In general, stones and gems symbolize stability, immortality, life, and fertility. They have been used to mark sacred places of worship, places where important events have taken place, and burial sites. Many mythologies contain stories of people being born of stone or turning into stone.
Gems and stones are widely believed to have magical and healing qualities. Natural rock structures are places of worship and people pray and make offerings at them as representation of their gods or as altars to their gods. Stones are painted, carved, and used in their natural forms in rituals, for healing, and as symbolic representations of gods, the elements, planets, and other natural phenomena. As the keepers of wisdom, medicine men, shamans, and priests of every culture wear amulets made of stones and precious gems. Many times these amulets are a way for the holy men to communicate with their gods
Gods and goddesses were often represented and worshipped in the form of stones. In ancient Greece, people would leave piles of small stones along the roadsides in honor of Hermes, and in doing so they hoped for his protection and blessings on their travels. In India rock piles represent the guardian goddesses of the villages. The Druids had no representations of their gods except for columnar and cubical stones.
Spherical stones symbolize the moon and moon goddesses. Pillars of stone are used to symbolize the world axis, the axis mundi, and as phallic symbols. Broken stones were used in ancient cultures to symbolize death or the end of a cycle. Cubic stones symbolize stability and perfection, and were often used as the foundation stones of sacred buildings. The symbolism of the cubic stones survives today in the ceremony that surrounds the placing of the cornerstones when new buildings are being constructed.
Truth, self-acceptance, and integrity.
Enhances the healing qualities of other stones and strengthens the immune system. Aids in the quest of the self and helps a person do what is in their heart. Guards against negative energy.
Victory, change, strength, truth, fertility, prosperity, and courage. Agates are named after the Achates River, in Sicily, in which many can be found. Their use as ornaments, amulets, and for healing can be traced back to ancient Babylon. They have been called the stone of wanderers and are said to have the power to bring love, long life, protection, intelligence, prosperity, and healing into a persons life. They have been used as protection against snake bites and scorpion stings and for protection from lightning and bad dreams. Associated with the planet Mercury.
Strengthens the heart, helps heal liver diseases, blood disorder, skin problems, and helps stop bleeding. Held in the mouth it will relieve thirst.
Black and white agates are stones of protection. Red agates were used anciently to increase the fertility of the Earth. They also give courage, long life, protection, love, and strength. Banded agates ease anxiety, increase physical energy, give courage, and are good meditation stones. Protective stone. Green agates are worn to improve eye health. Women used to drink water with a green agate in it to protect against sterility. Moss agates are believed to contain the spirit of the Earth because of the small pieces of plants they contain. They are the stone of gardeners. Help a person connect with nature spirits and the land. They neutralize fears and open the mind. Eases emotional pain and enhances creativity. Moss agates also help with communication with spirit guides. They were used by ancient shamans and priests as healing stones and were believed to bring wealth, happiness, and long life to anyone who wore them. Encourages universal love. Brown agates were once worn by warriors to ensure victory in battle. Lace agates encourage and support. They ease depression. Blue lace agates is the stone of self-expression. It helps a person speak the truth and it makes it easier to express their thoughts. It takes away hoarseness and eases sore throats, is used to treat arthritis, and aid digestive conditions. It also is a calming stone and can help ease physical as well as emotional tension. Wear or carry for happiness and peace.
- European: In Europe it was believed that agates could cure insomnia.
- Miscellaneous: In Persia and Italy they were worn or carried as amulets for protection from the evil eye.
- Judaic: First stone in Aaron’s breastplate.
- Roman: The ancient Romans wore red agates to bring peace, heal blood disorders, to protect against insect bites, and to bring peace and serenity.
Change, joy, oneness with life.
Helps with internal and external healing, and has a positive effect on the spleen, pancreas, and nervous system. Balances the mental and physical bodies.
Pieces of aluminum are carried to enhance mental abilities. In magic aluminum is associated with the planet Mercury and the element air.
Faith, hope, endurance, and strength. Known as the “Hope Stone.” Associated with the zodiac sign of Virgo, and the number five. A stone believed to endow the wearer with creativity.
Balances the emotions. Amazonite also helps align the solar plexus and heart chakras.
Luck, strength, beauty, and love. Amber may be the oldest substance used by men and women for jewelry and as magical and healing amulets. It has been used for almost every magical purpose from protection to healing to bringing about fertility in people as well as the Earth. Although amber is not a stone but the fossilized resin of conifer trees it has long been called a stone. As a once living substance, it was believed to contain the essence of life because it often contains small insects, animals, and plants. The symbol of strength, beauty, and love, amber is and was believed to bestow on the wearer knowledge, strength, courage, healing, and luck. Amber is a solar stone and is also associated with the planet Mercury and Jupiter.
People used to wear chokers of amber beads to cure coughs, holding a piece of amber in your hand was believed to cure fevers and cool the body on a hot day, it was burned by ancient healers to cleanse the air and ease labor pains, and believed to cure the eyesight of anyone who gazed into it.
- European: In medieval Europe men would place a piece of amber on the breasts of their sleeping wives in the belief that if she had done any wrong she would confess her evil deeds.
- Greek: The origin of amber was explained in Greek myth by the story of Phaeton’s death. Phaeton was the son of Phoebus Apollo, the god of the Sun. One day Phaeton asked if he could drive his father’s Sun chariot. His father allowed him to drive it but warned him not to go too close to the Sun. The rides went well for awhile, but one day Phaeton was driving the horses faster than usual and lost control. The horses bolted and Phaeton was killed. His three sisters, the Heliades, searched for his body and when they found it they swore to stay with their dead brother forever. They cried day and night and their bodies slowly turned into trees. Their tears continued to fall and were eventually turned into amber by the Sun.
- Native American: Believed to be pieces of the Sun which have fallen to the Earth.
Courage, happiness, piety, peace, sobriety, and humility. Wearing an amethyst was believed to bring peace of mind, sweet dreams, courage, happiness, protection from witchcraft, healing, strengthens memory, and strengthen faith. Amethysts are associated with the planets Jupiter and Pluto. Used as an antidote to poisons. Used to increase psychic awareness.
Amethyst has been called “nature’s tranquilizer” because it relaxes not only the mind but also the nervous system. An elixir of amethyst is used to treat toothaches, bone and skeletal disease, balances blood sugar, heals stomach and digestive disorders, help with heart disorders, hearing problems, and convulsions.
- Christian: Represented the tribe of Dan. St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring that was engraved with a figure of Cupid.
- European: Leonardo Da Vinci believed amethyst would heighten his intelligence and drive evil thoughts out of his mind.
- Greek: Protection, humility, and innocence, and simplicity. The name of this stone is of Greek origin and is translated as- amethystus meaning “not drunken”, or “intoxicated” (-methystos from methyein or intoxicated, and methy meaning wine). The ancient Greeks believed that if you drank wine from a goblet made of amethyst or had an amethyst bound to your navel you would not become intoxicated. The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mortal and swore revenge on the next man that crossed his path, he created fierce tigers to carry out his wish. The next to come along was Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of crystalline quartz to protect her from the tigers. Dionysius wept tears of wine in remorse for his actions and at the sight of the beautiful statue. His tears stained the quartz purple, creating amethyst.
- Egyptian: Protection from the evil eye.
- Hindu: The Hindus associate amethysts with the zodiac sign of Pisces and say they will keep Pisces children free from worry and pain.
- Roman: Amethysts origins are traced to Bacchus, god of nature and wine.
- Tibetan: In Tibet it is believed to be sacred to Buddha and it is used to make rosaries.
This is a translucent form of obsidian. Associated with the planet Pluto. A projective stone. Will protect and bring good luck. A grounding stone.
- Native American: Many Native American tribes regarded the stone with great respect and considered it sacred. It was used for protection and to bring good luck. Apache tear’s represent the tears of women who have lost a loved one in a war.
Helps calm emotional stress. Known as the “mind over matter” stone.
Hope, peace, courage, happiness, and everlasting youth. Associated with the planet Neptune. Sailors used to wear or carry an aquamarine for protection. The stone of sea gods and goddesses. Said to help keep marriages happy, babies safe, protect against evil, and ensure good health. To dream of an aquamarine means you will meet new friends. Receptive stone.
Used for diseases of the neck, head, throat, and relief of stomach upset. A diuretic. Calms hostility and anger, and promotes openness.
- Christian: Christian myths say that this stone gives you power over the devil and if you put it in your mouth you cannot be lied to.
- Greco-Roman: Used by fisherman and sailors for protection from the sea. The ancient Greeks believed it was made from the tears of sea nymphs. The Romans were the first to call it aquamarine, which means “water of the sea”.
Used to help dispel fears…fear of love, of failure, of being wrong, ect. When these fears are gone you are better able to trust your intuition and discover your true path.
Balance universal love, prosperity, truth and joy. Associated with the planets Venus and Uranus. Has been used through time by gamblers as a good luck charm. Is said the bring tranquility and peace to the wearer.
Used to heal the heart and lungs, migraines, eye problems, hypertension, inflammation, and lower fevers. Helps ground a person emotionally.
Green aventurine soothes and balances. This stone is an all-around healer…physical, mental, and emotional. Increases motivation and brings luck. Called the “Stone of Heaven.” Blue aventurine stimulates creativity and expression. Helps dissolve blocks in the brow chakra. Blue-green aventurine connects the throat and heart chakras which helps a person communicate in a more loving manner. Orange aventurine dissolves creative blocks and heals sexual traumas.
- Tibetan: The ancient Tibetans decorated their statues with aventurine, most often using it for the eyes to symbolize spiritual insight.
Wisdom and intuition. Associated with the planet Saturn. It has long been used as a rubbing stone, and like amber, needs to be touched to release its energies. Azurite helps people connect with their spirit guides and aids healers, psychics, and mediators.
Considered a powerful healing stone, and believed to stimulate psychic abilities and intuition, reduce stress, and aid meditation. Helps with spine, rib cage, and small bone disorders. Helps clear toxins from the body. Azurite is believed to have the power to restructure molecules and reconstruct the brain.
- Egyptian: Priests and priestesses used azurite to enhance their spiritual awareness.
Victory, strength, change, balance, and long life. This stone was referred to as hematite and heliotrope in ancient times. Associated with the Earth. Warriors carried it believing it would stop the bleeding if applied to a wound.
Used to help heal blood disorders. People with weak voices or who are afraid to speak in front of groups should wear carnelian.
- Babylonian: The ancient Babylonians wore it to help them conquer their enemies.
- Christian: Medieval Christians often carved scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs on bloodstone. Christian legend says that the bloodstone was created at the crucifixion when the blood from Christ’s wounds dripped onto the dark green Earth and turned into stone.
- Egyptian: The Egyptians believed bloodstone could break down any barriers and open all doors.
- Roman: Soldiers wore it because they believed it stopped bleeding and would protect them from fatal injury.
Inspiration. Associated with the planets Mercury and Uranus.
Brass and Bronze
Wealth, justice, purity, morality, and protection. Brass and bronze have the same symbolic meanings because each of their base alloys is copper. Brass is a combination of copper and zinc, and bronze a combination of copper with tin and silver. They are associated with both the Sun and Moon. The copper being associated with the Sun and the other metals with the Moon. Both metals have been considered sacred since ancient times. The metals of sky gods and goddesses.
- Roman: Ancient Romans shaved the heads of their priests with bronze razors. Bronze and brass ploughs were used to mark the boundaries of new towns, personal property, and sacred sites.
Used to cleanse organs, heal bones, joints, and improve the memory.
Pink calcite centers and grounds. It is a calming stone. Orange calcite brings joy and protection. Green calcite helps a person let go of old emotional and mental patterns and accept new.
Courage and peace. The name comes from the Latin word for flesh. Used to see into the past. Associated the planets Saturn and Earth. Believed to bring healing, protection, and courage to the wearer. Ancient warriors wore carnelian pendants to gain physical power.
Used for healing infertility, menstrual cramps, asthma, rheumatism, insomnia, and skin and blood problems. Carnelian helps you to have the mental power to focus on one important task at a times. It can help one with confidence and inspiration.
- Egyptian: The sacred stone of Isis, it was used in ancient Egypt to promote peace, courage, harmony, cure depression and increase sexual energy.
Peace and protection. Protects against nightmares. Helps dispel sadness and fear.
Blue chalcedony is very calming. Pink chalcedony heals all issues of the heart. It helps a person to be open to love from all. Heals the inner child. Gives people the security and safety to explore their feeling on a deeper level and let go of the pain from the past.
- European: Prescribed by 16th century magicians to cure mental problems, and worn in Italy by mothers to increase lactation.
Woman and the Earth. Allows women to explore their feminine side and celebrate their womanhood.
Helps heal arthritis, female disorders, digestive problems, and helps prevent ulcers. Strengthens the thyroid gland and the lungs. Eases guilt, fear, and tension.
This stone has been considered a strong protective stone since ancient times. Associated with the planets Mercury and Mars.
Aids healing of the kidneys, liver, colon, and heart. Increases the body’s healing energies. Allows you to trust your intuition. Helps a person accept change.
Love, harmony, and protection. Associated with the planets Venus, Neptune, Isis, and water. As an amulet it had been used for protection against the evil eye and storms at sea, and protection for travelers. The stone of teachers, singers, and public speakers. Worn to effect inner changes.
Long considered to have great healing powers, coral has been used to cure everything from acne to mental illness. Said to increase fertility, ease teething pain, prevent epilepsy, and cure arthritis.
Orange coral was worn to calm a person’s nerves. Red coral is supposed to protect newlyweds from sterility and destroy negative vibrations.
- Egyptian: Protection.
- Greek: One of the Greek names for Coral was Gorgeia, recalling the blood that dripped from the head of Medea, Perseus placed on some of the blood in branches near the sea-shore and the blood drops were taken by the sea nymphs and planted in the sea, growing into coral.
- Hindu: Mars.
- Roman: The ancient Romans had their children wear coral necklace for protection and healing
Love and luck. Associated with the planet Venus and the element of water. Copper is the metal of all love gods and goddesses. Believed to bring healing and protection when used in amulets and charms.
Detoxifying, aids blood flow, and aligns the physical and mental bodies. Helps raise self-esteem.
Love, courage, peace, devotion, bravery, strength, innocence, and the perfect man. Associated with the Sun and the element of fire. The power of a diamond as an amulet is said to be lost if the diamond is purchased by the wearer, to be effective it must be a gift from another person. Diamonds have been worn as amulets of protection against poison, to drive away nightmares, to tame wild animals, and to protect mothers during childbirth. One legend says that diamonds could determine a person’s guilt or innocence. If a person was guilty the diamond would grow dark.
- European: In the past many Europeans believed that diamonds would sweat when in the presence of poison, so for many years it was used to detect poisons and poisonous creatures. Aristocratic families wore diamonds to keep the plague away during the Middle Ages. This belief arose because the plague always entered cities through the ports, the poorest part of the cities, so the wealthy mistakenly believed their diamonds, a valuable unavailable to the poor, that would keep away the plague.
- Greek: The name comes from the Greek adamas, “unconquerable”, suggestive of the eternity of love.
- Hindu: Diamonds are the stones of the planet Venus and rule the arts and sexual pleasures.
- Persian: The ancient Persians believed the Devil created diamonds and considered them evil.
Wealth, balance, love, rebirth, spring, chastity, hope, faith, harmony, immortality, and understanding. Associated with the Moon, Jupiter and Venus. Emeralds have been worn as amulets to attract love and protect the wearer from demons.
Emeralds have long been used to cure eye diseases and relieve eye strain.
- Christian: One Christian legend says that when Satan was cast out of heaven he lost an emerald from his crown. The Queen of Sheba had a bowl made from the emerald which was later used by Christ as the last supper and then Joseph of Arimanthea used the bowl to catch blood from the wound of Jesus. This bowl was later believed to be the Holy Grail.
- Egyptian: Egyptian mummies were often buried with an emerald on their necks as a symbol of eternal life. The emerald was a sacred stone of Isis and she wore an emerald on her headband that was said to confer fertility on anyone who looked upon it.
- Greek: The name comes from the Greek smaragdos, “green stone”. The ancient Greeks believed emeralds guaranteed everlasting love. The walls of the city on the Isles of the Blessed are decorated with emeralds. Sacred to Ceres and Venus
Good luck. Associated with the planet Neptune. Called the Fairy Gem.
Strengthens he bones and teeth. Increases mental and emotional powers.
Health, faith, truth, happiness, fertility, commitment, and good fortune. Associated with the planets Mars and Pluto, and the element of fire. Believed to have great healing and protective powers. Garnets were exchanged between friends as a symbol of their friendship and as a promise to meet again. Have been worn as charms to gain strength, for protection, to keep away nightmares, to cure insomnia, and for good luck. The garnet creates a protective shield around its wearer. At one time women wore it around their waists to help with their menstrual cycle.
Helps with blood disorders. Increases creativity, and helps with patience and persistence.
- European: They were worn in the 13th century as an insect repellent.
- Greek: The ancient Greeks called it the lamp stone because they believed it gave the wearer the ability to see in the dark. Sacred stone of Persephone.
- Roman: Name comes from the Latin granatus, “like seeds”, because they are found ‘seeded’ in many different kinds of rocks.
Fire, power, wisdom, success, and the masculine principle. Associated with the Sun. Considered protective and healing when used in amulets.
Energizes the physical body, improves circulation, and strengthens the nervous system. Because it aids tissue regeneration it would also be beneficial to burn victims
Blood, success, focus, and good fortune. Associated with the planet Saturn and the element of fire. It is said if you hold hematite in your hand and ask a question the answer will come to you. Shamans placed it over the location of illness to draw out the spirit causing the illness.
A blood purifier and balancing stone. Hematite has long been considered a powerful healing stone and people used to wear necklaces of hematite to cure blood diseases and gas.
- Egyptian: Used it to cure hysteria.
- Greek: Name comes from the Greek word meaning blood.
Protection, good health. Holey stones are stones with at least one naturally occurring hole. These stones are known by many names: Odin Stones, Hagstones, Wish Stones, Faery Stones, Mare-Stanes, and Goddess Stones, to name a few.
When used in amulets it is said to give protection, strength, balance, healing, and aid in the return of stolen goods. Associated with the planet Mars and the element of fire.
Love, wisdom, serenity, and virtue. Associated with the planets Venus and Neptune. As an amulet jade is worn for protection and healing. Jade bracelets are worn for long life. A good stone for gardener’s. Wearing it while gardening and planting it around the perimeter of a garden will improve the health and growth of plants.
Called the “colic stone.” Believed to help with kidney health and eye problems. Helps the body heal itself.
Jade is found in many colors, each having its own meaning: green…good luck harmony and sympathy; red…long life white…luck purity and virginity; yellow…intellect; pale lilac…love of humanity; and black…power and strength.
- Chinese: Purity, serenity, love, wisdom, and long life. Jade is the most sacred stone of China. It is a stone thought to give a person a quick, precise mind, so ancient traders in the East often held jade stones in their hands while conducting business. Prospective brides give a jade butterfly to their betrothed to seal their engagement. Blue, yellow, green, red, white, and black jades were associated with the heavens, the Earth, east, south, west, and north, respectively.
- Egyptian: Jade is found in most Egyptian burial chambers because they believed jade aided the soul on a its journey through the Underworld.
- Maori: Brings good luck.
- Mayan: The Mayans wore jade amulets to protect against bladder and kidney diseases.
Happiness, stability, and balance.
Used as a blood purifier, in treating cancers, and to balance hormones. Helps strengthen the liver and bladder. Balancing. Helps reduce fear, guilt, and insecurity. Enhances the aura.
Leopard skin jasper helps balance the heart and solar plexus chakras. The grey in it brings serenity, the black…protection, the yellow…clarity, the pink…love, the green…health, and the red…energy. Red jasper has long been considered a powerful protective stone. It sends negative energy back to the source. Green jasper is said to bring the wearer good health, peace of mind, promote sympathy for others in pain, and is said to help end droughts. Brown jasper symbolizes security and is worn for balance, grounding, and protection. Worn as a charm against snake, spider, and snake bites.
- Native American: A rain bringing stone.
Good luck and protection. Jet is fossilized wood that is millions of years old. Jet has been called black amber and held in high regard for its protective qualities. Associated with the earth element. When worn as a necklace jet is associated with being a direct link of the body to the soul. It is a one person stone and should not be exchanged from one person to another. It was used in ancient times to detect the loss of virginity. Associated with the planet Pluto.
Help with toothaches, headaches, stomach problems, and fevers.
- European: In Victorian times it was worn during periods of mourning.
- Greek: Those who worshipped the Greek goddess Cybele wore jet to gain favor with her. Sacred to Pan.
- Roman: Travelers carried jet for protection.
Love, and balance. Has very high spiritual love vibrations.
Kunzite has a high lithium content and is used with people with addictions, and manic depression. Helps strengthen the cardiovascular system. A soothing stone. Aligns the crown and heart chakras.
Love, fidelity, truth, wisdom, power, and the sky. Associated with the planets Venus and Neptune. The stone of teachers. A receptive stone. Gives courage, joy, fidelity, and gentleness on the wearer. Before the Middle Ages Lapis was referred to as sapphire.
Strengthens the pituitary gland and the skeletal system. Enhances mental clarity, psychic abilities, and communication with the higher self and spirit guides.
- Arabic: Its name is derived from the Arabic al lazward meaning “the blue sky” or “heaven.”
- Egyptian: The stone of Isis, her priests used it to strengthen their minds and access ancient knowledge. A holy stone. Nearly all of the scarabs found in Tutankhamun’s grave were made of lapis.
- Judeo-Christian: According to one legend, the ten commandments were engraved on a tablet made of lapis.
Used in protective amulets and for aid in divination. Associated with the planets Earth and Saturn.
Good luck, fidelity, honesty, virility, friendship, and love. Associated with the planet Venus and the element of water.
- Roman: The ancient Romans believed that if a husband and wife both wore a lodestones it would keep them faithful.
- Voodoo: Lodestones are painted different colors and used as amulets: red, to bring love; green and gold, to bring money; blue, to bring peace; and white, for protection.
Hope, peace, and abundance. Associated with the planet Venus. They have long been used as amulets to protect children from nightmares and evil spirits. They are said to bring the wearer inner peace, protection, and abundance in all areas of their life. If a person wears malachite it will shatter to warn them of danger.
Malachite was used 5000-6000 years ago to cure convulsions, and as an anesthetic. Balances blood sugar and cleanses the digestive system. Placed between a piece of green jade and a double terminated quartz crystal on the heart chakra, it may help a person recover blocked memories, although this may be a very intense experience for the person, both the memory recovery and the releasing of emotional pain. It is a purging stone, a mirror of the subconscious, and show a person what needs to be cleansed.
Spring, luck, and protection. Associated with the planet Mercury and the elements of air, water, and earth.
Have been used since ancient times to symbolize Great Mother goddesses. Used in amulets for protection. As recently as the 18th century meteorites were thought to have had several origins from those now accepted: 1) they were considered gifts or missiles from the gods and were to be worshipped and feared; 2) they came from distant volcanoes; and 3) they were just earth rocks dropped by powerful storms.
Helps a person explore past lives.
The Moon, good luck, the feminine, love, peace, intuition, and serenity. Called the ‘traveler’s stone’ because is was worn by night traveler’s for protection. The movement of light across its surface is said to reflect the waxing and waning of the Moon. When placed in the mouth during a full moon, moonstones were believed to enabled lovers to foretell the future of their relationship. A goddess stone.
A woman’s healing stone, it helps heal female organs, stabilize hormones, helps during childbirth, and balance menstrual cycles. Aids weight loss. Also used in healing the spleen, stomach, pancreas, and pituitary gland. Balances the emotions.
- Hindu: Sacred and believed to bring good luck and happiness.
Transformation. A very protective stone. Associated with the planets Saturn and Pluto and the element of fire. It is a stone that is used for a focal point in meditation and as a ‘magic mirror’ for divination.
Cleanses the liver and helps heal stomach problems. Unites the mind and emotions, helps clear subconscious blacks, reduces stress, and absorbs and dissolves negative energy. Obsidian is a good stone for gentle people because it will help guard them from abuse.
Snowflake obsidian helps clear a person’s mind.
- Aztec: The Aztec’s made scying mirrors out of obsidian.
Marital happiness. Associated with the planet Saturn. Worn to lessen sexual desires.
Strengthens bone marrow. Balances female and male energies.
- Christian: Folklore says the wedding ring of Mary and Joseph was made of onyx and could cure any disease.
- Greco-Roman: It was a very popular protective amulet among the ancient Greeks and Romans. The name comes from the Greek onux, “fingernail”, because one day Cupid accidentally cut Venus’ fingernails with an arrow while she was sleeping. He left the clippings in the sand and the Fates turned them into stones so that no part of Venus’ sacred body would ever be lost or cease to exist.
Intuition, joy, love, hope, fidelity, and innocence. In ancient times, people believed that opals were bits of the rainbow that had fallen to the ground. Associated with the planets Mercury and Neptune.
Generally used to heal spiritual problems but can be used for eye problems.
Black opals have long been considered lucky. It was believed that when a love was conceived in the presence of a black opal, the gem would absorb the emotion and forever after, the fire of that passion would glow in the stone. For this reason, the black opal is sometimes referred to as the “passion stone.”
- European: During the Crusades women gave their crusaders opals to protect them in battle and bring them home safely. In the Middle Ages young girls wore opals in their hair to protect its blond color. In the 19th century opals were considered unlucky because of the plot of “Anne of Geirsten”, a popular Sir Walter Scott novel of the time. The life-force of the heroine in the novel is held in the opal she wears and she will die when the fire in the opal dims.
- Hindu and Buddhist: Name comes from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone.”
- Roman: The Romans considered opals a symbol of hope because it had the rainbow inside it.
Purity, chastity, peace, gentleness, and virtue. Associated with the Moon and Venus. Men used to give their wives pearl necklaces to wear to keep them chaste while the men were away.
Through out time pearls have been used to cure almost every disease.
- Arabic: Arabic legend says that pearls were created when moonlight fell into the ocean and was swallowed by oysters.
- Chinese: The pearl is considered the soul of the oyster. The Chinese also believed that pearls protected them from the fire-breathing dragons.
- Hindu: Couples are often given pearls as a wedding gift and the ceremonial piercing of the perfect, virgin pearl is often part of the wedding ceremony.
Happiness and creativity. A stone considered to be a powerful amulet against all evil, the peridot was a favorite stone among pirates. Associated with the planet Mercury.
Beneficial to the heart, liver, spleen, and adrenal glands. Reduces stress. Connects us with our higher selves. Frees the mind of envy and jealousy.
- Arabic: Names is a French word derived from the Arabic faridat, “gem”.
- Egyptian: The ancient Egyptians called them “the gem of the Sun”, but also associated them with their Earth goddesses
- Roman: Peridot was used as amulets to protect people from nightmares and evil spirits.
- South American: Shamans use peridot to protect them from snakebites and sleeping sickness.
Associated with the earth.
Helps restore physical and metal energy. Protects against infection. Grounding stone.
Harmony and practicality.
Oxygenates the blood, improves circulation, and improves brain function.
Freedom and purity. Crystal has been used as a protective amulet in many cultures and collections of crystals have been found in burial sites dating back to the time of Neanderthal man. Associated with the planet Uranus. Crystal balls have long been used as instruments to tell the future and meditation. Symbolic of the opening of the third eye. Crystal balls symbolize the universal egg.
All around healing stone. Balances the emotions. Helps us find our inner light that connects us to the rest of the universe. Used to amplify and focus thoughts.
- Aborigine: Among the Australian aborigines of Northern Queensland, shamans use quartz crystals in initiation ceremonies, to enhance telepathy, to cure illness, and to bring rain.
- Cherokee: The Cherokee used crystals in a ritual for purification and cleansing. They would place seven large crystals in a river or stream and submerge people in the water.
- Greek: The name comes from the Greek krystallos, “ice”, because the ancient Greeks believed quartz crystal was water that has been frozen forever by the gods.
- Hopi: Hopi medicine men used crystals to observe the energy fields of the body to see where the energy was blocked, which would be the cause of an illness.
- Japanese: The crystallized breath of a white dragon.
Peace, love, and energy. Rhodocrosite is said to represent the love of God. Associated with the planets Mercury and Venus.
Used to heal eye diseases, the kidneys, heart, and increases blood circulation. Unites the conscious with the unconscious. A stone of self-acceptance.
Love, fidelity, peace, and intuition. Associated with the planet Venus. Worn as an amulet to bring love into one’s life.
Aids the circulatory system and kidneys. A stone much used for healing the emotions and teaching self-love and love of others. Teaches forgiveness of self and others. Heals soul trauma.
Treats depression, helps the body absorb nutrients, and boosts the immune system. Energizes and balances the body. Good for past life work.
Freedom, charity, dignity, divine power, and courage. Associated with the planet Mars and the Sun. In ancient times, rubies were thought to be made of the blood of Mother Earth, and therefore contained the spark of life. Worn as an amulet it was thought to protect a person from disease, ensure good harvests, guard against natural disasters, protect against evil and enemies, and make the wearer invulnerable. They ruby was said to darken as a warning of impending danger. To dream of a ruby meant success in money and business matters, or a good harvest if dreamt of by a gardener or farmer.
Enhances circulation, strengthens the immune system, and gives energy to the body. Worn to cure depression.
- Buddhist: In China rubies are considered the most perfect offering to Buddha.
- Hindu: Rubies are the stone of the Sun and in Burma it is believed that rubies ripen to their deep red color while in the womb of Mother Earth.
Salt is a biological need for human life. Life, purity, wisdom, knowledge, immortality, and preservation. Duality…as a preserver and corrosive. A symbol of friendship and hospitality because it is shared during meals, and a symbol of a binding promise because it is indestructible. Among all the people of the world salt has played a prominent part in their rites and ceremonies…birth, initiation, marriage, death, and public and private worship. Because of its protective properties, it is unlucky to spill it. Leonardo da Vinci, building on this symbolism, portrayed Judas Iscariot as spilling salt in “The Last Supper.”
- Alchemical: The human body.
- Aztec: Huixtocihuatl was a fertility goddess who presided over salt and salt water
- Christian: Wisdom, purification, blessing, consecration, and protection.
- Greek: Homer called salt a divine substance. Plato described it as being especially dear to the gods. Associated with Aphrodite.
- Japanese: Sumo wrestlers throw handfuls of salt into the arena before a bout to purify it from any negative energy that may still remain from previous bouts.
- Judaic: In Kabbalah, the Hebrew word for salt, MLH, is a sacred word. God commanded that all their offerings be seasoned with salt.
- Roman: The Romans considered salt a very valuable substance and for a time paid their army in salt. The Latin phrase salarium argentum, “salt money,” referred to part of the payment made to every Roman soldier, and the word has come down through the ages into the English word “salary”. The Latin word sal developed into the French word solde, meaning “pay,” and in turn became the word “soldier.”
- Shinto: Used to purify people and places.
Truth, constancy, loyalty, love, purity, strength, and wisdom. Associated with the planet Neptune and the element of water. Worn as amulets, sapphires are said to bring reconciliation and peace, creativity, promote fidelity, aid mediation, and bring love into the wearer’s life. Sapphires were once believed to scare away the devil and evil spirits and are still worn today for protection.
Star sapphires are considered to be more potent, magically speaking, for all uses. The three intersecting rays of the star sapphire symbolize faith, hope, and destiny.
Heals eyes, strengthens heart, boosts immune system, and protects the body from disease. Aligns the body, mind, and spirit.
- Greek: Name comes from the Greek sappeiros, “blue”. The ancient Greeks believed the dark sapphires were female and the light sapphires male. Sacred to Apollo. The Greeks wore it to aid them when consulting the oracles, and soldiers wore them to keep them from being captured. It was considered a very sacred stone and believed that the only way to benefit from the use of this stone is for the person to be pure in thought and deed.
- Hindu: Yellow sapphires are attributed to Jupiter and blue sapphires to Saturn.
- Persian: The ancient Persians believed the Earth rested on a giant sapphire whose reflection gave the sky its color.
Marital happiness. Because it is thought to make the wearer eloquent, sardonyx would be beneficial to public speakers and bashful lovers.
- Roman: Soldiers wore a sardonyx with a figure of Mercury carved on it to give them courage in battle
Associated with the Moon and the element of water. Sacred stone of all lunar gods and goddesses. Used in amulets to bring protection, love, money, and peace.
The strength of the Earth and peace. Associated with the planets Mercury and Earth.
Strengthens the kidneys, increase sexual energy, helps with depression, and is mildly sedative. Will aid a person the come to terms with their physical body, their life, and their physical incarnation on Earth.
Stones with naturally occurring holes
Protection, Mother Goddesses, the womb of the goddess, opening, and conception. Looking through a holey stone is said to improve your eyesight. Also known as Holey Stones, Hag stones, Odin Stones, Holy Stones, Wish Stones, Nightmare Stones, Witch Riding Stones, Mare Stanes, Ephialtes Stones, Faery Stones, Eye Stones, Pledge Stones and Goddess Stones. Holey stones were worn on natural cords for luck, and protection from illness and the evil eye. At one time holey stones were used for healing and to make healing water.
- British: These stones were tied to bedposts with red ribbons to keep away nightmares.
- Middle Eastern: Holey stones are tied around a camel’s neck to protect them and their rider from evil spirits and the evil eye.
- Nordic: Odin changed himself into a worm and slipped through the hole of a stone to steal the mead of poetry, so some call these stones Odin stones.
In prehistoric times, tektites were considered religious objects by some people, magical by others and omens of evil by yet others.
- Australian Aborigine: Known as “sky charms”.
Tiger’s Eye or Cat’s Eye
Courage, luck, wealth, and long life. Ruled by the Sun, associated with the planet Mars and the element of fire. Used as an amulet for courage, strength, and protection. In the past people who wore tiger’s eye were feared because it was thought they could see everything, even through walls and behind closed doors. Worn to increase beauty and promote youthfulness.
Used to heal eye diseases, the spleen, digestive system, and pancreas. Soothes the emotions and clears the mind.
Blue tiger’s eye (hawk’s eye) brings peace.
- Egyptian: Sacred to Bats, the cat goddess. The ancient Egyptians used them as eyes in the statues of their gods to symbolize of divine wisdom.
- Roman: Soldiers wore them for protection.
Associated with the planet Jupiter and the element of air. Used in amulets to bring luck and money, and aid in divination.
Love, courage, transformation, and beauty. Associated with the Sun and the planet Mercury, and the element of fire. Worn as an amulet to protect from disease, envy, injury, sorcery ,and lunacy. Thought to be especially effective when set in gold and bound to the left arm. When placed in the home, it is a charm against fire and accidents. Known as “lover of gold,” topaz was used to bring wealth and money. A stone of trust, protection, and strength.
Relieves anger, fear, depression. insomnia, and tension headaches. Helps prevent colds and strengthens the lungs. Stimulates the intellect and is a good stone for artists, writers, and scientists,
- Egyptian: The Egyptians believed topaz got its golden color from Ra, the mighty Sun god, and considered it a powerful protective amulet.
- Greek: The ancient Greeks believed topaz had the power to make the wearer invisible and give them super-human strength.
- Roman: Friendship. Sacred to Jupiter.
The sky, friendship, protection, and love. Associated with the planets Venus and Neptune, and the element of earth. In many cultures, the stone is regarded as a messenger of good fortune, success, love, and health. Because it often changes color from blue to green, turquoise was thought to predict the weather and illness, warn of poison, if given as a token of love it will fade if the recipient’s love fades. Some believe that only blue turquoise has magical powers. Since the fourteenth century, the harnesses of horses have been decorated with turquoise to protect the animal and the rider from falls and other injury. Worn as an amulet for protection, strength, healing, courage, love, beauty, and peace. Turquoise connects the Earth and sky.
Strengthens the lungs, circulation, blood, nervous system, and helps regenerate tissue. Protects against traumatic injuries, Healers should wear this stone because it will increase their power. Enhances creativity, meditation, communication, and gives peace of mind.
- Apache: Believed it helped hunters and warriors aim accurately.
- Asian: Used as protection against the evil eye.
- European: Turquoise rings are given as forget-me-not gifts.
- Hindu: Turquoise is worn on the little finger to bring wealth and success.
- Native American: Turquoise is the main sacred stone of many Native American tribes. Turquoise brings together the spirits of the sky
and the sea, which gives it it’s many powers. Some myths say the most powerful turquoise is found in the ground at the end of the rainbow.
- Mexican: Turquoise was the stone of the gods and people were not allowed to wear it.
- Navajo: The Navajo believed that if a person cast turquoise into a river and prayed to the gods for rain, the rain would come. Turquoise carvings of horses and sheep are kept by the Navajo as powerful guardians against evil spirits.
- Pueblo: As an offering to the gods, they buried pieces under the floors of their newly built homes.
Intuition, truth, stability, and righteousness. Known in ancient times as hyacinth or jacinth. Long considered a powerful stone of protection, used to keep away the devil and protect against poison, and farmer’s used it to ensure a good harvest and guard against lightning.
Used to cure insomnia, depression, cramps, wounds, and the heart.
White zircon has the same meanings and magical powers as diamond. Yellow zircon is used in love amulets. Orange zircon is a symbol of beauty and is used as an amulet to protect traveler’s. Brown zircon is a symbol of the Earth and an attribute of Earth gods and goddesses. Green zircon is used in amulets to bring wealth and good luck. Red zircon is used for protection and healing, and symbolizes wealth, strength, and courage.
An all around healer. Strengthens the mind, balances the pituitary gland, and aids bowel problems. Balances the emotions and helps with self-esteem.
- European: In the Middle Ages, zircon was a symbol of wisdom and honor and believed to bring prosperity to its owner.
- Hindu: Poets write of the Kalpa Tree, the precious gift of the gods, which was covered with fruit made of gems and had leaves of zircon.