Crystals and the Zodiac

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by Cathy Douglas

People naturally like to carry and wear stones connected with their zodiac sign, and at Mimosa we’re often asked which stones are connected with which sign. I’ve tried to find definite information about the subject, but keep getting lost in a muddle of expert disagreement. Then when I’ve asked people who really know their astrology and crystals to please clear things up, they throw up their hands and say “Don’t ask me!” So I set out to find out not only the connections between crystals and astrology, but the reason for all the confusion.

Image by Remko van Dokkum via Flickr

Image by Remko van Dokkum via Flickr

Part of it seems to be the very antiquity of the subject. The earliest stone/zodiac list I know of was written by Josephus in the First Century, using the Breastplate of Aaron as reference, and there’s no reason to assume this list was the first. Many writers since then, from bishops to alchemists, have taken a shot at the subject. The waters only get muddier when we get to the 1800s, when spiritualism sparked popular interest.

Geology itself has changed through time. Knowledge about how to identify and classify stones has grown considerably, along with cross-cultural knowledge. Even in a single culture and time, stones often go by various names. When you throw in variations of time and place, it becomes clear that everyone isn’t always talking about the same thing. Just as an example, think about quartz: An ancient Greek priestess, who used quartz to focus the suns rays for an altar fire, would have quite a different view of the stone from her Roman counterpart, who believed quartz to be an ultra-hardened form of ice!

To see how this confusion affects astrological correspondences, let’s consider Virgo. Checking the conclusions of six authors through the ages, from a medieval cleric to Aleister Crowley writing in the 1950s, we find five different choices corresponding to Virgo: chrysolite, corallite, carnelian, peridot, and emerald (with only emerald getting two votes.) Green stones seem to have the edge, but other than that this list seems a bit random.

In the 1960′s, Rupert Gleadow did an in-depth study using color correspondences, trying to clear up the confusion. Here’s his take on Virgo’s stones:

Virgo, as sign of green corn, could have the apple-green chrysoprase, chrysoberyl, which is the same colour, or green feldspar, which was associated in ancient Egypt with fertility. If thought of as a sign of purity, diamond or an uncoloured chalcedony would be required. But since ripe corn is also a suitable colour for Virgo, one could use light brown agate or onyx.

Is it just me, or are we not now more confused?

Practically speaking, the best we can do is to settle on a relatively simple, short list, using birthstones and color correspondences as guidelines. The list we use at the store gives 3-5 choices per sign, which should give any of us a reasonably good choice of semi-precious stones to complement our birth sign. And if this sounds a little bit like “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” maybe it is!

Here’s a chart we’ve prepared showing some typical crystal correspondences for the signs of the zodiac:

March 21 – April 19 Aries red jasper, carnelian, ruby
April 20 – May 20 Taurus rose quartz, emerald, lapis lazuli, blue sapphire
May 21 – June 20 Gemini chalcedony, citrine, tiger’s eye, golden topaz
June 21 – July 22 Cancer moonstone, emerald, labradorite, opal
July 23 – August 22 Leo amber, citrine, rock crystal (quartz), diamond, olivine (peridot)
August 23 – September 22 Virgo carnelian, yellow agate, jasper, yellow sappire
September 23 – October 22 Libra chrysocolla, smoky quartz, golden topaz
October 23 – November 21 Scorpio jet, garnet, onyx
November 22 – December 21 Sagittarius lapis lazuli, amethyst, blue sapphire, turquoise
December 22 – January 19 Capricorn obsidian, chalcedony, emerald, onyx
January 20 – February 18 Aquarius turquoise, aquamarine, falcon’s eye (blue tiger’s eye), fluorite
February 19 – March 20 Pisces amethyst, coral, labradorite, olivine (peridot)

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2 thoughts on “Crystals and the Zodiac

  1. Jean-Paul SACRE

    People are generally well inspired when choosing their crystals : they choose what they are attracted to! This intuitive, “natural” choice seems better than to have to deal with the infinite possibilities given by books, lists,etc. What are you scared of? It’s better behaviour to choose yourself than to rely upon advices from unknown sources… unless you trust them strongly (at the moment)!

    As a certified astrologer I think that the question of astrological/crystalline correspondences has scarcely been well treated. First of all it is impossible to reach pertinent and acute conclusions about someone without studying completely the entire birthchart (analysis & synthesis). So it is impossible to reduce somebody to one element of the chart even if it may have some relevance (Sun sign f.i.). Second: correspondences can be a little more precise (or not!) :

    -planets are the colours (Mars is red, Venus is green, etc), they are the real forces;
    -signs are states of being (Aries is vivid, Gemini are multiple, Capricorn is dark).
    It is like the stage of a theater where planets are the characters, signs are the scenery.

    I would consider using birthstones & monthstones as a game but if people like it (knowing it’s a game) it’s fine.

    1. Mimosa Post author

      Jean-Paul, I couldn’t agree with you more that it’s best for people to use their own instincts when selecting crystals. We provide this kind of information for customers who want some clues, when faced with hundreds of crystals to choose from. Often someone wants a simple gift, and we’ll show them a few of these “recommended” stones and suggest they use their own judgment to pick out the one they believe resonates best with their friend or relative. Sometimes after they look around a bit, they’ll end up buying something totally different — and that’s fine too! A list like this is just a starting point for anyone who feels they need it.


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