It's March! And though there's still a chill in the air, spring is coming. So let's do a deep dive into the incandescent blue of Aquamarine, the first stone of March and the birthstone of the sign of Pisces (emotional, sensitive, empathetic and compassionate) which straddles the end of February and into March.
“Aqua" means water and “mare” means sea. Its reflective properties are connected to the sky's reflection on the water's surface and symbolise the uncovering of hidden meanings and truths as if staring deep into a person's soul. Prized by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks as a talisman to the sea gods, the stone used in amulets for strength and protection.
This vivid blue stone encapsulates the calm, relaxing, infinite, and exhilarating sea. In life, it calms nerves, and if you're a teacher or speaker it connects with the throat chakra (speaking your truth), encouraging the quiet calm that accesses inner wisdom and authentic expression dispelling all residual fear. In addition, it sharpens intellectual processing to help find answers.
There is also a beautiful soft quality to this stone which fosters compassion and altruism towards others, helping to quell anger or intolerance when overwhelmed by responsibilities. It gets right to the seat of the problem. Aquamarines' cleansing properties help with letting go, whether related to poor self-esteem, hanging on to toxic relationships or emotional trauma. Its powers allow us to see our situation's true nature and act accordingly.
The second magical stone, Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is dark green with red inclusions and relates to the sign of Aries (uncomplicated, passionate, direct and motivated), which transitions in the 4th week of March. Another potent stone bestowed with magical qualities, such as invisibility by Pliny (an early roman philosopher), it was also used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets.
Bloodstone is an excellent energiser increasing vim and vigour to motivate if you've hit a block, offering courage, confidence and bravery to face the challenge by boosting intuition to help you move forward. It fosters emotional strength and certainty and supports the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras (for security, expression, identity), and is particularly good for Aries because it tempers worries. Bloodstone has a reputation for being a protective and grounding stone.
Ideally, stones can be worn as a ring, necklace or bracelet, but also as a tumble or worry stone that you can hold when you meditate. Place it on an altar or desk for cleansing and protection. If either of these stones is calling to you, trust your instinct, it doesn't have to be your birthstone; you may just need some of their qualities at this point in your life.