How to Choose Your Planetary Gem

The Planetary Gemology World is divided into two (2) opposing philosophies, viz., Anukul-vad v/s Pratikul-vad:

ANUKULA-VAD: A gem will act “SAME” as its planet – So gems should be chosen for Anukul (favorable) grahas

PRATIKUL-VAD: A gem will act “OPPOSITE” of its planet – So gems should be chosen for Pratikul (unfavorable) grahas

IMPORTANT: AT ASTRAL GEMSTONE TALISMANS WE ONLY BELIEVE IN “ANUKUL-VAD” – A gem will act “SAME” as its planet – So gems should be chosen for Anukul (favorable) grahas.

Note: This hypothesis does not apply to the use of Sri Navaratna. The 9 Gems Talisman is a “yantra” (instrumental delineation or figure) to be used the same as the Sri Nava Graha Yantra, which correctly combines the 9 Planetary Deities. Generally anyone who so desires can use a mystical yantra.

Anukul Planet’s gem choosing method for resorting to or harnessing one’s auspicious or Anukul planet(s) (exalted, mulatrikona, own sign, benefic, great friend, good house, owner of good house, etc.) based on the concept that lucky planet = lucky gem! In Jyotish there are basically two broad categories of planetary position, viz., favorable (to the chart) – Anukul OR unfavorable (to the chart) – Pratikul. One should avoid their weakness and cultivate their strengths. “Ratna-anukul” means the auspicious gem of strongest most desirable planet. Example: One has Leo Lagna – their lagna lord is Sun, who is exalted (100% strength) and posited in the 9th house which is all very auspicious. That person would be advised to use a fine ruby, the Sun’s gem, to attract or harness his auspicious influence.

On the other hand if a person had Saturn ill-placed in the 8th house they would be advised to avoid Saturn’s gem blue sapphire and all other Saturnine things or activities. And better still they could donate a blue sapphire to pacify Shanideva. The followers of Anukul-vad believe that the pratikul-graha color is the unlucky color, and to magnify that bad color will simply increase the problems caused by that unlucky Planet. Both methods believe that gems increase cosmic colors of their planets, thus for an Anukuli it is considered to be suicide to increase a pratikul-graha’s color. In Anukul there is never a case where a Pratikul (harmful to the chart/native) planet’s gem should be worn as it will surely increase the ill fortune; but such gems for a Pratikul planet can be used by DONATING them – giving them AWAY – according to Shastric directions.

Anukul means a planet that is beneficially disposed either by being strong in own sign, good house, ruler of houses which will bring positive results, or otherwise not ill disposed nor inclined to produce evil influence. A planet which is good for the chart either naturally or by house ruler ship yet somewhat weakened by placement may be strengthened through the gem, or a planet which already is strong and giving benefic influence may be further strengthened for gains in particular areas of life by wearing the gem.

Pratikul Planet’s gem choosing method for strengthening a weak or evil planet, based on the misconception that a ‘pratikul’ (inauspicious) planet is strengthened by wearing it’s gem and there by it changes from being inauspicious (pratikul) to become auspicious (anukul). ILLOGIC: By providing the gem for a malefic planet, benefic results will follow. Example: A person has Jupiter debilitated and a malefic which is inauspicious or pratikul, but by wearing Jupiter’s gem, yellow sapphire or another yellow Jupiter jewel, it is believed that the ‘weak’ (troublesome) Jupiter gets strengthened and REVERSES to become auspicious. Pratikul means a planet that causes evil influence or suffering to the native as seen through the horoscope. This may be a debilitated planet who is in a dusthana and enemy of the lord of the lagna, or otherwise disposed that the influence simply causes suffering.

Before describing the most popular methods, let me first say that choosing gems which are favorable (Anukul for the native’s chart) as well as clean (amala) and auspicious, these two are a MUST in planetary gemology. Of the 6 PGA CODES the prohibition against astrological use of synthetics is the least of all PG evils as synthetics have no harmful effect because they have NO effect whatsoever. The most important considerations are Anukul-graha gem choosing and flawless gems – 100% loupe clean down to 80% loupe clean is an acceptable range in our experience. Always exercise CAUTION with any gem that has clarity below 80% loupe clean. Very flawed gems are dead due to serious life-ending defects, and according to Shastra, “If anyone wears a gem with many flaws (even) out of ignorance, then grief, anxiety, sickness, death, loss of wealth and other evils torment them.”— Sri Garuda Purana:1.70.19

When choosing gems we must mentally take note and add up the pluses in a chart. We want to determine which graha or astral demigod is the chart holder’s best friend. We should avoid our enemies or ill wishers, and shouldn’t associate with them more than necessary. If we have a powerful friend then they can help us, and if we have a weak friend then we could make them stronger. But we should not strengthen our enemies. It is a mistake to equate strength/weakness with friend/foe in astrology or any field – that is common sense. A planet being weak does not mean it is inimical, and a planet’s being strong doesn’t automatically make it favorable. We want to determine which planets are the most anukul (auspicious); strength is another matter.

For example, one chart has a planet exalted in a good house but a functional malefic and lord of two bad houses, so on the surface we have two pluses and three minuses or “+ + – – -” , i.e., a good sign placement, a good house placement, but it is unfavorable by nature for the native, and is lord of two bad houses. Another chart might have a debilitated planet that is a functional benefic and in a good house, and lord of two good houses, so that means a “- + + + +” In the first example we could rule the planet as borderline unfavorable (pratikul); but the 2nd case has the planet mostly favorable (anukul) – So a weak, beneficial planet can be made stronger. A strong anukul planet can also be made even stronger to attain certain goals, like making an exalted Sun even stronger because the native desires fame or increase in stature (provided the native has the karma to achieve that, because we cannot do better or worse than our karma).

Taking this further one could see planetary periods in motion, movements of Saturn, Yogini-dashas, as well as aspects, navamsa positions, etc. to first of all conclude if the planet in question is FAVORABLE – OR – UNFAVORABLE for the chart, all things considered. It doesn’t matter if a planet is strong or weak, it only matters that the planet is judged as favorable (anukul-graha) or unfavorable (pratikul-graha). An anukul-graha can always be strengthened, but a pratikul-graha should never be strengthened

RATNA-ARPANA: Gems for Pratikul-grahas may be DONATED or GIVEN AWAY in a form of Vedic charity to achieve Graha-shanti is another subject known as, “Ratna-arpana.” Using gem donations is he ONLY time an UNFAVORABLE planetary gem should be used by the native – by giving it AWAY. The native should be informed what planets are most FAVORABLE for them and then the native may choose from among their Anukul-graha-ratnas or favorable planetary gems.

Adding the plus and minus points to determine which planets are most favorable to the native enables us to proceed further…

1. First look to the lagna or rising sign and then check the lord of the rising sign to see if it is in an auspicious condition in the rasi chart. If this is the case then we wholeheartedly prescribe the gemstone ruled by the lagna’s lord. Example: If one has Leo rising we look to the position of the Sun (Lord of Leo) in the chart. If the Sun is posited in an auspicious sign, e.g., sign of exaltation, own sign, trine, or at least a friendly sign, it will act in a beneficial way. If any of these are the case then we may recommended ruby or another “Sun jewel” as one’s first gem choice. NOTE: If the birth time is unknown or unsure then skip this method…

A list of the primary rising sign gems is given as follows:

AriesMarsRed Coral
SagittariusJupiterYellow Sapphire
CapricornSaturnBlue Sapphire
AquariusSaturnBlue Sapphire
PiscesJupiterYellow Sapphire

2. PLANETARY PERIODS: Every person is born into a planetary period. The period will be good or bad depending on the period’s ruling planet. Like if one is in a Sun period, and Sun is GOOD in their chart, then that will be a good period characterized by the Sun (leadership, courage, etc.); but if the position of the Sun is harmful then it would be a bad period of life.

For GEMS we check the position of the planet ruling one’s mahadasha or major planetary period. If this planet is well-placed in the rasi chart then we prescribe that planet’s gemstone(s) for use during the duration of the mahadasha period. Example: If one is in or entering a Jupiter mahadasha and if Jupiter is posited in an auspicious sign and/or house position, then we recommend yellow sapphire or another natural yellow gemstone.

At the time of ones birth a certain planetary period will be in motion. If a person is born in the middle of a Venus major period then they still have 10 more years of major Venus influence before they change into their Sun period at the age of 10 years. Each major planetary period follows a certain order and is of a fixed period of time – this information is given as follows: 


Depending on the period in operation when one is born, the soul will pick up the periods and pass through them in succession in the order given above.

3. Next we look to one’s birth sign or Moon rasi , i.e., the sign in which the Moon is posited at the time of one’s birth. In sidereal astrology the Moon’s sign position is considered very important. Example: If one’s Moon sign is Leo, a sign ruled by the Sun, then we must look to the sign and house position of the Sun in the horoscope. If the Sun is located in an auspicious position in both the rasi chart and the navamsa chart then we can recommend a ruby or other red Sun jewel as one’s “birth stone.”

The list of these Vedic “birthstones” as shown in Chapter II is repeated again here for easy reference:

Yellow SapphireJupiterSagittarius/Pisces
Blue SapphireSaturnCapricorn/Aquarius
Cat's eyeKetuN/A

4. We then check the janma-naksatra or the constellation in which the Moon is posited at birth. Each of these 27 birth stars is ruled by one of the nine planets recognized in sidereal astrology. Example: If one’s birth constellation is “punarvasu” (the 7th constellation), which is ruled by Jupiter, then we look to the position of Jupiter in the horoscope. If Jupiter is located in an auspicious sign and/or house position in both the rasi chart and the navamsa chart, then we can recommend yellow sapphire or another yellow “Jupiter” jewel.

Following is a list of the 27 constellations, their ruling planet and corresponding gemstone:

1. ASWINI Ketu (Moon's South Node)Cats Eye
2. BHARANI Venus (Shukra)Diamond
3. KRTTIKA Sun (Surya)Ruby
4. ROHINI Moon (Chandra)Pearl
5. MRIGASHIRA Mars (Mangal)Coral
6. ADRA Rahu (Moon's North Node)Hessonite
7. PUNARVASU Jupiter (Guru)Yellow Sapphire
8. PUSHYAM Saturn (Shani)Blue Sapphire
9. ASHLESHA Mercury (Budha)Emerald
10. MAGHAKetu (Moon's South Node)Cat's Eye
11. POORVA-PHALGUNI Venus (Shukra)Diamond
12. UTTAR-PHALGUNISun (Surya)Ruby
13. HASTAMoon (Chandra)Pearl
14. CHITRA Mars (Mangal)Coral
15. SWATIRahu (Moon's North Node)Hessonite
16. VISHAKAJupiter (Guru)Yellow Sapphire
17. ANURADHASaturn (Shani)Blue Sapphire
18. JYESTHAMercury (Budha)Emerald
19. MULAKetu (Moon's South Node)Cat's Eye
20. POORVASHADAVenus (Shukra)Diamond
21. UTTARSHADASun (Surya)Ruby
22. SRAVANA Moon (Chandra)Pearl
23. DHANISTHAMars (Mangal)Coral
24. SATAVISHARahu (Moon's North Node)Hessonite
25. POORVABADRAPADAJupiter (Guru)Yellow Sapphire
26. UTTARBHADRAPADASaturn (Shani)Blue Sapphire
27. REVATHI Mercury (Budha)Emerald

5. Next we examine all the nine planets in the rasi chart to see if any are exalted. Planets which are in their sign of maximum strength (exaltation) give positive and beneficial results, and their gemstone(s) may be used with advantage.

6. Another consideration is sign ownership . A planet which is located in it’s own sign will give beneficial results, and that planet’s gem can also be used to advantage.

7. A further consideration is any planet which is in it’s sign of mulatrikona or trine. A Planet in mulatrikona gives beneficial results similar to an exalted planet, and their gem(s) may be used to advantage.

8. A planet which is located in a friendly sign will also give beneficial results, and it’s gemstone may be used to advantage.

9. Our final consideration is preference based on the characteristic “planetary influence.” Example: If a person wishes to use a Sun jewel like ruby or red spinel to increase their name and fame, then we will recommend that stone provided the person’s Sun is not located in an unfriendly or inauspicious sign and/or house position in their sidereal horoscope.

NOTE: It is our practiced and well-considered opinion that fine, natural gemstones do indeed “strengthen” or magnify the influence of their associated planets. Therefore, lucky planets = lucky gems. If a person intends to wear their lucky gemstone then they should only use gems which are related to planets that are considered to be “lucky” or posited in an auspicious rasi (zodiac sign) and/or bhava (house) in their sidereal birth chart. Gemstones do not alter or change the angle, position or condition in which planets are placed in one’s horoscope. Methods for propitiating or reducing the harmful effects of evil or malevolently placed planets in one’s birth chart include the chanting of planetary mantras, prescribed sacrifices and charity. These may be performed along with the use of associated planetary gemstones to help “magnify” the prayer. A person who is unwilling to perform these meritorious acts should not use gems for unlucky planets.

IMPORTANT: Which ever planetary gemstone(s) you choose must be free of visible flaws in order to properly transmit beneficial astral energy. Even though there is precious little direct information on the use of planetary gemstones in the Vedic texts, we do have the following quote from the ancient Agni-puranam, (Chapter 246, Verses 7 & 8):

“A gem free from all impurities 
and radiating its characteristic internal luster 
should be looked upon as an “escort” of good luck. 
A gem which is cracked, fissured, devoid of luster, 
or appearing rough or sandy, 
should not be used at all.”

With all these methods it is necessary to first cast a person’s sidereal horoscope or janma-patrika (birth chart). This requires very expert calculations based on one’s birth date, time and place. If one doesn’t know their birth “time” it is still possible to cast the horoscope accurately enough to see the planetary “sign” positions (although this is much less precise in other areas). After casting the horoscope, look to see if any of the planets are in “auspicious” rasi positions. All of these “auspicious” sign positions give good results. According to B.V. Raman, India’s leading astrologer, “A planet in it’s own sign is rendered powerful to do good. A planet in it’s sign of exaltation is rendered even more powerful to do good than in it’s own sign. A planet in it’s sign of mulatrikona is rendered powerful to do good similar to when in exaltation.” Planets which are in enemy signs or which are debilitated usually have harmful or inauspicious influences. Professor Raman also states that planets which are debilitated give results opposite of when in strong sign positions. In other words, “bad results.” (NOTE: There are certain astrological considerations which may “cancel” harmful planetary positions; but it is the opinion of most sidereal astrologers that “once a bad planet, always a bad planet.”)

An example may be taken from one of my own experiences with gem therapy. According to my Sidereal horoscope (above) I have some exalted (strong) planets, a weak planet and a negative planet. Saturn in particular is already a “krura-graha” or cruel planet and it’s position in my horoscope is even worse. Still, I was advised by some sidereal astrologers to use a blue sapphire, the gem for Saturn, in order to “pacify” or CHANGE Saturn’s harmful influence on me. This brings up the question of how gems should be chosen and what their effects will be. One group opines that gems should be used to “pacify” harmful planets; another group believes that gems should be used to “strengthen” weak planetary influences. While yet another belief is in “strengthening” beneficial or auspicious planets. Let me relate my own experience and tell what my final conclusion is. Every Sidereal astrologer who has read my chart points out that Saturn in Cancer in the 1st house is quite malefic and is causing me many of the more long lasting problems in my life. I was advised to wear a blue sapphire to “pacify” Saturn. After a long search I found a 7 carat flawless, unburned, “Brahmin” colored blue sapphire from Burma. I bought the gem, immediately had it set into a special gold ring, and on Saturday, two hours and forty minutes before sunset, I installed the ring after reciting the appropriate mantras.

Almost as soon as I started wearing this most auspicious blue sapphire I began having ill fortune. I started getting frequent headaches and my business started slowing down along with my energy level. Almost everything I did was beset with obstacles. Finally, after using the stone for almost 1 year, I took it off in frustration. Later I had the opportunity to show my birth chart to Pandit Vidyadhar Shukla (the Chief Brahmin Priest of Thailand) who confirmed that Saturn was indeed a “bad influence” for me. He further suggested that as the blue sapphire had made matters worse this was a good case against the theory that gems “pacify” harmful planets. He suggested that I should wear a ruby to “strengthen” the Sun in order to counteract Saturn’s harmful influence. Since following this advice I have experienced much better effects on both my heath, business and over-all outlook.

*Since Rahu and Ketu are Aprakasha or “shadow planets,” they reflect the qualities of the lord of the sign they occupy. Example: If Rahu is located in Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury, you should look to the position of Mercury in the chart and predict similar results for Rahu.

We welcome any input from readers about their own experiences with gems and their astral powers. Only stories involving the use of JYOTISH quality gems are deemed useful, as flawed gems always give bad results.