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ASTROLOGY AND GEMSTONESRamya SarmaeBook published by IDEAINDIA.COMCopyright Ramya Sarma 2008This is an excellent guide to the importance and significance of gemstones in astrology and the zodiac.Look at superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s hands. His fingersMoreASTROLOGY AND GEMSTONESRamya SarmaeBook published by IDEAINDIA.COMCopyright Ramya Sarma 2008This is an excellent guide to the importance and significance of gemstones in astrology and the zodiac.Look at superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s hands. His fingers are circled by rings with stones of many colours – a sapphire, a coral, a pearl and more. Rani Mukherjee has a yellow sapphire on the forefinger of her right hand. So has Shilpa Shetty. And Kareena Kapoor. So have thousands of others, all seeking fame, fortune and flowering lives.Men and women alike, star or not, especially in India, can be seen with various gemstones adorning their fingers. These are not just decorative, or worn to match their clothes or moods. Many of these jewels have definite astrological significance. They have been acquired as advised by an astrologer, after examination of the individual’s horoscope and the positions of the stars and planets. And they have the power – or so it is believed – to change fate or, at least, influence its effects on life.According to the ancient Indian texts, gemstones channel cosmic energy. They are, in fact, said to be small but highly concentrated storage systems for cosmic rays of differing wavelengths and, therefore, colours – the colour of the gem corresponding to the wavelength of the energy stored with it. It is widely believed that this energy can be made use of almost like ‘medicine’, by channeling the appropriate kind of light with the required wavelength and thereby energy, into the body that it is in contact with. The vibrations that are transmitted by this can help to restore the balance of energies and elements in the body and the physiochemistry that has been affected by any disturbances. Whether this is really effective is not yet proven, though various non-medical therapeutic methods used by practitioners of crystal therapy and gemstone treatments have shown good results.Which gemstone is the best for you....?Ramya Sarma is Senior Assistant Editor with DNA, Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, looking after the weekly arts section and working on the daily edit page. She also writes a blog and work on editing various book projects. For just over two years, she was the head of content for the Movies channel of Indiatimes.com. She did a Bollywood-based Internet Radio show for about six months and worked on various features for the portal. Before moving back to Mumbai in April 2003, she spent about 16 months working with various sections of the Indiatimes.com website in Delhi, as Lifestyle Editor and then with the Times Foundation. Just before that post, she spent four months as Editorial Consultant to QAI India / SoftwareDioxide.com in Delhi. She also guest edited for Manushi and wrote a six-days-a week column for Microsoft India’s Lifestyle site. Worked as the Delhi stringer for Verve and edited an issue of Interiors and Lifestyle India long-distance, too. She was also working on some book editing projects for Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, Roli Books and India Book House. From December 1999 to December 2000, she was Manager, Web Initiatives for India Today Group Online in Delhi. My purview included everything on the site except for news, and was in charge of conceptualizing and developing new projects for the site and also wrote a column (Snob Values) online for the site.