|The late Liz Taylor loved a bit of bling
– but did she know how much
energy those little rocks contained?
I’m very pleased to introduce a new guest, my colleague Peter Stockinger, an expert on Renaissance and Early Modern astrology. Peter’s special subject is the correspondence between planets and those little blobs of light we wear so causally – crystals and gemstones.
Since time immemorial, humans have longed to possess shiny, sparkling rocks. Gems and crystals have always stirred the human imagination.
|An Indian amulet
studded with carnelians.
Today, Vedic astrology makes use of this collected and preserved wisdom about the healing qualities of planetary gemstones.
But this knowledge ceased to be part of Western astrology centuries ago. Western European astrologers were once familiar with the lore of planetary gemstones and celestial magic, too, but the onset of rationalism in the middle of the 17th century put an end to this practice.
|An Ancient Egyptian scarab
made of lapis lazuli.
The transmission of traditional astrological lore, alchemy and celestial magic from the Arab world into Europe, from the 12th century onwards, included knowledge about gems and crystals. Some of the earliest mentions of the correspondences between planets and gemstones are to be found in Picatrix, a grimoire from the 11th century, translated into Spanish and Latin in the thirteenth century. Later on authors and practitioners like Agrippa von Nettesheim, Marsilio Ficino and Giordano Bruno wrote extensively on the subject, producing a workable system, based on the philosophy of neo-Platonism.
|Genesis 1: And God said, “Let there be light,”
and there was light. God saw that the light
was good, and he separated
the light from the darkness.
Light is the most important factor in many creation myths. The first act of creation is division; we are immediately confronted with a separation between darkness and light.
|The Koh-i-Noor Diamond –
like all diamonds it has an
octahedronal crystal structure.
Having recognised the basic patterns symbolised by the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, we find that the following number, five, corresponds with the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury. Adding the lights (Sun and Moon) brings us up to number seven.
The practical application of all that has been said above is as follows.
Once the astrologer has established which planet in the client’s chart is essentially debilitated or afflicted by a transiting planet, a progression or other events, the appropriate gemstone or crystal in the shape or form of a ring, pendant or any other suitable piece of jewellery should be worn during the time of affliction.
Because gemstones are more essentially pure than human beings, the application of a chosen crystal or stone can have a positive, uplifting or transforming effect on the person wearing it.
|Why be discreet when
you could have GLAMOUR?
These are from a recent auction at Christie’s.
Ruby, Amber – Sun
Opal – Mercury
Hematite, Garnet – Mars
Amethyst, Hyacinth – Jupiter
Jet, Onyx – Saturn
Emerald, Beryl – Venus
Moonstone, Pearl – Moon