I looked again,–I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
Are locked in sparkling stone.
But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
To break enchanted ice,
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow —
When shall that sun arise?
— Rubies by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The traditional birth stone of July is the ruby, called a “stone of nobility” and known for gathering and amplifying energy while promoting and stimulating mental concentration. It can bring success in controversies and arguments, by promoting gentleness and discouraging violence.
Rubies were often the preferred offerings for the Buddha in China, and are also sacred to Krishna.
Traditionally, dreaming of rubies means the coming of success in business, money matters, and love. The ruby is thought to change colors (grow darker) when the owner is in danger or when an illness is coming. It has also been known to protect against unwelcome spirits of the dead and evil spirits not contained in hell.
In Asia, rubies were especially favored for carvings of dragons and snakes to increase the flow of money and power to their royal owners.
“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the ruby has been described in Asian lore. The Indians call the ruby Ratnanayaka, the lord of the gemstones. In Hindu traditions, rubies are very magical, and revered as the king of precious stones. In fact, at one time rubies were divided into castes. Like the social orders, rubies considered upper class were not permitted to be in contact with inferior ones, for it was believed the less valuable one would contaminate the magical energy of the better one.
In India, those who donated rubies to honor Krishna were assured of being reborn as an emperor in a future life. Lighter colored rubies were appropriate for women, and darker ones were preferred for men. Elaborate ruby earrings have been a popular jewelry choice in India for centuries. And in China, a Mandarin’s rank was indicated by the depth of color of the stone in his ruby ring.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some additional lore about the magical stone of July.