March Birthstones & Zodiac Gems:

March Birthstones & Zodiac Gems:

The two March birthstones are Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Aquamarine as the name implies, is of a gorgeous sea water blue color that ranges from slightly greenish blue to a nearly beautiful pure blue color. It was believed to possess medicinal and healing powers. It is connected with youth, health and hope. It is the zodiacal stone for Pisces.

Bloodstone is of a dark green color with spots of red that look like bloodstains on the stone. Bloodstone was the original birthstone for March but was replaced by Aquamarine and thus Bloodstone became the alternative for the birthstone of the month of March. It is the zodiacal stone for Aries. It is a powerful stone for protection and healing.

These however are not the only gemstones that are connected with the month of March. March has two zodiac signs, Pisces and Aries and therefore their corresponding stones.

Pisces dates in astrology (under the tropical zodiac) are typically February 19 to March 20.

It is a sensitive water sign (some say negative) that can adapt to anything. Pisces tend to be very compassionate, compliant and can even be emotional sponges. It is an artistic sign and a sign of the empaths.

The six gemstones associated for the zodiac sign of Pisces are Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal and Sapphire.

The planetary stone is Aquamarine.

The Talismanic stone is Ruby.

The two gemstones associated for the zodiac sign of Aries are Bloodstone and Diamond.

Planetary gemstone for Aries is Jasper.

Talismanic Stone for Aries is Topaz.

Planetary stones are gemstones linked with different planets. Usually, the gemstone is linked with the ruling planet of a person’s birth. These gemstones are said to be powerful amulets and talismans for protection, luck, wealth and bringer of great benefits to the correct zodiac-sign bearer.

Talismanic Stones are gemstones cut in a magical ritual and fashioned as an animal or fetish or symbol of the planet or zodiacal sign. They can also be engraved and worn as jewelry. Wearers are believed to be protected from evil by the magic that these gemstones represent and possess.

The Modern-day Birthstone List began in the United States in 1912. This idea was obtained from the breast plate of Aaron, the Jewish high priest and also from The Foundation Stones of the Heavenly City found in the New Testament book of Revelations. This breast plate is described in great detail in Exodus 28:15-21 where each of the 12 gemstones represents one of the 12 sons of Jacob, later known as Israel. Though Biblical scholars do not agree on the exact name of the modern-day names of these gemstones, it is assumed that in the first row of the breast plate was placed Carnelian, Chrysolite, and Emerald; and in the second row, Turquoise, Sapphire and Amethyst; in the third row, Jacinth, Agate, and Crystal; in the fourth and last row, BERYL, Lapis Lazuli and Jasper.

Both of these narratives mention the gemstone beryl. However, many biblical scholars believe that the beryl listed is in fact Aquamarine. (Read, Exodus 39: v13; see also, Revelation 21:18 – 20).

Note, February is linked with March through the zodiac sign of Pisces and March and April are linked through the sign of Aries. All these months have their own gemstones.

In Feng Shui, Aquamarine carries the water energy which is a still energy, full of power and cleansing ability. Water energy is without form. It is soft yet its persistence can break stones. This energy can expose hidden potentials inside you. Water is linked with purification, regeneration and rebirth. It is always flowing and returning to its source and is continuous.

It is a calming energy that is best suited in meditation, prayer and reflection. Water energy is usually associated with the North area of the house or room.

Aquamarine is the second most famous beryl. This precious stone is known for its beautiful faint light blue, blue and bluish-green colors. This color is due to traces of iron.

Aquamarine is a powerful healing stone for bodily and emotional and spiritual afflictions. If you feel stuck in life, Aquamarine can help you find the right path while in contemplation. It does this by inducing deep intuitive and positive self-communication. It releases stress, fears and nervous tension therefore inducing inner peace and equanimity. It gives a higher spiritual awareness and encourages positivity in life.

Aquamarine is also thought to cure procrastination as it helps to clear the mind and give intuitive guidance on the right path or decision to take. It also instills self- confidence.

It is believed that Aquamarine has the ability to protect soldiers in battle; it also ensures a calm and productive interaction with others. Aquamarine helps, too, and gives spiritual and psychic awareness, heals emotional wounds, and brings inner healing.
Brazil is the important source for aquamarine.

In Feng Shui Bloodstone is believed to be able to revitalize, protect and purify the place that surrounds it. It also cleanses and recharges other gemstones.

Bloodstone is also known as Plasma. Technically, specimens with only yellow inclusions could be called Heliotrope Plasma. Heliotrope Bloodstone is the opaque, dark-green chalcedony quartz with red spots.

The red spots are due to the presence of iron oxide, whereas the dark-green base is the product of chlorite or a mixture of minerals known as Hornblende. Due to the variant quantity of these minerals, the green can also vary in shade or be inconsistent throughout the gemstone.

Bloodstone is sometimes known as Blood Jasper. However, according to authoritative source such as Schumann's Gemstones of the World, it is stated that Bloodstone is not a Jasper.

Bloodstone was believed to have a positive effect on the blood and blood flow in the human body. Bloodstone has the ability of enhancing and boosting courage in the wearer.

It is recommended that a bloodstone be placed on the heart before meditation in order to improve blood circulation and in the stomach for positive healing of the bladder and stomach organs.

Bloodstone gives confidence and guidance in making decisions for a healthy life style.

It also cleanses and purifies the body from harmful toxins that can affect and ail the body.

Bloodstone can also help you improve your relationship with friends and family. It invigorates the system, boosting energy levels and increasing endurance in physical activity. It enhances our determination, focus and power. In a difficult and adverse situation, bloodstone is a great booster of emotional support and gives you a clean and confident attitude and the power and courage to take action, so that you can come out of this situation victorious.