Most people know their zodiac sign, what it means and how it applies to their personalities. I’ve looked to astrology as a guide; its fun to explore, a great topic to discuss with friends—especially with the new guy you just met. I’ve used astrology as an icebreaker during uncomfortable events, asking, “What sign are you?” when at a loss for words. Many years ago, I also studied the stars briefly to get a better grasp on how my future would unfold.
While astrology isn’t for everyone, I find it uncanny how similar our character traits are associated with our zodiac signs. Each sign is associated with a birthstone. When it comes to birthstones, however, many people are less familiar with the symbolism and history of their own. Besides being exquisite to the eye, did you know that gemstones are said to bring their unique qualities to the wearer?
Interestingly, as I was reading and learning more about birthstones, I realized how each one relates to the four areas we focus on at Rewire Me: happiness, relationships, wellness and neuroscience.
I thought it would be fun to give you a little taste of birthstone trivia to see if your stone relates to one of your personality traits. So if you’re curious and want to know yourself better, take a look at the 12 birthstones and their symbolic meanings:
There are many ancient beliefs surrounding garnets. In medieval times, these red stones were believed to ward off nightmares and cure depression. If you’re looking to improve your mental health, garnet is believed to promote a healthy mind.
Amethyst is known as the stone of psychic awareness. Since this stone is spiritual in nature, it is one of the most popular crystals among healers and energy workers. Amethyst is said to help you get in touch with your spiritual side to find balance and inner peace.
This gemstone is associated with improving relationships—specifically boosting confidence and fostering clear communication. Aquamarine is also nicknamed “Guardian of the Sea;” not just because of its blue-green color, but also due to its protective properties. Some legends say the aquamarine’s healing power is enhanced when placed in water.
The term diamond comes from the Greek word adamas, meaning “unbreakable.” Diamonds symbolize devotion and inner strength, which makes it the ultimate stone to express your love in relationships. This also explains why they are perfectly suited for engagement and wedding rings.
Pearls symbolize purity and innocence, often worn as jewelry by the bride or sewn into bridal gowns. As the oldest known gem, the pearl’s cultural significance dates back to the Renaissance. Also known as moonstones, pearls were said to be tears of joy from the gods. Maybe that’s why rumor has it pearls were Cleopatra’s favorite. Pearls can be white, gold, green, blue and black, and is the only stone found inside a living creature.
These gems have been revered in various cultures throughout history, particularly among royalty because they represent power and prosperity.
The ruby is also believed to be an aphrodisiac. So, if you want to turn up the heat in your relationship, this gemstone is said to be filled with intense energy that stimulates vitality and sensuality.
Peridot is known for its healing powers and ability to alleviate stress. This gemstone is beneficial for the nervous and endocrine systems of the body, calming the mind and promoting overall wellness.
These rich blue stones are said to protect your loved ones from envy and harm. In medieval times, clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven. People today still believe in the stone’s connection to spirituality, and wear sapphires to attract blessings.
The name opal comes from the Greek opallos, meaning “to see a change (of color)” The opal is the most colorful of all the birthstones. Often used to promote a healthy mind, a good night’s sleep, and boost brain function.
Citrine is said to be a healing gemstone to improve wellness, and with its golden orange color many call it a “gift from the sun”. People who wear this stone believe it increases energy, health and vitality.
Turquoise represents strength, protection and spirituality. In many ancient cultures, turquoise was a symbol of wealth and is considered one of the oldest protection amulets.
Does your stone accurately describe you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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