Sapphire is the hardest crystal after diamond and it has long held a reputation for its amazing spiritual as well as physical properties. They were prized by the ancient Greeks and appear throughout their myths. Prometheus wore a sapphire ring when he stole fire from Zeus, and those who questioned the Oracle had to wear a sapphire.
The Ten Commandments of the Bible were said to be written on sapphire tablets, and king Solomon was reputed to have used one to commune with God.
In Buddhism, sapphire is known as the “stone of the stones” (1), thought to promote devotion, tranquility and spiritual enlightenment. An old Persian myth tells that the Mother Earth sat on a giant sapphire, giving the sky its blue color.
The six-rayed star seen in certain sapphires, known as star sapphires, is caused by the presence of a radiating pattern of needlelike formations.
In Asia, the “star” in star sapphire was believed to be created by three benign spirits whose name translate as destiny, faith and hope. These spirits were imprisoned for an unknown misdemeanor. As atonement, they were charged to bring good fortune to bearers of this magical stone.
Utilize sapphire’s soothing and balancing qualities to ease stress. Use sapphires in jewelry to sharpen your concentration.
- Carry sapphire if you suffer from panic attacks or anxiety, as it has a highly soothing and balancing effect.
- If you feel yourself becoming anxious, hold the sapphire to your heart and visualize a beautiful, calm blue sky filling you and your aura, dispersing the stress and anxiety and leaving you calm again.
- Sapphire is particularly effective at stimulating both the third eye and crown chakra. For this reason, the closer it can be worn to the head the better, so treat yourself to sapphire earrings or a short necklace.
- Star sapphire are especially good for improving mental focus.
- If you feel vague, look at the star in the stone and focus your gaze on where the 3 lines meet.
- Think of the 3 lines as symbolizing your spirit, mind and emotions, and see the 3 converging to the central point of harmony.
- Relax and allow a sense of calmness to fill you, and then return to whatever you were doing with a more focused and disciplined outlook.
In today’s world, we often strain our eyes through spending too much time in front of a computer monitor or television set. Use your sapphire to gently rub away aches and restore vitality.
A piece of polished sapphire is a good stone to rub gently over the eyelids to ease away feelings of eye strain.
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Melody. Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals – Supplement A. Earth Love Publishing House. Wheatridge, Colorado: 1996.
Melody. Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals – Updated (LIITE). Earth Love Publishing House. Wheatridge, Colorado: 1995.
Mégemont, Florence. The Metaphysical Books of Gems and Crystals. Healing Arts Press. Rochester, Vermont: 2003.