• Chakra correspondences: Third eye, heart
• Physiological correspondences: Eyes, sinuses, lungs, spine, muscles, heart, pancreas, liver, lymphatic system, malignant conditions
• Vibration: Earthy
LEGENDARY POWER In the seventeenth century, Shakespeare referred to Emerald’s power to soothe the eyes: “The deep green emerald, in whose fresh regard weak sights their sickly radiance do amend.”
In 1584, Ivan the Terrible believed that Emerald, being of the nature of the rainbow, was an enemy of uncleanness.
Magical legends have long been associated with this rare and precious gemstone. According to Hebrew tradition, serpents that looked on it went blind. Pliny comments on Emerald’s use as a magnifying lens and tells us that nothing in nature compared to the stone’s intense green: “Neither dim nor shade nor yet the light of a candle, causes them to lose their luster.”
The seventh-century bishop of Seville, Isidore, reported that Emerald lit up the surrounding area with green light. The Incas prized the crystal highly as representing the green Earth. When taken prisoner by Pizarro in 1532, the last Inca king wore a crown set with 453 Emeralds weighing 1,523 karats (ten ounces).
In the Middle Ages, the crystal was placed beneath the tongue to induce prophetic vision. It is linked with Archangel Ophaniel and rules the realm of the Cherubim.