The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September.
The magnificent blue sapphire, hailed as one of the “big four” precious gemstones, has long been associated with the high and mighty, lending the September birthstone an unmistakable air of regality.
While sapphire evokes the quiet dignity of kings and queens who have long worn the stone, its blue hue suggests a depth beyond its radiance. The color blue is often associated with intuition, wisdom, and intelligence, which is similar to what blue sapphires represent in the world of healing crystals.
We’ll go over the September birthstone’s symbolism and meaning, as well as why it’s especially beneficial for Virgo and Libra babies.
Properties of the September birthstone: the magnificent blue sapphire:
- Birthstone color: Blue
- Element: Wood
- Planet: Moon or Saturn
- Chakra: Third-eye chakra
Sapphire is a crystalline variety of the mineral conundrum that comes in a wide range of colors (except red, which is a ruby), but a royal-blue sapphire is most associated with September. Blue sapphires are made up of the chemical elements iron and titanium and are considered the most valuable of all blue-colored gemstones due to their color saturation, sparkle, and durability.
The best blue sapphires are found in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Montana’s Yogo Gulch.
Birthstone meaning and symbolism of sapphire
September’s birthstone has come to symbolize our inner strength, wisdom, and truth, and it is what is described as prophetic. It has a deeply reflective energy that provides insights into the future of whatever you’re feeling or experiencing, while also allowing anyone who wishes to channel its energetic power to receive and apply the insight for personal growth.
Sapphire, as an introspective stone, resonates especially with Virgo. It speaks to the Virgo energy of thoughtfulness and precision. They do things with a lot of intention, and doing things with intention usually necessitates pausing to let your awareness guide you so you can take insightful actions.
Virgos, on the other hand, have it tough at times. Virgo can be overly critical, which is attributed to “external noise.” Virgo may beat themselves up if they don’t live up to their own or others’ expectations. The September birthstone can help Virgos balance their traits by helping them tune out the noise so they can tune into themselves. It directs our attention so that we can connect with ourselves and gain illumination. Working with sapphire allows us to take a moment in silence to see what lies beneath the surface and receive the insight that allows us to move into a state of hope and excitement, surrendering to the mystery of life.
Blue sapphires may also be suitable for Libra. Libras, the zodiac’s social butterflies, shine in social situations, and because Libra is deeply concerned with fairness and justice, they consider other people’s points, giving them the ability to get along with just about anyone.
While these are some of the Libra characteristics we’ve come to know and love, they can come across as indecisive because they have a tendency to weigh the pros and cons of a decision or people-please in order to keep the peace. Libras are charming, loving, and have a unique way of communicating, but it is often to avoid conflict rather than to speak authentically. Sapphire allows them to take a break from the outside world and think about what makes them happy for a change, which can help them avoid burnout and resentment that can result from catering to everyone but themselves.
Sapphires also correspond to one’s inner truth. It makes sense given that sapphire is associated with the third-eye chakra, which is associated with intuition, discernment, and wisdom. As a result, blue sapphires restore balance where there is internal conflict, and it assists one in making decisive decisions and standing firm in their truth.
Overall, [sapphire] is about cultivating pause and thoughtfulness in order to be open to insight, and how that insight can inspire hope and excitement for all the possibilities that lie ahead of and around us.
How to harness the energetic powers of sapphire
Meditation—or using a blue sapphire as a “mineral map”—is one of the simplest ways to harness the energetic powers of a blue sapphire. Begin by holding a sapphire in one or both hands or placing it on your sternum, third eye, or throat. With your eyes closed, pay attention to whatever is going through your mind and notice what comes up—it could be something challenging or something that makes you happy. This practice allows you to consider which of these thoughts requires more insight, how the information you received can help you, or what you can let go of in order to receive insights more fully.
Alternatives to the September birthstone
Those born in September can also benefit from the energetic properties of other gemstones, such as:
- Lapis lazuli: This metamorphic rock is known for its rich dark-blue hue and is often associated with spiritual wisdom and knowledge. Its energies have been associated with developing one’s natural psychic and premonition abilities, as they serve as the third-eye chakra equalizer.
- Iolite: A variety of the mineral cordierite, iolite can be blue or violet in color, or completely colorless. It serves as a guiding crystal in terms of energy. Its healing properties and energy can aid in the development of one’s future vision and provide clarity on one’s journey.
- Blue topaz: With the color of clear skies, blue topaz can help you define your deepest thoughts. The crystal synchronizes dreams and consciousness, allowing your desires and goals to manifest fully.
What exactly are birthstones?
Birthstones are gemstones that represent the month and sign of a person’s birth. Their origins are thought to date back to biblical times, and the first-century historian Flavius Josephus associated the 12 gemstones on Aaron’s breastplate in the Book of Exodus with the 12 zodiac signs. However, the practice of wearing a different gem each month did not begin until the 15th or 16th century in Germany or Poland. Birthstones have also been discovered to have their origins in Eastern culture. A fifth-century Hindu text, the Ratna Pariksha, linked specific gems to deities, celestial bodies, and days of the week, while Vedic astrologers recommend specific gems to individuals based on their astrological birth chart.
The American Council Association of Jewelers (now known as the Jewelers of America) established a standardized list of birthstones in the United States in 1912. The Jewelry Industry Council of America, and later The American Gem Trade Association, updated this list to include new types of birthstones for specific months of the year.
A list of the birthstones for each month of the year
Do you want to choose a crystal that corresponds to the month of your birth? Here’s a rundown of the birthstones for each month of the year:
- January Birthstone: Garnet
- February Birthstone: Amethyst
- March Birthstone: Aquamarine and Bloodstone
- April Birthstone: Diamond
- May Birthstone: Emerald
- June Birthstone: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone
- July Birthstone: Ruby
- August Birthstone: Peridot, Spinel, and Sardonyx
- September Birthstone: Sapphire
- October Birthstone: Opal and Tourmaline
- November Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine
- December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Turquoise, and Zircon
Frequently asked questions about the September birthstone
• What does the sapphire symbolize?
The blue sapphire is most commonly associated with September and represents one’s inner wisdom and truth.
• Who should wear a sapphire blue?
Anyone can wear a blue sapphire, whether for its visual appeal or its energetic properties—and if the latter, crystal experts say it can help those who want to access their inner truth or hone their intuition.
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