Birthstone and Chakras stones

Chakras

Our chakras are funnel-shaped spinning energy vortexes of multicolored light.  The term “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc.

As the “hot spots” of the energy pathways known as the meridians, chakras are the areas of the highest density of energy  and  therefore the easiest places to exchange energy with the outside world.  Energy passes through the chakras to your etheric energy field or aura and onto the outside world, and from the outside world back through your auric layers to and through your chakras to your body. This energy exchange is what gives you that psychic sense of your surroundings, while the flow of this energy is directly affected by your thoughts, emotions, health, and state of mind.

Our chakras are influenced by everything we do, and go in and out of alignment and balance naturally.   From little stresses, minor illnesses, and leading the fast-paced lifestyles we do today, our chakras need to be realigned to eliminate dis-ease of the mind, body and spirit.   Affecting the flow of this energy and balancing our chakras can be done through working with crystals and gemstones, colors, sounds, fragrances, and meditation. Chakra stones, including red jasper, peach adventurine, golden quartz, green adventurine, lapis lazuli, sodalite, and amethyst can be used to heal and balance our chakras simultaneously.

Seven Major Chakras

Our seven major chakras are aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head.  Each affects and is affected by many physiological functions.

1st – Root/Base: Red chakra located at the base of the spine.  Its Sanskrit name is muladhara. It is associated with our connection to earth, survival, health, abundance, family, passion, and moving forward in life.

If the root (base) chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel “stuck” and just can’t seem to move forward in life.  You may feel ungrounded, with a depleting sense of self.  This frequently happens following traumatic events, family problems, death of a loved one, and major life changes.  A blockage in the root chakra prevents the release of grief, guilt, and sadness, contributing the the inability to move forward and preventing you from following your destiny.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra:  loneliness, insecurities, feeling ungrounded, unconfident, abandoned, indecisive, depressed, anxious, addictions, phobias, obsessions.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra:  lower-back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, constipation, diarrhea, rectal/anal problems, impotence, water retention, and problems with groin, hips, legs, knees, calves, ankles, and feet.

Healing the Root Chakra:
Balancing and opening the root/base chakra allows negative emotions to be released, regenerating confidence and your will to move forward in life. A healthy root/base chakra promotes feelings of security and encourages exploration to find your life’s purpose and achieve success.  A balanced root chakra also generates the flow of energy to all other chakras.  It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the root chakra and maintain its positive energy flow. 

Garnet

2nd – Sacral: Orange chakra located at the base of the spine.  Its Sanskrit name is svadhisthana.   It is associated with our connection to other people, creativity, energy, confidence, and sexual health.

If the sacral chakra becomes unbalanced, you will have a lack of energy flow throughout the entire body.  You may feel extremely lethargic and unmotivated for life, particularly exercise and sex, leading to sadness, loneliness, and mild depression.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced sacral chakra:  eating disorders, addictions, low self-confidence, dependency issues, low libido, and unbalanced emotions.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced sacral chakra:  kidney problems and urinary tract infections, chronic lower back pain, sexual disorders, infertility, gynecological problems, dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and problems with the intestines, spleen, and gallbladder.

Healing the Sacral Chakra:
Balancing and opening the sacral chakra allows you to feel energized and confident in all aspects of your life. You feel inspired and life seems to flow. People are attracted to your positive energy and opportunities open for you.  With a healthy sacral chakra, you are able to live in the moment and experience life to the fullest.  Physical tasks become easier while stamina increases.    It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the sacral chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

3rd Solar Plexus: Yellow chakra located at the diaphragm.  Its Sanskrit name is manipura.  It is associated with our physical center, personal power, desire, inner-strength, emotions, instincts, and “gut” feelings.

If the solar plexus chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel very stressed all the time and powerless to gain control, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted.   You may have “gut” feelings but are not sure of what or where they are coming from, contributing to your distress and discomfort.  The stress of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra also contributes to poor memory and concentration.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra: lack of memory and concentration, frequent fearing, feeling uncentered, sugar addictions, insomnia, and eating disorders.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra:  digestive and intestinal disorders, indigestion, food allergies, eating disorders, poor metabolism, diabetes, obesity, eczema, acne, and other stress-related skin conditions.

Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra:
Balancing and opening the solar plexus chakra allows you to feel centered in your mind, body, and spirit.  Relaxed and comfortable in your own skin.  The energy of this chakra permeates to the other chakras relieving many physical and psychological dis-eases or disorders.  It allows you to be more aware of your own energy and being, comfortable in your decisions, and psychically connected to your “gut” feelings so that you may act accordingly with confidence.  It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the solar plexus chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

Citrine

Agate Eye catch

4th Heart: Green chakra located in the region of the physical heart.  Its Sanskrit name is anahata.  The heart chakra is the center of your spirit as well as the center of the chakras, making it a vital energy center for our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. It is associated with love, compassion, safety, trust, adventure, self-compassion, forgiveness, and relationships.

If the heart chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel detached from the world around you.  Each breath we take that connects us to our physical and spiritual world is enveloped by the heart chakra, and if unbalanced or blocked can lead to a disconnection from the people we love, love for ourselves, and love for the earth.  Problems in relationships heighten and we tend to lose hope.  We lose sight of beauty, love, empathy, and compassion.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced heart chakra: apathetic, faithlessness, unforgiving, hopelessness,  distrustful, uncommitted, and detached.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced heart chakra: pneumonia, asthma, breast problems, respiratory problems, upper-back pain, shoulder and upper-arm pain, and premature aging,

Healing the Heart Chakra:
Balancing and opening the heart chakra enhances the love for self and others.  It allows you to feel compassion, empathy, and forgiveness for others, and reconnects you to the loving world around you.  You are able to connect with the child-like world vision of beauty you were born with, generating adventure and zest for life.  Peace and harmony flourish in relationships with others and self.   It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the heart chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

Malachite

5th Throat: Blue chakra located at the base of the throat. Its Sanskrit name is vishuddha. The throat chakra is associated communication, expression, freedom, responsibility, and leadership.

If the throat chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel you are unable to communicate verbally, physically, and emotionally.  The throat chakra connects us to our ability to express ourselves, therefore creating a number of issues if this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, particularly from subconscious attitudes or feelings becoming trapped and unable to surface.  Severe trauma can cause this chakra to close, making it very difficult to express emotion.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced throat chakra: nervousness, anxiety, fear, attention deficit disorders, poor coping skills, feeling isolated.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced throat chakra: problems with the nasal area, irritated sinuses, sore throat, jaw pain and TMJ, voice loss, thyroid problems, teeth and gum problems, and ailments of the esophagus and tonsils.

Healing the Throat Chakra:
Balancing and opening the throat chakra allows you to express your feelings and communicate freely, without worry of criticism or judgment from self or others.  It promotes honesty and harmony with our feelings and actions, and helps us to live more authentically and free.  A balanced throat chakra helps us with successful communication in relationships and at work, and is especially helpful to those with careers relying on communication and self-expression.   It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the throat chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

Turquoise

Turquoise

6th Third-eye or Brow:  Indigo chakra located between and just above the physical eyes, in the center of the brows. Its Sanskrit name is ajna.  The third-eye chakra is associated with the mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams, intuition and psychic abilities.

If the third-eye chakra becomes unbalanced, we may feel bombarded with our own thoughts, unable to process them effectively and may feel stuck in an emotional and intellectual rut.  We lose our sense of intuition, making our judgment clouded and causing us to make poor decisions.  With a blocked third-eye chakra, we become closed to new ideas and fall off the paths of our true destiny.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced third-eye chakra: headaches and migraines, nightmares, seizures, neurological disorders, personality disorders and neuroses, learning difficulties, and hallucinations.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced third-eye chakra: eye problems, glaucoma, ear problems and hearing difficulties, spinal conditions, and scalp/hair issues.

Healing the Third-Eye Chakra:
Balancing and opening the third-eye chakra promotes clarity, inspiration, and innovation.  It allows us to follow our dreams and enhances our innate psychic abilities and spiritual connections.  A balanced third-eye chakra helps us process the timeline of our own lives, enabling us to learn from our past, be present in the now, and see and achieve our future.   Dream interpretation becomes easier, intuitions are stronger and clearer, and we feel a deeper connection to the universal plan of our lives.  This sense of being “guided” opens up doors of possibilities to reaching our goals. It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the third-eye chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

7th Crown:  Violet/purple chakra located at the crown of the head. Its Sanskrit name is sahasrara.  It is associated with God (or your particular belief system), spirituality, divine wisdom, enlightening, connection to the universe, imagination, awareness, and optimism. 

If the crown chakra becomes unbalanced, we feel unconnected spiritually and as though we are living without any direction or purpose.  If there are many physical ailments and dis-eases that seem to continually surface without a root trigger or cause, it is likely to be an out-of-balance crown chakra, as this chakra affects the six energy systems below, and practically your entire being.  A blocked crown chakra can lead to depression and nervous system disorders and feelings of being lost and incomplete.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced crown chakra: depression, confusion, loss of faith, mentally disconnected, dementia, epilepsy, schizophrenia.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced crown chakra: light sensitivity, headaches, dementia, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders,  (the crown chakra affects the health of our brains and therefore our entire mental, physical, and spiritual health).

Healing the Crown Chakra:
Balancing and opening the crown chakra is essential for a deep, spiritual connection within ourselves, the universe, and God.  Energy entering and leaving the Crown facilitates our flow of positive energy with the other six chakras, and creates the outlook we hold on life.  It is important to wear or carry crystals/gemstones to heal the crown chakra and maintain its positive energy flow.

Birthstone Colors:

There are many variations of birthstones and associated birthstone colors – the origin of birth stones dates back to early civilizations. Many believe that wearing a gemstone of a specified month provided healing powers. Using these birthday stones in the assigned months was to provide spiritual healing and keep away evil spirits. In the early twentieth century, 1912 to be exact, the modern list of month stones was adopted, but has been modified in 1952 and most recently in October of 2002. Below is some brief history on birthday gemstone colors and respective features.

For those lucky ones born in the month of January, usually filled with snow and post Christmas celebrations, your birthstone is Garnet. This stone comes in a variety of colors ranging from pink to black. Most common of this birthstone color is reddish brown. The word garnet means grain or seed. That is why one glance at the deep red seeds of a pomegranate reminds of this amazingly beautiful stone. This stone; however, is not one you can chew on if you love your teeth as it is very hard and is used in grinding applications. It is believed to keep away any nightmares which might disturb you and guide the user through dark times. Keep it really close and you’ll have a blissful life.

The beautiful Purple colored Amethyst is the right kind of gemstone color for the month of love and blooming hearts February. Ancient Greeks are known to use this stone for protection against intoxication. This stone has an intense violet to purple hue. Purple is a color which was associated with royalty in olden times hence was often used in the jewelry and garments worn by royals.  It was once considered more expensive and precious than diamonds. For those who are not familiar with this gorgeous stone amethyst brings peace and tranquility and also provide protection to its bearer. It is known to strengthen the bond of love between two people.

The birthstone of March is Aquamarine.The stone gives such coolness to the eyes because of its beautiful blue tones which are calming. The stone gets its namesake from the color it bears. It’s the color of the sea hence it is primarily believed to protect those at sea. The common association of Aquamarine with water led people in ancient times to believe that the healing power of the stone works best when immersed in water. It was used to heal illness of liver, stomach and mouth.  It represents hope, love, and friendship and also encourages making new friends and relationships. Bloodstone is an alternate birthstone for March. It is a dark green stone flecked with red spots. The name is taken from the common legend of the stone attaining this red color from the blood of Jesus Christ spilling onto green jasper during the famous crucifixion.

You have to be familiar with the birthstone of April knowing it is every girl’s best friend. Yes, the birthstone for the month of April is Diamond. Famously known saying that diamonds are forever this stone represents strength and because of its beautiful sparkle known to be pure. Diamonds are most often is colorless, but depending on the type of impurities the stone contains can come in all range of colors from yellow to orange, pink to blue.  Diamonds have been treasured for thousands of years from some of their earliest uses with religious icons.

The rich green of Emerald is perfect to be the birthstone color for the month of May. It symbolizes health and along with various healing abilities is known to provide insight into the future. Emerald is also thought to bring wisdom to people. It is also associated with fertility and rebirth of spiritual meaning throughout the different ages.

June has the honor to have the birthday stone of Pearl most commonly, but also alexandrite. Pearls, or moon stones, were thought to be tears of joy from the Gods in years past, and the favorite of Cleopatra. They are mainly associated with purity and passion.  They actually come in a variety of colors from gold, green, blue to black. Alexandrite is named after Alexander II of Russia and is known to change colors and bring luck as well luck for the wearer.

The amazingly beautiful Ruby is for the month of July birth stone. The sheer elegance of the stone describes its beauty and is believed to be popular for harmony and protection. The word ruby is derived from the Latin word ruber meaning red. It was once believed that if a ruby is tossed into a pot containing water it would instantly boil up. Magical powers are associated with this stone throughout the stages, probably due the common blood red color, but also found in brown, pink and purplish tones.

The vibrancy of lime colored Peridot which is the birthstone of August will take your breath away. This birthday stone color is believed to ward off night evil with its shine. This stone is always connected with nature. It’s an Arabic word meaning gem. Because of its dazzling color it is also called gem of the sun, but can be found in a range of colors from dark olive to bright yellow.

The amazingly beautiful  blue colored Sapphire is the birthstone of September .It is often used for engagement rings and rightly so as it represents faith and purity. Because of its association with purity and heavenly grace it is also commonly favored by priests and churches from the earliest Christian times. Prince William recently bought her beloved wife a beautiful sapphire ring showing his faith in their relationship.  Sapphires come in a variety of colors including pink, yellow, or even white.

How can one assign a color to Opals which are commonly known as the gemstone for October.  The name alone means “to see a change in color” and this is certainly the case with opals that shimmer and show different colors in different light and angles.  It is believed opal will bring happiness and healing to all.  An alternate is the pink Cubic Zirconia for the month of October. Much less expensive when compared to diamonds, it is believed to provide a hint of love and romance.

Topaz is linked with strength and facilitates healing. It comes in an array of colors including green, red, gold and pink. Citrine is an alternate birthstone for November. Citrine originates from a word meaning lemon and often thought to help with digestion and removal of toxins.  In ancient times, it was often worn in a talisman to protect themselves against evil thoughts and also snake venom.

Blue Topaz is the birthstone for December ,depending on the impurities can even be pink or yellow.  The word has Arabic roots and helps the bearer stay clear sighted and focused.  An alternate birth stone for December is the Turquoise which is a difficult gem stone to assign any other color label, but its namesake.  Those who wear this gem stone are said to experience happiness and good fortune.