January 20 – February 18

Element: Air

Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner. Aquarians are likely to be years ahead of their time in the way they think. They can also appear to be more involved with work than with other people, although they truly value social contact.

Aquarians are intuitive, imaginative and inventive, and inclined to take chances, especially in the service of their goals. They can be quite noble in their deepest nature, but also may come across as critical and demanding. Their highest purpose is found in aligning themselves with the advancement of social and humanitarian ideals. (www.astrograph.com)

In addition to your sun sign, your astrological element is another determing factor over your “star” personality. The element related to Aquarius is the Air element. Air people tend to live in their heads, being logical and scientific, as well as curious about what is around them and detached in their outlook. They dream the world into being with their future-oriented conceptions. They choose all parties to a dispute rather than taking sides, and thus provide the social linkage that can join disparate groups to each other.

There are many thoughts about which stones are connected to your Zodiac sign. However, using my own intuition, I chose Aquamarine,  Clear Quartz, Danburite and Black Obsidian for Aquarius. These semi-precious gems can be worn, placed in your home or office or carried to improve your positive qualities or alleviate problems associated with your sun sign. Choose the ones that resonate with you, dear Aquarius.

Aquamarine aids in straighforward communication.  Aquarmarine’s name is derived from the Latin aqua maris -Water of the Sea- its shades reflect the many colors of oceans and lakes around the world ranging in color from  greenish blue to blue-green. The ancient Romans believed that the Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore. In ancient times it was used as a talisman to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. It was also valued as a stone of eternal youth and happiness. All of the world’s continents have Aquamarine deposits but the most widely mined and best sources are in Brazil and also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique.

If you’re going to spend so much time in your head, Aquamarine can help calm your mind, removing extraneous thoughts. It filters information reaching the brain and clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect, and clears up confusion. This lovely blue-green stone, brings calming, soothing effects of the ocean, reminding you that tides always ebb and flow-there is unseen harmony in the Universe. Aquarius, do not despair; bide your time. Aquamarine will strengthen your resolve and show you that your life does have a purpose. Aquamarine’s energy has the power to invoke tolerance of others and helps overcome judgment.

Danburite enhances self-confidence. Danburite is a crystalline mineral similar to topaz. It’s appearance is colorless or white with striations running parallel to the length of the crystal. Crystals are generally four sided and their termiations are usually cheisel shaped.  It’s name is derived from its original discovery in Danbury, Connecticut and the mine is now buried under the city.  It is mined most abundantly in Mexico but other deposits can be found in Russia, Japan, Madagascar, Bolivia and Burma. Danburite is a relatively recent discovery. As a crystal of the New Age, Danburite addresses modern problems. In this anxiety fillled world Danburite is an excellent stone for those who need to release stress and worry. It soothes the heart and sends it the message that  all is well.

A piece of Danburite in your pocket can be very peaceful and help calm down the mind chatter. It is a good stone to have around during these times of extreme change. Danburite is an excellent choice for Aquarians who are highly focused in the mental body, opening the heart and easing reconnection and balance with the emotional body. Most often, Aquarians yearn for a deeper connection with Spirit. Danburite facilitates immersion in the realm of the Spirit and the full opening of the heart to the Divine Source. It is a gentle and powerful aid to the upliftment of your awareness to the higher spiritual vibrations. Danburite is your personal Shaman stone so it is a “must have” especially as we are being asked to expand our hearts in these times.

Obsidian aids understanding of who you are physically on this earth.  Obsidian is natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. It is a glassy, silica-rich volcanic rock. The name Obsidian is derived from the name of the prominent ancient Roman, Obsius.  Obsidian is mostly black or very dark brown, but it can also be gray or green. In addition, various sheens, color variations, markings and undertones of color make for an array of different types of Obsidian. The stone has been used by many cultures for jewelry and tools. Obsidian arrowheads are often found, dating back to the Paleolithic times. It is mined in Mexico and around the world. Since Obsidian is a one-person stone, it only belongs to you. It will protect and defend you and your space. Obsidian brings security and new opportunity, which, in your case, is good luck disguised. Obsidian is a grounding touch stone for airy Aquarius.

Quartz Crystal helps balance and focus energy.It is one of the Earth’s most common minerals found on every continent and most countries. Rock Crystal is also known as Clear Quartz and Quartz Crystal. It comes is varying degrees of clarity from water clear to densely clouded. The word crystal comes from the ancient Greek word krystallos meaning clear ice–celestial water from the heavens that the deities froze so that it would never melt. Austrailian Aboriginals called Quartz the living spirit and mekigars (magic men and women) had Crystal Quartz inserted under their skin, which gave them magical and healing powers.

Quartz Crystal is an excellent all – around stone. It has the ability to amplify or strenthen the things in you that are positive, and can help you put away things that cause you fear or anger. Rock Crystal can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life. It can amplify intention, strengthen healing abilities, and surround you with protection by amplifying white light.

Rock Crystal harmonizes and aligns the human energy field with Universal energy. Placing a quartz on your computer will help to keep it running smoothly. It protects the machine against the negative energy you give out when in a bad mood.

It is essential to cleanse and re-program your crystal after every healing session. Check out my column on How To Care For Your Crystals for more information. Background and supporting information for this article came from The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, www.medawarjewelers.com, and www.lovesdonna.com.

*NOTE: Stone therapy should NOT take the place of medical evaluation and procedures, and should be used merely to enhance one’s well-being.