Bright, patient and inspiring to others. Happy by themselves yet make outstanding parents. Marry a Snake or Rooster. The Goat will bring trouble!
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
LUCKY STONE is Garnet which is associated with love, passion, loyalty, courage, and strong mental health. Emerald is also suitable for Rat.
Blue, golden, green
Famous Rats: Eminem, Prince Charles, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Disciplined, practical, bright, and hard-working. Happy by themselves yet make outstanding parents. Marry a Snake, Tiger or Rooster. Watch out for the Goat!
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
LUCKY STONE is Aquamarine which is associated with peace, tranquility, physical health, women, and the spirit of the goddess. Lapislazuli is also a good stone for Ox.
White, yellow, green
Famous Oxes: Walt Disney, Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Adolf Hitler, Vincent van Gogh
Tiger people are aggressive, courageous, candid and sensitive. Look to the Horse and Dog for Happiness. Beware of the Monkey.
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
LUCKY STONE is Sapphire, associated with guidance, enlightenment, money, prosperity, peace of mind, leadership, inner strength and self-confidence. Another good stone for Tiger is Ruby.
Blue, grey, orange
Famous Tigers: Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga, Ludwig Beethoven, Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Richard Branson, Jossif Stalin
Luckiest of the the signs, you are also talented and articulate. Affectionate, yet shy, you seek peace throughout your life. It would be a good idea to marry a Sheep or Pig. Rooster is your opposite.
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
LUCKY STONE is Pearl which is associated with is associated with innocence, purity, purification and the feminine side of people. Pearls are given to people to guide them to their soulmate.
Pink, red, purple, blue
Famous Rabbits: Brad Pitt, Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, David Beckham, J.R.R. Tolkien, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, Michael Jordan
You are eccentric and your life complex. You have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Marry a Monkey or Rat late in life. Avoid the Dog.
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
LUCKY STONE is Amethyst that is mainly associated with strong intuition, brain, wealth, peace, protection and spirituality.
Golden, silver, grey white
Famous Dragons: John Lennon, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Vladimir Putin
Wise and intense with a tendency towards physical beauty. Vain and high tempered. The Pig is your enemy. The Rooster or Ox are your best signs.
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
LUCKY STONE is Opal which has been associated with guidance, luck, honor, potency, visions, dreams and mind power.
Black, red, yellow
Famous Snakes: Mao Zedong, Pablo Picasso, Oprah Winfrey, John F Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, J. K. Rowling, Muhammad Ali
Popular and attractive to the opposite sex. You are often ostentatious and impatient. You need people. Marry a Tiger or Dog early, but never a Rat.
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
LUCKY STONE is Topaz which is associated with confidence, security, courage, creativity and relaxation.
Famous Horses: Isaac Newton, Vladimir Lenin, Nelson Mandela, Paul McCartney, Neil Armstrong, Kevin Costner, Jackie Chan, James Cameron
Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer anonymity. You are most compatible with Pigs and Rabbits but never an Ox.
1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
LUCKY STONE is Emerald - the symbol for the mother of all goddesses. It is associated with love, money and wealth, beauty, integrity, intelligence, reality, justice and rarity.
Brown, red, purple
Famous Goats: Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Christopher Columbus, Nicole Kidman, Bill Gates, Mikhail Gorbachev
You are very intelligent and are able to influence people. An enthusiastic achiever, you are easily discouraged and confused. Avoid Tigers. Seek a Dragon or a Rat.
1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
LUCKY STONE is Peridot that is a unique gemstone and is deeply associated with marriage, mental health, spirituality, maturity, mysticism, jealousy and channeling visions. Considered as very mysterious and powerful, the stone is used by Chinese people to defeat jealousy and envy of evil people. Tiger´s Eye is also a good stone for Monkey.
White, blue, gold
Famous Monkeys: Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo da Vinci, Kylie Minogue, Will Smith
A pioneer in spirit, you are devoted to work and quest after knowledge. You are selfish and eccentric. Rabbits are trouble, Snakes and Oxen are fine.
1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
LUCKY STONE is Citrine which stands for abundance, creation and creativity, academics, intellect, science, prosperity, success, education and true wisdom.
Gold, Brown, Yellow
Famous Roosters: Jennifer Lopez, Bob Marley, Britney Spears
Loyal and honest you work well with others. Generous yet stubborn and often selfish. Look to the Horse or Tiger. Watch out for Dragons.
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
LUCKY STONE is Diamond which is the most valuable and elegant gemstone. It is associated with loyalty, friendship, originality, purity, fidelity, innocence, power, protection, strength and courage. An alternate gemstone for Dogs is Ruby.
Green, red, purple
Famous Dogs: Steven Spielberg, Mother Theresa, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, Winston Churchill
Noble and chivalrous. Your friends will be lifelong, yet you are prone to marital strife. Avoid other Pigs. Marry a Rabbit or Goat.
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
LUCKY STONE is Moonstone and ruby. Ruby is associated with fortune, health, glory, fame, blood, heat, tactics, courage, intelligence and leadership.
Yellow, gray, brown, gold
Famous Pigs: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry Ford, Ronald Reagan, Hilary Clinton, Hugh Laurie (Dr House)
Do you know how the order of the Chinese horoscope animals came about? According to a Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor, who was the ruler of the heavens, asked all the animals to participate in a race held at his birthday celebration. The Emperor promised, that the first 12 animals who arrived at his house after crossing a river, would be given a place in the calendar.
The rat, since he was a poor swimmer, asked the ox to help carry him across the river. With the help of the honest and helpful ox, the rat successfully crossed the river. The Rat didn't jump off from the ox's back until they arrived at the door of the Jade Emperor. Just as the ox was about to win the race, the rat leapt to the Jade Emperor before the ox. Thus, the rat won the first place in the race and the second the ox. Later came the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, and Dog. The pig, who was not very speedy, arrived last and got the last place.
HAPPY DOG YEAR!
There is a variety of different information available on zodiac and birthstones. This is natural as the beliefs related to stones emerge from different cultural contexts. It is known that the gems were highly valued by many old cultures, such as Greeks, Incas, Egyptians, Romans, Persians, Tibetans, and Indians. Sources indicate that the systems of zodiac and birthstones go all the way back to the Babylonians. These ancient people were attuned to the influence of the stars and planets, and incorporated their centuries-long stories of stones with scientific knowledge. Therefore, the history of gems also includes the astrological aspect. For instance, talisman was a desirable magical stone thought to embody magical powers derived from the heavens. The Indian and Babylonian systems of linking planets with their corresponding gems became the basis for the modern zodiac system.
Through history, this fascination with stones brought about the creation of several different zodiac stone systems, all slightly different in their focus. For instance, Tibetan system was inclined towards the mystical aspects of gems, Ayurvedic birthstones from India had stronger associations with healing and medicine, and zodiac birthstone system (related to 12 signs of zodiac) believed in planetary influences.
The western zodiac and birthstone beliefs are connected to biblical sources. The first high priest Aaron of Jerusalem, who lived in 1200 B.C., was the first high priest to wear the breastplate adorned with 12 stones. The stones were mounted in gold, and embedded according to the way prescribed by the Book of Exodus in the Bible. Each gem was given a name of the twelve tribes of Israel. In addition, there is a connection to the twelve months of the year, and twelve signs of Zodiac.
The most well known medieval lapidary (a book of stones) – De Lapidibus – was composed in c.1090 by Marbod of Rennes. This is a very comprehensive book giving detailed accounts in verse of the various qualities of sixty gems and minerals. It is clear that Marbod is a big believer in stone power. For instance, he indicates that gems can also be used to frighten off demons and create enchantments. The author also listed the medicinal qualities of many stones including diamond, topaz, sapphire or lapis lazuli, and coral. In his book Marbod writes of the wonderful characteristics of emerald or smargardus to increase wealth, coral to protect against lightning or tempests, and the power of diamonds to drive away nightmares and cure insanity. Hmm…all of these stones would be quite handy, wouldn't they?
However, the Christian Church did not like any hocus-pocus, and condemned anything with a hint of magic. The church was very selective about using the sources of the classical period. For example, it tried to ban the magical talisman, on the other hand encouraging the study of medicinal properties of stones. During the 13th century Christian thinkers tried to root out any pagan material, and began to compose their own symbolic lapidaries based on the stones in the Bible. This resulted in numerous lapidaries focusing on the twelve stones of Aaron's breastplate or on the twelve foundation stones of the New Jerusalem in the Apocalypse.
It was not until the 18th century in Poland, that there is any documentation of people wearing zodiac and birthstones. During earlier periods the gems were mostly valued for their healing and medicinal properties. Also, at first there was no formal classification of gemstones, and gems were assigned to zodiac signs based on their color. The color was believed to be something that draws out the power associated with a certain stone.
Eventually poems were developed naming the stones for each month according to the Gregorian calendar. This became the basis for the traditional birthstone system used by most English-speaking societies. In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the American National Association of Jewelers officially adopted a list were more stones were added to some months.
And to make it all even more interesting, there are also corresponding gemstones assigned to planets, chakras, elements, and for each week day.
For more than 7000 years turquoise has been valued for its beauty. People of many cultures have associated this stone with magic, spiritual, and life-giving qualities. The sources of turqouise are in USA, Egypt, China, Peru, Russia, Iran, Tibet and other countries. The color and appearance of the stone can differ depending on its origin. For instance, Tibetan turqouise is usually greenish, and has brown or black veins similar to a spider's web pattern (picture of pendant to the left). Though, Tibetan turqouise was valued for its magical and medicinal qualities, the deep blue turqouise from Iran (picture of ring to the right) was given much higher value. During the nineteenth century the Iranian turqouise was also imported through central Asia and Ladakh into Tibet. Turqouise made its way to Europe through Turkey, and hence the name of the stone - turqouise - in French.
Turqouise has been considered to be a great healing stone for body and soul. Judy Hall indicates that it is connected to throat and third eye chakra, and supports efficient communication and spiritual alignement. In addition to many other benefits, turqouise is a powerful energy conduit, and supports getting rid of a martyred attitude or self-sabotage. Also, it enables better self-expression, and understanding that it is important to make the best of the present moment.
Turqouise is a sacred stone for people of many cultures, e.g. Persians, Native Americans, Tibetans. In Iran, during the early architectural periods, the domes of Mosques were built of turqouise tile. This was because the Persians believed that Turqouise symbolized heaven on earth. Associating turqouise with sky is also common in other cultures. For instance, Native American Indians called turquoise the fallen sky stone, and they thought it was more precious than gold. According to a legend the Indians danced and rejoiced when it began to rain, their tears of joy mixed with the rain, and seeped into the earth. And thus, the fallen sky stone turquoise was born. The American Indians believed that life and everything in the nature surrounding us is sacred. To them, turquoise was a symbol of life. Most of all, it was a stone of creation representing sky, water, blessings, long life, good fortune, peace, good health, and protection. The Indians thought that if one is wearing turquoise jewelry, and a crack appeared in the stone, it meant that the stone protected its wearer and took the blow that otherwise its wearer would have received.
Similarly to Persians and American Indians, the turqouise has been very highly valued by the Tibetans. Ancient manuscripts (seventh to ninth century) discovered in central Asian oasis of Dunhuang prove that turqouise, or yu, was offered during ceremonies to deities and demons in order to avert diseases. Everything beautiful, supernatural and precious, such as lakes, flowers, bees, the hair of goddesses, the 13 turqouise heavens, etc., are all described in Tibetan folklore as turqouise. The stone is also linked to one of the most popular deities of Tibet - the Green Tara, who represents universal compassion and enlightened activity. When Green Tara is worshipped, then ideally a turqouise mala is used for that purpose. Big turqouises were occasionally engraved with magic formulas to enhance their power. The larger stones would make suitable gifts to high lamas or saints, and smaller ones were also used as currency.
"This is not a stone, it is a turqouise," the Tibetans used to say. And this is how turqouise is also described by a famous explorer and Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel - indeed, there is nothing ordinary about this stone...
"The day came that one of the princes of the liquid depths could no longer resist the master's magic and showed himself, bowing humbly, with cupped hands, holding an object. "Take it," the naga* said.
He offered a large turqouise, as blue as the sky, unbelievably luminous.
"Listen," the naga said. "Have you heard of the jewel that grants all wishes? It has been given to the inhabitants of the divine worlds. ----- Apart from the jewel that provides desired objects," the naga said, "our palaces contain many others, each imbued with a different value. The turqouise that I bring you is a fragment of the Very Excellent Jewel, of infinite value, for it provides penetrating insight which can measure the substance of all things and discover the laws that direct them. With such knowledge your power will have no limits."
"The Power of Nothingness" by Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden.
*naga - a watergod in Tibetan mythology
"The Encoclypedia of Crystals" by Judy Hall
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Welcome! :) My name is Monika. I am interested in crystals, different cultures, and good stories. As a linguist I have always been fascinated with semiotics and symbols, and how people of different cultures interpret them.