Sep 29, 2010

BIRTH STONES - Stones and Crystals of the Months

Birth Stones and Crystals are not only associated with Astrology but with the Numerological co-relation of the 12 months of the year.

Very often the stone of the Zodiac is different than that of the Month.  The stones of the Zodiac are based upon Astrology, whereas the Birth Month stones are based upon ancient Numerological traditions.  The choice of a Zodiac stone sometimes conflicts with the Birth Month stone, and some of the stones also cross over to Astrology.

The origin and theory of the twelve monthly birth stones are believed to have originated in the Bible as they are found on the breastplates of Aaron.

The crystal for January is the red Garnet.  The red Garnet is named as the Birth Stone representing January in Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Roman and Russian traditions. 
In ancient Hindu tradition, the stone for January is known as the ‘serpent stone’.  This was said to be either a Ruby or black stone.

The symbolic stone of February is the Amethyst. 
In ancient Hindu tradition, the stone for February was the ‘chandrakankta’ which is a stone that no one today has ever seen.

The Aquamarine is the crystal for the month of March in many traditions and cultures. However, Roman, Arabic, Polish, Hebrew and Russian traditions name the stone for March as the Bloodstone.

In ancient Hindu tradition the stone for March was called ‘gold-sivalinga’, which is not a stone seen today.

The Diamond is the birth stone for the month of April.
In Persian and Russian tradition the stone symbolizing April is the Sapphire.

The stone symbolizing the month of May is Emerald according the modern North American tradition. 
Ancient Hindu tradition also sees the Emerald as the stone for May, whilst Hebrew and Roman traditions name Agate as the stone for May.

Many stones represent and symbolize the month of June, including the Moonstone, Pearl and Alexandrite.
Ancient Hebrew traditions claim the Pearl to be the birth stone for June, whilst in ancient Roman and Hebrew traditions the Emerald was named.  Agate is said to rule the month of June in Polish Russian and Arabic cultures.

The stone representing the month of July, according to modern North American, Polish and Russian cultures, is the Ruby.
Roman and Hebrew traditions name the Onyx as the stone for July, whereas in Arabic culture the Carnelian is attributed to July.  In Hindu tradition the stone for July is the Sapphire.

The month of August has many different stones associated with it.  Modern North American tradition sees the Peridot as the stone for August.
Roman and Hebrew traditions attribute the Carnelian to the month of August, and Polish and Arabic traditions name the Sardonyx as the stone representing August.  In Hindu tradition the Ruby is the stone associated with August, whilst Russian tradition assigns it to the Alexandrite.

September is said to be ruled by the Sapphire in modern North American traditions.
In Roman, Hebrew, Polish, Russian and Arabic traditions the Peridot is stated as the stone for September. In Hindu traditions the stone representing September is the Zircon.

The month of October is usually represented by the Opal and Tourmaline.
However Hebrew, Arabic, Polish and Roman traditions state that Aquamarine is the symbolic stone.  In Russian tradition the stone attributed to October is Beryl.  Ancient Hindu traditions name Coral as the stone representing the month of October.

The month of November sees Yellow Topaz and Citrine as its stones in modern North American culture.
The Roman, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian traditions attribute Topaz to November, and in Hindu traditions November is symbolized by the Cat’s Eye.

The month of December has various stones attributed to it.  Modern North American tradition assigns a choice of the blue stones Tanzanite, Turquoise and Blue Topaz.
Russian and Polish tradition state that the stone for December is Turquoise. The Roman, Arabic and Hebrew traditions name the Ruby as the stone for December. In Hindu tradition, Topaz is the stone symbolizing the month of December.

Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes

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