So, you finally decided to take matters in your hands and would like to change your fortune by buying a “magic gemstone” that a world renowned Vedic astrologer had recommended to you.
You might be having difficult time in your job or business or unable to bear children or all your relationships (i.e. marriage, partnerships or friendships) seems to have not gone your way and so you hope by buying and wearing this magic gemstone or multiple gemstones, you will find your fortune change.
As a student of both Vedic astrology (hobby) and graduate gemologist from GIA (profession), I do have experience and knowledge in both subjects and thought why not write about my view on this subject.
Please do understand all that is written is just my opinion and if you are seriously in the market to buy a Vedic gemstone, kindly consult a proper Vedic astrologer (for proper chart reading) and gemologist (for proper gemstone) before getting your lucky gemstone!
For people who don’t know what Vedic Indian astrology is, it is a fortune telling science based on how the seven world objects – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, & Saturn – plus two other nodes – Rahu & Ketu – are positioned in the sky at your time & location of birth.
The time and location has to be exact or else planet positions will not be correctly placed in your chart and the events which have unfolded in the past and the events which are supposed to unfold in the future will not be accurate.
The belief in Vedic astrology is that the ray of these planets or nodes influences our fortunes and misfortunes. This science also makes more sense than other astrological science (i.e. Chinese astrology or Zodiac signs) because it does explain how two individuals who are born the same day might have different life fortunes or misfortunes – again we are assuming both aren’t born in the same time or place, which is possible but definitely very rare.
The actual computation in how these planets are positioned is quite complex and awe inspiring by itself because the core science of Vedic astrology was created more than 3,000 years ago without the use of telescopes, computers or calculators.
It is believed that the best Vedic astrologers can actually predict how your future life will unfold in all aspects i.e. attitude, approach, education, job, work, marriage, friendship, relationships, etc. Some of the astrologers are so good that they can even rectify your birth time and therefore check to see if your life events fit the chart events.
So, how do gemstones fit in Vedic Indian astrology?
It is believed that gemstones colors have the same “ray effect” as how the planets “ray effect” have on us. So, if you do wear a gemstone which is favorable or unfavorable it will ‘hopefully’ change your fortunes or misfortunes.
Now this is where Vedic scholars don’t agree on in what type of gemstones one should wear – favorable or unfavorable planets. Their arguments is explained below –
- Anukul-vad school: These scholars believe the individual should wear gemstones that represent the planets which are positive (or favorable) in your chart or Anukul planets.
- Pratikul-vad school: These scholars believe the individual should wear planets which are negative (or unfavorable) in your chart or Pratikul planets.
The argument for Anukul-vad school is simple – if one wears a gemstone that represents favorable or positive planet (i.e. exalted, own sign, benefic, mulatrikona, good house, etc.,) this will enhance the power of this planet so your fortune will increase.
You can think it as lucky planet = lucky gemstone. By wearing your favorable planet on your chart, which is determined by planet position in particular house or its power or aspect, these astrologers believe it will enhance the favorable aspect of these planet and negate the unfavorable planets.
They also believe you should give away the unfavorable planet gemstones to reduce negative karmic effect and in NO CIRCUMSTANCE wear the weak planets or its similar colors as it will enhance the unfavorable planet and increase your bad luck or misfortune (suicidal).
The argument for Partikul-vad school is the opposite. These scholars believe because the planet is weak in the chart, one should wear the gemstones that represent it, so the gemstone can give more power to that planet, so it can reduce the unfavorable effect and make it more balanced to favorable planets.
In simple terms, making the weak planets strong, so you will have more balance in your life. They believe the reason why people are having misfortunes is because the unfavorable planet rays is not reaching the individual and therefore this person cannot enjoy that aspect in life without wearing that particular gemstone.
So, which of these two schools are correct? I wish there is a simple answer to this question. This again depends on your chart and circumstances in why you want to wear particular gemstone. Like how each individual is different, there is no correct solution for everyone as everyone charts are unique as well!
So, which gemstone represents which planet (or moon sign) according to Vedic astrology? A table list is provided below
Planets or Moon sign the Vedic Gemstone Represent:
The rule of buying Vedic gemstone is simple. One should buy a gemstone that is natural, clean and as vivid in color as possible. More details are provided in the recommendation list below.
Synthetics or other man made material has no effect because it didn’t come from the ground, so won’t attract the outer planet rays.
It is highly recommend not buying highly included gemstones or gemstones treated by chemicals as this will affect these gemstones natural effects in negative direction.
So, buying Vedic gemstones is like buying any regular high quality gemstone. You can check how to buy gemstones in our other blog post guides (i.e. How to buy gemstones in Bangkok, Thailand, etc.,).
I will also recommend not telling the dealer, you are buying a Vedic gemstone as they usually take advantage of this fact and ask for higher price for same quality stone.
You should also never buy a gemstone from a Vedic astrologer (or pandit) as they themselves don’t know anything about gemstones and will definitely take a commission for your purchase.
It is like paying higher premium for medicines in the hospital because the doctors told you, even though you can buy the same thing for half the price or less from a pharmacy outside. It is all business.
Recommendation in buying a Vedic Astrology Gemstone
Natural with No Treatments
The gemstone should be 100% natural with no heat or chemical treatments. This can be verified by certification or reliable graduate gemologist. For more details in how to check if gemstone is natural yourself please read our individual guides – ruby, sapphire and emeralds. Other gemstones have similar principle and if you have any questions do feel free to contact me anytime.
High Clarity Gemstone
Try to get the cleanest gemstone (high clarity) as the more inclusions the gemstone will have the more ill effect it will have.
Best Color Gemstone
Try to get the most vivid color in your budget range. Please remember the most vivid color natural gemstones are also the most “prized and expensive” gemstones and not everyone can afford this. So, try to get the best gemstone that you can afford, but not make you go bankrupt!
Does Gemstones really change your Karmic destiny?
Another common question asked by my clients is can gemstones really change my karmic destiny? The simple answer again is not really.
You might be surprised with my answer especially being a gemstone dealer. It is great for business for me to have vedic astrologers recommend clients to buy gemstones for remedies, however, being a student of vedic astrology myself, I have come to realize that gemstones really don’t have much of an effect in your long-term destiny.
Again, gemstones are believed to help increase your favorable karmic destiny and reduce your unfavorable karmic destiny, but cannot change your karmic destiny as your chart cannot be changed – your birth time & place is permanent and therefore planet positions in your chart is fixed.
According to Vedic astrology, no matter what you do, you will have to face your karmic faith of this lifetime. This doesn’t mean if your chart is very favorable that you can sit down and relax and hope everything will come to you due to destiny.
Again, one has to put efforts to succeed. But, it is a fact in life that for some people with less effort they do get what they want, while for others even after substantial amount of work they won’t succeed.
This again is explained by Vedic astrology and it is considered your karmic destiny. One can only hope that gemstones can enhance or reduce your fortunate or unfortunate destiny.
I hope the above guide is helpful and if you have any additional questions please feel free to provide your comments below or send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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