You’ll see Indians, Hindus in particular, often wear gemstones of various kinds and colours, normally as rings, and these are invariably personal astrological prescriptions, to enhance or modify some astrological pattern, according to an astrologer’s interpretation.
There are some basic rules that most Vedic or Indian astrologers adhere to. A few months ago I was at an Indian restaurant in Cape Town and I noticed the Indian waiter, who seemed also to be a manager of sorts, was wearing a yellow gem on his index finger. That’s a clear indication that Jupiter has been ‘prescribed’ by the astro doctor. For general purposes the Ascendant Lord’s gemstone is worn. It promotes general health and wellbeing, and the ability to move forward in the world in an empowered way (1st House matters). In this instance I just had a hunch (with the hint from the stone) that he was a Sagittarius Ascendant in Vedic terms. I asked whether he has Dhanus Lagna (Sidereal Sagittarius on the Ascendant), and he knew exactly what I was talking about, and confirmed it. I think it was in fact a yellow sapphire, which is the primary stone for Jupiter, or Guru, in Jyotish. If the 1st House ruler is very well placed in the chart then all the better the prospects that the gemstone will fortify the expression of that good placement; whereas if the Ascendant ruler is obstructed in the natal chart or poorly placed, it is still beneficial to wear the Ascendant Lord’s gem, since it strengthens and stimulates it, so to speak. It is better able to fight off the debilitating forces. So, to wear the gemstone for your Ascendant Ruler is a universally sound and sanctioned action.
The 9th House in Vedic astrology is a type of pinnacle of ‘grace’ which in its more material manifestation is ‘luck’. When I was in India astrologers who looked at my chart often recommended I wear an emerald (or other Mercury ruled green gems), since Mercury is lord of my 9th House.
Vedic astrology calculates life cycles in a unique way. The Dashas, or Planetary Periods, light up the various planets in your chart for long periods of time. These range from 6 t0 20 years each. During these periods it is considered beneficial to wear the gemstone ruled by the ‘Dasha Lord’. Wearing this gem is especially desirable if it’s planet is under some duress in the chart; by being in an incompatible sign or house. It helps to reinforce it and you get better results in your life.
So, the basic rule is, when you wear the gemstone of a planet you’re stimulating it in the chart, and you need to consider the consequences of doing so. It’s a bit of an art. Sometimes different rules or considerations may give conflicting indications for the wearing of a particular gem, and so there are times when you may forego a tempting option due to some potentially serious ‘collatoral damage’ as a result of stimulating specific astrological forces into fuller expression. It is possible to wear the wrong gemstones and to get results you would not have chosen, so applying these techniques should be done carefully, and ideally with the help of a suitable astrologer conversant in Vedic methods. It’s a very specific system, and it’s a bit like doing surgery. It’s a powerful intervention.
Where the time of birth is somewhat approximate and there is some doubt about the Ascending Sign an astrologer would need to rectify the chart, at least to the point of being relatively certain that he or she is working with the correct Ascending Sign, since it ultimately all revolves around that factor. Even if your birth time is known fairly accurately, if your western chart’s Ascendant is close to 23 degrees of its sign, there would be a need to check that the correct Ascendant is being used, and that requires testing the charts’ accuracy. It can take some work from an astrologer.
Sometimes there will be a range of stones we can wear with benefit, or at least impunity. Many Indians wear a few different gemstones.
Jung said something like “whatever is born or done in this moment of time has the qualities of this moment in time“. Astrology is the language for discerning the ‘quality’ of a given time. All our actions have ripples, and the ripple out from their starting point, which forever holds their identity. So, therefor, a basic principle of astrological magic is that if you perform an action, or begin a process or cycle, when the astrological forces that correspond to that action are powerfully placed, the realizeability of your intention and purpose becomes greatly enhanced. So, you try to perform all the key actions involved in finding, acquiring or creating your talisman under suitable astrological influences. This is the art of Elections: choosing auspicious times for various activities and purposes. It’s an art because there are few perfect moments and you need to work with what you have, and depending on how deeply you want to go down the rabbit hole, it can be very pedantically technical. Of particular importance is the time when the ring or pendant gets set by a jeweller, and the moment when you first commence wearing the gem, especially the latter. The planet that rules the gem should ideally be in a strong sign at the time, and this may mean waiting some months or even longer for the most auspicious time for this action.
Planetary Hours may well be considered to select the time of day most suitable for wearing the gem. Normally you start wearing a gem on the weekday ruled by its planet. So with a Mars gem (red coral), for example, you would begin wearing the stone on a Tuesday, and if possible during the first hour after sunrise, which would be Mars hour (the first hour after sunrise is always ruled by the planetary ruler of the weekday). Some may chant the Vedic mantra for the corresponding planet at the time of first wearing the gem, either 108 times or some other much greater but specific number of times, according to certain traditions. It the least it would be good to make it bit of a ceremonial moment; consider that you are strengthening your relationship to a specific type of energy. If the right gem has been prescribed it should be a relationship with very positive, if at time subtle, consequences (how can you ever know how things would have been if you were not wearing the talisman?). It is not improbable that soon after wearing a new gemstone there will be some changes in your life as a result of the corresponding planet being activated or stimulated. It could be argued that some people are wearing stones they would be better off throwing away, no matter what they’re worth in the world. Blue Sapphires and other Saturn ruled gems can be risky, even it seems that a Saturn gem should be prescribed. Sometimes it would be wise to test a gemstone by carrying it with you for a few days and taking not of how you feel and what occurs in your life; this isn’t always practical though since no jeweller is going to allow you to take a large flawless diamond out for a little noncommittal testing of the connection.
It is widely believed that you get the very best and fullest results from the primary gemstones for the planets, generally the expensive ones. These are:
Mars: Red Coral
Jupiter: Yellow Sapphire
Saturn: Blue Sapphire
Rahu: Hessonite Garnet
Ketu: Cat’s Eye or Chrysoberyl
Fortunately there are secondary stones that work well enough:
Mercury: Jade, Peridot, Green Tourmaline
Jupiter: Yellow Topaz, Citrine
Venus: White Sapphire, Silver Topaz, Clear Quartz
Saturn: Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst
Rahu and Ketu: their primary stones tend to be affordable
The nine gems or “Navaratnas”, ruled by the nine planets of Jyotish, are often set together in India as a single pendant. Wikipedia says that:
“The ancient origin of the 9 Gems….. has proved impossible to trace. Yet such importance is given to this combination of nine gems that they are recognized as sacred and royal in almost all the countries of Asia, including, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam,Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, regardless of religious and cultural differences”
Deciding to create and apply an astrological gemstone talisman is something you should engage with fully if you do it. It’s a bit of a journey. Let it unfold. Try to follow the prescriptions and timing as closely as possible, but embrace what comes and accept what happens. Your stone should and will reflect you,and although it’s normally suggested to get the best quality flawless stones, maybe if the one that the universe clearly sends you is flawed, well, that may be just right and perfect. It is a magical act and you should be present and attentive, and yet relaxed about slight adaptations of plan if they need to occur.
In the west astrological magicians and talisman makers would inscribe planetary sigils or magic squares onto paper or specific metals at specific times. It’s the same thing.
The principles that underlie this technique remind us that we need to be aligned with the true purpose of every moment; ‘there is a time to every purpose’, as the Bible says. When we’re in tune with ourselves, for want of a better expression, we respond to and engage with the different phases and seasons of our lives with skill and grace. You don’t need an astrologer for your personal dance with cosmos. It happens naturally. With astrology you have a type of window into the mechanics behind the ebb and flow of the seasons in your life story, and with astrological talismans, at least theoretically, you have a means of tweaking the chart a little, perhaps just enough to make a huge difference.