Since the dawn of spirituality—as humanity looked to the heavens to understand their place in the cosmos—there have been many powerful tools utilized by people worldwide. Because the microcosm is said to mirror the macrocosm, it has been believed since ancient times that everything is connected and that all things mirror one another in some form. This mindset is tied to the ideology of correspondences—that certain elements, zodiac signs, spirits, gods and deities, planets, herbs, and beyond all tie to specific themes. One powerful way of looking at correspondences is through the lens of gemstones: mighty, elegant, and precious stones that have been born throughout time from the earth. Each gemstone has specific traits—and can grant their users these energetic frequencies. Join us as we dive into the meaning and splendor of the spinel birthstone. If you’d like to connect with one of our gifted Psychics to better understand your abilities and birthstone, connect with an Advisor today!
What is a birthstone?
First and most importantly, when paying attention to “birthstones”—it is crucial to note that birthstones are a rare selection from the immense list of global gemstones. Gemstones are everywhere we go, but certain ones have fascinated humanity moreso than others. Birthstones are a more modern invention—or “branding,” so to speak—popularized by the jewelry industry in the present day. Birthstones are often tied to zodiac signs or birth months through the correspondences that they are attributed to. For instance, zodiac signs that are Fire often link to birthstones that are more fervent, intense, and dramatic in nature. Zodiac signs that are Earth often align with more grounded, practical, and prosperous birthstones. Zodiac signs that are Air typically link to birthstones that are more active, intellectual, and visionary. Zodiac signs that are Water more often than not find synergy with birthstones that amplify intuition, emotion, and insight. All of these correspondences are deeply important, as choosing the perfect stone for each month or zodiac sign took a great deal of research and planning before they were finally officially announced and aligned with their particular match. Some birth months even have more than one birthstone! Another important factor to note is that birthstones are not typically “chosen” by an individual. Someone may be particularly drawn to a specific gemstone for its color, shape, minerality, luster, or meaning, but a birthstone is often aligned specifically with one’s date of birth. Because of this, Rising signs—or Ascendants—and Moon signs are not often referenced with one’s birthstone.
How can you use a birthstone?
A birthstone most commonly is utilized as a chosen stone in a favorite piece of jewelry—such as a ring, an heirloom, a class ring, a necklace, a bracelet, special earrings, or beyond. Birthstones are typically prized for their beauty and level of “preciousness,” as opposed to simply being stones that one can find on a hike or casually out in the open. If you have, then you’re quite lucky, then! Birthstones often have a high price value because of their rarity.
While gemstones—regardless if they align with one’s zodiac sign—carry a wide range of energetic frequencies, birthstones are aligned to the correspondences of an individual and their assumed traits. For instance, Taurus is aligned with the Emerald, a birthstone of high value and aligned with wealth and nature. Other zodiac signs have their own matches as such.
Sometimes birthstones are even utilized in luxury, fashion, décor, or interior design.
Yet, those who possess a greater interest in the esoteric, mystical, or spiritual realms can use birthstones for manifestation and to attract specific energetic forces. Ways to go about doing this would be meditation, charging crystals in the moonlight, praying with them or over them, creating a crystal grid, or adding them to an altar. If you feel called to use a birthstone in a specific way—as long as you are being safe and health-conscious—the sky is truly the limit!
What month is the spinel birthstone connected to? Is it the only birthstone for this month?
The spinel is connected to the month of August. When it comes to the zodiac signs associated with this month, Leo goes from August 1 until August 23. Leo is a Fire sign. From August 23 until August 31, the sun moves through Virgo, which is an Earth sign. Leos are also associated with the following gemstones: Onyx, Peridot, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Garnet, Diamond, Topaz, Pyrite, and Jasper. Virgos are also associated with the following gemstones: Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Agate, Amazonite, Jade, Sapphire, Zircon, Tourmaline, Chrysocolla, and Moss Agate.
However, it’s important to recognize that August technically has three birthstones: peridot, spinel, and sardonyx!
The importance of the color of the spinel
When people first see a spinel, they are often captivated by the orange-red stone. While spinels are available in a wide range of colors and varieties, the red spinels are the most widely used and popular. These are typically referred to as “flame spinels.”
In ancient times, spinels were often considered to be special sapphires or rubies—but as science has evolved, it is clear that spinels, sapphires, and rubies are actually very different stones in color and mineral composition. But don’t worry! Spinels are still stunningly beautiful and worthy of appreciation!
The meaning and symbolism of the spinel
When it comes to symbolism, most people consider diamonds to be the ultimate stone of love. Yet, spinels have a unique meaning all their own, which are also tied to the feelings of romance, intimacy, and love. Spinels are said to help an individual set aside their egos and pride in order to build long-term connection, devotion, and passion.
Spinels are also associated with the root chakra, which adds physical energy and stamina into our lives.
What energy and powers does a spinel have?
Since spinels have been prized possessions for thousands of years, these stones can bring connection between two individuals. If you are looking to attract someone into your life, giving them a spinel or using one in a ritual can have an added effect.
With stamina being a key component of this gemstone, people find that it grants both physical and intellectual power. This can boost one’s productivity, activity, and sense of clarity.
The history of the spinel
During the periods in time when spinel gemstones were considered to be other stones—such as rubies or sapphires—they actually had higher values. However, when it was discovered that this stone is merely an “imitation” and not the real thing, its price value began to reflect this. While it doesn’t mean that spinels are not inherently rare or valuable, they tend to be less in demand then their fellow family red gemstones.
Spinels have an 8.0 Mohs hardness rating, meaning that they tend to be rather hard. In order to clean them, it is advised to use simple soap and water.