Friday, April 27, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Sapphire


The Stuart Sapphire

Sapphire is the ancient Zodiac stone of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Sapphire comes from the Greek word “sapphiros” meaning blue stone. The color of Sapphire can be blue, purple, green, yellow, even black or colorless, with a characteristic silky glow. It is said that a sapphire will refuse to shine when worn by the wicked or impure. Sapphire is a stone of protection and prophetic wisdom. It is believed to promote joy, faith, hope and protection on long journeys. It brings light and peace; and opens the mind toward beauty and intuitive understanding. They are also thought to help maintain the hope needed to cause our deepest desires and dreams to be fulfilled. Sapphires are often marked as stones of destiny. They bring mental clarity, and clear perception. It has been argued that they also bring financial independence and even abundance in this area.

Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire
Sapphire is also a symbol of joyful devotion to God. According to tradition, Moses was given the 10 Commandments on a tablet made of Sapphire; which makes this stone one of the most sanctified of all gemstones. Due to this, sapphire represents a sort of Divine stone, desired by royalty as well as high-priests. The British crown is saturated with large blue sapphires. The largest faceted sapphire in the world is known as Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire, at 478 carats.

Star of India Sapphire
A medieval historian wrote that kings wore the crystal to protect them from harm, and prevent jealousy among the court. It was believed that a Sapphire worn to the signing of a treaty would ensure a true reconciliation and prevent bloodshed. Lore also states that a venomous snake left in a vessel with a sapphire would certainly die, as the gemstone provided protection from poison. There is also an ancient Persian myth which tells of a giant blue sapphire upon which Mother Earth rests, and that the sky is a reflection this crystal.

Millennium Sapphire
Sacred to the god Apollo (Greek God of music, prophecy, healing, and light), the sapphire was often called the "celestial stone" because of its deep blue color. The Greeks wore the stone when consulting oracle,s such as the famous one at Delphi. They were believed to have gender: dark stones were designated female, light ones were male. Ancient priests and sorcerers honored sapphire above all gems, for this stone enabled them to interpret oracles and foretell the future.

Associations:     
  • Birthstone – September
  • Zodiac Stone – Taurus
  • Planet – Saturn
  • Element – Air, Water
  • Chakras – 6th’ 7th
  • Deities – Apollo [Greek]
  • Energies – Power, Love, Healing
Until next time,

-Liz

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