional level, sober Capricorn’s high standards and expectations can sometimes lead to weakened self-confidence; use rubies to increase your inner courage and your belief in yourself. Rubies also heighten passion, warming up Capricorn’s cool exterior. When your spirit flags, this gemstone will provide an energy boost. Passions blazing out of control is rarely an issue for this levelheaded Sign, but if jealousy ever becomes an issue, rubies will help resolve negative thinking and restore inner harmony.

Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)

Garnet: Aquarius, the natural humanitarian, will benefit especially from garnet’s tendency to increase generosity and altruistic impulses. This gemstone brings a sense of calm, even in crisis, and can help this independent yet devoted Sign build relationships with family and friends. Garnet also increases your passion for finding your purpose in life, and can attract good luck in business, so draw from this stone’s power when launching a new venture. Garnet also helps with a wide range of physical issues — everything from anemia to blood circulation to exhaustion and more. Finally, progressive Aquarius can use garnet to help you achieve inner transformation and a sense of unity with the world around you.

Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)

Amethyst: Amethyst assists with anxiety, depression and understanding life’s most profound transformations, including death and the grief associated with loss. Deep, sensitive Pisces will benefit from this stone’s assistance in cleansing and detoxifying the mind and body. Amethyst is also helpful when dealing with any type of addiction. This stone relaxes the mind, alleviates headaches and generally strengthens the immune system. Imaginative Pisces tends to have an active dream life; use amethyst to help you remember and interpret your dreams, prevent nightmares and calm your mind before bedtime. When you’re feeling sad, angry, tense or overwhelmed, turn to amethyst to increase your positive thinking and overall sense of harmony. This stone also enhances your intuition and helps build a link to your higher self. When meditating, use amethyst to help you think in a deep and focused manner.

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