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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Nobility"

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Ruby has always enjoyed a very regal position in legend, myth and lore; for thousands and thousands of years it has been a favored talisman for royalty worldwide.

It is told that Catherine of Aragon wore an infamous ruby, that legend tells us turned  dark and dull the day before Henry VII announced he was divorcing her.

Ruby has long been considered to be one of the more powerful gifts to honor Buddha and Krishna. The Hindu people have believed that Ruby’s red glow came from an eternal flame that no human could possibly extinguish; thus making it quite spiritual.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 9 with a trigonal crystal structure

Ruby is a Corundums which are aluminum oxide silicates that gain their color by chromium, iron and/or titanium. Gemologists consider a ‘perfect’ corundum to be crystal clear.  It is chromium that colors stones pinkish red to plum and those are classified as Ruby; all other colors are often classified as Sapphires. There is a long standing argument within the gem world as to where the ‘cut off’ in color is to be designated.

There are synthetic lab grown Ruby Stones that are quite difficult to discern from natural Rubies, only a trained eye might be able to detect the differences in the crystal structures, as all other elements are completely identical.

As recently as 1992 new veins of Ruby have been found in the northern lands of Vietnam.

Metaphysical Properties

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The Ruby is said to bring fire into one’s life, offering encouragement to follow one’s bliss. It will light the darkness of ones life with a spark of energy, conquering darkness on all levels and planes. Ruby will promote creativity and will grant expansive awareness and manifestation.

This stone has been used to stabilize one’s economic status; told that for as long as one carries or retains a piece of Ruby wealth will never depart.

When one seems unable to concentrate seeming to flit from one idea to another, Ruby will help pull focus and bring clarity as well as wisdom; assisting one choose the most productive path and sustain motivation.  One will be able to more easily resist self-destructive patterns that may have been harmful in one’s past.

Learn more about the Color Red!

Healing Properties

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The most ancient records contain information stating that Rubies were used to detoxify the blood, prevent starvation and protection from the plague.

The Ruby is still known to be used to remove toxins from the blood and the entire body. Treats fevers as well as infectious disease. It is said to be extremely beneficial for the heart and circulatory system as it increases blood flow, stimulating the adrenals, kidneys, spleen and reproductive organs.

Told to help one overcome exhaustion and lethargy replacing them with potency and vigor.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Projective
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars
Deities: Buddha, Krishna (not Hare Krishnas)
Powers: Power, Wealth, Projection, Joy
Candle Color:
Deep Red

Ruby is a powerful stone to shield against negative energy, psychic attack, and energy vampirism, especially of the heart energy.

Working with Ruby one may feel that all sense of limitation has been removed, strengthening courage, joy, leadership qualities and selfless work in all spiritual endeavors.

The Ruby is able to create a strong sense and means of power within oneself, and this needs to be handled in a responsible manner or it may turn to conceit, anger and possessive thoughts. It helps to guard against accumulating resentment when you are required to care for others.

Ruled by the planet Mars, Ruby is worn during rituals to increase inherent energies that may be available; when one is feeling drained or depleted the stone may be placed beside a red candle to lend energy.

Rubies should be cleansed/discharged and recharged simultaneously in sea salt; avoiding exposure to sunlight if at all possible during this time.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Leo, Scorpio, Cancer & Sagittarius

Associations: Neptune & Jupiter

Birthstone: Modern Birthstone for July, Traditional & Mystical Birthstone for July, Ayurvedic Birthstone for July and December and Ancient Birthstone for December. Anniversary Stone for the 15th, 40th and 80th years.

Talisman Stone for the sign of Pisces.

Dreaming of Ruby may be a signal that money or wealth are coming one’s way.

Chakra Properties

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Meditating with a Ruby will open, activate and energize the 1st, Root/Base Chakra sending rejuvenating energy through all of the chakras, but it quite beneficial for the 4th, or Heart Chakra.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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