Stone of the Sea


In Latin, aquamarine means "water of the sea," and Roman sailors are said to have believed that it helped to protect them from drowning and to ensure a good catch of fish.

This stone is a member of the family of blue-green stones, which also includes blue topaz, turquoise, and chrysocolla. These stones relate to the throat center, which rules communication, as well as breathing, eating, drinking, smelling, and hearing. Both physically, mentally, and metaphysically the throat is one of the busier centers, and one of the more vulnerable. A phrase such as " you really expect me to swallow that?" demonstrates the various levels on which this center functions.

Or malfunctions. A wise person of our acquaintance once said that if when two people were having a disagreement they, instead of speaking, would only fall into silence their misunderstandings would be resolved.

We do seem, however, to be determined to speak, and wearing or holding aquamarine is believed to soften our words. A helpful visualization to use in conjunction with this is to imagine the sea wearing away and smoothing rocks.

We once had a customer who came in to tell us that she believed she had survived a complicated root canal procedure without pain because she held a piece of aquamarine the whole. Although we make no recommendations, and, on the whole, favor proven numbing agents, we don't feel that aquamarine would do any harm in such circumstances.

Astrologically, aquamarine relates to Pisces, symbolized by the fish. Pisces, according to many astrologers, represents the most difficult stage in human evolution, the transcendence of self, and it is this aspect of the sign which relates most directly to aquamarine. (Other aspects, such as emotional sensitivity and the inability to draw psychic boundaries, relate to hematite,

When one transcends self (even if briefly) the feeling is that of being part of an oceanic consciousness. Like the Roman sailors, if we hold onto our aquamarine, we may remain afloat.

See our article on Clematis, a Bach Flower Remedy related to Pisces.

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