You’re a Gem

I’m a fan of semi-precious gemstones. I wear citrine on my left hand and turquoise on my right hand and in pendant form. I enjoy the symbolism of both:

Also known as the “Light Maker,” the citrine gemstone has a bright yellow hue, which reflects its equally vibrant energy. Like Vitamin C for the soul, the citrine crystal emanates positivity and joy. Its name is derived from the French word for lemon (citron), which carries a sense of sunny and optimistic joie de vivre.

Turquoise is a French term meaning “Turkish Stone.” It comes from the French phrase pierre turquoise, where “pierre” translates as “stone.” The sea-to-sky energy of turquoise has been prized for centuries in various cultures — from Persian and Egyptian royalty to indigenous people in the Americas (North, Central, and South America) — for its protection from negativity and connection to the purity of natural elements, especially water and air.

I’m currently preparing to present a skill-builder session at the sold-out Women and Leadership conference at Boise State University, so I’ve turned comments off for this post. But if I were available to interact, this week’s internal inventory question would be…

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What gemstone are you attracted to and why?


Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Symbol – The Scales
Ruling Planet – Venus
Element – Air
Keywords – I Balance
Key Notes – Harmony & Balance
Power Color – Yellow

Thinking and communication
Diplomatic and urbane
Romantic and charming
Easygoing and sociable
Idealistic and peaceable

Medical Astrology
Libra rules the kidneys, skin, lumbar region, and buttocks.

Gemstone Affinities
Romantic Venus rules this charming sign. Not surprisingly, Librans are happiest in relationships. No wonder this is the sign of marriage and partnership. Peace and balance are the keynotes of Libra. This sign is concerned with beauty of all kinds. Ametrine (a natural mix of Amethyst and Citrine) promotes peace and harmony of mind, keeping Libra’s ever-important scales balanced. Supporting the qualities of morality, justice, and freedom, Amber particularly resonates with these Libran qualities. Softening the sometimes-judgmental side of this sign, Libra has a strong affinity with Citrine; it helps their energy to flow in a clean, structured, and balanced way.

The Moon of Falling Leaves (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
This period is one of calm and introspection. This is the time to slow down a little, time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and time to turn to inner resources. The influence is one of appreciation.

Air Element
Libra is an air element—intelligent, communicative, sociable, versatile, and unpredictable. They bring intellect and a strong ability to communicate.

Energetic, friendly, and playful, talkative air signs may well be described as “Chatty Cathy.” Air shapes ideas. This is the world of intellectual perception and logical thought. Air is the element of discernment and analysis, of comment and dissection. It’s the mental element that thinks things through, but also has bright flashes of intuition. The air element is inventive and full of new ideas. Air signs need to express themselves, for this is the element of communication.

A Cardinal Sign
Libra is active, artistic, easygoing, and peaceable—prizing justice, beauty, and harmony above all things. Their reputation for indecisiveness stems from a desire to evaluate everything in an effort to make perfectly balanced judgements. Diplomatic, polished, and socially inclined, wise Librans withdraw periodically to recharge their personal batteries.

Zodiac Compatibility
Despising discord and confrontation, Librans innately strive for balance and serenity in any relationship, but they’re most compatible with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Famous Librans
Barbara Walters (Sept 25), Susan Sarandon (Oct 4), and John Lennon (Oct 9).

Note: Libra is the only zodiac sign that’s represented by an inanimate object—scales. 

Do you have any Librans in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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