Aries the god of war! Battles brew in Australian politics today.

March 21st  sees the beginning of the time of Aries. Wow what an opening day for the god of War, seen in our own Australian parliament today with the Gillard/ Rudd battle. Talking about gemstones seems all too tame but that’s what I like to do best.

The stones for Aries (March 21 – April 20) are Bloodstone and Carnelian. For the birth month of March, Jasper along with Bloodstone (the blood red blotches of iron oxide found in Green Jasper) are recognized gemstones. Carnelian along with Amber, Agate and Jade, are the related gemstones for the chest and lungs. Many of the gemstones were worn as talisman not ingested of course. Under illnesses, I found listed in one of my gem reference books and drawn from the learned and ancient writings of Pliny, Theophrastus, Galen, Camillus, Leonardus and others, the Gemstone for bad temper (can you believe it) is Carnelian. So if you suffer from bad temper which I confess I do at times, then Carnelian is the stone for us. Below are some of the jewellery designs I have created for the Julleen label, using Jasper, Carnelian and Red Agate, with some water Agates which for me, as an artisan, are so wonderful to work with. Lastly, I added an interesting illustration of Aries the Greek god of War.

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