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The Powers And History Of The Sapphire
The Blue Sapphire
By Sharon Stajda
Over many centuries there has been many mythical beliefs formed in regards to the sapphire stone. It's said that a good Sapphire stone can provide against "evil spirits"as well as poisoning. It's also believed that if a venomous snake is placed in a vessel made of sapphire it would quickly perish. Throughout history traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom. if you were lucky enough to be born in September your birthstone is a sapphire. The stones metaphysical myths tells of the person that is born in September may have many positive characteristics, such as being somewhat clairvoyant, have a trusting nature, truthful, and sincere.
Sapphire Historical And Cultural References
According to Rabbenu Bachya, the word "Sapir" in the verse Exodus 28:20 means "Sapphire" and was the stone on the Ephod representing the tribe of Issachar. However, this is disputed as the sapphire of the Bible was likely lapis lazuli (Texas Natural Science Center, 2006).
Who Discovered The Blue Sapphire?
Blue sapphires were first discovered in the Padar region of Kashmir in the 1880's, allegedly where a landslip had uncovered their occurrence. Kashmir stones were in most cases exceptionally fine quality. The color tone term "cornflower blue" was coined from these stones. Stones from Madagascar are very often described to look like Kashmir quality.
The Lore Of The Sapphire
The word sapphire has its roots in several different languages including Arabic (safir), Latin (sapphirus) and Greek (sappheiros). The Ancient Persians referred to the gem as the "Celestial Stone" because they believed the Earth rested upon a huge sapphire, which reflected its color and turned the sky blue. In Ancient Greece, the stone was special to the god Apollo and was worn by his worshipers at the Oracle of Delphi.
During the Middle Ages, sapphires were believed to represent the purity of the soul. Priests wore these gems to protect them from impure thoughts and 'the temptations of the flesh.' Royalty wore the gems in rings and brooches to keep them safe from harm and free from envy. It was also believed that a sapphire would turn darker in color if the wearer was unfaithful to his/her lover.
The Healing Properties Of The Sapphire
The Sapphire is known in the gem world as the a stone of wisdom. With each unique color having different properties of healing energy. The popular Blue Sapphire is said to promote vivid dreams, and promote "astral travel", which may subsequent offer the dreamer superior dream retention. Along with the unique ability to return to a wake state with that dreams information. Blue Sapphire is said to give its owner enhances intuition, and mental clarity, and aid in personal and spiritual growth. The sapphire is best known to be the gem stone of spiritual healing. Blue Sapphire is useful when channeling healing energies from the Angelic Realm or a higher source. The practitioners of Reiki use the stone in their healing process, to promote spiritual energy, and clarity.
It is believed that if the sapphire is placed over the throat chakra, it will work to enhances vocal healing , and also facilitates better communication, self-expression, and truthfulness. The Blue Sapphire projects loyalty, perfect commitment, as well as total unending fidelity. This has made the blue sapphire one of the more popular gemstones for lovers, and is frequently the choice of gem when it comes to choosing an engagement ring "to seal the deal" ...
Healing With Violet Sapphire
Does The Sapphire Have Supernatural Powers?
Supernatural powers were attributed to gems in India. One way this was manifested was the interdependence between gems and planets. Ruby, associated with the Sun, was the Lord of Gems, for the Sun lorded over all the planets. Sapphire was associated with Saturn (Wojtilla, 1973).
The Sapphire Comes In Many Colors...
The Many Colors Of The Sapphire
Did you know that September's birthstone the sapphire, come in many colors, and that sapphire rings are quickly becoming a popular choice as an engagement ring? September's birthstone is the gemstone known as the sapphire. This gem is structurally similar to the ruby, July's birthstone. It is also a variety of the mineral, corundum. The gem is not just available in blue. In fact, sapphires exist in just about every color including yellow, black, white, orange, pink and brown. There are no red sapphires. Red corundum gems are strictly rubies.
Sapphires Come In A Virtual Kaleidoscope Of Colors
The Sapphire Is A Traditional Gift On Several Anniversaries
The gem is traditionally given as a gift for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries. Sapphires can be found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Burma, Brazil and the United States. However, the biggest sapphire resource in the world lies in the Australia, especially in New South Wales and Queensland. Sapphires are very hard gems, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale. Sometimes, the gem is cut into cabochons, smooth domes, to create a star with six rays.