In Vedic astrology there are methods which can give a quick insight in the state of planets and houses. In this article it has been tried to describe One such method . This is the method of Shadbala. It gives a value to each planet. The more points a planet gets in Shadbala the stronger it is.

It is important to have some insight in how the Shadbala value is calculated. Only if you know the method followed by this system of calculation you can have an opinion about the value of it.

1. STHANA BALA

At first we will learn the sthana bala of a planet. This is the positional strength of a planet. Sthana Bala consists of five components:
1. The first one is called Ocha Bala. All planets have exact degrees of exaltation. Like the Moon is exalted at 3 degrees Taurus. When a planet occupies it exact degree of exaltation the planet gets 60 Shashtiamsas (Shashtiamsas are points). When it occupies the opposite point, its exact point of fall, it does not get any Shashtiamsas. Of course most of the time a planet will occupy a position somewhere in between these points. In that case the points that it will get will be calculated according to its position from the point of exaltation and fall. Example: The Moon at 3 degrees Scorpio will get 0 Shashtiamsas. The Moon at 3 degrees Leo will get 30 Shashtiamsas (this is exactly between 3 degrees Scorpio and 3 degrees Taurus).
2. The second one is called Saptavargaja Bala. To calculate this we will have to look at the following seven harmonic charts: Rasi, Hora, Drekkana, Saptamsa, Navamsa, Dwadasamsa and Trimsamsa. In all these charts we look at what kind of sign a certain planet is located. If a planet occupies in the rashichart its Moolatrikona sign it gets 45 Shashtiamsas (this is a special rule for the rashi chart only), if it is in its own sign (of whatever varga) it gets 30 Shashtiamsas, in the sign of a great friend 22.5 Shashtiamsas, in the sign of a friend 15 Shashtiamsas, in a neutral sign 7.5 Shashtiamsas, in the sign of an enemy 3.75 Shashtiamsas and in the sign of a great enemy 1.875 Shashtiamsas. The concept of friends and enemies has been explained in the first course. This is one of the most important parts of Shadbala because Saptavargaja bala can give a lot of Shashtiamsas.

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## HOW TO CHOOSE A RIGHT GEMSTONE

There are two (2) opposing philosophies of recommending the gemstone , first Anukul-vad second Pratikul-vad:
ANUKULA-VAD/FAVURABLE THEORY: A gem will act “SAME” as its planet – So gems should be chosen for Anukul (favorable) grahas
PRATIKUL-VAD/UNFAVOURABLE THEORY: A gem will act “OPPOSITE” of its planet – So gems should be chosen for Pratikul (unfavorable) grahas
IMPORTANT: LOGICALLY/ SCIENTIFICALLY WE MAY CONCLUDE TO BELIEVE IN “ANUKUL-VAD” – A gem will act “SAME” as its planet – So gems should be chosen for Anukul (favorable) grahas.
Anukul Planet’s gem choosing method for resorting to or harnessing one’s auspicious or Anukul planet(s) (exalted, mulatrikona, own sign, benefic, great friend, good house, owner of good house, etc.) based on the concept that lucky planet = lucky gem!
In Jyotish there are basically two broad categories of planetary position, viz., favorable (to the chart) – Anukul OR unfavorable (to the chart) – Pratikul. One should avoid their weakness and cultivate their strengths. “Ratna-anukul” means the auspicious gem of strongest most desirable planet. Example: One has Leo Lagna – their lagna lord is Sun, who is exalted (100% strength) and posited in the 9th house which is all very auspicious. That person would be advised to use a fine ruby, the Sun’s gem, to attract or harness his auspicious influence.
On the other hand if a person had Saturn ill-placed in the 8th house they would be advised to avoid Saturn’s gem blue sapphire and all other Saturnine things or activities. And better still they could donate a blue sapphire to pacify Shani. The followers of Anukul-vad believe that the pratikul-graha color is the unlucky color, and to magnify that bad color will simply increase the problems caused by that unlucky Planet. Both methods believe that gems increase cosmic colors of their planets, thus for an Anukuli it is considered to be suicide to increase a pratikul-graha’s color. In Anukul there is never a case where a Pratikul (harmful to the chart/native) planet’s gem should be worn as it will surely increase the ill fortune; but such gems for a Pratikul planet can be used by DONATING them – giving them AWAY – according to Shastric directions.
Anukul means a planet that is beneficially disposed either by being strong in own sign, good house, ruler of houses which will bring positive results, or otherwise not ill disposed nor inclined to produce evil influence. A planet which is good for the chart either naturally or by house ruler ship yet somewhat weakened by placement may be strengthened through the gem, or a planet which already is strong and giving benefic influence may be further strengthened for gains in particular areas of life by wearing the gem.
Pratikul Planet’s gem choosing method for strengthening a weak or evil planet, based on the misconception that a ‘pratikul’ (inauspicious) planet is strengthened by wearing it’s gem and thereby it changes from being inauspicious (pratikul) to become auspicious (anukul) seems ILLOGIC: By providing the gem for a malefic planet, benefic results will follow. Example: A person has Jupiter debilitated and a malefic which is inauspicious or pratikul, but by wearing Jupiter’s gem, yellow sapphire or another yellow Jupiter jewel, it is believed that the ‘weak’ (troublesome) Jupiter gets strengthened and REVERSES to become auspicious. Pratikul means a planet that causes evil influence or suffering to the native as seen through the horoscope. This may be a debilitated planet that is in a duh-sthana and enemy of the lord of the lagna, or otherwise disposed that the influence simply causes suffering.
When choosing gems we must mentally take note and add up the pluses in a chart. We want to determine which graha or astral demigod is the chart holder’s best friend. We should avoid our enemies or ill wishers, and shouldn’t associate with them more than necessary. If we have a powerful friend then they can help us, and if we have a weak friend then we could make them stronger. But we should not strengthen our enemies. It is a mistake to equate strength/weakness with friend/foe in astrology or any field – that is common sense. A planet being weak does not mean it is inimical, and a planet’s being strong doesn’t automatically make it favorable. We want to determine which planets are the most anukul (auspicious); strength is another matter.
For example, one chart has a planet exalted in a good house but a functional malefic and lord of two bad houses, so on the surface we have two pluses and three minuses or “+ + – – -” , i.e., a good sign placement, a good house placement, but it is unfavorable by nature for the native, and is lord of two bad houses. Another chart might have a debilitated planet that is a functional benefic and in a good house, and lord of two good houses, so that means a “- + + + +” In the first example we could rule the planet as borderline unfavorable (pratikul); but the 2nd case has the planet mostly favorable (anukul) – So a weak, beneficial planet can be made stronger. A strong anukul planet can also be made even stronger to attain certain goals, like making an exalted Sun even stronger because the native desires fame or increase in stature (provided the native has the karma to achieve that, because we cannot do better or worse than our karma).
Taking this further one could see planetary periods in motion, movements of Saturn, Yogini-dashas, as well as aspects, navamsa positions, etc. to first of all conclude if the planet in question is FAVORABLE – OR – UNFAVORABLE for the chart, all things considered. It doesn’t matter if a planet is strong or weak, it only matters that the planet is judged as favorable (anukul-graha) or unfavorable (pratikul-graha). An anukul-graha can always be strengthened, but a pratikul-graha should never be strengthened
RATNA-ARPANA: Gems for Pratikul-grahas may be DONATED or GIVEN AWAY in a form of Vedic charity to achieve Graha-shanti is another subject known as, “Ratna-arpana.” Using gem donations is he ONLY time an UNFAVORABLE planetary gem should be used by the native – by giving it AWAY. The native should be informed what planets are most FAVORABLE for them and then the native may choose from among their Anukul-graha-ratnas or favorable planetary gems.
Adding the plus and minus points to determine which planets are most favorable to the native enables us to proceed further…
1. First look to the lagna or rising sign and then check the lord of the rising sign to see if it is in an auspicious condition in the rasi chart. If this is the case then we wholeheartedly prescribe the gemstone ruled by the lagna’s lord. Example: If one has Leo rising we look to the position of the Sun (Lord of Leo) in the chart. If the Sun is posited in an auspicious sign, e.g., sign of exaltation, own sign, trine, or at least a friendly sign, it will act in a beneficial way. If any of these are the case then we may recommended ruby or another “Sun jewel” as one’s first gem choice. NOTE: If the birth time is unknown or unsure then skip this method…
A list of the primary rising sign gems is given as follows:
RISING SIGN (Lagna) RULING PLANET GEMSTONE
Aries Mars Red Coral
Taurus Venus Diamond
Gemini Mercury Emerald
Cancer Moon Pearl
Leo Sun Ruby
Virgo Mercury Emerald
Libra Venus Diamond
Scorpio Mars Coral
Sagittarius Jupiter Yellow Sapphire
Capricorn Saturn Blue Sapphire
Aquarius Saturn Blue Sapphire
Pisces Jupiter Yellow Sapphire
2. PLANETARY PERIODS: Every person is born into a planetary period. The period will be good or bad depending on the period’s ruling planet. Like if one is in a Sun period, and Sun is GOOD in their chart, then that will be a good period characterized by the Sun (leadership, courage, etc.); but if the position of the Sun is harmful then it would be a bad period of life.
For GEMS we check the position of the planet ruling one’s mahadasha or major planetary period. If this planet is well-placed in the rasi chart then we prescribe that planet’s gemstone(s) for use during the duration of the mahadasha period. Example: If one is in or entering a Jupiter mahadasha and if Jupiter is posited in an auspicious sign and/or house position, then we recommend yellow sapphire or another natural yellow gemstone.
At the time of ones birth a certain planetary period will be in motion. If a person is born in the middle of a Venus major period then they still have 10 more years of major Venus influence before they change into their Sun period at the age of 10 years. Each major planetary period follows a certain order and is of a fixed period of time – this information is given as follows:

SUN PERIOD: 6 years
MOON PERIOD: 10 years
MARS PERIOD: 7 years
RAHU PERIOD: 18 years
JUPITER PERIOD: 16 years
SATURN PERIOD: 19 years
MERCURY PERIOD: 17 years
KETU PERIOD: 7 years
VENUS PERIOD: 20 years
Depending on the period in operation when one is born, the soul will pick up the periods and pass through them in succession in the order given above.
3. Next we look to one’s birth sign or Moon rasi , i.e., the sign in which the Moon is posited at the time of one’s birth. In sidereal astrology the Moon’s sign position is considered very important. Example: If one’s Moon sign is Leo, a sign ruled by the Sun, then we must look to the sign and house position of the Sun in the horoscope. If the Sun is located in an auspicious position in both the rasi chart and the navamsa chart then we can recommend a ruby or other red Sun jewel as one’s “birth stone.”
The list of these Vedic “birthstones” is given below for easy reference:
BIRTHSTONE RULING PLANET MOON SIGN
Ruby Sun Leo
Pearl Moon Cancer
Coral Mars Aries/Scorpio
Emerald Mercury Gemini/Virgo
Yellow Sapphire Jupiter Sagittarius/Pisces
Diamond Venus Taurus/Libra
Blue Sapphire Saturn Capricorn/Aquarius
Hessonite Rahu N/A
Cat’s eye Ketu N/A
4. We then check the janma-naksatra or the constellation in which the Moon is posited at birth. Each of these 27 birth stars is ruled by one of the nine planets recognized in sidereal astrology. Example: If one’s birth constellation is “punarvasu” (the 7th constellation), which is ruled by Jupiter, then we look to the position of Jupiter in the horoscope. If Jupiter is located in an auspicious sign and/or house position in both the rasi chart and the navamsa chart, then we can recommend yellow sapphire or another yellow “Jupiter” jewel.
Following is a list of the 27 constellations, their ruling planet and corresponding gemstone:
BIRTH STAR RULED BY GEM
1. ASWINI Ketu (Moon’s South Node) Cats Eye
2. BHARANI Venus (Shukra) Diamond
3. KRTTIKA Sun (Surya) Ruby
4. ROHINI Moon (Chandra) Pearl
5. MRIGASHIRA Mars (Mangal) Coral
6. ADRA Rahu (Moon’s North Node) Hessonite
7. PUNARVASU Jupiter (Guru) Yellow Sapphire
8. PUSHYAM Saturn (Shani) Blue Sapphire
9. ASHLESHA Mercury (Budha) Emerald
10. MAGHA Ketu (Moon’s South Node) Cat’s Eye
11. POORVA-PHALGUNI Venus (Shukra) Diamond
12. UTTAR-PHALGUNI Sun (Surya) Ruby
13. HASTA Moon (Chandra) Pearl
14. CHITRA Mars (Mangal) Coral
15. SWATI Rahu (Moon’s North Node) Hessonite
16. VISHAKA Jupiter (Guru) Yellow Sapphire
17. ANURADHA Saturn (Shani) Blue Sapphire
18. JYESTHA Mercury (Budha) Emerald
19. MULA Ketu (Moon’s South Node) Cat’s Eye
22. SRAVANA Moon (Chandra) Pearl
23. DHANISTHA Mars (Mangal) Coral
24. SATAVISHA Rahu (Moon’s North Node) Hessonite
27. REVATHI Mercury (Budha) Emerald
5. Next we examine all the nine planets in the rasi chart to see if any are exalted. Planets which are in their sign of maximum strength (exaltation) give positive and beneficial results, and their gemstone(s) may be used with advantage.
6. Another consideration is sign ownership . A planet which is located in it’s own sign will give beneficial results, and that planet’s gem can also be used to advantage.
7. A further consideration is any planet which is in it’s sign of mulatrikona or trine. A Planet in mulatrikona gives beneficial results similar to an exalted planet, and their gem(s) may be used to advantage.
8. A planet which is located in a friendly sign will also give beneficial results, and it’s gemstone may be used to advantage.
9. Our final consideration is preference based on the characteristic “planetary influence.” Example: If a person wishes to use a Sun jewel like ruby or red spinel to increase their name and fame, then we will recommend that stone provided the person’s Sun is not located in an unfriendly or inauspicious sign and/or house position in their sidereal horoscope.

## Ruby/Manik gemstone scientific understanding and impact

Ruby is the name given to red gem quality corundum. These can be of varying shades of reds to pink. The best rubies are those, which have mystical deep red colour. The finest rubies are found in Burma. Thailand, Afghanistan Vietnam and Pakistan also produce bright rubies. India, USA Australia and Norway also produce rubies which are dark to opaque at times.
The chemical composition of ruby is Aluminium Oxide and the formula is Al2O3. The specific gravity is 4.00 and the refractive index is 1.76-1.77. The hardness of ruby is 9 with a crystal structure of Trigonal.
Ruby increases the heart’s strength, body flexibility, vitality, tissue regeneration, mitosis, circulation, protection from psychic attacks, immunity. This stone decreases inflammation, bleeding, infectious diseases, typhoid, bubonic plague, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, schizophrenia, heart attack, diabetes. It restores the balance of nerves, liver, spleen, heart, thymus, spinal column, adrenals, cholesterol.
Ruby is the stone for Sun and is a precious stone. The semi precious substitute for Ruby is Red Garnet.
Red Garnet is called Almandine in gemology and its composition is Iron Aluminium Silicate with chemical formula as Fe3Al2(SiO4)3. The specific gravity is 3.77; Refractive index 1.86-1.87 and a hardness of 7.5 having a crystal structure of Cubic. This is found in garnet Mica schist and has worldwide occurrence.
Red garnet increases vitality. It decreases anaemia, inflammation, depression, psychosomatic illness, haemorrhaging, inflammation, bleeding, gallstones, kidney stones, anxiety. It helps in restoring balance of blood circulation, hormones, thyroid, white corpuscles, spinal fluid, pituitary gland, spleen.

And Best finger to wear Ruby is ring finger.

Ruby must be wearied looking to the temporary lordship, placement & the relationship with the lord of ascendant. If the Sun of lord of Kendra or Trikon but is placed in bad houses ,stone of sun should not be wearied.

## GemStones Chemical compositions and their impact

EFFECT OF GEMS

The astrologers prescribe nine gemstones for nine planets on the basis of Birth Chart. It is hereby give you the details about each stone and the semi precious substitute also. The chemical composition of the stone and its occurrence and connected details are also given. As per the astrologer experience, for the best result judge the horoscope accurately & wear only precious gemstone.

• PEARL
Pearls are formed in shellfish- especially oysters and mussels. They are formed as a natural defense against an irritant, such as a piece of grit. Layers of aragonite called nacre are secreted around the irritant and then it gradually builds up to form the pearl. Pearls vary in colour from white, white with a hint of pink, brown and even black. This depends upon the type of water and other ambient factors. Natural pearls have been found in Persian Gulf, Gulf of mannar in Indian Ocean and Red Sea for very long time. These days in Japan and China pearls are made through culture.
The chemical composition of pearls is Calcium carbonate with conchiolin and water. The specific gravity of pearls is 2.71; Refractive index of 1.53-1.68 and a hardness of 3. The crystal structure is Orthorhombic. The nearest chemical formula for pearls is Ca CO3,C3H18N9O11.nH2O.
Pearl has cooling and calming effects. It increases healing, vitality, fertility, longevity, digestive power of the body. It is known to decrease the effects of hepatitis, gallstones, bleeding, acidity, irritability, anxiety, malignant cancer, bloating and pain. It helps balance body fluids, female reproductive system, functioning of pancreas, liver and kidneys.
Pearl is the precious stone for Moon. The semi precious substitute for this is Moon Stone and Opal.
Moonstone is basically Orthoclase with a bluish white sheen and hence the name. It is Potassium Aluminium Silicate with hardness of 6 and specific gravity of 2.57 and Monoclinic crystal structure. These are found in Burma ,Sri Lanka,India ,Madagascar,Brazil,European Alps and Mexico.
Moonstone is a stone used for detoxification and fertility. It is very effective in menstrual problems and restores the normal cycle. It also helps alleviate PMS symptoms. It decreases effects of insanity, dropsy, leucorrhoea, bleeding, thirst, high blood pressure, pulmonary consumption, beestings and insect bites, malaria, yellow fever. It balances intestinal tract, lower spinal column, pancreas, pituitary glands. The stone is very effective in restoring the various body cycles.
Opal is hardened Silica Gel and contains 5-10 percent water. This is non-crystalline unlike other gems and with use it dries out and can have cracks. The Opal which shows iridescence is precious and for Moon white opal is used as substitute. It is Hydrated Silica Gel with hardness of 6,Specific Gravity of 2.10 and Refractive Index of 1.37-1.47 with structure being Amorphous. It is found in cavities in sedimentary rocks and Australia is the main producer of Opals. It is also found in USA, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.
Opal is having cleansing properties. It improves vision and hearing. It is very good for headaches. It also adjusts and balances the nervous system.
• RED CORAL
Coral is made up of the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. These tiny creatures live in colonies which form branching structures as they grow, eventually resulting in coral reefs and Atolls. Most corals are made of Calcium Carbonate and have red,pink,white and blue colours. But black and golden corals are made of a horn like substance called conchiolin. Out of all Red coral is most precious. Red coral is found in Japan, Mediterranean and African coasts. Black and golden coral is found in West Indies and Australia.
Coral has hardness of 3; specific gravity 2.68; Refractive index 1.49-1.66 and Trigonal crystal structure. The chemical formula is Ca CO3 ( or C3H48N9O11).
The main effect of stone is in tissue regeneration and increase in blood cells. It decreases leukemia, fever, madness, nightmares, asthma, teething troubles, sterility, constipation, jaundice, obesity, rickets, rabies, menorrhagia, varicose veins, anaemia, haemorrhaging, arthritis. It helps balancing spleen, mucous membrane, bile, spine, circulation, spinal canal, alimentary canal, nervous system, Thalamus.
Red coral is the precious stone for Mars. The semi precious substitute for this is Carnelian.
Carnelian is reddish orange variety of Chalcedony. It has hardness of 7; specific gravity of 2.61; refractive index of 1.53-1.54 and Trigonal structure of crystals. It is basically Silicon Dioxide with formula as SiO2. Best Carnelian is from India.
Carnelian increases fertility, tissue regeneration, elasticity of blood vessels and assimilation. It is helpful in reducing nosebleed, anorexia, fear, rage, gallstones, kidney stones, pollen allergies, and impotence. One of the main functions carnelian does is to balance sexual energies. It also balances endocrine system, spleen, pancreas, reproductive organs, liver, kidneys, gallbladder.
• HESSONITE
Hessonite is Grossular garnet as per gemology and is found in various colours but they are known to derive their name from their first specimen found. This had orange brown colour and this colour is due to manganese and Iron inclusions. The best Hessonite is found in Sri Lanka in metamorphous rocks or gem gravels. In Madagascar it is generally called as Cinnamon stone. It is also found in Brazil, Canada and Siberia as well as in Maine (California) & New Hampshire in USA.
The chemical composition of Hessonite is Calcium Aluminium Silicate. The chemical formula is Ca3Al2(SiO4)3 It has hardness of 7.25,Specific Gravity of 3.65,Refractive index of 1.73-1.75 and Cubic crystal structure .
The Hessonite is the precious stone for Rahu. Its semi precious substitute is Zircon and Amber.
Zircon is chemically Zirconium Silicate with formula of ZrSiO4. This stone is famous for being found in colourless form and their resemblance with diamonds. But it can have colours of yellow ,orange, blue ,red, brown etc. In astrology ,the colour of reddish brown for Zircon is used for Rahu. This stone of gem quality is found as pebbles in alluvial deposits and the best comes from Sri Lanka.Brazil,Thailand,Cambodia,Vietnam,Kampucea,Australia,Burma,Nigeria, Tanzania and France also produce Zircon.
Zircon has hardness of 7.5,specific gravity 4.69, refractive index 1.93-1.98 with a Tetragonal crystal structure.
Amber is the fossilized resin of trees. Most Amber is golden yellow to golden orange, but green ,red, violet and black Amber has also been found. The chemical composition is mixture of organic plant resins and mainly the formula is C10H16O. It normally occurs as nodules or small irregularly shaped masses. When rubbed, Amber produces a negative electrical charge that attracts dust. The most famous deposits are in the Baltic region, particularly along the coast of Poland and former USSR.
Amber has hardness of 2.5,refractive index of 1.54-1.55,specific gravity of 1.08 and Amorphous crystal structure. Amber with golden orange colour is used a substitute for Hessonite.
Amber helps in increasing cell regeneration,strenghthens brain and nervous system. It helps decrease catarrh, ulcers, soreness, hay fever, asthma, convulsions, deafness, insanity, earache, headache, toothache, rheumatism, anxiety, and goiter. It provides balancing influence on liver, kidneys, throat, digestive tract, thyroid, inner ear, brain, central nervous system, teething, intestines and stomach, endocrine system. It is very helpful in joint lubrication and provides fluidity to the muscles, increases elasticity of tendons and removes inflammation of tendons.
• YELLOW SAPPHIRE
Yellow sapphire is also known as Oriental Topaz. It is basically Corundum and comes in many other colours as well. The chemical composition is Aluminium Oxide with a formula of Al2O3. The yellow sapphire is mainly found in Queensland and New south Wales in Australia. Even Sri Lanka,East Africa also produce this type of sapphire. The sapphire has hardness of 9 ,specific gravity 4.00,refractive index 1.76-1.77 with a Trigonal crystal structure.
This stone drastically helps in memory and learning. It is also an effective stone to decrease the effects of snakebite. It helps balancing stomach, gall bladder, spleen, and liver.
Yellow sapphire is the precious stone for Jupiter. The semi precious substitute is Golden Topaz.
Golden Topaz is actually golden yellow in colour and is sometimes called as Sherry topaz also. Although topaz occurs in other colours also, but golden yellow is in the category of gems. It is basically Aluminium Fluorohydroxysilicate with a formula of Al2(F,OH)2SiO4. It is found in igneous rocks and sometimes in alluvial deposits as pebbles also. It is found in USA,Sri Lanka,Burma,former USSR,Australia,Pakistan,Mexico,Japan and Africa.
Topaz has hardness of 8,specific gravity 3.54,refractive index 1.62-1.63 with a crystal structure of Orthorhombic.
• BLUE SAPPHIRE
Blue Sapphire is basically Corundum and comes in many other colours as well. But traditionally sapphire is associated with blue colour only. The chemical composition is Aluminium Oxide with a formula of Al2O3.Good quality Blue Sapphire is found in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. The best Indian Sapphire is cornflower blue and is found in Jammu and Kashmir. Montana in USA also produces blue sapphire . Cambodia ,Brazil,Kenya,Malawi and Colombia also produce this sapphire. The sapphire has hardness of 9 ,specific gravity 4.00,refractive index 1.76-1.77 with a Trigonal crystal structure.
The stone is said to be increasing eyesight, longevity, blood flow to organs. It helps decrease rheumatism, sciatica, neurology, epilepsy, hysteria, tumour, reduces fat, arthritis, nerve pains, mental illness, petrochemical and radiation miasms, excessive bleeding, emotional pain and trauma, haemorrhage. It provides balance to intestinal tract, pancreas, lower spinal column, heart, blood, and adrenals.
Blue sapphire is the precious stone for Saturn. The semi precious substitute is Turquoise and Lapis lazuli.
Turquoise is one of the first gemstones mined and varies from sky blue in colour to greenish. It is commonly found in microcrystalline, massive form, usually as encrustations or as nodules. Sky blue turquoise from Iran is the best, but in Tibet a greener variety is found. Mexico and USA also produce greener variety. Chile ,Australia and England(Cornwall) also produce. The distinct blue colour is due to presence of copper and traces of Iron.
It has hardness of 6,specific gravity of 2.80,Refractive Index 1.61-1.65 and is chemically Hydrated copper aluminium phosphate. The crystal structure is Triclinic and the formula is CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.5H2O.
Turquoise has amazing property for helping in disorders of female reproductive system. It increases eyesight, tissue regeneration and circulation. Turquoise is very effective in headaches and migraines. It also decreases fever, cataracts, effects of environmental pollution, anorexia, and stress. It balances circulation, tendons, ligaments, throat, thymus gland, and nerves.
Lapis Lazuli is a Blue rock made up of several different minerals, including Lazurite, Sodalite, hauyne, Calcite and pyrite. The colour of Lapis lazuli varies as per composition but the intense blue variety with minor patches of white calcite and brassy yellow pyrite is the best quality. It is usually found as boulders or within limestones.The best quality lapis lazuli is from Afghanistan. Argentinian stone is also of very high quality. Some different shades of blue are also found in USA and Canada.
It has hardness of 5.5,specific gravity 2.80.refractive index 1.50 with Variable crystal structure. The formula is (Na,Ca)8(Al,Si)12O24(SO4)Cl2(OH)2.
Lapis lazuli increases strength, virility, vitality, oxygenation of blood, mitosis, hearing and immune system. It decreases poison, fever, depression, melancholia, neuralgia, spasms, tonsillitis, anxiety, Hodgkin’s disease. Cancer of the larynx, autism, urinary troubles, tuberculosis, haemorrhoids, jaundice, diabetes, insomnia, neurosis, vertigo and dizziness. It helps in balancing emotions, vocal cords, thyroid, esophagus, bronchial tract, bone marrow, skeletal system and Eustachian tube.
• EMERALD
Emerald is basically Beryl gemmologically with presence of chromium and Vanadium, which makes it green .It can have various colours from colourless,blue,pink and golden yellow depending upon the inclusion. It is Beryllium aluminium silicate and formula is Be3Al2(SiO3)6. It is found in granites,pegmatites and schists as well as alluvial deposits. The finest emerald is from Colombia. Other sources are Astria,India,Aystralia,Brazil,South Africa,Egypt,Norway,Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Emerald has hardness of 7.5,specific gravity 2.71,refractive index 1.57-1.58 with a Hexagonal crystal structure.
The general effects of emerald are relating to mind, which means it increases memory, intuition, communication and intelligence. In addition it enhances eyesight, body vitality, and immune system. It is useful in decreasing pain, cancer, asthma, ulcers, infections, childbirth pains, eyestrain, stress, paranoia, schizophrenia, radiation effects, acidity, headache, back pains, sciatica, and female diseases. The effects are achieved as emerald balances the breathing system, nervous system, circulation, nerves, haemoglobin, adrenals, and pancreas.
Green Emerald is precious stone for Mercury. The semi Precious substitute for this is Peridot.
Peridot is the gem quality specimen of the mineral Olivine. Peridot has olive or bottle green colour due to presence of Iron .It is chemically Magnesium Iron Silicate. It is found in St. John’s island in Egypt, in China,Burma,Brazil,Hawai and Arizona USA,Australia,South Africa and Norway. The formula of Peridot is (Mg,Fe)2SiO4.
The hardness of Peridot is 6.5,specific gravity 3.34,refractive index 1.64-1.69 with Orthorhombic crystal structure.
Peridot helps body in recuperation and heals fast. It provides body strength and helps tissue regeneration. It is known to decrease anger, jealousy, stress, epilepsy, poison effects and effects of bites. The stone balances endocrine system and nerves. It aligns and balances inner body,organs,liver, astigmatism, nearsightedness. It helps in childbirth and is a detoxifier.
• CAT’S EYE
Cat’s eye is basically Chrysoberyl gemmologically. It occurs in a range of colours from green to yellow to brown. It is a hard and durable stone. This stone when cut en-cabochon, has a near whit line across the stone and gives the effect of a cat’s eye ,hence the name. This effect is due to canal or feather like fluid inclusions, or needle like inclusions of rutile. The highly prized colour for this is light golden brown often with a shadow that gives a light and dark’milk and Honey’ effect. It is mainly Beryllium aluminium Oxide with a formula BeAl2O4. The best stone is found in Urals in mica schists.Sri lanka,Burma,Brazil,Zimbabwe, China also produce Cat’s eye.
The hardness of this stone is 8.5,specific gravity 3.71,refractive index 1.74-1.75 and Orthorhombic crystal structure.
Cat’s eye is the precious stone for Ketu. The semi precious substitute for this is Alexandrite.
Alexandrite is also chrysoberyl with the same composition as cat’s eye and the same physical properties described above. The very rare and valuable Alexandrite changes from green in daylight to red,mauve,or brown under incandescent light. It is best when it is transparent and differs only that when cut ,it does not produce the effect of a white line across it.
• DIAMOND
Diamond is the hardest mineral on earth,and combined with its exceptional luster and brilliance, is the most prized of all gems. Pure and colourless diamond is the most popular but other varieties like yellow,brown,green,pink,blue and red ,even black are also found. Diamond is chemically Carbon and the formula is C. Because of the uniform arrangement of the carbon atoms, diamond crystals are well formed. Diamond forms at very high temperatures and pressures like 80 KM under ground. These days Australia is main producer. Ghana,Sierra Leone,Zaire,Botswana,Namibia,USA,former USSR and Brazil also produce Diamonds. Diamonds are graded for four “C”s for gem quality—Colour; Clarity; Cut; Carat i.e. weight.
Diamond has hardness of 10.specific gravity 3.52,Refractive index 2.42 with a Cubic crystal structure.
Diamond is the precious stone for Venus. The semi precious substitute for this is Tourmaline and Rock Crystal.
Tourmaline is basically complex Borosilicate gemmologically. The formula for this is Na(Li,Al)3Al6(Bo3)Si6O18(OH)4.It comes in various colours and has different names as well, but the colourless tourmaline is called Anchorite and is used for Venus. This variety occurs in pegmatites of Madagascar and Pala(in California in USA).
The hardness of Anchorite is 7.5,specific gravity 3.06,refractive index 1.62-1.64 with Trigonal structure.
Tourmaline helps in sleep disorders and is widely used for this. The stone decreases fear, worry and stress and helps increase sleep. It also acts as a balance force for eyes, brain, thymus and thyroid.
Rock crystal is Quartz and is the most common mineral of the earth. It is Silicon Dioxide with a formula SiO2. The crystals are usually found as hexagonal prisms with pyramidal ends. It is found worldwide but the most important sources are Brazil, Swiss and French Alps,Madagascar,USA,former USSR.
The hardness of this stone is 7,specific gravity 2.65,refractive index 1.54-1.55 with a Trigonal crystal structure.
Quartz helps increase lactation, tissue regeneration, eyesight, and detoxification. It helps decrease anaemia, jaundice, asthma, constipation, headache, fever, pain, ulcers ,leukemia, bubonic plague, radiation protection, sore throat, gland swellings, vertigo ,dizziness, burns and blisters. It balances cell salts, circulation, amino acids, protein, stomach lining, immune system, pituitary gland and intestines.

In my next article I will try to go deep into the way of selection of favorable gemstone based on the Horoscope.

Sade Sati is a 7.5 years of Saturn transit that get triggered when Saturn comes 12th from your birth moon sign.

If you were born with a Gemini moon at birth, then later down the line, when Saturn’s yearly transits comes 12th house from your moon signs, all the way to 2nd house from your moon sign is known as Sade Sati. Saturn stays in one signs for 2.5 years, so when Saturn is 12th from the moon, with the moon then 2nd house from the moon; these 3 house transit is about 7.5 years.Why is Sade Sati known as a period of hardship in your horoscope, trails & tribulations?

This is because Saturn is a teacher like Jupiter, but Saturn is a bit harsher than Jupiter. Saturn loves to show your reality of your life and present to you in ‘Now’, where Jupiter gives optimism about the future.

Saturn is not a bad guy, Saturn is actually the planet you want in your life. Too much time do we spent in day dreaming and fantasizing about the future or thinking about the past. Saturn wants you to live in now, he wants you to face your current surroundings, so Saturn must send you signal to keep a balance of karma.

# Master Numbers of Numerology

11, 22, 33, 44  are the Master Numbers and they are extreme of the number they are truly represents as a single digit. I.e. 11 = 2, 22 = 4, 33 = 6, 44 = 8

* Master Number 11 simply represents the energy of 2 and 7 to the extreme. They take Spirituality to the max.

* Master Number 22 are known as Master Builders. They are the extreme of 4 and carry the energy of  8

* The Master Number 33 is a shadow of 6 and 9, as they all about humanity and loving everyone equally, but, to the extreme.

* Master Number 44 is simply 8 gone wild. They will do whatever it takes to have what they set out to do.

However, Numerology has its limits, and it can not predict in detail the timing of events, such as marriage, birth of a child, career, promotion, death, accidents, birth. This is when Vedic Astrology far exceeds the speed limit of numerology, but numerology is still important and the easiest way to find out your ‘destiny’ in the limited information available(only birth date is needed).

# Kal Sarp Yoga

Kal Sarp Yoga, the most dangerous term in Vedic Astrology.

A term that can bring strives through even Saurian from Lord Of The Rings. It’s not an illusion. Kal Sarp Yoga is a term used in Vedic Astrology when all the planets are hemmed between Rahu and Ketu in your birth chart. This means, All the planets like: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are between the access of Rahu and Ketu or one side of Rahu and Ketu. This only occurs when no planet is in conjunction with Rahu or Ketu or is within 5 degrees of Rahu or Ketu.

Kal Sarp Yog supposed to stop all good things in your life, like marriage, children stable career ect. And typical business oriented lame astrologers, without looking at any other positive or negative combination will quickly say you need to do remedy for Kal Sarp Yoga otherwise none of the good things in life will happen to you, and he or she will suggest all sorts of drama on going about getting rid of this curse from your life.

However, Does Kal Sarop Yoga exists? yes, it does, because if you are simply giving a situation a particular term as in when planets are hemmed between Rahu and Ketu, then yes, this term exist.

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## INSIGHT OF ASTROLOGY

Astrology is a tremendously vast subject. It is very much difficult for someone to enter into it deeply. So called good astrologer are capable of exploring one’s life with the help of a fraction of knowledge of astrology and the question asked by the person for life, money, job, etc are just superficial. There may be much deeper use of astrology in one’s life.

Astrology shows the relationship of one’s life and the universe. It is capable of developing an insight that everything of the universe is interconnected & interdependent. We are not separate or isolated but a part of continuous cosmic flow. We are just an instrument. If we can be able to understand this science properly, our ego and pride will be melted. Much powerful force than our ego is running this universe, hence there is no significance of our ego.

Spiritual science says that the body is the base for the mind & when a mind (mann) leaves the body it receives another form as per their reactive momenta (Samskara). When a child is conceived, this is the first exposure of his new body.
The day the child is born is a second exposure. These two exposures affect the entire life of the child. Here, astrology is used as a tool to calculate this effect with the help of the position of Nine Planets of the solar system. However, many other solar systems, galaxy & heavenly bodies are there which affects the life on the earth, but human are still capable of calculating the effect of the planets of solar system only.

## Avoid New Ventures During Mercury Retrograde (Vakri)

Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that takes place about three to four times a year where it appears as if Mercury is moving backwards in the sky. It is the worst possible time to sign a contact, begin a new project, or purchase a big ticket item. When Mercury goes retrograde, the air is filled with static that causes confusion. You may lose your keys, send an email to the wrong person, or have your travel plans interrupted. In light of this confusion, don’t begin anything new during this time.

## Astrology is a science of planetary movement

Astrology‬ is considered as an ‪occult‬ science, but is entirely ‪technical‬ as well as ‪‎mathematical‬. The science of Astrology makes predictions via a particular method. There are many methods used in Astrological prediction, these methods are subdivided into many categories. ‪Vedic‬ Astrology is quite a vast subject and some sages have sub-divided it into different sections to ease people understand it well.