Turquoise

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۞ Turquoise is the Birthstone of 23°-24° Pisces and the 23rd of Adar.

۞ Position of Fixed Star Markab in the year 5760 (2000 C.E.): 23°29′ Pisces.

۞ Rabbi Eliyahu HaCohen writes in his book “Midrash Talpiot” (1736) that Turquoise is the Biblical “Shevo” and the tribal stone of Naftali. He also states that the Turquoise/Shevo serves as a protective talisman for horse riders. However, the generally accepted opinion is that the Blue Lace Agate is the Biblical Shevo.

۞ Thirteenth century German scholar, Volmar, writes in his “Steinbuch”: Whoever owns the true Turquoise set in gold will not injure any of his limbs when he falls, whether he be riding or walking, so long as he has the stone with him. [George Frederick Kunz]

۞ A fourteenth century authority, the “Lapidaire” of Sir John Mandeville, states that the Turquoise protected horses from the ill-effects resulting from drinking cold water when overheated by exertion, and it is said that the Turks often attached these stones to the bridles and frontlets of their horses as amulets. They are also so used in Samarcand and Persia. We might therefore be justified in supposing that the turquoise was originally used in the East as a “horse-amulet,” and the belief in its power to protect from falls may have arisen from the idea that it rendered the horse more sure-footed and enduring. [George Frederick Kunz]

۞ Anselmus de Boot, court physician of Emperor Rudolph II, tells a story of a Turquoise that, after being thirty years in the possession of a Spaniard, was offered for sale with the rest of the owner’s property. Every one was amazed to find it had entirely lost its color; nevertheless De Boot’s father bought it for a trifling sum. On his return home, however, ashamed to wear so mean-looking a gem, he gave it to his son, saying, “Son, as the virtues of the Turquoise are said to exist only when the stone has been given, I will try its efficacy by bestowing it upon thee.” Little appreciating the gift, the recipient had his arms engraved on it as though it had been only a common agate and wore it as a signet. He had scarcely worn it a month, however, before it resumed its pristine beauty and daily seemed to increase in splendor. Could we accept this statement as true we would have here an altogether unique instance of the recovery by a Turquoise of the blue color it had lost. Not long after, the powers of De Boot’s Turquoise were put to the test. As he was returning to Bohemia from Padua, where he had just taken his degree, he was forced to traverse a narrow and dangerous road at night. Suddenly his horse stumbled and threw him heavily to the ground, but, strange to say, neither horse nor rider was injured by the fall. Next morning, while washing his hands, De Boot remarked that about a quarter of his Turquoise had broken away. Nevertheless the stone did not lose Its virtue. Some time afterward, when the wearer was lifting a very heavy pole, he felt all at once a sharp pain in his side and heard his ribs crack, so that he feared he had injured himself seriously. However, it turned out that he had not broken any bones but had simply strained himself; but, on looking at his Turquoise, he saw that it had again broken into two pieces. [George Frederick Kunz]

۞ Turquoise represents the wisdom that comes from all of life’s experiences. [Naisha Ahsian]

۞ The name Turquoise is derived from the French ‘Pierre Turquoise’, meaning ‘Turkish Stone’. [Robert Simmons]

۞ Turquoise is not only a stone for finding wholeness and truth, it is also an aid in the communication and manifestation of those qualities. [Robert Simmons]

۞ Prized equally by many cultures, Turquoise is a protective stone, aiding in truthful communication and meditation. [Marina Costelloe]

۞ Turquoise symbolises spirituality, the sky. [Luc Bourgault]

۞ Turquoise will ensure protection when it is given by a friend. [Luc Bourgault]

۞ AncientTurquoise mines have been found in the Sinai Peninsula. [Teresa Kennedy]

۞ As an all-around Healing Stone, Turquoise energy benefits the whole body. [Teresa Kennedy]

۞ Turquoise is a Purification Stone with a high vibration that enhances your intuition and provides protection while you explore spiritual and darker realms. [Judy Hall — “Sun in Scorpio”]

۞ Turquoise has the ability to change colour when in the presence of infidelity. [Judy Hall — “Sun in Scorpio”]

۞ Turquoise offers protection on your journey and attunes you to the spiritual realms. [Judy Hall — “Sun in Sagittarius”]

۞ It has been said that Turquoise changes color to warn of impending danger. [Melody]

۞ Turquoise was used in ancient times to insure property and to protect against accidents. [Melody]

۞ Turquoise has been considered by the Native American Indians, to be both a protective stone and a bestower of goodness. [Melody]

۞ Turquoise has been used extensively in “cloud-busting” [initiating rain]; it has also been used by Native American shamen to initiate rain [the methods of choice included throwing the turquoise into a river or holding it under running water]. [Melody]