You’ve probably heard many stories and personal testimonies about the power of gemstones. Spiritual authorities (shamans, druids, astrologers..) in the past have used gemstones for physical, mental and spiritual benefits. They’ve also been used by warriors and kings to enchant their weapons and garments with magical properties. One of the claims that has stayed with us to this day is that gemstones can change one’s destiny. In this article we’ll explore this assertion through the lens of Ancient Vedic Astrology.
Can gemstones change destiny?
Whether gemstones can work in such a way remains debatable. One of the main reasons is that the concept of destiny itself is not entirely clear. Some people don’t believe in destiny while others do. Philosophers, theologians and mystics still haven’t reached a consensus on this issue. If one has a destiny, wouldn’t all the actions the person takes be part of that destiny? Including finding the gemstone and wearing it? So that would not be an independent event or a decision, it would be part of the narrative that had to happen.
But that’s not exactly the way it works, at least not according to Vedic (Indian) astrologers, who believe in reincarnation. According to Hindu beliefs, our Life is governed by Destiny and Karma. Karma is essentially our Luck. While our Destiny is determined, we have the ability to change the way in which we’ll fulfill it. So essentially we’ll meet our destined end one way or the other, but we can influence our journey and make it a lot more pleasant.
This positive influence can be accomplished by aligning ourselves to the Nine Planets, which are closely related to Karma. They govern our health, thoughts and the people and things we encounter in life. If we’re properly aligned, then our life runs smoothly.
For example, your destiny could be to become a wealthy businessman. If you’re properly aligned with the Nine Planets you’ll fulfill your destiny more easily. If you’re not aligned properly it could take you years of unnecessary struggle and hardship while someone else starts making significant money within the first year. That’s just a random example, but you get the idea. If you’re properly aligned good things happen to you sooner, while only the absolutely necessary bad things can happen to you.
Methods of astrological alignment
According to ancient Vedic Astrology, there are three methods available for astrological alignment: Mantra, Aushadhi and Mani.
Mantras are chants that are repeated out loud or silently. Each mantra has a different effect on our body and soul. The problem many people face with this method is that it requires a lot of time and patience to perform these mantras on a day-to-day basis. We live in Kali Yuga, the age of disorder and confusion. Most of us lack the necessary time to perform these chants as we’re busy chasing material possessions and exciting experiences outside of ourselves.
Aushadhi is based on Vedic medicine, Ayurveda. If one’s body and mind are out of balance, this person’s life journey and decisions will be of lower quality as well. Unfortunately, many times medicine will fail us. Especially today when we don’t live according to nature. While we can follow Ayurvedic tips and live a healthier life to some extent, it’s still not enough for most people because the bad Karma accumulated from past lives is too significant to overcome.
Mani relies on using gemstones according to Vedic astrology to synchronize our body with the Nine Planets. If you’re unable to perform mantras for hours at a time or live in perfect accordance with Ayurvedic medicinal tenants, using gemstones is the easiest way of obtaining health, wealth and happiness as many gemstone users can attest to.
How to use gemstones effectively?
Gemstones are typically worn as a necklace or a ring. But before you get a gemstone, it’s also important to know which one will work best for you. You can either consult a knowledgeable Vedic astrologer (the best option) or choose the right type based on your Zodiac sign:
Here’s the list of Zodiacs and the recommended gemstones:
Aries (March 21- April 19)- Coral
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) – Diamond, White Sapphire, Opal
Gemini (May 21- June 20) – Emerald
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) – Pearl
Leo (July 23 – August 22) – Ruby
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) – Emerald
Libra (September 23 – October 22) – Diamond, White Sapphire, Opal
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) – Coral
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) – Yellow Sapphire
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) – Blue Sapphire
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) – Garnet
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) – Cat’s Eye
This is a good starting point, but now comes the more difficult part – actually getting a real gemstone. These gemstones can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. The purer the gemstone is, the more effective it will be at revitalizing your prana (also known as chi energy) and providing the various benefits mentioned earlier. A natural gemstone is more powerful than a synthetic man-made one.
How to know whether a gemstone is authentic or not?
It’s really hard to tell, so your best bet is to rely on an experienced gemologist. Also make sure to buy from a credible seller that cares more for their reputation than making an extra buck on new customers.
As far as quality goes, transparency is one of the most important factors. The more a gemstone is transparent, the better quality (and higher price) it is. However, transparency can be increased by heating, and glass or metal filling.
The color should also be evenly distributed, and the gem should look very beautiful and impressive. But for a layperson any gem can look beautiful at first. So again, it’s important to have a qualified professional at hand to take a closer look.
To get more familiar with gems and their standard prices I suggest checking out the Les Pierres Precieuses website. It also provides direct comparisons of different quality gems.
Do synthetic or low quality gemstones work?
Many people unfortunately don’t invest in real gemstones. Instead they rely on cheaper synthetic alternatives. Some sellers claim that their items are natural and authentic when they’re really not. If an otherwise expensive gem is sold for around $20 it’s safe to assume that it’s fake. Especially if you’re buying online from anonymous sellers who don’t feel any responsibility to you as a customer.
These items will not provide the powerful effects of a real gemstones. So why do some users claim that these poorer alternatives worked wonders for them? I think that the simplest explanation is purely psychological. In other words, it’s a placebo effect. They are convinced that the gem is working it’s magic and so they feel more positive and confident. This translates to other areas of life and their luck starts to change because they’re doing more positive things in general.
So to some degree, even the lower quality gemstone can work. It’s the intent behind wearing the item that plays a significant role, and this is the case with all things pertaining to magic. If it works, it works, who cares about the details if you’re getting the results you want. However, the real, more powerful and more long-lasting benefits come from using real, natural and more transparent gemstones according to proper astrological guidance and according to your Zodiac sign.
Is wearing a gemstone all you need to change your destiny?
A gemstone is a powerful ingredient to changing your life for the better. But don’t expect it to do all the work for you. Neither mantras, medicine or gemstones are enough on their own. They’re simply tools which can elevate your state of Being by opening up the energy channels in your body in order to receive the rejuvenating energy of the Universe.
For good luck to follow you throughout your journey, you need to act bravely and make the best of the opportunities that come your way. A proper gemstone will bring better opportunities, so be prepared to seize them when they arrive. While it’s not possible to change your Destiny as such, doing this will certainly make it a more pleasant and inspiring journey. Hope this helps!