Gemstones for October

Gemstones for October

Tourmaline and Opal are the gemstones designated for the month of October. This is according to the modern birthstone chart standardized by the American National Retail Jeweler’s Association (now known as Jewelers of America) in the 1900s.

Since ancient times, our ancestors have studied the heavens, the cycles of the planets and stars and understood its influence upon earth and humanity. They had grouped the stars into clusters known today as the Zodiac. Our individual sign is determined by where the Sun was in the moment of our birth. Those born in October, for example, were also born under the zodiac signs of Libra and Scorpion. And, the ruling planet of Libra is Venus. The ruling planets of Scorpio are Mars and Pluto.

It is said that the energies emanating from the constellation affects individuals differently. The energies also impact natural gemstones which resonate certain energies that corresponds to our body and the stars that govern our lives.

These planetary stones for protection and power are called Talismanic stones. Talismanic stones are engraved with sacred symbols to increase its power and protect the wearer from any harm and evil. The symbol of the Mother Goddess which is one of the most ancient symbols on Earth, was often found engraved on such ancient stones. This symbol is found in most ancient civilizations such as Sumeria, Egypt, Greece, India and Mesoamerica. The symbol being: the sign of Libra.

Libra falls between September 23 to October 22
Planetary stone: Sapphire
Talismanic stone: Agate
Zodiac stone: Peridot, Lapis Lazuli and Opal

Scorpio falls between October 23 to November 21
Planetary stone: Ruby, Garnet
Talismanic stone: Amethyst
Zodiac stone: Emerald, Morganite, Cat's Eye Aquamarine, Goshenite, Golden Beryl, Coral, Aquamarine, Obsidian and Topaz

Each zodiac sign falls in one of the four elements: fire, earth, air, water. Scorpio is one of the three water signs, the others being Cancer and Pisces. Libras are under the air sign which astrologists say are diplomatic, intelligent, loving, creative and passionate, though shy.

Though some claim that the idea of birthstone first appeared in Aaron’s ceremonial breastplate, this is not true. For example, in a Biblical translation from King James Bible coming from the book of Ezekiel it reads:

Ezekiel 1:26 Above the expanse that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a SAPPHIRE stone.

Now compare this same verse with the New International Version interpretation and the above gemstone becomes a lapis lazuli; that is: “Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of LAPIS LAZULI.”

Clearly, the stone refers to a color, which in this case is a blue stone and not to a particular gemstone.

October has two gorgeous stones that display a rainbow of colors. Both gemstones can be traced to ancient legends from ancient Egypt and the original people of Australia. In both legends, it was a rainbow that gave the colors to both Tourmaline and Opal.

For Scorpio, it is the Pink Tourmaline that is its spiritual birthstone.

Tourmaline is associated with self-confidence and psychic energy. It helps the wearer focus in the goal at hand, and to communicate effectively with others, and to be able to understand and interpret information given.

Tourmaline is piezoelectric and pyroelectrical. The ancient people believed that these properties gave tourmaline powerful energy. It has the power to cleanse not only the body from harmful elements, but also cleanse the air and the environment. For these reasons, Tourmaline is considered a powerful healing stone.

Tourmaline also brings inner peace, happiness, love, success, wealth, spirituality and kindness to the wearer. It helps rid of depression and unwanted negative thoughts about the self.

This lovely stone benefits most people who are artists, musicians, poets, actors and all in the creative field.

Opal since ancient times has been considered a healer’s stone. It gives self-love, self-confidence, self-esteem, and can help you discover your hidden potentials and powers.

Opal is linked with love and passion. It is a stone that brings faithfulness and loyalty. It also has tremendous power of seduction.

Opal has been said to help increase one’s memory, ease child birth and also ease PMS and to purify the blood.

Opal heals eye ailments and it boosts the immune system. It is also good for those who have some form of addiction as it gives them control over themselves, over their minds, and on their over-indulgence.

Besides the innate quality of each stone that resonates its own frequency, colors of the stones also play a very important factor in determining its protective values over one's life. The names of the stones used in the past may not relate to the stone we think of with that name today. Furthermore, your true birthstone can only be assigned to you based on your time of birth.

Birthstone chart list is best to be taken as a general guide. Consult an expert astrologist for your personal and unique gemstone.

One final say, which I think is very important: Zodiac signs are divided by two; thus, October babies are either Libras (those born from the 1st to the 22nd of October), or Scorpio: that is to say, those born from October 23rd to the 31st.

Note, too, that Libras are born from September 23 to October 22; but September has its own gemstones. This is the same with Scorpio children who were born in November but not in October. The sun in Scorpio transits from October 23 to November 22.