In Hindi and Sanskrit Pearl is called Moti or Mukta and in Persian Mukhavid. A good quality pearl is one which is soft to touch white in color and sparkling in appearance. A black spot on a pearl is considered inauspicious and should not be worn. In astrology such a pearl is known as crow’s pearl and is supposed to bring ill luck or health problems on the one who wears it. The pearl should be at least two or four carats in weight and set in silver or gold. If set in a ring it should be worn on the index or the little finger of either hand. For women it is advisable for it to be worn in a pendant for good results. Wearing the pearl on Sunday Monday and Thursday proves very favorable and propitious. And if the moon transits the constellation Pushya on the day one wears a pearl it yields remarkable results. A proper study of an individual’s birth chart is very important before one decides to wear a gemstone.
Though wearing a pearl is considered harmless by astrologers, those suffering from epilepsy, asthma, dysentery, colitis or cancer, should be particularly careful while choosing this gemstone.
In astrology, the Moon is supposed to rule pearls. Those governed by the Moon can be recognized from their tall, round figures. They have grey eyes and generally curly hair. Men governed by the Moon grow bald in their mid—thirties. People ruled by the Moon are restless, though lazy by disposition. They are temperamental and unstable in their relationships. Since they are gifted with quick fertile brains they can easily grasp new ideas though they could be slow in executing their plans.
The Moon rules over work connected with shipping, politics, cinema, jewellery, interior decoration, photography, painting or writing. In your birth chart, the strength of the Moon will decide the degree of success you will enjoy in your career. Those associated with the above professions could wear pearl to enhance their career prospects.
The pearl is worn to achieve stability in one is life and career. The Moon being the cold planet, its improper and unfavorable positioning in the birth chart often causes cold and migraine. For such persons wearing a pearl can bring a lot of relief. Women suffering from gynaecological complaints or irregularity of the monthly cycle are advised to wear this gemstone. Children, especially new—born, who are constantly ill, are supposed to benefit a lot by wearing a pearl around their neck. To conclude, when wearing a pearl do not set it in combination with diamond, blue sapphire or hessonite, for it is supposed to be hostile and inimical to these gemstones.
Though the prophet Isaiah castigated women who wore charms (3:20); nevertheless, the cross has developed into the principal symbol of the Christian religion, recalling the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the redeeming benefits of his passion and death. It is thus both a sign of Christ himself and the faith of the Christians.
There are four basic types of iconographic representations of the cross:
1). The crux quadrata, or Greek
cross with four equal arms.
2). The crux immissa or Latin cross whose base stem is longer than the other three arms.
3). The crux commissa, in the form of the Greek letter tau, and sometimes called St. Anthony's cross.
4). The crux decussata, named from the Roman decussis or symbol of the numeral 10, also known as St. Andrews cross.
Types of Crosses
Tradition favors the crux immissa as that on which Christ died, but some believe it was the crux commissa.
The cross was not the symbol of choice for the early church, for whom the crucifixion presented a problem. It had to convince unbelievers of what would have seemed a bizarre claim, that it's god was a victim of this foul, and then still very current, form of punishment. Historically, crucifixion was not a punishment meted out by the Jewish authorities, whose preferred method of execution was stoning; it was imported into Palestine by the Romans, and so was an instrument of imperialism and subjugation. Secondly, it was used in particular on slaves found guilty of a crime. Therefore, it was humiliating for Jesus the Jew to die like a slave on the Roman cross.
William Blake. Moses Erecting the Bronze Serpent. c.1805. Pen and watercolor over pencil, 13 3/8 X 12 3/4"
It was only over time that Christians began to think through the implications and meanings of the crucifixion, and to glorify the cross. It seems though that Jesus always understood the cross' positive significance. He had predicted his death by such means and compared himself to the bronze snake that Moses erected during the Exodus ('Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life', John 3:14-15). The purpose of the snake was to cure people from poisoning. God had sent a plague of snakes to the Israelites but he also provided a cure, which was effected by looking at the bronze snake. Poison is a Christian symbol for sin, and Jesus' words suggest a direct analogy between the power of the bronze snake to cure poisoning and his own potential to do the same for sin.
The cross is also a cosmic symbol, with its vertical and horizontal lines spanning the universe. According to Rutherford: 'The cross of Christ on which he was extended, points, in the length of it, to heaven and earth, reconciling them together; and in the breadth of it, to former and following ages, as being equally salvation to both.'
The Celtic Cross
A beautiful thing about the cross is that its center of gravity is not at its exact center, but upwards where the stake and the crossbeam meet. In simple terms it symbolizes the tendency to remove the center of man and his faith from the earth and to "elevate" it into the spiritual sphere.