One of the most potent healing tools of Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of natural healing, is the prescriptive use of gems. The origin of gem therapy can be traced back thousands of years to the era of the Vedas, India’s most revered and sacred texts. Over countless centuries healers recorded and refined the medicinal benefits of applying certain gems and metal combinations to the skin. The practice has stood the test of time—gem therapy is a mainstay of Ayurvedic medicine today, affording individuals a non-invasive yet highly effective method of healing and recovery.
While the Navaratna gem combination relates to highlighting the beneficial effects of the nine planets, the five-gemmed panchtattwa kawach relates to the five elements present in a balanced state in this universe. These five elements are related to our five senses, a respective planet, and particular chakra. Panch means five; tattwa refers to elements of life—earth, water, fire, air and ether, and kawach translates as protective healing shield. The panchtattwa kawach helps establish an equilibrium within us.
The five individual gems of the panchtattwa kawach offer these specific benefits:
Aquamarine corresponds to the element of earth, which takes the form of matter and is the densest of the five elements. In palmistry, it relates to the Mount of Venus—the physical body. Earth represents the first chakra at the base of the spine called the Mooladhara or root chakra. It is the root of our being and establishes the deepest connections between our body and the Earth. It is our basic survival center and we rely on this element to support us regardless of what circumstances we may encounter on our path. Ideally this element will give us a sense of stability, confidence and trust. We are on solid ground with strong roots.
Aquamarine helps to build our reserves of strength and courage, to move forward in life and to persist wherever and whenever we are faced with adversity.
Citrine corresponds to the element of water, which in palmistry relates to the Mount of Jupiter—the ego, mind and ambition. Water represents the second chakra, called Swadhisthana. The flowing nature of water suggests flexibility—the ability to adapt and transcend personal limitations and, ideally, develops greater awareness and sensitivity to our environment and to those around us. As rain enlivens and nurtures the soil to allow growth, the water element within us nurtures our imaginations to allow our ideas to flow freely.
Citrine resonates with our water element and promotes creativity, sensitivity and a strong sense of purpose in our life.
Amethyst relates to the element of fire, which can be interpreted as the flame of knowledge and transformation. Fire corresponds to the third chakra, called Manipura, and to the Mount of Saturn in the hand. It is here that the process of spiritual alchemy begins, transforming the base metal of experience into the gold of wisdom by the fire of Saturnian discernment. The third chakra performs a vital role as a bridge linking the lower elements of earth and water—the physical realm—to higher elements of air and ether—the spiritual realm—found in the finer vibrations of the fourth and fifth chakras.
Amethyst exerts a peaceful, calming effect on our minds that helps us to recognize that we function essentially as a trinity of body, mind and spirit.
Garnet relates to the element of air. In palmistry this is the domain of the Sun mount. Air corresponds to our fourth chakra, called Anahata, which is more commonly known as the Heart chakra. The high vibrational rate of this element is expressed through the Heart chakra as unconditional love free from constraints of intellect and ego. The element of air can liberate us from the bonds of self-interest that tether us to the lower chakras—it permits us to see that no barrier exists when we communicate with love.
The solar vibration of garnet increases our magnetism and our loving nature, so we can direct our lives with love, conviction, self-reliance and moral fortitude.
Peridot corresponds to the element of ether. This rarefied element provides a vibratory medium through which our mind can communicate with spirit. In palmistry, ether relates to the Mount of Mercury—the winged messenger of the gods. Ether is associated with the fifth chakra, Vishuddha, which is also known as the Throat chakra. The etheric energy of this chakra allows us to cast off the shackles of our ego and communicate directly with the whispering of our soul.
Peridot enhances our psychic and intuitive natures, allowing us to listen to our inner voice.
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