I get a bit giddy when I come across books I love, books that inspire me, and that have a great deal of ancient knowledge in them. At this week’s astrology class, I hoarded a few library items in my bag, one of which is a real astro feast: Earth Mother Astrology – Ancient Healing Wisdom by Marcia Starck.
While this is not an astrology blog, it is a tarot blog, and tarot covers, well… everything! As Mary Greer notes, when one studies the tarot, one receives a complete education in the liberal arts: history, mythology, art, literature, quantum theory, psychology, and so on. On that note, my interests related to tarot include astrology, herbalism and crystals, and Earth Mother Astrology is a real gem (pun possibly intended). In this post I want to share a little snippet from this book, which looks at medical astrology and astrological associations for plants, crystals, flower essences, vitamins and minerals, etc.
In the Major Arcana, the mighty Jupiter is linked with the Wheel of Fortune. Also, Jupiter rules Sagittarius, which is the sign associated with Temperance. The stones of Jupiter primarily work to cleanse the liver and increase bile flow; they have also been used to protect riders and their horses (both link in with Sagittarius, who is prone to excess in food and drink – which I can personally confirm – and is also linked with horses).
The two stones for Jupiter are Turquoise and Chrysocolla. I quite directly from the book for both these stone as follows below.
Turquoise has always been considered a holy gem. It treats eye problems as well as ailments of an inflammatory or feverish origin. The Egyptians felt the earthy green colour joined the heavenly blue colour in giving the turquoise its special quality. Turquoise loses colour when its wearer is ill or in danger; it turns a dull yellow when worn by a person with liver problems. The stone absorbs harmful vibrations, sometimes shattering. It was a sacred stone in Persia during the time of Zoroaster.
In the Orient, turquoise is used to protect riders and their steeds; strings of turquoise beads are attached to the horses’ harnesses in order to make them sure-footed on narrow mountain paths. The Arabs wore a turquoise between three pearls on their headbands; at the hour of Jupiter, they took the stone in their right hand and made wishes on it. The Native Americans have always considered turquoise their sacred stone and use it in making jewelry and ritual objects.
Chrysocolla is a semi precious stone like turquoise, being opaque and dull in luster. Its color represents the Divine Mother and the virtues of compassion, humility, and patience. It is used for female disorders and can assist in balancing hormones after miscarriages, abortions, and hysterectomies. It is an emotional balancer and can be placed over the heart chakra to bring control.
As a cooling stone, it lowers fevers, heals burns, neutralizes anger and calms the nerves. It is also a stone of Venus and works well on the throat chakra for thyroid imbalance, voice problems and sore throats.
Given that I am in one gigantic Wheel of Fortune year, it is fitting that these two stones will accompany me throughout the year as well – though as a Saggie, I am rather fond of turquoise personally as well.