Aquamarine: Stone of Courage & Illumination
Aquamarine, a stone of serenity, calms and soothes with it’s lovely blue/green color and evokes the calm of the water with it’s given name, which is interpreted at ‘water of the sea’ derived from Latin. A stone that celebrates the sea goddess of ancient times, it was carried by those who traveled on sea voyages to return safe and prosperous. A truly fascinating stone, it opens your intuition and awareness to the inner ocean of wisdom and creativity. By the 19th century the popular and thus preferred color for Aquamarine was a sea green, yet in modern times the more popular color is a sky blue.
Mohs Hardness of 7.5-8 with a hexagonal crystal structure.
Aquamarine belongs the the Beryl family of stones and is a cousin to the Emerald. A great many Aquamarine gemstones on the market have been treated with heat to enhance the depth and / or hue of it’s color. Therefore care must be taken not to overheat an aquamarine stone that one may have, as they may loose their color entirely. This heat treating practice came to being as the Aquamarine is one of the few gemstones that have never been successfully synthesized or duplicated.
Aquamarine emits a compassionate energy, that brings a deep relaxation and a lovely liquidity to one’s body as well as the mind. This stone is said to heighten one’s awareness of truth on all levels of being, illuminating hidden causes of any unpleasant situation so one may learn and master the lessons to move on to the next step. It accelerates one’s intellectual reasoning process in a gentle manner that works not only in the physical world, but through and about oneself as well. Aquamarine will emit flexibility and moderation, assisting the judgemental to a more tolerant level.
Aquamarine encourages ones ability to always be prepared, as well as helping those who are overwhelmed with responsibility to bring order to the process they are dealing with.
Aquamarine and it’s youthful essence will renew one’s spirit and offer a deep wellspring of spiritual energy. It’s strongest energies are in the field of opening up one’s psychic abilities. If one is especially sensitive to the thoughts and vibrations of other people, wear aquamarine with smoky quartz. This combination will ease the sharpness of the incoming impressions with the Aquamarine and the Smoky Quartz will help to ground one in the physical. In this manner of energy one may avoid being overcome by unwanted impressions from others. To this end, this combination is especially helpful when also matched with Moonstone.
Aquamarine it is said to help reduce one’s dependence on drugs, and to help eliminate fluid retention by strengthening the kidneys, liver, spleen and thyroid, thus purifying the general body. At one time, long ago, eyeglasses were crafted with aquamarine for the lens as the glass as the stone is soothing to the eyes. Although eyeglasses may no longer be made of this lovely stone, it is an excellent gemstone for improving vision. And in the Eastern portion of the world, it is held in high regard as The Stone of the Seer & Mystic.
It is told that this stone placed on the neck or worn as a short necklace will treat many neck and throat problems one may encounter. When placed on swollen glands or worn around the neck it is known to reduce the swelling as well as fortifying and balancing the glands. Chronic tonsillitis may also be relieved by wearing a necklace of Aquamarine in conjunction with Turquoise, Sodalite, Chalcedony and Blue Topaz. This stone also has a beneficial effect on the thyroid, and metabolic functions.
Aquamarine is said to impart purity to the wearer, as well as coaxing forth the gentle nature personality and nature of the wearer. A symbol of peace, it has also been told to be able to reunite partners in marriage that have separated by allowing them to understand the truth and harmony of their original engagement.
Powers: Psychic Abilities, Courage, Peace & Purification
Candle Color: Turquoise
As a semiprecious variety of Beryl, Aquamarine has long been associated with the sea and element of water; ancient stories are told of Sea Witches who cleansed the stones in the ocean by the light of the full moon; hence the association with Poseidon and Neptune.
This beloved stone is worn and carried about the body in magic to enhance one’s psychic powers. When holding a crystal point or faceted form of Aquamarine around one’s neck, it reduces the conscious mind’s hold on the psychic mind and thus allows our ever present psychic intuitions and impulses to be heard and enter into our conscious mind.
Since ancient times, it has been believed that Aquamarine counteracts the forces of darkness, as well as procuring favor from the spirits of the light.
A cleansing and gentle elixir shall be created when placing Aquamarine in a vessel of fresh water, allowing the vessel to bask in the full moonlight (outdoors if possible) for a minimum of three hours. This elixir may be consumed once the stone is removed, for physical purification and heightened psychic awareness.
To cleanse an Aquamarine the most optimal circumstances would be a glass blue or teal vessel of seawater, overnight under a full moon. These exact parameters are not always possible, although it has been found to be cleansed properly in a vessel of water found nearby (even if that is the tap) with a pinch of sea salt mixed in, allowed to bask overnight in the light of a full moon.
Zodiac Stone of: Pisces and Aquarius
Associations: Moon, Neptune
Birthstone: Traditional Birthstone for the Month of March & Anniversary Stone for the 19th Year
Although Aquamarine is an ancient birthstone in many cultures for the month of October, it is currently the Modern birthstone for the month of March.
Told to be a stone of Taurus, many believe that Aquamarine being a member of the Beryl family as well as hexagonal, that Venus is associated through the number six. Others have said it to be connected with Gemini, Pisces, and Aries. Most often it is strongly associated with Aquarius, promoting friendship and love, as well as Pisces to encourage awareness.
Due to it’s enchanting color and soothing energy, Aquamarine is a very popular and well loved stone. To dream of this stone shows that pleasant social activity, loving friendships, and happy relationships are in the near future.
Some say it is dependant of it’s color, Aquamarine is related to the 5th, Throat Chakra, or the 4th, Heart Chakra. In general, it is simply a wonderful stone for meditation as it brings calmness, peace and inspiration with love. Aquamarine strengthens one’s personal power as well as offering solid shielding for the aura and subtle bodies.
This calming stone provides alignment of the chakras as well as balancing the network of connecting structures between the physical and ethereal bodies.
When placed on the 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra it helps to relax the chakra as well as digestive organs. On the 5th, Throat Chakra, Aquamarine will stimulate and active this chakra.