Peridot Properties and Meanings
Peridot gemstones are an ancient metaphysical stone, and have long been touted for their mystical properties.
They are one of the twelve traditional birthstones, being the birthstone of Leos.
They are one of the only gemstones on Earth that appear in only one colour, a distinctive yellow-green, although there are various shades available.
Peridot gemstones are found in many places on Earth, including the United States, Hawaii, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
They had a prominent place in ancient mythology, especially the Ancient Egyptian tradition, where they were called “the gem of the Sun” and were sacred to the Sun God Ra and the Mother Goddess Isis.
They also played prominent roles in Ancient Rome, where they were worn by high-ranking officials to ward off jealous hangers-on, and also Ancient Christian mythology, where they were said to represent spiritual purity and youth.
There are many peridot gemstones on the market, both recently mined ones and ones that have been in circulation for decades or longer!
The positive effects of peridot are well-documented, and they’re sure to work for you just as well as they did for the Ancient Egyptians!
Why Would You Use Peridot Gemstones?
Peridot gemstones can be used to promote wealth, vitality, optimism, and generosity of spirit.
Using peridot gemstones is a wonderful way to encourage yourself to have a more positive attitude about the world, if that is something you sometimes struggle to achieve.
It is a great stone of optimism!
People who are naturally less optimistic (or who have trained themselves to be) may scoff at this point, wondering why they need a stone to help them develop optimism. What’s so great about optimism anyway?
The truth is that cultivating a positive attitude is one of the healthiest things that you can do for yourself.
It’s been shown that people who self-identify as optimists and display optimistic thinking patterns heal from illness and injury faster than those who display pessimistic thinking patterns.
Who wouldn’t want the power to heal faster?
Peridot can also symbolize strength, but not just physical strength.
It doesn’t even just refer to emotional strength in the traditional sense. The strength that peridot can help you develop includes the strength to be vulnerable, and the strength to forgive others.
These are incredibly rare and valuable skills in today’s culture, as so many people erroneously see these as weaknesses!
Peridot can help alleviate cynical tendencies, especially the tendency to see everyone else as stupid, inferior sheep (which is something that I’m sure all of us have thought at some point, even if it was in our teenage years).
It is incredibly important that, at some stage in our development, we learn how to see people with a more positive perspective, and give them credit for their achievements. Peridot can help us do this.
In Christian mythology, peridot was the stone of piety, so another way to view its power is to see it as indicating trust in a higher power.
It doesn’t matter much whether you see this higher power as a human-like God, or as just the ultimate cosmic balance of the universe – when you introduce peridot into your life, it will remind you that everything will eventually work out right.
One more way that peridot can help you is as a shield against bad luck.
Peridot is a gentle and protective stone that will divert negative energy away with you and make you lucky in all your endeavours.
You will find that going out on a limb has huge payoffs, and you’ll be more willing to take risks and trust that the rewards will be worth it!
How Will Peridot Gemstones Help You?
Peridot gemstones can help you harness the power of the Sun towards joy, optimism, strength, and an overall better quality of life.
You will notice that you have more energy, because you’re always thinking about positive outcomes and that makes you want to pursue them, naturally!
Peridot is said to protect against anxiety, nightmares, and worst-case scenarios – both real and imagined!
This stone will give you the confidence to not bulk when a worst-case scenario seems to be looming, and instead to gather all your courage and push through it with the confidence that it’s not going to be able to touch you.
Peridot is an incredibly beneficial stone to bring into your life during periods of change and transition, especially during times when you are not entirely sure what the future might hold for you.
It will keep you from becoming overwhelmed with fears about what might be, and keep you focussed on the good things that are.
This stone will also make it possible for you to put good out into the world in far greater quantities than you may have previously thought possible.
Your presence will put a smile on people’s faces. But this is only possible once you have learned how to put a smile on your own face! Most people don’t become happy when they’re interacting with someone sad!
Peridot is aligned with the heart chakra, and can remove blockages to the energy of this chakra.
The heart chakra is associated with balance and serenity, and it rules over our relationships with others. It is the key chakra for developing love, empathy, and generosity of spirit.
By using peridot to clear blockages in the heart chakra, you will be more open to relationships with others, and more willing to open yourself up to other people. In the section “How to Use Peridot Gemstones for the Best Results,”
I will discuss some specific ways that you can use peridot stones for the heart chakra, but introducing them into your life in any way will benefit this energy.
Peridot can help ease hurt feelings and “bruised egos,” both those of yourself and those of the people around you.
This is a good stone to have on hand when you’re entering a controversial or highly emotionally charged situation.
How to Use Peridot Gemstones for the Best Results
The Ancient Roman writer of natural history Pliny claimed that the best way to wear peridot is on your right arm.
Assuming this is your dominant hand, this is the arm that mediates between you and the outer world. (Left-handed folks may have to experiment with whether a peridot works better on their left or right hand).
Wearing a ring or bracelet made of peridot on your right (or dominant) wrist or hand is the strongest way to harness peridot’s power on an everyday basis.
Use this when you have extended periods in which you need its strength to carry you through a difficult time, such as when you are changing jobs, going through legal proceedings, or otherwise in situations where you are met with a lot of conflict and need to bolster your optimism about the world.
Since peridot is associated with the heart chakra, the best way to wear it after wearing if on your right arm is to wear it over this chakra.
You may choose to wear it on a long pendant that rests over your breastbone, or a brooch that sits either on your breastbone or on top of your physical heart.
Wearing it in this way will purify all the energy that enters your heart chakra, and strengthen the energy that leaves it.
If you really want to strengthen your heart chakra, then it is wise to perform meditations with a peridot stone lying over your heart chakra.
There are plenty of ways to do this (including wearing it as a brooch while performing yoga!) but the simplest and one of the most effective is to simply place the peridot stone on your breastbone, lie on your back, and clear your mind completely.
If it helps you to have a visual, you might want to visualize the green light of the peridot stone encircling you. This will enrich your life and the power of the peridot stone.
Peridot is sometimes also associated with the solar plexus chakra, which is the chakra that rules ambition.
If you choose to use it as a solar plexus chakra stone, you should be aware that a lot of the energy that it’s going to draw into your life with relation to ambition is going to end up being “heart-like” energy – that is, an increased optimism about people and desire to build relationships.
If this is what you want, then a peridot for your solar plexus might be just the thing for you!
If you have Leo anywhere in your chart, bringing peridot into your life can help you enhance its energy.
The Best Combinations to Use with Peridot Gemstones
Peridot can be effectively combined with other stones that have outward-focussed, action-oriented energy, such as rubies and garnets.
These stones will help you take action on the ideas that peridot prompts.
It can also be combined with stones that promote self-reliance. This is an especially good combination if you feel that you are sometimes needy, and you want to build better relationships with people, but also want to improve your own relationship with yourself.
Stones for self-reliance include moss agate and jasper.
If you are being faced with a lot of difficult problems, and you are trying to use peridot to help you get through them with more positivity and better luck, then you may also want to pair this stone with a gem or crystal that enhances intellectual thought.
Citrine is probably your best bet here, and danburite is another excellent option.
Another combination you might want to consider if you’re going through a period of bad luck and are using peridot to help you weather it is a strong anti-negativity stone, such as shungite or tourmalated quartz.
These stones can help you get away from bad luck if it seems to plague you, while peridot gives you the positive attitude to keep going.
Of course, peridot can also be included in your set of chakra stones! As I mentioned above, it is usually associated with the heart chakra, since it promotes generosity of spirit and positive opinions of others.
However, it can also be used for the solar plexus, if you want these qualities to be tied in with your ambitions (for example, if you’re starting a new business venture that you have high hopes for, but you have to work with a lot of people and need to place your trust in them).
Using it for your solar plexus chakra, especially if you include a lot of calming and soothing stones in your set of chakra stones, will ensure that you develop balanced emotional responses to situations.
It will help you become more thoughtful and less reactive, overall helping you to become a healthier and less anxious person.
Whether you’re trying to banish anxiety, promote good luck, or develop healthier relationships with others, peridot stones will help take you in that direction.
Their long history has proven their efficacy!
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Peridot Gemstones
In my opinion, the longer a gemstone has been in the public consciousness for its crystological properties, the better the odds are that you’ll have good results with it.
This isn’t to say that recently discovered gemstones don’t work – we simply don’t know as much about their powers or properties as we do about one that’s been used and documented for thousands of years!
With this in mind, peridot is an excellent bet. It’s been used in dozens of cultures for millennia, and it has proven itself over and over.
Its history has cemented it in the ranks of the most positive, useful stones in the world.
Have you used peridot?
Especially for the Leos out there, did you notice its effects on your mood and your willingness to take risks?
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