Saturday, August 9, 2008

Saturday Special Stones - Sapphire

The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word "saphirus" and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly translated to mean "dear to the planet Saturn" in many different languages. Sapphire is the name given to any stones of the corundum group that are not red (since red corundum is called Ruby) and comes in practically every color: yellow, green, purple, white, orange, pink, etc. And, of course, the famous blue sapphire. For centuries there were differences of opinion among the specialists as to which stones deserved to be called sapphires. Finally, it was agreed that the ruby-red ones, colored by chrome, should be called 'rubies' and all those which were not ruby-red 'sapphires'. It is the second hardest known mineral on Earth, indeed their hardness is exceeded only by that of the diamond.
The presence of small amounts of elements, especially iron and chrome, are responsible for the coloring, turning a crystal that was basically white into a blue, red, yellow, pink or greenish sapphire. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa. The most valuable are genuine Kashmir stones. Specialists and connoisseurs regard the Kashmir color with its velvety shine as the most beautiful and most valuable blue. These magnificent gemstones from Kashmir, found in 1880 after a landslide at an altitude of 16,000 feet and mined intensively over a period of eight years, were to have a lasting influence on people's idea of the color of a first-class sapphire. Typical of the Kashmir color is a pure, intense blue with a very subtle violet undertone, which is intensified yet more by a fine, silky shine. It is said that this hue does not change in artificial light. But the Burmese color is also regarded as particularly valuable. It ranges from a rich, full royal blue to a deep cornflower blue. The oldest sapphire finds are in Ceylon, or Sri Lanka as it is known today. There, people were already digging for gemstones in ancient times. The specialist recognizes Ceylon sapphires by the luminosity of their light to mid-blue colors. Having said that, most blue sapphires come either from Australia or from Thailand.
Sapphires have been prized as great gemstones since 800 BC. Ancient Persians believed that the firmament was an enormous blue sapphire in which the Earth was embedded.To some religions, the blue color of the sapphire represents the heavens. Blue sapphires were a holy stone to the catholic church. Even today, when Roman Catholics select a new pope, a gold ring set with a sapphire is traditionally placed on his ring finger, symbolizing marriage to the church. Sapphires are stones of the apocalypse, and ancient lore held that the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written were actually sapphire. Kings wore sapphires around their necks as a powerful defense from harm. In the 12th Century, the sapphire was known as the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings. The Cingalese believed that the star sapphire served as protection and a guard against witchcraft. For the Buddhists, a Sapphire represented friendship and loyalty. They also ascribed sacred magical power to the sapphire and believed that it reconciled mankind to God. For others, Sapphire is the stone of prosperity, preventing terror and poverty in men. In the middle ages, people believed wearing a sapphire suppressed negative thoughts. In parts of the Orient, Saturday was the day to dress in blue and wear blue sapphire. It is said to have been one of the stones in the Breastplate of Aaron, the High Priest - located on the second row in the middle. During the 18th century, Sapphire was used to test female loyalty, changing its color if its wearer was unfaithful. In olden times, King Solomon wore a sapphire ring, and in modern times, Prince Charles gave a sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana. The Museum of Natural History in New York is home to the one of the most notorious sapphires in the world, the “Star of India,” a sapphire of 563 carats.
The Sapphire has been used in treating disorders of the blood, to combat excessive bleeding and to strengthen the walls of the veins. This gemstone has also been used in the treatment of cellular disorders, bringing the energy of cooperation to the cellular level. Sapphires have been used to heal rheumatism, colic, mental illness and depression. Some have used Sapphires as talismans for protection, to ward of diseases. Others said it was an anecdote for poison- and if engraved with the figure of a man or a ram, would cure all illness and elevate the owner to a high position. Some wore it to ward off illness or as protection while traveling. It also has been long believed to have a curing power for natural ailments. In ancient Persia, If ground up, it was used as an all purpose medicine. One ancient recipe for eyesight was to powder the stone and mix it with vinegar. The same recipe was used to treat nosebleeds. Ivan the Terrible of Russia stated that the sapphire strengthened the heart and muscles and endowed a person with courage.  They have also been used as remedies for mental and nervous disorders. They are also said to cure ulcers. Physically, sapphires promote general health. They are said to have powers in cooling fevers, protecting against mental illness and sharpening eyesight. Sapphires were also used to treat rheumatism. When treating boils and external ulcers, they were ground and mixed with milk. The paste was then applied to the afflicted area.
The Sapphire is know as a "Stone of Prosperity", eliminating frustration, and fulfilling the dreams and desires of the consciousness. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. Myths on the divine properties of the sapphire have been found in almost every religion on Earth. Sapphires tend to focus, emanate and radiate energy without conscious initiation. It is said that carrying a sapphire stone will preserve the wearer from envy and attract divine favor. Use sapphire to achieve spiritual alignment and inner peace. It is very helpful when developing psychic skills, such as phychoknesis, telepathy, clairvoyance, and astral projection. It teaches mental discrimination, bringing clarity and perception to light, clearing negative thoughts, nourishing and healing the mind. Sapphire is also a protective stone, especially when dealing with legal matters it brings wisdom and truth, increases perception and the understanding of justice. Legend says that sapphires will help one avoid incarceration or imprisonment. A friendship stone, sapphire will draw love and joy to life. Some have used Sapphires as talismans for protection. The sapphire has, for centuries, been seen as a symbol of the heavens, a guardian of innocence, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. Now known as the stone of serenity, Sapphire helps one to meditate by providing mental calming. Psychologically, the sapphire helps maintain inner peace and is good for one’s mental state. They calm nerves and promote mental clarity, helping with focus and concentration. It helps find peace of mind and serenity and promotes a life of sincerity, helping preserve one’s innocence while learning life’s truths.
The color blue and the blue stone indicated wisdom, and generous thinking. It is also associated with the study of heaven and the stars. During the 11th and 12th centuries, sorcerers honored the sapphire more than any other stone as it enabled them to hear and understand the most obscure oracles. Not only did they help to get in touch with astral and psychic realms, but also they provided protection for the people who took those journeys. But the most important attribute of the sapphire was said to be the protection against sorcery - it was thought to banish evil spirits and send negative spells back to the sender. Sapphires were once used to guarded against poisonous creatures and kill snakes hiding nearby. They also provided advanced warning against hidden dangers. As a tool for self improvement, sapphires are a wonderful way to keep your life in check. They are said to have a powerful and transformative gemstone energy that may work quickly and drastically. They will help you connect to the universe - that is, they can open your internal and spiritual self to the powers of the universe. They are also thought to increase communication with, connection to, and awareness of spirit guides, or angels. They activate and manifest one’s life purpose and focus for soul growth. Working with sapphires helps promote a positive attitude towards life, promoting self motivation and helping move forward towards a path of self-fulfillment.
Things You’ll Need:
  • Green and/or orange candle
  • Frankincense oil
  • Sapphire stone

Decide if you need a spell for daily luck or to get through a difficult period. Consider carrying an amulet, stone or satchel of herbs if you want to protect yourself daily from bad luck. Concentrate on the things that are going wrong in your life. Visualize what would happen if they went right. Be as specific as you can about positive outcomes. Prepare yourself for good things. Meditate on affirmations like "I deserve happiness" and "I'm making room for luck." List everything you're grateful for and review the list before you cast your spell. Anoint a green candle with frankincense oil for prosperity. Burn an orange candle to draw everything you need to you. Hold the sapphire in your left hand and imagine it has pores to absorb negative energy. Picture the air around you with a pure, white light.


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