Turquoise, Stone of Sagittarius

There’s a New Moon in Sagittarius today which made me think to wear my turquoise earrings. Turquoise is considered a star stone of Sagittarius, with topaz more commonly recognized as the birthstone of November.  Whether you’re a November or December born Sagittarian, this is your stone.

"The Medicine Keeper," Aora Gemstone Oracle

“The Medicine Keeper,” Aora Gemstone Oracle

My introduction to turquoise was its predominant use in Native American jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bolo ties, belt buckles, and cuff links were standard fare in my native Texas. Ranging from green to sky blue with streaks of black running through, turquoise was often overlooked as a fashionable stone and its connection to nature and earth magic was omitted from mainstream knowledge. However, it is this connection that makes it such a wonderful stone to use for meditation about our place in the world. The blues and greens represent both the heavens and the waters of Earth, and we could even associate the greener stones with Earth’s green canopy and grassy carpet.

The Aora Gemstone Oracle booklet says that the message of turquoise is “Remember, you are born of the heavens, and nourished by the sacred waters of life.” In Healing with Gemstones and Crystals, author Diane Stein tells us that turquoise “heals sadness about one’s life and deeds, heals karmic and this-life shame and guilt.” That certainly sounds like a Jupiter blessing to me and a true remedy for the Saturnine energies so present in our world today. Joy Gardner says that turquoise will give the wearer of this stone greater wisdom, one of Sagittarius’s pursuits. (Color and Crystals, a Journey through the Chakras)

Another Sagittarian association is its connection to horses:

…Turquoise protected horses from the ill effects of drinking cold water when overheated. Turks attached Turquoise to the bridles of horses as amulets, and throughout the East it was generally used as a horse amulet. It was believed to render the animals more surefooted and enduring.” — Kevin Sullivan, The Crystal Handbook

Cassandra Eason’s description of the paler shade of turquoise as a receptive stone in Crystal Divination for Today’s Woman put a smile on my face when she wrote, “It argues that you should soften the “high horse” approach, even when you are sure that this is a time for sticking to your principles…” Indeed, Sagittarius does have to find the fine line between ego and ethics at times.

Disque Chichen Itza Mayas

Disk of Chichen Itza, Maya art, post-classic ancient, 900 – 1250 CE, wood, slate, turquoise, coral, shell.

Many authors associate turquoise with the throat chakra, but I was especially impressed with what Judy Hall writes in The Crystal Zodiac: “Placed on your throat chakra, it releases old vows and inhibitions, allowing your soul to express itself once more.” If you’ve discovered a soul contract that you now find too inhibiting, perhaps Turquoise can help you break the cord and give you the opportunity to explore new options and speak a new truth. Soul contracts are not limited to romantic vows, and can include such things as vows of poverty, loyalty, anonymity, or anything else.

As Sagittarius encourages us to reach ever higher for our goals, to aspire to new and wonderful things, perhaps Turquoise can help us keep ourselves grounded (the horse), mindful of our actions (the human), and optimistic for our futures (the arrow).

Recommended Link: Three Steps to Crystal Healing by Karen Ryan at crystaltiger.com.

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