Fittingly, Leo the Lion, the larger-than-life, magnanimous zodiac sign has not one, but two gemstones attributed to it. Sardonyx, is the traditional birthstone for August and Peridot represents the modern birthstone for this month.
Sardonyx was most popular in biblical times, in ancient Greece and Rome, and somewhat into the early 1800s. Its healing qualities were thought to be especially good in treating any wounds inflicted by scorpions or spiders.
Sardonyx inspires courage and strengthens love. Self-control and good luck are offshoots of its powerful energies. Swedish theologian, mystic and scientist, Emanuel Swedenborg called the stone, a symbol of “love of Good and Light.”
In the Middle Ages, Peridot was thought best to be worn in beads in a collar around the neck. During this period, people thought the stone would help direct the sun’s energy toward its wearer, therefore guarding against depression or fear.
Those who are structured, disciplined and practical are very much drawn to this gemstone. Also those who are gentle and cooperative admire this beautiful stone. The energies of Peridot include faithfulness, fairness, and trust. Harmonies created by Peridot will interact with its wearer’s vibrational force. Peridot can also raise its wearer’s consciousness, bringing out clairvoyant abilities.
Bonus Fact: Peridot is one of the few gemstones found in meteorites. Interestingly and corresponding with this, ancient legends tell about Peridots being ejected to earth by an explosion on the sun.
So whether you subscribe to the new (Peridot), or the old (Sardonyx), wear your August gemstone in peace and serenity this and every day.
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
September - Sapphire
October - Opal
November - Citrine
December - Turquoise
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