Breaking Down the Light


7 Colours of the Rainbow

Have you ever seen a rainbow? Sometimes when the sun is shining and it is rainy somewhere at the same time, you can see a rainbow. It’s a huge arch of colours in the sky. It’s caused by the light from the sun being broken up by water droplets in the atmosphere. The sun’s light is “white”, but the water droplets break it up into seven different colours, always in this order:








There is an easy way to remember them (a mnemonic):
– Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

These colours are the “visible” part of the sun’s radiation. But there are many other parts that are not visible to the human eye. For example:
– immediately below red is “infraRED”
– immediately beyond violet is “ultraVIOLET” (UV)

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The Nine, Planetary, Jyotish Gems

Since the beginning of civilization, gemstones have always been thought to possess metaphysical powers. All the main ancient cultures, Vedic, Egyptian, Mayan, and Greek,  had used these colorful and shiny pebbles for ritualistic, sacramental and healing purposes. The idea of using gemstones as solely item of adornment and wealth was a later development; yet, even this shift of perception, had originally an occult reason behind it.
Gems seems to have a special power, a transcendental quality that go beyond their colorful mirror, the thought of far away lands and mysterious places.
In ancient India, a number of Sanskrit texts on gems have been written.
Of a purely scientific, gemological knowledge are works like “Ratnapariksa” (literally ‘Gemology’), and “Mani-Mala“.  More specifically, the “Graha-Gocara Jyautisha“, the “Garuda Purana“, the “Brhat Samhita”, the “Agni Purana” are the texts dealing with planetary gemology.
As we already know, according to Vedic astrology, nine main gemstones are associated with nine planets. Associated with the sun is the RUBY,   with the moon is the PEARL,   with mars is the RED CORAL,   with mercury is the EMERALD,   with Jupiter is the YELLOW SAPPHIRE,   with Venus is the DIAMOND,   with Saturn is the BLUE SAPPHIRE,   with Rahu is the HESSONITE GARNET,   and with Ketu is the CAT’S EY

It is clearly stated in many passages of the different Vedic texts that  “inward luster, transparency, illumination with rays, sparkle, free from impurities and good formation of the shape are the characteristics of good gems”   (Agni Purana, 246.13-14).
Gems are not good if they are sandy, cracked within, scratched, stained, if they are lusterless, rough, dull or mixed with mineral substances even though they may have all the characteristic features of their family  (Garuda Purana, 70.18).
Since a jewel (gem) endowed with good characteristics ensure good luck, prosperity and success to kings, and one with bad ones, disaster and misfortune, connoisseurs ought to examine their fortune depending on jewels (gems)  (Brhat Samhita, 80.1-3).
If anyone wears a gem of many flaws out of ignorance, then grief, anxiety, sickness, death, loss of wealth and other evils will torment him”   (Garuda Purana, 70.19).

A special attention needs to be addressed to the always-included emeralds. References from the Sanskrit texts claim that emerald inclusions are accepted, as far as the inclusions are not detracting from the overall transparency and beauty of the gem.  
“Experts in gems are inclined to say that the following types of emeralds are of good potency: Emerald that has a pure, bluish green color or the color of a spring meadow, a soft glow, that is not highly complicated (referring to inclusions), hewn in different ways and appear to be stuffed with gold dust (still referring to very small inclusions);   Emerald that is endowed with qualities of shape, even shade all over, sufficient heaviness and shoots diffusion of light when sun’s rays fall on it”    (Garuda Purana, 71.12-15)

To summarize, a planetary Jyotish gem should possess an eye flawless clarity, appealing color, good cutting, and a sweet feeling or “life” that will undoubtedly be felt by the person choosing that particular gem. As a general rule, it is advisable that the gem be of the finest quality affordable, and…the larger the better.
The use of alternative gemstones is practiced as well, especially for those gems which can be expensive over two carats sizes, such as diamonds and rubies. It is found, however that the alternative gem has a milder effect than the correspondent main gem. See in the table below the alternative gems, metals, and fingers used to wear rings related to the main gem and the correspondent planet.




    Main Gem       






 Rhodolite, red tourmaline, red spinel










Topaz, Heliodor, citrine







White gold



Orange zircon





Tourmaline,  peridot,  chrysophrase, jade





White/yellow Gold



Amethyst,  blue spinel, iolite


White Gold



Opal  or  tourmaline cat’s eye


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chakra stone


There are 7 major Chakra centers of the physical body, where vital energy flows and intersects.  Through our Chakras, we transmit and receive physical, emotional, and spiritual energy.  The chakras are manifested in one’s physical state.  The ideal is to have all chakra centers clear, balanced, and vitalized for optimal well-being.  The chakra system goes back to ancient eastern masters.  Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum.  Stones are used at chakra centers for clearing, revitalizing, and healing.  Crystal wands are utilized to open the chakras.  Generally, the selection of stones correspond with the associated color of the chakra.

1st Chakra
Base, Root
Located at the base of the spine
Red, black Stability, grounding, physical energy, will, security. Hematite
Black Obsidian
Black Tourmaline
Red Zincite
Smoky Quartz
2nd Chakra
Located below the navel
Orange, blue-green Creativity, healing, sexuality and reproduction, desire, emotion, intuition. Orange Calcite
Blue-green Turquoise
Blue-green Fluorite
3rd Chakra
Solar Plexus
Located at solar plexas, below breastbone
Yellow Intellect, ambition, personal power, protective. Citrine
Yellow Jasper
Golden Calcite
4th Chakra
Located in the center of the chest
Pink, green Love, compassion, universal conscoiusness, emotional balance. Rose Quartz
Pink/Rubellite Tourmaline
Watermelon Tourmaline
Green Aventurine
5th Chakra
Located at the neck above collar bone
Blue Communication center, expression, divine guidance. Sodalite
Blue Calcite
Blue Kyanite
Blue Turquoise
6th Chakra
Third eye
Location centered above eyebrows, at medulla
Indigo Spiritual awareness, psychic power, intuition, light. Lapis Lazuli
7th Chakra
Located at the top of the head
Violet, golden-white Enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, energy, perfection. Amethyst
White Calcite

As you become familiar with stones, meditation, healing work, and the energies within and around you, you will begin to incorporate your awareness into different aspects of your life and consciousness.  Studying and working with the chakra system will help you become aware of the powerful life force energy that exists within our bodies, minds, our environment, and ultimately the physical and divine universe.  Your body is indeed your temple!
Below is a brief listing of stones and their use with the chakra system to get you started.

Amethyst Opens and activates crown chakra
Celestite Aids in clearing and perfecting chakras
Citrine Balances energy and aligns chakras with ethereal plane
Activates and opens navel and solar plexus chakras
Energizes the root chakra
Stimulates crown chakra
Amber Opens and cleanses 3rd chakra
Copal Activates crown chakra
Green Aventurine Activates, clears, protects heart chakra
Bloodstone Awakens and balances 1st through 4th chakras
Centering and grounding for the heart chakra
Clear, white Calcite Stimulates energy of all chakras, excellent at the crown chakra
Carnelian Agate Use with the 1st through 4th chakras
Physical energy, creativity, compassion
Chrysoprase Aligns chakras
Activates heart chakra
Herkimer Diamond Acivates crown chakra
Green Flourite Good for cleansing, renewing chakras
Garnet Stimulates base chakra
Removes negative energy from chakras, promotes physical healing
Hematite Good for treating and closing the root chakra
Pink Kunzite Activates heart chakra
Aligns and balances the chakras
Kyanite Aligns all chakras automatically
Can be used to open chakras
Lapis Lazuli Activates and clears throat and third eye chakras
Malachite Stimulates heart and throat chakras
Moldavite Use at the throat, third eye, and crown chakras
Moonstone Cleanses negativity from chakras
Black Obsisian Grounding, good for the Root chakra
Tigereye Promotes intuition at the solar plexus chakra
Enhances psychic ability at the third eye chakra
Turquoise Elevates and attunes all chakras
Facilitates communication skills at the throat chakra
Black Tourmaline Stabilzes root chakra, dispels negativity, good for the lower back
Green Tourmaline Heart Chakra
Deep Pink Tourmaline Stimulates base chakra and connection to heart chakra
Watermelon Tourmaline Superior activation of the heart chakra
Rose Quartz Loving energy to the heart chakra
Balances energies of all chakras
Quartz Crystal Opens all chakras
Activates crown chakra, clarity of conscoiusness
Balances and heals emotional wounds at the heart chakra
Smoky Quartz Root chakra

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Black Shiva Lingam Stone

Black Shiva Lingams are rare and considered very sacred. These contain highly protective energies. At one time they were exclusively limited to the religious of The Hindu Temples. Only recently has this revered stone of India become available for export.

If we are to destroy the light in a religious setting, it would be best to separate the light by use of a prism that refracts the light into a rainbow.  Then we use the Jyotish stones to absorb those light waves, and then we filter that down into the Chakra Stones.  The Chakra Stones will further absorb the light waves to continue the filtration process.  On the forth level, a Black Shiva Lingam partially placed in flowing water.  Not sure how we are going to piece this together, this will be a ritual piece left in the sunlight during the day.  Then, the Devil’s Yasna can disperse the energy for whatever the purpose will be for the ritual.  Plus, it helps charges the Chakra Stones for our Chakra work.

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7 thoughts on “Breaking Down the Light

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