Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Blue Sapphire - The stone of stones












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The beautiful 'Blue Sapphire', is regarded as the 'Stone of the Stones' and is considered to give peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment.





When should blue sapphire be worn
If the planet Saturn/Sani happens to be your weak friend according to your horoscope, then the gemstone blue sapphire is your perfect gemstone. You can also wear blue sapphire if you encounter one or more of the following problems related to your mind and body.

Effects of weak Sani / Saturn on your personal life


* Sani or Saturn is the indicator of longevity and death, wearing a blue sapphire will increase your life span and enhance your.
* Sani also denotes misery or dukha karaka that gives rise to constant nagging.
* Problems created by weak Sani are not easily rectifiable, but in the process of making mistakes the person tends to learn life's lesson better. Sani is also referred to as a teacher because the experience gained by going through the trouble brings out a person well-equipped to fight all the evils of life.
* Buddhists believed that blue sapphire urged a desire to pray thereby giving rise to peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment.
* Natural tendency of the Sani / Saturn is to delay things that invariably effect your plan of action.
* You may lack internal peace, and suffer from agitation, fits of anger, tremors, inability to handle stress, insomnia, and insecurity. You would always seek company to burn off your precious time.
* You may be uncomfortable in meeting strong and influential people. You may often be less practical and more of a theoretician. You are likely to have difficulty in making money unless your wealth score in your super horoscope indicates that you have the potential to become rich.
* You lack consistency and have less endurance. You always quit when it comes to crucial points and lack long term drive or endurance.



Effects of weak Sani / Saturn on your body


* Sani/ Saturn rules over the nerves and legs, and therefore weaknesses in these areas are possible. Weakness of the bones, especially in the joints would be noticeable.
* The general appearance might give an unhealthy look.
* Excretory system may not function proficiently that may lead to constipation.
* Dental problem is expected.
* Healing process will be slow in your case that might sometime lead to chronic problems. In extreme cases epilepsy or paralysis are possible.
* The ayurvedic formula Triphala is specific for Sani, as it cleanses all waste materials and also tonifies the deeper tissues.
* A weak Sani can cause only problems and wearing a blue sapphire at the earliest can bring in conspicuous changes in your health matters and life pattern.



Specific details of the red coral to be worn


* Minimum of 2 carats in size.
* Should be set in silver.
* Should be worn on the middle finger of the right or left hand.
* The gem should have the hardness of 9 on the MOH's scale (1less than Diamond).
* Its specific gravity is 4.00 and its refractive index is 1.76-1.77.
* There should be no black inclusions on this gem and it should not be damaged physically.
* Cracks and chipped edges should be avoided.
* Can be substituted by lapis, lazuli, malachite, or amethyst, which should be used in larger size (3 to 5 carats) or as a pendant or strand.



Wearing your Blue Sapphire for the first time
The first time you wear your stone is very significant as far as gemology is concerned. Your beautiful and precious stone may remain just that if you do not follow certain formalities before actually wearing it. Never try to wear your stone at the jeweler's place.
Keep the following factors in mind if you want maximum returns for the money spent.

Blue Sapphire set on silver should be worn particularly on a Saturday and also only when the moon is in the waxing stage. The first hour from Sunrise on an auspicious Saturday is the best time to wear. To know more about this you can consult your astrologer. Never use a panchang to obtain the auspicious time, as they are not specific and need not match your horoscope.

Give life to your stone


* First wash your gem in rose water.
* Keep it immersed in milk for one hour during the first hour from sunrise starting from one Saturday to the next Saturday.
* Then keep it in rose water until the chosen date.

Invoke the blessings of Lord Vinayaka (Ganesh) on the chosen day before getting started. Recite 108 names of Lord Ganesha and then start reciting the following mantra that are associated with your planet Saturn or Sani.

It is believed that blue sapphire is studded on Lord Sani's crowns

Concentrate forms of Saturn during your recital. Recite one of the following mantra 108 times.

OM RAVI PUTRAYA VIDMAHE YAMAGRAJAYA DHEEMAHEE, THANNO SANI PRACHODAYAT

(OR)

OM KRAAM KREEM KROUM SAHA SANIYAI NAMAHA.


This mantra should be recited every Saturday during the first hour from sunrise for 8 continuous Saturdays. Sesame seeds (Yellu) can be included in the offering during the pooja. It would be ideal to request a qualified purohit to do the necessary pooja in case you find all these a little complicated. For more details and guidance please consult your astrologer.

Composition of blue sapphires

The basic material of sapphire is known as corundrum - a colourless material formed from aluminium oxide. It is the addition of titanium and iron during the formation of the sapphire crystals that produces the beautiful blue of this corundrum variety. Crystals of sapphire are found as hexagonal bi-pyramids - hexagonal pyramids arranged base to base. Because of its distinct shape, the sapphire is placed in the trigonal crystal system. Raw sapphire gemstones are usually water-worn, which gives them the appearance of miniature barrels.

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