If you need some peace and calming in your life, Emerald is the stone for you! These beauties are also excellent for all matters of heart healing, balance, cooperation, and for connecting with Earth energy. Like aquamarine, emerald is a form of beryl (Be3Al2(Si O3)6). Many people associate emerald mostly with jewelry, but to people in the middle ages it was a very mystical stone, useful for divination and scrying. One method was to inscribe the letters of the alphabet around the inner rim of a bowl, then fill the bowl with water, so that the water’s surface sat just below the bottoms of the letters. Then you would use an emerald pendulum (at the time this might simply be a stone tied to a string) to dowse for letters, spelling out the oracular message. Another method was to have a child hold an emerald, repeating a prayer with closed eyes. An angel would appear to the child and answer whatever question the child asked.
Safety note: Since emerald contains aluminum, please don’t use it for making elixirs.
EMERALD: (Also known as Green Beryl) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for bringing peace and calming, for inspiration, to bring loyalty to a relationship or to attract a loyal partner, to encourage friendship, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to enhance love, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to enhance psychic powers, to stimulate empathy, for protection, to enhance memory, to aid in positive expression of the self, to stimulate group cooperation, to treat infection, to heal the eyes, to enhance a connection with the earth, to lessen to symptoms of diabetes, and to aid in relieving joint pain caused by arthritis.
Emerald lore: There’s a story from India about the origin of emeralds: Once there was a young woman who was troubled by dreams that kept her awake much of the night. When they woke her, she would walk outside long after midnight, trying to find peace. One night when the moon was full, she was awakened by a terrible nightmare, in which her family’s home burned to the ground with everyone inside. She woke up in a panic. Trying to forget this horrible dream, she went for a walk outside under the full moon. Fireflies swarmed all around her, their cool green lights flicking on and off. But as she watched them, she saw that one firefly was brighter than all the rest. This firefly’s light didn’t go dark after a few seconds, the way the others did; instead, its bright green light glowed steadily. Fascinated, she went closer to examine this special firefly. What she found turned out to be not an insect, but a brilliant green crystal. She had a ring made out of the gem, which she wore from then on. After that, nightmares never troubled her again.