A Brief Overview of Zodiac Signs and Gemstones
In Western astrology, there are twelve zodiac signs, each with its own unique set of characteristics, personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses. Understanding your star chart and zodiac sign can be tricky business, and learning to harness each sign’s particular energy can be even trickier. This brief overview of zodiac signs and gemstones will help you better understand the powers of each sign and the stones that will help you access these powers.
The Zodiac Signs and Gemstones
Aries - March 21 – April 19
Unlike traditional calendars, the zodiac calendar begins in March with the sign Aries. Symbolized by the Ram, Aries is a fire sign characterized by a passionate personality and lively energy. Aries are courageous and independent individuals, unafraid of a challenge and eager to forge their own path. Driven and fiery individuals, Aries’ energy can sometimes appear a bit chaotic to others. Calming crystals, such as the water stone, Aquamarine, can help calm the fire within and bring more balance into their lives.
Taurus - April 20 – May 20
The bull symbolizes the second zodiac sign, as those with the Taurus sign tend to be strong-willed, steadfast, and stoic. The energy brought about by this earth sign is calm and grounding, allowing them to strive toward their dreams with patience and persistence. While Taurus signs are often loving and generous, they can also be stubborn at times and can easily fall into a state of complacency. Stones of growth and empowerment, such as Malachite and Citrine, can help Taurus signs step out of their comfort zone and start moving toward their goals. Further, Rutilated Quartz can help amplify Taurus’ warm and joyful energy.
Gemini - May 21 – June 20
Gemini is a dynamic zodiac sign symbolized by the twins and characterized by a vibrant mix of energies and a social personality. Geminis adapt easily to a wide variety of environments and personalities and find no trouble communicating with others. Geminis are an air sign and as such can sometimes be rather unpredictable, seemingly changing their mind with the change of the wind. Ametrine is a particularly useful stone for Gemini’s as it too possesses a dual nature. Ametrine combines elements of Amethyst and Citrine, creating masculine and feminine energies which can help balance the conflicting personalities of Geminis.
Cancer - June 21 – July 22
The first of the summer zodiacs, the moon rules over Cancer, which boasts a calm and nurturing energy. Cancers tend to be a bit more emotionally present than other signs and are generally quite caring and generous. On occasion, however, they may present severely contradictory emotions or experience strong and sudden changes in mood. Fittingly, Leopardskin Jasper can help Cancer signs harness their own energy and soothe their emotions. Leopardskin Jasper can also help amplify Cancer’s nurturing, creative, and intuitive personality.
Leo - July 23 – August 22
Like other fire signs, Leos often possess strong and outgoing energies. Symbolized by the king of the jungle, the lion, Leos are natural-born leaders who never settle for second place. Beneath their confident and courageous exterior, Leos often possess a warm and generous heart. Protective stones such as Black Onyx and Black Tourmaline allow Leos to safeguard their kind heart as they strive toward their goals. These stones can help Leos restore their passion and provide them with the confidence needed to achieve great things.
Virgo - August 23 – September 22
As summer turns to fall, Virgo emerges, bringing about feelings of determination and inspiration. Virgo is an earth sign and, as such, is often quite grounded and level-headed. Sometimes people characterize Virgos as perfectionists due to their practical nature and desire for order. Virgo signs are extremely dedicated and hard-working, so they often benefit from high-energy stones such as Carnelian. Carnelian enables Virgos to channel and focus upon their passions while also inspiring creativity and vitality, making it easier for them to achieve great success.
Libra - September 23 – October 22
Symbolized by a perfectly balanced scale, Libras are natural peacemakers who are eager to bring harmony and tranquility to every situation. Libras are often happy and social beings, radiating positivity with every step. On occasion, Libras may find themselves forgoing their own wants and needs to please others. For this reason, Lapis Lazuli stones can be quite beneficial to Libra signs. This stone offers Libras peace of mind and tranquility so they may better access and understand their own desires.
Scorpio - October 23 – November 21
Magnetic and mysterious, Scorpio signs possess a darker energy than many other zodiac signs. Though Scorpios can be secretive and powerful, this dark energy is not always negative. When properly harnessed, this energy can yield impressive results and lead to significant success. Labradorite can help Scorpios access their innermost desires and connect with spiritual aides who can guide them toward success. Labradorite can also help reduce reckless or impulsive behaviors and protect against negative energies.
Sagittarius - November 22 – December 21
Bold, passionate, and free-spirited, the archer symbolizes Sagittarius. This fire sign desires freedom and often have a love of travel and adventure. Sagittarius signs are quite fun-loving and open-minded, allowing them to willingly accept change and easily form lasting relationships. Sagittarius’ fun-loving and excitable nature can sometimes cause them to lose sight of their goals; however, grounding stones such as Bronzite can provide the stabilizing force needed to properly align thoughts and desires. Bronzite can also help Sagittarius signs see the bigger picture so they can make calculated changes and create a structured plan to achieve their goals.
Capricorn - December 22 – January 19
Capricorn rings in the new year with its inspirational and passionate energy. Capricorns are highly motivated individuals who focus on success and work toward their goals with an admirable sense of determination and patience. Though Capricorns may appear quite serious and stoic, they often possess a great sense of humor and exceptional creative intuition. Azurite can help balance Capricorn’s creative and practical sides. This stone encourages Capricorn’s strong work ethic while also providing the mental clarity needed to access their spirituality and intuition.
Aquarius - January 20 – February 18
Aquarius signs are forward thinkers, intent on forging their own path. This water sign is unafraid to chart their own course, so much so that others may view them as unpredictable or reckless. This is not the case, however, as Aquarius signs value intelligence quite highly and rarely decide on something without first considering the consequences. Highly energetic and extremely passionate, Aquarius signs can often forgo self-care in the pursuit of their goals. Lepidolite can be quite beneficial in grounding this air sign and provides Aquarius with a moment of reprieve from their ambitious dreams. It effectively melts away stress and soothes the mind.
Pisces - February 19 – March 20
Pisces rounds out the zodiac calendar with its reflective nature and harmonious energy. Pisces are spiritual, creative, and kind, making great friends and better listeners. They are also very empathetic and emotionally intelligent. Pisces tend to feel emotions quite intensely which can sometimes lead to internal conflict and may cause others to view them as overly sensitive. During these moments of internal conflict, Pisces can benefit from the calming nature of Amethyst stones. Amethyst Geodes and crystals help Pisces release any stressful thoughts they may be experiencing and aids them in the discovery of inner peace.
Every zodiac sign is special and wonderful in its own way. This brief overview of zodiac signs and gemstones only scratches the surface of all the unique characteristics and personalities of each sign.
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