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For millennia people have looked upward to the stars, interpreting patterns, cycles and symbols; and for as long, people have been looking below at birthstones and gemstones.

Birthstones are believed to support a positive life, protect from harm, bring good fortune, and aid healing. It is a long-held belief that our birth stone or gem is lucky, and that the power of the gemstone enhances our native talents and attributes, and energises our life. One of the surviving birthstone traditions is attributed to the Hoshen Breastplate, which was written about in the book of Exodus.  Along with a great deal of energy and power, the Hoshen Breastplate contained one precious gem for each of the 12 tribes of Israel: ruby, topaz, aquamarine, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx and jasper. Each stone served as an expression of faith and optimism within the spiritual community.

There are a variety of birthstone charts linking gemstones with calendar months. All of the various charts differ with tradition, age and culture. The modern birthstone list most commonly referred to is from the American National Association of Jewellers, and was adopted in 1912. The Ayurvedic birthstone list is derived from Indian medicine and dates back to 1500 bc. Other birthstone lists also exist: traditional birthstone lists from various traditions and customs from the past 600 years; mystical birthstone lists of Tibetan origin that date back over a thousand years; and ancient birthstone lists also dating back over 1000 year for Arabic, Hebrew, Hindu and Roman belief systems.

Zodiac Birthstones are linked with a zodiac sign instead of being associated with a Calender month. Zodiac Birthstone lists often cite up to five or more gemstones for each star sign and these lists vary. Table 1 is a cumulative list of modern, commonly-accepted zodiac birthstones.

Table 1. Zodiac Birthstones

Zodiac Sign     Dates            Birthstone
Aries          Mar. 21 - Apr. 20     Bloodstone, Diamond
Taurus      Apr. 21 - May 21     Sapphire, Amber, Emerald, Azurite
Gemini      May 22 - Jun. 21       Agate, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Moonstone, Pearl
Cancer      Jun. 22 - Jul. 22      Emerald, Moonstone, Pearl, Ruby
Leo          Jul. 23 - Aug. 23     Onyx, Carnelian, Sardonyx, Tourmaline
Virgo          Aug. 24 - Sep.22     Carnelian, Jade, Jasper, Sapphire
Libra          Sep. 23 - Oct. 23     Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, Opal
Scorpio      Oct. 24 - Nov. 22     Beryl, Apache Tear, Aquamarine, Topaz
Sagittarius      Nov. 23 - Dec. 21     Topaz, Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, Turquoise
Capricorn      Dec. 22 - Jan. 20     Ruby, Agate, Garnet, Black Onyx
Aquarius      Jan. 21 - Feb. 18    Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal
Pisces          Feb. 19 - Mar. 20    Amethyst, Aquamarine, Rock Crystal

There is even a birthstone allocated for the day of the week on which you were born, known as day stones: Monday is Pearl; Tuesday is Garnet; Wednesday is Cat’s Eye; Thursday is Emerald; Friday is Topaz; Saturday is Sapphire; and Sunday is Ruby.

Interestingly, there are also planet-metal affinities that have been known for eons, and were added to after the discovery of the outer planets (Table 2). These metal-planet affinities are used in alchemy, homeopathy, and astrology. In Crystal Astrology, metals are included in the list of Crystal Elements.

Table 2. Planet ‚Äď Metal Affinities

Age         Planet         Metal        Zodiac Sign
ANCIENT        Sun          Gold         Leo
Moon         Silver         Cancer
Mercury     Mercury     Gemini/Virgo
Venus         Copper         Taurus/Libra
Mars         Iron         Aries
Jupiter         Tin         Sagittarius
Saturn         Lead         Capricorn
MODERN     Uranus     Uranium     Aquarius
Neptune     Neptunium     Pisces
Pluto         Plutonium     Scorpio

These zodiac and month birthstones resonate with broad-scale aspects in our life such as love, health, prosperity and protection. Many people resonate with divine affinity to their chosen birthstone. Birthstone lore is valuable to us, and has been for thousands of years, and we should always honour these traditions and incorporate them into our life.

Crystal Astrology expands on this concept and lists 360 Crystal Elements to provide a more detailed and personal Crystal Element. The Crystal Elements should be considered a ‚Äėharmony‚Äô to the underlying strengths of traditional birthstone systems.¬† ‚ÄúCrystal Astrology‚ÄĚ is a completely new phrase in our spiritual vocabulary. It is a system whereby unique Crystal Elements are allocated to each degree of the zodiacal wheel ‚Äď a unique energy assigned to each degree of the Zodiac, 360 different Crystal Elements.

Crystal Astrology follows the lead of the New Age ideal that we are now within the ascension process, and that we have a greater capacity to understand and a greater desire to know than ever before. Heightened awareness and experience show that in this age we need more than 12 simple, broad, astrological or zodiac sign interpretations ‚Äď we can actually understand and take in 360 of them, 360 being the number of degrees in a wheel or circle. Your solar Crystal Element works in powerful harmony with your traditional birthstone.¬† Find YOUR Crystal Astrology for FREE visit and enter your birth details in, a list will be delivered to you one crystal for each planet in your Astrology Chart. The SUN crystal is your NEW Birth DAY crystal.
Crystal Blessings

Marina Costelloe

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