Updated: Aug 23, 2021
New Zealand is home to many Indian-Kiwi’s who practice the ancient system of Vedic astrology. Jyotishya is the traditional Hindu system of astrology and is also known as Indian astrology and most commonly as Vedic astrology. Vedic astrology is known to be the oldest system of astrology in the world and differs significantly from the western astrology system and the Chinese astrology system. Vedic astrology uses the constellations of the stars, their positioning, and alignment of the planets and Sunlight as seen in the sky at the time of a person’s birth.
The cultures of India have studied gemstones and gemology for thousands of years, with many ancient Hindu texts detailing the medicinal, spiritual and supernatural powers of gemstones, including sapphires. The Vedas (the oldest Indian scriptures) contain references for gemstones in ceremonial rituals and everyday life. They describe the power of precious gemstones to influence subtle energies and connect our planet to the rest of the universe. Because precious stones are strongly associated with the gods, it has long been believed that they have the power to heal us and influence destiny.
“Inward glowing lustre, transparency, illumination with rays, sparkle, free from impurities and good formation of the shape are the characteristics of good gems” - (Agni Purana, 246.13-14)
According to Vedic astrology, all-natural gemstones radiate incredible celestial powers. Fine, flawless gemstones promote good fortune and opportunity, while low-quality gemstones can have the opposite effect. Vedic astrology is connected with our sun, moon, five of Earth's planets, and two lunar nodes (called Rahu and Ketu). As they are collectively referred to, these' planets' impact our lives on many levels and contribute to our psychological, emotional, physical, material, and spiritual health and well-being. Each of the planets emits coloured rays of light: the rays of our Sun are red, our Moon orange, Mars yellow, Mercury green, Jupiter blue, Venus indigo, Saturn violet, Rahu ultraviolet, and Ketu infrared. When the rays are out of balance, then physical or emotional sickness can occur within the body.
So, in summary, the 9 planets, as well as their connected gemstones, are:
1. Ruby - the Sun
2. Pearl - the Moon
3. Yellow sapphire - Jupiter
4. Hessonite for Rahu (the ascending node of the Moon)
5. Emerald - Mercury
6. Diamond - Venus
7. Cat’s eye for Ketu (the descending node of the Moon)
8. Blue sapphire - Saturn
9. Coral - Mars
Yellow Sapphires are the precious gemstone that represents the affirmative powers of Jupiter in Vedic Astrology. Jupiter represents good fate and fortune, divine guidance and grace, education, power of speech and knowledge. Jupiter also represents the continuation of the family tree, the power of mantras, and guidance from a Guru or preceptors, fame, and public acclaim.
Blue sapphires are the Vedic precious gemstone related to Saturn, the planet representing wisdom, integrity and discipline. Saturn also represents responsibility, leadership, ambition and wisdom born of time and experience. Saturn is also the planet of renunciation and spiritual journey.
In all its radiant colour hues, the treasured Sapphire is a gemstone representing wisdom and aristocracy, revelation and Divine favour. It is forever tied to sacred things and considered the king of precious gems, a stone steeped in the background and lore of nearly every religious belief.
New Zealand based The Sapphire Merchant has a range of natural untreated sapphires suited to Vedic Astrology purposes (we can also source Ruby & Emerald). However, if we do not have a sapphire in stock that meets your astrological specifications and requirements, we can source the perfect sapphire for you direct from Sri Lanka. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me to discuss options.