The practice of attributing stones to specific months began in early times, as early as the 1st Century. Flavius Josephus first wrote of the natal crystals in the "Antiquities of the Jews". Josephus attributed the stones of the High Priest's Breastplate to the 12months. The first know High Priest's breastplate is said to be the Breastplate of Aaron written about in the Book of Exodus. Josephus' writings state that the virtues of the stones went thought to be carried on by the bearer. In the 5th Century St. Jerome contributed further writings on the natal stones and also linked them to the High Priest's Breastplate. In 335 the Christian Church took a stand against amulets and zodiac stones passing a Canon that would cast anyone out of the church for wearing them. This rule was ignored or employed, depending on convenience, by those in power for centuries. By the end of the Renaissance the church had clearly moved away from the use of Zodiac Crystals.
Today's Zodiac Crystals are tied in with the planets. Each sign is said to have a ruling planet and each planet has associated crystals and stones. The energies of the stones balance and/or accentuate the signs in the zodiac. They have been known to bring out one's strengths and fill the wearer with vitality. Zodiac Stones bring out the most positive traits of a sign while down playing the weaknesses. They are also said to be highly protective.
Did you know that we are all affected by whatever zodiac sign we happen to be in? Each of us is influenced by the push and pull of the planets. That's why we often find ourselves taking on traits of a zodiac sign while it is ruling over us even if it is not our own sign. In early times people had stones for each sign of the year. They found them to be essential tools for living. I encourage you to get a collection of stones together. It's easier that you think. Every sign has several zodiac crystals to choose from and many signs have stones that are identical to other months. Amethyst, for example, covers Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Only pick the stones you are attracted to, those are the ones meant for you.
Following is a list of Zodiac Stones:
Aries - Diamond, Pyrite, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Carnelian
Taurus - Emerald, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Peridot, Carnelian, Pink Tourmaline
Gemini - Citrine, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Pumice, Mica, Golden Tiger’s Eye
Cancer - Ruby, Red Japer, Sunstone, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Blue Tourmaline
Leo - Peridot, Carnelian, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Garnet
Virgo - Blue Sapphire, Galena, Magnetite, Emerald, Peridot, Citrine, Carnelian
Libra - White Precious Opal, Black Obsidian, Wulfenite, Pumice, Mica, Aquamarine
Scorpio - Yellow Topaz, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Moonstone
Sagittarius - Turquoise, Jet, Labradorite, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Sodalite
Capricorn - Red Garnet, Amber, Black Onyx, Emerald, Peridot, Amethyst, Ruby
Aquarius - Amethyst, Rainbow Fluorite, Bloodstone, Pumice, Mica, Turquoise
Pisces - Blue Lace Agate, Blue Kyanite, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Blue Tourmaline
You can also choose crystals based on their healing properties. Maybe you’d like to wear an Amethyst because you are looking to be more intuitive, calm an addiction, or sleep better. Possibly you had an accident where you broke a bone badly and now you have chronic energy leaks in the area, well then wearing Labradorite may be the key. I bought a Turquoise ring because Turquoise is useful in meditation and for ascension. Turquoise is also one of the early natal stones attributed to August and I am a Leo.
Below are graphics with Early Zodiac Crystals for each Sign. Theses come from the Breast Plate of Aaron in the book of Exodus. Some healing properties are also included. Also listed are modern zodiac crystals for each. The zodiac calendar begins with Aries and ends with Pisces.