Aquamarine: Stone of Courage & Letting Go

Healing Benefits of Aquamarine – (Throat Chakra) – (Zodiac of Gemini, Pisces & Aries )

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and reminds me of the coming end of Winter as we move toward April. This stone’s gentle blue color is so peaceful to look at and hold. It takes me back to snorkeling in clear blue waters and relaxing times by the water. But even though it is soothing, it is a strong and powerful stone that grants courage during difficult times.

Science – Aquamarine gets its name from its beautiful water blue color (aqua maris = sea water). Iron is the mineral that adds this color to the gemstone. It is mined all over the world, but the primary source is Brazil. This is a gemstone that is often heat treated to remove any greenish tint in the stone and make it more pure blue.

Historical Significance – It was originally believed that Aquamarine was found in a mermaid’s jewelry box. It was said to turn color to determine if you are surrounded by truth or deceit.

Metaphysical Attributes – Aquamarine is first and foremost a stone of Courage. It helps to calm and soothe the nerves and reduce fear. It allows us to remain brave and strong in the midst of chaos. It also gives us courage to be our true, authentic selves. It aids in unblocking communication, so we can find the strength to have difficult conversations and speak out Truth. This stone supports us as we find our individuality and build the courage to be ourselves.

This gemstone also gives us the courage to bring issues to closure and to release what we no longer need.  We often get in our own way and block our life and spiritual progress because we are afraid to let go of the old and venture into new territory. Aquamarine helps us recognize what is holding us back. Maybe a relationship, job, belief, or doubt. Then it grants us the courage to acknowledge this and cut ties with what we no longer need in our lives. This act can be heartbreaking and scary, but absolutely necessary, so hold onto Aquamarine as you work through this transition.

Finally, Aquamarine is said to be very protective to those near water. If you’re traveling on water, maybe going on a cruise or on a boat trip, bring Aquamarine to keep you calm and safe during emergencies. It also helps during rafting, swimming, or when you’re near any body of water.

Physical Effects – This stone is said to be soothing for all throat problems, allergies, and is generally very cleansing.

Practice Mantra – Sit in a seated meditation position, holding the Aquamarine in your less dominant hand to receive its energy.  Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine a bright blue light swirling all about you like gentle, soothing water. It calms you and clears away any blockages. Repeat this mantra, “I am Safe. I am Brave. I am Ready to Let Go and Move Forward.”

Alternately, hold a Aquamarine mala and chant this mantra 108 times.


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