Aquamarine Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Aquamarine
Aquamarine evokes the purity of crystalline waters, and the exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. [Simmons, 49] Today it protects all who travel by, over, or near water, and opens the channels of clear and heartfelt communication.
The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color. The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color, sometimes bluish green, is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone. Ancient seer considered it to be under the influence of the moon, an orb exerting very great magnetic influence. Present day supporters of crystal-gazing suggest that when using an Aquamarine to view coming events, do so when the moon is increasing. The magnetism of the moon on the included iron oxides will strengthen the stone's forecasting ability.
Aquamarine embodies all things connected to the sea, as well as those things relating to Heaven reflected on the surface of the water. It becomes a mirror, reflecting itself indefinitely, making it possible to discover hidden meanings of reality. As a stone of symmetries, it is conducive for meditation and revelation, a stone of prophets, shamans, healers, and mystics. It also allows us to explore the darkest depths of our souls, face to face with ourselves, and with others.[Megemont, 31-32]
Aquamarine is the blue variety of Beryl, though the Beryl family forms in other colors used as gems, such as green Emerald, yellow Heliodor and Golden Beryl, pink Morganite, Red Beryl or Bixbite, and the colorless variety, Goshenite.
Aquamarine Uses and Purposes - Overview
Associated with the Throat chakra, Aquamarine helps overcome the fear of speaking, and is an excellent stone for teachers and presenters of all types. It relaxes speakers to a stage of consciousness in which they are fully aware of their own truths, wisdom and feelings, and able to articulate them with clarity and conviction. It also allows one to speak clearly and without anger in difficult situations. [Simmons, 49][Ahsian, 50]
Aquamarine accelerates the intellectual reasoning processes and enhances the ability for rapid response. It makes one unconquerable through learning, not only about the physical world, but about oneself. [Melody, 128] It bestows perseverance, discipline and light heartedness. [Gienger, 16]
Aquamarine encourages the ideal of service to the world and to the development of a humanity attuned to healing. It emits a gentle and compassionate energy, promoting moderation and responsibility for ones' actions. It inspires judgmental people to be more tolerant, and helps those overwhelmed by responsibility to find order. [Melody, 129][Hall, 68]
A stone of natural justice, Aquamarine utilizes compromise and negotiation, and gives quiet courage and clear reasoned words in confrontational situations. Pass Aquamarine over any written complaints you receive or before you send any out, wear or carry Aquamarine when visiting your child's school because of a complaint, or when resolving neighborhood disputes over parking or boundaries. [Eason, 218]
As a travel crystal, greenish blue Aquamarine protects those who journey by sea, alleviating the fear of water, and guards those involved in any long-haul travel such as flying or driving long distances. [Eason, 42] It is a good stone for learning to swim. [Eason, 218]
As a love crystal, pale blue Aquamarine encourages a lover to return, helps two people with different lifestyles to live together in harmony, and reduces the effects of sensitive issues that cause quarrels. [Eason, 43] Aquamarine is often given as a love token or eternity ring, and increases commitment and fidelity "as long as the waters of the earth flow." [Eason, 218]
Aquamarine Healing Therapies - Overview
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Aquamarine Physical Healing Energy
Aquamarine is a stone of breath, the respiratory tract, and the lungs. It can heal sinus conditions and frequent coughing, and is effective for hay fever and other chronic allergies. [Megemont, 32][Gienger, 16] It relieves colds and bronchitis. [Eason, 218]
Aquamarine is a cooling stone, countering infections and useful for laryngitis, strep throat or a sore throat. [Ahsian, 50] It harmonizes the pituitary and thyroid glands, regulating hormones and growth. [Hall, 68][Gienger, 16] It is beneficial for teeth and gum problems. [Eason, 218]
It supports the healing of inflammatory diseases of all kinds, and is soothing to eczema, hives, rosacea and psoriasis. It may also help prevent outbreaks of herpes. [Ahsian, 50] Some skin diseases caused by allergies may be cured by Aquamarine, and can complement the treatment for shingles. [Megemont, 32]
Tired eyes and some vision problems can be relieved if Aquamarine is placed on the eyelids for 20 minutes every night. Placed on the solar plexus, it will calm nervous spasms. [Megemont, 32]
Aquamarine Emotional Healing Energy
Aquamarine is a Water element stone, powerful for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. Its gentle energy brings emotional patterns to the surface and assists in understanding the reason for holding onto old thoughts or patterns that are limiting forward motion. It also identifies where ego is causing one to overreact, assume a victim/abuser role, manipulate others, or martyr oneself. By consciously releasing these patterns, it allows for better relationships, love and compassion. [Ashian, 50]
Aquamarine helps balance excessive anger or fear, and clears past emotional, physical or verbal abuse. It is an excellent stone for children who have been through traumatic situations and are acting out aggressively or who have disassociated from their emotional bodies. [Ahsian, 50] It heals the effects of over-judgmental parents who set impossible standards, and panic attacks lingering from guilt and inadequacy into adulthood. [Eason, 218]
Aquamarine is useful for moving through transition and change, its cleansing energy removing resistance and helping one overcome fear of the unknown. It helps not only in the release of emotional baggage, but the clearing out of physical items and clutter. [Ahsian, 50]
Aquamarine is perhaps the strongest stone for clearing and activating the Throat Chakra. It stimulates energy from the heart to the throat, allowing one's deepest and heartfelt truth to be communicated. [Ahsian, 50]
The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. In balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release.
Aquamarine Spiritual Energy
Aquamarine is a stone of empowerment, for men and women alike. It helps in the realization that not all power comes from force. There is also power in aligning with the yielding, resilient vitality of life, and in promoting truthful and compassionate communication. It lends women the courage to express their inner knowing and enhances their intuitive abilities, and helps dispel the emotional numbness and difficulty men sometimes experience in communicating their feelings. [Simmons, 49]
Aquamarine can be used as a gateway crystal to the Divine Feminine, both within the self, and in Her outer manifestations. [Simmons, 49]
Pale blue Aquamarine is the color of the winter sky giving way to spring. As the sun moves higher each day, it marks the beginning of life and emotion, helping us reflect on, question, and relax in our acceptance of the life we have. Light blue talismans help us develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They're excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful. Light blue crystals also assist in dealing with grief, letting go of the past, and curing guilt.
Aquamarine in pale turquoise shades provides a fresh, welcome energy that moves us to serenity as new growth and life emerges. It brings hope, discovery and balance. It returns us to center. In lighter shades, Turquoise energy promotes inner harmony and peace through spiritual understanding.
Aquamarine is an excellent crystal for meditation and the awakening of paranormal abilities. It is helpful in inducing revelations, and some traditions claim it is possible to see your guardian angel through an Aquamarine crystal when it points to the north. [Megemont, 32]
The Divinatory meaning of Aquamarine: Go with what is on offer rather than waiting for the ideal opportunity or time. [Eason, 218]
Dreaming of Aquamarine indicates new friends. [Kunz, 358]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Aquamarine of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
|Date||Crystal Color||Name of Guardian Angel|
|March 21- 25||Lt. Turquoise||Vehuiah (Vehujah)|
|July 28-August 1||Lt. Blue||Haaiah|
There are other Angels that are partial to Aquamarine. The table below gives you the information about them.
|Purpose||Crystal Color||Name of Angel|
|Raguel helps you to Heal Relationships.||Lt. Blue||Raguel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates July 28-August 1; Leo.||Lt. Blue||Haaiah|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates June 11-15; Gemini.||Lt. Turquoise||Luaviah|
|Master of the 4th Tarot Card “The Emperor”.||Lt. Turquoise||Malkhidael|
|Master of the 17th Tarot Card “The Star”.||Lt. Turquoise||Tzakmaqiel|
|Protector and Ruler of the dates March 21- 25; Aries.||Lt. Turquoise||Vehuiah|
Aquamarine honors Kuan-Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Compassion, and Unconditional Love. She is the most beloved of the Chinese goddesses and is regarded by many as the protector of women and children, and champion of the unfortunate.
Aquamarine also honors Akna, the Mayan Goddess of Motherhood, and Kupala, the Slavonic Water Goddess.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone of those born in March.
Pale blue Aquamarine is one of the true birthstones of those born as the world awaits the vernal equinox and spring (February 19 - March 19). This is a time when new life is about to burst forth, a time of faith and trust.
Aquamarine is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign Scorpio, at the end of harvest, from October 23 - November 21. Scorpio is represented by a scorpion, and is known as the Success sign. Scorpios are complicated, independent, and creative with a sense of humor. They are excellent leaders and sometimes a bit competitive.
Aquamarine Amulets and Talismans
Aquamarine is an ancient talisman used by the Romans to purify water, and to guarantee safety when traveling by sea. [Mella, 16] It was carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning. [Hall, 67]
Aquamarine is a Seeker Energizer crystal. Seekers contain the crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They're pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They're also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Energizer crystals, such as Aquamarine, are powerful conduit crystals for focusing and amplifying the Universal Life Force and our energy to accomplish our goals. They aid in our efforts to gain what we seek, enhance our lives, protect what we value, and defend us from undesirable elements.
Aquamarine utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use Aquamarine crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.
Aquamarine in Ancient Lore and Legend
Aquamarine was first called "water of the sea" by Roman fishermen, who used it for protection over water and to insure a good catch. Because of its supposed guarantee of safety when traveling by sea, it was the gem associated with St. Thomas, the apostle, who traveled often by boat to different lands preaching the gospel. [Mella, 16, 73]
Roman physicians employed it to treat overeating, believing it to aid digestion and reduction of body fluid retention. Because of its properties of purification, Roman craftsmen made goblets of Aquamarine. [Mella, 73]
In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. [Simmons, 49]
In ancient times, it was believed to counteract the forces of darkness and procure favor from the spirits of light. [Hall, 67]
Aquamarine was believed to cure liver complaints and jaundice, reconcile married folks, chase away idleness and stupidity, and was sacred to the month of October. [Fernie, 117]
Beads of Aquamarine have been found in Egyptian mummy-pits, and the Greeks used Aquamarine for intaglios more than two thousand years ago. In antiquity it was also called precious Beryl, and in Magick of Kiram in 1685, Panzoon, or "All Life." The book advised one to engrave a crow upon the gem with a crab under its feet and wear it for joy, exultation, acquisition, and union. It was said to make the wearer cheerful and rich, and was excellent for lascivious and conjugal love. [Fernie, 131]
A frog, engraved on a beryl, will have the power to reconcile enemies and produce friendship where there was discord. A hoopoo with a tarragon herb before it, represented on a beryl, confers the power to invoke water-spirits and to converse with them, as well as to call up the mighty dead and to obtain answers to questions addressed to them. [Kunz, 133-134]
It was believed the two shoulder stones of the High Priest of the Second Temple were Aquamarines. Each was engraved with six of the tribes of Israel. [Kunz, 299]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).