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February’s Birthstone

Amethyst

The name comes from the Greek word “Amethystos,” which translates as a cure for drunkenness since this wine-colored stone was believed to prevent intoxication. This stone can give you courage and strengthen friendships. It's one of the many birthstones that can be mined or created in a lab and is linked to the element of wind. The gem also provides healing powers to help with both physical and emotional issues and is known to relax nerves and improve balance. You can instantly recognize the amethyst from its stunning purple color.

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January 20–February 18

Aquarius • Water Bearer

It is with the onset of Aquarius season that really kicks off the new year in a cosmological sense, as it is only at the end of January that all the planets go direct and leave their retrograde cycles behind them. This forward movement creates a lot of change and dynamism towards what is being brought forward; what is being initiated will be sped up. This is a time to embrace change, not fight it. A willingness to question old belief systems, allowing oneself to explore new ways of doing things is key. The ancient ruler of the sign of the Water Bearer is Saturn, the Lord of time and structure. Aquarians tend to hold firm beliefs. These will be broken down over the coming month and the change that will be initiated during this zodiacal month will be considerable. This is an important month for you as the Sun goes over your natal sun wishing you many happy returns. Yes, this is a period of renewal as birthdays often signify this specific energy. Be careful however as transiting Saturn will also be going over your natal sun and for those born towards the end of the zodiacal month, this may bring about some tension. These challenges are here to take you onto a more aligned path; a path that is more congruent with your higher self. The message here is to listen in, listen to your intuition, and let go of those things that no longer serve you. Uranus by transit (at 14-15 degrees Taurus) will make a square to your natal Sun at some point during this month further pulling you into the new. Please don’t resist it and realize that is it for your own good and for your own development to embrace change.

February 19–March 20

Pisces • Fish

For those of you who have strong signatures in the Sign of the Fish, you are in a holding pattern, waiting for the sun to move into your sign, in a month’s time. This is a time of preparation and introspection. A time to settle into the meditative realm to psychologically prepare for the change that is coming, the change that you have been waiting for. Jupiter has now left Pisces and is in Aries which is asking you to slow down for a while and reflect upon what you have learnt and experienced. Neptune however still remains in your sign, giving you a greater sense of the imaginative realm but be aware not to get too caught up in it, where it may dip into illusion. Try make those unconscious thoughts conscious; and remember that our thoughts form our reality.

March 21–April 19

Aries • Ram

The sign of the Ram works well with Aquarian energy as both are yang/masculine signs and make a nice sextile to one another. This Arian energy is ramped up over the next few months as Jupiter, now at 4-5 degrees Aries, is giving more fuel to your fire. The truth seeker, wisdom finder is going at full speed ahead. Use this energy wisely to bring out the sacred warrior in you to defend that which you hold most dear and fight for what is truthful and real. Chiron by transit is currently in the heart of the Aries Constellation, asking you to embrace your wounds and take on the archetype of the Wounded Healer. There is something quite heroic in your stance this month; utilize this archetypal power, it will serve you well. Moreover, once you trust someone, share your concerns, your vulnerabilities; if you can, it will help you grow spiritually as well as physically. Sometimes the person on the other side needs to sense your humanity and will be more compassionate towards you when you show your humanity.

April 20–May 20

Taurus • Bull

This will continue to be quite a challenging time for those with strong placements in the sign of the Bull due to the Uranian conjunction to your natal placements as well as the transiting Sun in Aquarius squaring transiting Uranus which is currently at 14-15 degrees Taurus. Uranus currently squaring the sun in Aquarius will create some disruptive and novel energies, especially for those not fully awake to the zeitgeist change that is happening upon our planet. Taurus, the most inert of all the sign, struggles with change, so it is vital to be consciously aware of this and prepare for change rather than be brought into the situation kicking and screaming. You are being called to go beyond your limitations and accept change. Taurus is Fixed Earth, meaning it is the sign that finds it the hardest to move on or to adapt. There is going to be a back and forth over the next month with resistance and acceptance. Once Taurus energy understands this they are best equipped to anchor down a new way of doing things and manifest success.

May 21–June 21

Gemini • Twins

For those of you with strong Gemini placements you will feel the support of Jupiter in Aries, which is forming a nice sextile to your Gemini cosmological DNA. Use this positive and expansive energy to communicate at a higher level; bringing in new ways to share information and perhaps take this opportunity to travel to some new places or even visit familiar places with fresh eyes. Mars currently in Gemini, until the end of March, is also giving the Gemini archetype a lot of energy and power to achieve the goal desired. This is certainly a time for expansion even if at times it is challenging as Mars can be rash. Use this energy towards to highest good and ultimately this will be a time of benevolent growth.

June 22–July 22

Cancer • Crab

Things may feel at time a little off this month as the Sun transits through Aquarius creates an inconjunct or “quincunx” with your natal placements. This month is here for ‘inner work’ and emotional preparation for what is to come. Certainly, with Jupiter in Aries making a square to your natal Sun, a little bit of hard work will bring about some serious benefits and successes. Remember that not everything is personal here and when someone seems to do something that causes hurt or ill feeling, it may not be intentional and just unconscious behavior of the part of that person. Keep focused on the contemplative and spiritual work and look forward to the March flowers as that will be the time when you will really start to bloom.

July 23–August 22

Leo • Lion

For those with Leo placements, Saturn, the Sun and Venus initially, are making a direct opposition to your natal Sun or any other planets that you may have in Leo; forcing you to challenge power structures, organizational systems and relationships. This will, at times, feel uncomfortable as the stable foundation on which you stand, is under threat. The objective here is to try and stay with it, feel into this shift and alchemize it. This is a time for bearing witness to the power struggles that go on either within ourselves or within the collective. Observe what really is happening and not be pulled into the mainstream perspective, where left is right, up is down and all is inverted. Negative Saturn always has an agenda of subversion. Listen to your body, not your ego and find your path towards the light.

August 23–September 22

Virgo • Virgin

It is a quieter month for the Virgo archetype. The practical side of the sign will always find a way to keep busy and engage in projects. The suggestion here is to keep the discipline towards the inner work as well as the external. Use the Neptunian influence currently in Pisces, opposite your natal placements to engage in the creative. This continues to be a time to expand into the etheric, into the imaginative realm, creating poetry, art and all things non linear, which will balance out your natural predilection towards the analytical and rational.

September 23–October 23

Libra • Balance

With Jupiter now in Aries opposing your natal placements, this is an excellent time to get stuff done and for action to be more decisive than usual. You are being called up for the quest. This is your time, your time to shine. The Sun in Aquarius along with Mars is Gemini make a nice grand trine to your natal sun in Libra, so there is a benefic quality to this month’s energies for you. Work towards enjoying this time in the sun.

October 24–November 21

Scorpio • Scorpion

You are still in the aftermath of the Scorpio eclipse, where the metamorphism is still underway. Continued renewal is taking place as transiting Uranus in Taurus continues to make a direct opposition to your Sun and other Scorpio placements. Remember Scorpio is fixed water and finds it hard to change… so please run with it, it will be deeply cathartic when you are out the other side. Change is coming especially in terms of relationships and boundaries.

November 22–December 21

Sagittarius • Archer

Mars in Gemini is still activating those with planets in Sagittarius as the opposition continues through the end of March. You can pick up some positive energy from the Jupiter in Aries which now makes a benefic trine to your natal placements. This is a time for spiritual expansion and opening up to new ways of being. It could mean meeting a whole new network of people, new friends as well as the possibility of a new road trip or a novel destination appearing on the near horizon. Embrace this time of change and opportunity, you will surely benefit from it.

December 22–January 19

Capricorn • Goat

Mercury now direct is making his way forward again through Capricorn completing unfinished business. Projects now have to be completed and direct lines of communication surrounding contracts and business dealings have to executed. This is a Saturn ruled sign so it’s about doing the heavy lifting: working hard, head down, and doing both the outer as well as the inner work. Transformation is a key word here, as Pluto makes his final stages through the sign of the Goat. No structure will be left unchanged by the time he enters Aquarius.


BIRTHSTONE READINGS

January’s Birthstone

Garnet

The precious birthday stone for this month is the Garnet, symbolizing the grounded commitment and stability of Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, as he forges this subterranean red gemstone through time and space. This stone, created under slow, deliberate pressure, over millennia, deep underground, represents stability, commitment, and friendship. Capricorns are loyal, committed people with a good understanding of the material dimension. Remember Saturn is the father of time, so that Capricorns can be very patient.

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February’s Birthstone

Amethyst

The name comes from the Greek word “Amethystos,” which translates as a cure for drunkenness since this wine-colored stone was believed to prevent intoxication. This stone can give you courage and strengthen friendships. It's one of the many birthstones that can be mined or created in a lab and is linked to the element of wind. The gem also provides healing powers to help with both physical and emotional issues and is known to relax nerves and improve balance. You can instantly recognize the amethyst from its stunning purple color.

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March’s Birthstone

Aquamarine

This birthstone is most closely associated with seawater and provides soothing energy as it helps connect us to water, the origin of life. The gem has many other properties, including the ability to purify energy and provide stress relief. Aquamarine is known to inspire truth, trust, and the ability to let go. Many people treasure this stone for its ability to restore beauty and youth through its incredible anti-aging properties.

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April’s Birthstone

Diamond

This gem inspires love and devotion. The garnet is a stone of strength and safety, and as such, it helps to ground you and keep you connected to the present. These gemstones are found all over the world, and each color version of the garnet has its own spiritual properties. Although the most widely-known color of garnet is red, you can find this stone in many other colors, including green, yellow, and orange. Garnets are energizing, regenerative, and shield against negativity.

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May’s Birthstone

Emerald

The precious birthday stone for May is the emerald symbolizing the beauty of Venus, the ruler of Taurus. The emerald is one of the rarest gemstones and needs to be nurtured and protected, two great hallmarks of Taurus energy. However, Beware of the negative side of this archetype is excessive desire, greed, and hoarding.

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June’s Birthstone

Pearl

Much like Gemini having two personalities, the birthstone for June is also dual-focused, both Pearl and Moonstone. To complicate things further, Alexandrite is also associated with this zodiacal month and with Mercury, its ruler. Here we can see that we are given multiple options in the Gemini season, so the skill is in the selection process and deciding what is prioritized. The Pearl and Moonstone carry a Hermetic quality as they speak to the ability to transmute their energy through changing their essence and precisely their color in different lights. This is a hallmark of Gemini, mercurial in its nature, and thus able to adapt to multiple situations. It is the archetype of the shapeshifter.

Moonstone

Considered a feminine stone, the moonstone has a particular sheen that makes it recognizable from other birthstones. The gem has an inimitable adularescence, meaning the way light seems to glow across the gem's surface. As to the many unique attributes associated with the gem, it is best known for helping to usher in new beginnings and inner growth. This is a semi-precious stone, and the clearer your moonstone, the stronger the healing properties that gem will possess.

Alexandrite

An extremely rare stone, alexandrite is easily identified by the way it shifts colors in various types of lighting. Many people love this gem because it can display various green shades in daylight and darker shades of red under fluorescent lighting. This birthstone was first discovered in emerald mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 19th century and is very popular with the Russian Aristocracy. As to the characteristics of this gem, alexandrite is thought to bring joy, love, warmth, and luck.

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July’s Birthstone

Ruby

This month’s precious birthstone is the Ruby symbolizing the passion and intuition of the Moon, the ruler of Cancer. This unique stone helps maintain vitality and strength of character by creating a shield of psychic protection. Cancer is known as the portal to life itself, where those seeds are birthed within the mystical waters of our sacred planet. This is a month for you to listen to your body and listen well; you will reap the rewards. The Ancient Egyptians saw Cancer as the beginning of the cycle, much like seeing Aries as ours. Remember, the Great Nile annually floods in the month of Cancer, starting the cycle once again.

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August’s Birthstone

Peridot

The precious birthstone for this month is the peridot symbolizing the solar light of wisdom, with its soothing golden-green glow, signifying the high point of summer light and vitality. Leos are natural-born leaders; they provide a vital role in shaping society, leading the way with charisma and joy, bringing about steady change. The Peridot strengthens the individual and protects the person by surrounding them with more protective and nurturing energy to manifest at the highest level.

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September’s Birthstone

Sapphire

The precious birthstone for this month is the sapphire symbolizing the bountifulness of what the earth can produce. Virgo is an earth sign, and sapphires are deeply connected to this element. It is why this stone can also be associated with the other earth signs Capricorn and Taurus. There is a mutability in the caliber of the light of this gemstone, which explains why Mercury, its ruler, is apt to bring about an intelligent and communicative quality to this sign. When this gemstone is used correctly, it allows for a positive energy flow to occur, encouraging manifestation. This jewel, much like its zodiacal sign Virgo, is really about discernment and judging what is right and wrong for the individual. Above all, this gemstone symbolizes quality over quantity.

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October’s Birthstone

Opal

Libra is the Scales and is constantly seeking balance in the world of polarity. Venus-ruled Libra is the beautiful and proportioned Opal stone that resonates most with the Goddess of Love, known for bringing prosperity in relationships and personal power. In this current season, we will need to hang on to the opal stone judiciously and work wisely with its powerful and positive energy.

Tourmaline

With a nickname like “the stone of colors,” you would expect tourmaline to have a great many physical and spiritual attributes. Tourmaline gained that moniker due to the rich array of colors that can be found in just a single crystal. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find another gem to match the range of colors found in a tourmaline. As a result of this great glow, many believe the tourmaline has the power to attract inspiration, encourage self-confidence, and help achieve enlightenment.

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November’s Birthstone

Topaz

Scorpio has a few birthstones associated with this zodiac sign. The Topaz and Amethyst are the two that correspond the most, symbolizing the powerful and psychic side of the sign ruled by Pluto in modern astrology and Mars in ancient. The Topaz stone is connected to water and hence empathy and psychic ability, so use this stone to harness these skills within yourself. The Amethyst stone helps cleanse the body and mind of unwanted energy by promoting spiritual connection and releasing fears and anxieties.

Citrine

The second birthstone for the month of November is often called “the merchant’s stone” and has similar physical aesthetic characteristics as the topaz, typified by its yellowish hue. Citrine has long been a staple of popular, affordably-priced jewelry. Many believe the citrine possesses great abilities, from the capacity to calm and soothe temperamental attitudes to aiding in acquiring and preserving wealth. It is also a stone known to awaken creativity and imagination. Citrine encourages the fullness of life and new beginnings.

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December’s Birthstone

Turquoise

Sagittarius has a number of birthstones associated with this zodiac sign. Much like its ruler Jupiter there is an abundance here. Sodalite, turquoise, and Blue Topaz are the three that correspond the most, representing powerful calming stones that help still the mind and focus the brain on the mission at hand, creating more clarity. Blue is the color here associated most with Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius. This zodiac sign is mutable fire and can sometimes be overly optimistic, at times scattered, not always focusing as intensely as it could, so these stones help calm the heat down so that attention to detail can manifest. I love the Sodalite, which is an opaque blue stone with flecks of white and grey within. This is a powerful manifesting stone and heightens the ability for rational thinking, permitting the soul working with this gem to slow down and think more critically, allowing for greater successes. It is truly a powerful talisman. Blue topaz is also a very calming stone bringing balance and harmony to an often busy and fiery Sagittarian.

Tanzanite

Unlike many of the other birthstones found on this list, tanzanite is a modern discovery in gems. Gaining prominence in the 1960s, this stone is known by the colors blue and violet, each of which occurs naturally, although the former is considered more valuable. The first of three birthstones for the month of December, the tanzanite is known for its capability in producing symmetry between personal power and actualization. The gem is also believed to have the power to help you look beyond your limitations and increase focus in the face of distraction.

Zircon

The zircon is another gem that can be found in many colors, such as red, blue, green, brown, orange, and yellow. There are even colorless zircons which are also dazzling in their ability to display a brilliant spectrum of sparkling light. The zircon has been called “the stone of virtue” as it symbolizes innocence, purity, and consistency. Many believe zircon also contains healing power and the ability to help cleanse energy.

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