The Pure Silver Astrological Necklace
In "Autobiography of a Yogi" (Chapter 16, p. 190), Paramahansa Yogananda illustrated the beneficial protective or strengthening aspect of certain pure noble metals such as pure silver, copper, or gold in regards to external influences:
"Just as a house can be fitted with a copper rod to absorb the shock of lightning, so the bodily temple can be benefited by various protective measures. Ages ago our yogis discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to negative pulls of the planets. Subtle electrical and magnetic radiations are constantly circulating in the universe; when a man's body is being aided, he does not know it."
"When two conductive objects touch each other, they have different electrical potentials and they equalize virtually instantaneously." - Dr. James Oshman
Because the individual's body has a large and complex electrical field, understanding Electrostatic Induction helps us to grasp a small part of the big picture of how the pure silver chain can have a benign influence. Electrostatic induction is a method to create or generate static electricity (along with its consequent frequencies) in a material by bringing an electrically conductive object near it. This causes the electrical charges and their frequencies to be redistributed in the material. However all conductive materials when sharing our electrical body's charge also have a frequency signature which can be influentially harmonious or not with our electrical body. Pure silver, apart from its unique status as the most conductive metal in the periodic table, is also highly attuned to benefitting a person wearing it in contact with the skin. Being composed primarily of water, the human body itself is highly conductive.
As Swami Sri Yukteswar explains, whether we realize it or not, very often our personal electrical field is out of balance. This condition tends to expresses itself first in the mind (e.g. insomnia, anxiety, and other imbalanced mental processes). All thoughts have waveform, aka frequency. When the mind is out of balance electrically, it will manifest inharmonious frequencies. Hence our thoughts will tend to gravitate in the direction of those undesirable frequencies, which in turn leads to a lack of discrimination with life's experiences. By using a strengthening instrument to uplift and balance the electrical frequencies, much negative karma can be mitigated or eliminated.
Fine silver is unique on account of it being the most efficient conductor among all the 91 metals in the periodic table. Individuals with EMF sensitivity have expressed relief from this condition when wearing sufficiently weighty pure silver chains. In this age of excessive electronic smog bombarding us from cell phone towers, computers, and universal Wi-Fi, wearing a conductive pure silver chain that has the ability to absorb excess EMF'S and static energy is considered by many authorities to be a benign incremental protection to our electrical body. Thus, modern observational testimonials corroborate the ancient wisdom of the Rishis of India who recommended wearing certain pure metals in constant contact with the skin, as this practice has highly beneficial effects. The Rishis revered pure silver to be a powerful supplementary influence for balancing the frequency patterns of the wearer's electrical body.
Astrogems specializes in and has a long history of research with and making instruments of pure silver, pure gold, and/or pure copper for ayurvedic astrological benefits. Pure silver is the planetary metal for the Moon, pure gold for the Sun, and pure copper for Mars. These noble metals are amongst the three most highly regarded astrological metals. We offer pure silver chains to assist those who wish to mitigate the effects of an afflicted Moon in their chart. Even if an individual has a well placed moon as they get older their ability to optimize and integrate with the planetary radiations lessens and this also is a logical reason to wear pure silver.
In a letter to Rajarsi Janakananda in 1938, Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a bangle made of pure silver,gold and copper:
According to astrological laws, to do away with bad influences of planets there is nothing better than a bangle. Every two bodies of the universe attract. When this adhesive power of the body cells becomes lax with the advance of old age, the planetary pull becomes stronger, causing more laxity of the cells, inviting disease and mental disturbance. The bangle and its combinations of metals as fixed by the Rishis, emanate electrical rays unseen by human eyes which counteract all planetary vibrations. Just as a lightening rod is affixed to a house to absorb the falling thunder and lightening, so the bangle is a lightning rod to absorb the ferocity of bad planetary rays falling on the body. When disease attacks the body, or accidents are attracted by bad karma, or business troubles occur due to a weak body or disturbed nerves hence disturbed mind, the bangle will lessen the force of a physical or mental attack of karma.
Though we sell the three metal astrological bangle being referred to by Yogananda, we also sell the pure silver chain necklace in part on account of its much lower cost. Interestingly the chemical signature of pure Silver is that it crystallizes in a face-centered cubic lattice with bulk coordination number 12, where only the single 5s electron is delocalized, similarly to copper and gold.
Just as mankind has evolved to utilize and benefit from the sun and environmental influences his subtle electrical body has also evolved to opimise the beneficial radiations or frequencies coming from the solar system. The enlightened Rishis of India taught that pure silver has a harmonic frequency similar to the radiations of the Moon, and subsequently it supplements the individual's ability to integrate this essential electro-magnetic frequency. Therefore in Vedic astrology, pure silver is regarded to mitigate or nullify negative karma by strengthening a weakened Moon in an individual's horoscope as well as counteracting the influence of other negatively placed planets that can hinder a well-placed Moon. Even individuals with a well-placed Moon in their Vedic chart can experience times when it is weakened by certain transits and other planetary cycles.
To many who practice Vedic astrology, the Moon can be considered the most important planet in the birth chart, as it is associated with not intelligence ( which is Mercury) but how we think. And it is not unusual to hear testimonial feedback from clients that they feel their mind is stronger since wearing the pure silver chain necklace and that they are not as stressed or close to having feelings of depression. Perhaps you're aware that the English word 'lunatic' (derived from the Latin root 'luna') originally referred to a person excessively affected by the Moon to the point of dysfunction. It's not a coincidence that such individuals often have a debilitated or greatly afflicted Moon in their Vedic horoscope. The best remedy for a weak moon can be a pearl or a pure silver chain. Because a pure silver chain is heavier and has much more contact area and is seated well into the skins surface than a pearl. The popular view is that a pure silver chain is much more effective.
The Moon is a planet of emotions or feeling, and wearing silver helps to balance and lessen emotional amplification. This in turn helps the wearer not to be so disturbed by the challenges in life. A Weak Moon can lead to depression, anxiety, emotional and mental illness/stress. Moon is the Karka of our mind and thoughts, thus when Moon is weak, it causes lack of stability/interest in anything. It is recognized that an individual with a well-placed Moon in the Vedic chart is a person who knows much happiness despite outer challenges. It is considered that wearing pure silver can draw one closer to a similar disposition.
Considering the Moon has a strong effect on water (tides), and our body being made up of more than 70 percent water, it is no surprise that the Moon can control body fluids and hormones, and therefore influence the power of mind and its versatility. The Moon is believed to play a significant role in predicting human fate and has a deep influence on the level of happiness of an individual. Astrologically, a person with an afflicted moon is often someone who takes the problems of life too seriously and amplifies the negative out of proportion. (Your mind is only as strong as its weakest link.)
Another strategic factor in the silver necklace chain's efficiency is the location and amount of skin contact that it affords. In order for the pure metal (in this case, silver) to be beneficial, the rishis explained, it has to touch the skin and for best results, it should be worn in a necklace form near the high energy locations of the body, i.e. nerve bundle locations that collide with the placement of chakras – as stated in yogic philosophies.
The physical human body acts like a resistor to the interaction of the pure metals or gemstones with one's electrical body. Because a necklace is much closer to the brain and chakras than say a bracelet or ring, the potency and effectiveness are amplified by its location and extensive skin contact.
Researching such instruments as pure metals and ayurvedic astrological gemstones has been a lifetime study for Astrogems.com. Certain types of crystals and metals have an uplifting influence to one's karmic pattern and the pure silver chain is a well-researched instrument that we have found deeply pleasant and effective.
Astrogems offers 99.9% pure silver chains of 27 inches length in two weights. The larger chain weighs 3 Troy ounces and the smaller chain weighs 1 Troy ounce. In the larger chain, the link size is 7mm wide by 2.4mm deep, and in the smaller chain, it's 4mm wide and 1.5mm deep. The link design is known as Cuban link, or the Gourmette design.
Virtually all high quality silver chain found worldwide is made of sterling silver, but our chains are made of hypoallergenic fine silver, which is how silver best represents the vibration of the Moon. Sterling silver is an alloy that does not particularly assist the electrical body's interrelationship with its lunar karma. On our chains only the clasp is made of 92.5 sterling silver for durability. The chain's 27-inch length allows it to slip over the head easily, but the clasp is included for versatility.
On the silver jewelry market, maybe one chain in twenty thousand is made of fine silver, and of course there is a logistical reason behind this: it is easier and more profitable to manufacture in sterling silver. In fact after learning how difficult they were to make, I realized why I couldn't find pure silver chains on the Internet! Sterling is almost always used for silver jewelry, despite having an intrinsic disadvantage in that it tarnishes from reaction with sulfur - a common air pollutant in most cities of the world. Fine silver, on the other hand, does not tarnish from exposure to sulfur, even in a high sulfur environment. Unlike with sterling silver, sulfur residue on fine silver can be easily rubbed off.
Necklace chains made of sterling silver are not considered ayurvedicly or astrologically effective because sterling contains 7.5% alloy metals, usually a mix of copper, zinc and sometimes nickel. As long as the overall content is 92.5% silver, it is by definition sterling silver. However when the alloy mix includes zinc and nickel, there can often be an allergenic reaction with the wearer. Some chains which are not sterling, such as Alpaca silver or German silver, are not silver at all and are usually composed of 65% copper, 18% nickel, and 17% zinc.
The main reason most jewelry is made in sterling rather than fine silver is that pure silver is quite soft. Special metallurgical processes are required to anneal and harden the metal. It would be pointless to go to such trouble and expense for fashion jewelry, but our fine silver necklace is intended to help with balancing and supplementing the brain's positive electrical waveform patterns.
*Each chain is laser engraved with the Astrogems name and hallmark. As well as the being stamped FINE SILVER 999*
More Ayurvedic Astrological perspective!
- Just as knowing your Sun-sign is common in the West, in Indian traditions or the Vedic horoscope, the Moon's location in the chart is given more significance as the most influential planet in vedic astrology. Before British rule in India, birthdays were not celebrated on the birth calendar day but instead were celebrated in the month when the Moon entered the same sign as it was when the individual was born.
- A bright Moon is considered a benefit of the highest order, and the dark Moon is considered a malefic - exalted in Taurus (Vrish), and fallen in the opposite sign of Scorpio (Vrischik), respectively.
- The Moon is also believed to provide power for meditation, concentration and resistance against cold or flu - based diseases.
- Symptoms of a weak Moon are - mood swings, depression, anxiety, emotional and mental illness or stress and less motivated towards work. These are often expressed via sensitivity with amplified emotions or feeling. The Moon is the Karaka of our mind and thoughts. Thus when the Moon is weak, it causes a lack of stability or interest in anything above the sensory plane.
- Chandra is synonymous to Soma who is a medicinal deity for the moon in post-Vedic Hindu and Puranic mythology, Soma is also sometimes also used to refer to Vishnu, Shiva (as Somanatha), Yama and Kubera.
More facts about silver!
- Pure Silver is a very ductile, malleable (only slightly harder than gold), monovalent coinage metal, with a brilliant white metallic luster that can take a high degree of polish. It has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals, even higher than copper, but its greater cost has prevented it from being widely used in place of copper for electrical purposes.
- Among metals, pure silver has the highest thermal conductivity it also has the highest optical and reflectivity of any metal (used in mirrors).
- Silver compounds were used to prevent infection in World War I before the advent of antibiotics.
- Pure Silver crystallizes in a face-centered cubic lattice with bulk coordination number 12, where only the single 5s electron is delocalized, similarly to pure copper and pure gold.
- When a person wears sterling silver jewelry into a mineral hot bath at a natural spring, it will tarnish to a dark gray (silver suphide) or nearly black appearance from the reaction of the silver alloy to sulfur with pure silver it will not tarnish nearly as much and is much easier to rub off.
To further understand the significance of a pure silver chain, here is an excerpt from Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 16, Outwitting the Stars:
'Then, dear Master, why do you want me to wear an astrological bangle?'
I ventured this question after a long silence, during which I had tried to assimilate Sri Yukteswar's noble exposition.
'It is only when a traveler has reached his goal that he is justified in discarding his maps. During the journey, he takes advantage of any convenient short cut. The ancient rishis discovered many ways to curtail the period of man's exile in delusion. There are certain mechanical features in the law of karma which can be skillfully adjusted by the fingers of wisdom.
All human ills arise from some transgression of universal law. The scriptures point out that man must satisfy the laws of nature, while not discrediting the divine omnipotence. He should say: 'Lord, I trust in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to undo any wrong I have done.' By a number of means - by prayer, by will power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with saints, by use of astrological bangles - the adverse effects of past wrongs can be minimized or nullified.
Just as a house can be fitted with a copper rod to absorb the shock of lightning, so the bodily temple can be benefited by various protective measures. Ages ago our yogis discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to negative pulls of the planets. Subtle electrical and magnetic radiations are constantly circulating in the universe; when a man's body is being aided, he does not know it; when it is being disintegrated, he is still in ignorance. Can he do anything about it?
This problem received attention from our rishis; they found helpful not only a combination of metals, but also of plants and - most effective of all - faultless jewels of not less than two carats. The preventive uses of astrology have seldom been seriously studied outside of India. One little-known fact is that the proper jewels, metals, or plant preparations are valueless unless the required weight is secured, and unless these remedial agents are worn next to the skin.'
The Moon Yantra
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