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Sapphire: Varieties, Healing & Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

With its link to truth, wisdom, and faithfulness, sapphire has been loved and used for centuries. According to the ancient Persians, the Earth rested on a huge sapphire, with the blue of the sky being a reflection of its color. In Biblical tradition, sapphire represents divine favor, and Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments on sapphire tablets.

For the Ancient Greeks, sapphire was closely associated with the god Apollo. Further, those consulting an oracle, such as that at Delphi, would often wear the gem for the encounter, as it was believed that the stone could help bridge the gap between the human and spirit worlds.

Regarded as a powerful protective talisman, and with an ability to act as a guiding star for travelers, sapphire remains a high-status gemstone today: the British Crown Jewels incorporate a dazzling collection of the stones.

The word sapphire comes from the Greek σάπφειρος; sappheiros, meaning ‘blue stone’.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Sapphire, a precious gemstone, is a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and royalty, making it a powerful choice for those seeking to harness these qualities in their magical and spiritual practices.

Believed to possess healing properties, sapphire is thought to bring mental clarity and reduce stress.

Sapphire is often used to amplify psychic abilities. It can heighten one’s intuitive powers, making it easier to connect with higher realms and receive guidance from the spiritual world.

Sapphire is also employed for protection spells and rituals. It is said to create a shield against negative energies and promote a sense of inner peace, ensuring practitioners can navigate their magical journeys with greater security and tranquility.

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History and Folklore

During Medieval times, sapphire was considered an appropriate gift for a lover. If the lover were unfaithful, the stone would turn pale.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September.

Traditions

Known as the wisdom stone, sapphire has traditionally been used to calm and focus the mind and release mental tension. It’s said to align the mental, physical, and spiritual planes, and restore harmony and balance to the body.

Sapphire has been traditionally used to help facilitate self-expression and to alleviate feelings of frustration.

Sapphire as a Healing Stone

Sapphire is a good general healing stone to discourage any sort of disease and encourage physical health.

Wear sapphire on the left hand to strengthen general health and to relieve breathing and heart conditions and neuralgia. It is also helpful for problems with the eyes and any condition resulting in the limbs’ trembling.

Healing PropertyDescriptionBenefits
Mental ClarityEnhances mental focus, clears confusion, and promotes clear thinkingImproves decision-making and problem-solving abilities
Emotional HealingSoothes emotional wounds, promotes emotional balance, and calms the mindSupports healing from past traumas and promotes inner peace
Intuition EnhancementAmplifies intuitive abilities and spiritual insightsFacilitates spiritual growth and connection to higher realms
CommunicationEnhances communication skills, fosters effective expressionPromotes open and honest communication in relationships
Inner PeaceBrings a sense of calmness and serenity, reduces stress and anxietySupports emotional stability and a balanced state of mind
Table 2: Sapphire Healing Properties

Sapphire is useful for depression, anger issues and for helping to calm chaotic thoughts.

Sapphire for Magick

The sapphire is a talisman of wisdom. It helps with memory, intuition, inspiration and stimuates a thirst for knowledge. It is a great magic-user’s stone helps protect the wearer from the evil eye and hexes, adds power to any magical working and aids in prophecy.

Magickal UseDescriptionEnergies
Psychic AbilitiesEnhances psychic abilities, intuition, and divination practicesFacilitates connection to the spiritual realm
ProtectionProvides protection from negative energies and psychic attacksShields against spiritual and energetic disturbances
WisdomAttracts wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual insightPromotes spiritual growth and inner wisdom
Divine ConnectionStrengthens connection to divine energies and spiritual guidesEnhances spiritual experiences and communication
Ritual EmpowermentBoosts the power and effectiveness of rituals and spellworkAmplifies intention and energy during magickal practices
Table 3: Sapphire Magickal Uses

This stone helps ensure the wearer’s general success in life by keeping away false friends and enemies and attracting friendly people and influences, protecting against slander and gossip, encouraging prudence and sound judgement and helping to develop natural talents.

Element: Water

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Sapphire Varieties

VarietyColorNotable Features
Blue SapphireDeep blueMost common variety, associated with wisdom, royalty, and spiritual truth
Pink SapphirePinkRepresents love, compassion, and emotional healing
Yellow SapphireYellowSymbolizes abundance, prosperity, and manifestation
White SapphireColorless or whiteEnhances clarity of thought and spiritual connection
PadparadschaPinkish-orangeRare and highly sought after, combines energies of love and creativity

Blue Sapphire

Planet: Saturn, chakra: throat
Communication, general healing

Yellow Sapphire

Planet: Jupiter, chakra: solar plexus
Ambition, confidence

Black Sapphire

Protection and grounding

Star Sapphire

Planet: Saturn
Or Stellar sapphire. This sapphire has all of the properties of a “normal” sapphire but they are enhanced. It is particularly helpful to help one organize chaotic thoughts. It is an excellent focal point for meditation.

Simple Ways to Use Sapphire in Your Daily Practice

Sapphire is a stunningly beautiful crystal that would love to be a part of your daily life and practice. Try the ideas below to welcome sapphire into your world.

In the Home

Placing a sapphire crystal anywhere in your home will uplift the energy of the space and attract abundance – be this in terms of wealth, health, or simply gaining more time to relax!

The northeast area of the house is, according to the art of feng shui, connected to knowledge and self-improvement, and you may find this to be a particularly effective location to place your crystal.

Putting this sapphire in this area of your home is a great idea if you have an interview or exam on the horizon!

During Yoga or Meditation

If you enjoy relaxing by practicing yoga or meditation, consider incorporating sapphire into your regular routine.

With sapphire’s ability to better connect you with your higher consciousness, holding it, or surrounding yourself with stones, while meditating could result in a deeper, more satisfying experience.

Similarly, surrounding your yoga mat with sapphire crystals can help keep your breathing relaxed and asanas smooth and flowing, due to its ability to promote calmness and clarity.

Wearing Sapphire

Simply carrying a sapphire crystal in your bag or purse, or wearing jewelry that incorporates this stone is likely to have a positive effect on your overall sense of well-being.

When choosing sapphire jewelry, choose a variety that corresponds with a specific chakra point.

For example, if you’re looking for a pendant that will sit on or near the throat chakra a traditional blue sapphire is likely to be the best option, whereas violet sapphire could be the best choice for earrings, which will sit near, and therefore could affect the third-eye chakra.

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A Sapphire Chakra Ritual to Enhance Self-Expression and Connect with Life More Deeply

This ritual is a beautiful means of promoting better communication and self-expression and nurturing a deeper connection with life on every level. As well as all these things, this chakra ritual will enhance a sense of deep well-being.

  1. Lie down comfortably on your back and relax. Take a few deep breaths, and concentrate on all the tension leaving your body.
  2. Place a sapphire crystal gently on your throat chakra, which is located in the middle of the neck.
  3. Visualize the energy of the stone flowing into this chakra and throughout your entire body. In your mind, see this energy dissolving any blockages as it suffuses the throat chakra and charges your body with peaceful blue light.
  4. When you’re ready, offer thanks to your crystal for working with you, and cleanse it before using it in chakra work again.

Sapphire and the Zodiac

As the birthstone of September, sapphire is closely connected to the star sign of Virgo and is also often linked to the signs of Taurus, and Gemini.

For perfectionist Virgo, sapphire can help with grounding and focus, while also giving them the confidence to believe in themselves and their ability to make good decisions, rather than relying on the opinions of others.

Similarly, sapphires are particularly useful for Taureans, assisting them to trust themselves and bring sincerity to all their endeavors. For Gemini, whose very nature often creates discordance between the different sides of their personality, sapphire can bring balance, harmony, and peace.

Crystal Combos

Pairing vibrant turquoise with sapphire is a powerful means to live in alignment with your highest self.

This power-house pairing will give you the strength to look honestly at yourself and your life and give you the tenacity to see through any changes you decide to make. As well as smoothing your path, turquoise and sapphire together will soothe you on the journey, no matter how challenging it may become.

Sapphire can be worn or used with tanzanite to help open the third eye chakra and access higher planes of consciousness. Used together while meditating, this dynamic duo can help you forge a strong connection with the spiritual plane, and assist you in identifying and following your true life path.

Sapphire: Accessing the Wisdom Within

Sapphire is highly prized for both its beauty and its power to focus the mind and connect us with the wisdom of our deepest selves.

Harness the attributes of this gorgeous stone to restore harmony to your physical and spiritual selves, ease tension, and promote positive, effective self-expression.

It’s no surprise that sapphire has been long affiliated with deities – work with this crystal to open the door to higher truths, and innate inner wisdom.

Geophysical Properties of Sapphire

PropertyDescription
Chemical CompositionAluminum Oxide (Al2O3), where the blue color comes from traces of iron and titanium.
Crystal SystemHexagonal, typically occurring as prismatic, barrel-shaped, or pyramidal crystals.
ColorBlue sapphire is most famous, but it can occur in various colors, including pink, yellow, and more.
TransparencyTransparent to translucent.
LusterVitreous (glassy) luster.
Hardness9 on the Mohs scale, making it one of the hardest naturally occurring gemstones.
CleavageIndistinct, meaning it has poor cleavage, which is often described as basal parting.
FractureConchoidal, meaning it breaks with smooth, curved fractures.
DensityTypically around 3.95 to 4.03 g/cm³, depending on impurities.
Refractive IndexVaries with color, typically between 1.760 and 1.772.
BirefringenceWeak, with a birefringence of about 0.008.
Specific GravityApproximately 3.95 to 4.03, which is slightly higher than most minerals.
MagnetismNon-magnetic.
RadioactivityTypically not radioactive.
Thermal ConductivityHigh thermal conductivity.
SolubilityInsoluble in water and most acids.
Associated MineralsFound in various types of rocks and mineral deposits, including igneous and metamorphic rocks.
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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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