Friday, April 20, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Emerald


Queen Victoria's Emerald & Diamond Tiara

By some accounts emeralds are labeled as the true Zodiac stone of Taurus. They are also connected with the signs Gemini and Aries. The name Emerald comes from the Greek word ‘smaragdos’ meaning “green stone” and probably referred to not just emeralds, but to most green stones. Emerald is one of the four precious stones, which include Diamonds, Sapphires, and Rubies. All other gemstones are considered to be semi-precious stones. A lesser known ‘strange’ fact about emeralds is that when exposed to heat, it will actually sweat. Ancient writings tell of the phenomenon.

Gachala Emerald
In ancient mythology, the emerald was associated with Mercury, who was known as the messenger of the Gods, and of travel. Consequently, it is commonly known as the travel protection stone. Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty, holds this stone as sacred and it is thought to preserve love. 

In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope. Some say that an emerald in the shape of a bowl fell from Satan’s crown. That bowl was later used by Christ at the last supper, and Joseph of Arimathea gathered Christ’s blood dripping from the cross in that bowl, founding the order of the Holy Grail.

Sacred Emerald Buddha
Emerald is a stone of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, memory, and faith. It is considered by some to be the stone of prophecy. It is said to act as a tranquilizer for troubled minds. The emerald is also believed to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The power of the Emerald is believed to be the strongest in spring.

Associations:
  • Energy- Receptive
  • Element- Earth
  • Deities- Venus, Aphrodite
  • Chakra- Heart
  • Planet- Mercury
Until next time, Blessings

-Liz

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