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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"I had been experiencing nerve related pain in my spine from the base of my skull to the tailbone for months that eventually mainly settled in my neck and upper back. I had tried many different modalities including acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments to eliminate or at best reduce the pain and nothing had worked. Then this 3 ounce pure silver chain was recommended by Nick Hodgson. I put the silver chain on and literally woke the next morning for the first time in nine months without any pain and as the day progressed, I noticed that my neck wasn't crackling any longer and the flexibility that had been lost had come back!" - Laura Barsotti, San Diego
I would like to add that on the same day Laura put on the pure 3 ounce silver necklace chain, that she also put a frequency bangle on her arm also. ( Nick Hodgson)
I have hesitated to write a testimonial about the silver necklace, the red coral necklace, the frequency bangle and now the astrological bangle as I wanted to see the effects over a little time.
First of all the silver necklace gave me immediate relief from my ongoing neck pain from an arthritic neck with pinched nerves. I also started to wear the frequency bangle at the same time. I was feeling so good I overdid my pilates exercises that I then compromised my neck and as common sense should tell me, even though the pain had stopped there still is a structural issue and I shouldn't have aggravated it with over zealous exercises. I am wearing the necklace full time now and am pain free again.
The red coral necklace was great for a week or so. I live in a cold climate in Oregon and it chills me to the bone at times. When I first put it on, I felt a comforting warmth and loved it. Then I started to feel agitated and I took it off as Nick had suggested that I should watch out for this. I haven't worn it for a couple of weeks, then I woke up this morning feeling sick and not enough energy to work out and thought, oh great is it Covid? Please know I'm pretty healthy and I haven't felt this sick for years. I put on the Red Coral, the Frequency Bangle, the silver necklace and my new Astrological bangle and within an hour I felt great. The Red Coral just warmed my bones and everything else just supported my well being.
So on top of this I have been experimenting with my beautiful astrological bangle and I quit wearing the frequency bangle and the silver necklace to see how I felt. When I adjusted it to fit firmly, then put on the frequency bangle and the silver and red coral necklace....wow...I felt grounded, centered and in very good health. I immediately felt drawn to my Gurus and all the other things I've been involved with just lost their importance. A peaceful detachment is what I think you describe it as. The issues that were bothering me just went to the background and just didn't seem that upsetting.
So, Nick thank you again for all your sage advice and patience with helping me navigate this path.
In much gratitude,
I purchased the 3 ounce 99.9% silver chain from Hearts For Love three weeks ago, and I wanted to tell you of my experience wearing it, and the remarkable response that my sister had when I let her borrow it for a day!
1. I have been struggling with feelings of depression and sadness for about seven years concerning my family life. When I began wearing the silver chain three weeks ago, I stopped feeling so negative. I was feeling so hopeless before! I still notice those things that used to make me feel bad daily, but I don't experience the depression and hopelessness that I once did.
2. Wearing the silver chain 24/7 has brought about a complete diminishment of my desire to join "the boys" for a glass of wine or pint of beer. I own a restaurant with a bar, and sometimes afterwards our jazz musicians and bar staff will have an adult beverage. I used to join them once a week for a glass, but I have felt guilty because alcohol has no place in the life of a chela! Since wearing the silver chain, I have had no desire to drink! I don't know if this would constitute an abatement of addictive tendencies or of the habit of folding under peer pressure. Or both!
My sister Kim is fifty-two and has been suffering from the effects of menopause. Her symptoms are wildly incapacitating, as she can't focus her mind and has often had to stay in bed during those several days every month when it is worst. The hot flashes are tremendous, and when I touch her head, it is hot as a furnace! One day a week ago, when it was bad, I had her slip on the silver chain, making sure that it touched her skin. Within two minutes, she was bright and talkative and joking as is her wont when not under the duress of the hormonal chaos known as menopause. Her eyes were clearer and she was smiling and back to normal. About four hours or so later, she gave it back to me, not wanting to forget to return it, and within an hour she was feeling tired and cranky and unfocused. I let her wear it again, and within a minute or so, she was bright and focused and happy again.
I am shocked and amazed that the silver chain had such a powerful effect on my poor sister! My own results are fine, and I won't be taking it off any time soon, but Kim's experience is outstanding, and I needed to let you know. Thank you for everything!
Most of my life I was wearing sterling silver jewellery, I was attracted to it unconsciously and I felt it protects me in some way. I used to work at large corporations as a consultant and I noticed the first thing I did coming home from work was that I had to take my jewellery off immediately. It felt heavy, so later I realized it accumulates bad energies from around me while I was wearing it. I needed to clean it (by reiki or placing it on top of a citrine cluster) before I wore it again. Still I felt positive that it protects my energy field. At that time I started to study more in depth about crystals and metals and their metaphysical properties. It is no coincidence that I came across articles on astrogems.com about the fact that metal properties can change negatively when it is not 100 percent pure. Depending on what is added to a silver alloy such as sterling , it can greatly lower its healthy influences and biopsychological compatibility. And this is how I view sterling silver jewellery.
I am a devoted patron of Astrogems and heartsforlove and I was not surprised to find out they make pure silver chains. So I bought it for myself and my family and friends as a gift. I still followed my old habit and I kept removing it at night after wearing it during the day . One day my good friend suggested I wear it without removing it even at night. Before sharing my experience I wanted to make sure I am not imagining this.... What I noticed after a one week of wearing it all the time was that my sleep became much deeper. I am a light sleeper and had issues falling asleep quickly or going back to sleep after I woke up in the middle of the night to go the washroom. What a surprise it was to fall asleep very quickly while having no issue falling back to sleep after the interruption. I am now waking up feeling much more refreshed and rested. For me this is huge! Restful deep sleep is a gift and it is healing. Especially now during covid when we need to restore our body and mind we need it the most.
Also there is another discovery. I noticed that I am not easily getting as angry at things as I normally do. I balance back very quickly, my mind is more calm and I can see possible options and opportunities. It seems pure silver cools down one's subtle energies, like water, and subsequently positively affects the mind and physical body. I know many people are looking for metals and crystals to heal their physical imbalances, but to me the healing effect of pure silver on our subtle body is huge.
I believe most of our issues are like recordings of past memories that play on our mind in a loop and create a subtle discomfort that can move on into disease in time, these issues have a subtle waveform vibration in our consciousness that can be neutralised by another beneficial waveform. In essence we are much more electrical than physical and all electricity has frequency or waveform. If you can supplement and balance some of the inharmonious waveforms with pure silver it's very common that the wearer will feel the difference, sadly this is something that sterling silver does not accomplish. It may take some time, but in my case it started after one week and it still continues. Thanks to our great Mother Gaia who gives us many gifts and pure silver is one of them.
I also noticed I do not have headaches as I used to have. I work some hours on a computer and it used to provoke a pressure behind my eyes with a headache. Not anymore. I suspect pure silver also blocks the electromagnetic radiance (EMF).
I’ve worn the three metal SRF bangle for over for 40 years. I’ve also worn an inexpensive version of a 9 gem bangle for 20 plus years. Recently, for about six months, I’ve been wearing a frequency bangle and felt a general overall improvement in calmness and clarity. But the really noteworthy piece I’d like to share with others is I recently decided to not wear my 3 metal SRF bangle anymore in a wire form as it was increasingly uncomfortable on my 79 year old arm.
So what I asked AstroGems to do was melt down my wire bangle and turn it into links to hold on my frequency bangle. I needed 4 copper links and 4 gold links. (For silver I wear a pure silver necklace, which noticeably aids me in maintaining more calmness.) The melted bangle gold was only enough to make about 3 links so I had to purchase enough additional gold to create a 4th gold link. As soon as I started wearing the frequency bangle with the additional amount of new gold that made up the 4 links I was astonished at what happened. I had more energy than I’d had in years. My daily necessity for my afternoon nap evaporated. Understand, this was not a “It would be nice to get a little rest nap.” No, this was “I’m completely fried and I’ve got to have some real rest so I can make it through the day nap.” Oh my gosh, was that a major wake up call, literally!
After a few weeks I found that I still like and need a nap about half the time, but not from the I’m fried and desperate for some recovery state.
So my experience of a dramatic improvement in overall energy is yet another confirmation of the validity of this higher science that comes to us as subtle forms of light and energy that intelligently aids each individual in their own unique areas of need.
The new age has begun, and for those of us who are privileged to access some of its uplifting and healing benefits through these energetic forms here at the beginnings of this new age are much blessed, and in my case, deeply grateful. Indeed, these spiritual power-tools that AstroGems have been guided to bring to the world at this crucial time are a tremendous aid and gift for the spiritually striving aspirant in these challenging and spiritually opportunistic times.
John Johnston Escondido,
CA April 2022
I purchased a 3 ounce pure silver necklace from Nick Hodgson in late June 2022. I felt the soothing effects from the necklace the moment I put it on. After wearing it for two weeks, and the day before a 1000 mile road-trip, I accidentally dropped a 1.5 pound frozen bag, on the middle toe of my right foot, crushing the end of my toe and destroying the nail. The crush led to immediate bleeding but the throbbing pain took a minute to set in. Minimal relief came as I hobbled to the couch to elevate my foot and I was frantic knowing I had many hours of preparation still for my family vacation the next day.
Remembering the calming effects I felt from the silver necklace when I initially put it on two weeks prior, it crossed my mind to take my silver necklace from around my neck and put it more locally around my foot and crushed toe. Once I did that the excessive bleeding and all pain and throbbing ceased, completely. I was astonished and doubted the effect so instantaneously. In amazement I tested this outcome by removing it and shockingly the pain returned. I Wrapped it back around my foot and toe again and it produced the same relief. After an hour or so I was able to gingerly walk around my house, with the necklace on my foot, finish much of the packing that day, slept with the silver necklace on my foot that night and drove 1000 miles over the following two days with zero pain, only very mild soreness. Since then I've used it multiple times for various mild injuries for myself and my kids. It truly is a fantastic healing modality!
Carolyn S., Encinitas.
Note from Nick: I would like to confirm that Carolyn intuitively knew that pain is electrical and that pure silver is the most conductive metal in the periodic table. Hence I am not surprised that a lot of her foot pain went straight into the pure silver necklace chain that also surrounded her foot. If the chain had not surrounded all sides of her foot more of the pain could have escaped to her brain. For me this story and many others is why i still do astrogems and love to research these important and profound discoveries.